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You Go, Girl:
Bianca Gonzalez

 

Bianca Gonzalez-Intal on the ultimate flex: taking up space, making her mark and empowering women to do the same “It’s a man’s world” used to be a popular expression. Now it’s a dated phrase used to address a largely patriarchal society. But thanks to the internet and social media, […]

 
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Bianca Gonzalez-Intal on the ultimate flex: taking up space, making her mark and empowering women to do the same

“It’s a man’s world” used to be a popular expression. Now it’s a dated phrase used to address a largely patriarchal society. But thanks to the internet and social media, women have taken control of platforms to speak and shape society into a more equitable place. Maintaining an online presence is a double-edged sword though, as women under the public eye are doubly exposed to judgement and trolling.

Bianca Gonzalez is one of the women to rise to the challenge. It may sound strange to think of the decision to be public as brave, but for women it can be a continuous challenge to not be attacked for the most basic of mistakes. She shares that although words can hurt, once you know yourself and feel confident enough to filter what is constructive or not, bashing can be a welcome moral compass.

As a big online presence herself, Bianca acknowledges how social media has changed societal expectations for better and for worse. “I started TV 2004 and wala pang social media. At that time kasi, ang judgement and feedback sayo nasa tabloid. At the end of the show, your producer will tell you. It was in person. It was tangible feedback so I think by the time nauso yung social media I had already known how to filter what I hear. It still hurts when I hear judgement, but way before social media I developed the right—at least right for me—outlook on how to see what people say about me.”

From her blog in the early 2000s, Bianca eventually started her own vlog series, “Paano Ba To,” which dedicates each episode to demystifying life’s common but often undiscussed issues. The topics for her vlog series include everything from developing self- confidence to finding your life’s passions.

The host feels most passionate about addressing colorism and self-confidence in young women. Beauty standards continue to distort girls’ self-worth and force them to feel that they have to settle. This is why Bianca’s all-female collective She Talks Asia plays an important role in motivating women into reaching their potential. She quotes Michelle Obama, “Empowered women empower women.”

Bianca shares how she went from a speaker to a full-fledged member of the collective. “We wanted five partners kasi we’re going to become officially incorporated, I had already had my second child so I felt like mas aligned. It was the right time for me to join because I was in the right place to share.” This only shows the importance of having a sense of community in making women feel permitted to make decisions, or more accurately, feel empowered to do what they want without seeking permission. “In terms of feedback from women who get to be a part of it, they just want to feel like they belong, they want to feel seen.”

As a mother to two daughters, Bianca makes sure they understand hard work and have a strong sense of self. It can be a difficult balance to achieve, especially if you feel that you have fought for your place at the table—but what she wants her audience to understand, her daughters included, is that there’s enough space for everyone. Strong women make room for others to feel empowered enough to claim their space–so that all we need to do is step forward and stay there.

 
 
 
 
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Women’s Month:
Your Ultimate Girl Power Playlist

 

International Women’s Month happens every March and is a celebration of women all around the world. This month honors all the hard-working and successful women that have impacted society through their social, economical, or cultural achievements. It also aims to raise awareness for all the issues that women are facing worldwide. Celebrations are broadcast through […]

 
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International Women’s Month happens every March and is a celebration of women all around the world. This month honors all the hard-working and successful women that have impacted society through their social, economical, or cultural achievements. It also aims to raise awareness for all the issues that women are facing worldwide. Celebrations are broadcast through extensive campaigns, marches, hashtags, and many more.

Want to celebrate International Women’s Month in your own way? Read on!

What songs should be in your ultimate girl power playlist?

Women in the music industry have been fighting to make their mark and create anthems that other women can sing as well as relate to. Get ready because women’s month is here and it’s time to empower all the inspiring women around you. Amp it up, gather all your best girlfriends, and turn on your speakers. This ultimate girl power playlist will remind you of how powerful you are!

Good As Hell – Lizzo

 

Aside from her immense talent, Lizzo has been breaking down barriers and bringing cultural relevance to audiences worldwide. Due to her strong lyrics and persona, more and more women are gaining the confidence to speak about the challenges they face because of their gender.

In line with this month, we’re including one of her songs to this playlist called “Good As Hell”. No matter what circumstances you’re going through, listening to this song will surely uplift you and probably leave you wanting to indulge in a day of self-care! Take time to unwind and have a glass of wine while learning to paint at Sip and Gogh. Or, get your nails done with your best girlfriends at Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa. You’ll surely be feeling good as hell after taking a day off from your busy lifestyle.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

 

Cyndi Lauper’s classic feminist tune has been around since the 1980s. Since it came out, it has become a staple in a number of celebrations, from parties, gatherings, and sleepovers.

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” is a great sing-along with your BFFs after a long week. Schedule a sleepover, sing your heart out, and recharge your skin with the best Korean skincare products from COSRX, Innisfree, The Faceshop, and more!

New Rules – Dua Lipa

 

Dua Lipa is one of the most-streamed artists on music platforms such as Spotify. She has changed the game for women in pop with her powerful and distinctive voice as well as her relatable lyrics. One of her songs, “New Rules”, has gained the hearts of people all over the world, especially that of women. Many have labeled the hit a break-up anthem and a female empowerment song.

Described as a tropical house, EDM and electropop song, New Rules enumerates the steps of moving on from a relationship. It also explains how to step away from an unhealthy setup and how to set boundaries for yourself with “new rules” to keep you from falling back.

Reinvent yourself after your breakup with a new haircut from the stylists at Tony & Jackey Salon. Or make a statement by changing up the color of your hair with the help of experts at Going Straight Salon.

Scars To Your Beautiful – Alessia Cara

 

We all have our insecurities, especially at times where there seems to be a certain type of standard for how women should look and how our bodies should be shaped. Alessia Cara talks about how no individual should change themselves just to fit the said standards of the world.

“Scars To Your Beautiful” embodies the message of embracing yourself and appreciating your body the way it is. With lyrics such as “You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are and you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart.”. This young artist has utilized her platform to reach out to as many women as possible in hopes of breaking these set standards.

Treat yourself to a great meal at your favorite SM restaurants such as Buku Buku Kafe or Tim Ho Wan. Satisfy your milk tea cravings at Chatime or Gong Cha! You shouldn’t have to limit yourself from your favorite treats just to fit standards.

Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce

 

Of course, we couldn’t forget the ultimate song to jam to on this very special month! From being in one of the most memorable girl groups of all time to elevating what it means to be an artist, Beyonce has redefined the music industry. She has always made a mark through her diverse albums and great music!

Of course, we couldn’t forget the ultimate song to jam to on this very special month! “Run The World (Girls)” is the perfect song to dance to while getting ready for a night out. Wear bold outfits such as Penshoppe’s statement shirts while rocking a red lippie like the Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in Hot Sauce.

Key Takeaway

These popular female-led classics will surely pump you up while getting ready for your girls’ night out. Celebrate International Women’s Month and empower the women around you with these tunes!

Thumbnail Image Credit: @beyonce | ig
Header Image Credit: @dualipa | ig

 
 
 
 

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