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Filipino CrosscurrentsOceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization$
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Kale Bantigue Fajardo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666645

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666645.001.0001

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Ashore and Away

Ashore and Away

Filipino Seamen as Heroes and Deserters

(p.77) Chapter Two Ashore and Away
Filipino Crosscurrents

Kale Bantigue Fajardo

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines an audiovisual tribute to Filipino seafarers, Tagumpay Nating Lahat, to discuss the image of overseas Filipino workers as the new heroes of the Philippines. The video portrayed Filipino seamen as responsible, hardworking, cooperative, devoutly Catholic, and heroically patriots. It also described the quasi-military orientation of seafaring and its docility. The chapter explains the behavior of seamen who are considered to be “deserters,” or those who jump ship in ports outside of the Philippines and relate it to the subordinate masculinities of Filipino seafarers.

Keywords:   Filipino seafarers, Tagumpay Nating Lahat, overseas Filipino workers, seafaring, deserters

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