Charice Pempengco is now Jake Zyrus. He changed his name last month and apparently, not everybody’s happy with it. Some just got something to say about everything that doesn’t actually affect their lives.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of comments that are not-so-nice. It made me think, what do these bashers care?

First of, they do not know him personally. Even if they do, it’s his life, he’s old enough and he doesn’t need pieces of advice from others (if they even call those comments “advice”)

Next, that doesn’t make him a bad person. Did he hurt you when he changed his identity? Did he hurt anybody? Did it cause harm to anyone? I guess no. The last time I checked, he’s always been helping communities and groups. So, yeah, that makes him a lot better of a person than his bashers.

What’s ironic is, when people would judge that a certain someone is “not coming out of his /her closet”, people would say, “ay paminta!”, “ayaw pa umamin”, “botibs yan! tinatago lang”, then here comes Jake Zyrus, who has been very open with it for couple of years now but still, people would want to bring him down for coming out. Ay grabe. Kakaloka. San lalagay ang tao? Tapos pag sinagot kayo, sasabihin masama ang ugali? Eh tadtadrin niyo ba naman eh.

Ultimately, it’s what makes him happy. Who are we to hinder his happiness? He revealed his true color. I dont see anything wrong with that.

I have been thinking, if it were my daughter, I would accept her wholeheartedly for who she is, for who she wants to be. I have loved my daughter even before I get to lay my eyes on her, so this won’t change a single thing. And, it’s not her fault for feeling different. I’d say it’s not a mistake. It’s what her heart tells her. It doesn’t make her a bad person.

Please, just respect Jake Zyrus. Respect everyone. Respect begets respect.





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