I’m brown. And that is fine.

This skin colour stereotyping permeated geography. The farther away one lived from the capital, Manila, the “browner” the attributes assigned to that person got. Expect then to be at the farthest end of the brown spectrum when Google Maps fails to show the coordinates of your location.

Filipino musicians’ post-war fame in Hong Kong

Filipino musicians were among the more sought-after in Asia. They dominated Class A venues in Hong Kong and performed for kings and royalties. Headhunters would travel to Manila, spot talents in restaurants and lounges along the iconic Roxas Boulevard, and hire them for performances abroad in places like Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. They…