TRENDING: Video show 100 years of beauty in the Philippines

MANILA– Filipinas are beautiful, that’s undebatable. The round dark brown eyes and charming smile has been capturing the heart of the world through the years–testified by their dominance in various international beauty pageants. 

In a 4 minute presentation posted by Watchut Video, anthropologist Chris Santo Domingo Chan explained the progression of definition of Filipina beauty in the Philippines. 

In the early 1900, he explained that the Philippines was still emerging from the Spanish colonial era and the US and other European countries has exoticise the tattoos of the indegenous woman. 

1910 beauty
1910 representation of beauty according to Chan.

“One thing you’ll notice with April’s [the model] skin in the video, from the start she has a very dark skin and then immediately by 1930s, its totally white.” said Chan. He also adds that the 1930s look has been the standard of beauty in the Philippines up to the present time.

“My favorite of all is the Amazon Huk warrior look, it was during the Japanese occupation when women are participating in the supresion of Japanese forces.” Chan said.

For Chan, beauty is not natural and its always conditioned with the political or military situation of a particular place and it goes along with the way we condition ourselves to look beautiful to the world. 


ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma. 


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