“Tao lang po”

The funny thing about Filipinos is that although they play the God Card – as GRP writer Grimwald puts it, they also play the “merely human” card when they slip up.

“Tao lang po.” (I’m) merely human. I’m sure many of us have heard that statement one too many times, and as someone who used to like saying it, it gets pretty irritating hearing it from other people. Especially when it’s a catch-all excuse for making mistakes but not learning from them. One can even think of it as another expression of Filipino anti-intellectualism, like “Ikaw na!” or “Eh di wow!”


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