Daphne Oseña Paez Featured in Vogue Italia

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Daphne Oseña Paez is currently on Vogue.it and talked about her blog (daphne.ph), her work, and of course, the Philippines!

Do you feel the influence much of an industry like Bollywood in your country?
"Not Bollywood… but Hollywood! The Philippines is the only country in Asia with a strong Latin vibe. We were a Spanish colony for over 300 years. Filipinos are very different from neighbouring Asian neighbours because of this Spanish vibe. Then the Americans came and stayed for half a century. They built cities and schools. Taught us English and gave us Hollywood. We have new retail and entertainment developments that look like Las Vegas. There’s a saying about our country – 300 years in a Spanish convent and 50 years in Hollywood.

Aesthetically, this Latin vibe has left a strong imprint in the Filipino psyche. There is an unshakable love for over-ornamentation – our local modes of transportation, the jeepney, tricycles and pedicabs are very colourful and highly-decorated. Beauty pageants are like a national sport. Minimalism would be very difficult to understand here. But I have to say, during the heyday of the Philippines in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Manila rode the post-Modernist era beautifully in terms of Brutalist architecture."
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