All in Pride

Bia, Film Director

“It’s difficult to be a woman of color in [North] America. I have to fight against prejudice and people keep saying I look so young. That’s great in a way, but I can’t help but feel underestimated for what I can do. It’s been a constant struggle for me growing up—proving myself—but now that I’ve learned so much, I’m still perceived as a child. I try to not let that get to me, in a way it’s like having an invisibility cloak or being the dark horse who suddenly wins the race. I do think I offer a decisive leadership on set that is also respectful and compassionate, which is missing in the world right now. I actually take pride in having a different style. I create the type of dynamic that I wish to see in the world: a crew with women in the key roles, where each person is valued and respected, and I direct films about women. If I want to see that in the world, it has to start with me.”  (c) Apa Agbayani

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."

Juro of MorenoMorena.ph

"I released the first batch of Moreno Morena almost one year ago on Twitter without having much expectation for it. A couple hours after tweeting the four layouts, it started to get traction, becoming an overnight sensation in all essence of the term. Strangers were retweeting it, expressing their support and even desire to join the cause. The response was overwhelming, which gave me all the more reason to continue the project. I'm grateful I'm able to portray dark skin in a way that resonates with so many people. Growing up, I wasn't able to see many portrayals of dark-skinned people like me that makes me feel the way Moreno Morena does. I'm just glad I have this chance to maybe change enough minds so that future generations will know only pride when it comes to how they look."