Looking for the Filipino soul

MANILA, Philippines – What it mean to be Filipino is the question preoccupying Gigo Alampay, executive director of Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (Canvas), an art-promotion group.

Having lived abroad for a number of years, he said: “Without judgment, Americans find it easy to say who they are. Here in our country, it’s sometimes easier to answer ‘What is a Batangueño?’ or ‘What is an Ilocano?’ than it is to answer ‘What is a Filipino?’ There may be some stereotypes for regional identities, but, at least, there are characteristic identifiers. However, as a nation, sometimes it’s not easy to figure out who we are.”

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