Konyo, Jologs (and other classes in Philippines).
Big-time question of the day material. You'll get a big-time response. First
I'll explain that Jologs is a Filipino term used to describe people of low
While you wanted to know more about this phenomenon, I figured why stop at
Jologs? Let's blow the whole lid open on the Class System of the Philippines
I'm sure you're all familiar with the report card style of grading. A being
the highest grade, then B then so on (skipping E for some reason), until F =
Here in descending order, is a general overview of the various classes that
comprise the Homeland.
Specific Groups: Coņos, Socialites, Artistas, Big Money Families.
Examples: Any one with a last name of Araneta, Ayala, Cojuanco, et.al. Most
Ateneans, Lasallians and residents of Alabang.
The real Class A people in the Philippines are the truly wealthy. Typically
they have a driver, chauffeuring them around a million+ peso vehicle (with
sun roof, CD player, cup holders that work). They live in the most exclusive
villages and have attended the best schools money can buy. They frequent
hotel restaurants, Spanish and Japanese Restaurants, CPK, and places with a
weird French accent in the name. Their last name sounds like a dashing soap
opera star that would headline in either Mexico or Taiwan.
While there are some good people in Class A, the "Coņos" are the
stereotypical arrogant rich guy who will speak English at all times except
when to curse.
Coņos will be found yachting, shopping for designer clothes and shoes,
people watching at trendy places, hanging out at Starbucks and actually
eating, and doing numerous designer drugs.
One last thing about this Class - majority of these people are Spanish or
Chinese looking. There is no in-between. It's like the paler you are the
better. If you're dark and rich, you're no real Coņo, you're just a dark,
Specific Groups: Educated middle to upper classes
Examples: We at Planetgimmick (Though we insist to be very high and most of
you out there - our valued fans.
Ok, now we're talking about the educated crowd with some money to throw
around the necessities in life and then some. We'd like to think that anyone
who is surfing this website is at least this caliber so, we'll be addressing
you personally during this class description.
If you're in this B-Class, you probably drive a Honda something with all the
perks. You've gone to a good college that most people have heard of, or is
known for it's hot babes. B Class people live mostly in sub-divisions and
will have a driver along with numerous maids.
Since you're educated you'll enjoy cable TV, all different kinds of music to
suit your moods (U2, Mike Francis, Chubbawubba, and Barry White), and the
biggest blockbusters that Hollywood has to offer.
Your last name is your average Spanish, Chinese, or Malaysian (.er maybe not
Malaysian) last name.
Favorite Expressions such normal outbursts like, "Hey pare, what's up?"
"What's your gimmick tonight?" and "Pu-tang-ina!"
You'll enjoy a good café, a solid dinner at Italian and American/Continental
Restaurants, and the newest date places.
Yes, you my class B fried are the ideal example of what a Filipino should be
- smart, fun, optimistic, and a frequent visitor of
www.planetgimmick.com - The
Philippines Gimmick Authority. Rock on.
Specific Groups: The Educated Masa, working class
Examples: The majority of the general Philippine populace.
This huge Class is what advertisers in the country are targeting. Sure the
Class A people set the trends but Class C people are the biggest influence
in a company's overall success. Look at the text/ cell phone explosion. Look
at the good-value grills and restaurants that are still going. Without the C
class malls would go out of business.
So as important as this group is to the economy of the Philippines, people
in this group will strive to be above their station. They work hard in their
8 to 6 jobs, party it up as fierce as anyone, but will always distance
themselves from Jologs. When the B class do it, it's normally in jest as
it's really absurd to think that well we could be Jologs. But the C class is
THAT close to being Jologs, so to call them such would really hurt them.
Anyway, Class C, the educated Masa, is also the working class, so have
practical tastes in food (Filipino, Chinese, BBQ, fast food), will watch
everything on TV, and speak in Tagalog most of the time. Their English
comprehension is 100% but their English speaking is mixed ranging from the
fluent to the fresh-off-the-boat, please don't talk anymore level. And
finally their last name could pass for a Malaysian surname, having at least
4 tribal-sounding syllables.
Specific Groups: Jologs
Ok now we finally get to what sparked the genesis of this article in the
first place: them Jologs. As I stated earlier Jologs are people with low
breeding. Their education is rudimentary, their manners crass, and their
behavior found wanting.
Now before I sound like an elitist (too late though), Jologs are the
not-so-educated masa. They are easy to please and don't have much in
aspirations, except maybe to know all the dance moves from the Sex Bomb
Dancers or to know the lyrics to all the songs of Michael Learns To Rock.
Ok, but as our reader asked, "What makes a person Jologs?"
To my understanding Jologs are a sub-culture of the Masa. They eschew work
for pleasure, live a carefree life, are as loud as possible, and wear cheap
slippers exclusively. In addition, Jologs are always short and dark, and a
majority of them will have blond streaks or red highlights that are obvious
do-it-yourself jobs. They often have tattoos, pierced ears, and the baggiest
shorts and jeans possible. Their mangling of the Queen's English is a felony
but somehow it becomes adequate when they sing along to the most vile Back
What really sets them apart from all is their own vocabulary.
I was recently sent this list of Jologs definitions. Such funny stuff, that
I had to read this with a toilet nearby. It probably was lifted off the net
somewhere, but hey whoever originated this list - I must say - salamat po
from the bottom of my Upper Class B heart.
So you see, Jologs are the riff-raff of civilized society. Libertines in an
urban jungle, they live for primal urges, yet will ignore the squalor around
them and enjoy their April Boys tapes, their Ralph Lauren knock offs, their
Judy Ann Santos movies with relish. They don't give a f**k and some will
even carry the normally derogatory classification with a sense of pride.
Examples: The Squatters
The last group of people are those who live at the poverty level. They have
almost no education, numerous offspring, will usually beg for their
well-being, and have really bad teeth. When someone is considered
"Squatting" you're lower than low - a vagrant, a bum. They clog up and
pollute all available waterways and rivers, they tap into your electricity
lines, and back up your car asking for change even when there's no other car
I'm getting so depressed writing about them, that my journalistic juices
have gone sour. Ah.the rabble.
Well there you have it. A general overview of the unspoken class system of
the Philippines. Hope you learned something. Wherever you fall on the Class
List, rise above your station. (Shit that was strenuously close to the
tagline of the teeny-bopper "Jologs" movie that says, "Rise above yourself."
I just puked in my mouth).
So there you go Star, a lengthy response to your question. So the next time
any of you get called Jologs you now know what to do. Call them a squatter.