The couple had their first face-to-face meeting in the Philippines in April 2008, four months after they made contact online. However, Miltimore's application to bring his wife to Canada was rejected by a visa officer. If this fails, I'll probably quit my job and move."Miltimore says he's already spent about ,000 on his legal battle.The 37-year age difference led the officer to believe that Marife married Miltimore as a way to come to Canada. With that, came a number of privileges and many opportunities.
Here are the highlights of the interview by the Business Mirror with Coylee Gamboa: What is ‘Broken Mirror’ all about?
is the true-to-life story of a woman who endures great suffering—from the loss of her mother at the age of 2, followed by her exile to Hong Kong at the age of 3.
She strives to be a traditional Chinese wife until their marriage breaks up.
How did you come to collaborate on writing this book? She was looking for a writer to help her with her story and I agreed to listen to her. When we started this, she was going through the breakup of her marriage and she was in pain—great emotional pain.
There, in the care of her father’s first wife, she is abused and molested as a child until the age of 7, when he brings her back to the Philippines.
Her father, an immigrant from China, raises her with his children from his mistresses, putting them to work in his junkyard at an early age to teach them not just the business and the conduct of business, but also his homespun values like hard work and perseverance.
The blog author continues: “I’ve met way too many pure and mixed couple to know.” “What matters the most are the following: 1. These are the foundation to a strong marriage, not money, not social class, not race.” But some are unlucky.
There are those that break apart, prompting writers Aurora Teo Mei Ling and Coylee Gamboa to write a book on the subject, .
In the book, Teo and Gamboa show the secret world of Filipino-Chinese marriages.
“In a culture where a woman’s silence in the face of abuse and maltreatment is viewed as a virtue because of self-sacrifice and submission, the main character, Aurora, defies tradition as she breaks the code of silence and divulges secrets of a Chinese marriage,” the book says.
One such was a Chinese must only be married to a fellow Chinese.