Ever met a Filipino before?
To most of you abroad the answer to this question varies depending where you are or where you work. Even if you answer in the affirmative, I am not a hundred percent sure your experience is something to brag about. Unless you met those Filipinos that are well known.
Here at home, we continuously see the influx of half Filipinos, children of inter-racial marriages. Back then, they were like a novelty that appeared like snow fall in a tropical country. 🙂
Today, they are the professional basketball players, footballers, movie and TV personalities and of course, beauty queens. We love them for their different looks, higher stature and sometimes their strange accent speaking the national language.
And, there is no stopping the arrivals of entertainers. Here comes what we call the Foreignoy. You heard it correctly. Instead of foreigners, they removed the ers and change them to oy, culled from the oy in Pinoy which is the colloquial term for a Filipino.
They consider themselves Filipino at heart. Never mind if they do not look like the typical native, the half breed or the cosmopolitan rich. They speak the language like it’s never heard before: the sweet sound of a twisted tongue could compete with local gay lingo for popularity. 🙂
A local TV station introduced them a while back. I bet that within a year they will multiply like gremlins, entertaining us with their antics and probably replace the local faces we have grown tired of watching. (I know it’s only my perception.)
Indulge me, then. Here’s the scenario.
A tandem of a former Russian and a half American, female and male respectively, read the headlines. The weather forecaster is half Japanese while the business reporter is half British. The man talking about sports is half Italian while the woman interviewing celebrities is half Nigerian. Field reporters hail from Germany, Australia, India, Middle East, all are half bloods.
Aw, I forgot. This newscast is read entirely in Filipino. (laughs)
I once jested in a Twitter post that at the rate Filipinos travel and live abroad, we will conquer the world. Other countries’ population decline while we interbreed and propagate the come-what-may-attitude genes of a Filipino.
Want to meet a Filipino?