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Uhm... The good thing about Toronto Canada is it's just too multicultural for these types of questions...
But in terms of going back to the Philippines, I would have to go with Iza Calzado and Alessandra De Rossi. They're like... a rare exotic Filipino beauty. They don't look too oriental Asian or too western. They're just plain Filipinos with REALLY pretty features - exotic. That's what I think anyway.
Posted 8/20/08
hmmmm, katrina halili and marian rivera..
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Marie Digby!! half irish half japanese


She's Beautiful!!
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tjhsst89 wrote:

Marie Digby!! half irish half japanese


She's Beautiful!!


i agree.
she is VERY BEAUTIFUL !
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chleimel wrote:

Uhm... The good thing about Toronto Canada is it's just too multicultural for these types of questions...
But in terms of going back to the Philippines, I would have to go with Iza Calzado and Alessandra De Rossi. They're like... a rare exotic Filipino beauty. They don't look too oriental Asian or too western. They're just plain Filipinos with REALLY pretty features - exotic. That's what I think anyway. :)


LOL you have a point about Toronto. It's the same deal in the San Francisco Bay Area (which is why I love Toronto and San Francisco) except that we lean much more heavily towards Asian in terms of population. So I have a hard time figuring out "exotic" as well haha.

But if the examples you gave are "plain," "not too Asian and not too Western" Filipinos, how does that make them exotic, and to who? Is it just the prettiness that makes them exotic? I'm interested to know what you think, especially since you come from such a diverse place.
Posted 8/20/08

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chleimel wrote:

Uhm... The good thing about Toronto Canada is it's just too multicultural for these types of questions...
But in terms of going back to the Philippines, I would have to go with Iza Calzado and Alessandra De Rossi. They're like... a rare exotic Filipino beauty. They don't look too oriental Asian or too western. They're just plain Filipinos with REALLY pretty features - exotic. That's what I think anyway. :)


LOL you have a point about Toronto. It's the same deal in the San Francisco Bay Area (which is why I love Toronto and San Francisco) except that we lean much more heavily towards Asian in terms of population. So I have a hard time figuring out "exotic" as well haha.

But if the examples you gave are "plain," "not too Asian and not too Western" Filipinos, how does that make them exotic, and to who? Is it just the prettiness that makes them exotic? I'm interested to know what you think, especially since you come from such a diverse place.


yeah toronto is really diverse, so i cant really say that a certain person looks exotic.
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The non-Han ones...lol
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chleimel wrote:

Uhm... The good thing about Toronto Canada is it's just too multicultural for these types of questions...
But in terms of going back to the Philippines, I would have to go with Iza Calzado and Alessandra De Rossi. They're like... a rare exotic Filipino beauty. They don't look too oriental Asian or too western. They're just plain Filipinos with REALLY pretty features - exotic. That's what I think anyway. :)


LOL you have a point about Toronto. It's the same deal in the San Francisco Bay Area (which is why I love Toronto and San Francisco) except that we lean much more heavily towards Asian in terms of population. So I have a hard time figuring out "exotic" as well haha.

But if the examples you gave are "plain," "not too Asian and not too Western" Filipinos, how does that make them exotic, and to who? Is it just the prettiness that makes them exotic? I'm interested to know what you think, especially since you come from such a diverse place.


Hmm... my definitition of "exotic" in that conext was "exotic Filipino." It's more of what Filipinos in the Philippines (or rather what I, when I still lived there a number of years back) would consider exotic. There are a lot of Filipino celebrities that either look more oriental Asian (chinky eyes, petite frame, etc.) and westernized (pale skin, narror nose, thin lips, etc.). So I guess that's why I described Iza and Alessandra as 'plain,' because they're neither of the two descriptions, I didn't mean plain in a "they're not stunning" type of way.

I guess In terms of my thoughts of what exotic really is, this is how you could describe it... it's when I see a certain person and all I think is, "wow she's/he's pretty/hot, and he/she's definitely Filipino" without even having to think twice about their background, because their Filipino traits are really definite. If I get it right that they are Filipino, then I think their beauty is exotic to my motherland.

I'm not exactly basing what exotic beauty is from what I see in Toronto. If I did, that would be a rather hard definition to make. Since there's a lot of different backgrounds, they all have their own charms. And since I'm not exactly a part of each and every person's background, I can't judge what they would consider to be exotic, so I just judged mostly from my own background's perspective of what exotic is.
I don't know if you'll get this reply, since I lost my way half through....
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I never thought you would mean plain in a "not stunning" sort of way - I know what you mean about plain Filipino. (Iza and Alessandra can't NOT be described as stunning from those pics posted! XD) I did find it interesting that you said "exotic to my motherland" because exotic means "foreign" or "from another part of the world..." I'm guessing you meant "unique" to the motherland, then? What I'm getting from this is that you define an "exotic Filipina" as someone who looks totally Filipino above all else (East Asian, mestiza, etc).

Not to be all nitpicky (the Internet makes it hard to convey the right tone, so you might think I'm trying to start an argument - which I'm not, LOL) but I've been seriously thinking about the meaning of "exotic" to Asians for a while now - I'm an Asian American Studies major in college, so this crosses my mind a LOT... especially since we Filipinos, as well as other Asians, are thought of as the exotic ones outside of Asia, so I am curious as to how people "back home" define exotic. (My family would define it similarly to you - people who look more indigenous Filipino, with brown skin and features that look neither "oriental" nor "westernized.") The thing is, the Philippines has been so influenced by the West (Spain and the US) for the last 500 years that I noticed that we sometimes look at things from a Westernized point of view, like seeing our native-looking peoples as "exotic". (How is it exotic when we are part of that people?) And then growing up IN the "West" (Europe, North America) throws something else into it... But going back to you for a second, I do understand that your personal definition of "exotic" is "uniquely and unquestionably Filipino."

I know it's hard to explain but I kind of get what you want to say. I hope you kind of get what I was trying to say, heehee. Also, dude, what are/were you doing up at 3 AM? XD
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I never thought you would mean plain in a "not stunning" sort of way - I know what you mean about plain Filipino. (Iza and Alessandra can't NOT be described as stunning from those pics posted! XD) I did find it interesting that you said "exotic to my motherland" because exotic means "foreign" or "from another part of the world..." I'm guessing you meant "unique" to the motherland, then? What I'm getting from this is that you define an "exotic Filipina" as someone who looks totally Filipino above all else (East Asian, mestiza, etc).

Not to be all nitpicky (the Internet makes it hard to convey the right tone, so you might think I'm trying to start an argument - which I'm not, LOL) but I've been seriously thinking about the meaning of "exotic" to Asians for a while now - I'm an Asian American Studies major in college, so this crosses my mind a LOT... especially since we Filipinos, as well as other Asians, are thought of as the exotic ones outside of Asia, so I am curious as to how people "back home" define exotic. (My family would define it similarly to you - people who look more indigenous Filipino, with brown skin and features that look neither "oriental" nor "westernized.") The thing is, the Philippines has been so influenced by the West (Spain and the US) for the last 500 years that I noticed that we sometimes look at things from a Westernized point of view, like seeing our native-looking peoples as "exotic". (How is it exotic when we are part of that people?) And then growing up IN the "West" (Europe, North America) throws something else into it... But going back to you for a second, I do understand that your personal definition of "exotic" is "uniquely and unquestionably Filipino."

I know it's hard to explain but I kind of get what you want to say. I hope you kind of get what I was trying to say, heehee. Also, dude, what are/were you doing up at 3 AM? XD


Ahahaha. Yeah, it's the last week of summer, so I'm trying to make the most of my sleeping hours. I'm one of those people that just sleep when the sun rises and wakes up when it's about to end, except when I have plans of course. . That was a very observant comment by the way.

Anyway, It's awesome how you're majoring in Asian American Studies! It has once crossed my mind to take something in that field. It is very interesting ! And no, I didn't find that you were trying to start an argument. I've learned that the internet can be pretty misleading, and unless there's a bunch of swear words and angry emoticons, or a REALLY sarcastic tone to the message, then I've learned to just think that the person simply means no harm.
And surprisingly you even managed to make out something from my little note, which I lost my way half through. So let me reply and try to help you clarify some thoughts on what you think Asians see as exotic. Although, I won't be focusing on Asians' thoughts in general, but just mainly my, or as you said, most Filipinos' way of what we define as "exotic." I'll try to be more clear about it this time than my previous post...


Like you've mentioned, the Philippines has been influenced by western countries (Spain and US) for the last 500 years... Yet, I think you've forgotten to look at an important fact - and that is we've also been influenced by the eastern culture, mainly the Chinese (for trade), waaaay before the influential stages of the western colonization (not to mention, the Philippines today is also being widely influenced by a more oriental Asian culture due to all the Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese shows being aired down there). Due to these influences, many Filipinos tend to have either one of the backgrounds that can be traced down their bloodline. What I'm trying to say is.... most Filipinos possess either more eastern or more western features. So what exactly do Filipinos look like? This is something that is quite hard to define since some look more western and some look more oriental asian. I would even say that the Philippines can be at about a 50:50 ratio.

You've posted that the west views the east (Asia) as the exotic ones. So it is most likely obvious that to the east, the west is viewed as the exotic ones. It mostly works in a vice-versa manner. However, since the Philippines is mainly influenced by both the western and the eastern cultures, I would have to say that the way we use the word exotic as a whole is indeed different. To summarize this all, what makes the Philippines is a blend of both the eastern and the western culture.

Regarding the definition of the word exotic, "foreign or from another part of the world," I think my personal definition, or rather the "uniquely and unquestionably Filipino" definition, is something you have misunderstood, because it surely does fall on the same note. Since MOST Filipinos' appearances prominently lean on either the asian or western look, it would be hard to find people who fall in the middle. Those who fall in the middle are the ones who possess an almost equally balanced amount of traits that blend beautifully from both cultures, that makes them look as if they are "from another world" compared to the rest of the majority. So from my point of view, since Filipinos are either more distinctly western or distinctly asian looking, people who fall right in the middle of the two features are the ones who I consider to be "foreign or from another part of the world."

There are a lot of Filipinos who look more western, and there are also a lot who look more eastern. It's usual that one feautre is more dominant over the other. But since the Philippines itself is a blend of the east and west, then the people who I would consider to be 'natives' are the ones who are a beautiful blend as well. Thus the "uniquely and unquestionably Filipino" definition of the word exotic to me or for other Filipinos, are indeed "seeing our native-looking peoples as 'exotic'" because they are the ones who stand out among the rest of the population. :)


Anyway... I hope that clarifies it . I mean, it would be great if it did. But everyone does have their own points of views right? So what I see as an " almost equally beautiful blend" may not be what others see .
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Alec Van Dierendonck From the Philippines

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omg he's one hot tamales!!!!!


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hwangbo from we got married.... after watching this show, even though she's korean, she has that exotic look on her and her skin's not as pale or white compared to other korean stars....
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i think yamapi looks kind of exotic because of his tan skin... i wonder if he's half something else besides being japanese...
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The girl who Hanazawa Rui is in love with before Tsukushi. lol
She has a very exotic look. =D
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