“Why did you think I left the country for good” – Abegail Bustamante

A schoolmate could not resist sharing this conversation of her fellow schoolmate, Abegail Bustamante and Jane Chua. Click the image to enlarge and read the conversation.

It starts of with “I hate how Filipinos of the Philippines think CANADIANS mean white people only.

The conversation then went to how they never hang out with Filipinos and about how they are Chinese and Spanish heritage. They basically call themselves SWAG – Something We Asians Got.

So they rather be called Asians than Filipinos. They must have had bad experiences with fellow Filipino-Canadians and didn’t fit in. Who knows? This is not the first time I have read about Filipinos abroad who either label themselves Asian or Pacific Islanders.

The tweet of her schoolmate soon became viral in Twitter. @xxxriainxxx exclaims that “Jejemon goes to Canada. Some people should never go online. Ever.” @yellywelly points out that ” .. is a sad commentary of our times. denying your Filipino heritage is a surefire way of denying yourself.”

I also posted at Google Plus. A friend says “Talk about identity crisis, I kind of pity them for not knowing their true heritage. Yes, they might be Canadian citizens now, but disavowing their ethnicity because they think they are better than everyone else can be very lonely.” A Filipino-Canadian is angry ” I feel sorry that Canada has to shelter these ignorant people. They can’t even speak proper english! What an embarrassment to both countries! I’m part glad that she’s over on the other side of the country or I would have knocked on her door to give her a piece of my mind.”

@asianchick06 , a Filipino-Canadian is speechless. “wow I’m speechless. I am also Filipino-Canadian AND I am proud to be both. I will never be ashamed of my roots.” @bannarama agrees. “Same here. Both countries have been great to me. I feel very lucky to be able to experience both worlds. ”

Before Abegail’s facebook was removed, someone noticed something about her likes. “- I’m sorry, but she’s so fake! According to her FB profile, these people inspire her:

Piolo Pascual, Marian Rivera, Richard Gutierrez, Judy Ann Santos and Ding Dong Dantes.

Also, she liked pages such as:
Take Me To The Philippines
Flippn’ Funny (A Toronto Filipino Comedy Show)
Old Philippines”

I know the country has problems but I will never disown the Philippines or my heritage. I will never claim to be mixed Spanish or Chinese blood. I will always be a Filipino.”

One surmised that “I believe it was an unthought of comment and exchange that shows her youth and immaturity. She probably thought she was being cool :-[” Another commented that it is ” a very irresponsible post. Let’s just forgive her for her ignorance…”

Here are some comments in Twitter about this sad and ignorant views of being a Filipino.

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