According to Wikipedia, there are aboutÂ 11 million Filipinos overseas.Â This number includes people of Filipino ancestry who are citizens of other countries, and overseas foreign workers. Estimates are based on general statistics from the Philippine government and the host countries. The United States has the largest Filipino population with 4 million, followed by Saudi Arabia with 2 million and Malaysia with 636,000.Â
It would seem that our no-longer-secret campaign for world domination is proceeding nicely. However, there are serious stumbling blocks. First, the lack of organization. Our people are notoriously fractious in groups, given to forming splinter factions when elections (or beauty contests) do not go their way. This behavior was not invented by 20th century politicians. Our national hero Jose Rizal got seriously pikon when he lost in the election of a Filipino association in Paris, and let’s not forget the election which led to Emilio Aguinaldo ordering the execution of Andres Bonifacio. There are social, cultural, historical factors at work which must be looked into.
Second, it would appear that overseas Filipinos are too preoccupied with basic survival, sending money home, and later security and status, to even think of world domination.Â (I just heard from Ige who is in despair because every Pinoy he’s met in Europe on this trip has asked him the following questions: What’s your status hereâ€”citizen? resident? undocumented worker? How much money do you make? Do you have TFC? Can I pop over to watch Wowowee?)
Third, we need a rallying cry besides Wowowee.Â
More on this later. I’m off to watch the KC Concepcion-Richard Gutierrez movie. Nobody say yiiiiiiii. I happen to like watching Tagalog movies. They’re an excellent meter of the zeitgeist.Â Â Â