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Candy Rookie Thea Cuaresma Proves Optimism Is A Life Skill We All Need To Master

Thea is part of Candy Rookies 2020, a group of influential and aspirational college students handpicked to represent #GenerationCandy in the year to come.
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School: University of Santo Tomas

Year and course: 2nd Year, Tourism Management Major in Travel Operations Management 

Age: 19 years old

Instagram: @theacuaresma

There's a lot every goal-oriented and multi-talented college student can learn from Candy Rookie Thea Cuaresma, but perhaps most inspiring of all is the 19-year-old's views on success and living her best life. As a sophomore in college, Thea has already learned that resilience and optimism, and not perfectionism, will truly help you reach your dreams. "My family and friends know how resilient and positive I am amidst all the challenges I’ve encountered,"  the Tourism sophomore says. "Cliche it may sound, but I always look at the brighter side of things. I also see myself as a goal-getter. I courageously take risks and turn my vision into reality."

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One of the things that helps Thea stay grounded and in tune with herself is music. "I’ve been into music ever since I was a kid. Through music, I can express myself without using words of my own. I’ve tried to join a singing contest and learned how to play different musical instruments like the violin and piano when I was ten.

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"Listening and creating music makes me feel good and helps me to be more confident as I express my emotions and feelings."

Exploring the world

Aside from music, Thea also has a passion for travel and adventure. "I’ve always wanted to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a flight attendant," says Thea. "I find joy in adventures. Traveling makes me appreciate the journey just as much as the destination. I love exploring beautiful destinations, meeting and serving other people, and discovering each and every culture."

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Thea is part of Candy Rookies 2020, a group of influential and aspirational college students handpicked to represent #GenerationCandy in the year to come.

Photography: Rxandy Capinpin

Art Direction: Hannah Villafuerte

Team Art Director: Jico Joson

Producers: Ysabel Y. Yuzon and Mylene Mendoza

Shoot Coordination: Lou Ferrer

Makeup: Dorothy Mamalio

Hair: Ery Laroya

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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