La Mestiza

la mestiza
La Mestiza | @museumxstOries ((National Museum of the Philippines – Iloilo))

La Mestiza

This term refers to a woman born of two different nationalities, typically a Filipino mother and a European father.

Throughout his photo book Recuerdos de Filipinas, Felix Laureano celebrates his people and their land in various social, cultural, and folkloric aspects. However, he concluded the book by celebrating the beauty of the Filipino woman and chose to highlight the “mestiza” woman, not pure blood.

“The mestiza! She evokes the sum of all enchantments that the archipelago can cast; she is the synthesis of all beauty contemplated and admired in the Philippines. Mestiza!”

Laureano writes.

Source: Biblioteca Nacional de España

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