Where's the Patis? by Carmen Nakpil
Travelling has become the wonderful Filipino wish. In the same way that the American dreams of becoming a uniform or a language boy desires for going to one of the great colleges, the Philippine dreams of travelling abroad. His most constant perspective is that of him self as holiday.
To visit Hong Kong, Tokyo, and other towns of Asia, perchance, to catch a glimpse of Rome, Rome, or London, uk and to go to America (even if only for a week in a fly-specked lodge in California) is the total of all delights.
But having kept the Manila International Airport within a pink impair of despedidas and sampaguita garlands and pabilin, the dream can become nightmare very quickly. But how come? Because the initial bastion of the Filipino spirit is the taste buds. And in all of the palaces and fleshpots and skyscrapers of that magic universe called " abroad” there is no patis to be had.
Consider the Pinoy abroad. He has thrown away barong tagalog or " polo” for the sleek, dark Western match. He requires to the habiliments from Hong Kong, Brooks Friends or Savile Row together with the greatest of ease. This individual has also shed the informal informality of manner that is characteristically Philippine. He gives himself for the airs of any cosmopolite for the credit-card born. He is extravagantly courteous (specially in a obtained language) and has delivered to hand-kissing also to plenty of American " D' you brain? ”s.
He scarcely misses heat, the native accents of Tagalog or Ilongo or maybe the company of his brown-skinned cheerful compatriots. He requires, like a duck to water, to the skyscrapers, the temperate climate, the strange scenery and the legendary refinements of another world. How nice, after all, to be away from classic R. P. for a change!
But since he is located down to meal, no matter how appealing, his heart sinks. His stomach drinks, he finds, are much much less adaptable than his sartorial or sociable habits. They have remained in this dear Suburbio in Bulacan or in that little city in Ilocos and nothing that is set on the table ahead of...