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Former Super Sireyna Grand Winner Sabel Gonzales Now Lives As A Man


Former Super Sireyna Grand Winner Sabel Gonzales Now Lives As A Man

Sometimes, the simple, straightforward act of being who you are comes at a price. A price that’s steeper than having to defend that cherished collection of Vanilla Ice CDs or your ongoing love affair with movies. Filipino transgender model, Sabel Gonzales, makes abundantly clear, some people pay a graver price than most for staying true to themselves. 

Sabel’s intense transition that saw her alienated from friends and family members they were deeply touched and moved by her courage and strength. People like Sabel represent the true and courageous people of our time, which why they felt it was necessary to share her deeply moving journey of transition and sacrifice. Now Sabel is back, back to what she thinks to express who she really is.

Sabel Gonzales is best known for winning Eat Bulaga’s Super Sireyna Queen of Flowers in 2014. He now lives as a man and now back to his real name Mark Estephen. Mark, who never underwent sex reassignment surgery, took to his Facebook account to testify how God changed his life from living as a transgender woman to now living as a man.




A Bible quote posted by Mark Estephen on his Facebook account reads: It’s 2018, and I found my true happiness in life from Our Lord Jesus Christ. Only God can change to you and to me .. so accept and follow Jesus now as our savior and repent of our sins. He is the only way, the truth, and the life to be with the Father and to be in heaven.






Sabel’s overall message is love, tolerance, and understanding; and by helping the beautiful and resilient Sabel Gonzales tell her universally relevant story, a lot of people hope that others will feel inspired to tell theirs.  The ambitious goal is to inspire and motivate change. Sabel believes that the only way for us to change as a culture is to show the world that we are willing to pay the price that comes with it. Willing to sacrifice what they are for what they’re looking to become.






Sabel, who was known in the gay community as “Julia Barretto,” now lives in Arizona, USA and was a part of SLAY Model Management, the first transgender-only modeling agency in the world.






She shared that, “God changed me. He is the only one who can change us for His will. His love for us is eternal and everlasting. I’m just doing the right thing in my life with His guidance. Now, that I know the truth and following Jesus in my life, it’s a new life, new creation of God, it’s not my own desire anymore but it’s a God’s desire for my life.”






She also shares this Bible verse in her posts, "(John 14:6) 'Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.' To accept Jesus Christ as our savior and declare that He is our Lord, to confess our sins, ask forgiveness, to repent, surrender our lives to Him and to obey His commandments, and we will be SAVED. I am free and I found my real FREEDOM, LOVE, EQUALITY, RESPECT, and ACCEPTANCE of being who I am and what I am because of JESUS!”






Be that person that inspires others by what you do and how you treat them. We all have come across so many people that are struggling. We may not be able to offer money or provide them with material things that they might need, but the one thing we need to do is to grab their hand, give them a hug and pray! If everyone will be like Sabel and be an inspiration the world would be a better place and success would be achieved by all.


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