I’ve known Marlene for a few years now but it seems like I have known her forever. That’s what happens when two beautiful souls meet. I don’t get to see her often but when we do the minute our eyes meet we know where we left off. We know each others hearts.

A bruised and scarred heart of a Mother.

First time we met she welcomed me in her home wholeheartedly. We had a very intimate lunch. Just the two of us. One on One. Walang ka artehan, we both had our guards down.

Here’s a short excerpt of that first meeting:

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me: have you ever been broken hearted?

Marlene: not in that sense. well, my first husband died, so that’s different. I am so used to men loving me. When I enter into a relationship, I feel like I am entering a house. I know where the entrance, I have to know where to find the exit. I don’t know how I will exit, but if I need to do so, I will look for that exit. ‘tang ina, kung kailangan lumundag sa bintana para lang maka exit, eh di pwes, lumundag sa bintana.Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 21

me: you have a wonderful home. The energy embraces you. Everything in this house is beautiful. Even your water cups are beautiful. Where did you get these?

Marlene: India

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And the rest of that conversation will remain private.

Marlene’s house is one of the most beautiful homes I have ever been to. Her house has been featured in Lifestyle Asia, Real Living, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Tatler.

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Right in the middle of her living room hang the portrait of her son.

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When Vinny graduated college and didn’t know whether he will pursue post graduate studies, Marlene hosted a very intimate dinner for him and invited some of the Senior Economic advisers of ADB to talk to him on what to do as a fresh graduate of Economics.

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Marlene will remain to be the woman I look up to and who I will always admire for who she is and for not being afraid to show people how to fight a good fight to the end.

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The grip of a true friend

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