MANILA, August 23, 2012— Former fashion model celebrity Leah Darrow is visiting Manila to deliver her story of conversion and fortitude to a mixed audience of students, young professionals, and parents.
Darrow, a finalist in season 3 of America’s Next Top Model, will lead this year’s “Real Love Revolution 2012,” a pro-life and chastity conference at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on September 1.
Another renowned chastity advocate Chris Stefanick will speak in front of more than 15,000 young people that are expected to attend the event.
Organizers said Darrow and Stefanick will probably see the biggest crowd they would have ever addressed since they started their crusade.
Organized by the CATALYST, the student organization at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Pasig City, the event is also supported by the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Patrick Lim, CATALYST president, said the event is timely given the present issues in the country such as the reproductive health (RH) bill, divorce, pre-marital sex, and same-sex marriage.
“We believe that through this conference, we can contribute something in the fight against these social evils,” Lim said.
He added that majority of the crowd are students from various schools and colleges from across the country, and some Asian countries.
Darrow earned a bachelor degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating with Magna cum Laude honors and President of the Psychology Honor Society, Psi Chi.
She is also currently working towards her Masters in Pastoral Theology, in the IPT program, at Ave Maria University.
Now, as a full-time apologist for Catholic Answers, Darrow brings her experience of the fashion world and the Catholic world to the masses.
Stefanick, meanwhile, is currently the Director of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver.
A graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville and an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, he combines his musical talent with drama, humor and gripping stories to deliver the Gospel.
His dynamic presentations and retreats have inspired thousands of teens all over the world to a deeper love for God.
Stefanick also co-wrote the book “Raising Pure Teens” with Jason Evert. [RL/CBCPNews]