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Ten Top Reasons Why Overseas Filipinos Don’t Want to Be Called “Flips”

Dateline Los Angeles, CA, April 5, 2013, Coconut News Network (CNN Kuno)


By Lolo Bobby M. Reyes of Sorsogon City, Philippines, and West Covina, CA, U.S.A.


As stated before in this website, many Overseas Filipino, especially Filipino Americans of Ilocano or Muslim descent, do not like to be called “Flips.” Americans of Ilocano descent prefer to be called “Ilocano Americans, as practiced mostly in Hawaii, where they constitute nearly 16% of the state population. Muslims from Mindanao hate even to be called “Filipinos” and to call them “Flips” may prompt some of them to run amok.


But here are the top 10 reasons why many Overseas Filipinos, especially Filipino Americans, refuse to be called “Flips”:


10. They don’t like to be mistaken as “Flip floppers” in the styles of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and/or President Barack H. Obama.


9. They don’t like to emulate former President George Herbert Bush and declare, “Read my Flips, no new taxes.”


8.  Many Overseas Filipinos like to proceed to college and, hence, their ambition is not to flip burgers at fast-food chains.


7.  Many of them have stopped the dirty habit of buying cigarettes in flip-top boxes.


6.  They do not want to be mistaken for sugary sodas like the “Flipsi-Cola.”


5. They have a higher IQ than Flipper, the Dolphin.


4. They don’t want to be called by fellow Asians of Chinese descent as “flipvolous” or by the Japanese as “fripvorous”.


3. Filipino Americans who serve in, or retired from the U. S. Navy like columnist Jesse Jose, know by heart the naval adage that “loose Flips (and wagging tongues) sink ships.”


2. They don’t want to be treated as the “flip side” (or opposite side), as explained by syndicated columnist and talk-show host Charles Krauthammer, who said "The flip side of retrospectively savaging the loser is beatifying … the winner."  And …


1. They don’t like to be known as the Asian equivalent of the “French Kiss” and emulate them by doing “Flips-to-lips kissing.”


H ere are articles about the disdain and dislike of Filipino Americans for the terms “Flip” and/or “Pinoy” and/or “Pilipino”:


The FAL Will Fall Over its Decision to Name its E-magazine “The Flip”




Will the World Now Call Pfilipfinos the Pfeopfle with Pfunny Names?




Why Many Filipinos Don’t Like to Be Called “Pinoy” (or “Flips” or “Pilipino”)




(To be continued …)


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