Finding the Filipino Identity.

As a Filipino who has had a front-row ticket to almost everything that the Philippines has gone through for the past decade, I can genuinely say that the Filipinos are not the Filipinos they claim to be.

Let’s go with racism, shall we? Whenever Western media uses the Philippines (or Filipinos) as a simple subject of the joke, the majority of Filipinos cries with words such as, “Racist!” and immediately demand an apology. Even government officials support their stand as they issue a persona non grata to such celebrities or people who made these jokes. Hey, I agree with them on the anti-discrimination case, but if only they weren’t so hypocritical about it.

I mean, we are talking about a race who thinks that dark skin is ugly. We are talking about citizens who patronize skin whitening products in hopes that they become beautiful. We are talking about a race that’s so quick to criticize dark-skinned people and make fun of them when they get the chance. We are talking about a race that is so quick to patronize foreigners, but are very much willing to turn down fellow Filipinos. Observe that Filipinos, in reality, are more accommodating to Caucasian foreigners and would go leaps and bounds just to fulfill their requests. This promotes the white-man superiority complex that Filipinos have in their minds. Besides, this is the country where the “educated” make fun of people who can’t speak English well and laugh at a mistake in an enunciation of an English word.

Filipinos are basically sending a message that says, “Racism is fun, just don’t let the Philippines or the Filipino race be the subject of such jokes.”

What’s great about being a Filipino, though, is the close family ties. On Filipino-blooded people having international accolades, Filipinos are quick to proclaim their “pride” even if their country wasn’t even represented in such competitions. Although, if you really think about it, It’s that hunger for international acclaim that makes them cheer for such individuals.

Somehow, the country and its people hold a lot of potential. Their emotional attachment to things may look like a disadvantage to other countries, but it is actually an asset to each Filipino. The emotional attachment keeps them grounded and allows them to make decisions that are more favorable to everybody. The ability to empathize makes them gauge the benefits a bit more. This emotional attachment allows people to stay with them and keep coming back. If only these people knew how to capitalize on this.

Somehow, Filipinos seem to be a bit lost in identity. All I see is a desperate society struggling to become White Americans.

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