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Speak Out: Filipino-American Debate
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/16/09
ABS-CBN Global’s The Filipino Channel (TFC) presented the world broadcast premiere of SPEAKOUT, the only Filipino American town hall program. SPEAKOUT is designed as the venue for the youth to: speak their minds; talk about what matters to them; discuss hot-button topics from a Pinoy point of view; and finally, to be heard.
Every week, SPEAKOUT focuses on one particular topic that could range from gay marriage, to interracial dating, to internet safety, and the war. For every episode, a panel of six people from various groups will discuss a whole gamut of topics to bring their own thought on the subject/s. The six people are split into two panels of three where each (panel) presents opposing views. In this show, everyone has the chance to be heard.

1.)Filipino Identity
Pinoy ako, Pinoy ka ba? What makes a Pinoy a Pinoy?Filipinos raised in America proudly call themselves Pinoy, but Filipinos raised in the Philippines beg to differ. So, is pride enough, or do you have to speak the language and follow the culture to call yourself Pinoy?

Guests include Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke and actress Fe de los Reyes.Special appearances by WWE Wrestling superstar Batista, Black Eyed Peas' Apl De Ap, Wowowee host Mariel Rodriguez, and actor Bayani Agbayanni.
Musical performances by Five:15.

2.)Filipino vs. American
Fresh Off the Boat...a term used to describe newly arrive Filipinos, and it'e become derogatory.Are you a FOB? Were you FOB Bashed? Or were you a FOB Basher?
It is an issue that rules the school yards, and the community. Discrimination within the Filipino community.Filipinos hating Filipinos, yes, there is a battle within. Why is there division between Filipino immigrants and Americanized/American-born Filipinos? What causes a Filipino to become Americanized?

Joining us is members of San Francisco's Filipino Community Center and Cecilie Ammo from Johnny Cochrane's Law Firm.
Band: Pedro Gil

3.) Interracial Dating
In the cultural melting pot of America, more people are finding love outside of their ethnicity. But are Filipinos who don’t date Filipinos blind to their people’s beauty? And are Filipinos who strictly date other Filipinos too old-fashioned or prejudiced?

Guests include R&B/Pop artist and from American Idol Sway Penala.
Musical performances by Bento.

4.) Parenting
Kids say their Filipino parents are too strict and old fashioned. Parents say their kids don’t have enough respect. What’s the best way to raise kids, the Filipino way, the American way, or a little bit of both?

Balitang America reporter Steve Angeles goes face to face with his mother, comedienne, and actress Louella Albornoz aka the Bebot Mom.
Musical performances by Paradise Hills.

5.) Hapas: Half-and-half
Hapas are the living, breathing physical embodiment of cross-culturalism. They enjoy a blend of both worlds. But it's not that easy.Some, including Filipinos are confused by their outward ambiguity. "What are you?" people always ask. There's more to that question than meets the eye.

6.) Sa Pinoy, Sa Puti, He Said, She Said
Why most Filipino women chose white men than Filipino men??

7.) Pinoy FoodFight: Tradiotional vs. Fusion
That golden brown lechon sprawled out across your holiday spread isn't exactly "least objectionable dining". It's a fact of Filipino culture we must deal with head on- literally! Nowadays, Filipino food has become more of a dare to eat rather than something to be savored. To remedy this, Filipino culinarians have ventured to the fusion forefront to create American-friendly Filipino cuisine. Is this a wise move? Or are we loosing our culture along with our appetites?

8.) Dual Citizenship- "I pledge alligance to who?"
Speak Out about the pros and cons of having a dual-citizenship

9.) Sell Out or Success
Are Filipinos represented properly in the media?

Special guests include Patricio Ginelsa (director of Black Eyed Peas member's music video "Bebot"), Dion Basco (actor from the movie "Biker Boyz" and television shows "Will & Grace" and "City Guys"), Giovannie Pico (actress in television show "ER"), Jeff Francisco (from "Num3ers"), Christina Luna (manager of Filipina music group Immij), and Bernard Badion (executive producer of the film "Leave It to Chance")
Musical performances by Native Guns.

10.) Spanking: Spare the Rod or Spare the Child
In Philippines, slippers, belt and hanger were used as disciplinary tools.
But in US, the spank alone is illegal. Are the children in US are equal holders of human rights within the household?

11.) Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action provides job and education opportunities for women and people of color, but do Filipinos need it? Those against affirmative action say Filipinos can do without it, and that affirmative action teaches our children they don’t have to reach their greatest potential. Those for affirmative action say America is still a racist society, and that without it, opportunities for Filipinos will shrink without it.

Musical performances by Parting Glance.

12.) Guest Worker Program

The U.S. Congress’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill has created controversy within immigrant communities. Some Filipino Americans say it is unfair to give undocumented workers a shot at citizenship after thousands have waited years to gain legal status. Others say giving TNT’s a chance at citizenship is fair because they contribute to the U.S. economy.

Musical guest is Reggae Band Native Elements.

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28 / M / WA
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/11/09
This sounds like spam.
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/11/09
i'm not filipino but this seems interesting.
im gonna watch it.
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F / Xiah's Heart.
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/11/09
I'm proud to be Filipino American, and that's enough for me, if people don't understand that, then it's their OWN problem.
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78 / M / Florida, US
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/11/09
This is like discussing any Asian American. However, the major difference I noticed in Filipinos is that a lot of Filipinos look more European or Latin American than some Asians because of the tropical climate and Spanish heritage. That might be one answer as to why some Filipino girls like American guys since the culture and looks are more similar. That's my theory anyway.
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31 / M / Maui
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/11/09
I'm an American Filipino. Hawaiian by heart.
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25 / M / Terra
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/11/09
too much pride....
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33 / M / San Francisco CA...
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/11/09
I dont like americanized/canadianized filipinos. asking me "how long have you been here?". the way I see it. they take too much pride. my cousin is one of them.

I respect only a handful of filipinos.
Posted 2/10/09 , edited 2/11/09
their discussion seems very intersting..

i personally experience the division between
Filipino immigrants and Canadianized/canadian-born Filipinos.

i actually uncomfortable to be around with
canadianized/canadian-born filipinos.
its not that i dont like/hate them but i just feel left out with them.

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29 / F / Manila
Posted 2/11/09 , edited 2/11/09
this sounds much like the local YSPEAK in the Philippines.

Anyhow im sure they are affiliated as they are both hosted by abs-cbn.

watching seconds of fil hating fil got me a lot spike, i might have a thought or two but seeing dumb remarks got my fire low.
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M / ふぃりぴん!
Posted 2/11/09 , edited 2/11/09
A international YSpeak huh? D:
This looks interesting~
But another topic would be much interesting.
This might get much unwanted attention from antis.
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31 / F / Singapore
Posted 2/11/09 , edited 2/11/09
Cool. Whilst I'm not Fil-Am myself, I find the show informative and timely.
Posted 2/11/09 , edited 2/12/09
my parents used to spank me when i was young...
it did work for me....i learned whats right and wrong..
it sticked in my head....its unforegettable..
i think the gov't should let the parents to spank their children at home
coz if ull just tell them wat they did is wrong..
it might not stick in their mind...
and will do it over and over again..

SPANK is different from BEATING ur kids..

btw in filipinoculture, if ur parents doesnt spank u it means
they dont care and love you..
Posted 2/11/09 , edited 2/12/09
Everyone has a channel now:

Whites (but they already own 98% of television so...)

Posted 2/11/09 , edited 2/12/09

mauigrown wrote:

I'm an American Filipino. Hawaiian by heart.

That's a very sexy mix of races
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