As public personalities, people have this thinking that celebrities should be confined to the society’s ideal perception of what being attractive is. That they should have smooth skin, no flaws, and a skinny body.
Whenever these figures doesn’t fit those descriptions, there are always netizens that will point out what they should be and should not be. This includes the topic of weight.
As cameras make one look multiple times the size they truly are, networks give ‘fat memos’ to those who they think looked heavy on-screen.
Here are some of the celebrities who have were reported to have received memos from their respective networks and those who have been fat shamed online.
Jessy recently admitted that she has received a “fat memo” from the big bosses of ABS-CBN around one or two years ago.
“It’s a proof na you can’t get work if you gain weight. That’s how society works.”
She admitted that back then, she didn’t understand the reason why she received the said memo, and it did not have a positive effect on her. In fact, the incident even pushed her into depression.
“I got very depressed. Parang dumating ako sa point na, ‘Ah ito na lang pala din talaga ‘yung halaga ko. Kung hindi ako sexy, wala akong projects or hindi nila ako makikita as who I am.’”
But eventually, the star picked herself up and decided that rather being sexy, she just wants to be healthy and feel good about herself. Losing weight is just an add-on to the process.
She also gave credit to her support system who became her inspiration through those hard times.
“Yung support system ko. And it’s more of siyempre hindi naman ‘yun mangayayari mag-isa. Kailangan mo rin talagang maging active in life. Hindi lang siya sa pagwowork-out ha. More of pro-active sa mga tao, sa work mo.”
Geoff was also one to receive the said “fat memo” from his mother station GMA.
He admitted it four years ago, and said that he “knew it was coming.”
It was said that during Forever, his series with Heart Evangelista, their stylists had to resort to layering off his clothes just to hide his weight gain. And later on, the executives had to intervene.
“GMA talked to my manager, they went over what should be done and all that, and then my manager told me about it.”
Unlike Jessy, Geoff didn’t have any negative reactions. But the memo didn’t have any positive effect either as he didn’t have any projects following such.
“GMA talked to my manager, they went over what should be done and all that, and then my manager told me about it. When he told me, wala. I wasn’t angry. I didn’t complain. There was no point.
“I don’t want to bullshit you: It wasn’t just a memo, it was a suspension. Nawalan ako ng trabaho.”
He was given three months to get back in shape.
Three years ago, Little Nanay leading man Hiro said that he didn’t necessarily get a “fat memo”, but he did receive a warning.
In an interview, he was compared to Mark Herras, who was Kris Bernal‘s brother in the series, and how he got a bigger role than the already established actor.
He said that his role is not a proof that he’s ahead of Herras, but he thinks that he just fits the character more.
“I think, the safest thing that I can say is, ako yung pinaka-fit sa character ni Archie. We had a screen test before they announced na ako ang lead.”
Peralta proceeded to admit that he gained weight prior to the show but did not work out because of it. The real reason was his management warned him that he was getting fat.
“Parang they told me, ‘Hiro, you’re getting fat. Don’t wait for the fat memo.’
“Parang ako, ‘Sige, give me two weeks, I’ll lose weight, yung magandang weight loss.’Kaya nang makita nila ako, hindi na ako mataba.”
According to a report by Pinoy Stop, one of the reasons why Richard didn’t renew his contract with the Kapuso network was a “fat memo” he supposedly received, which has insulted him. Another report said that the network also told him that they can’t give him offbeat roles as he has been gaining weight.
The Megastar once opened up that she avoided attending social events because she was “ashamed” of her size.
“I WAS ASHAMED TO GO BECAUSE OF HOW FAT I WAS, that I knew no matter how hard I tried, I could never look like ME.”
She added that she would get too self concious and started thinking about what people would say about her.
“I knew mean souls would laugh and snicker and talk behind my back, and why, I asked myself, would I want to give them the opportunity to do all that and put myself through all the pain and humiliation they would’ve caused me?”
Judy Ann Santos
In a press conference in 2016, Judy Ann candidly admitted that she has “come to terms” with being fat. She said that she already braced herself for more weight related remarks when her movie, Kusina, was released.
She also clapped back after a netizen called her fat. In a comment she said, “Affected ka ba na mataba pa rin ako? Pasensya na hindi ko kasi alam na nagmomonitor ka pala.. D bale.. Pag pumayat ako ikaw unang unang itatag ko ah, para mabawasan bigat ng dibdib mo.”
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Don’t. Don’t cry. Be still and strong.
I know, pain lingers. It kills you, memories flood your mind. But you’re more than the tears that fall down every time you pass by your favorite restaurant or see that shirt you both dreamt of buying. Your plans, the dream destinations, long-term goals, you have to accept that they’re gone. For someone who is battling pain during the season that should be celebrated with a feast, here are some pieces of advice for you to consider.
When you’re not doing anything, it’s the perfect time when memories come rushing through. So, to avoid this, travel with your friends or at least go out with them. Devote your time to work, cook, watch, and never mourn for something that will never come back.
When there’s nothing left to do, rest. Sleep the whole day, you deserve that. But flooding your pillows with your tears has no sense at all. It is a common coping mechanism, but it has to stop in time.
No one or nothing can ever dictate you when to stop. It’s all in your heart and mind. But my advice would be, stop as early as you can. Don’t let those tears go out of your eyes. Instead, look at that mirror and ask yourself. If I will not let go of all the drama inside my body, how can I move forward?
Take your time. No one is rushing you. The difference between ‘move on’ and ‘move forward’ is that the latter is not afraid to show weakness. Letting go is not a piece of cake. You are prone to being vulnerable. Forcing yourself to forget can cause further damage.
And the last thing you should do to accept the fact that you had lost the person you think you’d share forever with.
I always believe that ‘to forget’ is never the solution, forgiveness is. But before you give it to others, forgive yourself first. Forgive yourself for not being yourself for a moment, because you are busy crying in silence. Then forget the person who caused you so much pain. Forgive everything that has happened during the time you are together. Forgive those happy moments for you have not cherished them. Forgive those dark times for you have not anticipated it.
There’s no shortcut to moving on, but taking baby steps will never be a wrong move. Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re weak. Be strong to stand up. Everyone understands everything you’re going through. Everyone can be you.
Finding true love these days can be quite hard for most people. But every now and then, we get to hear or read inspiring love stories that make us want to believe in forever.
Bro. Bo Sanchez, a well-known preacher in the Philippines, recently shared the moving love story of his grandparents, Tomas and Magdalena. The story, which he posted on his Facebook account, touched the hearts of netizens gaining more than 130,000 likes and 18,000 shares.
Although it may seem impossible to find a partner as faithful as Tomas these days, young people seeking true love should always think of God’s love.
“When I think of Lolo Tomas, I think of God’s Love. It never gives up. It always waits until we say Yes to Him.”
Known as the “Preacher in Blue Jeans”, Bro. Bo Sanchez is a best-selling author and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Light of Jesus, a religious community in the country. Moreover, he founded Kerygma Conference, an annual inspirational convention, and The Feast, a weekly worship and fellowship.
In May 2014, Warren Villanueva, a Filipino based in New York, was featured on Humans of New York blog. He shared about a girl with whom he spent pretty much of latter’s two weeks in visiting the place.
“So we spent a lot of time together, and the night before she left to go back to the Philippines, she asked me if I was serious about our relationship,” he shared. He replied to girl, “I don’t know.”
“Then I went home and laid awake all night. Her flight left at 9 AM. So at 4 AM, I texted her to wait for me outside of security. Then I got into a cab and rushed to the airport. I got there just in time,” he narrated.
He revealed to the pretty lady, Janina Pangilinan,before the latter went inside, “I am serious. We will be together.”
The post has 11,000 shares to date.
“The courtship continued when she returned home,” he told Rappler. They maintained their relationship through Viber and text, before it evolved into something “more romantic.”
9th months after, he got engaged to the girl whom he chased to the airport last February and they got married this month on June 12 in New York.
“I cannot remember the last time I have been utterly lost for words. I also cannot remember the last time I got so drunk!” Pangilinan said on her blog. “Yes, we are thankfully surrounded bu super supportive friends and family that each one took on a task (or plenty) in order to make things run smoothly, thus allowing us to really savor each moment of our wedding.”
Warren said he would not do a long distance relationship again: “Would I ever live in different places again? Hell noooo! Well actually, it depends on our jobs but if that happens: only for a couple of days.”
People around the world wish nothing but forever for both of you!
See the proposal and wedding video below:
Photo Banner from Humans of New York and Justin Tinapay Photography
“Faith in God partnered with having patience for each other.”
This is the secret ingredient to a lasting relationship for a centenarian couple from Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.
Lolo Alfredo Amodo Sr.,101, and his wife, Lola Mercedes,100, celebrated their 84th anniversary this month. The couple married in 1931 when Lola Mercedes was only 16 years old and Lolo Alfredo was 18. They had eight wonderful children, 31 grandchildren, and 38 great grandchildren who are all based in the United States.
While it’s hard to find the right person nowadays when all we can hear, watch, and read are about unfaithful husbands and cheating wives, two-timing boyfriends, and sneaky partners, the story of Lolo Alfredo and Lola Mercedes reassures us that “forever” is possible. That a hundred years of our existence can be dedicated and celebrated with the one and only love of our life.
A testimony to their unending love for each other?
“Kumakanta sila, at tsaka sumasayaw, palaging masayang masaya sila, hindi sila naghihiwalay (They’re singing and dancing together. They’re always together and they’re happy)”, said daughter-in-law Janeth Amodo to ABS-CBNnews.com.
Happy anniversary, Lolo Alfredo and Lola Mercedes!