June 18, 2018, 7:31 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.01763 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03375 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52595 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02519 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03338 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0375 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.56891 Bangladesh Taka
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1 Philippine Peso = 32.83293 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02508 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12845 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06994 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26852 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 375.39846 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03746 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02475 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0187 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.85955 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12072 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.23964 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57585 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.78136 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.32833 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1203 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92481 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19301 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25282 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33377 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51078 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01616 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03862 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08774 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.8783 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.7418 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13756 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.86799 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14715 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44823 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11904 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.22745 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20533 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 261.11007 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06788 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27862 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.20139 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 793.5496 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01763 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.42115 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01329 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07454 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89293 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28161 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.86537 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 16.87605 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.66229 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00567 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01538 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.31164 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.15357 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.99081 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.62835 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2522 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31382 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9715 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.27658 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.11532 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15157 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.65667 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65479 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29196 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.37802 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38672 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0747 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2516 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.71292 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58522 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15276 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03846 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02698 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00722 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06144 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05887 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23233 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06922 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 105.94412 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06825 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07529 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18378 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.92781 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07032 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1483 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25162 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33668 Sudanese Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02532 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41639 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 148.88431 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.53816 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 395.79974 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16407 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.65648 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25162 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61204 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04892 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04288 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08861 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12572 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56497 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.52766 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49372 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.94825 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59066 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 148.13426 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1496.34352 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 427.78924 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02025 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04811 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.58541 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05063 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.58541 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
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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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