A Catholic youth group gave the makeup transformation craze a religious twist after a Facebook page titled Kabataang Katoliko recently launched a social media campaign urging youngsters to turn themselves into their most beloved saints as part of the makeup transformation memes posted online.
“Why look ugly when you can be a saint? And why look like a monster when you are more of a saint?” said the campaign, which was featured on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.
Kabataang Katoliko posted photographs of children being transformed into saints alongside hashtags #saintlytransformation, #saintify and #iwanttobeasaint. Among the saints featured by these youngsters were Dominic Savio, Pedro Calungsod, Philomena, Roche and Lucy.
“All of us have a favorite saint and they have shown exemplary lives. So when we try to imitate their [facial expressions] and their looks, we also try to follow their holiness of life,” the CBCP post quoted the Facebook page administrator as saying.
The campaign was quick to offer a new twist to the #Makeup Transformation meme that has gone viral on social media after people started accepting the challenge to look like their favourite celebrities by simply using makeup. Posts displayed multi-panel transformations of internet users applying makeup and turning themselves into celebrities they wish to look like, in the fourth or last panel. Even celebrities joined the rage to create their own panels. While some attempted to pull off astonishing transformations, others posted photos of themselves applying regular makeup followed by a picture of their favourite celebrity in the last panel.
“We hope that through this campaign, we can raise awareness [of] young people on social media to emulate the holiness and lives of the saints,” the administrator added.
Kabataang Katoliko’s campaign was well timed with the approaching of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Auxiliary Bishop Jose Bagaforo from Cotabato has appealed to Catholic youth in the Philippines previously as well to dress up in attires emulating various saints who have been associated with the Catholic Church instead of adorning frightening costumes while going trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
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