Whatever made you who you are or brought you where you are now is irrelevant. What matters is what you make of yourself moving forward.
That's what Diego Garcia, 24, from Davao De Oro, embodies. He was born without lower limbs and missing a few fingers. But it didn't stop him from trying to live a 'normal' life.
That includes dancing and singing his heart our on Tiktok. He shared he was always fond of watching talented people perform. With the encouragement of people who support him, he joined the social media platform.
Diego took after his mother's courage and determination
"Kung tutuusin, ang laking tulong ng mama ko. Kasi kung hindi dahil sa kanya hidni ko maraansasan yung ganitong stado ng buhay ko ngayon," Diego said of his mom.
According to one of his posts on Facebook, Diego's condition was allegedly caused by a certain type of contraceptive pills that his mother took. His mother didn't want more kids because she had a hard time raising her children alone.
Diego's mom and her doctor didn't know that she was already pregnant with Diego then. The result, at least his mother suspects it, is Diego's extremely rare congenital disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome. Still, she didn't give up.
"Lumaban siya ng mag-isa. Hindi niya kami sinukuan kahit na napapagod na siyang itaguyod kaming mag-isa," Diego wrote. He took after his mom's courage in overcoming the struggles he had when he was younger.