Shealea [Sheh-lei-yuh] has been receiving her iced coffee orders with her name spelled incorrectly for as long as she can remember. Born and raised where the typhoon belt and pacific ring of fire intersect (yep, that’s the Philippines ??), she recently earned her degree in BA Communication Research from the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
When she isn’t obsessing over color-coded spreadsheets or buried under a mountain of academic journals, Shealea enjoys talking about diverse books (with a self-confessed soft spot for Asian authors and their books), media representation, communication theories, and intersectional feminism — sometimes all in the same breath.
Fun & fast facts:
🌻 For reasons beyond her 2 remaining brain cells, Shealea is mentioned in the acknowledgments of several books written by her favorite authors. (Click to see!)
🌻 Self-proclaimed as Rin Chupeco’s biggest fan, she jokingly coined the term “chupec-hoe” and it
🌻 She is an absolute sucker for letters, be it handwritten or virtual.
🌻 She finds comfort in sunflowers, photos or videos of hedgehogs and baby bunnies, warm hugs, and steaming bowls of sinigang na hipon ? (or baboy ?).
🌻 Ironically, despite the many years of writing blog posts about her life, Shealea absolutely hates having to describe herself and prefers writing biographies in third person.
On the 17th of December 2015, Shealea began her book blogging journey. Years later, she gave in to the incessant
goading encouragement of her friends, got to work, and made Shut up, Shealea — what was once a closely guarded dream — finally happen.
The new site was formally launched in January 2019.
In its present form, Shut up, Shealea is a mishmash of literature, media, and lifestyle content.
This blog hopes to discuss the quiet power of representation, the need for diversity and inclusivity in all forms of media, the resilience forged from the trials and tribulations of living in a third-world country, and whatever else (because admittedly, Shealea tends to digress). It also aims to provide a safe and supportive space, especially for marginalized readers.
On a more personal note, Shealea hopes to use this blog as an avenue for learning and self-empowerment: to find the courage to speak up as a woman of color, to learn the humility needed for continued holistic growth, and to allow herself to be soft and loud, gentle and fierce, compassionate in heart and uncompromising in principle — sunflowers and thunderstorms.
When will Shealea shut up? Not today.
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