Lopez leads stand for girls at risk

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    PRETTY face. Champion. Big heart.

    Multi-titled taekwondo jin Pauline Louise Lopez of Ateneo is doing her part in lending a hand to girls living in high-risk communities amid the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

    “As we all come to terms with the reality of COVID-19 and staying at home to save lives, I am choosing to stand with all girls who are not lucky enough to have food security, a safe shelter that is free from abuse and violence and who are unable to access education,” said the 5-foot-5 Lopez.

    “I am using my platform #StandWithGirls and raise awareness for all girls who are living in poverty and/or are at risk of violence in the place where they should feel the safest—their homes,” she added.

    The charming lass, who was born in the Philippines but was raised in the US, teamed up with Fil-Am karate standout Joane Orbon and FundLife International for the noble cause.

    FundLife has been providing food relief to families affected by the coronavirus crisis since March.

    Lopez and Orbon will host an Instagram live session tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 a.m. to explain the program.

    The 23-year-old Lopez bagged the gold medal in the under-57 kgs category of women’s taekwondo in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year in Manila.

    Lopez copped the mint in the 2015 SEAG edition in Singapore but settled for the silver in the in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017 after she moved up to the under-62kg.

    Orbon, 25, is also a bronze medalist in the last SEAG.

    A Psychology major, Lopez took a leave of absence from Ateneo during the last academic year to focus on her SEAG stint and Olympic qualifying tourneys.

    Lopez won a gold in the featherweight division of the UAAP Season 81 women’s taekwondo tournament and was also hailed as Rookie of the Year in Season 79.