Figured I could use Pinterest as a cloud for holding the sites I've bookmarked. Err...I'll just pin shit like everyone else.
Manila - Castillian Memoirs 1930s. The narrator goes over a list of random facts. Note at 2:15 he opines that the best looking Filipino women are the ones with Spanish blood, which in other words means pure Filipinos are ugly. 1)This was made during a very white supremacist time time in American history, so this Euro-centric view is to be expected 2)Mestizos, being related to those who exploited the country, generally had more access to wealth and therefore could afford better clothes/cosmetics
Perilous Paradise, 1950. Not sure what this film was made for, but it's interesting to hear the narrator's perspective of Filipinos as being uncivilized. What's also interesting is how he plays down their struggle for independence, saying they "resisted for a time." The guys in the play-fight at 4:50 don't seem to know what they are doing, but the Moros were actually excellent swordsmen...I'm guessing these aren't actual Moros. Note the flowers in girls' hair b/c none of my photo pins show this
Mau Moko : The World of Maori Tattoo ISBN / ISSN: 9780670045617 Winner Montana Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture Award 2008 In the traditional Maori world, the moko, or facial or body tattoo, was a sign of great mana and status. Male warriors wore elaborate tattoos on their faces and bodies; women took more delicate chin tattoos.
Spanish Meztiza Girls in Native Dress, Manila by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr. The use of the word "native" is interesting here. This style of dress was introduced by Spaniards and is not native to the Philippines. It would be like the Japanese seeing a Filipino wearing an American T-shirt 'n jeans and calling it "native dress." Also, it's not often that the word "native" is used in describing people of European descent. I have another version of this pic in a larger size with clearer detail.
"The Better Class of Filipino Who Welcomed American Rule" by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr. The title is the original one given to this photograph. I guess the class of Filipinos that didn't want to be conquered was the "worse" class.