Braveries stories made just for you.

Samantha Vito

I write as a hobby. My readers would oftentimes be my closest friends and if I ever decide to post something online, I’d probably use a pseudonym.

Then, I was given an opportunity to write a post-concert article for an online magazine. I was a bit skeptical at first since I have never written an article that would be read by a wider audience.

But if I don’t do it, when will I ever get the chance again? So I conquered all my worries, took a leap of faith, submitted my content and my article was published online! Yay!

And, I was brave enough to use my real name.

Jannie Baluyan

I was fifteen when I gave birth to my son. I was raising a kid when I was just about to figure out the rest of my life. I had to juggle motherhood, schooling and part-time jobs as I watched my peers enjoy their carefree, teenage lives. I battled depression in college and sought medical help. Through it all, it was my mom who taught me to be resilient.

In 2016, I lost my solid rock and foundation. My mom suffered stroke, she was never the same and our lives turned 360 degrees. Within the same year, I was diagnosed with a health condition with no cure.

To be resilient, to accept things beyond our control, and to forgive people who are not sorry – that’s real bravery.

Sometimes, life leaves you with no choice but to be brave. Endure and survive.

Justine del Rosario

Straight out of college, I moved to Singapore to study makeup, and to train and work for a cosmetic company. I had never lived on my own before then, and I was really scared. But it was my dream to work in the beauty industry so I decided to go for it anyway. It all paid off because now it feels so great to be doing what I love for a living!

— Justine is currently the go-to makeup artist of celebrities such as Kathryn Bernardo, Liza Soberano, Janella Salvador, Carla Abellana and many more.

Kathleen Largo

I am the bravest in situations where I constantly choose myself without fear of criticism or judgment.

There’s always a voice at the back of our heads seeking somebody else’s approval – whether it be a partner, a parent, a boss. Everytime I make a mistake, I put on my cheerful face and remember to be humble. The decision to move forward without regret or blame is easily my bravest moment. It takes strong willpower to wade out of the noise and not participate in it. Bravest moments may not always be our proudest, but they are life-changing and self-healing.

Zia Santos

The bravest thing I’ve ever done is talking about Mental Health on our (mine and my boyfriend Miguel’s) YouTube channel. (Link: https://youtu.be/LyeDLao0-1E)

I’ve been struggling with Depression and Anxiety for over a decade now, and I’ve always made it a point to keep it at a need-to-know basis. At first, it was just my family who knew. I went through college without people knowing. But then I relapsed and it started to affect my work output, so I had to let my co-workers know too. I never thought though that I would be brave enough to share my story with the world.

There has been so much work going on to end the stigma against Mental Health this year, and I’m so incredibly grateful for it. Through these little pushes by society, I got stronger and braver to share my story.

This by far is our most emotional video. Shooting was filled with tears not just from me but from Miguel as well. It took me days to edit because I kept breaking down and rethinking if posting this was really necessary- if it would even make a difference.

The day of the video release, we went out and turned our phones into flight mode. I was preparing myself for backlash. If I was going to be shamed or invalidated, I at least wanted a good quiet meal before it (lol) I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The amount of kind words that we received was overwhelming!! I had people I barely talked to in grade school message me saying thank you for sharing my story. Friends were sending texts saying they feel relieved to know that they are not alone.

I’m pretty sure that as the channel gets (hopefully) bigger, the negative feedback will come too. My goal for that video was to reach or touch at least 1 person. If the hate ever comes, I think I’ll keep my focus on the people that I helped, and keep moving forward.