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‘Forgotten motherhood’

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FORGOTTEN’ – An apt title for this blind item is “forgotten motherhood.” Listen! They were so in love that in no time the sweethearts opted to get married…with pomp and circumstance.

But then, they had a hard time making a baby. Their doctor suggested invitro (akin to artificial insemination, at times called test tube-baby). The doctor said other couples having similar problems resort to invitro with very satisfactory results.

And so they agreed wholeheartedly to the medical process. They were excited to be new parents.

But somewhere along the way, they broke up…a messy one. In time, they found other loves.

Now, what happened to the egg kept in a laboratory in a hospital? It seemed the estranged couple have lost interest in having a baby. The woman could have gone through the invitro process. What for? She must have reasoned. A case of “forgotten motherhood.” But should she change her mind, the egg is waiting. Its “lifetime,” in a manner of speaking, is indefinite.

FAIRY TALE-LIKE – Beauty expert Jay P. Delgado submitted this fairy tale-like item. Very inspiring.

The 54th Binibining Pilipinas Pageant will hold its most awaited grand coronation night at the Big Dome on Sunday April 30 to be aired live by ABS-CBN.

Forty empowered “Binibinis” are raring and ready to clinch one of six titles at stake for the right to continue the proud legacy of the premiere beauty pageant, and the task of bringing honor for the country in the world’s most prestigious international tilts namely: Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Grand International, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Globe.

Binibini #26 Ruffa Nava, a 24-year-old, 5’8” professional model is one big dreamer who wants to inspire young girls like her to hold on to their dreams, fight for them and overcome the unpredictable challenges in life.

Born on April 4, 1993 in Iloilo City, Ruffa is the third of seven children of Jonathan Felizario, a fisherman, and Maila Nava, housewife.

Ruffa, who was named after 1993 Bb. Pilipinas-World and Miss World Second Princess Ruffa Gutierrez, lived with her family at a coastal village in Iloilo City where her father occasionally fished for a living and her mother cooked viands to sell at nearby offices in the city.

HARD BUT – Ruffa describes her family life as hard but happy. After finishing grade school, Ruffa moved to Batangas City with an aunt who supported her high school education. Ruffa eventually graduated at Pinagkawitan National High School in Lipa City. When her aunt got sick and passed away, Ruffa was unable to enter college and decided to model for local designers in Batangas.

Ruffa eventually moved to Manila to work as a professional model, doing big runway projects like Philippine Fashion Week, Manila Fashion Festival and shows for popular fashion brands. She was once a member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines but she eventually left the guild when projects started to come far in between.

Ruffa was a contestant at Miss World Philippines 2014 prior to her Bb. Pilipinas stint this year. Describing herself as a big dreamer and fighter who wants to share her story of struggles and success, Ruffa is now set on winning Bb. Pilipinas and eventually push her advocacy to help others.

Ruffa has this piece of advice to dreamers like her: “Hold on to your dreams and fight for them no matter what because if you give them up, that will be your biggest failure!” (Jay P. Delgado)