The only information I have about this young woman is this description: Indígena de la clase rica (Mestiza sangley-filipina). Photograph by the Dutch photographer, Francisco van Camp, ca. 1875. She’s a Chinese mestiza from the Philippines. I don’t...

The only information I have about this young woman is this description: Indígena de la clase rica (Mestiza sangley-filipina). Photograph by the Dutch photographer, Francisco van Camp, ca. 1875. She’s a Chinese mestiza from the Philippines. I don’t...

Francisco van Camp: Indígena de la clase rica (Mestiza sangley-filipina), ca. 1875. MUSEO ORIENTAL. REAL COLEGIO PADRES AGUSTINOS, Valladolid

Indígena de clase rica (Mestiza Sangley-Filipina)

Francisco van Camp: Indígena de la clase rica (Mestiza sangley-filipina), ca. 1875. MUSEO ORIENTAL. REAL COLEGIO PADRES AGUSTINOS, Valladolid

This stunning young woman was photographed in the Philippines by Dutch photographer Francisco Van Camp, in 1875. The photo’s inscription indicates that she is a “Mestiza Sangley-Filipina,” an ethnic term used in the 16th to 19th-century Spanish Philippines to indicate someone from Chinese descent.

This stunning young woman was photographed in the Philippines by Dutch photographer Francisco Van Camp, in 1875. The photo’s inscription indicates that she is a “Mestiza Sangley-Filipina,” an ethnic term used in the 16th to 19th-century Spanish Philippines to indicate someone from Chinese descent.

Mestiza Sangley-Filipina,  1875 photograph taken by the Dutch photographer, Francisco van Camp.

Mestiza Sangley-Filipina, 1875 photograph taken by the Dutch photographer, Francisco van Camp.

Unidentified young woman (Mestiza Sangley-Filipin?), photographed in the Philippines by Dutch photographer Francisco Van Camp in 1875

Unidentified young woman (Mestiza Sangley-Filipin?), photographed in the Philippines by Dutch photographer Francisco Van Camp in 1875

ÁLBUM. Lozano, José Honorato 1821- — Dibujo — 1847

ÁLBUM. Lozano, José Honorato 1821- — Dibujo — 1847

Francisco van Camp: Indígena de la clase rica (Mestiza sangley-filipina), ca. 1875. MUSEO ORIENTAL. REAL COLEGIO PADRES AGUSTINOS, Valladolid

Francisco van Camp: Indígena de la clase rica (Mestiza sangley-filipina), ca. 1875. MUSEO ORIENTAL. REAL COLEGIO PADRES AGUSTINOS, Valladolid

With a face that tells a thousand tales, this unknown young woman was photographed in the Philippines by Dutch photographer Francisco Van Camp in 1875. The photograph’s inscription describes her as Mestiza Sangley-Filipina, a term widely used in the 16th to 19th-century Spanish Philippines to differentiate ethnic Chinese from other types of island mestizos (such as those of mixed Indio and Spanish ancestry, who were much fewer in number.)

With a face that tells a thousand tales, this unknown young woman was photographed in the Philippines by Dutch photographer Francisco Van Camp in 1875. The photograph’s inscription describes her as Mestiza Sangley-Filipina, a term widely used in the 16th to 19th-century Spanish Philippines to differentiate ethnic Chinese from other types of island mestizos (such as those of mixed Indio and Spanish ancestry, who were much fewer in number.)

The only information I have about this young woman is this description: Indígena de la clase rica (Mestiza sangley-filipina). Photograph by the Dutch photographer, Francisco van Camp, ca. 1875. She’s a Chinese mestiza from the Philippines. I don’t know if standards of beauty were the same in the 19th century, but by today’s standards, she’s absolutely stunning.

The only information I have about this young woman is this description: Indígena de la clase rica (Mestiza sangley-filipina). Photograph by the Dutch photographer, Francisco van Camp, ca. 1875. She’s a Chinese mestiza from the Philippines. I don’t know if standards of beauty were the same in the 19th century, but by today’s standards, she’s absolutely stunning.

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Image result for Circa 1875. Portrait of a ‘Mestiza de Sangley’ woman. Sangley is an archaic term used in the Philippines to describe and classify a person of pure Chinese ancestry.

Map of Binondo area. Binondo is an enclave in Manila primarily populated by Chinese immigrants living in the Philippines. Historically, the place called Parían near Intramuros was where the unconverted Chinese immigrants (called Sangley by the Spaniards) lived while Binondo was the place where the converted sangleys and their descendants, the mestizos de sangley or Chinese mestizos resided. Spanish cannons kept site of the Parian in case of any uprising.

Map of Binondo area. Binondo is an enclave in Manila primarily populated by Chinese immigrants living in the Philippines. Historically, the place called Parían near Intramuros was where the unconverted Chinese immigrants (called Sangley by the Spaniards) lived while Binondo was the place where the converted sangleys and their descendants, the mestizos de sangley or Chinese mestizos resided. Spanish cannons kept site of the Parian in case of any uprising.

Portrait of a “mestiza de sangley” (Chinese-Filipino) woman. Photograph by Francisco Van Camp, ca. 1875.

Portrait of a “mestiza de sangley” (Chinese-Filipino) woman. Photograph by Francisco Van Camp, ca. 1875.

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