MANILA, Philippines – Comments by the manager of singing sensation Charice Pempengco on Twitter have fueled debate on social media. When it comes to Pinoy pride, who can Filipinos claim as their own?
Courtney Blooding posted on Twitter, “I am not trying to judge or anything, I just want to know...why do the Philippines claim Jessica Sanchez? Jessica was born an raised in the US. I don't THINK she speaks tagalog. Which, to me, makes her true American. How many people in the US come from mixed cultural backgrounds? We r a melting pot.”
“Ph can't claim something that is made in USA. And they only wanted to claim Charice after people in the USA put value in her. It's wrong for both singers. Sorry, I'm just feeling a bit indignant about the situation,” Blooding said.
The issue of “Pinoy pride” has long been a point of contention. It is not only the “claiming” by Filipinos of the success of Charice abroad, and that of American Idol runner up, Filipino-Mexican-American Jessica Sanchez, that have been questioned by some, but the success of anyone of Filipino descent who lives abroad.
Some have said that Filipinos should not make too much of the success of those of Filipino descent who do not even know anything about Filipino culture.
As Twitter user @ImTheEmerald said, “#PINOYpride r those true blue blooded Pinoys,no half this half that. Studied,educated in PH. Those who care about heritage.”
However, as Facebook user Jess Bagaforo Mangudadatu said, there is no harm in being proud of these people’s achievements, because Pinoys are “only proud of the talents that Filipino blood can produce.”
Meanwhile, according to ABS-CBN News' Lynda Jumilla, "#PINOYpride are those who love PH, want to serve & do good for country/men, regardless of whether they're purely Pinoy or mixed parentage."
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