Beauty Queens, Intelligence, and the Philippines (FWM Podcast #20)

My reaction to Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe 2018 win, relating to my great grandmother (Manila Carnival Queen), and Philippine culture overall.


Why The Philippines Dominates World Beauty Pageants

The Philippines’ beauty pageant obsession:
Who benefits?

In Philippines, an obsession with beauty pageants

Carnival Queens: Inside the Grand, Intriguing World of the Manila Carnival and Its Storied Beauties

‘Beautiful with a heart’

How the Philippines managed to lose a potential world chess champion in Wesley So

[OPINION] Reading, understanding, and appreciating Rizal

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