A collage/cutout mixed media art that depicts the colonial mentality of the Filipino society. The head of the girl is a cutout of a Ray Ban ad, modified with pen, scissors and photoshop. Many “Dona Victorina”s still exist until today, consciously or subconsciously we are guilty of this. In our preference for fairer skin, imported items; and how diluted our Filipino identities are as we try to distinguish ourselves with our foreign ancestors.
“In Doña Victorina, Rizal has drawn a picture of the Filipino woman who has a distorted view of herself. Rejecting her own kind as inferior and admiring everything foreign, especially Hispanic, she reinvents herself. She alters her physical appearance through artificial means — by using cosmetics that lighten the color of her skin and by hiding her Asian frame inside voluminous European dresses. However, in the process she creates a misfit shunned by Europeans as a freak and derided by her own people as a caricature. In the end, Doña Victorina becomes entrapped in her own deception; she is ill at ease in both her own and borrowed world.” - Dr. Regino P. Paular