May 30, 2015

It was an unexpected inspiring advice from Madam Bertud in his It’s Showtime segment, Advice Ganda. He gave enlightening words and defended Pamela Reyes, a 16 y/o victim of bullying, by showing Reyes his ‘natural look’ and encouraging her to be proud of herself.

Reyes shared that she has been a victim of harsh verbal teases and awful remarks from her schoolmates. She was often called names and usually teased as ‘tuko’, ‘kabayo’, ‘mangkukulam’, ‘aswang’, etc. This made her lose her confidence and put her self-esteem down. Despite trying to push herself to be positive, she still can’t help but be sad and depressed due to the constant bullying.

After hugging Reyes, Madam Bertud/Vice Ganda told the teenager to inform her parents and the concerned school authorities of such bullying. Plus, he motivated the girl to be strong and to appreciate her physical qualities.

What most viewers did not expect was when Vice Ganda took her make-up, contact lenses, eye lashes and her hair extensions off in live television. He wanted to instill in Pamela that she should not be afraid of to show and be proud of his physical qualities and he continued in saying “Ito si Vice Ganda. Hindi makinis ang mukha ko para sa paningin ng iba. Mataas ang hairline ko. Ngayon picture-an niyo akong lahat. Ikalat niyo sa internet. Pagtawanan niyo ako. Laitin niyo ako. Sabihin niyo lahat ng gusto niyong sabihin. Wala akong pakialam.”

“Dahil kahit magaspang ang mukha ko, mataas ang hairline ko, maganda ako. Wala na akong itinatago. Hindi na ako natatakot at kahit ano ang sabihin niyo sa akin, hindi na ako mabibigla. Sabihin niyo, pangit ng buhok ko, alam ko. Pangit ng kutis ko, alam ko. Pero ‘yan ang lahat eh sa paningin niyo. Para sa akin, maganda ako. Maganda ako at maganda ka.”

In addition, she encouraged everyone to be proud of one’s ‘natural look’ and to post a photograph in Instagram with the hashtag #ProudToBeMe.

Vice Ganda’s ‘natural’ selfies in Instagram:

#ProudToBeMe

A photo posted by Jose Marie Viceral (@praybeytbenjamin) on

Vice Ganda’s #ProudToBeMe Video:

We wake up to see how beautiful life is and to celebrate the beauty we all have. #ProudToBeMe

A video posted by Jose Marie Viceral (@praybeytbenjamin) on

Minutes after Vice Ganda’s bold act, he earned viewers and netizens’ praises. There were aplenty of statuses and statements lauding him. And a lot of people went to social media to post their #ProudToBeMe photos and inspiring captions:

Proud To Be Me Twitter Screengrab_1

Proud To Be Me Twitter Screengrab_1

Proud To Be Me Twitter Screen Grab_2

Proud To Be Me Twitter Screen Grab_2

In It’s Showtime’s opening last May 29, 2015, Vice Ganda thanked all those who supported him and those showed their #ProudToBeMe photos. He expressed “Hindi ko aakalain na magiging ganoon kalakas ang impact no’n. Sobrang overwhelming yung pagtanggap ng tao sa nangyari kahapon. Maraming maraming salamat.. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na nakamulat ka ng maraming mata.”