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Pet Sins September 2004

Filipino Ethnic Pride and Spanish Pedigree

I have a Filipino friend who said that it was an unfortunate that some mixed blood Filipinos (Spanish+native) choose to look down on darker skinned 'pure' indigenous Filipinos. But he often brought up the topic of his Spanish ancestry with pride. He repeatedly emphasizes that his Spanish predecessor was a "full-blooded Spaniard" from Europe, as distinguished from the mestizos of Latin America.