For a good cause

By: Regina Mae Parungao
Published October 17, 2018, 6:13 PM
The celebrities who support the cause are doing all they can but Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar knows increasing Lupus awareness needs all the help it can get.

Emmeline Aglipay-Villar (Photos by Manny Llanes/Manila Bulletin)

In line with the advocacy is “Scarred but not Scared,” an awareness exhibit facilitated by her own Hope for Lupus Foundation. The exhibit runs until Oct. 20 at Exhibit Hall of Greenbelt 5 in Makati, and features photographs from Jose-Antonio Aliling, Bien S. Bautista, Josefino Mario de Guzman and Maria Victoria Manotok Arroyo – all members of the camera club of the Philippines.

Emmeline is wife to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar. She was diagnosed with Lupus at age 25.

Some of the guests at the exhibit

“I think through this exhibit, people will get to understand Lupus more because the photos are very relatable. They will see the scars, they will see the vulnerable side of every (Lupus) warrior,” she explained.

Apart from the exhibit, Em authored two books, “Living Better With Lupus” and “Lupus Kayang-Kaya Ko ’To,” a comprehensive guide for patients and their families.