today, i discovered a website that has a collection of historical notes, essays and commentaries on the philippines. i was immediately excited to find this thinking that i can further my self-education into my heritage and find some sort of connection with like-minded filipinos. this quickly turned out to be a disappointment after reading my first two essays–one regarding the pidgin language of chavacano and the other discussing colonial mentality in the philippines.
the first article, i simply posted on my facebook with a comment stating my distaste for its stance. the next article got under my skin more than i thought it did. as i started typing my comment, it quickly became apparent that this was going to be much longer than a few lines. so rather than clicking the submit button, i will post my response on my blog.
i wholeheartedly disagree with this essay. you’re actually trying to make a comparison between swiss watches/french perfumes and philippine exports? when someone points out that they have a swiss watch, it is because the swiss have a longstanding reputation of quality watchmaking. The same goes for the other examples you cited in their respected industries. that is hardly the same thing as going to my nearest arts and crafts store and seeing the paper mache products from the philippines. the philippines don’t have a reputation for any of the aforementioned products in this article. it’s likely that other countries get these items from the philippines because of the lower costs rather than craftsmanship or expertise.why is it that when a filipino has an item, the first thing they boast is “imported ito”?and when you say that filipinos watch local movies and adore local stars, you’re forgetting to point the fact that many of the filipino “actors”, if you can even call them that, are of mixed ancestry, foreign-born or both. the filipino entertainment industry hardly consists of quality filmmaking. furthermore, as a PROUD filipino with kayumanggi complexion, it is very rare for me to watch filipino entertainment and see myself looking back at me. i see white complected or bleached out skin uttering some half-hearted tagalog.and to that point, as a proud filipino, i make a point not to code-switch, keeping my english and tagalog separate when speaking. just as the french have the académie française to regulate the amount of influence foreign tongues have on the french language, perhaps the philippines should implement a similar system before the unique and native languages of the philippines become extinct.don’t delude yourself, mr. royeca. as a people, we’re still suffering from the crimes of cultural brainwashing that were committed against us. and to perpetuate an idea that implies otherwise is simply sweeping our shame under the rug and passing on the abuse to filipinos of the next generation. that is what’s anti-filipino.