IN PHOTOS: Stars post inspiring messages on International Women's Day

MANILA, Philippines – Many of our local celebrities joined women all over the world in celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8.

Whether they were tributes to their idols and women in their lives, or messages for their fellow women, these actresses and personalities took to social media to celebrate the special day.

Here's what they had to say.

Jessy Mendiola, who has long been rumored to be taking on the role of Darna in the upcoming movie, posted a photo that said, "We all have a Wonder Woman inside of us." She dedicated her post "to all the strong women out there."

To all the strong women out there.#internationalwomensday A photo posted by Jessy Mendiola (@senorita_jessy) on Mar 7, 2016 at 6:35pm PST


Maja Salvador posted a photo of herself performing, backed up by her female dancers, with the caption, "The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could."

"The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could" #InternationalWomensDay #KeepShiningWoman #KeepBelievingWoman A photo posted by MAJASTY(@iammajasalvador) on Mar 7, 2016 at 9:04pm PST

 

Actress KC Concepcion posted a tribute to her idol, Angelina Jolie-Pitt.

She. She inspires me in her evolution, reinvention, and life choices through the years. She isn't perfect, she isn't cookie cutter, she is - today - a rebel with a cause. She came to understand what it meant to be a woman, and became it- freely, wildly, lovingly, courageously. She's the one who rolls with the punches, who kicks a$ with deep, soulful eyes, a sincere, open heart, and a knowing, naughty smile. You never know what she's upto next- she champions causes, dominates yet gives way, takes care of her family, fights for what or who she loves. All the while maintaining respect & placing boundaries where they ought to be. My forever peg #AngelinaJolieHappy #InternationalWomensDay#Vogue A photo posted by KC Concepcion (@thisiskcconcepcion) on Mar 7, 2016 at 8:48pm PST


Anne Curtis, who is a UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children, posted the same photo as that of the UN Women's Instagram account, with a short message about equality and empowerment.

To all the lovely women all over the world. May we continue to support, celebrate and empower one another to be brave. To stand and speak up for everything you believe in. You deserve to be the woman you want to be and have the right to equality. And to all the change makers and women of courage that continue to fight for the equal rights of women across the world. Thank you. You are an inspiration to all of us! Happy International Women's Day! #Planet5050 #IWD2016 A photo posted by Anne Curtis (@annecurtissmith) on Mar 7, 2016 at 8:12pm PST


Maxene Magalona sent out a message to all the women in the world: "To all the fierce females of the world, make sure to LOVE yourself and be PROUD of the woman that you are. You are strong, smart and beautiful. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!"

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! To all the fierce females of the world, make sure to LOVE yourself and be PROUD of the woman that you are. You are strong, smart and beautiful. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!Sending love and light to you ladies x A photo posted by Maxene Magalona (@maxenemagalona) on Mar 8, 2016 at 12:59am PST


Heart Evangelista posted a photo of herself at a rally led by Gabriela Women's Party, at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila. Heart joined the militants at the rally and represented her husband, Chiz Escudero, who is running for vice president.

Maraming salamat po sa pagkakataon na makasama kayo sa espesyal na pagdiriwang na ito!Best way to celebrate #internationalwomensday #gabriela #SayChiz A photo posted by Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero (@iamhearte) on Mar 8, 2016 at 12:00am PST

 

Ria Atayde gave a short birthday message to one of the women she looks up to, Gretchen Barretto.

As it is #InternationalWomensDay, I'd like to give a shoutout to one of my favorite #ModernFilipina women from whom I seek inspiration. Belated happy birthday, Tita @gretchenbarretto I love you. Thank you for the trust and for treating me like your own. How fitting it is that your birthday week landed on the week commemorating women. || This @CreamsilkPH video is just so fitting as it serves as a tribute to women like her http://bit.ly/ModernFilipinas A photo posted by Ria Atayde (@riaatayde) on Mar 8, 2016 at 2:11am PST

 

Para sa mga nilalang na may taglay ng bertud ng mahiwagang matres, ang ilaw na napupundi pero hindi nawawala ang ningning. Ang pusong nadudurog ng madalas pero nabubuo mag-isa. PARA SA MGA Nilalang MATATAPANG sa lahat ng Aspeto, anggulo! Wag kayong Mapagod magbigay ng Ganda ang kasiyahan. MABUHAY kayo!!!!#internationalwomansday A photo posted by Catherine Bautista (@ilovekaye) on Mar 7, 2016 at 5:04pm PST

 

All smiles for #internationalwomensday #modernfilipina represent haha __ Check out http://bit.ly/ModernFilipinas by @creamsilkph if you're one of us and proud of it A photo posted by Ava Diaz Daza (@avadiazdaza) on Mar 7, 2016 at 11:00pm PST

 

Today March 8 is #internationalwomensday . This is for all the #Belo beautiful women out there . Happy day! A photo posted by Vicki Belo (@victoria_belo) on Mar 7, 2016 at 7:46pm PST

 

I declare, therefore I am. A shoutout to all the empowered women out there! #womaninaction #HappyInternationalWomensDay || credits @darwinvicente for the artwork A photo posted by Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) on Mar 8, 2016 at 3:10am PST

 

Happy International Women’s Day to all the ass kicking, go getting, no nonsense women of the world! Join us with my @CreamSilkPH family as we pay tribute to the #ModernFilipina transformed to go beyond beautiful! Bit.ly/ModernFilipinas A photo posted by Kryz Uy(@kryzzzie) on Mar 7, 2016 at 6:17pm PST

 

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