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In Focus: Modern Day Heroes On Mindset Makeovers

In Focus: Modern Day Heroes On Mindset Makeovers

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

—William Shakespeare


Everyone has times in their life when they feel inadequate and emotionally drained, but some of us feel that way more often than others. Many of us tend to focus on the negative events and unfortunate situations that have taken place throughout the day. After all, those pesky, negative circumstances are the ones that tug on our nerves more so than the happy moments, don't they? It can be hard to quiet that little voice in your head that talks you into giving into the negativity and self-doubt, but it doesn’t have to be impossible.

So, how do you turn things around and stop your inner critic from getting louder and standing in the way of your dreams? These people will help you do just that. For their initiative under the Keep Walking Philippines campaign, whisky brand Johnie Walker recognizes the inspiring stories of three brilliant people here in our country considered as modern-day heroes. "When our abilities are questioned, we lose confidence in ourselves. Self-doubt is the universal barrier to progress that we all have to face on a daily basis," shares Diageo Philippines Manager Vanee Gosiengfiao.

So now, hear their stories, learn from them for a guaranteed mindset makeover:


Xyza Bacani. "Formerly a domestic helper in Hong Kong, now a sought-after photographer, Xyza is doing further studies in New York to hone her skills in her chosen craft. Despite having been told that becoming a photographer was impractical and costly, Bacani never lost sight of her dreams, even borrowing money from her employer to purchase her first camera. She took time out of her daily schedule to shoot everyday life in Hong Kong, until finally earning a scholarship at one of the top universities in New York to study photography."



Brillante Mendoza. "Brillante Mendoza became a household name in Philippine cinema with his Best Director win at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. To this day, Mendoza's various works are received with critical acclaim. But amidst the accolades, critics continue to frown upon the filmmaker's chosen subject matters, yet through it all, Mendoza continues to set his sights on his dream to become the best filmmaker he can be with every new film he releases—never settling for less and always aiming higher each time."


Aisa and Raphael Mijeno. "Aisa and Raphael Mijeno are the brother and sister tandem that made headlines with SALt, their salt water lamp that serves as alternative light source made for rural communities in the Philippines without access to electricity. Despite some limitations on resources, the Mijenos don't lose sight of their ambition to mass produce their lamps to help more communities and continue to work tirelessly to develop the perfect SALt lamp."


Need more life advice? During the launch of the #KeepWalkingPH 21 Day Challenge at SM Aura Premier's IMAX cinema, we interviewed some celebrities, models, bloggers and influencers about their personal words of wisdom...


Janina Manipol, blogger: "Well I always say this, and I'll continue on saying it, do everything in moderation, just always find the balance in life."

Kenzo Gutierrez, actor: "Just learn how to say no, there will be times that you will be faced with temptations or things that seem to good to be true. Then, make sure that your morals and values don't go against that then when it does, you have to learn how to say no. Just know your values and what you should do, because at the end of the day in the long run, they'll benefit you more."

David Guison: "Make the most out of your day, especially now that it's so fast-paced, I think that it's really important that you have a strategy for yourself, like with me I'm a full-time blogger and I treat that like a corporate job, I wake up early, I try to do as much as I can in a day and be productive. So, at the end of the day I get to book more projects and have time for more travels and live life to the fullest."

Khalil Ramos: "Be happier, just keep spreading the love, avoid negativity and work harder."

Patrick Sugui. "Have the courage to live a life not the life others expect it to be."

Patty Tiu. "I think, it's really the year to follow your dreams, it's really time to make it happen."


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