Never just a beautician

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Friday, June 6, 2014


HE GOT a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education (BSSEd) and in Economics (AB Econ), but he chose to put this to good use in a different way, tending to groups of gays while making men and women beautiful to earn a living.

He is Albert D. Albacite, best known as "Madam Abeth," who rendered most of his time teaching and imparting his talent to his housemates back when he was still with "Iwag Davao," a group helping gays build self-esteem by providing them skills to make ends meet. Abeth encouraged his fellow gay associates to approach him anytime when they need a helping hand.

Madam Abeth earned a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSeD), major in Filipino in 1986, followed by another degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both at the University of Mindanao (UM), but being a beautician is what he loves doing best.

"I enjoy being in this field, here I could see myself happy. That is why, regardless of what you have achieved in life; what destiny has prepared for you prevails, and that is something we need to accept. Right now, I am happy," he said.

Because of his talent, he became one of the participants in the International Event for Hair and Make-Up Trends held on Hong Kong in 1988, headed by the President of the Filipino Hairdressers Cooperative in the Philippines.

"I am sharing all that I have learned to my associates, and it had helped them a lot in their work abroad," he said.

He said that for some time, his house was like an “orphanage” as most of his gay friends hung out there, and sought shelter there. While there, instead of wasting time, he encouraged them to study and share their talents in hair dressing and make-up.

"These are the work they have abroad, but they still go back to me when they are in the country, they look for me. According to them, they miss me because I am already part of their lives," he said.

He believes that talents and skills like the one he has need to be shared.

"We should not be selfish. Let us share whatever talent we have, 'cause God will surely bless us," he said.

He added that no one should lose hope in life as there are countless opportunities to make a living. Just pray, he said.

Today, Abeth continues to manage his parlor at Barangay 22-C, Poblacion in Piapi, Boulevard, Davao City together with his fellow members in the Boulevard League of Gays.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 07, 2014.

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