Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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My Arizona-based aunt just got home a few days ago. Its been a family thingy that she goes home every three years. Armed with her luggage and her huge balikbayan box, we excitedly welcomed her back into our family again.
After all, Fil-Ams are still Filipinos. It doesn't matter if they have the twang that we home-bred Pinoys don't possess or they may have different citizenships compared to what we locals carry. Doesn't matter if they're first, second, third, or what-have-you generation, it is still a part of who they are as people. Why do they cheer like crazy over Pacquiao? Why are they subscribed to The Filipino Channel? Why do they care to visit Jollibee and Red Ribbon and shop at Filipino groceries? Cos its a part of who they are as people. They are still Filipinos.
Seeing my aunt laugh over Dolphy's decades-old kind of comedy, her excitement over the sight of lechon manok, her intent in indoctrinating herself over Wowowee or her using the tabo even if a shower head is available on top of the bathroom wall makes me feel good inside. You will always want to go back to your own roots. Like the balikbayan box, you would always love to be welcomed back by your family.
That's why I'm thankful for websites like BakitWhy.com and for any other website that celebrates overseas Filipinos for that matter. These sites help Fil-Ams get a better feel on how its like to be Filipinos still. It is like an online barrio wherein Fil-Ams get to interact with fellow Fil-Ams. It's like doing Bayanihan all over again.
This post was written by: Jerick Baluyot
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