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8 of 10 children in the Philippines experienced violence

Sheila Crisostomo April 8, 2018 MANILA, Philippines — Eight in 10 children and young people in the Philippines have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime that usually begins at home. This is one of the findings of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in their “National Baseline Study on Violence against Children (VAC),” the first ever national study on violence against children in the Philippines. The study showed that in the Philippines, “thousands of children are robbed of their childhood and suffer lifelong developmental challenges as a result of…

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Change Can Work for Women

DIRECT LINE  Boy Abunda  The Philippine Star May 12, 2018 Karen Davila, journalist Last March, we celebrated and honored women in celebration of the International Women’s Month. It was a month-long celebration that centered around the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women.” Filipino women are the strength of the family and have consistently been part of nation building. Through the years, the Filipino woman continues to be a significant player in the development of a nation. There was a time when women have no personality — they could not vote, they were relegated to being mere housewives, they could…

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Philippines Still Tops In Gender Equality In Asia But Falls 3 Notches In World Ranking

By Gaea Katreena Cabico Philstar.com November 2, 2017   The Philippines maintained its status of having the narrowest gender gap in Asia but fell three places in the world ranking, according to the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index. According to the annual report of the World Economic Forum released November 2, the country dipped to 10th place this year from seventh place last year. It got a score of 0.790. The Philippines also ceded its position as the highest performer in the East Asia and the Pacific region to New Zealand, which scored 0.791. “A worsening performance on the wage…

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Best Nanay Awards 2017

One Jewish writer said, “The milk we imbibed from our mothers will nourish us, and make sure we do not forget them.” Such wisdom guides the Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation as it continues to honor our mothers. Led by the indefatigable Boy Abunda and managed by Ladlad warrior Ms Bemz Benedito, MYNP continues to deliver services to Filipino mothers. Their latest project was the 2017 Best Nanay Awards, which were handed out last Saturday at Astoria Hotel in Ortigas, in glittering ceremonies hosted by Karen Davila. The call yielded a bumper crop of 904 entries, which the judges whittled…

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Champagne Misses Mom So Badly

DIRECT LINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star November 3, 2016 Champagne Morales and her late mother singer-actress Dinah Dominguez always had a beautiful relationship. They got along well with each other. Dinah was always by the side of Champagne during good times and bad. Champagne, now happily married to Alf Mendoza and a mom to a one-and-a-half year old Ariana, says that her mom was very supportive. It was Dinah who entertained press people who attended Champagne’s album launches and other events when the latter was still active as a singer-actress. Dinah knew Champagne always wanted to sing, back…

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