I disagree with Smoke’s post a few days back. Nationality means everything.
It can determine your life chances, your health and well-being, your educational opportunities, whether you live or die, where you can and cannot go. A person born Canadian will probably have a much easier life than a person born Palestinian. Nationality confers not only identity but material well-being. This is probably why the Filipino, ever outward-looking, is seeking any opportunity s/he can for a better life, even overseas. I disagree that “parochial” is what the Filipino stands for. Our history did not allow for it. The Filipino was born at the cusp of the globalization of everything.