The vast majority of Pinoys are, indeed, a hard working people. That is, of course, if hard working means exactly the same thing as hard praying. Indeed, we Pinoys attach more reliability by praying than we appreciate the values of working.
After all, in our schools, colleges, and universities - we were taught to believe, indeed, never lose faith in the Word of God written in the holy bible like: "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for everyone that asketh, receiveth' and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened."
Sadly, however, as the only Christian country in Asia since the 16th century, the vast majority of poor Pinoys are still waiting and waiting for the results of their hard prayers said hourly, daily, nightly, weekly, monthly, and yearly!
In the meantime, we consume without producing. We are spending without earning. We are praying without working. Instead of struggling creatively against foreigners, we would rather compete against each other to achieve more of the same old nothing.
What a waste of precious time as a people. What a waste of precious energy as a nation. We Pinoys are still stuck with silly prayers behind a silly theology. At this point in time of Philippine history - we should have already grown as a people with science and should have already developed as a nation with technology. Poch Suzara