lately: tight shit


music: philippines rock, rock on

bambu comes hard with this track. he has a natural knack for storytelling and is a key figure in community activism. peace to beatrock music, can’t wait to hear the rerelease of exact change. if you dig this, the los angeles x philippines mixtape with dj muggs (SA) is fiya.

munchies: house of sisig

Sitaw kalibasa, sinigang, pork sisig, beef steak, & chicharon manok (tech chicken skin)… Its like thanksgiving all over again. garlic mussels not pictured. funny thing was we originally ordered 10 cups of garlic fried rice! we probably would have all eaten it all but we remembered the meal itself is indulgent.

miss universe: “but she’s so dark”

that’s the typical sentiment i hear every time the topic of miss philippines comes up. yeah i’m super late with this but miss universe definitely opened up the dialogue for mestiza stardom (coined by my film prof. bliss lim) in the philippines and their obsession with light skin. for the record,  i’m proud to be a morena because it’s what i was born with so it makes me incredibly happy to see someone who is brown like me in a beauty pageant representing the philippines. maybe my mom will stop buying me whitening soap now (prolly not). this woman went from a hut in a rice field to the miss universe pageant. so inspiring!