June 24, 2018, 1:23 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.02912 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03401 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5072 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02524 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03345 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03758 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57159 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03155 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 32.90079 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1289 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07111 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28053 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 376.17437 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03754 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02493 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01856 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.99061 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12218 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.75385 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57591 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77772 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.33615 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12016 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92728 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1963 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25225 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33484 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51146 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01612 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03918 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08979 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87956 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.07178 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14072 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87599 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14741 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44878 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11882 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24803 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23224 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.43067 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06764 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27568 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.24728 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 798.38407 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03119 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.45509 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01333 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06417 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89121 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28183 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.00526 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 16.91094 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.86622 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00568 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01541 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.38595 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.00451 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.292 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98572 Sri Lanka Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.98891 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.98647 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.97896 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15183 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.67042 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65295 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29256 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.4053 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37584 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07518 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25239 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.72679 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59207 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15205 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03401 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02719 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00723 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Panama Balboa
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0609 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06966 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.55769 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06839 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07509 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18236 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.96073 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07046 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1479 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25235 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33738 Sudanese Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 149.94363 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.72905 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 394.98309 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16441 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67644 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25202 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61856 Thai Baht
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.08786 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12682 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56924 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.63435 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49267 Ukraine Hryvnia
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59451 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.50094 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1499.4363 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.10147 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07159 Vanuatu Vatu
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1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05073 East Caribbean Dollar
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Many, many people are walking advertisements of themselves. They talk about their accomplishments at the drop of a hat — without being asked about them, or without having any reason to do so. There ARE, of course, times when one has to talk about one’s credentials. In which case, people don’t squirm when we do. It’s like we have this built-in radar that lights up when someone’s bragging. And we all instantly get turned off, and tune off. In which case, bragging defeats its own purpose. 

Have you noticed how some people have to mention how many books they’ve written;  how high their position is in the corporate pyramid;

how many buildings they own; where they got their MBA or PhD;

how many lovers they have and are getting away with;

how many “disciples” they have or how many churches they’ve planted;

what country clubs they belong to;

which amazing country, restaurant or resort they’re been to;

how often and where they play tennis/golf/football; 

who’s the celebrity they’re currently hobnobbing with; how many hours they spend praying, fasting, and reading the Bible;

what’s the latest awesome book or movie or play they’ve just seen; 

what ranking they had in the bar/board exams;

what foreign scholarships they got in college;

how intelligent, patriotic, and so uninterested they are in money or anything burgis?

how they’re connoisseurs of this or that — and we’re all just riff raff, hoi polloi, pathetic Philistines? Ad infinitum...ad nauseum. 

It’s embarrassing how many of us do this. All. The. Time. And everywhere! I think the only time we have enough sense to shut up is when someone with a totally stratospheric status walks into the room and it would be comical and pathetic of us to compete. I had a recent encounter with someone who just kind of threw a big slab of her “accomplishments” at my face — in the guise of updating me about a recent project she’s working on. Of course I squirmed. And squirmed. And squirmed. But I was trapped. I had no decent, polite way out of the conversation. 

What’s one to do when caught in a situation like this? My first reaction was disbelief. Then a festering annoyance. Then something like deep, deep, dread. The kind that can give you an acid reflux. As I was listening to her go on and on about her accomplishments, I was thinking of all the brilliant, highly-accomplished friends I have with truly stellar credentials from Ivy League schools or in their own fields — and yet, are so refreshingly, stunningly humble. 

How I wished I was talking to them, instead of listening to this person who, for some reason, had this profound need to brag to me — shamelessly. Her pretentiousness was nonpareil. Unrivaled. Matchless. 

Or perhaps I’ve lost my tolerance for braggarts, having been around a lot of humble people these past few decades. Or maybe it’s because at 64, my patience is thinning, like my hair. 

When this person paused to catch her breath, she finally asked me a question about myself, like an afterthought. I gave her a long reply — by instinct, I guess I wanted to stave off another barrage of bragging from her. But I don’t think she even heard my answer because she immediately resumed her bragging — again.

It was at this point that I desperately resorted to prayer. I prayed that God would cut this conversation short in a way that wasn’t going to be rude or curt of me. And what do you know?!! God came to the rescue!!! He did. And I was finally able to extricate myself from sheer torture. 

So what is it that fuels people to brag? On top of the list is, of course, insecurity. We look small to ourselves so we try to look big to others. Or we’re intimidated by certain people — maybe they’re too smart or too pretty or too rich or accomplished. Or perhaps we want to be identified with a certain social class or group of people whom we consider superior to us, so we want to “belong.” Under this category would be the social climbers. 

Or maybe we need to puff up our credentials to get a job or a contract or meet a quota. Maybe we need to impress someone to get something from him. Maybe we’re desperately hanging on to a title or position — thus, the need to give praise reports, no matter how exaggerated. Or maybe we grew up with arrogant parents who modelled it seamlessly to us. Maybe we feel the need to constantly “market ourselves” because we cannot believe people will like us for who we really are. Perhaps we crave attention and admiration — because we were so used to getting it at home. 

Or it could be that we are overcompensating for huge trials or setbacks we’ve had, or are having, in life — so instead of being pitied, we want to be seen as a splendid “overcomer” who is so brave and brilliant, and has succeeded against all odds. 

We can even say “to God be all the glory” at the end of our bragging — yet it’s not going to make our bragging any less offensive and revealing. 

As Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people, all the time.”

The antidote to bragging? Find out what’s at the root of it. And deal with it. You’ll be much happier with yourself.
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