Discrimination Experienced by Biracial Children in Angeles City, Philippines

Maria Margarita R Lavides(1*)

(1) University of the Philippines, Philippines
(*) Corresponding Author


There is a lack of study on the nature and scope of discrimination experienced by biracial children in the Philippines. Aiming to contribute to filling the gap, this article draws from a doctoral thesis that used an indigenous Filipino research approach to investigate Filipino biracial children’s view of their dignity. Biracial children from poor neighborhoods in Angeles City participated in the study. Their caregivers and some community members were also interviewed. The research found that colonial beliefs and practices led to formation of biases which triggered the discrimination experienced by the biracial child participants and negatively affected their dignity. The biases were manifested during incidences of bullying and name-calling, cultural/racial stereotyping, social stigma, not being consulted, and corporal punishment. Recommended measures to address discrimination include access to education and promotion of pakikipagkapwa (treating others as fellow human being).


biracial, children, dignity, dangal, discrimination, kapwa

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