A beauty queen with an even more beautiful heart

In the spirit of this coming Holiday Season, I would like to tell you about a very special lady; the likes of whom make this season more worth celebrating. She’s so beautiful that she has two beauty titles: Ms. Young Philippines 1981 and Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1985.

Although she already feels “jurassic,” (her words, not mine: ), she may be the most beautiful woman you could ever lay your eyes on. She’s Joyce Burton-Titular.

I first (and last) met Joyce and her wonderful husband, Ron, early this year, during the party-launch of The Edge Media, an online Christian Ministry with a novel and modern twist (kindly check it out and be inspired). Ron is the ministry’s Network Manager while Joyce is the “Donor Care Specialist”, (her words again: ).

What surprised me during that event was of the so many guests during the launch, Joyce and Ron chose to share a small table with me – someone they had never met until that time.

I came alone and stayed for around two hours. Joyce and Ron stood up and left the table only when they were needed at the stage or when greeting incoming or outgoing guests. But they always gravitated back to the table where I was at and we shared a lot of stories that people wouldn’t normally share with others they meet for the first time.

There was an instant connection between myself and the lovey-dovey Ron and Joyce (You should see this couple together; they are soooo sweet to each other).

More than her physical beauty, I admire Joyce for her intelligence and passion: she’s a brilliant blogger and does it like there will be no tomorrow; she’s a voracious reader with a penchant for sci-fi books, she’s a travel-adventurer, a foodie, an animal lover and a great conversationalist. (e.g., We argued why Josephine Bracken lost her son with Dr. Jose Rizal through miscarriage and wondered together what it would have been like if Dr. Rizal left an heir)

But best of all, Joyce is a passionate giver.

In spite of her busy schedule, she always finds ways to share her time and effort with our less fortunate brethren. That time, they were scheduled to hold a Valentines party for the elderly in a homecare in Antipolo. There has been a number of charity works that Joyce had spearheaded before and since.

For this Holiday Season, Joyce is at it again, this time, with her First Day of Christmas Project. They are asking for donations of used Christmas decorations, toys and clothes. Some sweets and foodstuff are also very much welcome.

This year’s beneficiaries are the Child House, a shelter for children afflicted with cancer and their parents and Jesus Loves the Little Children Orphanage in Pasig.

Child House was in the news days ago when its very own benefactor, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, almost had it evicted from its present location. Note that Joyce’ group chose Child House long before this news broke out.

Most of us have a lot to be thankful for. What better way to express our gratitude than by donating stuff that we have already enjoyed and extending their usefulness by sharing them with those who will appreciate them even more. Not that I am a pessimist, but let’s accept the fact that for some children at Child House, this Christmas might be their last.

For details on how and where you can make your donations, kindly click this link.

Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you so much.

God bless you, Joyce, Ron and the rest of The Edge Media Team.

P.S. Just got words from Joyce that last day of acceptance of donations is December 19.

P.S.S. Thanks again.

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