Why Kayumanggi is Not Filipino

For many years Filipinos believed that having a “kayumanggi” (brown) skin is one of the visual evidence that a resident in the Philippines is a true Filipino.

I disagree.

It is a Southeast Asian thing. The brown skin is a common feature of people living in South Asia such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and even those in Hawaii and Samoan Islands. So it’s not solely a Pinoy thing.

Racist thing now. With the growing popularity of political correctness, the kayumanggi idea can now be considered “racist.”

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If a Filipino citizen has a light skin or is of Spanish or Chinese descent, then he or she is not a true Filipino. Yeah right.

This is just my opinion.

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2 comments

  1. It’s very interesting to note that we Filipinos don’t really own that color.
    Also, no one today can claim that he is a pure blooded Filipino as if his bloodline can be traced back to the Tabon Man. 🙂

    1. I claim to be a fullblooded Filipino despite my mixed backgroun because it is my nationaluty, it is where I was born. What more can a person want?

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