Women’s empowerment means differently to a lot of people, but for Kapamilya celebrities, it is attaining equality, being treated equal regardless of gender, and inspiring and motivating people to be the best they can be.
In this video, Andrea Brillantes said her idea of women’s empowerment shows in the statement shirt she wore during the interview: “Girls can do anything.”
“Naniniwala ako na wala sa gender ang mga kakayanan kundi sa tao. Para sa akin, tayong mga babae, kaya natin gawin ang ginagawa ng lalaki,” Andrea said.
Andrea’s Kadenang Ginto co-star Francine Diaz echoed this statement, saying that women could do anything that she desires even if they encounter difficulties. “Kaya ng babae gumawa ng (kahit anong) mahirap na gawain,” she said.
For Melai Cantiveros, it is more about being courageous and strong in facing adversity.
“Pinapakita mo kung gaano ka magiging katapang na humarap sa mga pagsubok ng buhay. Inspirasyon ka para sa bawat kababaihan para ‘wag lang mabilis malugmok o sumuko sa mga pagsubok,” Melai said.
Her fellow Magandang Buhay momshie Karla Estrada said empowerment lies in being a resilient, loving and exceptional parent. “Maging isang babaeng may disposition sa buhay, matatag at maging mabuting magulang o maging mabuting ina sa mga anak,” Karla stressed.
Kiara Takahashi also resonated Karla’s views saying her mom, a single parent, personified women empowerment because “raising us talagang pinaghirapan niya and I have a lot of respect all the women and all the moms.”
For Vivoree Esclito, it’s more of providing a support mechanism due to widespread misogyny.
“Support other women kasi sa panahon ngayon, at kahit sa ibang panahon din, dine-discriminate ‘yung mga babae so sana ‘di lang sa buwan ng Marso i-empower ang mga women kasi we’ve done so many things ng mga babae ngayon ang ni-look up ng lahat kasi ang dami nilang ginawa sa mundo. They’ve done so many good things in life,” Vivoree noted.
Desiree del Valle further asserted that empowerment is sharing one woman’s success to those surrounding her. “It begins with the team that surrounds you. ‘Yung success ng babae, you can’t put it on yourself lang. It’s with the people that surround you. It gives you empowerment,” she noted.
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano star Yassi Pressman agreed: “It’s about reminding each other that we have to support and love and bring each other up. It’s a world now when women now are being more valued. We are taking steps towards growing and I think it’s important lang na ‘di natin isipin na kailangan ako, kailangan ako. Dapat, tayo sabay sabay tayo.”
Cheska Inigo, meanwhile, said women’s empowerment is about speaking your mind, whatever happens. “It’s more about being able to express yourself the way that you want. Going for your dreams. Not being afraid to speak your mind. ‘Yung lahat ng gusto mong gawin kaya mong gawin hindi porket babae ka magho-hold back ka,” she pointed out.
Roxanne Barcelo reaffirmed this contention, saying, “…getting to know who you are in this journey we call life and be able to express fully with power what you really want to achieve and not letting anything stop you. Being a woman is within. It’s being a power within.”
Male celebrities Seth Fedelin, JC Alcantara, McCoy de Leon, Kyle Echarri, and Sky Quizon were all in unison in declaring that gender equality in all areas should be pushed, given that women can match, if not surpass men’s accomplishments.
Catch more of these interviews on what women’s empowerment means to these Kapamilya celebrities to mark International Women’s Month in this video.