Celebrating Women: 6 Life Lessons From Filipina Celebs We Look Up To

  • March 8, 2018
  • INSIDESHOWBIZ.PH TEAM

Happy Women’s Day and Women’s Month, Inside Showbiz readers and to the special women in your lives! We’re celebrating this day especially devoted for women today, March 8, and the whole month of March. This special day aims to celebrate women’s achievements through history and all over the world. It is also a day to push for women’s rights and celebrate everything about being a woman!

Related: Kris Aquino Defends Mother’s Legacy With Instagram Post

In local showbiz, we have women we can be proud of, from beauty queens, actresses, journalists, hosts, and endorsers. Below are words of wisdom from them on womanhood and being a Filipina:

1.Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015 and leading lady of upcoming film, My Perfect You, on Filipinas being achievers:

“I believe in gender equality. I represent men, women and everyone in between.”

“The Filipina is a dynamic woman. She delivers in whatever capacity she assumes, and in any field she pursues.”

“We’re erasing the image that Filipinas are not palaban, because in fact, we are. We go out there and we’re brave and fearless.”

2. Iza Calzado, award-winning actress on loving your body for everything it is, imperfections and all:

“A woman who is happy with herself is beautiful no matter what age, size, shape, color she is. Compassion for one’s self and other is the key to happiness!”

3. Actress Angel Locsin on not bringing other women down and championing ambition:

“There’s nothing dirty about an ambitious woman. Tayong mga babae, we are strong and we can do more. It’s time we own it.”

“Ladies, stop using derogatory remarks against each other. As women, we need to stick together to empower us collectively. I vote we stop the girl-on-girl crime!”  

4. Host-endorser Bianca Gonzalez on how motherhood has changed the meaning of womanhood for her:

“I now know how important it is for my daughter to be in an environment where she can choose to play with cooking sets or Peppa Pig, but also cars and trucks or Ironman. How important it is to me that when my daughter grows up, she knows that whatever guys can do, she can do, too. That she should not be reduced to any judgment or deprived of any opportunity because “babae kasi siya.” That her vulnerability and being emotional can also be her strength, that her capacity to love and to give is not a sign of weakness. That others may judge her for how good or bad she physically looks, but what matters most is what is in her heart and her mind. That girls support other girls instead of pull each other down, because we all have a place to shine, side by side. That the world is often a hurtful and unfair place, but that she can channel her energy on the beauty in it and work to make it even more beautiful.

To be honest, it is so scary to be a parent. Paano ko ituturo lahat ng yan sa kanya?? Iniisip ko pa lang ang teenage years niya and how I will deal, naloloka na ako. But I am positive that the more we talk about these issues and act on them, girls all over the world will enjoy a better place.” ❤ #InternationalWomensDay

(Warning: long #mommydiaries post) The meaning of Women’s Day and month for me has totally changed since I became a mother to a baby girl. . . I now know how important it is for my daughter to be in an environment where she can choose to play with cooking sets or Peppa Pig, but also cars and trucks or Ironman. How important it is to me that when my daughter grows up, she knows that whatever guys can do, she can do, too. That she should not be reduced to any judgment or deprived of any opportunity because “babae kasi siya.” That her vulnerability and being emotional can also be her strength, that her capacity to love and to give is not a sign of weakness. That others may judge her for how good or bad she physically looks, but what matters most is what is in her heart and her mind. That girls support other girls instead of pull each other down, because we all have a place to shine, side by side. That the world is often a hurtful and unfair place, but that she can channel her energy on the beauty in it and work to make it even more beautiful. . . To be honest, it is so scary to be a parent. Paano ko ituturo lahat ng yan sa kanya?? Iniisip ko pa lang ang teenage years niya and how I will deal, naloloka na ako. But I am positive that the more we talk about these issues and act on them, girls all over the world will enjoy a better place. ❤ #InternationalWomensDay

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5. Kris Aquino on how proud she is of how her strong mother raised her and how she’s doing her best to raise her sons to be respectful and responsible:

“This is an exceptionally proud day for a girl who was raised by a strong woman who broke through so many barriers w/ courage & dignity… And my mom never stopped believing in her daughter, and it is an even prouder moment now for a mom who day by day gives it her all to not just financially provide for her sons, but tries her very best to raise respectful & responsible young men.”

@proctergamble gave #Ariel, their agency (Saatchi & Saatchi), Direk @sidmaderazo & me the liberty to execute this women empowerment advocacy material for National Women’s Month. This is an exceptionally proud day for a girl who was raised by a strong woman who broke through so many barriers w/ courage & dignity… And my mom never stopped believing in her daughter, and it is an even prouder moment now for a mom who day by day gives it her all to not just financially provide for her sons, but tries her very best to raise respectful & responsible young men. On a production side note, this was shot by a woman cinematographer plus our AD & the agency’s team leader were also women. THANK YOU #ARIEL! #ahonpinay 🇵🇭

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6. Korina Sanchez on celebrating every woman’s uniqueness and individuality all around the world:

“May this #WomensMonth also allow us to celebrate the uniqueness and individuality of all women across the globe — of all ages, shapes, colors, & faith. To every woman out there, your identity is for no one else to shape but yourself. You are your own person & that person is beautiful. No matter who she is now or who she chooses to be. Live your #BestLife according to your own terms.”

Women have come a long way since having been granted the right to vote and participate in a democracy. A fundamental right that was ours from the start. May the annual celebration of #InternationalWomensDay serve as a reminder not only of the countless battles that still need to be fought but also of the small victories we have already won & the power that is inherent in #EveryWoman May this #WomensMonth also allow us to celebrate the uniqueness and individuality of all women across the globe — of all ages, shapes, colors, & faith. To every woman out there, your identity is for no one else to shape but yourself. You are your own person & that person is beautiful. No matter who she is now or who she chooses to be. Live your #BestLife according to your own terms. 💚Korina

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Words by Melissa G. Bagamasbad

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