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Dillard English 110 Section 20643 January 25, 2006 Mabuhay The plane touched down with a thunderous roar as we arrived in Manila, Philippines. The sky is gray and the ground is damp. We entered the Philippines during its rainy season. The moment had arrived; I was finally able to see and experience my background for the first times. Being that I was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, all I had ever known was “the American way” and only bits and pieces of my Filipino heritage. I had always wanted to know about the Filipino in me. I could never say that I was a Filipino American because I did not know what a Filipino was except for their appearance. My mother and father pushed my brother, sister, and I out of our seats. There was a myriad of Filipinos on the plane trying to get off. Outside the airport a large sign said “Mabuhay.” I asked my mother what that meant. She responded, “It means ‘Welcome’.” It smelt like a new world; there was a hint of spoiled fruit and gasoline. Each of us
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This essay was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course ENGLISH 110 taught by Professor Dillard during the Spring '08 term at Old Dominion.

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