All Hail the Brown Raise

The Brown Raise is a movement to CREATE A NEW PATH for the Filipino people—that his world need not always have to revolve around the shallowness of money, pleasure and survival, but that he is also capable of remarkable character, dignity, honor, visions for humanity and depths of nationhood.

The Brown Raise is a movement that seeks to unlock the secrets and strengths of a race and country which was once called, “the pearl of the orient seas”, and to discover and pursue the Philippines’ unique contribution to the hall of nations.

The 21st century Global Pinoy must have the spirit of the Brown Raise… the same spirit that Rizal, our national hero possessed from childhood.

From 1542 to 1877, the word “Filipino” referred to a Spaniard living in the Philippines—the rest of the natives were called, “Indios.”

In 1878, Jose Rizal, for the first time, used the word Filipino to refer to the native population in the country.

In 1998, a Greek dictionary defined the word “Filipina”, as a domestic helper.
Today, “Filipinos” is the brand name for a series of biscuit snacks made by Kraft Foods in Europe.

Sad but true, the perception of a Filipino today is a striking contrast during the time of Rizal when Filipinos in Europe were referred to as “the glory of the universities”.

F.Sionil Jose’s article “Why We Are Poor” looks back in the 50s and 60s when the Philippines was still the most envied country in Southeast Asia. Today, we are alongside Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ghana, in terms of economic and social standing.

“As a child I was educated among Spaniards; I was nourished on the great exemplars of the history of Spain, of Greece and Rome; afterwards in Spain my professors were all great thinkers, great patriots. Books, newspapers, [historical] examples, reason, all made me desire the good of my native land…I was so far from thinking that I was doing wrong that I have never wanted to accept the protection of another nation; twice I was offered German nationality, once the English, and I have never accepted.” - JOSE RIZAL

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All Hail the Brown Raise All Hail the Brown Raise Reviewed by Vernon Joseph Go on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Rating: 5


  1. We have to prove to the world that we are not already under any nation..that we can work on our own..that Filipinos are more than just are more than just domestic helpers!!!!!!!that we can lead our own world......

  2. wa lay ayo kay wa ko g-agda!sussss..hehe

  3. i really appreciated this org because its goal is to bring back the feelings of how to be proud of one's country...and that is what we Filipinos must work on right now...we must put it in our mind that we are so rich in many ways that we can't imagine...we will never be poor if we will just think that we are RICH....