In the freshest episode of Star Magic Hot Summer, the featured Star Magic artists share a message of body positivity while exploring the beauty of Baler, plus we get to see photos from the campaign.
Maris Racal and Kira Balinger opened the Episode 6 with a bag raid where they reveal their essentials. For a hassle-free summer, Kira brings extra facemasks, perfume, deodorant, handkerchief, and wet wipes. As an independent girl, she also has to carry her house keys and driver’s license at all times. As for Maris, she only brings a few thing things – makeup, breath spray, and perfume.
The next segment features “My Papa Pi” stars Pepe Herrera and Alora Sasam with TikTok star Esnyr Ranollo visiting the Millennium Tree in Baler, which is the oldest Balete tree in Asia. Here, we learned that the white splatters on the tree are fungus. “Ang mga fungus na ‘yan ay indicator na malinis ang hangin sa isang lugar kasi isa sila sa unang namamatay ‘pag madumi ang hangin,” explained Pepe.
Besides the beautiful spots in Baler, the episode also revealed some of the official photos from the campaign wherein the “Hot Summer” barkada flaunted their beach-ready bodies. These stars believe that every shape of body is worth celebrating. As Vivoree put it, “All body types are valid and beautiful in any way.” That’s why, as Elmo Magalona said, “Embrace and be welcoming to your own body.
If you still haven’t reached that point of loving even your flaws, it’s okay as long as you’re learning and trying. Even the likes of Andrea Brillantes took baby steps to self-love, “It took me my whole life to love myself, araw-araw, day by day, guys.”
The best first step you can take in gaining confidence is to stop comparing yourself to others and craving other people’s validation, thought Alora, “Kasi the more na kinukuha mo ‘yan sa iba, the more na magpapa-validate ka, kino-compare mo sa iba, hindi mo talaga siya makukuha… Never compare yourself kasi hindi ka talaga mananalo.”
Maris condemned body shaming, which is the root of insecurities, “That’s why there are people na insecure, natatakot magpakita ng body and, like, mag- bikini, kasi may judging eyes.” She said it’s important to focus only on people who see your beauty and worth, “What really helped me is I surrounded myself with supportive people. Ngayon, I’m more free, parang hindi na ako nahihiya.”
Through the process of self-love, let Pepe’s words serve as your mantra: “Love your body and everything else will follow.”
Star Magic Hot Summer also features Jane Oineza, Heaven Peralejo, Karina Bautista, Migs Almendras, Eian Rances, and Miss Universe Philippines 2021 first runner-up Maureen Wroblewitz.