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Arroyo crowns breastfeeding ‘royals’

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Joel Guinto

MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo crowned on Monday the country’s breastfeeding “royals” as government steps up campaign to promote the benefits of mother’s milk over infant formula.

The President awarded as breastfed “princes” the brothers Tagala, Jonathan, David, Jimmy Jr., Daniel, Daniel. The five, with ages ranging from late teens to early twenties, play in a classical music band called the Vegetarian Voices and Violins.


Aside from being breastfed when they were babies, the five are also vegetarians. They staged an impromptu performance for Arroyo after the ceremony, as she was about to leave for another engagement.

Named breastfed “princesses” were 17-year-old –prodigy Mikaela Fudolig, who graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude from the University of the Philippines in 1997, and another UP alumna, Sierra Isabelle Castillo, a member of the state university’s world-renowned “Singing Ambassadors.”

A German doctor who has made the Philippines her adopted home, Susann Roth, was named breastfeeding “queen.” Roth breastfed her two babies, aged two years and four months, simultaneously.

The awards were given out by the Children for Breastfeeding Inc. (CfB), a non-governmental organization.

The “queen” and the “princesses” and “princes” will help drum up support for breastfeeding in place of formula milk, pursuant to an agreement between the CfB and the Department of Education (DepEd).

(Photo courtesy of PCPO/Malacanang)

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