As women, we all have experienced a plethora of negative emotions: overwhelming insecurities, lack of self-confidence, and not feeling “good enough,” among many others. With all the negativities that we have to endure every day, we sometimes forget that we are so much more than what we feel. We are women; we are capable, beautiful, powerful, and we are more than what the world thinks of us.
This March 8, we will celebrate International Women’s Day. Even if is only a day in a year, we're taking the opportunity to remind everyone of the true spirit of this female-centered celebration. Here are some words of wisdom from your strong, empowered female Kapamilya celebrities--from Liza Soberano to Ms. Charo Santos-Concio--that will inspire you today (and hopefully all-year-round).
ON FEELING EMPOWERED AND LIFTING EACH OTHER UP
There are moments when we, ladies, forget to catch ourselves and speak badly about other women we know or see on social media. But no matter how harmless they seem, those words can wreak havoc on other girls' mental and emotional health. For our real-life Darna and women’s rights advocate Angel Locsin, stopping the “girl-on-girl” crime is the way to go.
Not new to receiving hate comments, “Multimedia Princess” Nadine Lustre also shared her two cents on how women should start treating each other; that in this time and age, being mean to other girls shouldn’t be an option anymore.
For actress and She Talks Asia co-founder Iza Calzado, being an “empowered woman” is someone we should strive to become. And what makes an empowered woman? Here’s what Iza has to say.
ON STANDING UP FOR YOURSELF AND BEING A GIRL BOSS
Liza Soberano encourages us to use our voice to speak up on issues about creating a safe space for women, especially children. She also encourages Filipinas to inspire other women by standing up for themselves and what they believe in.
Standing up for oneself is empowering. But what does it truly mean to become a “girl boss”? For our Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes, it’s not always about being right and the best, but by making sure her subordinates will become a better version of her current self.
ON PURSUING YOUR PASSION
Several Kapamilya icons have also spoken up about what it takes to reach your dreams. Sure, the road to success isn’t always a linear one. Take the example of Miss Universe 2015 winner, Pia Wurtzbach, who had to join Binibining Pilipinas three times before bagging the much-coveted honor of representing the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant.
Besides grit, it is when we never give up on what we set our heart into that we truly become successful. Had she given up the first time, then she wouldn’t be the beauty queen we’ve come to know today.
But of course, to continuously rise when we constantly fall is easier said than done. Though we often think that we are a failure, sometimes, a change of perspective is what we need to keep standing up when the going gets rough. Here’s a piece of advice from veteran journalist Karen Davila.
The late environmentalist, philanthropist, and managing director of ABS-CBN Foundation, Gina Lopez, shared her words of wisdom on dreaming big and doing it big.
Let’s not forget to remember the importance of passion in everything that we do. When all things seem blurry and out of control, and when we go astray from our goals in life, our passion will always direct us to the right path. Take these words of wisdom from our Chief Content Officer, Ms. Charo Santos-Concio.
ON LOVING YOUR OWN SKIN
Celebrities, even with their picture-perfect skin and gorgeous bodies, experience insecurities too. But you know what they do? They never let the negative comments about them steal away their confidence and self-love.
Actress and former GirlTrends member Chie Filomeno is a subject of many body-shaming criticisms. Not one to back down, she has something to say about the stereotypes that the world has imposed on a person’s body.
Also, here’s a reminder that’s it’s okay to be imperfect! We all have flaws and that’s totally normal. Also a victim of body-shaming, Bela Padilla received nasty comments on a bikini photo she posted last 2018, with netizens pointing out her belly bulge. But Bela was the least bothered about it. Instead, she highlighted that our photos still deserve those “heart” reactions sans the photo edits.
Last but not the least, here’s an advice from Anne Curtis.
Feel free to share these with your friends, your mother, and sisters, or anyone who might need it, mga Kapamilya!