2 Pinoy youths among Time's 30 most influential teens


Posted at Nov 03 2017 01:36 AM | Updated as of Nov 03 2017 03:00 AM

Shibby de Guzman led students protesting the lionization of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Screenshot from The Benildean Facebook page

Ninth grade student Shibby de Guzman and teen online sensation Bretman Rock are on Time Magazine's list of the "30 Most Influential Teens of 2017".

The 14-year-old De Guzman shot to prominence after she was photographed protesting the lionization of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, according to Time Magazine. 

"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 magazine said.

De Guzman, in an interview with ABS-CBN News in July, said young people also need to take part in efforts to stop the killings.

De Guzman joined a rally condemning extra-judicial killings despite being bullied online for her stand against the clandestine burial of Marcos.

"We are protesting against EJKs and violations against civil liberties. The only thing that matters right now is the country. The aggressive backlash, it's better to just ignore. Engage in conversation, not fights. Don't approach someone aggressively if you're looking to make the change," she said.

Aside from de Guzman, Hawaii-based Bretman Rock also made it to the list.

Rock is known for his makeup skills that could give the Kardashians a run for their money, according to Time Magazine.

The beauty guru, born Bretman Rock Sacayanan, has amassed almost 9 million Instagram followers. 

Rock earlier hosted the red carpet pre-show of the 65th Miss Universe pageant.

Time said it compiled its annual list by considering accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media, and overall ability to drive news.