I posted an article about lesbian love in vintage photos. After awhile, I thought about the existence of homosexuality in the Philippines in the earlier times. Since it is considered as a taboo in the Philippine society, I am curious on how they coped about it. Were they hiding in the shadows and allowing their circumstance swallowed their happiness?
I did my own research with the help of Google and I found some interesting results. There is a book by John L. Silva titled “A Token of Friendship: Philippine Photos of Male Affection”, which contains a collection of photographs from the early 20th century which displays the often hidden affection between men in Philippine Society.
Here are some of the pictures found in the book:
[box_light]“Your friend forever, Beny & Pit”. Bebing’s friend (note the singular form in the complimentary close) is definitely Beny and not Pit.[/box_light]
[box_light]In the following samples of the Couple + odd-man-out (saling pusa) Group Pose, any student of human behavior can see in the body language of the couple how the odd-man-out is excluded in their affection for each other:[/box_light]
[box_light]There is the implicit plea in these photos: don’t ever forget me even if this is just a poor likeness of myself.[/box_light]
Now, I tried searching in Google with the keywords “Lesbian, Women, Philippines, Vintage, Old Photos, Lesbian” and in different combinations. However, I only found three pictures that somehow convey female affection. I don’t label them as lesbian affection but in a way, it is quite interesting to imagine the way we want it to be. I hope there will be a book in the future that will showcase photos of lesbian women in the past. Anyways, here are the photos:
- Bookworm of Gensan explores A Token of Our Friendship by John L. Silva. Retrieved August 07, 2012. http://www.bookwormofgensan.com/2011/08/bookworm-of-gensan-explores-token-of.html
- Collective History. Retrieved August 07, 2012. http://collective-history.tumblr.com/post/24205061734/two-beautiful-filipino-women-during-the-japanese