Anthony Bourdain in Cebu, Philippines… by Marketman I was up before the crack of dawn, deeply concerned about the weather. The day before it had poured buckets, and lechon skin does NOT take kindly to rainy weather, in my experience.
He relayed to us his humorous encounter with a He relayed to us his humorous encounter with a female passenger from the same region aboard a previous cruise. Jaime said the woman was talking to a companion in English with a heavy Visayan accent. Since Farida and I left the Philippines for Chicago on December 31,for her pediatric training and my cardiac surgery residency also in Chicago and fellowship in Houston, Texas, we have known and heard of several similar sad instances, even among some of our fellow Fil-Am physicians, who were embarrassed to say they were of Filipino heritage.
In the 50s and 60s, the immigrant Filipinos were mostly laborers and farm workers. These honorable kababayan of ours who left their families in the Philippines and sacrificed themselves to be able to support them, had suffered a lot from discrimination and abuse. Thereafter and to this date, millions of Filipinos in the United States are either physicians or nurses, or well-trained professionals in various fields of education, business, engineering, science, technology, etc.
Societal impression, perception, regard, and treatment of Filipinos in America have all been positively impacted and have changed in our favor.
There is really nothing wrong with having an accent. Practically all of us and every nationality have several dialects and different accents.
That is natural, normal, and to be expected. Today, when Americans meet Filipinos, they almost always presume they are physicians or nurses, etc.
The reputation of the Filipinos abroad has evolved in a wonderful way.
People in the United States and other major countries do not only respect but like Filipinos, especially by foreigners who had been to the Philippines. We, as a people, have made a good impression and reputation for ourselves around the globe, especially in America.
It is my own observation that Filipino doctors and especially our nurses have excellent bedside manner to the gratification of their patients. Americans consider them well-educated, talented, amiable, compassionate, patient, and hardworking.
Naturally, as with any other nationalities, there are some rotten apples among us. But these are the minority exceptions.
Since there are more than I go to bed at night without any delusion of waking up in the morning and finding a Caucasian looking back at me in the mirror. I am content, secure, and grateful for what the Lord has blessed me with, including this non-Hollywood Tsinoy face of mine.
Nothing today, not even plastic surgery, can change our DNA. This is the inspiration that has prompted our Las Vegas medical group which includes most of the individuals with us on the cruise and other missionaries from various States to do annual medical missions in Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon, and in Alminos, Laguna, January-February of each year.
I enjoin all Filipinos all over the world with this clarion call, those within the reach of my voice today, and those within the reach of yours tomorrow, to accept with pride and respect the honorable part of our culture and tradition, to pass them on to the future generation, and to never be ashamed of our roots, no matter how modest they could have been.
After all, if we seriously think about it, we really have every reason to be proud as Filipinos anywhere we are, in the Philippines or abroad, regardless of our accent.I Am A Filipino by MELVIN BANGGOLLAY..I AM A FILIPINO Melvin Banggollay I am a Filipino in blood and spirit born from immortal seeds of heroes Whose heart were willing to commit their.
Page5/5(19). I am FILIPINO and PROUD. likes. Community. Iloilo City, the capital city of the province of Iloilo and the regional center of Western Visayas, is definitely one of the highlights of Panay island, Philippines. Proud to be a Filipino. September 29, While on the August 30, Iberian Peninsula Cruise with my wife, Farida, and 21 other medical colleagues and friends, we met a friendly Filipino.
Thatâ€™s why I am proud to be a Filipino. Mae Paner a.k.a. Juana Change, TV ad director, political activist, video producer and actress The spirit of volunteerism is what makes me proud to be. Jul 31, · An Online Tagalog - English Dictionary Learn Tagalog or Filipino Language for free.