by Periander A. Esplana

"This is a marvel of genius, that genius which is a product of the long and tedious journey of the human spirit which has reached this subtlety of insight, the fullness of rationality, if there is any such thing."

Romualdo E. Abulad and Alfredo P. Co, Two Filipino Thomasian Philosophers ON POSTMODERNISM, Manila: UST Publishing House, 2004, p. 85

Introduction. Nash Equilibrium is a term used to mathematically express the balanced competition in the paradigm of a game theory. It has been named after John F. Nash, Jr. who is a genius beyond question. He is an American mathematician who was awarded with a Nobel Prize in Economics[1]. Watch a movie about him with the title “A Beautiful Mind” and you will see the relationship of the term Nash Equilibrium with the term Pinoy Genius. Let me give you a hint: the keyword is “game.”

Objectivity is an endangered species in the world today. Subjectivity is the rule of the day. Thus, many readers will think at the outset that I am biased in writing this article. That this is to be expected from someone who must defend his country and his fellow citizens, hence there's nothing new to be seen at all.

As usual, nationalism, pinoy pride and patriotism. Honestly speaking, they are wrong. I was not raised to admire my fellow Filipinos. Twenty-five years ago, the term “Pinoy Genius” means nothing to me but an oxymoron.

Filipinos like anyone else have our own good and bad attitude. We are known for our industriousness, family solidarity, kindness, and hospitality but we are also known for our crab mentality – a type of egotistic thinking to pull down those who are exerting effort for success that go beyond the mediocrity.

The roots of crab mentality are insecurity and envy inculcated in the minds and indoctrinated in the hearts of our ancestors by colonialist's indio concept[2]. Its fruits are gossip, backbiting and low self-esteem: a quasi-inferiority complex.

My father taught me at an early age of five to read and comprehend a mammoth book on world history in English language.

My family was not accustomed to listen to original pilipino music (OPM) because we have a large collection of foreign classical music. There it goes... Mancini, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mantovani, Stravinsky, Previn, Bernstein, Ormandy, etc., etc. We listen to them almost everyday. We also preferred to watch English movies because of the quality of the movie and of the story.

Of course, there are currently many Filipino movies which can compete with Hollywood movies such as films made by Brillante Mendoza, Bong Revilla and George Estregan, Jr.

As of now, some of my favorite foreign movies are Pi (1998), Matrix Trilogy and 3 Idiots.

In one way or another like almost everybody, unknowingly and unintentionally, I was raised to “hate” the status quo and achievements of my fellow Filipinos.

Even today, in this Information Age, many Filipinos repeatedly echoed this opprobrious attitude both offline and online. Just look at the various reaction garnered by Dan Brown's Inferno when one of its characters ironically called Manila as the gates of hell[3].

Now, you may ask me: "What in the world you're doing when you made a website with an elated title and obstreperous content which is tantamount to lucid dream of quantum deconstruction?"

Change, transformation, repentance, maturity, development, progress, regeneration, discovery, realization, etc. are just some of the terms that can explain why many Filipinos today are awakened to newness of life with all power and vitality.

Personalization and customization.  First of all, I simply loved genius per se. Since I was a child, I learned the story of inventions and their inventors. I was also exposed to mind-expanding books.

My eldest brother Dan, a classical guitarist from University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music, has a library with books ranging from existential philosophy to pure mathematics.

I still remember that when I was eleven years old my father died, it was a very starry night as I look at the heaven above and began to ask about ultimate questions. I realized that there is no pure darkness in the universe. I have tried during that time to understand the books of Jean-Paul Sartre and Jiddu Krishnamurti on the meaning of life.

Secondly, most of my friends called me with endearment by various names such as boy genius, Newton, Einstein, etc. I cannot escaped it. I even deny it.  It is an undesigned coincidence that my name “Periander” was taken from one of the Seven Sages (Wise Men) of Ancient Greece. Thales, considered as the father of philosophy, is also one of the Seven Sages[4].

You know, my favorite philosophers are Kant, Hegel and Kierkegaard. On the other hand, since I was a child, my favorite scientist is Blaise Pascal. Like Mozart, he was also a child prodigy.

At this point, you know already that Albert Einstein hit the nail on its head when he aptly observed that: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

Don't make any hesitation, repeat it to yourself: "If everybody is a genius so am I." If you really believed it, act upon it.  That is pinoy genius in action.

Thirdly, when I made my Twitter account, it simply popped up at the back of my head to use “pinoygenius” as my username. My name has been indexed as such by different search engines ever since on the web.

Fourthly, many Filipinos have also used “pinoygenius” in their blogs and as username in different online accounts. In fact, one of the famous games in the Philippines, dubbed as “Ang Pambansang Laro ng Bayan” (“the National Game of the Country”) like the “Pilipinas, Game KNB?”, is entitled “Pinoy Henyo” or in English “Pinoy Genius[5].”

The last but not the least, this is the most important reason for the existence of this website, I discovered that Filipinos are indeed genius in the real sense of the word and I will now cogently prove it with brevity beyond any reasonable shadow of a doubt.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary.  We all know that one of the highest achievements that had been attained by man in the field of science and technology was moon landing. Do you know that a Filipino is one of the genius designers of the vehicle which was used to explore the moon? His name is Eduardo San Juan[6].

As I surfed the web, I found out that there are those who tagged his connection to Lunar Roving Vehicle or Moon Buggy as urband legend. I was challenged to research the original technical design submitted by Eduardo San Juan to the NASA. You can download it for free. It is 100 pages in pdf format. Here's the E.C. San Juan's NASA contractor report which I have downloaded from the NASA archive:www.pinoygenius.com/ECJ.pdf [7]

Chess is obviously a mind game. Do you know that the first chess international grandmaster in Asia is a Filipino? He even twice defeated (1976 and 1984) the then world chess champion Anatoly Karpov. His name is Eugenio Torre[8].

Dama is also a counterpart game of chess in many countries. In the Philippines, it has been turned into systematic educational games nationwide by Jesus Huenda: DaMath and SciDama[9].

True leadership is a gift. It cannot be earned nor acquired. Do you know that the first Asian president of United Nations General Assembly is also a Filipino? His name is Carlos P. Romulo[10].

This is also true to another pinoy genius. He is known as the sublime paralytic and the brain of revolution. If there is Stephen Hawking in Britain and there is Professor X in movie, there is also Apolinario Mabini in the Philippines[11].

(To be continued...) 

Notes and References:

  1. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/1994/nash-autobio.html

  2. http://indiohistorian.tumblr.com/post/9196337445/on-the-spanish-colonial-past-in-the-philippines

  3. http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/05/23/945477/mmdas-tolentino-tells-dan-brown-manila-not-gates-hell

  4. http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Seven_Sages_of_Greece.html

  5. http://www.appszoom.com/android_games/brain_puzzle/henyo-trainer_exsqg.html



    De La Salle University (DLSU): http://store.ovi.com/content/213854/

  6. http://esplanaresearch.blogspot.com/2011/11/eduardo-c-san-juan-and-lunar-rover-moon.html

  7. Here's the direct link from NASA archive:


    The link has now been removed due to unknown reason but you can still confirm that this is the original file location of Eduardo C. San Juan's NASA Contractor Report:



  1. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=15793

  2. http://scidamaths.blogspot.com/



  3. http://carlospromulo.org/bio/

  4. http://www.ncda.gov.ph/featured-filipino-pwd/apolinario-mabini/