Some exceptional teens are truly beyond young, wild and free.
Social media influencer Bretman Rock and student activist Shibby De Guzman made it to the Time’s Most Influential Teens 2017 list.
The news magazine released the list on its official Facebook account on Thursday, November 2.
The two Pinoy teens joined 28 more young celebrity heartthrobs, music stars, top-notch athletes, trend-setters, inventors, dancers, and goodwill ambassadors in the annual list.
De Guzman, one of the youngest in the list, first made headlines after fearlessly protesting against the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and against the current administration’s war on drugs.
While she gained support, a widely-circulated picture of her carrying a megaphone and wearing a cardboard sign – one usually found over dead bodies of the war – that said, “Lahat tayo posibleng drug pusher,” also earned criticisms.
“We completely know and understand the injustice that we are protesting against,” she responded, shutting down accusations of being brainwashed.
Currently in ninth grade, the student-activist hopes to encourage more young people to protest and take action, citing the importance of knowing one’s rights and ‘when authorities abuse them.
Rock, meanwhile, who hails from Hawaii and whose habits include ‘being cute all the time’ with his chiseled or contoured cheekbones, defined nose line and on-fleek brows, rounds out the list. Apart from his mad make up skills, his hilarious personality and musings have resulted to more than 9 million Instagram followers.
That same persona has also allowed him to host/slay the red carpet pre-show of this year’s Miss Universe. He has also toured in various cities in North America starting September to meet his fans.
“I think the universe is taking quite good care of [me],” he said.
Time’s annual list considers ‘accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news’. Past personalities who made the most influential teens list are singer Lorde and Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong.
Also included in this year’s list are Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown, multi-talented artist and CEO Jaden Smith, sister musician and model Willow Smith, pop superstar Shawn Mendes, R&B artist Khalid, actress Elle Fanning, model and budding photographer Brooklyn Beckham, model Kaia Gerber, actress and dancer Maddie Ziegler, among many others.
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