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July 10, 2011


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Good day, fellow global citizens!

Yours truly was interviewed anew by the TV5 program Tayuan Mo at Panindigan, with the topic focused on Filipinos’ happiness. Hosting the episode were Aida Uy, Wilma Dosent, and Izza Litton whose magnetic stage presence did give life to the occasion.

Interestingly, an urban poor woman agreed to be interviewed too, as a living witness to what makes Filipinos happy. She brought along her four (4) daughters who joined her in the customary Pinoy ‘salo-salo’ treat to guests offered by the Channel 5 network.

The latest research of the National Statistics Coordination Board or NSCB, chief government survey agency, showed that Filipinos put top priority on family, health, and religion in that rank order, when asked what are the topmost indicators that make them happy. The same research showed other important happiness sources as friends, financial security, education, love life, and work. Sex was among the bottom 5 happiness indices, which surprised the NSCB.

Being the sociologist/expert for the occasion, I was asked to explain the patterns that make Filipinos happy. I first had to weigh the results of the latest research, before I could present my own analysis.

In standard sociological discourse, values provide frames for individual choices. Values are those matters that people regard as social premiums, they are the core foundations of culture, and they are largely shared across classes and ethnicities. They are also the ones that define what is happiness for persons and aids them in prioritizing happiness indicators.

Filipinos put a great premium of relationships—to fellow Pinoys, family members, God & divine beings. Kapwa and loob are the pillars of our values, with kapwa governing the interpersonal domain while loob guides the intrapersonal.

By social relationships we refer here to the personalistic, traditional, informal ties in the domain of the ‘private sphere’. That contrasts to the that are impersonal, segmented, utilitarian valued highly in Western, industrial societies, ties that may enable one to shine career-wise but do not necessarily make people happy.

Happiness, as a positive intrapsychic state, can range from contentment to euphoria and bliss. Jobs and money do make Filipinos happy, but they matter only insofar as these enable Pinoys to have the means to face people, satisfy the needs and caprices of their fellows, and pay homage to Supreme Deity (payback through some donations to church or humanitarian groups).

Asked about the ranking of Pinoys in the global happiness surveys, I shared the facts that Pinoys would rank in the range of middle-to-high ranks. Pinoys never fell short of the middle range in happiness, and are among the happiest peoples in Asia.

No wonder that suicides don’t occur in the Philippines as high as they occur in Western/industrial countries, where as high as 5,000-10,000 deaths per year happen in major cities. Loneliness and depression are often the driving forces behind suicides, so the message is clear that Pinoys don’t do suicides a lot given their middle-to-high happiness inclinations.

It was another truly informative exchange of ideas and opinions. TV5 audiences surely will have much to benefit from such an informative program as the Tayuan Mo at Panindigan.

[Philippines, 07 July 2011]


June 27, 2008

By The Pakistani Spectator • Jun 25th, 2008 • Category: Interviews • (2,809 views) • No Responses


Would you please tell us something about you and your site?

Erle: The’s my main site. About relations, wisdom, cosmic awareness, self-development. …I am a sociologist, economist, consultant, yogi, mystic, guru of self-realization, artist, powerlifter. Age 49.

Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?

Erle: Yes. I’m learning to write blog-style. I used to write technical-academic-scientific. I’m learning.

I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?

Erle: I’m new as a blogger. The most memorable now is the commentary, both positive and antipathetic. I like feedbacks a lot.  Among all feedbacks, those from spiritual seekers who seek a guru are the most memorable.

 What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?
Erle: Open the blogs everyday. Begin at 7 a.m. Continue on time availability. Till 9:30 pm I work.

 What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?

Erle: Blogs, cellphones are the coolest. Blogs for internet-based.

Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?

Erle: Very much. Tried & tested even here in Manila.

What do you think sets Your site apart from others?

Erle: I’m a guru and yogi, I can intuit on higher knowledge not knowable to the ordinary, not even to geniuses. Such as the opening of the stargate portal to other star systems, I saw this in my vision.

 If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?

Erle: Big dreamer, far-sighted dreamer.

What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?

Erle: Happiest: release of my 1st book. …Gloomiest? None really, simply sad but not ‘gloomiest’.

Do you think [the use of Twitter and other social networking tools by politicians] is bandwagon jumping or what?

Erle: Of course. But do they have any better choice?

If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s   paid for – what would your top 3 choices be?

Erle: Egypt–Great Pyramid; Glastonbury in England; Maui in Hawaii

What is your favorite book and why?

Erle: Secret Doctrine by Blavatsky. It’s the most advanced lesson in wisdom, mysticism for me.

What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?

Erle: Level of intelligence, by looking at their forehead, head configuration, sensing their aura.

 Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?

Erle: No, never.

 How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?

Erle: I can’t say much. My blogging is for serving spiritual seekers, hobby, not for money (I’m studying this now).

Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?

Erle: Not exactly. Even very busy professionals became successful bloggers which is just their hobby.

 What are your thoughts on corporate blogs and what do you think the biggest advantages and disadvantages are?

Erle: It’s their choice, not mine to make judgement about. It’s cool, it can reach out to many, can’t say of disadvantages.

    What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?
Erle: Very much. Blogging is new. But it’s beginning to become the ’salon’ or ‘coffee shop’ of the future where ideas get to shape the world out there.

 Who are your top five favourite bloggers?

Erle: I hardly have time to read others’ blogs really, can’t comment.

Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?

Erle: Catchy title, non-technical but short.

What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?

Erle: A great people! Nothing can erase that. Pakistan was once part of the seat of Mogul (I was a majarajah there during Akbar’s time, what can I say…)

Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?

Erle: Not really. Being a sociologist, I expect uniqueness.

What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?

Erle: Developed: the most strategic industries are in the high-tech industrial sectors. Developing, still mired in low-tech industries such as furniture, garments & textiles, and very big agricultural sector (past 50% of GDP).

What is the future of blogging?

Erle: Very very big! It is the salon of the future! It is where geniuses of the world meet, also the mystics and superhumans of the world. Very big!

You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?

I got connected to new contacts, professional friends. Some of them already arranged face-to-face negotiations with me in Manila, inviting me to projects. It began when they read me, and i read their interests.

What are your future plans?

Erle: Become a master of wisdom, travel to other nations as a guru-master. Continue using blogs and open a formal URL.

Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?

Work out to strengthen your nation, unite, bond amid ethnic differences. Don’t succumb to the whims of the global oligarchs who want to fragment Pakistan and then control the mini-states later. You are a great people, believe in your historical grandeur and collective strenth. Allah hu Akbar!