All in Self-Acceptance


"I like the word 'kayumanggi' (brown in Filipino). It leaves a smile on your face when you say it. That's my word for 'morena.' Very Filipino. I have very Filipino features, too. While I did try to lighten my complexion in the past, I found myself more beautiful in my natural color: Kayumanggi. I found myself beautiful just the way I am. So now I embrace my self, and nurture this gift that God gave me." 


"In 5th grade, when everyone wanted fair skin, my mom would tell me that I was the sun's favorite child. I never looked at my skin the same way, 'For the sun loved us so desperately that it has kissed our skin with much fervor.'"