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Beauty and Brains Can Co-Exist and These Women Will Show You How

You *can* have it all if you want.
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It's already 2017, so why is it that sometimes we feel as if we still have to decide between being smart and being beautiful? Hasn't it already been established that girls are both? Céleteque, at the media launch for their new campaign "Think Plus Beautiful," reminds all of us that you can have your cake, eat it, and still be beautiful. Here's how.

To have it all, you have to know how to balance.

Ian Banzon is a national athlete and a practicing doctor. She plays water polo, is a CrossFit enthusiast, and triathlete, too. Oh and did we mention that she also practices acupuncture. Sound's impossible? Not really. As a holistic doctor, Ian shares how important balance is in one's personal life and career path. "[The balance] actually comes with just prioritizing and fixing your schedule. If you really want something, you're going to find a way to make it work."

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This advice is definitely relatable, not just to yuppies but to students, too. Aren't we reminded of the importance of juggling our responsibilities well, like, all the time? And by different people (like our parents, our profs, even our orgmates), too ! Our lives are always going to be busy because life is full of things to do and that's definitely not a bad thing! Being busy is one of the best things to be as long as we know how to be busy the right way.

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It's fine to hate what you do sometimes, but your passion is what will get you through it.

Marie Lozano, another one of the brand's newest ambassadors, is a mother and journalist who also happens to be on every glossy's best-dressed list. This mother and lifestyle blogger shares her passion for storytelling, while admitting that sometimes, her passion can feel like a chore.  

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That's normal, though! We mean, come on, who hasn't ever felt burnt out or lazy at some point in their lives? It's just part of being human and having to go through the daily grind, But what you can definitely count on is that if you really like what you're doing and if you really believe in it, your passion will ultimately win against whatever tedious task you're faced with for the day. Just keep going!

You can excel in two completely different fields.

Lastly, Shamcey Supsup-Lee, architect and third runner up to the universe's most prestigious beauty pageant shares how different the challenges of the architecture and beauty industries are. It takes seven years before you can even have a shot at becoming a licensed architect. Seven years of sleepless nights and endless plates all boiled down to one test, which Shamcey, a student from University of the Philippines Diliman, passed with flying colors. But while the stress of the academe remains rigorous, it is incomparable to the stress of competing in a beauty pageant, where the stakes are high and the women intimidating.

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People have this archaic notion that you can only be a master at one thing, but those people probably don’t even know you. Yes, you can be good in both math and English (surprise). Yes, you can be an actress and a scientist if you want (hello, Mayim Bialik). And yes, you can be just as successful as any boy in any field you choose to enter. 

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The lives that these three ladies lead are not easy ones. They're constantly busy, juggling work, social lives, family lives, and everything else on the side. It's not easy to have it all, that's for sure. It's a constant flux of activity and work and climbing to the top.

But these women did it, and who says you can't too?

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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