FILIPINO PRIDE - has it gone over the edge?
April 21, 2011 10:02am CST
We first of all, I want to set something straight, I AM in fact a FILIPINO and that I am proud to be one. But I have something that I need to get out in the open. We Filipinos love to glorify ourselves, its true no matter how we bend it. Don't get me wrong, we are truly talented and blessed with people like Manny Pacquiao or Lea Salonga or whoever. But hey, so is the rest of the world right? I just don't get why the media today feel the need to point out that someone famous is Filipino, or half Filipino, or has a tiny trace of Filipino blood. I think its too much don't you agree? We have to appreciate the artist or the athlete for who he/she is, not for what her nationality is. After all, being Filipino does not endow a person with talent and assured success. No, it still comes down to what you make of yourself right? I'm all up for Filipino pride and everything, but I believe we need not scour every nook and cranny for celebrities and personalities who are remotely Filipino just to feel good about ourselves right? I recall a line from the movie Ratatouille saying: "Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere."
23 Apr 11
Wow! you amaze me with your words :) great honesty..i do agree with you.. Our Media do have good intentions in promoting Filipino Pride but at times they do get overboard.. sometimes we tend to forget the one asset that makes us stand out--meekness.
22 Apr 11
Yes, sometimes I feel like we're going overboard. I mean, yes, it does make us proud, but, do we really have to, as you say, scour every nook and cranny for celebrities and personalities who are remotely Filipino just to feel good about ourselves. Sometimes, our pride could be misplaced.
22 Apr 11
Yes. I mean its good that we support our fellow Filipinos in their success. But sometimes it gets kinda out of hand and it ends up with us bragging that we are somehow related to a celebrity or personality just because he/she has whatever percent of Filipino blood which is suppose to be why he/she is successful. Its too much.
22 Apr 11
Oh you bet! I agree with you that its too much already! Yes, that is something to be proud of but don't we think its too much- to ride on someones success, and we are not even part of the hardship they have to go through to get to their current status now. But on a possible way the media might be telling us to go and live to reach our dream.
21 Apr 11
Yes, I've also noticed that sometimes the local media tends to try and "find a Filipino" on new rising stars even if they were only Filipino for like 20% or so. That's not saying that we're not proud of them, it's just that sometimes, local media overrates them.
21 Apr 11
Yes, even to a point that it is irrelevant to the person's success. Take David Batista or know simply as "Batista" from WWE. I believe he's 1/4 Filipino(and some part Greek) by blood but by heart and life style, not at all Filipino yet we boast he is. Now he sports a tattoo of the Philippine flag (which he never had before the revelation) just to get the Filipino crowd stirring. And the media just eats it up.