I am Filipino American

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I am Filipino-American, I came from the 7,000 or so islands of the Philippines. 
From rice terraces of Banaue and the picturesque Davao City in Mindanao. 
From Metropolis of Manila, the sprawling city of Cebu, the serene Palawan and 
the white sand beach of Boracay.

My blood is mixed with the proud Malay race, with Spanish conquistadores, with 
Americans GIs, British merchants, Chinese traders, Indian Sepoys, the native 
Aetas and Manobos, and countless other bloods. I can not say I belong to all 
but all belong in me. I am the melting pot.

My forefathers were skilled warriors who knew what is freedom, one named 
Lapu-lapu, who vanquished an explorer named Magellan, in the battle of Mactan. 
They were were skilled seafarers, who up to these days roam the Celebes Sea as 
fishermen or as traders.They know no boundaries in the southern Philippines. 
My Muslim ancestors are up to now never been conquered not even by the mighty 
soldiers of the U.S. Army.

My grandfathers and their fathers before them fought against and with the 
Americans. Against them in 1899 to 1902 in what the US history called a The 
Philippine Insurrection or in another words a rebellion. Filipinos fought the 
Spaniards and when victory was at hand, the Americans took it from them - so 
how can they rebel when they have not been ruled by them before. The Filipinos 
fought with gallantry but how can they fight a well organized and equipped 
army like the U.S. Cavalry - courage is not enough. The promised of independence 
was gone, a new colonizers came in after the other. It was estimated that 
millions died fighting for freedom. And with them during World War II against Japan. 
Though it was not their war, they fought on the American side because they were 
promised independence, besides there's no Filipino who will refuse to fight a 
good fight.The war totally ruined the country and hundreds of thousands of 
Filipinos died - and yet 54 US Congressional Medals of Honor have not been 
awarded up to this date to deserving veterans. Where is the honor there?

I am exploited just like those before me, those who worked in the sugarcane 
fields and pineapple plantations in the islands of Hawaii, those who worked in 
fields of California in Delano, in Gilroy, in Salinas and others, those who worked
in the canneries of Alaska and Washington states. I worked till my back broke 
and yet I get paid less. 

I am  discriminated just like the other immigrants before me of other race. The 
Italians in New York, the Irishmen in Boston, the Polishs in Chicago, the 
Chinese in San Francisco, the Japanese in Hawaii and the Mexicans in central 
California. Just like me they have dreams - the American dreams. They are no 
greater or no less I paid my dues just like them. 

I contributed as much to this country just like anybody else. I am the doctors
and nurses that filled up the country's shortage of medical people, I am the
programmers and the technicians in the computer industry and the engineers in the 
aerospace that helped put the man in the moon, I am the cooks, the stewards and 
seamen in the US Navy that keep this country safe. I earned my place through hard 
work just like everybody else.

I been here since 1700s. My forefathers jumped ship to protest Spanish injustice.
Their descendants are still living in the bayous of Louisiana up to this date. 

My people have been going to colleges in the US even before other nationalities
started coming to learn the American way - the records show at San Diego State 
University. My people have more college graduates than a lot of other minorities.

And yet I can not seem to know how some of my young generation is not proud of 
my history and culture. You can not shake it or lost it, you are marked for life. 
You have to take what you're dealt with. Just like me, you're Filipino-American. 
My culture is not perfect and so is theirs, we all have good and bad ways - it's 
nothing to be ashamed of. 

I prefer to be called Filipino American because it is truly my identity. I am not 
Spanish Filipino-American nor Chinese Filipino-American nor Visayan Filipino 
American nor Tagalog Filipino-American nor Ilocano Filipino-American nor anything. 
I am the sum not the individual.

I am a Filipino American, I can not changed my heritage, it is in my blood
in my genes and in my past but I will do everything I can to make a difference.
I will not let others dictate my place in this society nor prejudice deter me 
from my goals and destiny.

I am Filipino American, that's who am I.
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Continuation by: Magpili of State University of New York, Buffalo I am the son/daughter of Filipino raised parents growing up in a society that doesnt understand what it is to be Filipino. I am the child raised in America through American history and Filipino values. I am the student who researches my past and is proud to know where I came from. I am the Filipino who grew up in America who knows that being Filipino doesnt mean that you have to speak a Filipino dialect, nor know the full history of the Philippines but you should be proud of where your parents came from;your ancestors. You should be proud that you are here because of their hard work, their dreams, that determination. I am Filipino because I am the realization of a Filipino dream and I'm proud of where that came from and I'll be proud to be Filipino if that gets me where I'm going....

Continuation by: ma_rs2010@yahoo.com I am a Filipino American. From birth to 18 yrs of age I lived in America, vaguely knowing what it was i was so proud of. By some unforseen turn I found myself in my motherland. There I saw etched in so many faces, the deep and enduring people I am a decendent of. After walking with, working with, laughing and crying with, and praying for the people in the Philippines...my understanding of what it is to survive in the RP has become tangible. I have great hope, faith and love for the Filipino Nation. Let us all Filipino Americans embrace our motherland and raise it up!

Continuation by: lylflippina@aol.com I am a Filipino American who's a descendent of spanish conquistadors, a descendent of aetas and other indigenous people. I was raised to see hard work could get you what you want. I was also was raised to pray to god and respect our heros who fought for Philippine independence. I learned wisdom from our elders and thankful for being blessed by them. I am a Filipino American.

Continuation - 03/15/05 by: rkeeler@san.rr.com I am Filipino American. I am of Igorot heritage and raised by an American.I speak Tagalog, Ilocano, and Kankana-ey. Along the way, I decided to learn Japanese, Spanish, and French. I've read El Filibusterismo and Noli Mi Tangere. I've played the role of Lapu Lapu in a re-enactment of the battle against Magellan on the Island of Mactan in 1521. I'm in America now, I don't complain and I don't whine. I do the best I can to show America how valuable the Filipino people are. I am Filipino American.

Continuation - 04/04/06 by: balodaki@aol.com I am a Filipino American and proud to be one. I am an Igorot Ibaloi. I ate rice, bagoong, french fries, hambuger, sushi, pad thai, chinese food and many more. I like playing basketball with my son. I am also a born-again christian and love the Lord. By trade, I am an entreprenuer, an inventor and mechanical engineer. I love the Philippines and my adopted country, the United States of America. I am a freedom fighter. I am committed for the advancement of hope, gospel of Jesus Christ and democracy worldwide because that is my sacred calling...I am a Filipino American.

Continuation - 08/07/06 by: flipping_beaner@yahoo.com I am half Filipino American. I was born to a Filipino mother & to a father who was Mexican & White. I used to hate being Filipino because my mom used to try make me as "Filipino" as possible. I hated it so much because I felt like she wanted me to forget I am also 1/3 Mexican & 1/3 White after my father's death. Now after I got saved by Jesus it made me realized I need to love myself for who I am. I am proud to call myself a Filipino-Mexican-White American.

Continuation - 09/11/06 by: pssst13@gmail.com I'm a Filipino American and French Canadian born in PI. I respect my elders, I love manok na adobo and yes I eat using nothing but my hands...sometimes using a spoon. Get it? spoon... and my French Canadian tatay don't even care. Oh, and yes, I do speak Tagalog! I am PINOY!

Continuation - 10/05/06 by: mikejokeeee@yahoo.com I am a proud filipino american who loves my country very much. Many american filipinos have nothing good to say about their mother land, due to the fact that they have never really seen the true beauty of Philippines. I know not where my ancestors came from, and I do not really give a flying dodo. All I know is that I am from the beatiful islands of Philippines. And if I have to give my life to make it a better place, I would.

Continuation - 10/14/06 by: bongds1@juno.com I am a full blooded Filipino born in PI. I am from sta. Ignacia, Tarlac. Just reading these short paragraphs, made me realize how important my culture is. It also made me remember my childhood in PI. Most especially farming with my dad. He would teach me how to plant rice, peanuts, corn, and mix vegetables and also how to catch a fish(tilapia). A typical 5 to 7 years old kid usually play with neighbor kids, or play with toys, or eat fried chicken or pizza, but my family lived in farmland. We depended upon what was planted, then when its ready, we as a family would harvest it. When I was 9 years old, my family migrated to Hawaii. It was a total new environment for me. I guess I was culture shocked. I tried to fit in with other kids, but because I was a "filipino boy", I got picked on alot by other ethnicities. As I grew into my teens, I've noticed that the filipino population in Hawaii was increasing. So then, I met filipino friends. "Akala niyo 'di ako marunong mag tagalog ano"? That's right, I learned tagalog here in Hawaii via friends, watching TFC, and asking questions among my siblings and parents. My main dialect is Ilocano and still speak the language. Many young kids who grow up here, forgot their primary dialect, some are even ashame to speak their dialect. As I was growing up here in Hawaii, I adapt or adopt, learned, and experienced new things. At this time, I was a bit confused due to cross-culture effect. But thanks to my mom and dad, they kept telling me where I came from and how important my culture is. I know merging into a new culture is sometime difficult, but it is up to the parents on how they want their kids to grow up. I guess you call it parenting style. I am glad to be here and that I am a Filipino American. Ilan taon na ako? 27 po. Di pa ako matanda!!

Continuation - 10/30/06 by: babygia2000@yahoo.com I am a Filipina/Italian American. I am very in touch with all three of my cultures. I am proud of my heritage. I have been to the Philippines, and to Italy, and both are absolutely beautiful countries. I love who I am, and I love where I come from.

Continuation - 02/27/07 by: amboytex@gmail.com I am a Filipino. A naturalized citizen of the United States America. I served her Navy, retiring in 1997. From the Vietnam conflict, to Desert Storm, to Desert Shield, and numerous Western Pacific and Southwest Asia deployments, I served her with distinction. I am a Filipino because America and the Navy allowed me to retain my heritage and the customs of my parents and my parent's parents. I am a Filipino but my beloved America will always be first and second to none. I am a Filipino by M.G. SKCS(SW), USN (Ret).

Continuation - 03/26/07 by: guestofroom2002@yahoo.com I was born in the Philippines, my parents took me to America. I am a Filipino in AMERICA. I live with Americans and I was happier when I was in Philippines because I felt we are all the same, but I am happy in AMERICA because now I have a job and I can play video games and because I have a job I am not a total "LOSER" AND I CAN TYPE HOW I WANT! AT LEAST I HAVE A JOB!

Continuation - 06/24/07 by: snowprincess0131@aol.com From the time when my greatest grandparents were born, they had full filipino blood implanted in them. From then on, that blood was past on from generations to generations as a symbol of our ancestors and our people, "the FILIPINOS." As my parent moved to the United States along with plenty of other Filipinos, my heritage was changed. Now many others, my family, and i aren't just proud Filipinos but proud Filipino-Americans. I don't know all about the Philippines and it's people since i wasn't born there, but i do know what a true filipino is.

Continuation - 07/23/07 by: Rachel_s_w@hotmail.com I am Filipino american. Born of a filipino mother and an american father. I always thought filipinos were funny and talked funny because my mom learned english very well. Even didn't have an accent! But i've grown accustomed to My filipino heritage and have been to the homeland where my mother grew up. It was very beautiful and i appreciate my heritage so much more. I hope to return "home" to see other beautiful islands. I am also very proud of my american heritage, therefore I am with the United States Air Force. I love both my parents and the history that they've given me.

Continuation - 02/25/08 by: swtsmilinsistah@aol.com I am Filipino American in and out of appearance. I represent the town where the grapes go wild during the summer and picking them becomes a back-breaking job especially for filipino parents such as mine. My town is Delano. As a kid, I dreamt of living in a city far away from the dead, flat land I compared to as the desert. But as I went through high school and grew accustomed to my culture, I knew the basic facts of my history: Ilocano, brown and short. Now as I go to SFSU for a better life, educating myself to learn my culture leaves me important details of my heritage as a filipino. Unlucky as I sound, my parents drilled the knowledge of any stereotypical filipino parent into my brain. But I dealt with it through my teen years and eventually appreciated how I have grown into my young adult years. As I continue learning my filipino culture and becoming fascinated by the amount of filipino role models out there, I am amazed and honored to be Filipino American.

Continuation - 03/23/08 by: plrae12@yahoo.com I grew up in Philippines for the first 1/2 of my life, and spent the other 1/2 in the US. I long for the happy childhood that I spent back home in the mother land, but at the same time, I am grateful for the opportunities that America has given me. Although I am not born in the US..I sometimes feel like I am stuck in between. It has been so long since I have returned home that I feel so detached from our traditions. At the same time, I cannot really say that I embrace the American culture whole heartedly because it has only been introduced to me during the latter half of my life. Nonetheless..this gives me a new definition of being a 1st generation Filipino-American. I have been given the opportunity to take advantage of, and keep the best of both worlds.

Continuation - 04/27/09 by: d619_state@yahoo.com i am filipino-american, born in the northern province of ilocoso norte, proud to be ilocano"FBI"full blooded ilocano, but raised in hawaii and long beach cali during my childhoold years. america is not too bad at all, i called the best place to have dreams in life. as many americans called it the american dreams and i always try to fit myself into it. in my life in america, i've been many places in the world during my navy careers. seen different cultures and encoutered bad and good things in life is bec. of my color of my skin. but it doesnt bother me at all bec. u know why they can never ever take away my heart and soul as a proud 100% pinoy. when i was in the navy i screamed my name where i from whereever i go in the world. even right now that im in the army fighting for the war on terrorism still my heart is still strong that i alwys be a pinoyman. i will never ashamed where i from and never ashamed who i am. i am a true pinoy...................holla

Continuation - 09/04/09 by: thehttpgroup@gmail.com I am Filipino-American born and raised in Hawaii. Thanks to a good friend I am now embracing my culture and am very proud to be Filipino. I am related to the Dacascos family, Legendary Martial Artists Al Dacascos and host of Iron Chef America Mark Dacascos. I'm a successful New Media Designer located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This site is GREAT! I have linked my flag icons on my site. Thank you for the opportunity. http://www.thehttpgroup.com

Continuation - 10/26/09 by: What can I say, I'm a proud Filipino from the island of Philippines. Born and raise. I'm from the Ilocos Region (part of Luzon) Currently living in Paradise Island or Aloha State known as Hawaii. Well to be exact I'm at what they call "Garden Island" Philippines have 3 main islands. That would be LUZON, VISAYAS and MINDANAO. Capital is Manila. Anyways, as you know, Philippines have different language or what not, like Ilocano's (my blood ), Visayan, Bicolano's, Tagalog and so many many more. Too many to count. Though Tagalog is our supposedly main language. But you'd be amaze that not everyone understands it. Let alone speaks it. But anyways, SOME people from the Philippines think just because they're Ilocano or Visayan or wherever it is that they're from, they think they're not Filipinos. They think they're only "Ilocano" or "Visayan" or "Tagalog" and so on. Well, I'd just like to address that issue just to clear things up. No matter what part of the Philippines you came from or related from, the fact of the matter is you're from Philippines thus that makes you a FILIPINO. That's all. MABUHAY. Mahalo and Aloha from Hawaii

Continuation - 11/16/09 by: frankooh@hotmail.com I am Filipino first, American second. I was raised with hard work and the sweat of my parents who relocated to Hawaii from the Philippines. Both my parents are from the province of Pangasinan. My mother from San Fabian and my father from Urdaneta. I was born and raised in Hawaii along with my younger brother. I was exposed to the filipino culture all my life but didn't really embrace my heritage until later in life when i was exposed to the art of escrima. The martial arts of the filipinos. Learning escrima has made me want to learn more about the history and the culture of we the people. I have learned that "we filipinos" are a great people and that we can endure whatever is placed in our path. History shows this and it makes me a proud to filipino.....

Continuation - 1/25/10 by: asa23456@yahoo.com I am proud to be a Filipino-American. I have Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Malays, Indonesian blood and Pinoy blood in me. I served my new country the USA with distinction and dedication in the US NAVY. I put my life on the line countless times to preserve the freedom we have for my children and grandchildren. I am a first generation FIL-AM. I have good childhood and teenage memories of the Philippines. I loved the Philippines the land of my birth and I love America for the freedom, and the opportunity for a better life. My children who were all born in America are all proud being Pinoy American. Mabuhay tayong lahat.

Continuation - 4/14/10 by: jamb2084@live.com I am a 1st generation Filam Born and raised in Los Angeles i grew up with alot of diversity and i didn't know what it was to be a true Filipino.i'm 25 yrs old and made my second trip to the Philippines last month after sixteen years. It showed me the true values of being Pinoy. I discovered what it is to be a family oriented, hospitable, God fearing, karaoke singin filipino is hah! jok lang. I'm grateful to have been born in the beautiful USA but before anything I'm a proud pinoy! I have the Philippine islands tattooed on my body!! Represent!

Continuation - 4/21/10 by: leignannrivera@yahoo.com i am proud to be filipino. i was born and raised in the philippines. even though i am losing my language i still am proud to be 100% pinoy. i speak ilokano. i haven't gone to the philippines in almost 3 years now i miss going to places in the philippines with my family there. i is hard to be far from your home land. as mush i want to go back to the philippines i have to stay here for my education. for all the filippinos in the world, be proud because philippines is a great place. if your just like me and your losing your language because of speaking english to much well learn again i am.i am leign ann rivera a 13 years old girl and i am proud to be a filipino. and you such be toooooooooooooooooooooooo:) :) :) :) :) :)

Continuation - 6/20/10 by: vmfelipe1@aol.com I was born in Laoag Ilokos Norte & grew up on Oahu, Hawaii. From 7th to 12th grade, I was harrassed with prejudice from other boys in school, got into several fistfights. But eventually, made lots of friends cuz I helped many classmates with their homeworks & exams. I was in the Honor Roll & was president of the Drama Club senior yr. I also wrote the Book: "Hawaii A Pilipino Dream," and my play " To U.S. With Aloha & Mabuhay" was produced & presented by The Actors' Group as my contribution to Hawaii Filipinos' Centenial Celebration in 2006.

Continuation - 7/25/10 by: rolandps32@yahoo.com I am a naturalize citizen from Pampanga typical capangpangan. I spend half of my life in chicago in pursue of greener pasture, financial independent that i could be proud of. I might be one of the few pinoy that has to fight for my stay in the state. Seven days visa and seven years before being able to visit the philippines. Although america seem to descriminate and try to deport me I was able to survive the proceding. Now I am about to ask them what can they say when I have 14 Nurses working for me of various ethnic background. I kept american employed. I am pinoy and proud of it

Continuation - 11/14/11 by: princess_nikki93@hotmail.com I am Filipino/Italian American. Born and raised in California. Both of my grandparents are from Leon, Ilolo. And they both speak Bisaya/Visayan. They later moved to Guam with my mother and her siblings to gain American citizenship. Then they arrived to the states in the 70's. Because my father was never around and he didn't have much family, I grew up with mainly Filipino traditions. Always surrounded by my family, and the feeling of love and care was always around. I have been to the Philippines twice and I enjoyed every moment of it(: After my grandma died I came to realize that there is nothing like a Filipino Mother. She was hard working, determined, and a kick butt cook! best in my family:) But what i'll miss the most is her unconditional love. Being able to see where my family came from definitely was an experience. Sometimes it's hard being a Mestiza (half Filipino) because people seem to judge me and say "You're not Filipino". That is the worst feeling ever. But I am who I am today because of my family. The values, and traditions will forever be within me.

Continuation - 12/26/11 by: hongkong2012@yahoo.com I was born and bred in the USA,SF CA.I am a child of reagonomics,bush I,clinton and bush II.I have look and walked thru urban and suburban california. i am colored,not black or yellow or red,but BROWN and their is a difference! i speak american and share the culture knowledge of generation x. But im not an AMERICAN, im a filipino-blooded man,100% with the brown skin,black wavy hair and flat nose. outside california,no one thinks or believes im an american. its an unique situation to be in.we brown people will never be truly "american." im over it. ive tried living in the philippines but sometimes im not considered pinoy since i wasnt born or raised and my pilipino speaking sucks! its an unique situation, i hope my children will realize 100% that blood is thicker than water and a nationality is only a piece of paper.i could of been born in russia. when will all the brown islanders regardless of birthplace or tribe recognize that we are one people?!?! happy 2012!!!

Continuation - 02/04/12 by: www.aera_pineda13@yahoo.com I am a filipino-american who was born in the Philippines and was raised in America. I'm a proud filipino. Its in my blood, born from 2 filipino parents. I grew up here in Utah since I was five years old. I'm not fluent in the filipino language but I still speak it with pride even though I may not know or understand a lot of the words. Mabuhay ang manga Pinoy !

Update Date October 22, 2012  Continuation - 10/22/12 by: istate@yahoo.com I consider myself Filipino (with a little bit of Spanish ancestry) and frankly, I think mainstream America needs to recognize our presence, both in the world and as the fastest-growing minority. I was born in California, moved to New Mexico, and raised in Texas, so I do have a nice tan to accompany my otherwise light skin. Personally, I've always been confused for being either "Chinese" or "Mexican" but what am I? I do havelight brown skin and relatively big eyes, but so what? I am still Filipino! Not just that, but Filipino-American, because I don't believe my great-grandfather fought in WWII for no reason, he probably did fight because he was drafted, but he did fight for both America and the Phillipines! So yes, I'm proud to say I'm an American AND that I'm a Filipino because my blood, I'm Pinoy and by nationality I'm American, even a Texan for that matter! But what I really care about is that I'm not only Filipino or American, I'm human! Despite the fact that I look like a stranger in an immigrant's country, adopting the immigrant culture, and living alongside the mainstream.... I'm still a human being. Though I don't speak a lick of Tagalog I can understand it almost perfectly.... I'm still a human being. Though I believe culture is important, it's more important to realize that we're given our differences to deal with and be unique because when you think about it, we're all pretty much the same! All humans originated the same way, all humans are the same species, it's just that some of us have more melanin, bigger noses, more vertical stature than others. Furthermore, it's only the fact that our ancestors migrated in different paths that our physical differences exist. So in the sense, I'm proud of who I am, a human being, born with Filipino blood and Spanish ancestry, living with the American culture, and being a gay man with talent in a variety of subjects despite also having neurological impairments. I'm a success, I graduated with honors, and the only thing I need to graduate from is learning to accept myself for who I am. I am Filipino, I am an American, I am gay, I am a success, and I will prosper despite what anyone says, proud of my heritage, culture, and creed! RETURN TO TOP

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