Hello, everyone! It’s been a minute since I’ve talked to you guys on my blog. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know that the past few weeks have been really packed, with family gatherings, the 1st birthday of my baby Kai, and other projects. A lot has actually been happening behind the scenes, and I’m very excited to share this with you at the right time!

In between my busy days, I’ve realized more and more much it takes to be a working woman in this day and age. Gone are the days when we were limited by what people told us to do. Today, we can be anything and everything we set our minds to. It got me thinking that there are so many strong women in my life, whom I am constantly inspired by. Being an “empowered woman” is not just a buzzword anymore; we see it in the amazing ladies we share our lives with.

Since March is women’s month, it only seemed appropriate to approach these ladies I know and love and ask them a bit about their stories and thoughts on what it’s like, being a trailblazer in their industry.

So to start off this series, I want to introduce you to one of my very good friends, Bela Padilla. You know her as a very talented actress, model and host. She has much more talent than that though: Bela is also a film producer of the wildly popular local film Camp Sawi!  She was also the screenwriter of the 2017 movie Luck at First Sight, as well as another project she’s working on now.

To me though, she’s been one of my good friends for a very long time. I enjoy the times we meet up and just talk about our lives. She kindly answered a couple of questions for me that I wanted to share with you!

Sarah: Do you think there is a gender equality in the local showbiz industry right now?

Bela: I honestly think that in our showbiz industry and all the other sectors, we have pretty much taken after the kind of men we have here. And what I know of Filipino men is that they have always been chivalrous, and they put Filipina’s needs before their own.

At the moment, I’d say that majority of the top directors, writers and performers are female. It’s amazing that they have been allowed for years now to fly and express themselves freely through their craft.

S: Was there anything you think was harder for you to do or achieve just because you were a woman?

B: No, being a woman is my advantage. I solve problems when no one else will. Above that, I am resourceful and stubborn. So stubborn that I won’t stop until I achieve what I want.

S: Where do you think women now stand in society?

B: Beside men.

S: What do you think it means to be an empowered woman?

B: It’s a bit of an oxymoron: Being an empowered woman for me means to not constantly have to prove that you are empowered. It’s to just live your life happily and healthily, and end your days with a peaceful heart.

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What do you think it means to be an empowered woman? Drop a note in my comments below! Be sure to come back tomorrow for more thoughts from other empowered women I love. Who do you think I’ll feature next?

 

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