When I was in Mexico, whenever people would ask me where I was and I'd say the Philippines, people always treated me more specially than the other tourists, made jokes (as seen below) and always told me helpful tips so I wouldn't get lost in their beautiful country. I always have Manny Pacquiao to thank for that --- because he earned the respect of not just Mexican boxers but their kind people, too. He brought pride not just to himself but to people like me whose only common thing with him was that we had the same nationality.
Mabuhay ka, Manny! You are this country's hero and you are mine. As for your political dreams, let's just say you might have a long way to go =P