I Am A Filipino Poem Analysis

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“Pinoy pride” is a staple phrase of Filipinos; usually heard, or nowadays seen, in comments when there is big news involving a Filipino compatriot in an international setting. One common example of this is when the Filipino people express their joy and jubilation every time Manny Pacquiao wins a boxing bout. As this outlook is quite common in Filipinos, it is no surprise to see literary works whose topic revolves around pride in being Filipino, such as Ruth Mabanglo’s “I Am A Filipino.” However, in this poem, the repeated assertion of “I am a Filipino” is not to tout simply being a Filipino, but more of being proud of the history of Filipinos fighting and succeeding against adversity.
The first stanza of the poem begins with the line “I am
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This same line is repeated an additional three times in this verse, exhibiting the importance of the line. In this verse, the persona makes several vows (ll. 64-77). First, the persona vows to free his/her family from fear and to plant trust into their hearts and minds. While it is not explicitly stated as to what this fear is, it can be inferred that it is the fear of forgetting about the Filipino culture, which is why this vow was stated for the family and relatives of the persona without specifically mentioning his/her children. The trust planted being that the persona will always remember his/her roots. The persona also vows to be free of shame, most likely from the disastrous past mentioned in the second stanza. The persona also affirms being a Filipino with a shadow. Having a shadow implies the tangibility of something or someone, further implying that they are real and existing, meaning that in this line the persona wishes to express that he/she is a real Filipino. The persona also states that his/her children will learn about their origins like mentioned in the previous verse. Finally, the final four lines express that the persona will remain a Filipino in absolutely any
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