While social media has given us the platform to freely express ourselves, share the most epic experiences to the most relatable thoughts, and connect with a wider network of friends, it sometimes comes with a price—the inevitable wave of online bashers with their own agenda, using their very freedom of social media speech to critique, insult, and gossip at the victim’s expense.
At a time when there seems to be no control over social media bashing, courageous netizens have taken a proactive stand against it, including celebrities who have to deal with public scrutiny on a daily basis. Popular personalities like Sanya Lopez, Janine Gutierrez, Robi Domingo, and Janella Salvador recently shared their personal experiences with handling public perception, whether positive or negative.
Young actress Sanya Lopez disclosed her struggles during her stint in TV drama fantasy series Encantadia, where she rose to fame playing the lead role for the first time. Being a newbie back then meant having to prove herself just as worthy as the other lead actors, addressing her regular dose of the doubters and critics in a positive way.
There was a time during Encantadia days when I received comments that “Sanya is just a newbie and she has no right to be in the level of the other leads”. Na baka masapawan lang ako sa acting at di ko mapantayan ang pagganap ni ate Diana Zubiri as danaya nung past encantadia. Masakit din po syempre para sakin. I feel sad about it lalo na pinaghirapan ko talaga na makuha yung role ni Danaya. But later on I took it constructively. Pinakinggan ko pa rin ang mga comments,baka may point nga sila. Which I realize tama naman po sila, I haven’t proven anything yet. Pero pinag butihan ko nalang sa lahat ng ginagawa ko. Importante naman po wala kang inaapakan at inaagrabyadong tao. 🙂 My manager, all my supporters SanyaWarriors helped me and inspires me. My manager gave me advice on how to handle bashers. Yung mga sumusuporta sakin, sila yung nasasaktan para sakin, pero sinasabi ko nalang na hayaan nalang natin sila. And most of all I’m always thankful that I have my family who always love me and believe in me. 😊 #OPPOF7 #CaptureTheRealYou
Janine Gutierrez, on the other hand, having been raised among a family of celebrities and controversy, entered the entertainment industry armed with the knowledge to not necessarily believe everything she hears from the people around her—especially when those things intend to bring down other people. She admits that it’s difficult to be victimized by judgers, but she knows just how to not let them get the best of her.
I grew up around showbiz and when my parents separated when I was 13, I saw how there were many articles claiming things about the situation that weren't true. I was always taught not to mind it because my family knew the truth and we had nothing but love and trust for each other. That's all that mattered. That's why, I always knew not to believe everything I read, or heard, especially the hurtful things people would say about other people. So I kept saying to mom, I think I would be able to handle it if ever it happened to me. The thing is, it happens to everyone – no matter what your job is or how old you are or where you're from – and it can still sting. Of course, when you're on the receiving end of hurtful words, the first thing you want is to explain yourself when people call you names or label you or talk as if they know you and your situation so well when they have no idea and they've never even met you. It can get overwhelming, but I've realized it doesn't and shouldn't matter. What matters is that you're surrounded by people who love you and know who you really are. And that's enough ❤️ #CaptureTheRealYou #OPPOF7
TV personality Robi Domingo takes on a more general stance on overall positivity, with his uplifting message about conquering each day—including off-days—with a good attitude. When things go wrong whether it’s within or out of your control, one thing you can control is how you face it and let it strengthen you.
99% of the time, I get to wake up, go around with my daily grind, and close my eyes with a smile on my face. But there are rare occasions wherein I feel that some things aren’t quite right. Thankfully, I’ve got a great support system -people who are always there to tell and make me feel that things are going to be alright. So if you’re not having that an awesome day, try to blur all the bad things, focus on the good, and show ‘em those pearly whites. Everything will be okay. 😁 #OPPOF7 @oppophilippines
Actress and singer Janella Salvador asserts a powerful reminder to not let bashers bring you down simply because they aren’t worth it, and to always hold on to your faith to lift yourself up amid any hardship.
As an artist, i’m often asked about my take on bashing and bullying on social media. You know what I say? I say… why would I even waste my time listening to criticisms from people who can’t even do any better? Why would I waste my time listening to people who have never been in my shoes? Why would I listen to people who spend all their time on social media making and hiding behind fake accounts, ranting about the success or failure of a certain person, when they obviously aren’t very successful themselves? People can only say so much but I know who I am and what i’ve been through. I know my true imperfections. They don’t know my story, why things turned out the way they are and why i’m here. There is only one person who knows every single thing about me and my life– and that is God. And because of that, no weapon formed against me shall prosper. The same goes for all of you… keep that in mind when you feel like the world is against you. You have yourself and you have someone up there who loves you more than anyone can. That’s more than enough. #OPPOF7
Each courageous and persevering celebrity rose above their bashers as they learned from the constructive comments, blocked the toxic ones, and pushed forward with a bright and positive outlook on life, thanks to the people who stood by them and supported them throughout their journey.
Selfie Expert smartphone brand OPPO, which has carried its message “Capture the Real You” for years, encourages not only its ambassadors, but also its entire community to let go of online negativity and embrace their true selves. “Sometimes, it helps to hear the stories of other people to draw inspiration and apply that optimistic disposition in their own way. Our advocacy is to help empower people, especially those who have been knocked down or discouraged by online haters,” OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations Manager Eason de Guzman said. “The stories of Sanya, Janine, Robi, and Janella have made them the strong, talented, and successful artists they are today. We thank them for sharing their stories and for allowing OPPO to be part of their lifestyle.”
Launched in the Philippines last April, OPPO’s latest flagship smartphone F7 comes with advanced selfie features which symbolize the essence of capturing your true self in the most beautiful and natural way. It is the world’s first smartphone with a 25MP front-facing camera and A.I. Beauty Technology 2.0 that analyzes the face in more than 296 recognition spots and beautifies it in three individual zones.