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Photographer's Note

First, the definition of term:

"Pinay" is a shortcut for Filipina.

And now the story:

This lady is a beautiful Pinay mestiza. The moment I saw her, I knew I should take her picture. But the problem was, how do I approach her? She's rich (well, Punta Fuego's clients are rich) , pretty, and educated (she spoke to her friends in English). My opportunity then came. She posed for her friends and I jumped in. I introduced myself, talked about my passion in taking pictures of beautiful Filipinas for my own personal collection. I asked if she can pose for me. I expected a "no" but what I got was an astounding "yes". And she even relented when I asked her to move back a little to include the white drape in the cottage. I was so pleased. (Clod, in my early posts, was the one who told me that everyone likes to be photographed. You're right, Clod. Thanks.)

Anyway, Filipinos are of mixed races. This lady, I'd learned, was a mixture of Malay, Chinese and Spanish blood. We call them in the Philippines as mestizas. That's what we got from being colonized by the Spanish for 333 years and the Americans for almost a decade. Many Chinese also came to the Philippines even before the Spanish arrived in 1521.

On a lighter note, yes, I got her name and address, and yes, I've sent her this picture. And I've also asked her permission to have her picture on Trekearth.

(Original picture and colors. Just sharpened and cropped tighter.)

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