Frankie "Kakie" Pangilinan, daughter of Sharon Cuneta and Senator Kiko Pangilinan, has gained a huge following online, as she's been fearlessly vocal about social issues. (She's also SO witty and smart we can't help but stan, TBH.) The 19-year-old college student and recording artist has been using her platforms to raise awareness about issues and stand up for causes—and she has inspired so many to do the same.
Here, we gathered four *outstanding* Frankie moments where she wasn't afraid to speak her mind:
1. When she spoke up against victim-blaming and rape culture.
Just this month, a Facebook post by the Lucban Municipal Police Station advised "gherlz" to wear "decent" clothing to avoid getting harassed. Along with many other celebrities, Frankie shared a series of tweets about it, writing, "STOP TEACHING GIRLS HOW TO DRESS?? TEACH PEOPLE NOT TO RAPE."
TV and radio personality Ben Tulfo tagged her in a Tweet, saying, "Hija @kakiep83, a rapist or a juvenile sex offender's desire to commit a crime will always be there. All they need is an opportunity when to commit the crime. Sexy ladies, careful with the way you dress up! You are inviting the beast." He also posted a longer "explanation" on Facebook.
Frankie replied to him with a clapback, saying: "Rape culture is real and a product of this precise line of thinking, where the behavior is normalized, particularly by men...The way anyone dresses should not be deemed as 'opportunity' to sexually assault them. Ever. Calling me hija will not belittle my point." And lo and behold, the hashtag #HijaAko was born.
2. When she called out the president for saying that her parents' marriage was in trouble.
In November 2019, during a speech, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that Frankie's mom Sharon wanted her dad out of their home. "Pinapaalis na nga ng asawa niya sa bahay niya, ayaw kay wala ibang matirahan. Totoo. Tanungin mo. At kung sabihin mo nagsisinungaling ako, I will resign. Ang sinasabi ko totoo 'yan."
Frankie, who was studying in New York at that time, took to Twitter to react to these allegations: "Imagine making yourself dinner in your tiny apartment and tucking yourself into bed with a warm blanket only to get a notification informing you your parents are arguing daw. It's not either of your parents, it's not your sister, not the dog, it's rodi...Like imagine being more concerned with 'ruining' a perfectly happy family instead of...being...a good leader...Homesick na nga naging sick of home pa."
Frankie even shared photos of her parents smiling together, which were taken by her younger sister Miel Pangilinan. "In conclusion, it's 4:50 a.m. here in New York City. I'm exhausted and have plenty of homework. But if you come for my family, I'll come for [you]."
3. When she told everyone that there were more important things to focus on than her swimsuit photos.
During the summer of 2019, Frankie shared several swimsuit pics from a trip to Boracay. In an interview, Frankie clarified that her parents "didn't get mad" about the photos and added: "I think it depends also on the intent of the photo. My only intent with this photo is that I'm at the beach. It's my body, my tiger stripes and all. If girls can't feel comfortable in their own body and if girls aren't allowed to do what they want with their body, what kind of world am I growing up in?"
In July 2019, Kakie posted another set of swimsuit pics on IG and wrote in the caption: "Hi! Whenever I post a swimsuit pic, it seems to get a little extra attention. I definitely don't feel comfortable with that when there are so many more important things we should all be discussing." She then listed a series of important causes such as supporting local brands, helping Filipino farmers, registering to vote, and many more!
4. When she told bashers: "If you hate me so much, why are you obsessed with me?"
In May 2020, Frankie shared screenshots of insults and names people have been calling her, including "bobo," "unggoy," and "frogkie."
"For all the times you managed to make me question my self-worth, for all the times you threatened to find me, hurt me, kill me, for all the times you tried to silence me, and for everyone who's felt the same—for everyone who deserves better. #WeBlockAsOne," Frankie wrote. "Every single damn day for the last year at least??? Like get a fkin life if [you] hate me so much why [you] so obsessed with me."
Keep slaying, Frankie!