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Celebrating Diversity

Judging people by physical appearances distracts us from serious issues. As one politician put it, physical appearances can be used as a sign of solidarity with those who share it. By ridiculing politicians for their physical appearance, we elevate them to a moral high ground, even as physical similarities can mask glaring differences between politicians and their constituents. Finally, and more importantly, this kind of “bullying” reinforces a culture that overvalues physical appearance.1

With the 2016 elections less than a year from now, we need to desist from attacks on the physical appearance of politicians. Journalists in particular should be mindful of their power to dignify certain discourses. We cannot be distracted from the more relevant parameters with which to hold politicians to account. We cannot gift them with ‘persecution’ that gives them a moral high ground while it conceals and absolves their moral and legal failings. More importantly, by casting politicians physical features in a negative light, we are perpetuating a culture that over values physical appearance, upholds certain standards of beauty and renders harm to our countrymen who share these features. Indeed, if we are to elevate Philippine politics to a certain measure of dignity, if we are to make people proud and respectful of the ways people look, we must spare the physical appearance of our politicians from ridicule and verbal abuse.1

**Though the piece above is angled on Philippine politics, the typical Filipino’s tendency to judge people by physical appearances goes beyond our politicians. Our intolerance for those who don’t share the same physical qualities (skin color, height, etc.) are monstrously contributory to our stunted growth as a nation. If we want to be more and do more for this country, its high time to put an end to these destructive prejudices.

On culture:
I cannot celebrate independence when I can be so casually told in public that I am less of a Filipino or a person solely because my grandparents were (Chinese) immigrants. Do we subconsciously insist on defining patriotism as an accident of birth instead of a lifetime’s conviction? How can we continually decry mistreatment of Filipinos overseas yet tolerate such vitriol at home?2

**If we want our OFWs to be treated well abroad, don’t you think it’s only fair for us Filipinos to treat expats and Chinese immigrants with the same decency and respect we ardently expect? I would like to live in a country where everyone is welcome. Where there is a sense of community and where an expat can call my country his home. Families, economies and countries thrive because its foreigners (as well as its residents) are able to work together and make their country of residence more prosperous since they first arrived.

On social status:
I’ve also been quite vocal about this with friends: You’re poor? I don’t take it against you You’re rich? I don’t take it against you either. Bottom line, does it really matter? In the grander scheme of things, it’s the heart of the person that counts.

Too idealistic? Not at all. On the contrary, a realist clearly sees what needs to be improved in order to make communication lines easier and effortless, thus laying the ground work for straightforward and uncomplicated relationships (business or otherwise) for us to live better and to a greater degree, thrive.

For quite sometime now, I’ve been practicing going beyond what my eyes can see, and rigidly looking at the character of the person. So far, this methodology of making friends has opened doors for me that I couldn’t have possibly imagined.

I encourage you to be more accepting/tolerant/forgiving of people’s differences, may they be physical appearances, race, culture, religion, social background, etc. In the digital age, the world has become smaller and our neighbors more accessible than ever. As a nation, we have more to gain if we embrace, rather than shun, this reality. There is strength in diversity, if only the Filipino can look beyond himself.

“I can imagine nothing more terrifying than an eternity filled with men who were all the same. The only thing which has made life bearable…has been the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe.”
― T.H. White

References:
1 Philippine Daily Inquirer. ‘The politics of physical appearance’. Gideon Lasco, June 15 2015.
2 Philippine Daily Inquirer, Opinion. Sisyphus’ Lament, ‘Anti-Chinese-Filipino slurs are visible’. Oscar Franklin Tan. @oscarfbtan

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Ariana Grande: The New Face of the Young Feminist

I immensely enjoyed the feminist-charged open letter music star Ariana Grande made on social media. Apparently, the singer/actress has had it with the double standard women are still experiencing to this day.

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Ariana Grande’s open letter on social media.

This standard, as she points out in her letter, is the significant disparity women are (knowingly or unknowingly) being thrown at today such as: sex, dating, relationships, and being valued as men’s property/conquest/trophy. She mentioned that she has so much better things to talk about other than who she’s seeing (or not seeing). At only 21, this young woman who is rising as one of the most watched out artists of her generation, is on the right track to empowering herself (and consequently, her young female fans as well). Brava Ariana!

For a woman who is much older than Ms. Grande, I’m glad that younger women today are beginning to sense that one-sidedness and becoming vocal about it. I applaud her for bringing her thoughts out into the open. However, young as she is, she has more to learn from her much experienced sisters. With that said, I would like to take the time to point out her seemingly contradicting letter vis-a-vis her current professional situation.

In an industry where sex sells, Ms. Grande will have to take a firm stand against the kind of lyrics that degrade women. In her recent hit ‘Love me Harder’, you would know immediately that this was a love song. However, there are ‘love songs’ and there are ‘love-making songs’:

“And if in the moment you bite your lip
When I get you moaning you know it’s real
Can you feel the pressure between your hips?
I’ll make it feel like the first time…”
– ‘Love me Harder’, Ariana Grande

From the lyrics above, the listener of the song immediately gets a mental picture of what the song is about. In my humblest opinion, if she were really adamant in battling this double standard, then her principles should reflect in her work as well. The young Ms. Grande should go beyond what normally ‘sells’ in her workplace.

In this day and age, there are still so many female singers who continue to make songs that sexually degrade both women and men. With young female artists like Grande who are now perceptive to that kindle of consciousness, they will be setting the tone for the kind of music young people will be listening to years ahead, which eventually translates to future culture.

I’ll try to cut her some slack on her lyrical choices for now. But hey, I’ve got to hand it to the girl, she’s on the right track.

St. Paul University QC to hold movie gala premiere

The St. Paul University Quezon City, in partnership with Optimus Minds Training and Development Center, will have a gala premiere screening the movie, Ang Kamanghangmanghang Bakasyon ni Juan on December 12, 2014 Friday at SM North EDSA.

The film is produced by Sinehan Advocacy Media Projects, Inc. and is directed by Crisaldo Pablo.

The movie tackles environmental issues and attempts to offer simple solutions to preserve the environment. It also features environment-friendly products as a safer alternative to the otherwise harmful products we use in our everyday life. The movie also emphasizes nature-appreciation and saving ecologically valuable natural areas. Through this movie, SPUQC hopes to educate the youth by conveying this message: The Preservation of the Planet is the Responsibility of Every Individual.

The Ang Kamanghangmanghang Bakasyon ni Juan was filmed and shot entirely on the campus of St. Paul University-QC. The university’s high school students are its main cast with cameo appearances by some of its teachers. Local film actors, like Maey Bautista of GMA Network, are also in this movie.

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You may reach St. Paul University at their website: http://www.spuqc.edu.ph. They are also on Twitter [ twitter.com/spuqc1946 ] and Facebook [ facebook.com/spuqc.alumni ]

Reference:
The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Learning. December 9 2014

Broadway Hit Chicago Comes to Manila!

“Sexy, Slick, Sharp and Sophisticated”, the longest running American musical on Broadway, “Chicago” comes to Manila! Running from December 3 to 21 2014, for only 23 performances  with no possible extension, the Gala Premiere of the show also marks the grand opening of the country’s newest theatrical luxury hotspot – Entertainment City’s very own, Solaire Resorts and Casino’s The Theatre.

The gleaming 1760-seat theater has been specially constructed to house the big Broadway and West End shows, in recognition of the Filipino appetite for musical theatre, and firmly placing Manila on the international touring circuit.

Honored with 6 Tony® awards, 2 Olivier® awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations…It is no surprise that Chicago has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico to Moscow, from Sáu Paulo to South Africa, and now, The Philippines!

Visit http://www.CHICAGOTheMusical.com for more information. Tickets are on sale through TicketWorld. Call 891-9999 or visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph.

A Dermatologist Shares Her Skin Secrets

Topical creams and anti-aging regimens can only do so much. If you want to take care of your skin, you should also watch your diet. Remember: garbage in, garbage out. The condition of your skin can be a reflection of what you eat.”

– Dr. Mylah Joven, Dermatologist

A firm believer of the anti-inflammatory diet, Dr. Mylah Joven, a dermatologist at the Makati Medical Center, says that inflammation is the one of the major causes of skin aging. Sunlight is made up of ultraviolet (UV) rays. When you are not protected by sunscreen, especially if you’re out in the sun from 10AM to 4PM, UV rays can cause visible inflammation (sunburn) as well as inflammation on a cellular level. This leads to wrinkles, pigmentation problems (freckles, melasma), uneven complexion, and dull, blotchy skin…

 

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From the right creams to use, the huge debate on chocolate to the benefits of getting a monthly diamond peel, dermatologist Dr. Mylah Joven dishes out on her skin care secrets Jane’s like you and me can benefit from.

My interview on this spunky doctor comes out on Health.Care Magazine’s June 2014 issue. Available soon on all National Bookstores nationwide!

 

 

Dr. Mylah Joven shares her dermatologist approved skin care secrets with Miss Tolentino. The Health.Care Magazine article comes out this June. Stay tuned!
Dr. Mylah Joven shares her dermatologist approved skin care secrets with Miss Tolentino. The Health.Care Magazine article comes out this June. Stay tuned!