Lahat ng problema sa Pinas, may solution, kaso, with politics and corruption, walang nangyayari. The RH bill, flood control projects, farm to market roads, more schools and toilets and health clinics in the barrios --- if all these can be done, that's progress. After those are done and peace & order problems can be solved, then let's think about advances in science and technology. Ang dami nang utang ang Pinas sa mga colonials kung saan nila nakuha yung mentality eh.
As to dressing with colonial mentality: yun lang ang kaya natin eh, para mag feel confident at hindi kawawa tingnan kahit ang Pinas lubog na sa problema't utang, not to mention baha. I don't think we can blame anyone who wants to look American. Kahit sa ibang metropolis sa ibang bansa, all the kids want to look hip. Sa totoo, the correct word for it is globalization, not colonial mentality.
And Pinoys do patronize local products --- but even Bench, Kamiseta, Bayo, Folded & Hung, o yung nasa tiangge, which sell very well and they are 100% Pinoy, influenced pa rin yun ng Gap, Esprit, Banana Republic and the pages of Vogue. Yung shoes sa Marikina Shoe Expo at SM, still influenced by trends abroad, medyo mabagal lang nga ang paghabol sa uso. Ang tunay na Pinoy na maganda at matibay at puede ibag-yabang sa mundo, furniture lang.
Let the kids be, the world will be a boring place if everybody is alike. Besides, when they grow older and have families, magbabago rin sila, they will mature, priorities will change.