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Two Filipino youths were recognized by TIME Magazine as among the World’s Most Influential Teens of 2017, student activist Shibby de Guzman and vlogger Bretman Rock.

Fourteen-year-old Guzman made news late last year after a photo of her protesting against President Duterte’s decision to allow former president Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, went viral.

Credts: The Benildean (left photo); @BretmanRock via Instagram (right photo) / MANILA BULLETIN

“I’m the girl in the picture with the megaphone. Please do not underestimate the youth. We completely know and understand the injustice we are protesting against. Thank you” Guzman said about the photo.

In an interview with news website VICE, then 13-year-old Guzman had this to say to her critics who told her she is too young to understand what martial law was like:

“I’m fighting for people who didn’t have a voice. Some people don’t have the time and the privilege to study in a school like this, to speak on a stage like that. It’s my job to speak for them.”

Guzman has also protested and spoke out against the President’s war on drugs.

The young Filipina activist also encouraged her fellow youth to take action for the country.

TIME quoted the teen: “It’s so important that [they] know their own rights and when authorities abuse them…There are values that aren’t up for debate.”

Joining Guzman on the TIME’s annual list is YouTube vlogger, Bretman Rock.

At the young age of 19, Bretman is already considered among the moguls in the world social media.

“There is nobody on the Internet more fabulous than Rock,” the American magazine stated.

The Hawaii-based vlogger has more than two million subscribers on YouTube, and a combined 10 million followers in his official social media accounts.

Earlier this year, the internet star was given a chance to host the 65th Miss Universe’s pre-pageant competition.

He also kicked off a 12-city tour in the US last September which will end in November.

Also in the list are Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, singer Khalid, Moana actress Auli’i Cravalho, and UNICEF’s youngest ever goodwill ambassador Muzoon Almellehan.





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