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2 Pinoys among Time’s ‘Most Influential Teens of 2017’

By Rom Dulfo MANILA -- Two Filipino youths made it to Time Magazine’s list of the 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017 -- a list which takes into account “global impact through social media, and overall ability to drive news.” Hawaii-based male beauty guru and internet superstar Brettman Rock, 19, made the cut after dominating social media with his hilarious vlogs including his wacky make-up tutorials. “There is nobody on the Internet more fabulous than Rock. Just ask him,” Time said. Rock has previously hosted the red carpet pre-program of the 65th Miss Universe pageant, and has already amassed over 8 million Instagram followers as of posting. Aside from Rock, St. Scholastica’s College-Manila ninth-grader Shibby De Guzman also made it to the list. The 14-year-old student shot to fame when she led last year’s rallies against the burial of late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. De Guzman also joined protests against government programs including the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs. “She carried a megaphone and wore a cardboard sign similar to those sometimes strewn over the bodies of drug-war victims. Then, in a widely shared social-media post, she shut down critics who alleged that her fellow protesters were “brainwashed,” the news magazine said. The two Filipinos join the likes of Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, actor-entrepreneur Jaden Smith, supermodel Kaia Gerber, and UNICEF’s youngest goodwill ambassador Muzoon Almellahan. PNA

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