This time zone is also known as “Filipino Time” which may range from 15 minutes to several hours after the agreed time. This is one of the Filipino traits (bordering on tradition) that’s, to say the least, undesirable.
Picture this, a party announced to start at 7 pm will usually start at, well 8:30. If you actually go on time, you’ll be present to witness preparations or awkwardly sit in a corner all by yourself, because you’re the ONLY FRIGGIN PERSON THERE!
When I was a kid, I always thought this was normal, but as I grew up and traveled around, I realized this not how the other parts of the world do it. I noticed they are actually early or on the dot. I do, however, have a theory on why this is such a persistent trait.
Maybe, once upon a time, Pedro held a birthday party at Jolibee. He invited his friends Banban, Jose, Juan, KC and Piolo. 4 of them arrived on time. However Jose was late, like he usually is. The party went on as scheduled. Then, it was Juan’s turn to have a birthday party at Goldilocks. This time, 3 of them turned up late because Banban thought it was okay since Jose was gonna be late anyway. Time passed by and almost all of them turned up late and later and later. Well, anyway, there’s always next year. Except for KC who was born on February 29.
See what I mean? Arriving late in some countries is considered an insult. Not only are you missing out on opportunities, you are also wasting the other people’s time and energy. And no, it’s not “Better late than never”. It’s better be on time or you’ll be fired!
Let us change this mentality of “walang paki sa oras” (no regard for time). Start with yourself! Arrive on time! Ikaw ang simula! (You are the beginning!)