Colorism in the Philippines | Bianca Punzalan | TEDxMoreauCatholicHS

In the Philippines, many people will go to great lengths to lighten their skin because the sad truth of it all is that in Filipino culture dark skin equates to being dirty, ugly, and poor. In this talk, speaker Bianca Punzalan will explore the origins of the colonial ideals of colorism and how we end anti-brownness once and for all. Bianca Punzalan is a senior at Moreau Catholic High School. She has been a member of student government, the Writers Club, and the National Honors Society at her school. She will be attending the University of California Berkeley in the fall to study environmental sciences at the Rausser College of Natural Resources. Bianca is a champion of sustainability and environmental justice in her community. Her other interests include Southeast Asian studies, volleyball, and visual arts. She hopes to further her advocacy and raise awareness of the effects of colorism, particularly how it affects women in the Philippines, into her college years. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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