Misplaced Pinoy Pride

Vol. XX, No 8 | Sunday, September 14, 2014 | y-speak (Sunday Essays)

PINOY Pride – we hear and see it almost every day; from the word of mouth, printed texts, and even on the internet. But only few dare to look at the depth of it. What really is a “Pinoy Pride”?

Filipinos have been using the term for many years already. Briefly, it is bringing pride to the Philippines by being represented internationally or when the nation gets noticed internationally – oops, sounds like there is something inaccurate with the conditions in which Filipinos exhibit it.

If you grew up exposed to teleseryes, you would notice the “different stories, same recipes” structure in which typically the protagonist who is a victim of poverty battles with the rich antagonist and eventually wins the fight. This is exactly how we would describe some of our kababayans; trapped in the mindset of inferiority that whenever we hear about a single Filipino’s success abroad, we then turn into a bunch of crazy fan girls ready to go through every medium to show full support.

As if the mindset really runs in our system. Well, we cannot blame others for historically, our ancestors also felt inferior, one way or another before, than the invaders during their time and that same like the stories in teleseryes, they have fought against what were then the antagonists and eventually won.

If you happen to be a lurker in the cyber world, you would bump into a good number of Filipino users who constantly use the term around the internet sites whenever, again, we get noticed by the world. Let’s take for example posts about Filipinos known worldwide like Manny Pacquiao, Jessica Sanchez, etc., and even about scenes from foreign films which was shot in the country – they dominate every single thread that exists, sounding like a child boasting to a playmate about his new toy.

Sometimes also, if those aren’t enough, we then start looking for any ounce of Filipino blood in successful foreign individuals. “Half Filipino – Half..”, “Fil-…” and alike suddenly appear on our timelines, TV screen, printed copies of texts, etc.

Sadly, even in the news, they also use this to attract readers for they know some Filipinos love seeing those. Just like recently when Robin Williams passed away, a lot of the news headline contained “Robin Williams’ Fil-Am ex-wife”, “What Robin Williams thought of Filipino women”. Wow, seriously?

It sometimes comes off as pathetic when we continuously look for reasons to associate one’s success or even just attributes to his/her heritage even if most of the time, the success doesn’t really have to do with him/her being a Filipino. It just seems like the whole nation is beseeching for acceptance and attention from the world.

Being proud to be one isn’t bad for as long as it is expressed in a right way and the pride is a product of right reasons. We do not have to shove in their faces the achievements if those really deserve admiration – it shouldn’t be earned forcedly, it should be given. Let the achievements speak for themselves.

As what other people say, having no pride isn’t something to be ashamed of; likewise, having humility isn’t also. Controlled ego is the key – it should be the main ingredient for Pinoy Pride.


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