Since I was in primary school, my teachers and other people in the neighborhood look at me differently. They always say I am not pure Filipino.
My father is Filipino and Spanish and my mother is the same, but my color is tan and my height is typically Filipino.
When I attended college and applied to different companies, many of them asked me if I am half Indian. I met an Indian woman in HR who surprised me with the first question in the interview, ” Who has Indian blood, your mom or your dad?” I didn’t know how to answer her, but I told her that my father is half Spanish.
When I gave birth to my daughter, many people asked if her father was Indian. My husband has Spanish blood but looked like a typical Filipino.
Now my daughter is a little confused on her identity and until now I don’t know how to explain her if we have Indian blood. However, I am proud to be Hapa and a unique Filipina.