Filipino Obsession on White Skin

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Although most Filipinos are born with nut-brown skin, our society has taught us not to be proud of it. After all, our actions are shaped by the standards set by the society and here in the Philippines, white is synonymous to beauty. In Chinese culture, white skin was already associated with wealth. According to Prof. Margaret Hunter in her research work published in the journal Sociology Compass, Spanish colonizers brought with them the idea of skin color hierarchy. Dark skin was associated with poor laborers who had to work outside just to make ends meet. Those in the upper class, however, had lighter skin either because they’re mixed-race Filipinos or they’re wealthy enough to not work under the hot sun. But you know what, dear listeners? At the end of the day, it is our priorities that reflect and should stand out. It is not really practical because we can still perform our best regardless of our skin color. And as what I have been mentioning in our past episodes, I am an advocate for naturals. Natural beauty and natural health. If we are altering our skin cells artificially, it might affect our body’s homeostasis in the long run. Just be careful on your options.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

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