Ara Mina in Papua New Guinea

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Ara Mina paid a visit to Kids' Haven and fell in love with one of the orphans—the baby in her arms. "I wanted sana to adopt this baby," she says, "but I'm not pursuing it anymore kasi ang daming paperwork involved. Saka, sabi ng mga sisters-in-law ko dito, madami naman daw akong mga pamangkin, bakit pa ako mag-aampon? 'Yong isang sister-in-law ko nga, buntis ngayon. She said, kung gusto ko lang daw mag-alaga ng baby, 'papahiram niya na lang sa a


Actress Ara Mina put on a fund-raising show titled "Ara Mina: The Millennium Goddess" last October 6 and 7 2006 in the city of Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea.


It was her first time to visit the small Pacific country south of the Philippines.


"Na-realize ko na napakasuwerte pa rin natin dito sa Pilipinas, kasi mas mahirap ang buhay doon," Ara says. "Karamihan sa kanila mga nakapaa, kasi ni wala silang pambili ng tsinelas at sapatos. 'Yong isang security guard sa airport, nguya lang siya nang nguya ng nganga, kasi pampalipas daw ng gutom 'yon. Iniwan ko nga sa kanya 'yong baon kong biskuwit, e. Nakakaawa talaga sila."


The beneficiary of the show was Kids' Haven, a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare to malnourished and homeless children who were either orphaned or abandoned by their parents.


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