I know it’s just a small act by one person, and won’t really make a difference in the world. It’s more of a symbolic act, a starting point, and just a personal refusal to spend any more money on a huge fast food corporation that advertises to children and takes advantage of people who don’t know any better. They spend millions of dollars on research and marketing, and they deliberately use psychology, biology, and economics to get people to consume way more of unhealthy foods than they should. Their advertising even targets children. Mcdonald’s is not alone in this; fast food corporations in general are all guilty of this. In my opinion though Mcdonald’s is the worst— probably a personal bias stemming from the fact that they innovated supersizing to overcome people’s instinctive portion control. Michael Pollan wrote about that in his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. In a more recent book, Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss, it is revealed how junk food companies use science to get us addicted to junk food… and perhaps more importantly, that junk food companies know exactly what they’re doing. I haven’t read the book yet but I really want to, based on this excerpt from NYTimes:
I first met Moskowitz on a crisp day in the spring of 2010 at the Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan. As we talked, he made clear that while he has worked on numerous projects aimed at creating more healthful foods and insists the industry could be doing far more to curb obesity, he had no qualms about his own pioneering work on discovering what industry insiders now regularly refer to as “the bliss point” or any of the other systems that helped food companies create the greatest amount of crave. “There’s no moral issue for me,” he said. “I did the best science I could. I was struggling to survive and didn’t have the luxury of being a moral creature. As a researcher, I was ahead of my time.”
Moskowitz’s path to mastering the bliss point began in earnest not at Harvard but a few months after graduation, 16 miles from Cambridge, in the town of Natick, where the U.S. Army hired him to work in its research labs. The military has long been in a peculiar bind when it comes to food: how to get soldiers to eat more rations when they are in the field. They know that over time, soldiers would gradually find their meals-ready-to-eat so boring that they would toss them away, half-eaten, and not get all the calories they needed. But what was causing this M.R.E.-fatigue was a mystery. “So I started asking soldiers how frequently they would like to eat this or that, trying to figure out which products they would find boring,” Moskowitz said. The answers he got were inconsistent. “They liked flavorful foods like turkey tetrazzini, but only at first; they quickly grew tired of them. On the other hand, mundane foods like white bread would never get them too excited, but they could eat lots and lots of it without feeling they’d had enough.”
This contradiction is known as “sensory-specific satiety.” In lay terms, it is the tendency for big, distinct flavors to overwhelm the brain, which responds by depressing your desire to have more. Sensory-specific satiety also became a guiding principle for the processed-food industry. The biggest hits — be they Coca-Cola or Doritos — owe their success to complex formulas that pique the taste buds enough to be alluring but don’t have a distinct, overriding single flavor that tells the brain to stop eating.
My boycott is unnecessary. I can probably still eat Mcdonald’s occasionally and it would be fine… But I don’t need to and I don’t want to. Also, I don’t push my boycott on other people and I don’t get mad at other people if they choose to eat Mcdonald’s. If I’m with people who want to eat at Mcdonald’s, I still go with them and just politely decline to eat. It’s really important to me that I don’t make other people feel uncomfortable about that, so I go to great lengths to let people know that yes, it’s really ok if you eat that burger in front of me. I’m going to continue with my boycott and will probably break it only if I’m very hungry and there are really no other options.
So… I can live without Mcdonald’s. I can probably live without a lot of those other junk foods! I started that boycott as an easy “baby step” so maybe it’s about time to step up and add a second corporation. I’m thinking of Coca-Cola.
This wonderful org, Save Philippine Seas, is looking for:
Bloggers/writers – to cover and document marine-related events and issues
Graphic artists – to create infographics and publicity materials
Reporters and respondents – preferably based at or living near coastal communities outside of NCR who can regularly report (via email or SMS) any sea-related news from their area to the SeaNN media curators
Project/event assistants – to assist in logistics and volunteer mobilization
Photographers/writers – to document different events
Marketing assistants – to help SPS look for and secure partners and sponsors
Admin assistants - to assist in preparing logistics and organizing documentation
Layout artists – to design the training kit and other informative materials
Went to CrossFit Alabang for a free trial sesh. Warmup pa lang pagod na and was only able to do half the workout :)) it’s basically HIIT + muscle confusion. Got really excited about the super slim jumping ropes— got to try those out and they’re super fast! WHA-PSSH! And those ropes are not available at local fitness stores!
- Food should nourish you, make you glow, put a twinkle in your eyes. So, you have to be happy with the diet you pick. For example, eat healthy because you love it, not because it keeps off the pounds. Otherwise, you’d be walking around mad at the world everyday because it deprived you of chocolate.
- Don’t obsess about it. When you are obsessed about every part of your diet, you lose the joy in it. There are some people who claim to follow the healthiest diets on earth, but they look so frail with dark circles under their eyes. They get obsessed about every ingredient and snap when they can’t get this or that. (No wonder they look like that.) I don’t want to be them. I want the glow and rosy cheeks, not be a stick with gray skin.
- You don’t have to pay a lot of money to know that you should be eating a lot of vegetables (Hint: biodynamic vegetables especially), avoid sugar and processed food, and get good protein. (Hint: pasture-raised meat.)
- If you eat when you’re hungry, and begin to stop starving or depriving yourself, the bingeing stops. So will overeating. As your body knows it will be nourished every time, it won’t find the need to gorge. And how ever can you sustain a very restrictive, lower than required calorie diet? The day you go off this diet is the day you will overindulge because you felt so deprived for weeks, months on end. (Also, eating so few calories a day is dangerous. When the body is starved for calories, the body’s metabolism slows down to preserve energy. And then you’re in big trouble.)
- Once we start equating food with “shoulds”, it becomes dogma. And who wants to eat dogma? I have had enough of that elsewhere. Food ought to be joie de vivre. Of course it should be. It’s what you put in your mouth. And there has to be butter, chocolate and wine in that equation. Although not exactly measured.
… after my first Peak 8 jump rope workout in a long while! Gotta get back to my fitness routine. Although I don’t really gain a noticeable amount of weight when I’m not exercising… I really notice a difference in how I feel. Exercise regulates hormones, metabolism, digestion, etc. I’m definitely moodier and grumpier when I don’t get my daily dose of endorphins!
In other news, I’ve tried going gluten-free and refined-sugar-free and it really makes a difference! Foods to avoid are neatly summarized here: Principles Of Healthy Diets— avoid vegetable oils (except for olive oil and virgin coconut oil), refined flour, refined sugar, fake foods.
Because you speak as if you are a learned food analyst. I think it's the thorough research that you do and the citations of authorities that make you convincing that you're good at it. It may be good. It may be bad. But one thing is sure. You make a following. And, that gives you more pressure to work harder. Not to appear convincing but to be responsible advocate of what you espouse because people believe in you. How's tha?
Thanks! I try my best to be up front with my research, and to empower people to learn on their own and make independent informed choices about their health :)
How To Tell If Any Food Is Healthy: Assess Dosage, Form, & Culture
People often ask me whether this or that food is healthy, and why or why not. I’m not a scientist or doctor or farmer, so I’m not a licensed expert, and I don’t have all the answers. I’ll try my best to figure it out, though! I do have plenty of curiosity, and a large vested interest in preserving my health, my community’s health, and my planet’s health. These, along with an open and critical mind, are great tools in figuring out answers.
Here’s a basic guide for figuring out the health value of any food:
Assess dosage, form, and culture.
Hi! This is super cool. I am trying to gain weight but I can't because I have so many allergies. I do notice that drinking cow dairy is really bad for my skin. I would love to try Arce Dairy ice cream. Aw, I really hope it doesn't give me pimples! Thanks.
Hi there, thanks so much! :) I’ve struggled with pimples myself, and believe me, sometimes it’s really a mystery! If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of cow dairy were you drinking, and what allergies do you have? I also recommend: avoiding refined sugar and refined flour and vegetable oil. Also avoid gluten if you can. Drink lots of water, eat fresh foods, get lots of fresh air, exercise, sleep, and sunshine (go to the beach!) :D
Poor sensitivity to insulin is typically associated with type 2 diabetes, in which liver, fat and muscle cells fail to respond to the hormone. But results such as de la Monte’s have led some researchers to wonder whether Alzheimer’s may sometimes be another version of diabetes - one that hits the brain. Some have even renamed it “type 3 diabetes”.
115m people globally will get Alzheimer’s by 2050.
If they are right - and a growing body of evidence suggests they might be - the implications are deeply troubling. Since calorific foods are known to impair our body’s response to insulin, we may be unwittingly poisoning our brains every time we chow down on burgers and fries. People with type 2 diabetes, who have already developed insulin resistance, may be particularly at risk. “The epidemic of type 2 diabetes, if it continues on its current trajectory, is likely to be followed by an epidemic of dementia,” says Ewan McNay of the University at Albany in New York. “That’s going to be a huge challenge to the medical and care systems.”
All of which highlights the importance of eating healthier foods and taking exercise to reduce your risk of dementia. It may even be possible to reverse - or at least decelerate - some of the cognitive decline in people who already have Alzheimer’s, by targeting the underlying insulin resistance. If so, that would suggest new treatments for the disease, which has so far evaded any attempt to treat it.
Hey ^^ I love your art and your bog~ can I ask... is it healthy to use spice pastes (e.g. thai green paste) ? Thank you :)
Thanks so much! Sorry, I’m not familiar with spice paste / Thai green paste, since I don’t eat spicy food :P as a general rule though, just read the ingredients list. I try to avoid artificial preservatives, flavors, and colors. If the paste is only made of traditional and natural ingredients (pepper, herbs, etc.) chances are good that it’s healthy :D
Anonymous asked: "what are your favorite makeup brands? youre so pretty :))"
Thank you so much :) I try to avoid wearing makeup, but when I do, I use Face Shop. I’m not a makeup expert though, and I haven’t tested a lot of makeup brands. If you ask me why Face Shop, I don’t actually have a good answer, so you may describe my choice as arbitrary! ;)
I highly recommend focusing on maintaining healthy and clear skin, so as to reduce dependence on makeup :) Here’s what works for me:
- eat healthy food (grass-fed meat, organic veggies, avoid sweets and grains and junk food)
- adequate exercise and sleep, because this affects your hormones
- joy, laughter, bonding time with loved ones— your happiness also affects your hormones
- organic soap (any virgin coconut oil based soap preferably w/ oatmeal, like Milea All Organics bar soap) as face soap to maintain healthy and clear skin; avoid harmful ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, any parabens, artificial fragrances, etc… I think the Muji face soap (liquid) made from mineral water is also alright, it’s more convenient for traveling (compared to a bar soap).
- virgin coconut oil as a super effective makeup remover (gentle but safe even near the eyes)
- virgin coconut oil as moisturizer (rub onto face then wipe away)
- virgin coconut oil or shea butter as deodorant
As you can see I also save money by not having to buy so many different items (toner, moisturizer, etc.) ;) I don’t need them!
Thanks again for your question and the sweet compliment ^_^
* This question was asked on my art blog but I thought it would be better to answer here. Besides, I haven’t posted about cosmetics and skin in a while. :)
Home / herbal / natural remedies for people stranded at home due to floods, or people without access to medicine
If you’ve been exposed to the floods, or you’re stranded at home due to the flooding, and you’re feeling under the weather, or you have no access to medicine / pharmacies, here are some things that may help your body at least until you have access to a pharmacy or doctor. Hopefully you already have one or more of these items in your household.
Above all, remember that a positive attitude and good humor constitute a strong psychological defense and can also help your body through this stressful time. Stay safe and dry, everyone!
Please let me know if you have any corrections/additions. Thanks!
I’ll continue updating this post based on your feedback. Feel free to reblog/share!
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Garlic - Antibiotic— strong. Take orally, but not on an empty stomach.
Cane Vinegar / Cider Vinegar / White Vinegar - Antibiotic, antiseptic. Helps with sore throat / phlegm; disinfects minor wounds. Drink with water + wild honey, or gargle with water, or apply topically (use a diluted solution of 1 part water + 1 part vinegar). Cane or cider vinegar is preferable.
Virgin Coconut Oil - Antifungal, antibacterial. Effective on rashes, minor wounds and burns, and other skin problems. Apply topically. You may also swallow small amounts of VCO as a nutritious food supplement.
Wild Honey - Antibiotic. Take orally or apply topically. May be used in combination with herbs or vinegar.
Ginger - Antibiotic. Soothes sore throat and fever. Drink as tea.
Warm Water + Salt - Antibacterial. Helps relieve sore throat / phlegm / cold / cough. Gargle. Saline solution is 1/2 teaspoon salt to a glass of water.
Warm Water + Calamansi (or lemon, dalandan, lime) - Vitamin C. Helps with sore throat / phlegm. Generally soothing, too. Drink liberally.
When you’re able to, you should take probiotics (such as organic plain yogurt) to repopulate the good microflora in your system after taking antibiotics (including natural ones— garlic is especially powerful).
I’ve used most of these remedies myself even when I have access to medicine. I can personally attest to their effectivity, and I believe that traditional natural remedies are generally safer to use because we’ve been using them for generations. (Coconut water is even used as dextrose in situations when medical supplies are scarce!) I actually rarely buy anything at the pharmacy these days, but then again, I’m lucky enough not to face extreme / emergency situations such as floods.
I believe the body has ways of healing itself, helped along by these natural remedies, especially with a history of good healthy lifestyle and diet habits.
However, please remember that severe, stubborn, urgent cases of disease or injury should be addressed with professional medical attention.
People in the South (Alabang, BF, etc.) who want to help out, follow @alabangbulletin and @SouthSnippets for nearby relief center info, here are a few:
CCF Alabang and B1G South accepting donations. Biggest needs: toiletries, medicines, USABLE clothing, blankets, banig, no cook food like biscuits and tetrapacks. Ground Flr, CCF Alabang Bdlg, Prime St., Madrigal Business Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa. Contact 09178866645 (chris) or 09189267392 (francis). Volunteers needed starting tomorrow August 8.
Anthony Sayuno (09189089720) is setting up a relief goods base at 155 Apitong St. Ayala Alabang Vill starting tomorrow August 8, donations and volunteers are welcome.
St. James The Great Parish, Woodrose School, and De La Salle Zobel School, all in Ayala Alabang Village, also accepting donations. Gawad Kalinga to set up at SM Southmall tomorrow August 8 to receive donations.
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Wow! This is a well-researched answer. Thank you so much. Yes, heard about healthy grassfed meats. Thanks! Thanks!
Thanks for the inquiry! :) I should add that strict paleolithic diets don’t recommend milk consumption at all, they only recommend butter (because it’s pure butterfat). I haven’t really looked into the reason behind this, but as Weston Price research states, milk is a culturally traditional food in many parts of the world. As long as it is prepared and consumed the traditional way (grassfed cows; raw milk) then we should be able to get the same benefits our ancestors got from milk. :)
Most of the edible part of a plant is cellulose, a polysaccharide (i.e. a very long chain of sugars) that is very difficult to break down. In fact, no digestive enzyme, in any animal, is capable of breaking down cellulose! So the only way that any animal can fully digest plants is for its gut bacteria to break down cellulose, and its intestines absorb the waste products.
Ruminants, including cattle, bison, deer, antelope, goats, and other red meat, have a special “extra stomach” called the rumen. They chew and swallow grass and leaves into the rumen, ferment it some, barf it back up again, chew it some more (called “chewing the cud”), and swallow it again, where it is digested a second time. Hindgut fermenters, like horses, have an extra-long gut. And rabbits run their food through twice: they eat their own poop in order to get more food value out of the plant matter they eat.
Humans, in contrast, don’t have gut bacteria that can digest cellulose. That is why we can’t eat grass at all, why there is so little caloric value for us in vegetables, and why we call cellulose “insoluble fiber”: it comes straight out the back end.
This fact alone proves that humans, while omnivores, are primarily carnivorous: we have a limited ability to digest some plant matter (starches and disaccharides) in order to get through bad times, but we cannot extract meaningful amounts of energy from the cellulose that forms the majority of edible plant matter, as true herbivores can. We can only eat fruits, nuts, tubers, and seeds (which we call ‘grains’ and ‘beans’)—and seeds are only edible to us after laborious grinding, soaking, and cooking, because unlike the birds and rodents adapted to eat them, they’re poisonous to humans in their natural state.
I am very curious with number 4 on low fat. I am a low fat milk drinker for decades. Is it something bad?
Thanks for your question!
1. Question the idea that fat is bad for you.
2. Understand how most dairy is produced.
I understand that mainstream media and gov’t nutrition recommendations have persuaded us to believe that fat is the enemy (since around the 70’s and 80’s), hence the advent of all these low fat or fat free products in the market (and we replaced the fat with refined grains and sugar). This is in stark contrast with the traditional high-fat diets of our ancestors / primitive cultures all over the world. You can watch the video of Dr. Robert Lustig’s 2009 lecture, Sugar: The Bitter Truth to check on the science behind the new— or rather, rediscovered— idea that it’s sugar (fructose) that causes LDL (the artery-clogging kind of fat), leptin dysfunction (the hormone that tells us we’re full already), insulin dysfunction, and all related problems (heart disease, obesity, etc.).
Milk (and also butter) is actually really good for you precisely because of its high fat, nutrient-dense qualities. The problem is with the way most dairy farms are run today. How can the milk be healthy if it’s coming from unhealthy, unhappy animals, who are fed GMO grains (grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizer) and pumped full of hormones and antibiotics all for the sake of producing large quantities of milk at the lowest cost? Actually, the cost is really high but it’s not charged to the big agri businesses— it’s charged to us in the form of public health and environmental costs. You can watch this quick cartoon about it:
You can read Is Soda Pop Or Milk Healthier? to get a comprehensive historical background— the political and economic factors— on how the milk industry ended up the way it is today.
I would recommend raw, grassfed, full cream milk for optimum nutrition. It’s not available at the supermarket, but you can order from Down To Earth or Holy Carabao (they deliver, but raw milk is not always available). If you want to buy from the supermarket, I recommend the brands Mr. Moo’s (carabao milk), Hacienda Macalauan, and Holly’s Milk. I’ve checked out their farm practices online and they at least seem better than the big industrial dairy farms. Carabaos in general are raised in the traditional way, eating grass. Hacienda Macalauan says their milk is hormone and antibiotic free. Holly’s Milk says their cows are at least partially grassfed. I’ve actually created a customized Google map to map my sources for sustainable goods in Metro Manila, including my sources for dairy. :)
I have the highest regard for missionary workers of all faiths, because of the extraordinary personal sacrifices they make, with their time, energy, intelligence, faith, and compassion, in order to serve and care for the most marginalized and most ignored of our fellow human beings. Their vocation primarily calls them to evangelize and heal people’s souls, but because these missionaries have such big and generous hearts, they end up doing so much work on practical issues as well— food, shelter, medicine, and development of sustainable livelihoods.
It is unfortunate that some groups of Catholic nuns actually receive criticism from the Vatican for being “too busy” with charity work or being “not vocal enough in opposing gay marriage / reproductive health education”.
Tag a quality blog, You’re it! Quality doesn’t means that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how much followers you have. Send this to 15 blogs who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them! ♥♥♥
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I think, she will be better with the executive branch but not as a legislator. That's the problem with PH politics eh, sumikat lang gusto ng maging senador. Bakit di siya sa OPAPP or CHR or DOH (focusing on Reproductive health)? Well, better naman siya kay Lito Lapid at Bong Revilla.
It is inaccurate to say that “sumikat lang” siya as if she just became some sort of overnight celebrity. Her career in journalism and politics spans two decades or so, and it is strewn with accomplishments… medyo overachiever actually. :) She has decided that legislation is where she can best contribute to our country and I trust her choice completely. If she decides to take a position in the executive branch, I will support that as well. This would be true even if we weren’t related— but of course the fact that we are, makes it easier. Not because of the blood ties but because I’ve gotten to spend time with her in person and gotten to learn how humble and honest she is in spite of her many accomplishments. I know that she will fight the good fight even if no one is watching— that’s just the kind of person she is.
You are truly an artistic person. Good writer, good painter and very good singer. I think you can share more to your fans because you really study your advocacy and accept criticisms possitively. You are the Hontiveros with the genuine talent at may K na ma-expose sa media. Minsan kasi talagang nakakairita pag sabak ng sabak na di naman magaling talaga. Advocacy is not an excuse to make kalat infront of the audience. You have to be convincing in fact. And, there many ways to do that.
Thank you for the kind words and for mentioning my Hontiveros lineage— I’m proud to be one. :) I’m working to share my research to a bigger audience. My goal is to make everyone as inquisitive as I am about health in relation to postmodern society— and more proactive about it too.
Gorgeous nga siya eh. Thin or fat can be sexy basta tama sa proportion and healthy. There are thin people with no waist naman but there's nothing wrong with that. Di nga lang sila sexy if we want to categorize sexy.
In "Women Who Run With The Wolves", I’ve learned that “sexy” is beyond the physical shape of the body— indeed, body is beyond the physical. Sexy is a radiant full smile, a hearty full-bodied laugh, warm confidence, an honest eye-to-eye gaze, courage, mystery, class, grace, all these unspoken womanly things :)
Hehe. Sorry. I don't like Risa. She is the opposite of my idol --- the effortless beauty, genuine activist and not media savvy Maita Gomez.
We’re all entitled to our own opinions :)
I idolize Tita Risa because, above and beyond her intelligence, professional excellence, and civil accomplishments (Secretary General for Peace Coalition when she was younger than my age now; Nobel Peace Prize nominee; talented singer; etc.), she is a kind and gentle, yet strong and brave woman, and also a mother of four well-raised children. ❤ We need more pure-of-heart human beings like her in public service.
I saw the trailer of Island Insiders. Not really phenomenal but another good promotion of the Philippines as a tourist destination with a twist of taking care of the environment. I suugest that the producers should also address the problem of security in the country because it is actually one of the main impediments in marketing our country. Well, not to mention the bad infrastructures in the provinces.
Sorry for the late response but thanks for the feedback on my mom’s show, I’ve passed it on to them! :)
There was another message too with feedback about the show— requested not to be posted here, but will also relay the feedback.
People who always have enemies. Are they fighting for a good cause or just taking things too personally?
May mga taong laging may kaaway. (There are people who always have enemies.) It’s either they’re fighting for a good cause, or they take too many things personally. How to differentiate?
People who have lots of enemies because they are fighting for a good cause:
- Spend a lot of time working to build up their advocacy.
- Treat their enemies with decency & give them a fair chance.
- Want to win their enemies over to their cause & reform them.
- Transcend being victims & take responsibility for creating change.
- Accept & offer constructive criticism.
- Positive, proactive, respectful.
People who have lots of enemies because they take too many things personally:
- Spend a lot of time criticizing and judging other people.
- Assume they know people’s motivations, refusing to acknowledge any good in them.
- Want their enemies to fail & be humiliated.
- Present themselves as constant victims of their enemies’ persecution.
- Refuse to recognize & do not give constructive feedback.
- Fanatical, passive-aggressive, mean.
Of course, sometimes people have a mix of these attributes. I’m guilty too. Aspiring to keep moving in the positive & proactive side of my advocacy ♥
Why I paint crystals -- they remind me of wise food traditions
Crystals are the result of millions of years of slow biological and geological processes. These beautiful mineral creations of the Earth are formed by immense heat and pressure acting on rocks. Rocks, of course, come from compressed sediments, which partly come from the organic matter of dead plants and animals. Over time, what was once dust and ashes can be transformed into precious gems that seem to contain an inherent scintillating fire. These objects are like wise traditions— traditions that come down to us, through the preservation of culture, from humans who lived long ago. These traditions, began, like crude rocks, as experimental practices that were honed and polished over countless generations to crystallize into precious wisdom that can illuminate our modern lives. There are many kinds of wise traditions, but my favourite ones are those pertaining to healthy and sustainable food and farming— my pet advocacy. In my research I have found that traditional ways of preparing food lead to healthy diets, healthy families, and healthy societies. Like crystals, these wise traditions are the wealth we have inherited from our ancestors, and also something we should preserve for future generations.
— An excerpt from my thoughts on my upcoming solo art exhibit, Spells & Specimens, featuring paintings of the moon, crystals, and animal skulls. Hope to see you all at my opening on Thursday! :)
How impressive of you to realize that skin color is not a gauge of beauty at all. I remember one senator candidate who said that her sister is prettier than her because she (the sister) has bigger boobs at mas maputi (to quote the candidate exactly). Mind you, not all white mestizas are physically beautiful.
Thanks! But I don’t think it’s really impressive :) it should be obvious to everyone, it’s just that mainstream media/advertising is so widespread and deeply entrenched, that skin color insecurity has been inculcated in so many Filipinos. :(
Re that senator candidate, I don’t know the context but maybe she was just making lambing to her sister :)