I recently had an opportunity to meet and help a high school friend. It really helps if you have kept the same cellphone number through all the years.
She recalls the we were included in a distinguished class of four students who spoke in fluent English. Typically, we were branded as members of the affluent and unreachable society. People would really want to bring us to the true Filipino mold, forcing us to speak in usual Tagalog.
It's great that call centers have arrived and has changed the stereotype, splitting it into two new variants. First are those who have impeccable English, and those who are trying, embedded with lousy grammar.
I just laugh at those moments when I felt like an outcast due to the fluency, but I'm happy knowing how far my accent has lead me to a happy career.