“Veil” | Photo via Flickr/Creative Commons by Hydropeek
Part III of the “Filipino Melting Pot” Series
When I visited Madrid (Spain) in 1982, I noticed many Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Spanish. I learned that some of the women OFWs got married to Spanish grooms.
My being a serious student of history came in handy when my host, then-Captain Salvador G. Peran of the Philippine Navy, introduced me to several OFWs in a Madrid disco. Buddy Peran is a fellow Sorsoganon who was then doing post-graduate studies at the La Escuela de Guerra Naval (Naval Academy) in Madrid. I told the Filipino ladies in that impromptu gathering that they were the new versions of Isabel Preysler. When one of them asked who Isabel was, I gave them a short lecture on her marriage to the legendary Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, who wowed Isabel in 1971. Unfortunately, almost-all love stories have to end. After three children, Julio and Isabel, a dual citizen of the Philippines and Spain divorced in 1979.
And to date, some Spaniards of Filipino descent or those who married Filipino brides claim that Julio Iglesias allegedly helped in composing his greatest hit. Mr. Iglesias originally called it “To All the Filipino Girls I’ve Loved Before” (sic). But with a twinkle in my eyes, I said that the music-label producers allegedly removed “Filipino.” Why? They feared a backlash against Julio if his “love (affairs) should be restricted to Filipino ladies.” Here again is Julio, singing his love song to Isabel and all the other alleged Filipino women he has met in his life and who traveled “in-and-out his (bedroom) door.”
But my humorous tall tale about Julio Iglesias’s most-famous song is happening in many European nations and nearly in 80-plus other countries worldwide. In September 2007, I co-wrote an article about “How Filipino Brides Are Changing the DNA of Several Nationalities and Also the Filipino.” A big part of the citations came from my online friend, who wanted to be known only as “Frosty.”
” … leaders in the next century of Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain (and members of the Commonwealth), the United States, and other leading countries are related to each other through a common DNA of Filipino ancestors.”
I reported to my fellow Philippine History Group of Los Angeles (PHGLA) the Filipino brides’ findings. I could predict (by extrapolation) that within a century (by 2107), 30- to 50 percent of the Japanese would have by then Filipino DNA in their blood. And yes, probably 25- to 30 percent of Germans and Italians would also have Filipino DNA in themselves. Our then-PHGLA Chairman Hector Santos (now deceased) joked that people should take my prediction seriously, as he said that “Bobby Reyes is the Sorsoganon Nostradamus.” But he asked how sure I was about Italy when the report did not mention Italian grooms.
I said that Germany, Italy, and Japan were the Axis Powers during World War II. Ergo, the Germans, Italians, and Japanese have the same taste for beautiful women with brains and brawn (as I explained in Part II of this series). Besides, I said that “Filipinos are the Italians of Asia.” I explained to our PHGLA members the similarities between Italians and Filipinos. And now there are more than 250,000 OFWs in Italy. To formalize my hypothesis, in 2008, I wrote Part 8 of my series on Filipino Psyche about the Filipino-Italian connection.
Before Ka Hector passed on, I told him that leaders in the next century of Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain (and members of the Commonwealth), the United States, and other leading countries are related to each other through a common DNA of Filipino ancestors. Aha! Ka Hector nearly choked as he was eating a sandwich when I also predicted that by 2150, perhaps the United Nations would be by then called by its new unofficial acronym, “FUN” Or, meaning “Filipino United Nations.” Yes, “UN” does not come close to “FUN.”
“I said that Germany, Italy, and Japan were the Axis Powers during World War II. Ergo, the Germans, Italians, and Japanese have the same taste for beautiful women with brains and brawn (as I explained in Part II of this series). Besides, I said that “Filipinos are the Italians of Asia.””
By the next installment, I will explain my hypothesis why “Filipino nurses (and other medical professionals, and caregivers, too) are probably the most sought wives or grooms in the entire world.” And they will accelerate the making of the “FUN” as the unofficial name of the world’s most prominent international organization. And when this happens, would not change the world’s biggest sports gathering as the “Filipino Olympics” be far behind?
And here is an advance hint why Filipino nurses et al. are the “pride and joy” of the OFWs and Overseas Filipinos, the Filipinos and the Italian people. Read the “Slogan For Filipinos and Italians Against the COVID-19”