What’s a Filipino? Whether you agree with him or not, broadcaster Arnold Clavio’s “They’re-not real-Filipinos” criticism of Azkals players following a sexual harassment suit brought against some members of the national football team, appears to have hit a raw nerve – and raised an important question. This article is one of a series exploring the very notion of “being Filipino”. Follow @interaksyon on our #WhatsaFilipino discussion on Twitter, and on this special coverage on InterAksyon.com.
When InterAksyon.com started a special project asking “What’s a Filipino?” the question seemed to strike a chord with Filipinos from all walks of life.
Filipino-American basketball superstar Danny Seigle shared his unique perspective on the issue over Twitter on Tuesday. He was the PBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1999, during the year of the so-called “Fil-Am Invasion” of the league.
“In my humble opinion, aside from legal papers, ancestry, and birth place, a Filipino is one who is immersed in the diverse culture, appreciates the country’s resources, loves its people despite their flaws, integrates Filipino values in their daily lives, and proudly does their share, however small, in contributing to the nation’s progress.”