A photo of a Philippine school textbook that appears to make racist comments against Filipinos’ appearance has sparked outrage on social media.
On January 30, Tommy Osmeña, mayor of Cebu City, posted a photo on Facebook of a page from a textbook of his friend’s grandchild.
In the photo, the book said one of the characters was unlike most Filipinos, as her curly hair made her more beautiful. “She looks like a mestiza [a Filipino of mixed ethnicity, usually European] with her pointed nose and white, fair skin.”
Filipinos are known for their dark skin tone and flat noses, which are considered “unattractive” by many people in the Philippines.
However, several netizens expressed anger at the book in the Facebook post, and questioned those Filipinos who think having whiter skin is better. Some said the book was teaching children to be racist against fellow Filipinos.
It is about time to pivot the Filipino concept of beauty from white skin to brown skin. Let’s have beauty pageants where the winners would be those with brown complexion.
All skins of colour are beautiful. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.
Dont go stressing..if people say you are so dark..just say thank you..self acceptance..just look within.
Getting white skin thru use of a certain product is all over the ads & maybe majority of us pilipinos are buyers & suckers…Hehe.
No big deal. He is making a mountain out of mole hill. If our politicians are really serious about fair treatment, how come they cannot do something to give fairness to the minority folks in Mindanao.
Im just wondering,,,, was it the child who thought about the ‘racist’ thing or the adults??? When we were kids, we actually dont care of wht the oicture kooks like… But what was thought… I asaume my teacher did not taught us about racial discrimination.. Something disturbing…
"""Filipinos are known for their dark skin tone and flat noses, which are considered “unattractive” by many people in the Philippines."""""" Whoever thought of this one is most likely the racist itself
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