Miel Pangilinan Comes Out as a Member of the LGBTQ Community
"It’s a really emotional and freeing time right now... posting this truly feels cathartic," Miel writes on Instagram
In celebration of Pride Month and her coming out as queer, Miel Pangilinan posted photos of herself on Instagram, bannering the symbolic rainbow flag that represents the LGBTQ community. With a courageous and humble heart, she expressed how thankful she is for being able to finally celebrate her identity this year.
Surrounded by peers and people who love, support, and strengthen her, Miel thinks that it is high time to share her story. “I’ve spent so many sleepless nights over the span of much of my childhood and teenage life worrying and wondering about a plethora of things surrounding my identity, and it only feels right that I post this at the point I’m in now where I’m comfortable enough in who I am and who I love and how I choose to present.”
There is dignity in truth, and Miel Pangilinan’s act of outing oneself can cast ripple effects on those who remain tight-lipped about their identities. In her post, she acknowledged how fortunate she is to have the privilege to speak out. Miel adds, “I’m also incredibly thankful that I am able to safely celebrate my identity this year, as I know there are many of (sic) people in this country that don’t have the same privilege.”
Check out her full post below:
As Miel finally freed herself from society’s unforgiving shackles, her family and friends were quick to cheer for her. Her sisters, KC Concepcion and Frankie Pangilinan, commented on her post with their congratulatory messages.
In her comment, KC made a promise that she will always be present for Miel through and through. “Congratulations,” she said. “I’m so proud of you! I love you, sister. I’m always going to be here for you as your ate, no matter what. Happy pride!”
Frankie, on the other hand, kept her note short but sweet, writing, “Das my baby” and “I love you!” in the comment section.
Miel Pangilinan’s parents, Senator Kiko Pangilinan and Megastar Sharon Cuneta, also expressed their endearing affection. “I love you, my Yellie Bellie! Mama and I will always be here for you. Always. For certain. Forever. No matter what. Period. No more comma. The end of the paragraph. Amen,” Kiko commented, captivating not only Miel’s heart but also the netizens’.
On a separate lengthy Instagram post, Sharon penned a heartfelt message for her daughter and declared: “All I will say is that I love all my children and will support them in their lives and choices. I am proud of my children and all my children are perfect. I love you, my Miel.”
Other celebrities and loved ones who expressed their support for Miel in the comments section of her Instagram post include Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Ryan Agoncillo, Biana Gonzalez-Intal, Sam Cruz, Kiana Valenciano, Hannah Pangilinan, Leon Barretto, Ice Seguerra, and Jackie Lou Blanco.
Lead photo from @mielpangilinan