Creating change through education and empowerment with Maritina Romulo
A conversation with Maritina Romulo on the importance of finding your center after abuse and educating our communities on gender-based violence.
Ruam Chuay’s interview series, Sparking Conversations, shines a spotlight on advocates and changemakers in our community who to work to create a safer world. We hope to inspire and share ways you can make a difference in your community.
We’re happy to bring you this interview with Maritina Romulo. Maritina began her career as a dancer. Now, she works as an advocate in the Philippines to empower women and end gender-based violence.
Her training in dance taught her the importance of finding your center and connecting with your core self. Something that is often lost after women experience sexual abuse. Through her work, she hopes to be able to help women find their center and recover from their traumatic experiences. Working with a new non-profit initiative, EMPOWER, she hopes to bring positive change to her community.
Here is her story!
Director/ Owner of The Party Kitchen and Romulo Cafe London
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about your background and work.
Hello All! I am very glad to be a part of this 🙂 I once studied at the International School of Bangkok. Khunying Genevieve Damon was my ballet teacher and I had the honor of dancing for the King and Queen of Thailand on several occasions. I continued as a theatre performer, and a Stott Pilates Instructor in the Philippines, where I am from. I am also a partner/ director of a food delivery service, ‘The Party Kitchen “, and the family owned, Romulo Cafe in London.
We’d love to hear more about your latest initiative
“EMPOWER”, is a new non – profit organization founded by Kat Alano in Manila. We focus on the compassionate education of the Filipino people. I look forward to joining forces with Ruam Chuay, so we can Empower ALL Women. There is strength in numbers, together we can all strive for balanced and inclusive change.
Why did you choose to pursue a career that helps people the way you do? What motivated you?
A dance injury led me to a Pilates studio in New York. The effect of this method of exercise was both centering and lengthening. Eventually, I got certified in Stott Pilates. Many women who have been through sexual trauma lose their connection to their center. I hope to be able to help survivors of sexual abuse reconnect to their core- we are so powerful when everything emanates from the core.
Were there any challenges you faced while addressing social issues in your line of work?
The implementation of the Reproductive Health Bill has faced serious obstacles. At the moment we do not have sex education in schools. When “Rape” is discussed, many have no idea what “Consent” means. “Breaking the Silence” goes hand in hand with Education.
What is one thing that you think is important for people to recognize when it comes to interpersonal and gender-based violence?
Discussions of interpersonal and gender-based violence must not just be reserved for public forums or campaigns. We must discuss this until it is recognized that this behavior is unacceptable. Silence is an act of complicity, With #MeToo, the focus has shifted from victim to perpetrator. Change starts by Speaking UP.
What is one thing you think people can do to have healthier relationships?
Physically see each other as often as possible or have an actual phone conversation and” listen” to each other. Facebook and “chats will never replace face-to-face interaction :).
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