To most of her fans, Ruby Ibarra is the fiery and headstrong rapper whose songs speak of difficult truths – navigating one’s identity as a Filipino and an American, the remnants of colonial rule, and being a woman in a male-dominated world.
She is, most definitely, still all that.
But the coronavirus pandemic has, much to Ruby’s amusement, put the spotlight on another of her passions: science.
After and in between tour dates, live performances, and media interviews left and right, Ruby Ibarra dons a full armor of PPE and works in a biotech lab where, among other things, she works on polymerase chain reaction tests and developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.
Rappler lifestyle and entertainment editor Bea Cupin talks to Ruby about the changes she’s had to adapt to during the coronavirus pandemic, her plans both for science and music, and why she never shies away from the political.
Catch the interview on Wednesday, August 11 on Rappler’s social media pages or bookmark this page to catch the livestream. – Rappler.com