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Princess Punzalan Tearfully Expresses Gratitude For Her Daughter Whom She Adopted
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  • The former celebrity sheds a bit of light into her journey to becoming a mother, which includes a controversial revelation.

    Celebrity turned nurse Princess Punzalan dropped major news on June 25 via her Instagram, and that is of an abortion she had at 15 years old and then not getting pregnant for many years after.

    “When I was 15, I got pregnant. I had an abortion because I was afraid of my mom and because the guy would not stand up for the baby, she said. Princess’ mother is the veteran actress and radio/TV personality Helen Vela.

    “And then at 19, I found a guy who would marry me. For four and a half years, we tried, but I didn’t get pregnant. Pep.ph reports that Princess was formerly married to Willie Revillame.

    She adds, ”That marriage dissolved. And in my mid-30s, I found a man who would marry me and love me.

    "We tried for 10 years to get pregnant. I didn’t get pregnant. We tried different kinds of ways to get pregnant, I didn’t.

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    “So we adopted. It was a long hard climb to finally find our match, said Princess on Instagram.

    “I’m so grateful that the birth mom didn’t decide to kill her 'coz right now I’m so happy with my daughter and I’m very grateful that she is in my life.”

    Princess may have likely shared this part of her life after the news of US Supreme Court ends federal abortion. In the Philippines, abortion is illegal under all circumstances.

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    Princess Punzalan She does not show photos of her daughter on her Instagram account, but sometimes she will share photos of her daughter Ellie without revealing her face such as this:

    Princess is grateful to be Ellie's mom.
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    Princess married Jay Field, a former commercial attache of the US Embassy in Manila.

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    While the news of abortion may have been a shocking revelation, Princess’ gratitude over her daughter is evident in her short video. She tearfully says she is grateful that Ellie’s birth mom did not make the same decision she made in her younger years. Today, Princess is an overjoyed mother thanks to adoption.

    On January 6, 2022 adoption has become simpler in the Philippines because of the Domestic Administrative Adoption and Alternative Child Care Act (RA 11642).

    Here’s what the new law does, says Rohei Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates for adoption:

    1. A new government body that will focus on and facilitate placements will be established.

    Currently it is the Department of Social Welfare and Development that oversees adoption and foster care. With RA 11642, the National Authority for Child Care (NACC) will be created that will simplify the process.

    NACC was previously known as the Inter-Country Adoption Board before reorganization. Find out more about it here.

    2. No more court hearings in the future, just an administrative process.

    “The law states that the judicial phase of adoption will no longer apply to adoption,” says Rohei Foundation. Instead it will follow Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which are yet to be finalized.

    “In the future, instead of a court process, the journey will be purely administrative,” explains Rohei Foundation.

    "By removing the judicial phase, we have shortened the procedure, making it less tedious and less costly. By creating an adequately staffed one-stop shop on alternative child care, all applications will be handled more efficiently and effectively,” said Sen. Grace Poe, one of the RA 11642’s co-authors, said on June 28.

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    3. The adoption process becomes faster and more cost-friendly.

    Since there will no longer be any court hearings, there will be no need to spend on lawyers. This helps more families consider adoption as a means to build their family, and more importantly, through legal channels.

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    Sen. Risa Hontiveros, another co-author of the law said the adoption process will now be shortened to six to nine months. “Instead of years, the waiting time will now only be as long as a pregnancy of a mother.

    Sen. Poe also said on June 28, “Adopting a child may not change the world, but it will change the world for that child.”

    Based on Princess’ post, it also changes the world of the parents.

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