More Than Molasses

For Pinoys: Are you aware of the expression “makunat pa sa inuyat“. In case you wonder, inuyat is molasses in English. Makunat is an adjective that is equivalent to ductile, stretchy, springy, resilient or rubberlike. That being said, you will definitely have a vision what the expression means.

Is it therefore a good trait to be stingy? Here in the Philippines, those who ignore banters or teasings that one has to give drink, food, or blow-out are oftentimes branded as stingy. In a group of friends, the teasing does not end until one gives in to a banter of giving some food or treats when it is the birthday of one of the friends.

Being stingy is a negative trait among most Filipinos. Why is it then? Actually, there are people who find it hard to share their blessings. These are the people who are known to be rich and famous but are not generous enough to share. What makes it unforgivable is when these people are the ones who took advantage of others about money matters.

It may not be bad when someone is stingy if money is just enough for his own expenses. You cannot embrace what is bigger than you. Being stingy is also not bad if one believes that an expense is not necessary or important. There are actually people who plans each activity in their lives and that includes giving out each cent from the pocket. In fact, when they pull out the five hundred bill, one can see that Ninoy is already frowning.

It is better that we consider the priorities of a stingy person. Are they sending kids to school, or do they support someone or some people? Are they more philantrophic than addicted to vices? Are they generous to those who are really in need? Are they a member of a civic group? Therefore, we cannot brand them as stingy. They are the people of this world who care enough not because of personal motives but of pure desire to help.

Are you anxious to be branded as one? And because of this, you have to borrow just to avoid being called stingy? Do not give in. Do not be anxious to be called stingy or cheap. Let it in to your ear and let it out to another.

7 thoughts on “More Than Molasses

  1. wala akong paki kahit pa isang libong “kuripot” ang marinig ko sa isang araw. hindi ako gagastos nang walang tamang dahilan.

    labels shouldn't bother us. we shouldn't be boxed in by names, especially the negative ones.

    yes, i will debunk all the best excuses this planet can come up with before i part with my hard-earned money. ang hirap yatang maging mahirap.


  2. ha ha yaan mo, atticus, i will tell anyone who spends uncontrollably and insensibly that slogan – ang hirap maging mahirap.

    i agree that labels shouldnt bother us. borrowing your words – wala silang paki!


  3. just like atticus, I'd rather be called stingy than someone who would lose every penny in his/her pocket just to give in to snide remarks. Kesa naman magkabaun-baon ako sa utang at hindi ko mabayaran sa oras. MAs mahirap na brand ang balasubas!


  4. To be stingy is not a good trait and to be called stingy without basis is undoubtedly wrong. So, I would have some concern, if someone accuses or calls me of being stingy – yes, even as a joke.

    Sharing is one of the important teachings of many, if not all religions: To share. To be charitable to your fellowmen.

    The “stingy” banterings that is the subject in this post however, is of a different, although not of a less serious sort. It is another one of our many unwanted traits(saan na naman kaya nangaling yan?) A sign of our childish ways. A disgraceful sign of our immaturity.

    I would care to say to whomever that the banter is not appreciated and has been out of fashion since we were referred to as Indios.


  5. oo nga, mr rolly, ayaw ko ring matawag na balasubas.

    ei, kulas. you are different. and i know people who doesn't want to be called stingy, too. must be pride? or self-worth? in your case it is about being generous and kind to be able to share. hubby also has that trait.

    these unwanted traits are the cause of why many suffer. some people just want to pull other people down by inviting them to vices..


  6. I don't what's with our culture but I can almost say with certainty that if we all follow the Dutch treat, kanya-kanya principle, life will be much, much simpler and better for everyone 🙂


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