Being nationalistic is about what’s in the heart and what you do for the country.
The following are wrong factors in determining of how a Filipino is really Filipino.
1. Should speak tagalog. Did you know that Filipino-foreigners in the Philippine Football Team are more passionate and willing to sacrifice more than their team mates who were born in the Philippines? Some don’t speak a single tagalog word.
I could not speak straight and flowing tagalog, but i have done more good for the Philippines than you who is good in tagalog.
2. Should patronize Filipino products. I practically don’t like Filipino movies. The only Filipino movie worth every penny is Confessional, it’s an indie. I worked hard for my money, so I should look for quality.
3. Should work and live only in the Philippines. Don’t condemn others who work their butts off abroad to send money at home.
4. Should have a dark brown skin. There was a discussion in a famous Philippine online forum about urging Jaime Zobel Ayala to run for president in the 2010 Philippine election. A few “true Filipinos” retorted that the Ayalas does not look like Filipinos because they are “white” and JAZA is not fit to run for president. Those ignorant Filipinos have no idea about the Ayalas’ philanthropy works in the Philippines.
I quote Beatriz Ayala:
“Anything that will be good for the Philippines I will be interested in. Like an opportunity like this, you will see me in it.”