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What growing up as the only girl among her siblings taught Gretchen Ho

Gretchen Ho shares experiences growing up with her brothers.

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10/12/2020 12:11 PM
What growing up as the only girl among her siblings taught Gretchen Ho
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In time for the International Day of the Girl, Gretchen Ho shared her experience being the only girl among her siblings. 

On her Instagram page, the television host and athlete took a trip down memory lane and reflected on how the experience molded her to the woman that she is today. 

"As the only daughter amongst 3 boys, I grew up a little tougher than most. I didn’t want to be left out of the games just because I was a girl," she relayed.


Gretchen relayed that she grew up playing the games of her siblings.

"So I roughed it out with my brothers & cousin on 2on2 basketball, played with small army bases instead of polly pockets, and went for that afternoon pellet gun session and habul-habulan," she said. 

She added, "I would cry and be pikon every time they hit me, but I also knew I could take advantage of my femininity (they underestimated me) to score a point or so."

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As the only daughter amongst 3 boys, I grew up a little tougher than most. I didn’t want to be left out of the games just because I was a girl. So I roughed it out with my brothers & cousin on 2on2 basketball, played with small army bases instead of polly pockets, and went for that afternoon pellet gun session and habul-habulan ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I would cry and be pikon everytime they hit me, but I also knew I could take advantage of my femininity (they underestimated me) to score a point or so. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was quite a boisterous childhood, but one that shaped who I am today. To all the girls out there — embrace your strength and femininity, but never let your gender set limits upon you. Be brave & dauntless. Don’t be afraid to speak up and fight back when boundaries are crossed. You can be all that you want to become ๐Ÿ˜Š You are beautiful with all your quirks, and you are worthy of being loved ๐Ÿ’– Happy International #DayOfTheGirl! Let’s empower women and support their education by sponsoring a girl! Head to this website by @worldvisionphl: https://www.worldvision.org.ph/1000girls/

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Reflecting on her experience, Gretchen reminded girls to embrace their strengths.

"It was quite a boisterous childhood, but one that shaped who I am today. To all the girls out there — embrace your strength and femininity, but never let your gender set limits upon you," she stated. 

 

 

She continued, "Be brave & dauntless. Don’t be afraid to speak up and fight back when boundaries are crossed. You can be all that you want to become. You are beautiful with all your quirks, and you are worthy of being loved," she stated. 

READ: Gretchen Ho opens up about her experience with anxiety 

Prior to her television career, Gretchen was one of the top athletes of the Ateneo Lady Eagles from 2008 to 2013. She eventually played for the Petron Blaze Spikers from 2013 to 2015.  

 

 

Gretchen has also a double degree in management engineering and communications, and a minor in development management from Ateneo de Manila University. 

 

 

In April this year, she launched her own website "Woman in Action," which is Gretchen's "personal motto and vision."

She explained on her website: "It is a personal motto because it is a phrase that encapsulates everything I am — I live an active lifestyle of discovery through sports, travel and adventure. I love getting my hands dirty and jumping into the heat of the action."

She added: "I believe the best way to learn and make a difference is by engaging with the world. Action also goes beyond the physical. To be a woman-in-action, for me, means living life in totality and becoming a fully developed person, mentally and spiritually."