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Let these three Pinoys inspire you to live out your purpose—despite the odds!

Do you ever feel like the cards are stacked against you? Don’t worry, setbacks are just challenges that you can eventually overcome if you have the perseverance and grit to face them. Take your cue from these three individuals who turned their dreams into reality. 

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Bianca Lawas


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Getting dressed up and seeing amazing places—these are two things that Filipina hiker Bianca Lawas loves. So when she was given the awesome opportunity to climb up to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest, Bianca decided to dress for the occasion. “In mountains outside the country, hikers usually wave the Philippine flag when they reach the summit or destination, so I decided to pair up the waving of the Philippine flag with wearing the Filipiniana gown.” Relating the challenges of the climb, she says, “We had headaches every night because of the altitude and very cold temperature. As we went higher, we also had a hard time breathing, even at rest.” But Bianca did not falter during the 10-day trek. And guess what? She made it—and stood against the snowy mountain, proudly waving the Philippine flag in her bright red terno

Katchry Jewel Golbin a.k.a. Alienette Coldfire


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When Katchry Jewel Golbin—or “Kat” to family and friends in Capiz City—sings, she literally brings you to tears or takes your breath away. Either way, she is a sensation who just so happens to be visually handicapped. The 28-year-old won renown in 2016 when she landed a finalist slot in the 11th season of France has Incredible Talent. Her rendition of Michel Legrand’s “Windmills of Your Mind” and Schonberg and Boublil’s “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables (in French, of course!) won her countless fans among the judges and audiences in and out of the studio even if she didn’t win the grand prize. Years ago, she heard the incomparable Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose and fell in love with everything French. She began conversing every night with French speakers online and thanks to special software, Kat was able to master the French language. The daughter of a cabbie driver and a clerk mother, Kat never let her impairment stop her from achieving her dreams. She adopted the stage name Alienette Coldfire to symbolize “someone mysterious, an alien… a little alien.” Of her disability, she says: “We are not special or different. We just do things in a special way.” 

Marc Pingris 


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Marc Pingris is no stranger to hardship. As a young boy, he helped his single mother make ends meet by working odd jobs—as a kargador in a wet market and an ice buko vendor. He also cleaned tombs and sold candles during Undas. His untiring determination brought him to new heights, ushering him into the world of professional basketball. But his career as a cager was not served to him on a silver platter. In fact, his first sport was actually track and field. “I didn’t really know anything about basketball. Pero since matangkad ako, I listened to coaches and to my mentors. Even to this day, hindi nawawala ‘yun.” Truly, Marc has achieved so much in life—a successful career, a beautiful family, and the means to pay it all forward. “Through God’s grace and help, kaya din ako nandito ngayon, pero ‘di pa tapos and kwento. I still have a lot of things I’d like to do and share with people, especially with the youth,” he says. We can’t wait to see what he does next!


For more stories of resilience and perseverance, grab a copy of the July 2019 issue of My Pope Philippines.


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