La Bella Filipina was a kundiman in Spanish that celebrated and will continue to pay homage to the beauty of our country’s ladies. Sung here by Hispanist and Premio Zobel awardee Don Guillermo Gómez de Rivera, this beautiful kundiman attests to the “edge” of Filipinas over our Asian counterparts.
Unfortunately though, there are so many young Filipina “gurls” out there who would like to “shed” and “liberate” themselves from the meek and gentle beauty of Maria Clara. I know a lot of girls who, in their efforts to “find themselves”, have lost all sense of genuine personal and national identity. Hair bleached, underwear seen, nails polished as black as the night, girls these days have indeed built their own niche… in the cemetery!
However, not all of traditional Filipina charm is lost and buried. There are still some girls out there who live lives of substance and character, reading books, writing poetry, cooking and baking and dressing up in the true sense of chic!