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In Focus: Born With A Cleft Palate, This Cebuano Dancer Used Body Language To Speak Up And Rise Up

In Focus: Born With A Cleft Palate, This Cebuano Dancer Used Body Language To Speak Up And Rise Up

Speech is everyone's primary way to communicate, one so basic it's almost impossible to survive without it. It hasn't always been the case for Cebuano dancer Ryan Canda, born with a cleft palate, who with his group The Exporters, recently managed to set the World of Dance Philippines stage ablaze. Ryan, representing his talented group, might have exhibited electric moves that easily wowed the judges. But it was his inspiring story of being embarrassed of his condition so much so he'd stick a bubble gum up his gums and then succumbing to bullies in his youth, to eventually using body art as his main language and seeing himself take on dance as a career, that would pierce through the hearts of every Kapamilya watching.

"Gusto ko lang ipakita sa mundo na hindi hindrance... may kapansanan ka o ano ka man, kaya mong abutin ang mga pangarap mo," Ryan nervously said at The Exporters' first appearance on the World of Dance set. The chap would then tearily dedicate his number to his mom, who died of colon cancer last year.

Ryan would go on to bag runner-up honors in the show's upper division. Last year, he represented the country at the World of Dance in Los Angeles in the same division. Off the spotlight. he is keen to ace his civil engineering board exam this May.

[related: The Six Fix: Celebrities Who Smiled Through Their Deformities To Rise And Win At Life]

Despite his mom not being able to see how far he's gone, Ryan has definitely inspired more of those with the same condition with his talent, confidence, and hard work. Let him inspire you more with his touching story by watching the video below!

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Photograph by Herry Ahn Photo Studio

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