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Let’s get real—one of the most challenging parts of women’s lives is the time when we have our menstrual cycle every month. There are times that it’s hard to cope when we have our period. 

This is the reason why Miss Universe Philippines with the partnership of Modess encourages young Filipinas to be stewards of their menstrual health. 

Over the years, Modess has helped educate and encourage young Filipinas to take care of their menstrual hygiene and health through various initiatives that teach healthier habits and help provide the necessary resources.

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“It’s important for us to empower and enable Filipina teens to take charge of their menstrual hygiene and health,” says Miss Universe 2021 Top 5 finalist Beatrice Luigi Gomez. “We can do this by teaching them what to do, providing them with what they need, and helping them build new and healthier habits especially as they slowly but surely go back out into the world.”

Beatrice also shared her moments when she got her first menstruation and said that she was fortunate enough to be in a household full of women, she has her mother, grandmother, and sister who taught her well about managing her menstrual health and hygiene. 

To motivate others, she left a message to her younger self.  “You did a great job, just being yourself, just being more confident. You used to be so scared and afraid about what people will think about you and the things that you do,” she says. “I’m happy for you because you stood up for what you believed in. You did a great job doing that and continue to grow, to learn. I hope that you continue to do that not just for yourself but for the people around you as well.”

(Contributed by Blessie Caballero, a student from City of Malabon University) 

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