CHITCHAT OVER COFFEE: Filipinas who stood up against abuse

Published July 25, 2022, 3:08 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

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By Zee  Carvill

Domestic violence doesn’t choose age, color, status, or profession. Statistics show that 7 in 10 women are victims of physical or sexual violence. Violence against women (VAW) appears as one of the country’s pervasive social problems. According to the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority, one in four Filipino women ages 15-49 has experienced physical, emotional, or sexual violence by their husband or partner.


Last April 2022, the whole Philippines was shaken by the Ana Janandoni and Kit Thomson incident in Tagaytay.  In a tell-all with Boya Abunda, Ana Jalandoni broke her silence on the other instances where actor Kit Thompson showed aggressive behavior towards her, citing an incident where he held a knife to her neck because of a joke.  An ongoing case is still happening.  Ana Janaldoni is now slowly moving on from this tragic incident.

2) RUFFA GUTIERREZ | Beauty Queen | Actor

In 2009, Ruffa shared how and what she experienced under the care of her former husband, Yilmaz Bektas, and how harder it was as she was living in a foreign country. S\he would suffer from physical, emotional, and mental abuse.  The couple got divorced a couple of years after.  Ruffa now is very much a woman of experienced, and positivity. 

3)  SUNSHINE CRUZ | Actor 

In her latest interview with Chitchat_Overcoffee Stream, Sunshine Sunshine Cruz detailed a brief history of emotional abuse and incidents of horrifying physical abuse throughout her marriage to Cesar Montano – aside from sexual, mental, and emotional abuse.  Their annulment was granted in September 2018.  And Sunshine now is one of the empowered women her 3 daughters truly depend on.  WOMEN must also remember to vak=lue and love themselves. No man, no family, or child is ever worth sacrificing for when one is being abused and violated in any form.

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On A Lighter Side: Marjorie Tan is hailed as the secret gem of Binondo

As the pandemic hits the world, Marjorie Tan, a Filipino Chinese businesswoman – single-handedly gathered 7 chefs and came up with a cloud kitchen and commissary that gave new hope to Filipinos who lost jobs.  – She created an authentic but healthier version of Chinese dimsums, siomai and siopaos, and other frozen goods.  And founded – CHEF STATION.  

As lockdown happened in early March 2020, Marjorie and her parents sadly contracted the first wave of COVID-19,  unfortunately, this incident turned her into now an orphan.   Being a fighter as she is, part of her therapy and sense of survival, she turned this weakness into strength and found an opportunity to grow from this tragedy.  Aside from founding Chef Station gave jobs to  Chefs, Kitchen aids, and even resellers alike, she also bravely established SIONANAY with Chef Z.  It offers authentic Chinese cuisines plus affordable rice topping.  If you have a 100php budget for yourself, expect to be ‘busog’ already!

In less than three years – yes in the midst of this pandemic,  SIONANAY now has three branches – Navotas, Sampaloc and recently they just opened the Malabon branch.  Sionanay is her tribute to her late parents, which have been supported well by a good friend, and former classmate from cooking classes, Chef Z.