03 Aug '13, 3pm

#BalikBayan: Rica Facundo discovers her 'Filipino-ness' after living in another country. Read:

#BalikBayan: Rica Facundo discovers her 'Filipino-ness' after living in another country. Read:

AT HOME. The author discovers how much a Filipino she is in another country. All photos by Rica Facundo SINGAPORE - Last year, I was bemused by how I felt more Filipino in Singapore than back in the Philippines. Given that I am a "foreign Filipina" born in Indonesia and attended an international high school, I was excited about Singapore. I knew it to be a cosmopolitan city of Chinese, Malays, Indians and foreigners that could teach me about other cultures. After all, globalism is finding the common thread among different races. Moving abroad was the perfect opportunity to assimilate and localize a new way of living. But for a while I was confused. I didn't expect moving abroad would first shed light about how Filipino I was before connecting the dots with other nationalities. I didn’t have to speak Tagalog fluently or discuss Philippine politics or history to brand myself...

Full article: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/35205-filipino-...

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