Filipino and Dutch
What is your blended heritage?
I am Half Filipino and Half Dutch
Where are your mother and father from?
My mother is a Native from Boracay Island Philippines and my Father is full Dutch from Holland, Netherlands
What do you love the most of your blended heritage?
On my Filipino side, I love how the culture focuses mainly on hospitality. Everyone doesn’t greet you with “Hello, how are you?” but instead they say “Have you eaten yet?” then proceed to offer you everything in their kitchen and you know I love Filipino food! It’s my favorite. On my Dutch side, I love how most Dutch people are genetically blessed with such beauty and height.
What is your response when people ask, “What are you?”
That’s funny because I get this question all the time, especially when I worked as a flight attendant. I usually have them guess first because I’m eager to hear what they are thinking. Most say I’m Hispanic, some say I look Hawaiian, and some say I look full Caucasian. My look changes all the time depending on if I’m tanned or not, or what my hair color is, so I made this question into a fun game. After a few wrong guesses I reveal my ethnicity and they usually say “You look so unique!”. It flatters me every time.
What was your experience as a blended kid?
To me, it meant that I am unique and that I did not fit into any stereotype. I think the most beautiful people out there are the ones that are of mixed races. Being a blended kid born and raised in the Philippines, I definitely stood out from most people. It could be a good thing or a bad as a kid because you either got bullied or you are the center of attention.
What were your family dinners like?
Like I said, I love Filipino food. It’s my specialty! Family dinners mostly consisted of Lechon, Pancit, Adobo, and etc. because my mother did all the cooking. However,I once spent a thanksgiving dinner with my Dutch family and let me just tell you that everything on the table was super healthy! The Dutch are very keen on their wellness and like to make mostly nutritious food. The only thing I did not like were the Dutch licorice candies and I felt so bad when my Dutch family gave me bags of them as a parting gift, I ended up giving them all to my dad. Sorry Dutch family if you are reading this!
We noticed that you are a model, what is that like being a model with a blended heritage? Do they typecast you?
I think that being a model with a blended heritage is a gift. As I mentioned earlier, my look changes all the time depending on how tan I am or what my hair color is, so I can look Asian, Hispanic, Hawaiian, or Caucasian if I wanted to, which leads to more bookings and lesser typecasting.
What positive message do you have for blended kids?
To all the blended kids out there, you will all grow up to be one of the most beautiful and unique looking humans one day, so consider yourself winning the genetic lottery. It is also important to be educated on your different heritages, as it will help you find yourself. I have never been to the Netherlands until I was in my mid twenties, and I’m so glad I did because I felt like I belonged there which then inspired me to consider learning the language and even moving there one day.