Do you know how many Filipinos there are all over the world? A truly difficult quiz to work on, but one thing for sure, none should ever underestimate the power within the social class. In the United States alone, with the estimated 3.4 million Filipinos and Fil-Americans, a politician can rest, assured with confidence to bank on his political aspiration if a decision generates a ‘unanimous thumbs up’, from this community. How do we even track the number of working class Filipinos employed in major corporations, hospitals, small and big businesses that hold the pillar of the US economy? Not to mention the ‘income’ a business will generate focusing on the demographics to patronize the product?
Allow me to elaborate the point I will soon specify by citing certain recent incidences: The Miss World Title was attained by a Filipina and a negative racial comment was posted in a social media; an outpour of discontent and rage was immediately expressed by Filipinos that caused cyber traffic all over the world that made it as the number one trending topic at the moment. It is bad enough to discriminate with a written evidence that can incriminate you – but worst is when you do it ‘on line’ as an open target, throwing a single stone on a whole army. The poor racists - “just expressing my impression (and prejudice)” did not even anticipate the after effects of tactlessness. She had to ‘down’ her accounts – to avoid a bombardment of ‘expression’ of impression likewise.
A very popular TV singers’ competition show had its high audience rating a recent year when a Filipina contestant, flooded the phone texting and on-line voting system. But when the results came out with a totally disappointing turn out that created a perception of breach of trust and confidence from the captive Filipino viewers, most – if not all - have ceased to watch the show, to lose a huge segment of text and on line voters.
The most popular Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao – have increased the pay-per-view bottom line numbers to the max, because while the whole world watched, the unified race watched with pride from all over the planet. The same boxing icon have stimulated so many endorsements for brands, in view of the high number of Filipino buying market that patronized and will continue to buy their merchandise.
I now come to my point: Then once quiet group of people – the Filipinos - undeniably discriminated in the past, have discovered their unified strength and capabilities to affect a number – in buying, voting and expressing. In spite of the negative impressions that the past have created, in view of their humble beginnings to ‘belong’ and intermingle in a foreign land in search of some means of income to support the family back in the homeland, the now established Filipino emerge with a certain pride, with a paradigm shift from old impression of – no longer alone, but ‘one’ as a family.
http://www.indexmundi.com/g/g.aspx?c=us&v=24 (growth rate by year)