Growing up from a humble family in Naga, I bore a lot of insecurities. I was stick thin, my skin was brown, and I always had to wear second-hand clothes from my cousins. The last birthday party I had was when I was six years old. It is quite normal for a child to be envious of her neighbors and playmates; I was, most especially during Christmas parties where most of my classmates get to wear new clothes, buy nice gifts, and bring delicious food. It hurt me and I clearly remember asking myself why I couldn’t experience the same thing. Later on, I developed low self-esteem (which still manifest from time to time). College was somewhat liberating, however. I got accepted at University as a scholar and in that school I had achieved recognitions that I only often dreamed about. I started to realize that life isn’t so bad at all. I may not wear expensive clothes and have porcelain, mestiza skin, but I have achieved things only select people can. By and by I started to feel more confident and secure about myself and began to realize looks are not really that important. What really matters is how you see yourself, and not how society wants you to be. It’s not an easy thing to do; I still struggle sometimes but it feels incredible once you stop caring about other people’s opinions. Wear whatever you want, eat whatever you desire (but remember to take everything in moderation).

This is perhaps the reason I’m so attached to Dove. For years, it has campaigned on celebrating real beauty by searching for real women from every corner of the world.Dove believes that beauty should be for everyone, because when you look and feel your best, you feel better about yourself.” Dove helped many women realize that we don’t have to look like supermodels and celebrities to be considered beautiful—we are all beautiful.

And to celebrate real beauty and inner glow, Dove organized a real beauty campaign in which every woman in the Philippines is eligible to join. I tried my luck on September 11 and was fortunate enough to be one of the 10 beautiful, second batch of Filipinas (which was announced just a few hours ago) who will appear in a billboard in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. (YIPEE!!! That’s one check off my bucket list!)

I haven’t seen the billboard yet, but I will definitely take a photo and update this entry once I get to see it, or if you’re in the area please take a photo and tweet me @dafnyduck with the hashtag #DoveGlowingSkin (hehe).

Here’s a photo sent by Dove Philippines:

Thank you so much, Dove!!! 😀

You, too, have a chance to be one of the 200 Filipinas who will be featured in a Dove billboard. Go to Dove’s Facebook page for more details or follow them on Twitter!

I’m in a billboard trying to call… Wait, that’s not right, is it? 😛