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Every teen experiences self-doubt and feeling insecure, and it's practically a pre­requisite for growing up. But hopefully, with the help of of Patricia Prieto, Verniece Enciso, Alyssa Valdez, Maris Racal, and Manolo Pedrosa, you'll understand why it's more than okay and learn how to build your self-confidence.


 1  Fill in the blank:­­ Confidence is _________ ?
Patricia Prieto: That feeling you get when you're surrounded by people who you love and care for.
Verniece Enciso: Doing what you love.
Alyssa Valdez: Knowing yourself.
Maris Racal: Being yourself in front of other people and not being ashamed of who you are, and showing them what you've got.
Manolo Pedrosa: Sexy.

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 2  If there's one thing about confidence that I could have told myself when I was still a teen, it would be ?
Patricia Prieto: There's more to life than what you're experiencing now.
Verniece Enciso: Don't mind the bad things your peers say. I think there's always gonna be haters around there, so don't let it affect you. It's part of the journey. Everyone will pull you down because they know you're on top. So just be confident and believe in yourself.
Alyssa Valdez:  Trust yourself.
Maris Racal: Don't overthink a lot. Just enjoy the moment. Because one moment just becomes a memory and you should enjoy it and make the most out of it.
Manolo Pedrosa:Life is all about being happy.

 3  What makes you feel confident?
Patricia Prieto: Happiness.
Verniece Enciso: Doing what I love, my passion.
AV: My family.
Maris Racal: My smile!
Manolo Pedrosa: God.

 4  Advice for girls who feel insecure?
Patricia Prieto: Gaining confidence is a struggle, but if it's something that if you really want, you'll get it. It's something you actually have to work for, and the feeling of becoming confident is amazing, so, in the words of that Journey song, don't stop believing.
Verniece Enciso: I think the first step is really just believe in yourself, don't give up, and just keep going.
Alyssa Valdez: Just be yourself, and naturally people will know you for being yourself, and they will love you
for who you are.
Manolo Pedrosa: No matter how different you feel, or no matter how out of place you feel, or you feel na outsider ka, you shouldn't feel that. Because it's actually a good thing that you're different from other people. And that should be your reason for confident in everything.


 5  Advice I'd give to my teen-self about growing up.
Patricia Prieto: I'd like to tell my teen self that there's life after highschool. It does get better than how it is now. When I was in highschool, I felt like if something bad was happenin,g my world was going to crumble, and it's not true.
Alyssa Valdez: Learn to enjoy, learn to accept all the things na nanyayari sa atin, so that we're ready and
confident to face the future.

 6  What are your tips to stay fresh and clean all day?
Patricia Prieto: Of course using Ponds, and always make sure to moisturize, cleanse, and protect your face. I
always use the Ponds Acne Clear Scrub, then when I moisturize, I use the Dewey Rose Gel because it's really a primer, that's actually what I'm using now. And I use the Ponds BB Cream because it's light so it's like I'm not wearing any make­up at all. And when you're young, you should enjoy your skin.
Verniece Enciso:For me, with my outfit, it's the hair that makes it complete Shampoo isn't enough, so you should use Creamsilk to have even more beautiful hair and go beyond so you'll be more confident to pursue your dreams.
Alyssa Valdez:  Take care of ourselves and not just physically lang. The emotional stability is also really
important. You need a stress reliever, a good support system, and eventually because of that magiging confident ka to face anything that can hinder or challenge you.
Manolo Pedrosa: Always drink a lot of water! And exercise, stop using the cellphone, stop using your computer, and eat your vegetables.









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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

Bea Alamis 11 hours ago

If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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