Pero kayong mga babae, ‘yang bata, hindi (The men can do it. But you women, that child (Lia), can’t).”
four men in our group. All of us hiked for three hours, all putting
the same amount of effort. Nobody among us asked to be carried, or have our
packs carried for us. And with the
exception of Lia and me – who are always last to arrive anywhere – everyone was
hiking at the same speed.
his jungle bolo – which would’ve been useful in hacking through thick and tall
grass (as well as his food and water but hesitated to receive any food we
offer) – he also didn’t think we should and can summit based on our gender.
for all guides that they are not just there to show the way up, but provide the
morale boost to all hikers to get there.)
become hindrances in moving forward, that’s when it becomes
problematic. It’s one thing to think of a gender a certain way, and another to
keep people of said gender from realizing their greatness, no matter how well-intentioned it is.
scale mountains, surf, or race. Some of us raise citizens. Some of us become
CEOs, doctors, engineers, journalists, astronauts, leaders, authors, teachers,
chefs, people who create and sell every day essentials, visionaries. And all of us have the ability and power to be great, no matter the size
or age, just like men.
mountains. It exists across all landscapes and industries. The lessons we teach our children are passed on from generation to generation,
and if there is a flawed lesson that keeps being passed on, change will only remain a dream.
To the women, may the people who discredit you not become a reason for you to stop believing in yourself. Do not let them prevent you from going further. Never tire of fighting for your greatness. You owe yourself that.