I’m Proud to be A Filipino

I used to have distaste for pinoys on YouTube who brandish their Filipino-ness on occasions when flags shouldn’t be involved. Forgive me for the honesty, but I think it’s cheap. You’re not proud of your heritage just coz Lea Salonga sings in broadway or because Charice Pempengco sang in Ellen. I say I’m proud of being a Filipino even if Versace’s murderer was one.

That’s because patriotism isn’t something you extract whenever somebody from your country is recognized and hidden whenever somebody from your country is embarrassed. It’s just there! The Germans endured Hitler, are they still proud of being Germans. Yes.. of course.

Tonight though, is an exception. After seeing Renaldo Lapuz’s performance on American Idol last night, I am prouder of my heritage than ever before…