Gary Valenciano draws mixed reactions for ‘Philippine time’ remark: ‘Even when traffic is bad, we can find a way to arrive on time’

Gary Valenciano weighs in on ‘Philippine time,’ draws mixed reaction from netizens

/ 04:28 PM January 24, 2023

Gary Valenciano

Gary Valenciano caught the attention of netizens after sharing on social media his sentiments on “Filipino time” — a phenomenon used to describe Filipinos who usually arrive late on certain engagements due to traffic or unpredictable weather.

Valenciano admitted that he feels bad about “Philippine time” as a way to describe someone who “simply doesn’t arrive on time,” as seen on his personal Twitter account on Sunday, Jan. 22.


“Friends? I feel bad when the term ‘Philippine time’ is mentioned and is used on a person who simply doesn’t arrive on time. Sad ‘no (right)? Guys? Even when traffic is bad… we can still find a way to arrive on time. Kaya natin ‘to (we can do this),” he said.

The singer’s statement drew mixed reactions from netizens on Twitter, with some sharing their own sentiments about the transportation system in the Philippines. Others, however, said the concept of “Filipino time” shouldn’t be used to describe someone who’s “always late.”

“A practice I do if I will [inevitably be] late, especially that I am a Manila commuter, is to clear. Meaning, I will say that I might be late around an hour or 30 minutes before the agreed time so the person expecting me will know what to do as my form of respect,” Twitter user @_diongreg said.


One @icanbeyourErO said commuters will “continue to struggle to arrive on time” if the condition of the “public transportation system will not improve.

Another @philipalegre said Valenciano’s sentiment is about respecting the time of others.

“For me it’s always about respect. Respecting your time and theirs. If they don’t arrive on time w/o reason, they think their time is more valuable than yours, consciously or not,” they began. “On the other hand, if you are late, you don’t respect yourself enough to be true to your word.”

Twitter user @MineIsSe7en, on the other hand, said arriving time boils down to “discipline.”

Another netizen pointed out that tardiness shouldn’t be blamed on people, but to “authorities” instead.

The award-winning singer, who’s dubbed as “Mr. Pure Energy”, is best known for his hit songs “Sana Maulit Muli,” “I Will Be Here,” and “Warrior is a Child,” among others.

Valenciano recently made headlines last December 2022 after he assured fans that he’s doing well after tweeting about asking for the Lord’s “miraculous touch.” EDV


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