Beauty has nobody normal or definition.
It was the central message of the stories featured on the Inquirer Read-Along on Saturday to mark the celebration of International Women’s Month.
GMA 7 stars Bianca Umali and Ayra Mariano and Sophia School’s principal Ann Abacan learn stories celebrating the beauty of women to some 60 youngsters from Laura Vicuña Foundation, Virlanie Foundation and Dagdag Dunong Foundation who attended the session on the Inquirer major workplace in Makati City.
Abacan kicked off the session with the story “Anita the Duckling Diva,” written by actress Anne Curtis. The e-book narrates how a younger feminine duckling overcame her shyness with the assistance of her family members.
Umali, an Inquirer Read-Along ambassador since 2015, learn “Si Tanya ang Uwak na Gusto Pumuti” by German Gervacio, which tells the story of a feminine crow, which learns to like herself and realizes what it really takes to attain her targets.
“I hope the children learn the value of being proud of what they have. They shouldn’t feel jealous of what others have and find contentment in the gifts God gave them,” Umali mentioned.
She mirrored on the wrestle of the younger crow to be comfy along with her colour.
“Being confident is what makes a woman empowered,” Umali mentioned. “If you are confident, you can conquer anything. It doesn’t matter what you cannot do. It’s about you and how you believe yourself.”
Mariano capped the session by studying Grace Chong’s “Bakit Hindi Naka-Lipstick si Nanay?” It is a couple of lady, who learns to understand her mom’s odd job as a tricycle driver.
“It’s different when you communicate with children. If you ask something, they sincerely answer. And their answers are very honest, very raw,” she mentioned.
“The mother in the story was a different kind of mom. She was very strong and I think that made her being a woman even more beautiful. The story reminded us that real beauty is one that comes from the heart. It can be seen in the good acts that we do and the sacrifices we make for the people we love,” she added.
“In the time of social media, everything we do can be seen and judged so it’s easy to feel insecure. I feel that modern women are made to be stronger, braver and more confident. Every woman is considered beautiful,” Mariano mentioned.
The read-along session on March 18, hosted by Junior Inquirer editor in chief Ruth Navarra, was in cooperation with Wilfred Villaruel of GMA Artist Center.