Twins Madeline and Melanie grew up without a father by their side.
They’ve only known him by his name or from a photo that their mother, Esperanza Delos Santos was able to keep after their failed relationship has separated them for years now. The twins just turned 18 last year, but like any other child who didn’t grow up knowing their father, they could only wish that he could somehow see them or get to know them.
The plea that the Delos Santos twins are telling the world is similar to the plea of other children in Angeles City, who grew up only knowing their fathers by their first name or that they were some foreign national who just visited the Philippines for alleged sex tourism.
A recent report from The Guardian about these children with different skin colors and features from that of their Filipino mothers is a testament that they exist until now. They long to be acknowledged and the chance to be called sons and daughters by their fathers of different nationalities.