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The monster CREATURE – “Cleveland Abduction” You took 11 years of my life and now I got it back. I spent 11 years in hell and now your hell is just beginning.

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The monster creature inside a sheep

     The survival of these 3 young women who were abducted for a decade just made an enormous impact to people not just around the neighborhood but also around the world.

What really happened inside the house on Seymour St. in Cleveland Ohio? Where have all the girls gone? Who is this little girl coming in and out of the monster’s house?

article-2358645-19d291f6000005dc-300_470x550.jpg     In 2002, Michelle Knight who was then a 21-year old single mom was abducted by a certain Ariel Castro who happened to be living just a couple of blocks away from her parent’s house. Michelle called her mother a few hours before she was abducted and was told to pick her son up in school. She asked a man if he can help her in giving directions on the way to her son’s school since it’s her mother’s duty everyday. The man said he doesn’t know how to go there. And there was this other man who came up to her and told her that he knows how to go to that area that she needs to reach this afternoon. When she looked at him, she recognized that the man talking to her is the father of her friend.

Ariel Castro offered a ride taking her to the school of Michelle’s son. On their way there, he kept on telling her things about life, dogs and his puppies which caught her attention. “Oh really? Maybe you can give me one for my son.” She cracked a joke. And he said “Sure! Let’s drop by my house so we can get one.”

Upon reaching the back door, Michelle had no idea that Ariel already locked the gate and told her that he placed the puppies at the attic because he didn’t want them to make a mess on the first floor when he isn’t around.

Michelle was a little nervous going up the stairs but she trusted Ariel knowing that he’s the father of her friend. And when they reached the room, finding the puppies, he shut the door, the windows, grabbed her arms, tied and hung her up on the ceiling with an extension. That is how she was abducted.

Amanda-Berry-Gina-DeJesus-found-in-Cleveland-after-missing-10-years (1).jpg     A year after, another girl named Amanda Berry was reported missing. A girl who just left work one afternoon of 2003. She was offered a ride by the father of someone who used to be Amanda’s former workmate in Burger King. A year after, another girl named Gina De Jesus was reported missing.

See that’s how they were abducted by this man who became even more famous for being called as a monster. Why and how in hell had he ever done this kind of cruelty?


Ariel Castro, a school bus driver, was a man of music. He was known for playing bass guitar, went to church every Sunday. Greets people and waves hello and goodbye in the neighborhood every single day. He even had the guts to hug the mother and lit a candle for Gina De Jesus when her parents remembered her a year after on the same day she was reported missing.

rapimento-cleveland-01.jpg   What really happened inside the monster’s house for 11 years? How did the young girls live their lives inside this house of horror? And how were these girls found after 11 years?

Ariel Castro abducted the girls and gave them hell in this house of horror. Raped them more than 5 consecutive times a day, beat them, locked them, chained them, cursed them, starved them to death and most of the time treated them awfully especially when the girls try to escape. They realized one day that if they keep on showing Ariel that they are sad and they are furious, Ariel would most likely keep on doing the same things to them. So they just tried to accept things as it is. And that was the time Ariel unlocked them from the chains and let them roam around the house except when there are visitors.

Michelle Knight got pregnant for more than 5 times but Ariel Castro did a lot of things to abort the baby. He had a child named Jocelyn with Amanda Berry whom he treated like his own wife.

Ariel’s ex-wife and kids left him because he used to beat her with anything that he can hold. Ariel was never a good husband, but was a good father… At first.

Ariel’s ex-wife was as well abused. Unfortunately she died a couple of years before the abduction of the 3 young girls were found.

How did these girls manage to escape from the Monster at the House of horror? Ariel Castro treated his daughter with Amanda Berry well. He was a father to Jocelyn who is now around 10-11 years old. He used to take her out of the house of horror. Taking her to Mickey D’s once in a while and shows her photos to random people introducing her as his girl friend’s daughter or his grandchild.

One morning of May 6 in 2013, the perpetrator Ariel Castro told Jocelyn that he will visit his mother and will be back after a couple of hours. He forgot to lock the main door. Or did he really forget to lock it? Jocelyn ran to her mom and told her “Mommy, daddy went out and left the door open.” Amanda asked her if she’s sure that her father really wasn’t there? Or he might just be testing them again if they will escape if he leaves the door open. She slowly went down the stairs and checked if he was there. To her surprise, the screen was only padlocked outside and the main door was 2 inches open. She rushed to the door and shouted for help. Until a couple of neighbors from across the house ran and forcefully broke the door. She then called 911 and informed them that she’s Amanda Berry, the woman who has been kidnapped for 10 years and that she’s alive and free. She asked for help to release two more girls inside the house.

Fast forward, Ariel Castro was caught at Mcdonald’s along with his two other brothers, Onil and Pedro Castro who were both so surprised when they were being asked by the police. They had no idea about what was happening.

Ariel was sentenced 1000 years in prison for Attempted murder, Aggravated Murder, Kidnapping, Rape and Assault. From his last words inside the court, he said that he is not a monster. That he is also a human. That there was harmony inside his house when the 3 young women were there. That they lived a normal life. And that he is just sick. He kept on making people believe that he had this kind of disease called Sexual Addiction.

The girls wanted Ariel to experience the same pain that they had experienced with him inside the prison. But same day of September 3 when a note was found inside his cell, “will be saved, God loves you, for all are sinners, we all fall short of the glory of God. Christ is my savior and yours!!” he was found dead. He committed suicide.


I am a fan of watching documented films, regardless if it’s a long or short. I love learning things about other countries and how they manage to deal with different kinds of people and situation around the world.

Until I was brought to this documented file of the abduction of three women in Ohio who were found alive after 11 years. I watched it right away and got interested until I found out that they also made a movie entitled “Cleveland Abduction.”

I am a single mother, just like Michelle Knight and I definitely wouldn’t want my child to be abducted by anybody. Same goes with putting myself in the shoes of these women, what are you gonna do if you were one of them?

I always remind my daughter not to be to gullible. Most kidnappers abduct children or even, sometimes adults whom they find vulnerable.

We can never blame the three women or question them why the hell they took the ride with this man whom they only got the chance to talk to because they knew that he is the father of their workmate or classmate or someone they know. Things happen for a reason. We all have to be clever in these kinds of situation. However, we also have to consider that they were young girls when they were abducted.

I remember Michelle Knight on the day when Ariel Castro was sentenced 1000 years in prison, she said “You took 11 years of my life and now I got it back. I spent 11 years in hell and now your hell is just beginning”. I admire Michelle for being able to face Ariel Castro and for being able to stood strong for the other ladies inside the house of horror.

Michelle Knight’s life was far more different than the other two. She was not ok with her mom before she was abducted. Nobody looked for her when she was missing. Nobody lit a single candle for her. Her son was given away for adoption by her mom believing that she just ran away and that she didn’t want to look after her kid anymore.

After the 11 years of abduction she was given a family lawyer to help her find her son and to fight for her rights because she never intended to have her child adopted. It was her mother’s choice. Until one morning, she talked to her lawyer and told him that she realized that her son is now living a good life, and that he belongs to a responsible family who can offer him everything that Michelle won’t be able to give. So she just asked for a single photo of her son and accepted how things have changed.

This is the actual photo taken inside the house of horror. This was Jocelyn’s small classroom inside their bedroom.

Amanda Berry who happened to gave birth to Ariel Castro’s daughter was given a different treatment inside the house of horror. She was treated like his own wife. She was given her own room, a small room where she made a small kindergarten and taught her child everything that she could learn inside. She was a good mother, a perfect teacher and wonderful friend. She never taught her daughter to treat her father awfully. She never made her feel like they are captives inside the house. She taught her good manners. She learned to accept the fact that she will never ever get the chance to be free again and just learned that things won’t be the same again. She did that because she knew all along that she will be treated the other way around if she’d do that. I admire her for being one of the toughest mothers I know. She gave God her full trust that one day, she will still see herself getting married, have a wonderful family and live a normal life.

Gina De Jesus, who was the last person to be abducted never gave up seeing her family again. Amongst the three women, she has the funniest and coolest family. A year after she was reported missing, her family remembered her by having a vigil, praying and lighting candles for her. Ariel Castro even attended the vigil, lit a candle and hugged her mother saying, as neighbors, they are doing their best to find Gina. How cruel is that?

It was said that there was another woman who was abducted but was able to escape.

Now the house of horror was already demolished and became a park full of plants.

I may have not have the full story or even more detailed delivery of how awful Ariel Castro was when he was still alive, but which ever way around, he was a monster and will forever be considered as a monster. He took the 11 wonderful years of these young women, gave them pain and made them suffer for the rest of their lives, put his family in vain, gave embarrassment to his own children, his own mother and everyone else in the neighborhood. His body is already dead but what he did still remains and his soul still suffers. But we are just humans, God is the only person who has the right to condemn or judge someone. He even forgives. And these 3 young ladies will soon learn to forgive but I’m sure they will never forget, and let’s leave it that way.

To Ariel Castro’s family, his mother, his siblings, especially his children, your lives must not be judged based on what he has done in the past. I know that it is very difficult to find a better way to live a normal life, just like what he made you of. He made you guys corpses, walking dead, all eyes on you, judging you, and changed your lives in a snap.  But I still wish you all to have an ordinary life just like before. If we could change something in the past, we would’ve done better, but this is reality. All we can do is move on and continue living your lives. I admire each and everyone of you for being able to do your own part to the lives of these children after the abduction.

images (1).jpeg     To Michelle Knight, you are a superwoman. I am a Filipina and I only knew your story when I got interested in the documentary. And I am telling you that you are one of the most wonderful people in the world. You are loved, you are beautiful, and you will always be part of the prayers of the people who love you anywhere in the world. Continue to be a blessing, continue to be a good person, continue to help other people and guide them especially young women in the world, and I wish you all the best. I am looking forward to hearing good stories and updates about your life in the future.

amanda-berry-0fbdbe0f1417af54.jpgTo Amanda Berry, no words can describe how good you are as a person. You, being a strong woman who fought for the life of your daughter, you, who accepted the fact that the child you were bearing for 9 months is a child of the person who abducted you, raped you and made your life miserable. You, who set aside the feelings of being destroyed and disturbed and gave your child the chance to live a normal life. I adore how you changed the life of your daughter, thinking about what others would do, if they were you. Because 70% might do otherwise. I wish you and your child a perfect family in the future. A man who will be a father to her and a husband to you. You are beautiful in and out. Continue to be a wonderful person and an awesome mother to Jocelyn.


To Gina De Jesus, you are one of the kindest people I’ve ever watched. With everything that happened to you in the house of horror, you showed your faithfulness to God and to your family that one day you will all be together again. At a very young age, you have become a fighter. What you have experienced inside the house of horror was really unacceptable, but how you handled it was extraordinary. I wish you and your family a stronger and a healthier life. You are a blessing to Michelle, Amanda and even Jocelyn. Continue to love your family. Keep your faith to God. Your personality is really admirable.

Kudos to these 3 women who have done so much in life at a very age and yet, became stronger and now helping people by guiding them, inspiring them, talking to them, reaching out to those who are in need and giving them the chance to live a normal life by being SURVIVORS.



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Please don’t tell me I can’t. Please don’t tell me I will never ever make it again. Please do not put me down. You have no idea how difficult it is to be in this situation. If only I could, I would.

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Children are like plants,

they grow up with the ROOTS called PARENTS…


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You may fall 10 times but make sure to continue climbing 20 times!

You will never know how you can be very successful if you quit.

Mistakes are part of the journey. Take them as a challenge.

If you fall again, get up and CLIMB one more time until you reach the top!

Never give up… God is with you…

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Speak out (The Journey of a Single Mother)

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And this is the first time I will talk about how difficult it is to be a single mother. I have always been proud of my kid and I don’t deny being a mother. This is the very first time, I will write something about her and our struggles in life together. And I am writing this so that I can at least inspire others with how strong I became as a person.

It takes a lot of courage to be a single mother. You have to be emotionally, spiritually and most especially financially stable for you to be able to raise a child.

When I got pregnant, the father of my child and I were not okay. I wasn’t even aware that I was pregnant since my monthly period is irregular. Until I reached the last month of my 1st trimester when I received a message from him asking me to check if I am pregnant because he said, he felt like I was. Bought a pregnancy test and checked with my 2 friends and voila! Yes, I was pregnant. It took me a long time before I informed my family about it. But the only thing I knew then was, I WILL BE A MOTHER SOON, whether or not I was ready, I was already decided that I will bring this child to the world and I will give her life. I wasn’t ready then YES, but it was quick. It was so quick that I already saw myself giving birth to a beautiful child.

FAST FORWARD… Before I gave birth, I was already annoyed and I was just trying to be patient since I was still pregnant and it might not be okay. Until after I gave birth, and I was still annoyed seeing him around BUT I told myself, I have to act normally in front of my family because I can’t just show them that I am not ok, or they will get hurt. No matter how annoying your partner is, you still have to protect them because the imperfection of your partner will always be seen as your imperfection too. (I think) so I had to protect him from my family.

Truth is, he was okay then. My family (especially my parents) treated him like as if he is their own child. But since he was still young that time, and he has a lot of family issues, he cannot decide on his own. His relatives usually decide for him. Which triggered my patience and made me decide that I don’t think I can stand this life with him, not having the courage to decide on his own. I woke up one morning and I felt like I don’t love this person anymore. I don’t see my future with him. I then asked him to leave the house and just go back to his family. He begged and asked me if he can still stay and to try to fix things over. But I have already decided. I told him that, now that you are already a father, you cannot even decide for yourself, what more in the future. I asked him to leave and I ended everything that day. Since then, I knew that I am already a strong person. I was fragile for a long time and very sensitive, but when I became a mother, I CHANGED.

FAST FORWARD… I changed my number and started anew. My parents didn’t ask me about what happened but they knew all along that something is wrong. I am the only girl among my siblings and I knew then that I caused them so much pain even without telling them the reason why.

My child grew up not seeing his father… UGH, well for the past 12 years of her existence? There were only less than 20 times. YES. 365 days x 12 years, that’s a total of 4,380 days. Days, months and years have gone by, he still gets the chance to see my kid (actually up until now) whenever he wants to. The problem is, he never really wanted to. Given the chance, I wouldn’t want it any other way. But my parents told me that I have to think of my child’s sake. That she may grow up not seeing or knowing who her father is. So for the longest time, I thought of my kid and how she’d feel about it. There were times that his family reached out and visited my kid but my child didn’t really want to spend even a day with them. I can’t blame her. She grew up not seeing them. She was so scared of going out with them and that they might not bring her back to our family after a day out. And for the record, I never said anything bad about them. Benefit of the doubt. Maybe she really felt like she cannot trust them because they didn’t exert some effort seeing her or visiting her when she was growing up.

Raised my child with the help of my family. Her first word, her first walk, her first smile and everything. Sending her to school, attending to her needs. It was just my family who guided me and helped me. Did they? for quiet some time, yes. They sent her some money for school, or birthday gifts but not always. Very seldom. And not constant.

Until one day, I realized that maybe, it is already time to forgive. So when he asked me out, I said, okay let’s have dinner together and let’s talk about our kid and her needs. When I was about to sit, that night, he suddenly asked me. “Why did you leave me?” I answered quickly. “After almost 10 years? You now have the guts to ask me? And I answered right away. The day when I asked you to leave was the day I felt like I don’t love you anymore. I didn’t even see my future with you. Your family has a lot of issues and instead of teaching you how to have a better family, they even tolerated your mistakes.” He was shocked and he spoke in a quiet manner. “Why didn’t you tell me then?”, I answered, “And what is it for? You should be thankful. That I broke up with you because after that, your life became better. You were able to graduate on time, you were able to buy your own car, you lived your life like as if you do not have any responsibilities, you were even able to travel abroad without thinking that you have a child to support.”. And then he said, “But my life would’ve been even better than that if you were with me along the way.” And I said, “No. Because I knew then that I was not made for you. My life became different from how I grew up in the past when I became a single mother. The struggle was real, but I don’t regret any of it when I see my child.” And then he became more quiet. And I suddenly said, “If you have a girlfriend, get married. You deserve to be happy. We were not made for each other. You always tell my family that I am the only girl who treated you this way. And that my heart is very hard to please. I am telling you now, that not all women are the same. 9 out of 10 will love you for who you are, and 1 will teach you for you to be a better person.” It was difficult to be in a relationship that you were not even sure if it is really meant for you or not. Not to mention that he has some other kids to support. The only thing I asked him and his family was not money, but to ATLEAST visit my child once in a while. But they never did.

My family and friends know me really well. They call me “Pusong Bato” which means having a heart as hard as a rock/stone in the urban language.  Because I don’t get hurt anymore. I don’t cry. The only thing that makes me cry is when I watch drama series. I swear! Kidding aside, I became this person when I learned one day, that I had too. I had to be stronger than before because I am the only person who can be this strong for my child. One day, my family will one by one die, my child will one day get married, and I still have to be even stronger tomorrow than what I became today because the only person who will take care of me in the future is just ME.

The struggle of being a single mother is real. I have given up a lot. People may not see the way I see it, but nobody knows it but me. It took me a long time to realize yes, but hey! I have changed. I even became wiser. Even in having a new relationship or commitment. I have to be. I have to learn from my mistakes.

For the past 12 years, I have learned that life doesn’t end where your troubles start. It ends when you’re done finding a solution to your problem. But do problems even end? No. You will be facing a lot of problems in the future and you have to learn how to anticipate things and find a solution yourself.

Why did I suddenly share this to you? Because I know that I am not the only person who is experiencing this kind of situation. That I am not the only single mother in the world, and that maybe, some of us in the club are having the same situation but do not know what to do. Maybe some of us do not even have the courage to speak up for themselves.

I say, stand for your right. We have given up a lot and experienced a lot of trials in being a single mother, but hey! We are still alive, it only means we have survived!

And guess what? My child is now about to graduate after 6 years in the elementary school without seeing his father sending him in the morning, or attending to every performance she has had in the past.

I always remind my child that I may not be able to give her a complete family but she has a family in me. I was, am and will always be thankful having the best family who guides me and helps me and my daughter all the time.

One day, my child will have her own family and I will never think twice treating her the way my family treated me when I became a single mother. I always tell her that she needs to be tough and she needs to have a good heart all the time. Believe in God and lend a hand to people who are in need. It’s not about having new gadgets or having a complete family. It’s about being a good person in and out.

I am very grateful and proud that my child is now about to start a new life in high school and I know that we will still be facing, even more, problems in the future together. But what matters is she got my back and I got hers too.

Thank you for reading and I hope this inspires single mothers and fathers out there!

This is the Anonymous Writer, 33 years old, single mother and this is my JOURNEY…


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Friends.. Meaningless

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“I love him”… The last words I heard from her.

While she kept on telling me that she loves him, hearing all our friends shouting and making her understand that she’s not supposed to be loving that kind of person and that she has to leave him. I stood up in the crowd and spoke gently. “Yes, we love our friend and we care for her. Yes, it is our responsibility to make her understand that this guy is stupid and that she needs to break up with him. Yes, we should and must look after each other once in a while. We are her friends, yes. But we also have to consider that we are just her friends. We can never decide for her. Everything that we say, enters the left ear, passes through the mind and leaves on the right ear. If her heart is telling her to stay, her mind can never instruct or command her body to do otherwise, only because the heart is more powerful than her mind. We can never tell someone to leave the person who gives her pain especially if that person is the same person who gives her happiness. All we can do is listen and support.” And then I looked at her, “You got 10 people, 9 telling you to leave and 1 person, as I may stand to that, who will not ask you to leave him, but instead I’m telling you to SAVE SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF, DEAR. You are beautiful in and out. You have given him your 99%, save at least 1 for yourself. By the time, you get to understand that your life is more MEANINGFUL, and you get to love yourself more, that’s the time you’d get the point of having a MEANINGLESS commitment with someone you do not deserve. Let your heart decide.

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Some people believe that if you live a SIMPLE LIFE, you then live an ORDINARY LIFE… I say, to live an ORDINARY LIFE, you live a SIMPLE LIFE… Come visit Batanes in the Philippines and you will see everyone living an ordinary life yet simple which makes them happy and contented.

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