By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
But not in the Philippines, otherwise all those skin whiteners in all the malls’ cosmetic sections would not be there or “sell like pan cakes”. It looks like every young Filipina, and now also the Filipino, think it is a must to whiten their skin. The highschool kids save up from their allowances for a bottle or jar of skin whitener. They even know and advise each other to rub calamansi or alcohol if they cannot afford the commercial concoctions.
If the Filipino believed and perceives that dark skin is as beautiful then all those skin clinics would not be making just as good in profits on whitening as they are now. There is even a prevailing “racist” perception among non-igorots that their skin is fairer than the mountain people or shall we place it in the plain words that I have many times been confronted with; “ ay, Igorot ka? bakit ka maputi?!” (Ay, you an Igorot? why are you fair?). Just by the statement, suggests that the Filipino speaker has something against two things. One is against Igorots and the other, is against dark skin. Read the rest of this entry →