March 22, 2015
Guiuan, Eastern Samar 2015

RAPPLER | How Is It to Be a Dark-skinned Woman Traveling Around the Philippines

This article, On Being a Dark Filipina Traveling the Philippines, I wrote was originally published on Rappler.com on March 7, 2015. It went crazily viral! I was actually crying when I wrote this. The years-long burden attached to one’s skin. “Porener imong uyab no?” (Is your boyfriend a foreigner?) asked the passenger beside me. We were on the old van to Biliran from Ormoc. I knew this question was coming, but I asked nonetheless why she thought so. I have the looks, she supplied – slender, long-haired, dark. Foreigners go for that “exotic” look. I could let it pass if she stopped […]