Filipinos have long been renowned for claiming credit when ethnic Filipinos win or achieve stuff overseas. This is even if the social infrastructure that enabled a citizen to win or achieve said stuff was not anything Filipinos, their government, or their society contributed to building.
Lately, news has gotten around that Australians (or at least their media) are claiming the victory of Miss Philippines Catriona Gray in this year’s Miss Universe. Armchair researchers have then chimed in to point out that Gray’s father traces his ethnic roots to Scotland. On this logic, it is easy to see where this is all headed. Ultimately, it is Africa, the cradle of humanity, that could claim ownership over the Miss Universe crown, and all the crowns pre- and post-2018 for that matter.
One wonders, though. If Spain’s Angela Ponce won Miss Universe, would her surgeons lay some claim to the crown? Taking this further, Ponce was once a man. So if Miss Spain was crowned this year’s Miss Universe, all of mandom could also make a claim on some of that Miss Universe equity.
So suddenly there are Filipino-Chinese, Hong Kong Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese and Mainland Chinese. This comes as hating the People’s Republic of China has suddenly become a fashion statement for the Philippines’ chi chi “activists” who presume to protest the visit of its president Xi Jinping this week.
The interesting thing with this sudden specificity when it comes to categorising ethnic Chinese people is that it comes from a people who are renowned for unilaterally “repatriating” ethnic Filipinos who are citizens of other countries when they achieve something of global consequence.
Indeed it is fashionable and a rich source of virtue-signalling fodder for American citizens of Filipino ethnic background to identity with their “motherland” half a planet away. You wonder then. Is it right for Filipinos who are famous for this sort of thinking to be categorising ethnic Chinese people?
This just goes to show what big hypocrites Filipino fashionista “activists” are and how hopelessly incoherent their ideological grounding is.
It’s nice of supermodel Kelsey Merritt to assert her “Filipinoness” in a recent tweet she fielded…
Pinanganak ako sa Pilipinas at lumaki ako sa Pampanga. Tinapos ko ang pagaaral ko sa Manila bago ako lumipat sa US last year. Mas pinoy pa dugo ko kesa sa mga “pure” na hindi pa nakatapak sa Pilinipas. I love my country and I’m proud of where I came from.
Translated: “I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Pampanga. I finished my studies in Manila before I moved to the US last year. My blood is more Filipino than so-called “pure” Filipinos who haven’t been to the Philippines. I love my country and I’m proud of where I came from.”
Perhaps. But having a certain type of “blood” is not what determines who is or isn’t Filipino. There are large communities of Filipinos who do not fit Merritt’s definition of being Filipino on the basis of “dugo”.
We need to embrace the notion that being a nation is no longer about race. It is about being who you are in the context of the country (or countries) you choose to contribute to.