Unfortunately, some netizens have painted their friendship as anything but sunny and called Bela a bad influence.
On Tonight with Boy Abunda, Maris was quick to shed some light on the true definition of “liberated.” The young actress talked about the discrimination women still get at this day and age for not being conservative or “mahinhin.” She then highlighted that being “liberated” is not a bad thing, “because for me, being liberated is having the freedom to do whatever you want and do whatever you think is right.”
Maris continued that wearing a two-piece swimsuit at the beach is not degrading. After all, these items of clothing are meant to be worn at these places. “Hindi nakakabawas ng pagkakababae, if you show some skin,” she continued. There is no shame in being proud of one’s body and wanting to show it, which is why she accepts being called liberated because this means having confidence.
The “Ikaw Lang Sapat Na” singer also defended Bela in saying that she is thankful having the chance to meet her. “Very independent, very brave and sobrang sarap niyang kausap,” is how she described her new big sister. She revealed that they mostly talk about fun things like K-dramas and the new things they learn about acting. “Napakalalim niyang tao,” said Maris in the hopes that people wouldn’t be so quick to judge.
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