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How does child sexual exploitation proliferate in the Philippines?

Children who fall prey to abuse and sexual exploitation are invisible in more ways than one.

During the launch of Plan International Philippines #NotForSale campaign on Tuesday, Dr. Elizabeth Protacio-De Castro revealed that the number quoted by the few existing studies on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children or CSEC from the '90s hardly represents the landscape now that social media has made transactions painfully easy.

De Castro declined to quote for fear of disseminating inaccurate data. In fact, nobody knows exactly how many victims there are, then or now. However, Plan International Philippines estimates that 100,000 Filipino children are brought into prostitution every year.

They further report that the Philippines has the 4th highest number of prostituted children in the world and that 1 of 8 children are at risk for online sexual abuse or bullying.

"Napakalaki ng [impact] ng internet-mediated access sa problema na kinakaharap natin ngayon. That is the major new form, but that is not the only [factor]. Dati brothel at street, tapos ngayon cybercrime. It's the combination [of the two]," De Castro told the press on Tuesday during the launch of Plan International Philippines #NotForSale campaign launch, which seeks to combat CSEC.

#NotForSale hopes to reach the youth where they are and help them leave the sex industry with the same apparatus that helped them enter it in the first place: social media.

"We're not just looking at traditional [websites] were you can find pornography. You would expect that that is where abuse happens, but we found that it also happens on regular Internet spaces like Facebook, on Tinder, on Craigslist...even on OLX. You have children selling themselves online that way," Paulene Santos, campaign and advocacy specialist of Plan International Philippines, added.

De Castro emphasized that there is no intention to demonize the Internet and new media, but the problem is that this hyper-connectivity in the digital age puts everyone at risk of being a victim.

"It is pervasive in every way," De Castro declared, explaining further that the laws to protect the youth are in place, but stressed that young people should be educated about responsible Internet use.

Armed with that idea, Plan International Philippines will reach out to young people through the #NotForSaleonline information campaign and send caravans to universities to educate them and empower them to self-regulate against sexual abuse, whether online or offline.

Plan International Philippines simultaneously launched "Children and the Sex Trade in the Digital Age," research led by De Castro that details the inner workings of the CSEC from the perspective of the young people who did or are still doing sex work.

There were 32 respondents for the study—22 girls and 10 boys—who provided insights that could help solve the CSEC problem.

Poverty robs people of better opportunities

The study revealed that the main benefit for these children of entering and the main reason to stay in the sex industry is to support their family—which in some cases involve supporting their own children because they got pregnant.

Akbayan Party-list Representative Tom Villarin added that people living in war-torn areas are also particularly vulnerable, especially people who are forced to flee their homes and who lose their sources of income and homes.

"As public servants, we are duty-bound to create spaces, opportunities—economic and political opportunities—that will facilitate the exit of our children, our young people from the commercial sex exploitation industry," said Kabataan Party-list Representative Sarah Elago.

"In the Philippines, the youth sector remains to have a bleak future. We don't have as much opportunities," Elago explained, adding that out of 100 grade one students, only 14 are able to complete their tertiary education. And of these 14, only 5 get employed right after graduation.

The results of the study affirms this, as less than half of the respondents finished high school. However, the study notes that 41% want to continue their formal education or enroll in a vocational course.

These children want to avail of TESDA's services and could benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, but the majority of the government's attention and the budget allocation is going to campaign against drugs.

"Right now, the government is focused on other problems like drugs. The main problem is only drugs, so everyone is focused on drugs. We don't want to underestimate the issue, but the issue of poverty is complex. Drugs could be the effect of poverty."

"Poverty has affected the Filipino family and psyche. Right now the big challenge also is to focus on programs that really matter for Filipino families," Villarin said.

Social and mental health support are lacking

Young people can also get into the sex trade unwittingly, sometimes at the suggestion of someone they trust. A teen might be encouraged by a friend to contact a pimp to help pay for hair treatment or expensive clothes and find herself engaging in sexually exploitative work once or twice.

De Castro warned against simplifying the problem to poverty, because the problem should also be understood from the mindset of young people and their circumstances.

The same teen who went into sex work once might then be subjected to bullying. Constantly being branded "puta" (whore or slut) might make the teen feel trapped and forced to embody this label.

"You have to understand what it's like to be a Filipino teen growing up," De Castro said.

Bullying and abuse are hardly ever given as a reasons to enter the sex trade, but those who experience it at school or at home often suffer from mental health issues, which leaves them particularly vulnerable to and sexual exploitation.

The customers are protected 

Another hurdle in stopping CSEC is the pitiful amount of information collected on the perpetrators. There is very little data on the people who avail these services and De Castro believes that there should be more in order to address the problem.

"Walang pag-aaral sa demand side. Ano ang profile ng customer? Ano ang ginagawa para akitin ang bata? Ano ang scope ng network nila?" De Castro said. In focusing all the attention on the victim, De Castro said "it's like we're saying walang problema sa customers."

"It's also important to conduct studies on the demand side, because the reason why we haven't eliminated or stopped CSEC is because its a multi-billion dollar industry. There is so much money involved in CSEC," Santos added.

Santos pointed to one of the respondents in the study who was on a payroll and was in a sense "employed" to upload child sexual abuse material online.

"We have to address all the dimensions to stop it and at the rate the technology is going, we can't keep up," Santos said.

Weak enforcement of laws and gaps in the law

If money fuels CSEC, it would also take proper funding to counter it. Although there are laws in place to protect children from exploitation, the enforcement lags due to the insufficient budget allocation.

There are also gaps in the law like in the existing age of sexual consent. In the Philippines, sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 12 is defined as rape, but a child as young as 12 can already consent to sex.

"We can see that the budget of the agencies who are supposed to address these gaps are not increased. Some of them have been decreased," Villarin said.

"Kailan matiyak na 'yong mga batas natin ay nagsisilbi sa kaniyang mamayan at nandiyan ang batas na 'yan, dapat may pondo dahil 'yon din 'yong lifeline ng batas na 'yon na may napakagandang hangarin katulad ng paglaban sa child sexual exploitation," Elago declared.

According to a report by Tina Panganiban-Perez for GMA News on Wednesday, the Philippine National Police has saved only 20 children from exploitation since 2013.

To learn more about the #NotForSale campaign and how you can help, visit the official Plan International Philippines website. — BM, GMA News



7 Female Empowerment Books Every Woman Should Read by


Original Graphic by Viviana Duron

It’s Women’s Equality Day tomorrow—a holiday commemorating women’s right to vote—so it got us thinking about the great female empowerment books out there. Since the passage of the 19th amendment (and before), women have done amazing things for society, including writing inspirational books. We know what it’s like to hit a point in life where you just need a spark of motivation—and thankfully, these female-penned books will give you just that. (We swear, everyone needs a little prompting sometimes).

So we went on to find seven books that will inspire you in every area of your life. The authors range from journalists to social scientists to doctors and even a Nobel Peace Prize Winner (#goals). Follow along with us as we introduce you to the top women’s empowerment books that we think deserve a place on your bookshelf. Cancel your plans—you won’t be able to put them down.


Roxane Gay Bad Feminist ($11)

In a collection of essays, author Roxane Gay explores what it means to be imperfect in this day and age (and why it’s okay). She doesn’t leave anything out—covering race, friendship, feminism, and even Lena Dunham. (FYI: The title speaks to how, as a black woman, she believes in the tenets of feminism, but she feels like it was created to primarily benefit the white community). If you think the tone is going to be preachy, think again. Sitting down with this book will kind of be like having a thought-provoking conversation with your cooler, smarter best friend.

You’ll also like: Gloria Steinem Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions($8); Ngozi Adichie We Should All Be Feminists ($6).


At the beginning of Redefining Realness, author Janet Mock writes, “We need stories of hope and possibilities, stories that reflect the reality of our lived experiences.” Mock’s narrative goes on to detail how she grew up impoverished, multiracial, and transgendered, all with the ultimate goal of finding herself. It wasn’t until the People editor fell in love with a man she was dating that she had to dig deep and open herself up to him—and the possibility of rejection.

You’ll also like: Jennifer Finney Boylan She's Not There ($10); Dorothy Allison Two or Three Things I Know for Sure ($8).


If you’re a fan of social scientist Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly, then you need to preorder her new book Braving the Wilderness, which is out September 12. If you’re familiar with her work, then you know the author has the amazing ability to seamlessly weave stories with science, and the same is done in this new piece of literature. The premise revolves around Brown’s belief that we’re all disconnected from reality, so she goes on to prescribe four ways to find belonging every day.

You’ll also like: Gretchen Rubin The Four Tendencies ($15); Brooke McAlary Destination Simple ($13).


Rebecca Solnit Men Explain Things to Me ($9)

Rebecca Solnit’s collection of seven essays begins by recalling a conversation in Aspen with a successful businessman who assumes her opinion about something is wrong simply because she’s a woman. The book’s essays go on to range from the silly (like “mansplaining”) to the serious (gender equality). Solnit’s opinions about feminism, marriage equality, and our society are nothing less than bold (and sometimes totally necessary). But hey, there’s no use in sugarcoating things, right?

You’ll also like: Sloane Crosley I Was Told There’d Be Cake ($9); Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique ($15).


Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb I Am Malala ($12)

This memoir penned by the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize tells the tale of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who stood up for education. But more than just that, the book—co-written by British journalist Christina Lamb— doesn’t shield you from Malala’s flaws as she pushes for the right to attend school even in the face of the Taliban. From cover to cover, readers not only see Malala’s true power amidst the political strife but that of her whole family.

You’ll also like: Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Half the Sky ($8); Michael J. Sandel Justice ($8).


Qanta A. Ahmed, MD In the Land of Invisible Women ($10)

This compelling true story revolves around Quanta A. Ahmed, MD, a British doctor of Pakistani descent who takes a job in Saudi Arabia when her U.S. visa renewal is denied. The book’s plot is woven with positive moments like Ahmed rediscovering her Islamic religion on a pilgrimage and cons that include seeing co-workers celebrate during the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Things aren’t always black and white, as Ahmed comes to realize on her two-year stint in Riyadh, but sometimes you just have to find the silver lining.

You’ll also like: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Infidel ($9); Omar Saif Ghobash Letters to a Young Muslim ($12).


Jena Lee Nardella One Thousand Wells ($10)

Author Jena Nardella shares how she set out after college graduation to save the world with the hope of building 1000 wells in Africa. The fact of the matter is that she succeeded—as the co-founder of Blood:Water, she’s helped give more than one million African residents access to clean water. But along the way, Nardella faced many challenges, including corruption and serious setbacks that cause her to question herself and her mission. Thankfully, the activist found a way to embrace the world—flaws and all (a lesson for all of us).

You’ll also like: Bob Goff Love Does ($13); Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner Find Me Unafraid ($9).


Mysterious Dark Illustrations by Dawid Planeta

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Dawid Planeta’s mysterious illustrations take you on a trip into a dark world of deep forests and mythical creatures.

Dawid Planeta is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who lives in Cracow, Poland. As a personal project, he has created a very dark series of mysterious illustrations. Each illustrations refers to a specific quote from a historical personality. Dawid has illustrated creepy dark places that are hidden in deep forests with mythical creatures. Six exceptional pieces of the series can be found below. For more, please visit Dawid Planeta’s tumblr.

“One challenge at a time, I try to turn into the face of fear and tell it “you are not my master, you are the product of my self and I am your master.” I look into the monster’s eyes until it disappears. Then I am free.” ― Rohvannyn Shaw


“Allow the power to flow through you. Don’t try to capture it. You wish only to borrow it.” ― G.G. Collins


“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird


“The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy.” ― Floriano Martins


“There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.” ― Vincent Van Gogh


All images © by Dawid Planeta. Feel free to find more talented illustrators on WE AND THE COLOR. Our Illustration category contains a great range of work including handmade drawings and digital graphics. WE AND THE COLOR is your source for the daily dose of creative inspiration!


Food Exchange

New Zealand pushes more of its premium homegrown products into the Philippine market, while a Filipino chef gives Kiwis a taste of Filipino food

By Angelo G. Garcia/

When New Zealand basketball team Tall Backs received boos from Filipino fans last year during their traditional haka dance performance, it showed how clueless most Pinoys were to the culture of the Kiwis. The only thing Filipinos probably know about the South Pacific country is Hobbiton, thanks to The Lord of the Rings movies.

The unfamiliarity, however, goes both ways. Auckland-based Filipino chef Leo Fernandez says that New Zealanders, too, know little about the Philippines. Most of them don’t know that we speak English and they don’t know nothing about the food. When he opened a restaurant after finishing second place in New Zealand MasterChef in 2015, Kiwi diners have no clue what to expect about Filipino cuisine.



“Because they (people in NZ) are unaware of Filipino food, they were thinking that it might be like Indonesian, Vietnamese, or Thai. Some are disappointed because it didn’t meet their expectation,” says Leo. “But some are blown away because of the flavors. Filipino food is quite polarizing at times, it’s either you like it or hate it.”

The celebrity chef recently visited the country for Food Connection Manila, a one-day trade show of New Zealand export products, organized by the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). Chef Leo was a practicing veterinarian here in the country when he migrated to New Zealand in 2008. He worked for a dairy farm and then in a pig farm before landing a spot in the reality television show.

He admits that everything he knows about cooking was self taught, considering that he comes from a family of food connoisseurs. Chef Leo was forced to cook when his cravings started for Filipino food.

“I was forced to learn because as a migrant, I had to teach myself how to cook Filipino comfort food,” he says. “I took my family by surprise when I told them I was joining MasterChef.”

One of his main goals in the competition was to introduce Filipino cuisine to the Kiwis, cooking Pinoy dishes like arroz caldo, escabeche, bilo-bilo and, other dishes in the challenges. His plan worked because it got the audience curious of Filipino fare.

Last year, along with fellow Pinoy partners, chef Leo opened Azon. With this restaurant, he tries to elevate Filipino food by creating contemporary dishes but keeping with the roots in terms of flavors and service.

“The restaurant’s concept is contemporary Filipino. It’s more on tweaking Filipino dishes, just presented in a different way but the flavors are still there. It’s a family oriented restaurant, a sharing concept, which is very Filipino,” he says.

According to him, the challenge is getting the ingredients. He has suppliers that import Filipino ingredients but the challenge comes from local fresh ingredients. For instance, he uses goat in his caldereta, a meat that is not popular in New Zealand. There are a few but he has tough competition from other restaurants that cook foreign cuisines like Indian food that also use a lot of goat meat. The seafood is expensive, too, since the country observe sustainable fishing.

But this is also what Chef Leo loves about NZ, that you could just go to the coast and pluck muscles from the rocks on the beach and it’s safe to eat. The country also produces a lot of quality and premium products from dairy to wine to fruits, which is a dream come true for any chef.

He says that the restaurant trend now in Kiwi country is offeringsustainable and organic eats. It’s all the about farm-to-table trend. New Zealand prides itself for its clean and safe products. The country makes sure that products are safe and traceable, after all, it exports majority of its products.

“We export 70 percent of what we produce,” explains NZTE trade commissioner to the Philippines Hernando Banal II. “By default, everything we produce in New Zealand should be traceable and sustainable.”

During the Food Connection Manila, the South Pacific country showcased its best like Antipodes, a premium bottled water brand that was judged as the “World’s Best Water”; New Zealand Natural, maker of premium ice cream; Charlie’s Fruit Fix Smoothies; Phoenix Organics’ juices and sodas; Whittaker’s chocolates; Palm corned beef; Annie’s Fruit Bars; Schubert wines; Babich wines; Tohu wines; Te Pa wines; and Anchor products.

The total trade between NZ and PH has been steadily growing reaching NZ$1B in export products last year. Hernando says that the Philippines is New Zealand’s 18th largest export market.

“What we are promoting are our brands these are value added products. We would like to see more New Zealand brands in local supermarkets,” Hernando says. “The awareness is growing, the interest about the Philippines. Of course, the economic performance of the Philippines in the last six years help, it’s becoming more obvious now to business people. The dream is to use the Philippines as a launching pad, we are a good entry point to Southeast Asia.”; Facebook @NZ_Global; and @NewZealandFood; Instagram @NZ_Global

Corned beef hash rice croquettes with caldereta sauce by Chef Leo Fernandez

NZ Natural ice cream

Kiwi-Pinoy celebrity chef Leo Fernandez



Memorial Day: Popsicle tweet from Ivanka Trump's lifestyle brand gets icy reception

By Saba Hamedy, CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's daughter faced backlash after her lifestyle brand's Twitter account -- "IvankaTrumpHQ" -- gave what some considered an insensitive Memorial Day holiday tip. 

"Make champagne popsicles this #MemorialDay," the tweet read, linking to a section on which features a list of ideas for the holiday, described as the "Kickoff to Summer."
Trump, who also serves as one of her father's top White house advisers, posted a more typical Memorial Day message on her personal Twitter account.
"Today we honor the men & women in our armed forces who have lost their lives to protect our freedom," she wrote. "Thank you for your service #MemorialDay."
Still, many mocked Trump for the popsicle tweet.
One meme, which many circulated on Twitter, featured text that reads: "Remember our sacrifice by making champagne popsicles."
"You'd think that no one could be that utterly callous, right?" wrote one Twitter user. "But we're dealing with a Trump brat here."
"Who can't relate to 'champagne popsicles' on #MemorialDay ?" wrote another. "Except maybe all the people honoring those who served and sacrificed all."
Others shared photos of their family members who served the US.
"My dad was a gunner in Vietnam and had to clean the blood of his dead friends out of the chopper. #NoChampagnePopsicles," wrote one Twitter user.
The negative Twitter reactions come as Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, senior adviser to Trump, attempt to "keep their heads down," as CNN reported Monday, following news that the FBI is looking into the role Kushner held during the campaign and transition, including his contacts with Russian officials.

Enraged wife crashes car into Mercedes carrying husband and his mistress

BANGKOK–In a scene straight out of a television drama, a woman driving a brand-new Toyota Fortuner chased a Mercedes Benz carrying her husband and his mistress to confront them and ended up crashing into four vehicles in Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district, causing six slight injuries on Saturday.

The pile-up occurred at 4:30 p.m. on the Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road in Tambon Bung Yitow, causing a severe four-kilometer-long traffic jam before the scene was cleared.

The initial police probe found that the woman had traced her husband using GPS, caught up with his white Mercedes Benz at Sawai Pracharat Road and then decided to crash her vehicle into his to stop him from getting way.

The crash also caused damaged three other passing cars.


Genius Fil-Brit student rejected from UK school

A young Filipina in the United Kingdom whose IQ is said to be higher than Einstein's was denied placement by a grammar school due to "over-subscription," reports said.

report on Milton Keynes Citizen said Mia Golosino, 11, was refused her first choice of secondary school, Aylesbury High grammar school, even after her parents arranged for her to take a test that revealed her genius IQ level of 162.

The genius benchmark IQ is set at 140.

Based on a letter provided to Metro, Golosino was told that she placed in the top one percent of scores required for membership with British Mensa, a local counterpart of the largest and oldest IQ society in the world.

Golosino, who is also a swimmer and a ballet dancer, accepted an offer from the Royal Latin School in Buckingham instead.

Her parents, Jose and Mary, who moved to England from the Philippines 10 years ago, shared their daughter's story to the media to "inspire other families whose kids did not get into their preferred school."

Golosino joins the ranks of genius kids who have supposedly outranked both celebrated physicists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking in terms of pure IQ.

British-Indian children Rajgauri Pawar, Kashmea Wahi, Anushka Binoy, and Aum Amin have snagged headlines in the past for also having the IQ of 162, above Einstein and Hawkin's supposed score of 160. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News


Senior citizen self-reviews, passes 2016 Bar exams


NAGA CITY—A senior citizen on Wednesday finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a lawyer.

Jessie Savilla, 60, self-reviewed for the 2016 Bar exams and was one of the 3,747 passers out of 6,344 examinees.


Savilla graduated from the University of Nueva Caceres in 2015. He first enrolled in the university in 1981 but stopped studying law after a year and a half.

“Nag-asawa na ako, may anak. Wala na yung personal na pangarap, pangarap mo na ay para sa pamilya,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Jessie Sevilla

Savilla rediscovered his interest in studying law after the bank he previously worked for closed.

“Kasi nawalan ako ng trabaho, wala na akong ginagawa, nakita ko yung mga libro ko dati, inumpisahan kong i-scan sila and parang may fire na, nagkaroon agad ako ng interes, sabi naman ng mga anak ko, kami na ang mag papaaral sayo,” he said.

Savilla did not pass the Bar exams in his first try.

He has five children. His eldest child, Rainier, also passed the Bar exams in 2012. - report from Rona Jane Nuñez, ABS-CBN News


Enya 'has done so well and is a superstar', says sister Moya Brennan

Clannad star Moya Brennan has revealed her famous family band have always very proud of the success of her enigmatic superstar sister, Enya.

Her fame-shy younger sister has amazed industry experts by becoming Ireland’s most successful solo artist.

Enya has sold 80 million albums around the globe without ever going on a concert tour and makes only rare public appearances.

The richest Irish singers, actors, families and sports people have been revealed

In a new BBC series, Beart is Briathar, Moya explains that her Grammy-winning sibling always wanted to go her own way.

She said: “She has done so well and is a superstar. People see that she is special.

“She toured with us after she left school and she stayed for two and a half or three years.

"She wanted to do her own thing. She had a more classical than traditional leaning.

“She worked so hard on finding her own sound, the way she sings, the way she plays everything on her recordings and it is special and people love it.

“We are very happy for her. Her style was self-contained. We respect her for that because that’s how she wants to be known.

“We are very close of course but she has her way and we have our way. I have other brothers and sisters too and we all have our own way of going on.”

The new Irish language series, fronted by Eamonn Mallie, is set to feature a string of well-known Irish-speaking personalities who have made an impact culturally, politically, religiously or musically.

In the series, Moya Brennan reveals how all of her siblings were around her father, Leo Brennan, last year in Donegal in the weeks before he passed away last June.

“It was tough but he died at home and we were all there.

“We had a few weeks with him, singing, and crying and praying. It was really lovely but we will certainly miss him.”

She said the death of her uncle Padraig Duggan, the founder of Clannad, just weeks later was devastating.

She said: “People say to me they were sorry about my uncle.

“I have to pause because her wasn’t like an uncle to me, he was more like a brother. He was only a few years older than me.

“Because he was in Clannad for 46 years we spent a lot of time together so I grieved when my father died but maybe because both deaths happened together I was terribly upset about Padraig.

“He was only 67. This was the first member of Clannad to die.”

Padraig Duggan was involved in composing the first Irish-language song to feature in the UK charts, the 1982 theme from Harry’s Game.

Moya said they were amazed at the success of the song they performed on Top of the Pops.

She said: “When we started Clannad we had no plans to make it big or make a lot of money or find a new sound. The sound that merged for Harrys Game was natural and I think that’s what everyone liked.”

She also spoke about the band being naïve and being ripped off during their early days.

“There were very few people especially at that time who didn’t have people take advantage of them. There are people like Elton John and Sting who all suffered. It happens, but as long as we have our music that is the important thing.”

She also opened up about her well-documented battle with drink and drugs when she first shot to fame in Clannad.

“You can get into a bad routine and it can happen easily. I was drinking too much and taking drugs. I didn’t look for them. There were always people approaching you and asking you what you wanted. I was always careful of what I took as well. I was always afraid of harder drugs, I followed the wrong path for a while.”

In recent decades she has been on a path of deep spirituality after finding God.

“I couldn’t get up in the morning if I didn’t know God was on my side. Of course, I have questions but I believe in God. Faith is a very special thing. Everyone needs spirituality. I believe in Jesus Christ and I know when I get up in the morning He is with me.

She said she has found happiness with her husband and their two children, Aisling and Paul, in the last three decades.

She said it was love at first sight when she met the photographer, Tim Jarvis.

She said: “He is an amazing man. We fell in love the first time we met. We now have a son and a daughter and I’m very content and proud.”

And she said one of her favourites pastimes is housework when she returns from tours around the globe.

“When you are off on tour, you’re in and out of hotels, you are on stage in green rooms, in make-up, tuning the harp and doing other things.

“I don’t do it every week so I enjoy housework. I enjoy doing, laundry, the ironing, everything, Isn’t that boring? It is therapeutic to me.”


BY Irish Mirror



24 March 2017, Los Angeles – Philippine Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz joined the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March held at the White Sands Missile Range, a U.S. Army testing area in New Mexico, on 19 March 2017. Considered to be the largest commemoration of the Bataan Death March outside the Philippines, the annual march was started by Army ROTC Department of the New Mexico State University in 1989.

A record number of 7,200 participants joined the event, composed of both military personnel and civilians, including eight survivors of the 1942 Bataan Death March.

This year’s commemorative event was made even more significant by the recent signing of the Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 on 14 December 2015, recognizing Filipino and American World War II veterans for their service. END.

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