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Leal

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Life and Practice

Leal is a Graduate Bachelor of Secondary Education Major In English, a former President of Teacher Education Student Council and a part-time Instructor in Dalubhasaan ng Lunsod ng San Pablo. She started writing whenshe was in 4th year high school, just to express her feelings and thoughts especially when she can't talk to anyone. She is part of the first batch of GlobalGrace workshop. For her, it is her safe space. Writing, singing, and acting was mold during the workshop. Creating a safe space for the LGBTQ+ is one of her goals in life. Spreading awareness not hate.

Perspective

During the preparation of my project, we had this simple photo shoot with my friend. This photo was my favorite, it seems like someone is removing my mask while I'm striving. Hindi madali ang mga pinagdaanan ko habang ginagawa ang project na ito. May pagkakataon na hindi ako pinapayagan nila Mama na umalis. May mga pagkakataon din na hindi ako makapagrecord ng boses ko kasi natatakot ako na baka mapagalitan ako at patigilin ako sa gusto kong gawin. Maraming mga tumulong sakin para matapos ang project na ito, dumating sa punto na ayoko na, na nagsawa na ako. Pero nanjan yung mga kaibigan ko para tulungan ako at napakasaya ko dahil nabibigyan ng pag-asa ang bawat bagay na gusto kong gawin.

I’m thankful sa GlobalGrace dahil sa pagkakataon na ito na mas nakilala ko pa ang aking sarili.

Translation:

During the preparation of my project, we had this simple photoshoot with my friend. This photo was my favorite, it seems like someone is removing my mask while I’m striving. It wasn’t easy to go through the obstacles I encountered in this project. There were moments Mama didn’t let me go out. There are moments I couldn’t record my voice out of fear I would get reprimanded and be told to stop doing what I love. A lot of people helped me so I can finish this project especially there was a time that I was tired of it. But my friends were there to help me and I enjoyed this because I was given hope I could do what I love.

I’m thankful to GlobalGRACE because I was given the chance to know myself more.

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