Robredo’s US visit: speaks in defense of democracy, bonds with New York-based daughter

Published October 20, 2018, 3:18 PM

by Betheena Unite & Richa Noriega

By Raymund Antonio

Despite her busy schedule in the United States, Vice President Leni Robredo still wears one of her many hats as a mother.

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday (June 28, 2018) led the meeting of stakeholders involved in Angat Buhay: Engaging Schools, Enriching Lives, a partnership with the Office of the Vice President with Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU). The said meeting gathered local partners from ADZU’s extensive development network—including those from government, non-government organizations, private sector, and the academe—in order strategize concrete steps to address the needs identified in Angat Buhay communities in the region. (Photo by OVP)
Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo by OVP/ MANILA BULLETIN)

After attending her speaking engagement in Washington D.C, Robredo took time to visit her youngest daughter, Jillian, who is studying at New York University.

Jillian, a graduate of the Philippine Science High School, shared on Instagram that she “reunited” with her mother two months after she flew to New York to pursue her college education.

She has been accepted in the BioMolecular Science program under the Tandon School of Engineering on full scholarship at NYU.

Jillian is Robredo’s other daughter who decided to go schooling abroad. Just last May, her eldest, Aika, graduated as an Edward S. Mason Fellow for the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program at the Harvard University.

The Vice President has three daughters with the late Naga City Mayor and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. Their other daughter is Tricia, a medical school student at Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.

Jillian posted photos with the Vice President, who was wearing a NYU cap and red coat, as they went around New York City.

“Mama too cute!!! #NYUMOM,” she said on one of her Instragram stories.

The Vice President herself also tried to shoot footage inside Magnolia Bakery for her own video blog or vlog while she was with Jillian.

“@lenirobredo attempts to vlog…,” Jillian wrote on another IG post.

Robredo made a side trip to New York after she spoke on, “In Defense of Democracy,” during the leadership forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.