Generation Z, or kids born from the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, are technology-savvy. But they still adhere to time-honored values and traditions, while mindful of new ways to realize their dreams.
To be You meets young people who make their own rules in pursuit of their passions.
Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, 22, Far Eastern University
Crisostomo was 10 years old when she took up taekwondo after seeing kids in a competition held in a mall. A bronze medalist of the Philippine team in the poomsae event of the 2018 Asian Games, she says she uses technology to help her in time management and balancing sports and academics. Her mantra: “Keep on dreaming and going until you achieve your dreams.”
Jonathan Irvine Garcia, 19
Garcia credits his parents, both artists, for motivating his own journey as a singer and dancer. He even wants to be an actor and picks Leonardo DiCaprio as someone he would like to work with, given the chance. His guiding principle: “Follow your dreams and work hard. Keep doing what you love.”
Mavic Castro, 17 MINT College
Castro’s hobby, photography, has become a career. She continued pursuing it after her friends suggested that she take a break from shooting events and landscapes, and try portrait photography. She’s currently working to finish her capstone project, or culminating exhibit, for high school. Its goal is to empower people who can’t express themselves through words. Her advice to would-be photographers: “Don’t follow the rules. Rules shouldn’t hinder, but rather guide you.”
Honey Jamisola, 19, University of Caloocan
Jamisola is thankful of praise and criticism of her work as an aspiring filmmaker. She hopes to join a national film festival in the future and, if possible, work with Erik Matti. Her motto: “Don’t stop believing in yourself despite all the negativity that may surround you.”
Wendell Pamfilo, 19, MINT College
Pamfilo, a student majoring in music business management, aims to be an actor and has been learning a lot from his chosen field. His life’s guide: “Think twice before deciding on your career, but love what you do and don’t let others control you.”
Kurt Manabilang, 18, University of Makati
Manabilang’s interest in the theater was sparked by watching stage presentations in high school. Support from his mother and approval from school professors goad him to deliver the best in his every performance. His ideal project is to mount a free show with a large audience. He also wishes to work with his mom. He lives by a simple principle: “Always know your priorities in life and manage your time well. That way, you can balance everything.”
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