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Two Filipinos Included in TIME Magazine's Most Influential Teens ListGet to know the Pinoy schoolgirl protester and the beauty vlogger.by Rachel Perez .
American weekly news magazine TIME has just released its annual Most Influential Teens list for 2017. According to its website, the selection is made based on awards and recognition across any field of expertise, and cites global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news as criteria for choosing those who make the cut.
Of the 30 individuals in the list from all over the world, two Filipinos have emerged. Meet Shibby de Guzman, 14, and Bretman Rock, 19 years old.
The Catholic school girl protester
Shibby de Guzman's name will now always be associated with the bravery of taking a stand against the government's infamous war on drugs. The ninth-grade student of St. Scholastica Academy wore a cardboard sign that read, "Lahat tayo posibleng drug pusher," and took to the streets with a megaphone in hand early this year.
When a photo of her leading her fellow students in protest circulated on social media, Shibby proudly identified herself in the picture and defended her actions. "Please do not underestimate the youth. We completely know and understand the injustice we are protesting against," the 14-year-old wrote in response to people who implied they were brainwashed to participate.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
"We are protesting against EJKs and violations against civil liberties. The only thing that matters right now is the country. The aggressive backlash, it's better to just ignore. Engage in conversation, not fights. Don't approach someone aggressively if you're looking to make the change," she told ABS-CBN in an interview back in July.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Shibby doesn't plan to give up her megaphone just yet. She aims to rally more people to take action. "It’s so important that [the young people] know their own rights and when authorities abuse them," Shibby told TIME. "There are values that aren’t up for debate."
The makeup vlogger with a star personality
Bretman is a 19-year-old Hawaii-based Filipino beauty vlogger who shot to fame for demonstrating fantastic makeup skills. Born Bretman Rock Sacayanan, he is known for his contouring skills, drawing perfect eyebrows, and blending makeup like a pro.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
More than his glam, Bretman's larger-than-life personality is what brought him his 8.8 million followers on Instagram, 1.5 million on Twitter, and 2.1 million on Facebook. TIME cites the Filipino online sensation's favorite topics such as his critics ("This nose can be fixed with contour… but your attitude and personality can't"), and his friends and family ("Don’t forget to appreciate everyone you have in your life… not everyone is blessed to have them like you do") as what endear him to his followers.
This high school graduate, who hosted the red carpet pre-show of the 65th Miss Universe pageant, defended 2016 Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina and advised her to just ignore her bashers. "Enjoy your life... You being top six or not even winning, I think that happens for a reason, and God has better plans for you," he said in a video interview posted on Twitter.
Others who made it in TIME magazine's Most Influential Teens list are Millie Bobby Brown, 13, who headlines Netflix's hit show Stranger Things; Auli'i Cravalho, 16, the breakout star who voiced Moana; and Kaia Gerber, 16, daughter of legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford who is following in her footsteps. (View the full list here.)ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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