Filipinos have been using the term “Pinoy Pride” over the past few years. When one views it in a way, it means bringing pride to the Filipino nation because someone has represented it internationally. It can also mean having the Philippines get noticed internationally. With the recent usage of the term, it is no doubt one of the most pathetic lines a Filipino can mention in public – may it be on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Let’s have some examples, shall we?
1. American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez has been known to be one of the recipients of the #PinoyPride hashtag on Twitter. The AI contestant has received numerous praises from the judges and most of America, then there come Filipinos saying “PINOY PRIDE!” Come to think of it, she did not even grow up here in the Philippines. She only has Filipino blood on her veins. Why is that Pinoy Pride? Well, it seems that any person abroad who has not even stepped foot in the Philippines, but has some an ounce of Filipino blood is doomed to receive the claims of the Philippines. Yes Filipinos, Jessica Sanchez has Filipino blood and is a great singer, but let’s not claim her. Don’t even get me started with Charice.
2. Survivor has announced that he 25th season of Survivor would be shot in the Philippines. Again, we see the influx of Pinoy Prides arriving everywhere. So what if they shoot here in the Philippines? How is that a big deal? They shoot these contestants with the typical “away-from-civilization” island in the Philippines. Show’s over, they’d move on. It’s not even considered “Pinoy Pride.” How shallow can you get?
3. The Bourne Legacy used the Philippines in some of the scenes they filmed. Back when they were still filming, it seems that the Philippines couldn’t hold its excitement and seemed to disturb the filmmakers. Furthermore, after the film was released, a lot of Filipinos commented how awful the Philippines was portrayed. There were also some who were happy that the filmmakers decided to use the Philippines and screamed PINOY PRIDE all over again. Seriously, what is there to be proud of?
To be honest, “Pinoy Pride” only screams how pathetic that the Philippines has become. It seems that the whole Filipino race is begging for international attention. These Filipinos or semi-Filipinos are bringing pride to themselves for the efforts they exerted. They did not represent the whole Filipino race. It’s not wrong to support them, but to declare them as “Pinoy Pride?” Nuh-uh. Furthermore, screaming Pinoy Pride at the mere usage of our country by international people? It’s their choice. They think it’s a better conceptual place for what they have in mind. It’s not like they’re handing us 10 million dollars for that.
To conclude, Pinoy Pride won’t even mask the deteriorating status of our country. Let’s not make a mountain out of a handful of soil, shall we?