Filipino Street Style: An analysis

Filipino fashion and style has always been something that interests me because it directly reflects on their rich history and culture development over time. In my auto-ethnographic account: Filippino Street Style and my first impressions, I encountered the Filipino fashion world two ways; first through the black market in Manila and then again online through fashion icons on Instagram.

Within my autoethnographical account, I followed Ellis et al’s methodology of showing “which is designed to bring readers into the scene—particularly into thoughts, emotions, and actions.” Whilst doing this, I came across different epiphanies that at the time I didn’t realise were major turning points until I explained them on my blog.

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Filipino Street Style and my first impressions

Let’s rewind a bit…

Earlier this year, I travelled to the Philippines to visit my family. Before you ask, no, I’m not Filipino, but half of my family did move there from Australia 15 years ago.

One of the best things to do in Manilla is to shop, but I don’t shop at any Mall or SM Mall of Asia, I shop at the black market.

We drove 30 minutes out of the city in traffic like you’ve never seen before. Three lanes were magically turned into six lanes. Jeepneys pushed their way into the traffic with riders casually hanging off the back of the ‘bus’ with one hand. Motorbikes filled the microscopic spaces between the cars making it harder for anyone to move anywhere.

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The Tale of Two Cities

Home. For many home is a place of safety, love and wholeness, for my father Antonino Lombardo, home is a grey area, not here, nor there but simultaneously both. When forced to retreat to a poverty stricken country to seek refugee for imminent bankruptcy, he was inevitably leaving a piece of himself behind; his children, his lifestyle.

Arriving in the Philippines, life as he knew it was turned upside down as he was faced with slums with which ‘The Daily Mail’ deem as some of the poorest in the world”. Although, as time went on, calling two different cities home has broadened his appreciation of the little things in life.

Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3148193/Beneath-poverty-line-Children-Philippines-risk-lives-sifting-floating-rubbish-filthy-rivers-material-sell-survive.html