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Name: Reflection

Year: 1988

Artist: Matthew Wildest

Value: $302,124,168

Rarity: Super Rare

Description & History:

Behind the painting are these passages. Scholars later believed this was written by the painter as he experienced questioning what he has become.  Walt Disney contacted the museum to gain rights to the lyrics and later, modified it a little so it applies to the soon-to-be-iconic Disney movie about female empowerment, Mulan.

Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect frog
Or a perfect tadpole
Can it be
I’m not meant to play this part?
Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family’s heart

Who is that frog I see?
Staring straight
Back at me?
Why is my reflection someone
I don’t know?
Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am
Though I’ve tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?


Lea Salonga is a very talented Filipina singer and actress who starred in the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards. Salonga is the first Filipino artist to sign to an international record label (having been signed to Atlantic Records in 1993). She was the first Asian actress to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. Salonga is named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with The Walt Disney Company as she provided the singing voice for Fa Mulan and Jasmine from Aladdin.

Later, Christina Aguilera, a struggling singer had her big break when she covered this song eventually catapulting herself to success. Fifth Harmony, a talented girl group, named their debut album in honor of this painting.


Under the cut you’ll find roughly 329 gifs of the beautiful Nadine Lustre as Leah in On The Wings Of Love episode 1 . Lustre is a Filipina actress and singer known for her roles in Diary ng Panget and as Georgina Evangelista in the television remake of the Bagets film series. Ethnically, she is of ‎Filipino descent, so please cast her accordingly. The gifs are all small/medium, textless, and mostly hq. There should be no repeats, any were completely accidental. I made all of these gifs so credit to me and please if you decide to steal them or edit them in some way, although I’d like to say don’t do it (but some of y’all won’t listen) at least please give me some sort of credit. Please like or reblog if you plan on using. There is a download available, so if you would like that please come to me off anon. Thank you! 1/?

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So I’m half Filipino/half white and I went to a huge birthday celebration for my grandmother on my Filipino side. My aunt hired a (supposedly) well known Filipina singer and actress to entertain my family. My family loved her and it was nice seeing them all happy, but as she went around introducing herself, she told me how beautiful I was and how lucky I was to be half white. I wanted to tell her that being part white didn’t make me anymore beautiful than her and being mixed came with its own set of problems, but I felt ashamed/embarrassed telling her I didn’t know any Tagalog earlier so I kept my mouth shut.

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard comments like this. My dad has told me before that I’m lucky to have my mom’s European nose and not, “a pig nose like me or your aunt” and bringing home skin whitening soap from the Filipino market. It’s only been recently I’ve been able to comprehend the internalized racism within the Filipino community and the glorification of whiteness within the culture, and it makes me so incredibly sad and angry that my family doesn’t even realize how harmful some of their views are. I feel guilty at times for not being more in touch with my Asian side, but at the same time it’s been so saturated with western pop culture it seems like there’s barely anything left of original Filipino culture to celebrate. I’m just sick and tired of European colonialist ideals fucking still taking effect hundreds of years later.  

mod note:

It’s really hard when we see other Asian people’s internalized racism, especially when it comes from those closest to us. I understand that it must be hard for you to be placed in the middle of that, but I think as diaspora we have to be careful about what we say about a culture we are not fully immersed in. Saying that Filipino culture has been “so saturated with western pop culture it seems like there’s barely anything left of original Filipino culture left to celebrate” makes me really uncomfortable and is really just not true. Filipino culture is rich and varied and very much alive. Yes, colonialism has touched it and changed many aspects of it. That doesn’t make it any less authentic.

And even though being mixed comes with issues that non-mixed people don’t have to deal with, being half-white with features people view as white/European gives you privilege over your family members who are not. Even if you don’t want it, you’ve got it.

I would recommend as a great place to learn about that, and also to talk about issues that mixed-race people deal with,