I’m glad that I’m not only able to inspire my fellow Filipinos but somehow also other nationalities who enjoy my content. Hopefully, I can encourage people also to do the things that I do. It’s all about being proud and confident about your skills and talent. You can be humble and modest, but if you know you are good, believe it and dare to tell people that you are competent and have the skill to shine. Eventually, the rest of the world will notice.
Through my platforms, I try to produce content that highlights the beauty and talents of the Filipino people. My travel vlogs provide little glimpses of the different cultures of countries that I’ve had the pleasure to visit. As part of “The Style Curators Dubai,” I also get to showcase our unique talents in that are definitely up to par with international standards. I believe that beauty, travel, and fashion are universal languages spoken by many. It is something that everyone can relate to. I hope that through these, I have been able to help bridge the gap between the Filipino community and the rest of the world and I will endeavor to continue to do so.
I always get questions like, ‘Uy Pinoy ka pala, how do you get to read a lot of books?’ or ‘Pure Pinoy ka ba?’. Maybe it’s my name, but I found out that it’s because of my feed—what I share, what I do. A lot of people would assume that Filipinos aren’t “readers.” Yes, we value our education but compared to other Asian countries, we aren’t known as the ‘geeks’ or the bibliophiles. But doing what I do now, I had the privilege to get to know Filipinos around the world who are passionate readers as well. So with my platform, I hope to connect all Filipino readers alike and let them know that they are not alone; that reading is not “baduy” so they should loud and proud.
I wish to inspire Filipinos (and the rest of the world), in showing them that there is so much to explore off the island, outside one’s comfort zone, that travel experiences are worth more than the infamous LV bag everyone wants for Christmas. Whether you are part of the Filipino community or outside looking in, there are stereotypes that make people assume how Filipinos should look, or behave in certain ways. It’s important to be reminded that your passport is not only your identity; it is your ticket to discovery. And when you put yourself out there, you will enjoy the freedom of self-expression, widen your thoughts and horizons, in the way you speak, the way you dress and the way you look at life.
Being in Dubai, a melting pot of different cultures and people, I am in the best place to show our culture as a Filipino. We love to explore things, and that’s what you can see in my platforms. Through my platforms, Filipinos can see what life looks like in a different side of the world. On the other hand, the rest of the world can see how Filipinos live in a foreign country. Thus, I’m bridging the gap of our community towards the whole world.
Photography for me is not just a mere hobby but a passion intended to influence people. By using my skills, I can share Filipino culture, our delicacies, our traditions. I can also share the beauty of the Philippines. Nowadays, it is not impossible to reach millions of people in a matter of hours. I can use this opportunity to encourage people to look into how Filipinos should be treated, and how the Philippines should be known for its beauty.
By sharing my passion for life, my adventures and experiences on social media, I wish to inspire the Filipino community and get them motivated especially those who are in a challenging situation. I want to share with the rest of the world one of our unique traits as Filipinos – and that is having a positive outlook in life.
I use my platform to showcase my creativity through my drawings and personal style. This is my way to connect with those with the same passion beyond borders.
Metrosapiens – Khel Recuenco and Ivan Cabatit
By nature, Filipinos are very modest and timid. Though these traits keep us grounded and humble, sometimes these also become our Achilles’ heel. We are very creative, cerebral and innovative. We should take pride in our work and know how to take a compliment when it is due, or we will drown to oblivion with the world’s might. This is what we want to achieve – arm the Filipinos with the right information about how they can present themselves better that would make them feel confident about themselves. We want to be able to give that extra push to our kababayans, so every time they step out of their houses every day, they are ready to take the world on, but this time, sassier, more stylish and feeling a little bit extra.