The Uncultured: On Filipino Cuisine, Racism, and Bloggers Who Buy Longganisa from 7/11

May 8, 2019

Last week, the local blogging community was all up in a tizzy over one foreigner’s account of the, according to her, true trashy state of Filipino food. Apparently, all those pretty pictures of Kare-Kare, Lechon, and Adobo floating around the web were all nothing but a sham. We’ve been hiding the horror that we actually eat, presumably behind the hordes of obese school children she also said she regularly observed here.

Predictably, this did not go over well with many of our countrymen. Every Juan, Jose, and Maria with a computer or smart phone decided to soothe their anger by populating her entry’s comments section with a virtual deluge of messages calling her stupid, racist, and ill informed. There were also one or two death threats, a few promises of grievous bodily harm to be visited upon her entire family, and, because this is the Internet, a couple of idiots declaring her to be hot and that they would “totally hit that.”

A couple of days later, another foreigner wrote a reaction piece to the original post that started this debacle. His, in contrast to the girl’s, is filled with nothing but praise and kind words for our local cuisine. Also, his blog had much much better photos. Filipinos had a more positive opinion for what he wrote. His comments section was filled with cheery messages from many an appreciative local, though unfortunately none that adjudged him as attractive enough to be worthy of being “totally hit.”

Why did we all get our knickers in a bunch over something so minor?

He also accused the other blogger of writing her anti-Filipino cuisine piece totally on purpose, in an attempt to garner as many hits (hate-filled or not) as possible. It was a statement that was immediately thrown back in his face by a few apologists of the original writer, pointing out that he’s doing pretty much the same thing, only in a less dick-ish way.  While the truth of either scenario is debatable, we’re pretty easy to manipulate emotionally after all, I think there’s another, more important, issue that we’re all glossing over. To put it plainly, why did we all (collectively, as an Internet-savvy nation) get our knickers in a bunch over something so minor?

It’s almost funny, if it wasn’t so sad, how the world now sees us online. Just visit any YouTube video where a local singer does a version of a foreign artist’s song. It doesn’t matter if it’s Regine Velasquez or Sarah Geronimo, the moment an innocent white guy wanders by to say they like Idina Menzel’s original recording of Let It Go more, a veritable army of people with too many “h’s” in their usernames will proceed to jump down his throat. That reaction’s nothing new, though. We’ve been doing it for decades. Remember when, and I’m showing my age here, Claire Danes once said in an interview that she had a horrible time shooting a movie in Manila because of all the trash and limb-less (yes, really) natives everywhere? We got so angry, people were writing petitions to either ban her from the country permanently or arrest her the moment she sets foot here again.

Personally, while I too was initially ticked off at that first blogger, all my rage and fury evaporated the moment I saw she tried to buy authentic longganisa from a 7/11. I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. She’s a child, obviously. An actual adult would never go to a convenience store for high-quality meals, Ministop’s fried chicken notwithstanding. It’s a ludicrous notion. Hell, the twenty-five dollars a day she said she was forced to subsist on because she was on a tight budget is enough to feast like a queen if she just knew where to look.

I would think an internationally respected celebrity chef would be more influential than a pithy little blog that’s just half a step above a 90’s geocities site.

Some people have pointed out that her ignorance could negatively impact tourism in the county. Nope.  It really won’t. No self-respecting traveller would lend any credence to what she says. Whether or not she had an agenda, the credibility of her stories and opinions shatter into ten million sparkly pieces the moment anyone actually takes the time to read and understand her blog. She’s not an authority. You know who is, though? Anthony Bourdain. And the dude loved our food. I would think an internationally respected celebrity chef would be more influential than a pithy little blog that’s just half a step above a 90’s geocities site.

Filipinos have always been ultra protective of our national “image.” What other people say about our country/countrymen is always treated as being of great import. I mean, how many headlines did Bruno Mars saying he was proud of being Filipino really need? Whatever that number is, our local media must’ve at least tripled it. We ooh and aah over freaking Rob Schneider’s ancestry and swear bloody jihad on those who dare say anything but the most complimentary things about Manny Pacquiao. It seems, for many of us, the only possible reason for a Filipino thing or person to be criticized by a non-Filipino is, obviously, racism.

It’s a position I honestly find quite odd. Setting aside the amount of complaining we do about how much things suck here, Filipinos are also some the most racist people I know. Barring our occasional national fervor for random American Idol contestants and pseudo-celebrities with even a thimble full of Filipino blood (which is itself a different can of worms, what’s Filipino anyway? Malay ancestry? Chinese? Malay-raped-by-a-Spanish-priest-400-years-ago?), racism is so deeply embedded here that I’m pretty sure people don’t even think it’s wrong when they do it. Import basketball players are regularly called unggoy in live basketball games, and the only times we get offended is if the dude being insulted plays for our team. Every Indian guy is called a five-six and we all automatically assume that every Chinese person we see has an eight-digit savings account.

To be fair, I’ve personally experienced my fair share of racist rubbish care of foreigners still stuck in the year 1952. For every pleasant Konnichiwa I’ve received, from well-meaning but clueless white folk who think Asian means Japanese, I’ve also been pushed out of moving buses by French ladies, albeit slow moving buses, and spit on by Swiss grandmas. I’ve even been the “victim” of unintended “racism” when, at a bar in Denmark, I realized that I had to tiptoe just to reach the urinals. The porcelain lip was practically level with my belly button, it was incredibly emasculating. However, the only time I ever felt real anger was the one time it came from another Filipino.

I was in Madrid then, in the middle of backpacking through Western Europe with a friend. By that point in our trip, I’d been living out of a single suitcase for a few weeks. I, admittedly, looked a bit ragged.

Pilipino kayo?” asked the most stereotypically Imeldific-looking woman I’d ever seen outside of the society pages. She had the jewels, the branded clothes, the pompadour, and everything else.

Opo,” I answered. We were in a small grocery, stocking up on canned goods to eat at our hostel because we couldn’t afford to eat out more than once or twice a week.

OFW?” she asked, while giving my ratty high school PE shirt, unkempt hair, and decade-old never been washed chucks the evil eye.

My friend and I shook our heads no. The rich old lady chose to end our conversation there. Gathering up her collar, she walked away with one eyebrow raised while muttering “TNT” under her breath just loud enough so we could hear it.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have to fight the urge to throw one of my tuna cans at her head then. I wasn’t mad that she’d judged me for my poor dressing, but it made me furious the way she implied that being an overseas Filipino worker was somehow a negative. As a kid whose parents were at one point OFWs themselves, in fact it paid for the construction of the house I grew up in, I was deeply offended. What if we really were OFWs? What’s so shameful about that?

There’s this deep-seated racist self-loathing that we take in stride with nothing but a smile and a shrug.

Even on the local front, this self-hate for being a normal Filipino is evident. I’m not just talking about that one friend we all have who, after spending five days in LA, suddenly can’t pronounce paruparo or panyo. Nope, I’m talking about the deep-seated racist self-loathing that we take in stride with nothing but a smile and a shrug. It’s present in our jokes, our conversations, our stories, and even in the television programs we watch on the small screen.

There’s a cooking show on AFC that always threatens to give me an aneurysm, mostly from all the rage I have to choke down whenever I accidentally catch it. It’s either called The Boss or Cultural Insensitivity, I forget which exactly. It’s hosted by this bald chef who’s ostensibly Filipino but is obviously as American as California Maki. Homeboy can’t even hold an extended conversation in Filipino, and yet has the sheer gall to call his sous chef, his underling, obviously a native Filipino, obviously much much darker than him, monkey instead of the person’s actual name. Let me repeat that, this American dude is on television dehumanizing a Filipino by solely and repeatedly calling him a monkey, and he even pays the poor guy to never say anything in response other than “yes, boss.” And, worst of all, no one seems to care. No one thinks this is a bad idea.

My left eye is involuntarily twitching just from having to type out that bit of insanity.

Considering the cultural baggage behind that slur, as applied to Filipinos, dating all the way back to the American occupation and World War II, I find its continued use on-air ignorant and insensitive at best to racist and hateful at worst. I don’t care if the sous chef was up for it or if he was well paid, little kids can easily watch and see this happening. That’s not a lesson I want them to learn.

Maybe, the Philippines isn’t perfect and neither are her people.

Maybe the reason so many of us jump to murder whenever a real foreigner criticizes us and our own, is that far from feeling indignation, we’re all actually a little guilty. We act like the criticism, even if it’s unfounded, is a dirty secret we don’t want to get out. We’re all cheating spouses who, once questioned why our boxers or panties have pink lipstick stains on them, defend ourselves by calling the other partner a cheater. It’s as if, in our deepest heart of hearts, we have something to hide. That maybe, the Philippines isn’t perfect and neither are her people. The truth is, though, everyone already knows that. It’s futile to keep up the act, we’re really not fooling anyone. Come on, we’re the country of which two out of its last three presidents have been arrested and whose youth are fleeing the nation in droves for better opportunities elsewhere.

On the risk of sounding like a Disney movie, I really believe our priority as a people should be learning to love ourselves first. Stop accepting all the messed up stuff about our nation, from falling buses to comicbook-level evil politicians, as being the status quo and start making an effort to change them. We really need to be hopeful, to be optimistic again. Then, maybe, in the future, whenever some sad little girl proudly declares she’d rather die of starvation than have to suffer through the grotesque horror that is Filipino cuisine, we can all just smile, laugh, and move on. If nothing else, it will do wonders for the collective blood pressure of our entire nation.

Lars Roxas Lars Roxas

Laurence is a twenty-something turtle pretending to be a writer. In the past, he has worked as a warehouse clerk, Apple genius, martial arts instructor, copywriter, editor, english teacher, and personal trainer. He can’t swim or ride a bike, but he's done Judo on three continents. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Occasionally, his stories appear in real actual books. He makes awesome waffles.

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66 responses to “The Uncultured: On Filipino Cuisine, Racism, and Bloggers Who Buy Longganisa from 7/11”

  1. Monci says:

    Have you considered writing AFC about that show?

    Btw, excellently written, as always. 😀

  2. Ren says:

    Ideally, exposure to another culture should result to loving and accepting the flaws of your own. But, yeah, maybe it’s hard to have a gradient of subalterns, we can’t find our own identity.

    Anyway~ interesting post. 😀

  3. Amber Light says:

    Well, somebody had to say this. ^^

    BTW, I loathe that show on AFC. They should seriously cut it.

  4. Basel Santos says:

    Didn’t AFC do research on how offensive calling a Filipino “monkey” is? This brings to mind the insults hurled by Americans during the Philippine-American War that all Filipinos are actually tail-less monkeys. It is time somebody wrote about this. Thank you for posting.

    • Katrina says:

      What’s mind-boggling about it is that I thought you don’t need to research to know how calling anyone (Filipino or not) dark-skinned a “monkey” is racist. All this time I thought it was common sense! *weeps*

      • Guest says:

        It is much worse for Filipinos because they used the term “tail-less monkey” to justify the war and the genocide. Although they probably used the same term to justify killing anyone of a different color.

  5. Cristina M says:

    I was nodding and “yes”ing all throughout my reading of this piece. Great job, Lorz, you articulated everything I wanted to say about this issue much better than I could have. *palakpak*

  6. Stef Juan says:

    THANK YOU! i saw the links to the blog but i never gave it a hit.

    And YES. I hate that AFC show.

  7. kyra b says:

    also, my god that woman you encountered on your Eurotrip 🙁 Thanks for the article, Lars! Amazing, as always! 😀

  8. Kelly says:

    HATE HATE THAT AFC SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Essie Atienza says:

    THAT F’ING AFC SHOW. I hate that smug racist a-hole.

  10. Steph says:

    beautifully written, great insights! will definitely be sharing this!

  11. Francisco Sison says:

    Napakahusay ng pagkakasulat ninyo, sir.

  12. Volts Sanchez says:

    I wasn’t quite bothered by that girl’s post. Desensitized by constant exposure to stuff like that? Yes, a bit. But at the same time, I accept the fact that it’s her opinion and her experience, and she does have the right to share both.

    The same way, I have the exact same right to share my own opinion on how she just was unlucky enough to try places that weren’t good. In a nutshell, she was SOL when it comes to eating here and that’s about it.

    i don’t think I’d tap that, though. Doesn’t look like it would taste good. Local flavor FTW.

  13. lollercauster says:

    Very well-written. I’m glad to read something level-headed from a Filipino. While I’m sure there’s plenty of that out there, it never seems to be the stuff passed around the Internet. The overwhelming Filipino pride I see reminds me of the many smaller countries (and sometimes big, in the case of China) who are obsessed with any person who makes it big that happens to share their ethnic background.

    Same goes for how many people are offended. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen someone mock some aspect of the Philippines only to be met by indignant anger from Filipinos. Last one I recall was the guy in Cebu who made 10 things he disliked about the Philippines. Not only was there online backlash, but IIRC someone in government was coerced into issuing a threat.

    If you realize that the post was full of shit, then just accept it and move on. Filipino food is probably not the most popular SE Asian cuisine, so you’re going to have to get used to some criticism. At least wait until the person isn’t sampling their authentic cuisine from 7/11 before you spend 15 minutes protecting your perceived loss of face.

  14. Roberto Wong says:

    Thanks for this post. It voiced out what probably many of us simply muttered under our breath as we simply accepted things as “the way they are”. You are right, some things must change for the better.

    I dont mind people defending what they believe needs to be defended. Its really HOW they do it that irritates and saddens me, and realize how much of a hypocrite we can be as a people.

  15. Tracy says:

    Fantastic piece! Couldn’t agree more on a lot of things.

  16. mrdeliciousph says:

    Does anybody actually like Bruce Lim or his shitty pasta salads? Judging by the success of his restaurants I’m going to say no.

  17. XYZ says:

    Totally agree with your line of , “Every Indian guy is called a five-six”. Happens with me sometimes when i ride a cab,while shopping in a department store or meeting new people.

    Though i don’t find this as that offending as the assumption of ,”He is Boombai,he is bound to smell awful”.The word is actually registered as a mockery of Indians made by Filipino (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=boombai)

    I have had instances when the cab driver opened his window the moment i entered, based on the assumption that all Indians are smelly.I wish people who are racially abused around the world would stop making assumptions and jokes about each other at least .We hate it when we as individuals are abused or offended ,yet we wouldn’t think twice before making fun of others.

    Who are we to say that all Indians are smelly or all Filipinas are gold diggers.I am sure we all come from good families and have ambitions and would hate to be called something which we are not based on these preconceived notions. So please, let’s stop judging each other based on race and value each other as the individuals we are. Peace out 🙂

    -From an Indian five-six who holds 3 Master’s Degree and who applies liberal amounts of “Chanel” prior going out.

  18. Ariela Badenas says:

    This is exactly how I felt after reading about that article, and all the articles about that article. Now as a “poor” college student studying abroad, I’ve found myself more sensitive towards our identity and more observant towards how others view us. It’s a twisted concept, and I love how you have honestly articulated it. Having lived here for a few months, I don’t really know what to think about being Filipino. This feeling is so foreign, it’s like I don’t want to let others know I’m Filipino but at the same time, I just want to feel accepted as one.

    One thing that just really ticks me off is when Filipinos actually refer to themselves as Flips. Seriously, Flips??? Seriously????

  19. JAY says:


  20. Neighborhood Troll says:

    One word: Insecurity

  21. Amelia says:

    This is very true. My sister and I both married non-Filipinos, and the initial reactions were stereotypical: My husband was “Taba & kalbo” and my mom pleaded my sister not to marry the “black man.” They of course couched this in reasonable terms (health, cultural differences, etc etc) but I think the initial reactions were partly out of racism.

  22. Ngeks says:

    Nice article. Very true. People should read more of these stuff.

    I wonder what those denmark urinals looked like. Haha!!

  23. alsaetia says:

    Well said. I agree, there’s a certain degree of racism in each one of us, as evidenced by our use of words like 5-6 and Bumbai. The article of the girl backpacker dissing Pinoy cuisiine all throughout her blog, I felt that she was entitled to her own opinion. As she’s a backpacker, she won’t have the budget to eat Bagnet Salad at Juanita’s or even Sizzling Bulalo at Gerry’s. But her article was totally biased though—she only had glowing remarks for other SEA countries she’s visited, but couldn’t put in a good word for the Philippine leg of her trip (c’mon, all countries have pros and cons, but you couldn’t say one single good thing about the Philippines?) On the imeldific lady muttering ‘TNT,’ nice, you should have given her a smack down.

    On Filipinos belittling other Filipinos abroad, lots of that happening abroad. I lived in a SEA country for 3 years and there are Pinay professionals who take great offense when foreigners mistake them for Pinay domestic helpers. These Pinay professionals conveniently forget that the DH stand on the same ground as them, along with the Pinay architects, healthcare workers and engineers that work abroad—that we are all OFWs, and that we all work hard so we could send money home. And the SEA country we’ve called home have racist terms for us Pinoy OFWs too, I bet.

    • Marielle says:

      It is not about “conveniently forgetting”. Trust me, you would not take it lightly either when other people think your people cannot do any better than being a maid, that it is a surprise to them that highly educated Filipinos exist.

      • Katrina says:

        Agree. The offense comes from the assumption that all Pinays in foreign countries are domestic helpers and are unlikely to be “architects, healthcare workers and engineers.”

  24. letthewookieewin says:

    I’ve been so tempted to post about how spectacularly self loathing Pinoys can be towards their countrymen but mine would have just been a paragraph of swearing and ranting. You on the other hand havbe managed to convey my frustrations more eloquently than I could have managed. Thanks for this Lars/

  25. Carlo says:

    Great article. We’ve forgotten how to take things in context and generally react with our emotions rather than looking at the different angle of things, just like in the blog post about our food, since it’s way easier to just puff our chest and scream Pinoy pride. As you pointed out, the mere fact that 711 longganisa was her choice of store for food is a dead giveaway that her culinary expertise is quite limited. But what can you do against the hordes of people who cry about each and every single negative thing that is said about them?

    And I also thank you for proving that I’m not insane. I hate the boss for the reasons you stated.

  26. yep says:

    Great Piece.

    Having lived in PH for a couple of years, I’m confident that many (if not the majority of) residential Westerners don’t rate Filipino cuisine highly. Different to the blogging tourist, we (I’m one of them) have tried everything in the best places, proudly recommended by locals, and still think the food is generally neither healthy nor nuanced in flavors. Please note this view is not represented by that uninformed and heavily biased blog.

    There are many good reasons to live here and outstanding features of country and people make the Philippines a great place – after all, we chose and enjoy to live here – but the food is not one of them. Having lived here, though, we understand the patriotic Filipino Soul enough not to express this view in the presence of Filipinos/as. Instead, when asked what we think of the local dishes, we praise them. Some have a list of local dishes prepared for this case. I, for example, name Tinola, Kinilaw, and the varieties fruit which, I think, are delicious. Others just lie. No one dares the insult to state their view frankly.

    Hence, I welcome your article, Lars. It’s a good read and it calls for more openness in the Philippines towards differentiated (and informed, well understood) opinions from foreigners. I think it’s a timely call and hope it finds some response.

    As far as the TV show: sounds illegal. some viral evidence should end it.

    • mauro says:

      “I’m confident that many (if not the majority of) residential Westerners don’t rate Filipino cuisine highly.”

      Don’t be so quick to generalize. Been living in Cebu for the past fifteen years, originally from Naples but I appreciate and like Filipino food.

  27. kyla says:

    “and pseudo-celebrities with even a thimble full of Filipino blood”

    –lol ily that was on point

  28. Ceia Ylagan says:

    Another well-written piece from Pepper.ph!

    That show always bothered me, and I don’t know why AFC would allow such a show to be aired. Boggles the mind, especially when there are a number of really good local chefs who can host an interesting cooking show and present good Filipino cuisine in a SE Asia distributed show.

    And oh, yes, that awful girl who posted that? People shouldn’t bother posting her link. Waste of time.

  29. Christina says:

    Great article Lars.

  30. rftreyes says:

    Sharing this to our site. Well said and just hits the mark.
    We share the same sentiment that the only true way to love every other land, culture, and people, is to love our own first and foremost. 😀

  31. Edik Dolotina says:

    nice article Laurence. there are only a handful of us who saw the reason behind the negativity of the blogger. it was their real experience BUT they were not the authority whom we can actually believe.

  32. Alberto de la Paz says:

    Brilliant piece of writing from a fellow Pinoy. Bravo Lars. Thank you for this article about us Pinoys. Also need to say that as an Expat Pinoy living in Thailand for the last 22 years, we need to really give OFWs a little bit more respect. On the other Hand, OFWs also need to learn that there is so much more they can do to help folks back home: and not just fork over some money. OFWs are like eyes and ears. With smart phones in almost every Pinoys hands, OFWs can snap photos and send them back home in an instant. Imagine if they were also sending back ideas for businesses? Would that be great?

  33. Joan says:

    Hi Lars, great article. I had the same reaction the first time I watched that cooking show with my mom. That “chef”‘s name is Bruce Lim, quotation marks intended. He always makes little racist comments in his show which is irritating. I hope AFC does something about that soon.

  34. Marilou Cipcon-Barriquand says:

    …racism?…OMG!…not again…even with the food?…when are we going to learn people…just eat and enjoy the meal…it will make your world wonderful and initiated…bonapetit!…

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  36. Pilar San Luis says:

    This one is for the books Lars! What an articulate, well-written piece (but that ostrich egg article is still my favorite). No wonder you’re Pepper.ph’s editorial head.

  37. orchid says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Like everyone else said, terrific writing Sir Lars. It’s great how you can make people think and feel while also making them laugh, not a lot of people can do that. I wish you could write more serious stuff like this please, I’ve read your stories published in other places and when you do serious something great always comes out.

    I hate The Boss also let’s start a petition to get Bruce Lim off AFC.

  38. gracey says:

    i think we’re just insecure.. as people.

  39. Reggie says:

    This post makes me happy because it lays down everything we’ve all been keeping to ourselves (to stay in line with the “masa” mindset uughhphbh).

    truth: idina menzel best version

  40. Yoweng says:

    Lars, you put it down so well I want to be your friend. Fancy a beer or coffee with a stranger?

  41. KateB says:

    Same here, I hate The Boss, I love AFC except for that program.

  42. eufems says:


    The only consolation I have for our ‘racism’ is that I have yet to hear a case of a Filipino killing/lynching/hurting a foreigner simply because he is a foreigner. Other countries’ racisms do involve violence.

  43. Pupey says:

    Amen to that.

  44. asteria says:

    Thank you for this insight. 🙂 We Filipinos have been bullied too much from the past that its natural to want to protect whatever ounce of pride we have left. It’s a lot harder to change a mindset thats been deeply imbedded in our people. But I do believe that we should go back to loving our race, our nation and that involves accepting the harsh truth about our country. 🙂

  45. Jay t. says:

    I agree. Bruce “the boss” sucks. A poor representation of filipinos.

  46. TCK says:

    Seriously man. I’ve never actually lived there because we were ex-pat kids, but I visited every summer and christmas throughout my childhood and still call it one of my “homes”. The culture has so many issues, and I think it all stems from a deep and terrible inferiority complex. Yes, our history and culture was all but wiped out by colonization (multiple times) but it’s a new era and they can let the chip roll of their shoulder. The racism is striking, I remember bringing a black friend home when we were visiting Asia and he said he’d never experienced anything like it (and we’re from a city in the Deep South of the States).
    Really well expressed, thanks for the article.

  47. Benjamin Canapi says:

    Nicely written, man.
    And yes, I never, NEVER liked Bruce Lim. Overrated hack.

  48. kjra92 says:

    Very nice article. 🙂

  49. Anti-Crab says:

    I might know the exact woman you spoke to in Madrid…acts that way “exactly”.

  50. Excellent essay! I’m sure a lot of Filipinos in denial will still get infuriated by your statement that some of the most racist ones are indeed Filipinos! But I completely agree. A lot of our countrymen still use a bunch of politically incorrect and insensitive terms. For instance, some people call those who fail to go to church ‘moros’; or the use of ‘egoy’. But as you said, we all just have to keep hoping that things will get better and acknowledge that it all starts with each of us.

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  52. Tasha says:

    Gee, I wonder how our kababayans will react if someone will make a YouTube video entitled: “Reasons Why I Hate Being a Filipino”? … which reminded me of that foreigner who made a video why he hated our country. Oh, boy! Was he heavily criticized by many Filipinos for that.

  53. Joyce says:

    I travel a lot and I can’t seem to shake off this feeling that people are judging me for being short and brown. Before people even get the chance to judge me, I assume the worst – what you wrote over here just triggered a paradigm shift.

  54. Julius Espina says:

    Experienced this with fellow Filipinos. I just replied, yeah, white folks who comes to our place lie down all day under the sun at the beach just to stay white..! haha You’re white, skin whitening lotion white, bleached white, a fake white.

  55. True Victoria says:

    I read your well written article a couple months back only to realize I’d come back to post my comment. Recently a disgusted Singaporean blogged about the Filipinos in Singapore- I never felt hate, instead I laughed considering how disgusted he was with Filipinos. Then I remembered your article- this well written article of yours will be with me wherever I’d go… it neutralizes anger because it speaks of the truth.

  56. byfilipinowriters says:

    I just read the blog post from etramping. I have concerns about street foods as well. As locals, we are used to seeing food stalls and people eating in the streets. But if you intend blog about authentic Filipino cuisine, why take street foods? I noticed that the bloggers claimed to travel for less than 25 dollars a day. Could it be a budget issue? That’s why they took the street foods? I do appreciate their honest opinion.

  57. Idunwanabehirenhmoar says:

    Hope? I’ve been here for decades. Tried to be revolutionary albeit, in a quiter way. So, no. Unless you chop off the head… But then again, I’m feeling cynic right now. I’m tired. One thing I realized: age can cripple the eye.

    I feel amazed when I read posts about optimism here. I’m glad and thankful that for a moment, I see a sparkle of light before everything turns bleak again.

    So, thanks.

  58. Idunwanabehirenhmoar says:

    * quieter

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