Christine Orillanes Ramos
Location: Taguig City Philippines
Background: Christine Orillanes Ramos was born on April 13, 1990 in Gloria Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. Having taken her Elementary education at Manguyang Elementary school, she proceeded to graduate at Kapayapaan National High School in Canlubang, Laguna. Though Christine wanted to finish a college degree, fate seems to have taken a turn that she was not able to graduate college due to financial difficulties at the time. Christine is the sister of the late Ana Rochelle Pondare (1997-2016) who suffered the ill effects of Progeria and who had become the inspiration to the establishment of Project Michelangelo Foundation. Ana Rochelle then became the first recipient of medical, financial, and moral assistance in the Philippines and became the symbol for the Foundation’s search for other children in the Philippines afflicted with Progeria. Despite her financial difficulties, Christine stood by her sister Rochelle’s side through her short life giving her sister the best caring and love she could give especially during Ana Rochelle's last moments before her passing. Christine at age 26 is the mother of two young children. Though describing her present condition as having financial difficulties being a single mother, Christine is motivated and was able to attend a special class taking up the Special "Make-up" course under TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) and is soon to graduate from this course. To supplement her family income while pursuing a skill-based, semi-vocational education, Christine sells beauty products through her "make-up” business by mostly doing house calls for her product line.
Specialty: Public speaking. Christine is a PTA officer in the school where her children attend and oftentimes, is invited as Master of Ceremonies for their PTA Programs as well as to deliver inspirational messages.
Philosophy: Kindness never chooses the person to be shared with. It can only be proven genuine in itself when one chooses to sacrifice for the other without any reservations.