PHILOSOPHY, GOVERNANCE AND THE FUTURE OF THE PHILLIPINES Ruben O. Balotol Jr ABSTRACT: FILIPINO’S EUPHEMISTIC INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP Dr.
Sun Yat Sen (Father of Modern China) in his lecture on the principle of nationalism said, “What is a principle? It is an idea, a faith, and a power. When men begin to study into the heart of a problem, an idea generally develops. First; as the idea becomes clearer, a faith arises; and out of that faith, a power is born. So, a principle must begin with an idea. The idea must produce a faith, and that faith in turn must give birth to power, before the principle can be perfectly established.” It is said that communication plays a vital role in the development of a given society. But it is also a fact that disparity in the act of exchanging and expression of thoughts are highly prevalent particularly among Filipinos. The Filipino's interpersonal relationship (pakikipagkapwa-tao) is of a unique kind. It could be considered that Filipinos are calculative of the outcome, fond of avoiding any action that causes unpleasant events to the community and peculiarly hospitable. Is there a euphemistic society? If there is could it be the Filipinos? The answer to that still hangs in a balance. It is also said that Filipinos’ way of “going around the bush” is worth of examination because of the implications it causes to Philippine politics, economics and society. There are factors worthy to consider: that Filipino euphemism is manifest in “Sakop-Orientation”, “Hiya”, “Pagpapaubaya” and “Utang na Loob”. All of these are considerable factors that cause Filipinos to be euphemistic in his Pakikipagkapwa-tao. It is but an interest of a nation that has undergone severe changes to address the need to understand the self deeply for posterity sake.