Do you think pinoys who were born abroad are really proud being a filipino?

@kingpong (166)
Philippines
June 12, 2009 11:31am CST
THe p cat doll's concert has been a success. It reminded me of a personal question i had with regards to how native filipino's take pride of fil-ams and other filipinos born abroad. I mean every time someone of filipino blood from another country wins a contest or becomes famous abroad, we always try to "associate" ourselves with this person being a filipino. Personally, i think its pathetic. Filipinos who associate themselves with a foreigner just because they look like a filipino are pathetic. These people, though they look filipino and have filipino sounding surnames are not really filipino. In fact, if you ask them, they will not leave their "homeland" for the philippines. I dont have any grudge against filipinos born abroad. In fact i congratulate them for their success. Maybe i just want to ask them if they really feel like being a filipino. What do you think?
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@ckyera (17342)
• Philippines
12 Jun 09
you know, i also have some thoughts like you... yes it nice to hear that he or she who succeed on this field or that has a Filipino blood...but sometimes i also think that how can they say that they are proud to be a Filipino when they can't even talk our language? and they rarely come to visit our country and most of them just came here to have a concert or anything...i don't know. but if they say that they are proud then its good and nice if they really mean it... but you know i admire apple d ap among the rest...i can really see and feel his being proud as a Filipino... have a nice day! :-)
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@Ritchelle (3795)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
that is quite a nice topic. well it is but natural to associate ourselves with somebody who is successful and has a siphon of similarity to us. some people are quite vulgar and showy with this (which is quite poor taste actually) while some people take pride quietly. most common example of this taking pride in anybody who is remotely associated with us is not just with the filipinos who made it abroad but mere relatives who made it even here in our country. as for the filipinos abroad leaving their place there for the philippines some do leave that greener pasture for something more. i know some who chose to bring their children here because they say the culture of bringing up children here in our country is different and they can be more assured of having children growing up equipped with respect to elders.
• United States
13 Jun 09
I'm filipino myself, I was born from Japan then grew up all my life in California. I always tell people I'm more pinoy than you think. My mom is filipino that was born in Bicol Naga City Camarines Sur but grew up living in Ragay. I was raised in a filipino way, along growing up with my cousins, uncles and my aunts. I am a proud filipino myself and love the country at times I wish I was born there. I've been there 3 times in my life and really enjoy the lifestyle there. I've met filipinos though from here that we're born from this state. Sad to say that they grew up americanized, some of them don't consider to be filipino, when you talk about filipino culture or lifestyle they tend to find it boring and corny. I just find it a disgrace to see such a thing.
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
It's nice to know that you are proud of your roots, darkangel079. I think many Filipinos who were born or grew up abroad don't really care about the Philippines. They don't like to be associated with being Filipino and when they come to visit the country they often pick on the negative things they see in this country. It's such a shame because no matter what they do their blood is still Filipino.
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@kingpong (166)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
I am proud to say that you are our kababayan, since even living abroad you still try learning our filipino culture.
@paoxav (1382)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
It depends on them. Some of there are, some of them are not. Some of them are just Filipino and blood but not in heart. Some personalities like athletes were proud but there are some were trying to deny it. I'm not pointing fingers but an example is Brian Viloria. Before Manny Pacquiao hits the limelight of boxing, Viloria denies his Filipino lineage. He rather choose to represent the USA in the Olympics instead of the Philippines. But after Manny Pacquiao came, there he goes. Embracing his Filipino roots. What a user and hypocrite..
@kingpong (166)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
Wow i never knew that. That is exactly my point. Of course we cannot say that all filipino raised abroad are not nationalistic, its just majority of them does not care about the philippines. Would you trade say the US for the philippines? i Dont think so. Even natives here would love to leave the country given the chance than face the problems in this country.
@flaky03 (225)
• Philippines
22 Jun 09
For me some of them are proud for being a Filipino and some are not. As a reality check, people are mostly attached to their native land because that's where they born and grew up. Even though they grew up overseas it depends on their parents and any forms of news or topics celebrating the Filipino pride who give the word of mouth and influences. We cant blame our fellow men if they see the Philippines at its verge of pessimism like the political system, peace and order and among others.
• Philippines
18 Jun 09
in my observation Filipino born abroad most of them are not proud to be a Filipino but not of them. How can you be proud to be a Filipino if you don't even speak and understand the Filipino language. They don't even know what their race belong. One experiences I have was when I in Australia i met a guy born there with Filipino parents. I ask him is he is a Filipino then told me that hi is not he is an Australian even though the color of his skin is brown and her nose is "pango". may be the problem is their parents they never told their son that even he was born in Australia they have teach their son the value's and the history of the Filipino .
@xanlui (38)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
It depends on how their parents taught them about being a Filipino. If what they told their children was good, the children has a positive view and may be proud. Right now, if they see Filipino's who are making their way to the top, they'll be proud. If not, they'll just "boo" at us.
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
pride in being Filipino has to come from the individual.it doesn't necessarily mean,especially for those born and raised from other countries,that they are proud of their heritage.some are even shunning their Filipino heritage because they don't want to be labeled as "maids" or "entertainers".it's good to know that some famous Filipinos are proud of their heritage.
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
This maybe true but not all the time. These foreign stars have really a Filino-blood. But honestly, I feel the same way. I am a bit doubtful when they say that they are proud to be a Filipino especially when interviewed. My bad side of mind tells me that they just want a good PR and have a greater number of audience. But something in me is telling me that they are really happy to have a little Filipino blood in them. I just hope they really are. But again, they have loved their first home, the place where they were born. Actually, I have known this person who was born in USA. She went here to study. Actually, she doesn't really claim herself as a Filipino even if she really looks like one. She is not proud of the Philippines. She even despises some of the people and keeps on comparing Philippines to USA. So I guess, let's just don't force people to love Philippines or associate others to the Philippines.
@doggyhouz (548)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Where I am from there is a lot of Filipinos. Just one city over has even more and they also went to high school with me. They are great people and I have some friends that are Filipinos. I think they are into their culture but I've haven't meet many that knows how to speak their language well enough to have a conversation with their parents or for example ordering at a Filipino Food. I am a American-born asian and I think it is usually the melding of the two. Gain some Lose some.
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
Yes, I agree with you. I'm also proud of Filipinos born abroad. But you have a point at wanting to ask them if they really feel proud. I'm thinking, how could they be proud? I mean, their parents could have been able to raise them speaking Tagalog (or any Pinoy dialect, for that matter) and incorporated our manners into their homes, but those kids raised abroad just do not know how it is in our country. All they hear are stories from their parents. So there's a huge difference between saying they're proud of their biological roots and they're proud of nominally "being Filipino".
@AndrewBoi (369)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
I see your point, but I think.- I think they are also proud to be Filipinos. Just like Batista, he already had that Philippine flag tattoo even before. Those popular people will give us a sense of pride despite the issues and problems our country is facing. Not Moving in the Philippines doesn't mean they are not proud to be Filipinos. We can be Filipinos whoever and wherever we are. The overseas workers, they are far away from our home land, yet we call them heroes.