Friday, June 26, 2009
Look ma, no hands - Filipina pilot
You may not realize this but there are Filipinos that are ashamed to admit they are Filipinos.
Jessica is not one of them and she even wears the Filipina national dress - the Maria Clara when she does her motivational speaking.
I am putting this up here because Jessica, in one interview, attributed her abilities to do these sort of difficult things (let's face it, living life with out arms is a bit difficult and challenging, no?) because of the nature of being a Filipino. In a way I kinda believe that because every Filipino that is born has a twin, called sacrifice/suffering, poverty.
Filipinos are known for being friendly, yet they know that the world and life are not as friendly towards them.
I used to work for Unisys. One time they sent me to Pasadena, California (USA) to work with the engineers there. The engineering manager was so thrilled to meet me and excitedly said - oh we have a Filipina engineer, I want you to meet her. So I did, I went to where her office was and greeted her with some Tagalog words. She spoke back in Spanish saying she did not know any Tagalog. What a load of b.s. Her skin was so brown, her nose was so flat and she wasn't that tall either. Even her name was a dead give away, like Ramos, Garcia or Reyes, one of the famous ones. Her attitude of shame epitomizes the result of colonization. The colonizers taught us we were no good, we were good only to be slaves, for labor. The colonizers have left - or have they really? Yet one thing for sure remains, their cultural imperialism still trickles down to many generations.
So pardon me for giving a shout for Jessica.
We have a saying "Filipino ka, sabihin mo", "you are Filipino, say so".
I am saying so.