Empowering the Next Generation Through Content Creation with Athena "Atcha" Abe
The world is now experiencing a rapid modernization, the use of social media has been ultimately helpful for communication, source of information, and raising awareness to issues that are relevant specifically to certain sides of the world. It is really great to know that the people of the modern generation are maximizing the use of the internet to teach, learn, inspire, and empower one another through creating content.
Natalie Barbu: Engineer, Entrepreneur, and YouTube’s Moral Compass
The first time Natalie Barbu found herself on YouTube was when she was in 6th grade, back in 2008. She wanted to be an actress so she did something about her little dream. She wrote a short skit, acted and recorded herself, and shared the whole thing online. Fast forward to today, she has reached over 30 million viewers on YouTube, with a combined following of almost 400,000 on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Pio Silva, On Discovering One’s Passion to Create and Educate
“Have a stake in tomorrow. Taste everything available to you. Point out the wrongs. Immerse yourself in issues,” Pio Miguel M. Silva, a junior at the Ateneo de Manila University taking up BS Management, shares in a recent interview. Although he’s only a few months older than me, he seems like a seasoned doctorate professor, what with his intellect, maturity, and confidence. All throughout the 35-minute interview, I felt like I was listening to a TED talk, if only not for the host occasionally interrupting his eloquent delivery to ask a couple of follow-up questions.
Gianna Abao, On Unleashing Your Inner Queen and Becoming Your Best Self
Most well-known for her excellent public speaking tips, she shares how important it is to pursue your passion and explore your interests without caring about what others think because, as she says, everyone is so busy dealing with their own lives, that no one really cares about yours. She also emphasizes the importance of practice, discipline, and drive. Want to perfect your pitch? Practice alone for hundreds or thousands of times. Want to look good in anything? Find a role model and make your own style.
Dela Kate, On Achieving Her Dream Body and Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food
With over 253.4K followers and 4.6M likes on TikTok, Dela Kate is churning out content consistently with topics ranging from relatable situations like having a #kilig moments with your crush, going on awkward reunions with friends, and of course, working out and eating right. On Instagram where she has over 3,000 followers, she shares fun stories about her adorable cat, her brand endorsements, and her school work–all of which are interesting and fun to check out any time of the day, especially when you’re feeling down. It’s pretty much why Dela Kate used her platform to share her story in the first place: she was once at rock bottom herself. In her exclusive interview with us, she shared how her fitness journey all began with people complaining about sitting next to her because of how big she was. It made her feel like the world was against her, therefore making her want to disappear. But just like any superstar, she made a pivot that changed her life and many others whom she has inspired. After losing weight thanks to her consistent workout and eating habits, she jumped on TikTok and shared her weight loss journey, which was akin to a rebirth.
Cliff Eala, On Life and Work Design “That Gets You Out of Bed” for Entrepreneurs
A wise man once said, “Without passion, you’re as good as dead.” While there is some truth to this, the idea of having passion in everything you do seems like a fairy tale that very few can manifest in real life. Practicality and reality must be our priority, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. That’s one of the many beliefs that this week’s featured CEO and serial entrepreneur, Cliff Eala, and I’m with him on that.
The Power Within: Roland Ros on Building Kumu, The Social Media Disneyland of Technology
Roland is an extra-mile walker and a genuine soul. Because of some technical difficulties on my end during the interview, he agreed to reschedule, which is very rare considering his tight calendar, and came through. And when the interview happened, listening to him chronicle his days in Los Angeles taking advanced classes at UCLA while in high school, spending one summer at Stanford, and reading Siddhartha in 7th grade was inspiring. He shared how he got into hip-hop culture to avoid gangs, how he met his other co-founder, Rexy Dorado, and how he found his way back to the Philippines–a place he was always interested in and once he finally arrived, a place he said felt like home. And just like the superstar that he is, he wanted to come home and make an impact. And he sure did that with Kumumedia Technologies, or simply, Kumu–short for ‘Kumusta.’
Young, Scrappy, and Hungry: How Lyon Made Its Way to the Top
Lyon started out as Jason’s idea while he was finishing up his degree in Information Systems at De La Salle University. Even before graduating, he has already had extensive experience in analyzing industry-specific business processes, identifying problems, and creating information systems in the form of mobile, web, and desktop applications, to alleviate pain points and create value for key stakeholders.
Ready, Aim, Fire: Alexandro “Xandro” Khemlani on Co-founding TaskMango
“Ready, aim, fire!” This is TaskMango’s Co-founder Alexandro “Xandro” Khemlani mantra in life. The young entrepreneur is filled with passion and vision for creating opportunities for the Filipino people, leading him to co-create TaskMango.