QUOTE(preahvihear @ Jul 31 2008, 04:47 AM) [snapback]3842187[/snapback]
Long time threads browser, but first time contributor. Let me tell a story first before I ask a question, OK. I was chatting with this white guy at Home Depot, and he was telling me about his work as an independent windows installer. I took his business card. Then his family joined him. His wife is a Filippina and their little daughter looked cute and mixed. To my eyes, the girl looked more Caucasian. Politely I complimented their daughter and then the wife started telling me that she is mixed with the Spaniard on her dad's side. Naturally, I acknowledged her information, but in my private thought and observation she looks completely Asian. This is not just one case. At work my filipina coworker also claimed to have Spaniard ancestry and she tried to show me the shape of her eyes, but I only see Asian feature. At another time, I was at a hospital and I was complimenting how the Filipina nurse lady was doing a good job for my mom. She also told me that she is mixed with the Spaniard blood. Somehow, I just don't see the dominant Spanish genes in here at all. I think the Indians of Mexico and South America have more Spaniard genes in them because they do look more or less like the Spaniards in Europe. What is interesting is that the great majority of them don't even claim to have Spanish blood in them. So what is this Filipinas' obsession or pride about having the Spanish ancestry in them all about? Enlighten me.
Bro, you don't have to get confused if filipinas in the US claims they have spanish blood. they can even claim they have limahong blood, pig's blood or whatever blood it may be running in their veins but one thing they're sure of is that they're still filipinos.
your question regards what is their obsession having pride of their spanish ancestry, well, i don't think it is a bad thing though acknowledging your ancestry as long she's not claiming she's actually spanish.
we as a filipino takes pride on who we were and what we have become, the FILIPINO people. no matter where you put a filipino, even if he/she looks like spanish or chinese or aborigine looking, we still call ourselves FILIPINOS, an amalgam of different culture and etchnicity. so don't wonder if lots of westerners don't consider us as asians at all but that doesn't mean we don't know what we are either. (some flips might be confused too but not as many as you think so)
whatever damaged heritage that were left on us we are trying to piece back together, but we are not abandoning either what's been inculcated in our minds and hearts also. it just won't happen and i don't think the rest of us would let that happen also like some posters here before who keeps insisting we should go back to our spanish ways. yes, most of our tradition and culture ain't really ours but we made it our OWN in our own version so it irritates me if some guy suddenly insist on correcting us on how to properly use it, like "iyot de puta!", now why would a foreigner insist on making us use the correct word "ijo" instead of "iyot" when it's already a filipinized version?
don't be amazed too if you find kids of white/filipino couple looks very caucasian, as i've told you, our blood is so diluted already so resultant mix would come out on the dominant genes. same with other races like chinese or khmer, mix a flip with chinese or khmer and their offspring would come out more chinese or khmer. (ok, this theory of mine is mine only.
i have spanish ancestry also and i'm pretty sure about it as our genealogy tree is constantly updated but no, i don't look like one at all. i look more Shanghainese even though the only chinese relative i've traced and know of is not directly related to me. so why?
Graham_cracker is right too, we don't go around claiming we have this and that in the Philippines at all. I have neighbours then whose household speaks spanish (not chavacano) inside their homes but eventually got overwhelmed with the local dialect due to their househelp and the kids whose playmates outside only speaks the local lingo.now why am i telling my history here? i better get back to work...ciao