Travel Fun and Adventure was born on New Year’s Day, 2015. It combines so many of the things I love about my life. Seeing new places, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures. I have found that my transgender role is not a hindrance in the least in accomplishing my ambitions, that in fact it gives me a unique perspective.
I owe the foundation for this confidence to my father who loved me for who I was, not what others said I should be, and who told me that so long as I treated others with kindness and respect, that he would be proud of me as his daughter. That pride has stayed with me always, and is the birthright of all of us, regardless of how we choose to interact with the world. I hope you enjoy these introductions to the beautiful and exciting places of the world as much as I enjoyed making them. Every time, I learn something new, and that fills me with the greatest of joy.
Back in the Philippines I worked as a make-up artist and product assistant to an international film editor and producer – an all together great experience. Being given the chance to work in that company without prior experience was an honor, and at first the work was challenge. But, I was very observant and a fast learner. Every morning while doing my morning tasks I would see the editing process – how my colleagues took raw footage and turned into stories – and I was fascinated. Later, I was given the chance to become even more a part of the film process when I was asked by my co-worker and friend to be part of the production cast of “Shunned” a documentary directed by Janice Villarosa about the discrimination suffered by transgender women in the Philippines. That experience solidified my love of film-making and was made even sweeter when the film went on to win multiple awards on the international documentary film festival circuit.
I think in many ways that being part of this storytelling process helped to give me the courage to take the next step and venture outside my country. My first ride in an airplane and my international travel was to HK by myself and by myself I had to gather up my courage and step up to the immigration officer and be interrogated on the difference between my feminine appearance and the “M” stamped in my passport. That first time, alone and 18 years old, I felt vulnerable and scared. But as time has gone on, I have found that there really is little to be scared of so long as one is confident in oneself