A Critique of Thesis
“No Time like Filipino Time” by Gail Co, Clarissa Garcia, Gianina
Guillermo.Ateneo De Manila 2013
(A critique submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
subject Advance Social Psychology)
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
October 12, 2013
BATALLA, JOSHUA J.
Master in Psychology
Hopefully this 2016
The following is a critique of Gail Co, Clarissa Garcia, Gianina
Guillermo.Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Ateneo De
Manila, Thesis “No Time like Filipino Time” I have chosen to
critique this thesis for three reasons. First, this particular
subject is of great interest to me knowing the theoretical and
conceptual framework of this specific phenomena. Second, I’m
so curious on how Ateneans do their researches being in a Top
3 schools their data gathering, presentation and methodology
is the similar way I expect to do in my own research, Third.
The researches created a good abstract and poster for their
thesis which attract the reader’s attention and curiosity.
B. Executive summary
The researchers has written a concise, well-structured and
thoughtful thesis that enhances our understanding on Filipino
Psychology on how Filipinos valued time. This would be an
important contribution, with this knowledge hope fully we
could diminish and gradually eliminate this negative association
to our personality as a Filipino.
B. Statement of the Problem
B.1 Importance of the Problem
The Researchers identifies a crucial problem and intends
to know what are the definition of a Filipino of Time and how
do they value time and their clients.A very crucial and very
vital topic that should be answered.
B.2 Clarity of Problem and Hypothesis Statements
The Problem stated the researchers on how does Filipinos
value time is clearly expressed and succinct. The researchers
converted this into a clear hypothesis that this salient
behavior among Filipinos has its theoretical and psychological
B.3 Link to Theory
The problem and hypothesis doesn’t have a clear theoretical
framework it based its foundation just on the definition of
culture. There are limited Filipino Psychology books,let-alone
books that discusses Filipino time.
This research intends tends to analyze Filipino time as a
result of cultural and cognitive processes such as values,
norms and thinking patterns prevalent in the Filipino society.
The researchers intends to give answer to the following
A. What is the meaning of Filipino Time?
B. How is Filipino time demonstrated?
C. What factors could explain the occurrence of Filipino
D. What is the perceived effect of Filipino time?
E. Is there a difference in context by which Filipino time is
demonstrated by means of socio-economic status?
Focus group discussions were conducted and each comprised
of 6-8 participants with varying socio-economic status. For
consistency there was only on facilitator for all focus group
discussions. Four questions patterned after the research
questions were asked. After each questions, participants were
given a chance to answer and elaborate on their responses. It
lasted 1 hour – 1 ½ hours. Thematic analysis were used to
examine the data
The statistical section is the weakest part of the thesis. The
sample size is insufficient to support the hypothesis and is
not the structured enough to support the whole population.
The analytical discussion, however, is excellent it made use of
the narrative analysis method which provide rich data about
the subject in hand.
F. Statistical Treatment
Mainly qualitative data were gathered for this research thus
usage of statistical data was diminished. narrative text was
classified to sub-themes according to the pattern of the
responses. In order to come up with the results.
This type date gathering method has its pros and cons
narrative qualitative date yes do emit quality data and gives
rich information about the topic. But in terms of application to
the general population this form of date gathering method
would present a lot of loopholes due to uncontrolled variables.
From the thesis conducted by the researchers it is evident
that Filipino time is seen by Filipinos as negative yet could be
also seen as neutral, as if this was already a system
established among Filipinos. Yet a lot of foreign Managers
frowned upon experiencing this innate personality of Filipinos.
The researchers concluded the study that Filipinos valuing
time for granted, also coined as Filipino time, is already the
system and have been already tolerated by the society
The conclusion may have been so conclusive that it seems that
nothing could be thought out on how to avoid and if not
possible diminish the occurrence of this negative behavior.
People change so does culture. We couldn’t always say that we
are trapped in our ancestors experiences somewhat a lot of
their beliefs were already outdated in fact Filipino time is not
Filipino in origin it came from the Spaniards mayores who
looked down on Filipino and don’t respect their time. We the
new generations could still enact change if we just all open our
mind and move to a whole new perspective of being globally