PHILIPPINES-ON SINGAPORE ENVY (1)
Philippine workers in Singapore, Sept 2014. Wikimedia Commons.
By Richard Heydarian
The Philippine Daily Inquirer-Nov 6
Long gone are the glory days of the “American Dream,” when balikbayan Filipinos would nonchalantly boast about how “walang ganyan sa States (There is no such thing in the United States),” and proudly share their First-World experience of glitz and glamour in the world’s most powerful nation. Those days are over. For almost a century, the Philippines, a young and troubled postcolonial nation, grew under the long shadow of America. In a telltale sign of our post-American zeitgeist, however, the new flavor of the century is now Singapore, and what it stands for.
First published in: The Philippine Daily Inquirer