“Filippina” referred as “cleaning woman” in Italy

An article in the October 1 issue of Time magazine titled “What Berlusconi’s Obama ‘Jokes’ Say About Italy” says that Italians often generically refer to a cleaning woman as a “Filippina.”

“In many ways, mainstream Italian society is several generations behind the rest of the West when it comes to race.” the article said. Domestic work is not exclusive to Filipinos in Italy. Ukrainian and Moldavian migrants also make up the said industry. Their tasks include house cleaning, baby sitting and caring for Italy’s sick and elderly. Filipinos have also boosted the dwindling population of Catholic church-goers in Rome.