The Half Pinoy Celebrities
The Philippine entertainment industry is full of great faces which would make you wonder how could they have that almost perfect features? Later on you would find out that this is simply because they are Half-Pinoys.
- Half- Spanish, Half- Americans
- marian rivera
- bianca king
- gerald anderson and kim chiu
- Iwa moto
- venus raj
- charice pempengco
- looking at the past
- Alamat ng Lahing Kayumanggi
Half- Spanish, Half- Americans
This is not to say that all Philippine celebrities are Half-Pinoys, lots of them are purely Filipino also.
However many of the showbiz personalities today either have mother or father of foreign descent. That's why you are quite amazed on how they could have such a perfect face and beauty. Then you would also suspect that they are not just Filipinos.
In my neighborhood for example, you can observe that some have far lighter skin color, taller and the color of their eyes are different. Hundreds of years ago, foreign nations that came here in the Philippines have children with other Filipinas here, and many of us can no longer trace back those foreign ancestors.
First of this is GMA's Marian Rivera, she speaks in Filipino and I first thought that she is a pure Filipino till I began to wonder if she really is. So I make some research and I am right, I found out that her father is a Spanish.
According to Wikipedia, she is born in Madrid, Spain, her father's name is Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso, a Spanish and her mother is Amalia Rivera from Cavite. Her parents separated and she grew up here in the Philippines. I am not sure how she was discovered by talent scouts and how her career began all I know is she is one of the promising Philippine celebrities at present.
Another one like marian rivera of GMA, is Bianca King. According to a website, she is half-Filipino and Half-german-canadian. No other information was written about her family. Like what most people know, media began to take notice of her in the teleserye Mulawin on her role as Aviona.
It's obvious that they are not pure as they have a foreign resemblance that makes them stand out and be different from the rest. Those Philippine celebrities who grew up here does not have foreign accents when speaking and very much Pinoy when they speak. Their looks can trick you, just wait till they speak and they are very Filipino.
gerald anderson and kim chiu
Now, at ABS-CBN we have Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu. If you look at their family names or surnames you already have an idea where they have come from. Gerald Anderson is Half-American and Kim Chiu is Half-Chinese.
Its not only here in the Philippines where there are famous Half-Pinoys even in international stage like Hollywood etc., I know there are other Half-Pinoys out there, although we knew little about these Philippine celebrities
It does not mean that western blood is the only one that invades the Philippine TV even oriental bloods are popular here like those with Japanese and Korean bloods.
Filipinos love also the looks of someone like Iwa Moto who is Half-Japanese and other stars that looks similar to many popular Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese or Korean popstars.
Here is Venus Raj, Miss Universe winner in the year 2010 . Now people believe she is a half -Indian. So its really pretty much good to say that all races are welcome and not just those with mestiza look.
For other celebrities with foreign descent here is another list:
Sarah Lahbati- Half Moroccan Swiss
Kristine Hermosa- Half Spanish
Bea Alonzo- Half British
Paolo Contis- Half Italian
Sam Milby-Half American
Anne Curtis- Half-Australian
Charice is an international star and she is a pure Filipino. This proves that it does not always needed to have a foreign blood to make it to the international scene. For other Philippine celebrities, talent comes first before the looks while others -looks first before the talent.
Many enter the show business with just the looks and later they are trained and groomed and their talents developed. Charice would not be first discovered here in the Philippines if the talent scout just focus on the looks but Charice Pempengco has pure talent that is hard to find in anybody else.
At this time, anything is possible you can learn to sing, act, dance and do hosting even if you don't have natural talent for that. Also, if you don't look that good on screen, there are cosmetics, make ups, surgeries and a lot more to do if you want to change a bit of your features and have that pop star look.
looking at the past
I look for old photos and this is what I have found out. I would admit Filipino looks are rather simple looking, we are not that tall, are eyes are not that beautiful are hair is black and our nose are a little flat.
But that was long ago, nowadays most people here have mixed blood. Most Filipinos are not pure, just look at your neighborhood especially those in the cities, people has foreign resemblance.
This is all the effect of colonization of the Philippines. People have that "colonial mentality" so we still look after those with foreign descents. We want to be independent with those race that colonized us centuries ago ,but in reality we very much loved them, their looks, their culture and they are very much a part of our culture. If we did not allow them to go, Philippines would have no identity of its own, as people here are a great mixed of all the races from different parts of the world, you can no longer recognized the pure Filipino race.
Alamat ng Lahing Kayumanggi
For me, I believe the pure Filipinos looks somewhat Malaysians or Indonesians because that's the real race of the Filipinos-the Malayo-Polynesians.
But Filipinos should not be saddened if they don't have foreign bloods, remember a story when we are in elementary, schools, the Origin of the Brown Race or Alamat ng Lahing Kayumanggi. The story says that Bathala or God mold humans and baked them in an oven or pugon. The white race resulted because God took them out early in the oven so they are a little undercooked. The black race turned dark because they have stayed for too long in the oven and have been overcooked in the oven. God decided to be careful on the third time and the third batch went out perfectly, and that is the brown race.
However, people here have learned to accept all the races, all colors and assimilate different cultures altogether. Indeed, here in the Philippines, there is no racial intolerance and there is unity in diversity.
Other photos courtesy of:
iwa mot-GMA 7
gerald anderson and kim chui- pep.ph
little brown americans-erwinsdeleon.blogspot.com
Charice- Preview Magazine