Apart from our pristine beaches, lush greenery, and sumptuous food, the Philippines is also best known for its people’s hospitality, making the visitors from other countries feel at home. However, it’s not all the time that foreigners should be tolerated for their ways during their stay in our homeland. Just recently, a foreigner couple was allegedly stopped by police in Baclayon, Bohol for freely wearing revealing clothes while roaming around the province on their motorcycle. It is unclear if the revealing clothing they were wearing was the reason that they were stopped as neither of them were wearing helmets or proper footwear. Netizen Anthony Enriquez narrated the incident on his Facebook Timeline, saying:
“Madam foreigner kaya kayo dinakip kc bawal sa Pilipinas ang naka t – back style pag naka motor , lalo na holy week . naka hubad rin ang mister mo , walang helmet , naka shorts at naka tsinelas lng.”
As of press time, the post has already garnered around 10,000 mixed reactions and 11,337 shares on the social site. A debate also ensued among commenters, with some stating that a foreign guest should follow the host country’s norm as their cultural responsibility. Some also defended the foreign nationals as they may have no idea of our homeland’s culture. Nonetheless, this was countered by a number of netizens as well.
One Facebook user said:
“Ignorance of the law excuses no one. Hndi po tau mag aadjust kung hndi nila alam ang batas. If you will be in US, and you’ll be calling a Black person “Negro”, they can sue you and hndi mo masasabing “I don’t know about it”. We’re talking about legalities here. You can’t reason out to anyone na hndi nyo alam. Laspag na rason din ng mga Pinoy.”
Another person commented:
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When visiting a foreign land, follow the customs of those who live in it. It can also mean that when you are in an unfamiliar situation, you should follow the lead of those who know the ropes.”
See how the other netizens reacted to this.
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