By Chiqui Raveloski

Bahala Na is a phrase Filipinos use most often. It can mean”living it all up to God”, “come what may”, “whatever will be will be”, and the list goes on. It is a way of life, an attitude, a perspective. It is embedded in the Filipino culture and it will never go away. It is not for everyone, especially to those who likes to be in control at all times.

The Bahala Na attitude was said to had came out of a nation where poverty is rampant.  Filipinos had learned to adapt to situations they do not have any control over. This adaptation had given the strength and perseverance to go on overcoming adversities and obstacles that came their way. This means leaving the things beyond anyone’s control in the hands God and or Higher being. 

As Filipinos continue to overcome struggles, the Bahala Na attitude gives a unique ability to accept bad fortune and hardship. Yet, acceptance of what is real does not necessarily mean losing hope or feeling helpless. It is endurance for the harsh life and being grateful for what little light at the end of the tunnel shines on each one. It gives hope as it builds a stronger sense of self worth for all those who persevere.


Many will argue that the Bahala Na concept is unhealthy. It promotes laziness, a passive attitude, and lack of initiative to do better for yourself. As a matter of fact, this concept had been found to be irritating by some because it gives an impression of someone who just does not care. This is not true. Bahala Na gives Filipinos time to think things over carefully. The hope is to embark on a solution that will give the biggest rewards, not only for themselves but for everyone involved in the process. 

The Bahala Na interpretation differs in so many ways. Yet, Bahala Na is what makes Filipinos unique from the rest of the world. Learning to embrace the Bahala na attitude can be uncomfortable and awkward to some. But learning to be comfortable with your own self gives the capability to go beyond your own self expectation.     

With all the hardships, challenges, and struggles Filipinos endure in their lifetime, the lessons learned from experiences serves as a compass for the succeeding generations to practice, spread, and be proud of. One cannot argue that the beauty and simplicity of this nation lives in the hearts of the ones who had gone through these countless hardships. From sunrise to sunset, Filipinos say Bahala Na and find tranquility wherever they may be.

There is no other way to say it..... but to say Bahala Na. 



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  9. It may appear that because Filipinos have a bahala-na (whatever will be will be) approach to things, they must be among the least anxious people on earth.

    Because I live with a Filipina I can say that bahala-na doesn't take anxiety away, on the contrary it causes a lot of unnecessary kabalisahan.

    A typical example is budgeting money: many Filipinos whom I know are pretty careless about it and, although they do earn, they find themselves in a state of financial emergency every now and then because of lack of financial planning which, of course, creates much kabalisahan.

    So bahala-na, far from removing kabalisahan, actually creates a lot of it and the fact itself that the word kabalisahan exists in the Tagalog language suggests that, despite bahala-na, Filipinos do get anxious.

    Even if most Filipinos believe what Panginoong Jesus said, namely "huwag mabalisa", they actually struggle to apply this counsel because of the bahala-na si Batman attitude

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