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How to Appreciate Your Morena Skin Tone

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Despite having many foreigners envy the warm, sun-dipped glow that fair women always try to achieve by sunbathing and tanning, the morena beauty is still underrated. With us, Filipinos, having that golden skin tone, we tend to take it for granted. Instead, we opt for a whiter skin not knowing that our skin tone is what makes us unique that has been proven to be world class through the years.

Since the morena beauty has not really been celebrated as much here are some ways you can do to appreciate it even more:

  1. Be proud of our Filipino beauty queens and models.

The rise of Filipinos in beauty contests and the modeling industry is both overwhelming yet gratifying at the same time. Seeing them be part of the media where white beauty has always been preferred gives a sense of pride to all Filipinos. An achievement made by Filipinos, for Filipinos.

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  1. Say no to shaming.

Every skin color is beautiful whether it may be white, brown, kayumanggi, or black. We should all show respect to each and everyone's skin color. Let's stop the "ay umitim ka" comments like there's something wrong with being dark because there's none. Let's all learn to accept each other's color.

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  1. Don't let the media dictate your looks.

The mainstream media has always been a fan of white beauty. In every movie, tv series, and advertisement that you see, white women are the focal point. And especially in this time and age, you can't help but perceive beauty through the lenses of others. But you shouldn't let it get to you, honestly. Don't let it define how you should look.

  1. Be comfortable in your own skin.

We should be proud of our own skin color because it's what makes us unique. Why change something that you are born with especially when it's what makes you beautiful? A little self-loving on your part won't do you any harm.

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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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