"I'm a sister, a daughter, a wife, a businesswoman, a teacher, and a multiple-sport athlete. I'm also confidently brown-skinned and often sport short hairstyles. I wasn't trying to be a boy with short hair, playing sports. I was just being myself. Likewise, I wasn't trying to be light or dark skinned, I was just living. You can't put your life on pause out of fear of other's perceptions of you and you can't let other's perceptions of you dictate who you are. The Philippines is a country with a complex past, a melting pot of various cultures, identities and influences. It's long past due that we're confident on who we are as a people, collectively, and the multitude of shapes, sizes and colors that we come in. That diversity and historical complexity adds to our beauty, and we need to help each other realize that."