like tagalogs especially because of where
Tagalogs especially (because of where our lands are) have been maybe colonized longest? – we were closest to the seat of spanish power in Manila. Amongst one of the groups most exposed.
At this point…so much of what we are has been touched (defiled even) by colonialism. and i cannot escape my overall (light skin/white passing) privilege and woudln’t even if i were in the Philippines.
since the kind of mestisa i am is what is considered most desirable.
(if my dad had kidnapped me and my ate like he threatened and raised us in Manila. i’d have class and color privilege out the wazoo. the thing about privilege – as mentioned by others – is that you can’t escape it. even if it would change and shift, you can’t escape it.)