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Pinay Celebs And The Beautiful Meaning Behind Their Tattoos

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Getting inked sounds like a scary thing to do but it can also feel liberating as a form of self-expression. You just have to be really sure what kind of tattoo you want to have! It’s going to stick with you for life so better make it a meaningful one. For these celebs, their tattoos have different stories to tell. Check out some of them:

Nadine Lustre

In her Monster RX93.1 interview, Nadine reveals that the writing on her arm is actually her Japanese name which translates to Nozomi Komiya. Nozomi means “hope” while Komiya, Nadine claims, could have been her real family name. She found out from relatives that her great great grandfather was a Japanese migrant with the surname Komiya. He moved to the Philippines and married a Filipina. Instead of using Komiya, he decided to adopt his business partner’s last name which was Lustre. Wow, so that pretty much explains why Nadine is such a Japanese culture fan!

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That’s just one of Nadine’s many tattoos. She also has a vine, crescent moon, sparkle emoji, rose, heart, “mon cheri”, “ooh la la”, “Ego Omnia”, and Tadhana lyrics “Nakayapak at nahihiwagaan” tatts! The latter is in honor of her late bro since it was his favorite song. Awww! For her next tattoo, Nadine plans to get a butterfly design because, to her, it means reincarnation. 

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Leila Alcasid

Fun fact: Her mom, beauty queen and former actress Michelle van Eimeren, drew the Japanese anemone tattoo for her! That’s a really sweet gesture.

Sue Ramirez

Sue has the evil eye tattoo on the back of her arm so she feels protected, and also because people often tease her for having big eyes (kaya nagdagdag pa raw siya. Own it, girll!)

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In a Magandang Buhay interview, she also says it also pays tribute to her late father’s blue eyes.

She also has the words "dance, try, sail, rise" tattooed on her arm and there's a funny story behind it! Sue says she tends to forget the lyrics to "While We Are Young," one of the featured songs in her movie Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi.

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She wrote the song’s keywords in time for a mall show and ended up liking them so she got a tattooed version!

Aside from these, Sue has sunflower and rainbow streak tattoos as well!

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Cold Food

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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