Relationships – The Unforgiving Ex-Wife
Dec18

Relationships – The Unforgiving Ex-Wife

Fifteen years ago my husband left me for another woman. Let’s call her “Ruby”. Ruby is twelve years younger than me, and a “typical Filipina”.  Both my parents are also Filipino but I was born and raised in the States.  I have only been to the Philippines twice in my life and have no plans to return.        My husband said he didn’t leave me for her, that our marriage was over before he even set...

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Relationships: Status – Single. Mother. Hopeful. It’s complicated.
May13

Relationships: Status – Single. Mother. Hopeful. It’s complicated.

  Dear Dr. Holmes and Mr. Baer,   I am a 20-something solo mother with a young child. It has been five years since I separated from the father of my child and I just got my annulment. My annulment made me realize that I am finally free… free from the bad marriage and yes, finally free to start dating again. I have started going out with some guys, but many times I get annoyed with their stereotype of the single mom:...

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Illustrado Day of Sisterhood
May08

Illustrado Day of Sisterhood

Photos By Donald Rosales and Cristina Linaza Illustrado threw a community event for Filipinas in the UAE on the 6th April 2012, at the Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai. Dubbed the “Day of Sisterhood” the whole day affair dedicated to celebrating “Pinay Power” saw a gathering of 400 Filipinas from all walks of life, who came together for a whole day of learning and bonding. An offshoot of Illustrado’s Women of Substance...

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From the Red Carpet and Beyond – Shots from Illustrado’s WOS 2012 Event

Photos by Donald Rosales.  Additional images from Marlon Bautista and James Tasarra At the Anlene section Photographer Harry Cruz with wife Desiree Illustrado EIC Lalaine Chu-Benitez with contemporary artist and WOS 2010 Honoree Tini Meyer (L-R) Agnes Pedrosa Marelid, Lalaine Chu-Benitez and Philippine Commercial Attache Jose Dinsay and wife Jinggay Dinsay (L-R) Lilian Lee Bautista and WOS 2009 Honoree Engr Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi...

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Relationships: Too Big for Her Britches
Jan09

Relationships: Too Big for Her Britches

Dear Dr. Holmes and Mr. Baer: I am 28, an English major and a teacher. I have been emailing, Skyping with this American, James, 36. We met three years ago at a party, and last month he proposed to me, after asking my mother and father permission to do so.  My parents were very happy, because they saw this as his willingness to respect our Filipino culture.  Also, he has never been married and is willing to convert from Protestantism...

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