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Belo Group, a local medical-cosmetic giant, has recently been criticised for its men’s line’s advertising campaign, with social media netizens calling the campaign for the whitening products as insensitive, stupid, and insulting. On Twitter, it was described as social-climber-ish and biased against dark skin. The ads feature a man—now having fairer skin—as  more successful and socially accepted because of his skin tone.

This is beyond colonial mentality—even after over a century of freedom from ruling White class Spain. Rather, this shallow attitude is here to stay. For as long as market capitalisation of the fair-skin preference instigated by consumerist, greedy advertisers is in the pipeline, the naturally tanned and brown-skinned Filipinos will always take the brunt of social stigma and bias. Sadly, we have a mass market so massively gullible to the notions of success, social acceptance and beauty anchored on narrow-mindedness.

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She Has Feelings, Too

Humanity’s oldest profession is not as rosy nor dark as it is usually tackled by common knowledge. Prostitution is a very personal thing—whether it is done out of necessity, by coercion or for sheer enjoyment—and has the boldest capacity to eat up one’s soul. Here’s an intimate look at one girl’s take on her job so bespoke of her sad eyes, extracted from vague narratives of her stint as a sex worker.

Migrant workers represent 94% of Qatar’s workforce, the world’s highest ratio of migrants to citizens.
Human Rights Watch, in a report urging the gas- and oil-overloaded GCC state to refrain from abuses on labourers in the build-up of its facilities for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Story in
Respect is earned, reverence is built and reputation is made. If you do not have any of the three for your constituents and their needs, neither should you expect a tiny bit of it from them.
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Would I Die for the Filipino?

At the check-in counter queue alone, I’d never felt so humiliated for my being Filipino (or Asian, if that’s the case). Seeing that the Business Class counter had been idle for a while, this check-in usher eagerly asked a Caucasian couple before me if they were Business/First Class passengers. “No, we’re flying Economy…” Despite that, the usher very warmly, with a wide smile, led them to the Business Class counter and said it’s open anyway. The couple responded positively and thanked him.

When the couple finished—which would have been my turn already—I asked the same usher if I could claim my boarding pass from that Business Class counter as all the economy counters were so busy dealing with passengers hauling a handful of bags.

He did not even look me in the eye. He simply reached his palm out to me with a cold, “Show me your passport and itinerary.” Both of which I handed to him. After flipping through the identity page, he coldly broke the bad news to me, “That counter is only for Business Class passengers” in Filipino. I dared not argue as I thought this Caucasian-sucking ignoramus was not worth any trouble.

I’ve never been able to understand all the fuss about creating “new branding” for the Philippines and coming up with a new slogan every time a new administration takes over the government and a new tourism secretary assumes office. —Greg Macabenta, on the new tourism slogan of the Department of Tourism; as well as reacting to both the incessant negativity of Filipinos to the new slogan and at the same time praising the energies manifested by those who eagerly join in the fun…because, again, “it’s more fun in the Philippines.”