All in Passion

Jen, Race2Share

 

“I started appreciating myself more when I stopped worrying about getting soaked under the sun. The more I spent time outdoor training, the more I got better and stronger! I was very conscious at first because of the comments I would get about ‘being dark,’ but I learned to shrug them off when I started seeing positive results from all the training I had done. Founding Race2Share has been a learning process, with its own birthing pains that eventually translated to gains. This was my most defining moment as a woman: that there is no pre-requisite on gender when you run an organisation -- it really ‘just’ requires full commitment and passion to make it all work! What inspired me to start R2S is the deep eagerness to utilize sports as a platform to reach out to a community and gather individuals to make the sporting environment more inclusive for everyone. One of my favorite moments was when we raised funds (thanks to the supportive community in Singapore!) and send all our Filipino Domestic Worker members to participate in one of the major dragon boat race in SG - we didn't win any medals, but being able to play in that equal field against strong dragon boat teams was a monumental WIN for us.” - Jen, Race2Share

Gia of Fiesta Tours

“When I am most happy and confident, that's when I realize that I am beautiful and strong. When I am passionate about something, that's when I really feel like I'm at my best, like traveling. It opens my eyes to how big the world is and it inspires me to understand the different cultures that exist today. After four years working for a multinational corporation, I took my masters in International Tourism Management in London, a course that made me embrace my love for my own country, the Philippines, and being a Filipino. Each class I took encouraged me to write about my mother land and made me work hard to put it on the map. In 2017, I started working at the travel agency that my mom founded 35 years ago and I am very excited to launch my latest project this year, La Guia, a culmination of all the lessons I gathered while I lived abroad. My long term goal is to be the Department of Tourism Secretary, as I think the Philippines is such a beautiful place to live in and more people should be aware of that. Talking about work, my love life, my family and friends, or even my hobbies, I feel like my beauty really resonates as these aspects of my life give me a lot of strength.” 

IJ

“My passion is aesthetics; to bring out the natural beauty in every person using my brush and make-up set. I just love it when my clients are more confident after doing their makeup -- be it for a prom, a debut or a wedding. Beauty is when a person encounters something with his or her senses and experiences appreciation, and yes for me it is my strength because experience and pain have taught me to open my eyes to different perspectives and then empathize with people who are currently in my once depressed situation. The adversities that I have faced to be in my current state are the typical comments of ‘the path you are going is a waste of time’ but I would like to think I’ve proved them wrong.”

Jillianne

“Beauty to me is defined by how hard you worked for something. I guess that stems out from my being competitive. That’s why body building appealed so much to me — it being crazy difficult — and it also has everything I enjoy like nutrition, lifting, and the more girly side like putting on make-up and a bikini. For my competitions I learned to be artistic with what I wore and I had to bedazzle it myself. My background in architecture helped me, too, because it has the same application of art and science as in body building. To achieve a symmetrical body, having good genes helps, but it also entails having to form something beautiful physically based on science. I found my beauty in this sport because I know I work my ass off, literally and figuratively, for it. A new challenge arises when the motivation or the goal is gone, and all you’re left with is self-discipline, and that’s what you continue to develop.” -Jillianne, Body Building Winner & Architect

Kris of the makeupaddicts.com

"Before my enthusiasm with makeup began, I was merely an observant. I would watch my mom get her makeup done until eventually, I would get my turn on the chair. Not knowing much at a young age, I watched artists put on the wrong shade of foundation on me - something that was a lot lighter. And it was really through the series of hits and misses that I wanted to learn to do it on myself. No matter how beautiful the makeup was, I'd feel uncomfortable staring at someone that wasn’t really me. It would be too pale but at that time, being fair was more beautiful than being tan. Fast forward to ten years later, although I am now good at putting my own makeup, when the time comes that I need a makeup artist, I always tell them 'I go for the bronze look.' Besides hoarding makeup, I love seeing people happy in their skin. Seeing people unapologetically happy. I love that. I love the innocence in it and I wish that on everyone."

Alice

When I started playing football, my mom would always be concerned with how dark my skin would be. She wouldn’t really stress that sun exposure wasn’t good for my skin (which I found out the hard way so always wear sunblock) but rather I wouldn’t look good in darker skin. However, I embraced my tan and felt beautiful in it. Being tan meant that I was out all day enjoying the sport I love or I was having fun at the beach. Being dark wasn’t much of a sacrifice because being able to play football gave me the empowerment I needed to fully accept and love myself. I was lucky that I was surrounded by teammates who never made our dark skin an issue but more of a thing to be proud of. The color of our skin was a testament to our achievements and commitment to football and I will always find that beautiful."

Nicki of Kanon.ph

"I grew up watching a lot of Princess movies and it wasn’t until Moana that I felt empowered. She was all about going out of her comfort zone and chasing her dreams. She was scared at the beginning but did not give up. She showed me leadership and confidence. She isn’t the definition of 'media beauty', which is normally skinny and fair-skinned. Her movie was the closest to Philippine culture and it made quite an impact on me. I realized my own beauty when I went out of my own comfort zone whereas I used to be an extra in presentations and out of the spotlight. I am now happy performing through dance, theater, and cosplay. It doesn't cross my mind anymore that I am chubby or tanned; I am beautiful. It feels different and I'm happy to give joy to other kids. Beauty doesn’t just rely on the appearance but is also evident when someone is passionate."