The Genius of the Filipino Poor | Thomas Graham | TEDxADMU

  • Опубликовано: 28 авг 2017
  • Thomas Graham was a journalist in the UK whose work brought him to the Philippines and inspired him to ditch the shirt and tie. He then ventured to the Gawad Kalinga communities up and down the Philippines in order to discover the "genius" of the Filipino poor. Thomas Graham was a journalist in the UK whose work brought him to the Philippines and inspired him to ditch the shirt and tie. He then ventured to the Gawad Kalinga communities up and down the Philippines in order to discover the "genius" of the Filipino poor. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Комментарии • 939

  • Ettegroejd
    Ettegroejd 8 дней назад

    There are people that start to be fascinated with different cultures except for their own.

  • A Beauty & A Beast
    A Beauty & A Beast 24 дня назад

    Bayanihan is still alive in our country especially in poor communities. But what's discouraging is, corruption in the country is so rampant that people begin doubting if their efforts and hardworks are all worth it when there are only selected people who effortlessly gain better living off of the hardworks of the poor.

  • Puting Pinoy
    Puting Pinoy Месяц назад

    You were not pronouncing “bayad” or “para” properly. They are more like this “buy-ad” and para would be more like “paw-ra” the way you are pronounce it sounds like “pera” which means money. And you are pronouncing bayad like payat which means skinny. And what they did is “paabot po.”

  • Rexor
    Rexor 2 месяца назад

    Filipino... You should see our dota community. Salty as heck😂

  • Deus Junior
    Deus Junior 2 месяца назад

    Thank for recognizing that Thomas...

  • Jay Quilbio
    Jay Quilbio 2 месяца назад

    Haha you managed to pay on your own.then you realize you can pass it on the other people in your side. 👌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Everything
    Everything 3 месяца назад

    The Americans took care of us, so we go to America and take care of their elders.

  • Amandose
    Amandose 3 месяца назад

    Wow, so basically there's a white guy who in the end makes this story all about himself. Haven't heard that before.

  • peter almirante
    peter almirante 3 месяца назад

    Poor audio

  • aoeu256
    aoeu256 3 месяца назад

    I'd like to visit! I really hate feminazism in the Western world, and social media has destroyed our happiness.

  • Brent Jacob Mocho
    Brent Jacob Mocho 4 месяца назад

    Hahahaha bayad po moment. xD

  • Chayle Densing
    Chayle Densing 4 месяца назад

    this is amazing! thanks for sharing!

  • Just Random
    Just Random 5 месяцев назад

    Kung ang pinoy magted talk babash nyo pero kung foreigner sabihin nyo great speech. Anu ba talaga? Mga pinoy ba talaga kayo?

  • Scott Johnson
    Scott Johnson 5 месяцев назад

    When you invite someone to dinner and they ask if they can bring a friend.... and the entire village shows up to run up a $800 bill. LOL. yeah, they're geniuses

  • _Paws_
    _Paws_ 5 месяцев назад

    Hmm it's like what they said in Lilo & Stitch "Ohana"

  • Crowned Clown
    Crowned Clown 5 месяцев назад

    A/V 0/10 so sad. Cannot hear a thing.

  • carl ordena
    carl ordena 5 месяцев назад

    I get a little emotional with this and have goosebumps...
    The saddest truth of being a Filipino...

  • cutie Qui
    cutie Qui 5 месяцев назад

    "Like a butterfly, sometimes we don't realize how beautiful we are."💚💚

  • Dawn Ed
    Dawn Ed 5 месяцев назад

    The best of tedxtalks so farr!!!!

  • Tom CryptoCurrency
    Tom CryptoCurrency 5 месяцев назад

    Philippines and Filipinos like me are not actually strange...we are just different and that makes us very beautiful and a great experience to go through. Mabuhay!

  • Justme asdf
    Justme asdf 5 месяцев назад +1

    “Nose bleed nose bleed”🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • la la la la
    la la la la 6 месяцев назад +1

    I wish bayanihan is back to pilipino values not talangka hehehe

  • andrew aton
    andrew aton 6 месяцев назад

    there is One best THING about the Philippines..

    Filipino Memes

  • Michael Joseph Dimaano
    Michael Joseph Dimaano 6 месяцев назад

    I could only imagine Thomas' nipples protruding in an almost see-through barong Tagalog.

  • Awk ward
    Awk ward 6 месяцев назад

    Oh may Gadddd!! I met him already in our school!! 😱 that's why his story was familiar.

  • LazyBacon
    LazyBacon 6 месяцев назад

    When you said what can I do
    A message popped up from messenger saying wala

  • Cutiedoki
    Cutiedoki 6 месяцев назад

    Some of the nega pinoy here really need to get over of themselves! This is about seeing the positive side of our culture despite all the craziness! There's nothing wrong in loving your own a little bit more, it's not boastful or some twisted pride, rather it's a simple gesture of giving thanks to your roots and appreciating both the good and the not so good side of it. Again, to all nega ampalaya here, this is not about you!

  • Yanyan kasi
    Yanyan kasi 6 месяцев назад +2

    Acting very Filipino nowadays in our society are now seen as acting very cheap, poor, and low class. Filipinos nowadays, copies everything foreign to be "in" and accepted, neglecting their own identity. My experience being caught (because I feel like I did something wrong) being nationalistic garnered a lot of questions from both my classmates and even my professor, they questioned me like I was caught red handed. GOSH WHY IS IT SOOO WRONG TO APRICIATE OUR OWN COUNTRY/CULTURE?

  • Caelan ‘humans are AWFUL’ Raegn
    Caelan ‘humans are AWFUL’ Raegn 6 месяцев назад

    If our government officials were better, our country could be a little bit better, too.

  • Smol Bunny Cat
    Smol Bunny Cat 6 месяцев назад

    I’m disappointed in people saying “You only experienced good things cuz you’re white!” But I would like to challenge maybe it’s you who treat Filipinos differently than foreigners. Not to form an argument but I strongly disagree. Please perceive Filipinos more positively. As a Chinese Filipino, I’ve experienced both sides of the story, native and foreign treatments. Consider maybe it’s you who treat Filipinos differently? Since you seem to agree to bowing to whites, try to change that? Please po. I’ve had Chinese relatives taken in during storms. I’ve had Filipino friends take in Filipinos during typhoons and funded beggars through social welfare. It’s not exactly a matter of nationality but a case of being humane and civil. Don’t you dare downgrade Filipinos as if they’re only nice to whites. If you’re so against that, I hope you, as a Filipino, would treat your own kind equally. And maybe widen your experiences.. 😞

  • Smol Bunny Cat
    Smol Bunny Cat 6 месяцев назад

    I live in the PH. My school actually sends us to three day retreats (grade 9 and 10) to poor communities to live with them and experience their experiences. Now, my school is actually pretty prestigious meaning several of my classmates have never experienced the things done there. I woke up at 5 to boil water for the bath (they don’t have heaters or a proper faucet so we had to carry large buckets to the bathroom), swept the floors, some of the boys went to help farm, I helped cook for the family, some went swimming at a stream, the kids (who were way younger than me) taught me how to cook dishes, we went to a marketplace riding a tricycle, in the afternoon we had the same idea to go to the barangay hall and play games. There was little to no signal there. It was a really great experience despite being a little hard. A friend of mine went to the market with his mother one day and his mom was pushing for a discount on the prices of bamboo (which was p40, less than a dollar) My friend told his mom “Ma, don’t push for a discount because I actually collected bamboos during the retreat and I had to climb hills and carry them back. I would pay p200 for that kind of work.” Never ask for discounts in poor markets, NEVER.

  • Smol Bunny Cat
    Smol Bunny Cat 6 месяцев назад

    When my teacher was a rather large, Chinese student in the Philippines, he was stranded on a poor area during a storm. He knocked on big houses for help however they never answered and it was only desperation that made him ask for help from a poor house. They welcomed him and for dinner, had sardines from a can. Fun fact is that he HATED sardines because it’s what they fed the dogs and so he grew up with a mindset that it’s only for dogs. Then he realized the mom gave him two big pieces and a cup of rice while the family each got one piece with their rice. He slept in the masters bedroom that night while the family stayed in the living room. It’s good to say that he now actually eats sardines with that memory.

  • Edi Lyn
    Edi Lyn 6 месяцев назад

    nice video! very true

  • Jason Brody
    Jason Brody 6 месяцев назад

    Whats the problem with this "bayanihan" and "walang iwanan" thing is the other peoplr who abuses it. It makes sense to do so but still.

  • Albert Marion Lim
    Albert Marion Lim 6 месяцев назад

    after Haiyan/Yolanda. Affected places had People come together to help each other. Some did recovery and rescue. Some went for establishing communication. Some went to scavenging for food. A lot of people helped dig out a massive grave for our dead. We helped carry our dead. We helped carry each other to survive. One town that did not get hit as much as we did, cleared the highway for everyone. That is bayanihan. That is walang iwanan. You could say at the time when supplies were short,people would be stingy... people actually opened their doors to serve food and shelter the homeless. I also had my fair share, established comms for Malmouth Doctors with the army. Sent out comms to a list using my phone with only a certain place that had a signal with only so much battery power to spare. Helped in applying first aid to someone who had a piece of wood inside him from septic symptoms.

  • ivan bernardo
    ivan bernardo 6 месяцев назад

    Fix the audio

  • Travis Marshall Signo
    Travis Marshall Signo 6 месяцев назад

    i wonder when their gonna upload the tedX talk of my college

  • Lliamiw Osdoalb
    Lliamiw Osdoalb 6 месяцев назад

    Lol so where is he now? I feel sorry for this guy for being brainwashed but he dont really have to quit his job.

  • GPE
    GPE 6 месяцев назад +1

    "So much fun out of so little resources" - This sums up how the typical Pinoys lives . You can get drunk and full stomach by just joining with your friends binge session.

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  • Mary Sanchez
    Mary Sanchez 6 месяцев назад

    What about all the orphaned kids who have to take care of themselves? The ones who mine and extract gold with a technique that uses mercury, which poisons them and the environment? What about the fact that they're decimating wildlife and eating some of them? You can count on three things in any Filipino village or town: a Catholic Church, a town hall... and a cockfighting ring. Their leader, as of this comment, has extrajudicially murdered nine thousand people, so far, with the justification that Duterte is wiping out drug dealers. It won't work, they'll be replaced quickly, like digging a hole in the ocean... and many aren't dealers. What about due process? What about the social acceptance of husbands abusing wives? What about the rejection of their mixed-race children?

  • MiyamotoMusashi76
    MiyamotoMusashi76 6 месяцев назад

    I watched this video a few days ago on THU AUG 2. I’m a Filipino American living in San Francisco and drive for Lyft part time. I picked up Thomas and his friend yesterday, SAT AUG 4. l should’ve asked for a picture, but instead asked for a business card. Such a nice guy. The world is small, isn’t it?

  • Lilihya Sakimaki
    Lilihya Sakimaki 6 месяцев назад

    Thank you for your inspiring speech. I am a filipino. And i love my country.

  • el el Batel
    el el Batel 6 месяцев назад +1

    Hopefully standard iq test is free

  • gedLi
    gedLi 6 месяцев назад

    I had NSTP with GK. they are very nice people.

  • wendy 77
    wendy 77 6 месяцев назад

    Low volume

  • Hey!
    Hey! 6 месяцев назад


  • BD2DK
    BD2DK 6 месяцев назад +1

    Goes to show, people accumulate wealth, yet they become the most unhappy people in the world. They have everything they could want yet become so disconnected from people. Yet the simple things in life are what drive the hearts of so many Filipinos. Sure there's corruption and bad people everywhere you go. Poverty makes people do crazy things sometimes. But for the most part Filipinos are just satisfied with the simple life. If blessings of money and food come along, they are more than willing to share in the community. Our Western mentality can learn a lot from those who come from humble beginnings! God bless and salamat po sa inyong suporta sa ating mahal na bansa! Pinoy pa more!

  • thisisnewld
    thisisnewld 6 месяцев назад

    So beautiful! Why I will always be proud of this true Filipino spirit. God bless you 💕

  • Prix Nige Cyan Malik
    Prix Nige Cyan Malik 6 месяцев назад


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    RandomCraft Jr 6 месяцев назад


  • SevenDeMagnus
    SevenDeMagnus 6 месяцев назад

    wrong spelling: Amerikano (with a k) in tagalog:-) Salcedo Village - quite a posh village in one of the most posh district in the most posh city (financial center).

  • SevenDeMagnus
    SevenDeMagnus 6 месяцев назад

    Cool. You'll truly learn efficiency for sure. God bless, Proverbs 31

  • william d
    william d 7 месяцев назад

    For those who admires and thinks that it's more fun in the Philippines and the Filipino culture I suggest you to watch this documentary, " Give Up Tomorrow " you can easily search it on youtube. Also the book " Shooting The Moon " by Gracia Burnham.

  • foxmatte
    foxmatte 7 месяцев назад +1

    I would rather call it the mindset of the Filipino poor. Because what I see is the resiliency and adaptability of marginalised people collectively thinking that they sre trapped in a hopeless situation.

  • Boogey MANN
    Boogey MANN 7 месяцев назад

    All these years I thought those things he mentioned was also normal for other countries

  • Jino Espera Burgos
    Jino Espera Burgos 7 месяцев назад

    These was too funny. I love you. 😂😂

  • Jino Espera Burgos
    Jino Espera Burgos 7 месяцев назад

    Joe the Amerikano. These are what Filipino call white foreigners to get their attention. Don't worry, it's pretty normal. :)

  • Jen Shi
    Jen Shi 7 месяцев назад

    The Barong tagalog and jeepney story is very funny lmao

  • jake sarms
    jake sarms 7 месяцев назад

    It's perfectly normal in that culture to borrow money with the intent of never paying it back. Getting money that's not yours seems to be a national sport over there- and people are actually proud to have a family member killing themselves overseas to give them charity. People have a different survival strategy in the Philippines- It's very twisted from Anglo thinking in the USA.

  • Ace Andrei Mirandilla
    Ace Andrei Mirandilla 7 месяцев назад

    Petfect experience.. I hope ur not gonna meet the bad guys in PH. U r always welcome here brother 😊

  • gracia gredonia
    gracia gredonia 7 месяцев назад

    nah, he missed something really important and maybe sad, he just experienced the indiana jones effect, coz pinoys wont really do the that to kapwa pinoys.

  • Little Yeoja
    Little Yeoja 7 месяцев назад +1

    *poof* I saw another debate because of "proud to be filipino"
    Guys, nationalism is glorified in our country the reason why we are just too proud to be Filipino, the reason why Media make us proud to be Filipino.
    And we are constantly searching for foreign people taht are amazed in our culture as an approval to be proud as Filipinos. Why can't this just be a reminder that we can be something else other than being a corrupted and cancerous country?
    Every single one of us, really, is just cancerous.

  • Mae Boiser
    Mae Boiser 7 месяцев назад

    Volume 😔

  • Spam Sandwich
    Spam Sandwich 7 месяцев назад

    this dude has no doubt consumed too much coffee

  • tweety carmona
    tweety carmona 7 месяцев назад

    I just love your accent sir cool

  • Aibelle Dela Cruz
    Aibelle Dela Cruz 7 месяцев назад

    Audio is so bad

  • mo bebe
    mo bebe 7 месяцев назад

    Ever heard of "walang gulangan? Well, there is. That's why the country will never ever emerge from the way it is.

  • Saul Simon Tan
    Saul Simon Tan 7 месяцев назад +1

    When someone refers to the W.C. as the C.R., you know that person has been in the Philippines for quite a while.

  • rhey mark mijares
    rhey mark mijares 7 месяцев назад

    I’m so glad I clicked on the video. Exactly what I needed to see. So MAD was his idea.

  • nilika
    nilika 7 месяцев назад

    Nice! Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Hope this vid can be reuploaded w/ better audio though.

  • mistyflare19
    mistyflare19 7 месяцев назад

    They were hospitable because you were a foreigner. If it was another filipino asking for help, would they have been treated the same way? Don't think so. Filipinos like kissing the asses of foreigners- particularly, caucasian ones.

  • rhyumi03
    rhyumi03 7 месяцев назад

    Filipino Hospitality😊

  • David Kater
    David Kater 7 месяцев назад

    Never mind the poor communities, fix the poor audio! LMFAO

  • glady penalosa
    glady penalosa 7 месяцев назад

    Too bad. I can't hear the audio well. I want to watch it😞

  • Grace Antonio
    Grace Antonio 7 месяцев назад

    Ah well... yes there is this about the Phils. & there is also a "that" - something else, just like every country in this world. Foreigners looking for alternative reality that touches deeply, there's plenty of this in the Phils. as Filipinos are usualy people of high hopes in low places.

  • Christopher
    Christopher 7 месяцев назад

    It’s called God - it’s important to have faith, hope, and charity

  • Warren Ugbinar
    Warren Ugbinar 7 месяцев назад +1

    The town this guys is talking about is my town!! Bantayan Island!

    PARCENET IÑIGO 8 месяцев назад

    i want to cry as a Filipino...because of happines and being proud for this

  • Zoran
    Zoran 8 месяцев назад

    Filipinos are the best!

  • Nico Bryan Siason
    Nico Bryan Siason 8 месяцев назад

    I teared up. Thom's Speech is an enlightenment

  • Manfred Schmid
    Manfred Schmid 8 месяцев назад

    Thank you Tom for seeing the positive side of our culture, country and its people especially the poor.

  • Ameen Campano
    Ameen Campano 8 месяцев назад

    I'm a Filipino and I hate almost everything in my country like poverty, ignorance, corruption, slow justice system, slow internet connection speed and unupdated systems. But I love the Philippines. Seems impossible, huh?

  • Mohammad Nezam Asarie
    Mohammad Nezam Asarie 8 месяцев назад

    Thomas I am in Philippines help the poor Filipinos

  • elias perdedor
    elias perdedor 8 месяцев назад

    I find it odd that the subject for his speech is poverty while the venue where this was held is a school where the rich and powerful send their children to.

  • NS RP
    NS RP 8 месяцев назад +1

    Sadly we are slowly loosing these great traits that makes us unique in the world.

  • Placer Jr. Mejica
    Placer Jr. Mejica 8 месяцев назад

    wow this is beautiful

  • Michael Mallal
    Michael Mallal 8 месяцев назад

    I love Green Hills but we avoid Manila as it's too polluted and scary.. I advocate a no-child policy like China and a no-car policy like Singapore. Roxas Boulevard is loads of fun. Mall of Asia is fun, fun, fun.

  • markeen mehogne
    markeen mehogne 8 месяцев назад

    80% of filipino when they saw white people,
    They say they all american, whether if you are german or english or british, etc,

    MISTURRR BEEST 8 месяцев назад

    Audio problems but for some reason, I'm not too convinced that Ph is that awesome. Honestly, Idk why. (I'm Filipino)

  • Francis Bacus
    Francis Bacus 8 месяцев назад

    I am a Filipino and I am happy on how you see the goodness of us.Thank you!

  • Francis Bacus
    Francis Bacus 8 месяцев назад

    I am a Filipino and I am happy on how you see the goodness of us.Thank you!

  • Francis Bacus
    Francis Bacus 8 месяцев назад

    I am a Filipino and I am happy on how you see the goodness of us.Thank you!

  • Francis Bacus
    Francis Bacus 8 месяцев назад

    I am a Filipino and I am happy on how you see the goodness of us.Thank you!

  • Francis Bacus
    Francis Bacus 8 месяцев назад

    I am a Filipino and I am happy on how you see the goodness of us.Thank you!

  • Francis Bacus
    Francis Bacus 8 месяцев назад

    I am a Filipino and I am happy on how you see the goodness of us.Thank you!

  • RAlpha
    RAlpha 8 месяцев назад

    Last year my grandpa was here(PH) he saw that the entrance to our house so instead of hiring contractors he just went outside band call some local men that all of the people there knew.He didnt pay them though he just said 'those want to help them help those who want to buy can't ,will just buy them foods band drinks they can eat.

  • Black Swan
    Black Swan 8 месяцев назад

    I cried

  • Katrine Soliman
    Katrine Soliman 8 месяцев назад

    This makes my heart so happy. ❤️

  • Bly Lee
    Bly Lee 8 месяцев назад

    thank you for this..