Nov 10 2014
“Utang na Loob” is how it is commonly referred to. A loose definition would be a desire of one to repay another for a past action where the latter helped the former. The assistance could come in different forms and circumstances. It could be where money was lent out at the the right moment. A job was given when it was badly needed. An opportunity provided when there was nothing else to turn to. It is a form of help that characteristically bails out the receiver from a grave situation.
At the surface, the transaction is a simple give and take agreement. It is by its original intent a selfless act of compassion…to help. However, the gravity of the assistance sometimes makes the debt somehow impossible to repay. That is why, ideally, there is no agreement that it has to be repaid.
This wonderful act of giving is oftentimes corrupted by the very same people who participate. It is tainted when the giver expects something in return… that the debt of gratitude be paid back and also when the receiver lives the rest of his life trying to give back what was freely given. In any case , both are imprisoned not by each other but by their own guilty disposition.