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Learning to love ourselves.



 Growing up in the province, Maureen recalled how she used to be punished for being effeminate.
"What were the punishments?" I asked.

"Ayun, pinapunta sa bukid para magtanim (I was made to go to the farm to plant crops)," she said. And then with a laugh: "Ending, nilandi ang mga farmers (I ended up flirting with the farmers)!"

In 2006, she moved to Manila.

"Mahirap din ang buhay dito. Kung may salapi, happy; kung wala, sorry (Life is hard here. If you have money, you'll be happy; if none, you'll be sorry)."

But at least for now, she can't see herself anywhere else.

Having been away from her parents, she said: "Mahalin mo ang magulang mo habang buhay pa sila (Love your parents while they're still alive)."

"But what if your parents don't love you?" I asked.

"BAHALA SILA (Then the hell with them)," she laughed.

Then she turned serious. "Matutunang mahalin ang sarili (Learn to love yourself) before anyone else."



Michael David dela Cruz Tan - The founder of Outrage Magazine, Mick is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) of the University of Newcastle in New South Wales Australia (just don’t ask when, he says). He can: photograph, do artworks with mixed media, write (of course), shoot flicks, community-organize, facilitate, lecture, research (with pioneering studies under his belt)… this one’s a multi-tasker, who is even conversant in Filipino Sign Language. He heads the only LGBTzine in the Philippines. Cross his path is the dare (read: It won’t be boring). Coordinate with him at editor@outragemag.com

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