The tears. The tensions. The confusions. The heartbreaking moments. The hugs, smiles, and prayers. Grief and breakups before and after. The hurts/trauma of the kids' lives, parents, and their families.
Professionally and personally, all these together brought a deeper dimension of experience, fulfillment, and commitment inside me in helping parents and children heal and overcome life's struggles.
LYCA, the first VOICE KIDS Grand Champion, exemplifies hope and victory amid pain and deprivations of life. Daughter of a scavenger ("magbobote, magbabakal") mother and a fisherman ("mangingisda") father, LYCA rose from the "ashes" and faces a bright, new morning and future.