Based on a 2010 demographic report, the number of Filipino- Americans living in the United States reached 3.4 million or 1.1% of the total US population, making Filipinos the second largest Asian ancestry group after Chinese-Americans, said a history and political science teacher.
Victor Emmanuel H. Enario, assistant professor at the Silliman University History-Political Science Department, said this continuing migration of Filipinos “away form an ancestral homeland’ is called diaspora.
”I have been motivated to talk about Filipino diaspora because it has become a trend . . . More importantly, it indicated positive impacts for our economy and in our continuing relationship with the US and other parts of the world,” Enario said last July 15 at the American Studies Resource Center.
With the increasing number of skilled and professional Filipino workers, mostly on health care support, construction, extraction, and transportation, Enario added that venturing to other countries serves as an important bridge to access more knowledge, resources, and expertise that would help the emerging economic development of our country.
“The entry of dollar remittances and the financial flows in our country would indicate that there will be more investors coming in thus, opening more opportunities for the Filipino people,” Enario said.
He also emphasized the effects of Filipino diaspora. One of which is the sense of love for one’s own country.
“Nationalism isn’t bound by time or place. People from other nations migrate to create new nations, yet still remain who they are. The Philippine society is itself an example of a multi-cultural nation, a melting pot of races, religions, arts and cultures,” said Enario.
Enario added that the Filipinos in every part of the world must be given an authentic identity and “empower them as creative resourceful humans in a world of free, equal, associated producers.”
However, he added that he is not trying to encourage students to venture abroad. But if the opportunity comes, “Why not try?” he said.
“If it entails someone to look for greener pastures and improve his or her economic status here in the Philippines, why not grab the opportunity,” Enario said.
Philip Tagado, a sophomore philosophy student, said that the lecture enlightened him about Filipino diaspora. Although he has plans of venturing to other countries, he said that he will come back to the country and serve.
“I am planning to study in Australia and learn about their culture, but I will come back here in the Philippines to share what I’ve learned and serve the country,” Tagado said.
By Nova Veraley Grafe