You don't have to be Brown to be Filipino

This video has made its rounds on the web and I saw it earlier this month.  I’ve seen Asians who were fluent in various languages due to growing up overseas, but have you ever seen a Caucasian act and talk like a typical Filipino kid in the PI?  Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 premiered Saturday-February 26,2011 showed this 10-year old  Brian Brady, Ilocano and Tagalog Speaking Amboy Singer auditon. Brian Brady came from Cabungaan, Laog City Philippines. He was raised by Filipino parents in the Philippines.  The city of LA gave him to a board and care owned by his recent adoptive parents since his parents were “unfit” to take responsibility. He sang one of my favorite Tagalog songs, “Habang May Buhay” popularized by Wency Cornejo in Pilipinas Got Talent Audition. I’ve been getting a lot of annoying messages through this blog from people arguing what a Filipino is suppose to look like. This clip of little Brian Brady shows that he’s as much of a Pinoy as the rest of us.


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  • Anonymous

    Chris Aquino made an ignorant comment: “You look American.” Well, what the hell does an American look like??? I’m an American of Filipino/Chinese descent with black hair, brown eyes and brown skin. I hate it when Filipinos, especially Filipino-AMERICANS, refer to white people as Americans as if WE are not Americans. Heck, some white guy could come to the U.S. from Poland and some Filipino-Americans would immediately refer to him as an American while refusing to acknowlege Filipinos born and raised in the U.S. as Americans. Even my mother makes this mistake. She has said, for instance, “My son-in-law is American.” My response is, “So are we.” Filipino-Americans who call themselves “U.S. citizens” instead of AMERICANS are

  • Anonymous

    Chris Aquino made an ignorant comment: “You look American.” Well, what the hell does an American look like??? I’m an American of Filipino/Chinese descent with black hair, brown eyes and brown skin. I hate it when Filipinos, especially Filipino-AMERICANS, refer to white people as Americans as if WE are not Americans. Heck, some white guy could come to the U.S. from Poland and some Filipino-Americans would immediately refer to him as an American while refusing to acknowlege Filipinos born and raised in the U.S. as Americans. Even my mother makes this mistake. She has said, for instance, “My son-in-law is American.” My response is, “So are we.” Filipino-Americans who refer to themselves “U.S. citizens” instead of AMERICANS are acting like second-class citizens. They exhibit a disturbing deference to white folks, which is probably not surprising considering the colonial mentality that affects so many Filipinos like an incurable disease. As a proud Filipino-AMERICAN who was raised in the U.S. and who has traveled to the Philippines several times over the last decade, the most appalling thing about that country to me was the pervasive attitude of the people that white skin is superior. There are clinics all over the place that promist to “whiten your skin in one week!” It’s sad and comical at the same time. This attitude makes many Filipinos feel inferior to whites and to anyone who has fair skin. If only they knew that white folks in the U.S. spend millions each year on tanning products and salons trying to become brown! I digressed a little, but my main point is that Filipinos need to stop assuming that white people are Americans and that brown people are not Americans. And they also need to rid themselves of the ignorant notion that white skin is superios.

    • Well said! I couldn’t have put it any better. As for Kris Aquino’s remarks, I didn’t want to get into it because it’s Kris Aquino and most of what she says is stupid or pointless.

      • Anonymous

        The title of the original post is “You don’t have to be brown to be Filipino.” Very true. I’m trying to get across the point to legions of brainwashed Filipinos that by the same token, you don’t have to be white to be American.

        • Why are you trying to explain this to me? I already know what you were trying to say from your post and applaud you for it because I feel the same way.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not only Filipinos who are obsessed with skin color change or enhancement, so are KOREANS, JAPANESE and of course, us AMERICANS.

      White people trying to TAN themselves are as pathetic as brown people trying to be white. The tanner you are, the better. Where could you find people obsessed with tanning beds that look like coffins and tanning lotions that make you orange? Here in the US too. Haven’t you noticed that?!

  • none of the famous pinoys ( aside from manny ) have any tan at all.

    • Anonymous

      That’s because they all get their skin whitened and they get the same “Caucasianized” nose job. Watching The Filipino Channel or just regular TV in the Philippines is comical when it’s not intended to be. Probably more than 80% of the people are some shade of brown, yet the vast majority of Filipinos you see on TV and the movies are WHITE. The exceptions are the maids, yayas, gardeners, etc. Those are the only Malay-looking people you see on TV and the movies in the P.I. By the way, when I was there a few years ago, I saw employment ads that required applicants to send a picture with their application. And they specified the desired marital status, gender and age, i.e., “single female between the ages of 18 – 25.” The whiter you are, the better your chance of landing a job. Let’s face it: the country is racist as hell. So many Filipino-Americans have the irritating habit of calling the P.I. “home.” My home is the United States of America. I was born in the Philippines, but I certainly don’t call that screwed up Third World country my “home.”

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know how much you hate the Philippines as to why you call it “screwed up third world country”, where in the US is also screwed up right now in terms of our economy.

        Why are you even at this site called “FilAM ako” when you seem to diss your own culture. Philippines is as racist as hell? So why are you being racist to your countrymen with all these comments. Yes, Filipinos have faults, but so does the American culture. I was raised in an urban Philippine city and I must say, it’s way more advanced than this Texas city I live in.

  • In the PI? that is ridiculous and soooooooooooo un-Filipino. No real Filipino will call the Philippines PI. not because it means putang ina but because that is a derogatory way of calling the country. it sounds and smell of colonialism, American colonialism!!!

    • Anonymous

      PI means Philippine Islands, perry!