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8 empowered women we admire in showbiz

Charo, Angel, Pia + more are the strong women we look up to! #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2018

Regina Tabora
Regina Tabora

3/8/2018 in News
8 empowered women we admire in showbiz
We are surrounded by strong women everyday, and it’s always a good idea to celebrate how they inspire and empower us.
So in honor of International Women’s Day today, March 8, we listed eight women who’ve empowered a lot of us throughout their many years in the showbiz industry.
1. Charo Santos
Whenever we think of an empowered woman, Charo’s name immediately pops up, and for good reason.
From her humble beginnings as an actress, she climbed the ranks to become the very first female president and CEO of ABS-CBN.
In previous interviews, Charo related how leadership is not about gender - it’s about your dedication and passion to serve others.
“Hindi naman ‘yan dahil sa lalaki ka o babae ka. It’s about character… Why do I have to become a man to be president? It’s about your sense of commitment, things that you value. It’s about your priorities,” she said.
2. Angel Locsin
A true angel in both name and actions, the award-winning actress has always been a champion of women empowerment.
Just this week, she tweeted about the importance of women supporting all other women.
“I vote we stop the girl-on-girl crime!” she wrote.

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Angel is also known for portraying strong women on-screen, such as Jacintha Magsaysay in “La Luna Sangre,” as well as the iconic Filipina superhero Darna.
3. Jodi Sta. Maria
One of the industry’s smartest and most inspiring people, Jodi will forever be our “beauty and brains” goal!
Apart from captivating the audience with her performances in “Sana Dalawa ang Puso,” Jodi is also a consistent dean’s lister at school as she pursues her degree in Psychology.
To add to that, Jodi also frequently shares quotes and advice about empowerment and success on her Twitter account. A true empowered woman indeed!
4. Angelica Panganiban
More than being the “Hugot Queen,” Angelica should also be called the “Independent Queen.”
After facing so many heartbreaks, she’s found the strength to stand up on her own and put herself first - something a lot of us girls should learn.
To put it perfectly, Angelica wrote, “Ang pinakamagandang regalo pala talaga ng buhay ay ang mahalin ang sarili… pwedeng maging maligaya at hindi na kailangan umasa sa iba.”
Yes to independent women! 🙌
5. Pia Wurtzbach
She’s living her fairytale now, but Pia had to face a lot of challenges to get to the present.
She had to join the Binibining Pilipinas pageant three times before she could compete for the Miss Universe crown. When she was finally crowned, she used her influence to raise awareness for a LOT of issues, including HIV and AIDS awareness, as well as equality for the LGBT community.
Now that her stint as Miss Universe is over, Pia continues to make people smile through her acting career; she stars in the upcoming movie “My Perfect You.”
Pia is living proof that dreams do come true - you just have to find the strength to chase them.
6. Iza Calzado
A force to be reckoned with in the industry, Iza is an immensely talented actress, Mama Mary lookalike, AND an ambassador for body positivity.
She started the #TheBodyLoveRevolution earlier this year to help women embrace who they are, imperfections and all. Iza even opened up about her own struggle with self-love, which I’m sure a lot of us can relate to!
“I've been on the road to self-love for such a long time it seems like I've been battling this my whole life,” she said. “I hope for a REVOLUTION on the way we see ourselves and other people… I pray for more enlightenment and acceptance for every BODY.”
7. Lea Salonga
As fearless as she is talented, Lea isn’t afraid to speak her mind especially when it matters most.
The award-winning Broadway singer-actress uses her social media platforms to comment on political issues, including gender equality. She also gives a lot of uplifting messages online to help people struggling with confidence and self-love.

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8. Kris Aquino
2017 was a tough year for the Queen of All Media. She was plagued with a lot of problems and controversies, but she was still able to rise to the challenge and emerged stronger than ever.
The vlog series she started late last year boomed all over the Internet, and she also uplifts women who’ve succeeded despite the challenges they faced.
You are a 21st century feminist icon, Kris!

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Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!