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    In some rural areas in our country and in other, often, poor countries, the radio has been helping women.


    The radio is the most inexpensive and most obtainable means of communication to many country and unsophisticated women and most of the time the only thing that gives them entertainment and information.


    On June 19, I, as Philippine Missions Coordinator of Project Michelangelo Foundation (www.projectmichelangelo.org), a charity foundation that is directed to help sick and needy Filipino children, together with Natasha Marie Navarro, a co-iReporter and Communications Officer of the same foundation, were invited to guest on DWDD 1134khz, Armed Forces of the Philippines Radio.


    We were there to promote a special activity to help raise awareness on the needs of the hearing impaired Filipino youths. It was my first time and it was very enlightening. Our 70 event participants received so much support and had a successful performance on June 30, 2012.


    On June 24, 2012, I received my CNN iReport Spirit Award. Afterwards, because of the recognition, I was invited by the station to participate in one of their programs as radio show host.


    It took awhile before I was able to muster the courage to actualize the show. I was nervous. I have no experience in the field. I didn't know what I should talk about on air.


    After some deliberation and serious thinking, and being a survivor of an abusive relationship, I soon knew what I wanted to tackle – the concerns of women and children.


    What gave me strength to commence with the program is my belief that for the development of a woman to be strengthened, a woman needs to participate more.


    With the help of broadcaster, retired Philippine Navy and revolutionary hero, Rommel San Pascual (the Phillipine’s only blind broadcaster), I was able to begin the radio show called Project Michelangelo’s ‘Kaibigan’ (friend): Sky Angel, on March 1, 2013 – in honor of the International Women’s Month.


    Our radio show airs every Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 PM. Since our first program, we have had prominent guests who are foreign and local. We have discussed issues on how to recognize a woman or child who is being abused and how to help them. We have taken up topics on depression, how to protect oneself from harm and violence and self sufficient living.


    We have received some text messages and emails from both named and anonymous senders, asking for assistance and guidance.


    What we aim to do is talk about real issues, even informally, educate them, empower, and let them discover and develop themselves and hopefully help bring progress to the community.


    Something changed in me that I was able to begin this show and I sure know something changed in those women and children that they listened and sent messages seeking help and guidance.

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