We all want a happy and fulfilling life. But the question is how do we find it? That joyful state of ikigai, or the intersection of doing what you love, what you’re good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs.
As a girl, there’s the added pressure of people telling you what you can and cannot be. If you’re dealing with self-doubt, you’ll need an assuring voice to remind you that you will find your way—in this case, through the stories of successful women who have gone through the same struggles you’re facing.
On this note, we welcome National Women’s Month with heartfelt “slam book” conversations with our #FutureOfYoungPinays ambassadors.
Here’s hoping you find the inspiration and advice you need to succeed in your own path.
A wife, mom, entrepreneur, and energetic host. Chal shows us it’s possible to excel in many things all at once. She lives to inspire people to step outside the box to experience the “buffet of life.” Some people dedicate their passion to one career all their lives. But Chal chooses to spread out her passion across multiple professions—all the while staying true to her love for travel and people.
The mompreneur shares her learnings on what it means to carve your own path.
Favorite subject in school and why
My favorite subjects were Reading, Language, and Social Studies. Maybe because they all had to do with communication and story-telling. 🙂
School and course in college
Why did you choose your course?
I was in “Philosophy” at first and slots opened up so I moved. I’d like to think that the course chose me! LOL.
How did your course help you become the person you are today?
I know that communications is really a need nowadays and I’m glad that I got exposed to different mediums during this time.
What was your biggest insecurity as a student? How did you overcome it?
Not knowing what I was meant to be. I think many people go through this, until I learned that it’s also okay to just be in the middle of things and to have a buffet of experiences in life!
What achievement are you most proud of during your school life?
Graduating. 😂 I was also a working student then. I would have tapings until late at night and would still go to school the next day. I also paid for my tuition during the last few semesters. I extended a bit doing TV work and I felt that it was my responsibility to pay for my own education having extended. That taught me to do things for me and not for credit or acknowledgment. Any form of good education and learning is a gift for ourselves.
What’s the most important thing you learned in your student life?
To just have fun and make use of your time wisely. It’s also about having fun and having experiences [that will equip us for] the real world.
Favorite film/ book/ song
Film: SO MANY!
Book: Thick Face, Black Heart [by Chin-Ning Chu]. It’s actually a book written by an Asian woman for entrepreneurs.
Song: So many too!!!
Who’s your life peg? Why?
Wow! This one is tough!
I draw inspiration from random experiences and people. I wouldn’t say it’s just one particular person but a hodgepodge of inspiring people. Maybe Gwen Stefani is good too! She rocks life! She’s an entrepreneur, a cool mom, music is her art. She’s got it and she feels real too!
What are you passionate about?
Travel, beautiful functional design, stories of people
What’s your advice on finding and pursuing one’s passion and purpose?
Your passion is what you enjoy doing! Your purpose is what you can contribute to this world and how you can help others. Combine both, and you get happiness!😉
I think the search for passion and purpose never really stops. There’s not just one universal answer to this.
Sometimes we also have to do boring things, things that don’t excite us, difficult things, to learn more about ourselves and to get to where we want to go.
But that doesn’t mean we stop searching for our passion and purpose! Many successful people have worked hard and have done routinary things first and then slowly they learn what they are passionate about. Don’t pressure yourself. Have fun and work hard and this will slowly get to you!
What’s the hardest thing about being a girl?
I never saw it this way, so I guess not much. But if an answer is needed, I would say, getting cat-called or stared at just because you dress a certain way
What’s the best thing about being a girl?
In your own words, what is gender equality?
When classifying someone because of their gender is not needed. Instead, we see people for their abilities and capabilities.
What’s something that makes you proud to be a woman this National Women’s Month?
As a woman, I’m able to become a mom, an entrepreneur, a host, an improv artist, and an advocate. I can [entertain people and make them laugh], but at the same time, I know when to get down to serious business. I’m so proud to be able to inspire other women to get out of the box and not just be labeled for one thing that they do.
There’s a Swedish proverb about the magic that happens when we openly talk about our troubles and achievements: “Shared joy is double joy; Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”
When we see the relatable struggles that other women face, our own obstacles seem less insurmountable. And when we hear about people who succeed, it sparks a confidence in us to work toward our own goals. Moreover, these success stories point us back to ourselves—with an encouraging inner voice that asks, “What are my strengths? What more can I achieve? And what achievements have I already made that are worth celebrating?”
Many, for sure.
The National Women’s Month Celebration every March is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day (IWD). Since 2017, the National Women’s Month in the Philippines has been highlighting the empowerment of women as contributors to and recipients of development.
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