Friday, February 12, 2010

filipinas typecasted as nannies

Precious Lara Quigaman, the Miss Philippines who took home the 2005 Miss International crown, was asked during the final round the following question:

What do you say to the people of the world who have typecasted filipinos as nannies?

Precious Lara replied, “I take no offense on being typecasted as a nanny. But i do take offense that the educated people of the world have somehow denegrated the true sense and meaning of what a nanny is.”

Quigaman further elaborated: “Let me tell you what she is. She is someone who gives more than she takes. She is someone you trust to look after the very people most precious to you – your child, the elderly, yourself. She is the one who has made a living out of caring and loving other people.”

In closing, Precious ended her nanny speech with, “So to those who have typecasted us as nannies, thank you. It is a testament to the loving and caring culture of the Filipino people. And for that, I am forever proud and grateful of my roots and culture.

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Janette Toral said...

I recall participating in a European trade fair showcasing an e-commerce organization. This was in France. After the introductions, the gentleman interacted with me and later on said, "I have a Filipina in my home." When I clarified, he was referring to a maid.

I believe there was a big discussion way back when a popular dictionary defined Filipina as a maid. (can't recall exactly)

Whether that is good or bad will depend if we see that in a positive or negative light.

13tthWiTCH said...

@janette toral - yeah i remembered those times. i grew up hearing the word Filipina was referred to as prostitute, domestic helper, caregiver -- in order...

**and its all about perspective. =)