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.
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.”
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.