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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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5 Best Women Empowerment Movies to Watch This Month:

 

Every woman has a story to tell. Be inspired by these remarkable women-led films! Women leads have been dominating the big screen more and more every year. What better way to enjoy them than to binge-watch them this month? From chick flicks to action thrillers, here’s a diverse selection of films for your next movie […]

 
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Every woman has a story to tell. Be inspired by these remarkable women-led films!

Women leads have been dominating the big screen more and more every year. What better way to enjoy them than to binge-watch them this month? From chick flicks to action thrillers, here’s a diverse selection of films for your next movie night.

What are the best women empowerment movies to watch this month?

The best women empowerment movies showcase female characters and plots that remind you of your best self. Call your most beloved friends for a movie marathon or binge these at home with your favorite snacks! There’s nothing like an incredible story to inspire you as a woman.

Someone Great (2019)

 

Many people have expressed their love for this original Netflix film as it showcases getting over the stages of heartbreak with your best friends. Its story revolves around Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), a music journalist about to be promoted to her dream job in San Francisco which causes her to end a nine-year relationship. Heartbroken, she turns to her friends Erin and Blair to plan one final hurrah before Jenny moves to another state.

Despite its significant takeaways on love and heartbreak, Someone Great also celebrates the value of friendship. Honor your relationships with the best girls you know by scheduling an out-of-town trip with SPI Ticket Express! Enjoy the presence of your best buddies and create memories you can look back at no matter where you go.

Charlie’s Angels (2019)

 

As a continuation of the beloved franchise, the 2019 Charlie’s Angels film also highlights diversity. The film was directed by actress and producer Elizabeth Banks, which marked the first time an installment was directed by a woman. The 2019 version also features the first woman of color to play an Angel, Ella Balinska. The film stays true to its action scenes but also touches on breaking stereotypes that women face in today’s society.

Want to feel like an Angel? Head to SM Megamall and go on a thrilling virtual adventure filled with laser guns and bad guys with VAR Live PH!

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

 

This movie has undoubtedly claimed its spot in history for its strong feminine roles played by respected women in the industry. The film tells the story of Andrea (Anne Hathaway) and her challenges to fit in as a co-assistant to the editor-in-chief of a famous fashion magazine. It explores the roles of gender in the professional field, as well as stereotypes and norms in the fashion industry. This film will definitely make you want to dress up more in the office!

If you’re on the lookout for the best boss babe getup, Forever 21 surely has something in store for you. If you’re not a fan of dressing up, you can instantly look more put together by creating a winged liner using Careline products to match any of your looks!

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

 

If you’re seeking something unique and different to watch this month, this movie will definitely give you a fresh outlook. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) revolves around Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the protagonist who helps pregnant slave brides escape from their homicidal warlord Mad Max. The film is full of intense action scenes where the women help beat the antagonists. It portrays the demolition of tyrannical patriarchy, tackles intersectional matters, and showcases women using their skills to empower others.

It truly is a meaningful action blockbuster that acknowledges the importance of women. The movie has inspired girls to hop on the short hair trend by getting pixie cuts and short bobs at professional establishments such as Bangs Prime Salon!

Becoming Jane (2007)

 

The film follows the story of Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway), a well-known and respected author with notable works such as Emma, Pride & Prejudice, as well as Sense and Sensibility. Becoming Jane tells the story of a woman that is born in an impoverished family. Her parents are pressuring her to go against her values and marry a wealthy man. Down the line, she meets a lawyer that paves the way to her heart and future career.

The film shows the significance of a woman’s independence and firm values. Its aesthetic and ambiance will surely make you fall in love with the vintage style! Embody the sweet and romantic look by wearing some flowy dresses made of lace from Kashieca!

End the month with a bang and go on a quick getaway with your best girls, get a new look, or even change your wardrobe with the help of the best shops at SM Supermalls!

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