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Pinay duo finalist in ‘anti-porn contest,’ dedicates work to Pope

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MANILA, September 22, 2014—Two young Filipina professionals, who had recently made it to the the top 10 finals of an international anti-porn inforgraphics contest, besting close to 200 others, dedicate their work to Pope Francis.

Calling themselves “online missionaries”, Sky A. Ortigas and Nirva Delacruz take pride in their work, Entry No. 4, dedicating it to Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit the Philippines on January 15 to 19, 2015.

Sky Ortigas and Nirva Delacruz make it to the top 10 finals with their entry, Entry No. 4, "The Family Intruder."

“(S)ince we are also preparing for the visit of Pope Francis, we dedicate this entry to him. We are with him as we continue to fight for life,” Ortigas said.

According to Delacruz, the entry is also their “small effort” to raise awareness about porn and how it destroys lives.

“It’s our small act of compassion for the countless families and lives which porn has been destroying. As our infographic says it’s the silent intruder into many families, breaking up marriages, and rendering dysfunctional many relationships,” she explained.

The pair also calls on the public to vote for their entry by visiting http://www.covenanteyes.com/2014/09/16/infographic-contest-top-10-vote-favorite/ and voting for Entry No. 4.

According to Ortigas, her decision to “wage war” on porn stems from a “premature exposure” to it as a child.

“From the magazines I saw at the malls, to tabloids … and even our cable channel in the province [Iloilo] shows porn movies late at night,” she shared.

“So if I myself saw it, in spite of the fact that I came from a very religious family, how much more other young people out there?” Ortigas added.

According to her, the duo’s entry into the contest sponsored by Covenant Eyes, a group that creates anti-porn software, is an expression of their desire to “see families growing together in love and in God.”

Delacruz said she hopes to win and bring honor to the country and to the countless Catholics who are striving to live “good, beautiful lives”.

While Ortigas expresses confidence in their entry, she stressed she and Delacruz remain committed to the fight against porn whatever the contest’s outcome.

Although their motivation in joining the contest is mainly because it is consistent with their advocacy, Ortigas admits that the prize money, should they win it, will help them spread the message of chastity, modesty, and purity.

Apart from their involvement in YouthPinoy (YP), a lay group that empowers young Catholic Filipinos to do social media evangelization, Ortigas and Delacruz are active members of Singles for Christ (CFC), a ministry of singles under Couples for Christ whose vision is to have “families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth”.

“Good thing, I belonged to CFC-Youth for Christ (YFC), and now, in CFC Singles for Christ that taught me the value of chastity and purity. So I was guided. But there are many teens and youth who are not so blessed,” said Ortigas.

She laments that today’s youth are more likely to get exposed to porn because of the internet which makes access to adult websites easier for them. (Raymond A. Sebastián)


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