Granted, I was only in the Philippines for a few days and I didn’t get out of Manila for long. But I really couldn’t pinpoint for a long ass time why I was so uncomfortable there. All the time. Until I got back stateside. That’s when I realized how undeniable the class system was there. And how the class system was entirely based on skin color. And how skin color was a legacy of Spanish Colonialism. And how I really didn’t like Filipino food or days on end of all deep friend food. Wait, that last point was unrelated to the others.
So it didn’t surprise me when I saw this FHM magazine cover. All those skin lightening products and all that white make-up powder sales. Ridiculous. More on this story here. Video interview with Padilla below.