23.3 | Meet Me at the Manila Carnival: End of an Era (1927-1939)

HERstory: Southeast Asia

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This is Part 3 of the series on Meet Me at the Manila Carnival. For 31 years, young women from across the country vied for the title of Miss Manila Carnival, then Miss Philippines, navigating racial prejudice and standards of beauty, and becoming an integral part of the nation-building process. Now, we’ll talk about the End of an Era, 1927-1939, the final years of the pageant before the outbreak of the Second World War.

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  1. An interview with Haldi Patra on the Minangkabau matriarchal society;
  2. Ma Ying Taphan and the Krom Klone;
  3. Nyai Gede Pinateh, the Harbour Master of Gresik;
  4. Queen Suriyothai and the War Elephants;
  5. Paz Marquez Benitez and Dead Stars;
  6. The Rise and Fall of the Acehnese Queens, 1641 to 1699; 
  7. The Portrait of Dara Rasami; and
  8. The Women of No. 14 Lebuh Leith


  • (Theme Music) Goddess of War by Unicorn Heads
  • Buhat – Rudy Concepción and Rosario Moreno – Tunay na Ina (1939)
  • Invisible Beauty by Aakash Gandhi
  • Miss Universe Theme Main Title

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