Jumpstart I participant Vanessa Chua-Salas gets published in Metro Working Mom

When Vanessa Chua – Salas presented her story idea about an “NPA Lola” during the first “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Careeer” last April, we just knew that it was a story that had to be told.

Vanessa’s subject Josie Salas, also known as Ka Pina,was the  wife of Kumander Bilog, former Commander – in – Chief of the New People’s Army (NPA). Ka Pina left her children with relatives to jon her husband in the underground movement. Later, when Kumander Bilog was detained, she endured years of separation from him, virtually raising her children on her own.

It was a difficult time, but now a Born Again Christian, Ka Pina enjoys a peaceful life as a grandmother and business owner.  

Writer’s Block Philippines helped Vanessa pitch the story to Metro Working Mom and we were elated to see Vanessa’s by-line in the December 2010 issue with Angel Aquino and her daughters on the cover! The story entitled, “From Rebel’s Wife to Doting Lola” was a three – page feature that was part of a collection of stories about non-traditional families.


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Vanessa wrote to us to say that giving birth to her first baby and getting published were the highlights of her year.

Congratulations, Vanessa ! : )

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