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CultureShock! Philippines by Grace Roces, Alfredo Roces

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‘Filipinos have lived 400 years in a convent and 50 years in Hollywood.’—Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

 

 

 

 

FILIPINO WOMEN

In A Study of Psychopathology, Filipino psychiatrist Lourdes V. Lapus writes: ‘The Filipino culture, for all the increasing signs and protests to the contrary, still has a large hangover from its ego-ideal for women of many bygone years. This is the so-called ‘Maria Clara’ image of a woman who is shy, demure, modest, self-effacing and loyal to the end. The openly provocative, sexually aggressive female who is frequently associated ...

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