Boots Anson-Roa in love again

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Veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa was in the news recently having found love again after she was left a widow when her husband Pete Roa died several years ago.


The actress who is also the executive director of Mowelfund, and her beau, Atty. Francisco “King” E. Rodrigo, former consul general of the Philippine Consulate in New York, USA, announced recently in a press conference their engagement and impending marriage in June 2014. It was a brief but intense courtship, they revealed.

The announcement of their love affair has made them more open now with their relationship.

Their friends and family (both have grandchildren all of whom they intend to enjoy as they progress in their relationship) agree that  the couple deserve each other.  Boots’ resume is definitely very impressive, enough to intimidate any man, but King said “I’m not intimidated by her, I’m attracted to her!”

King’s academic background is impressive. He took up Bachelor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila University, was admitted to the Philippine bar in 1965, and also to the New York Bar in 1980. In 1982, he became Staff Attorney at the Housing Litigation Bureau of the City of New York. In 1986-1988, he became Consul General of the Philippine Consulate in New York.

He later became partner in some law offices, specializing in litigation, property development, mergers and acquisitions, administrative law, family law and special projects.

As for Boots (full name: Maria Elisa “Boots” Anson-Roa), her credentials are truly “intimidating.” At 68, she continues to shine in her career and as a wholesome personality who is respected and emulated by her countless fans.  Beautiful and talented, she has maximized her potentials in education, media and public service.

A product of the University of the Philippines Speech and Drama Department, Boots pursued various courses in developmental programs, journalism, public and media relations, and film and television locally and in the US, the netherlands, France and Italy.

When her husband died in 2007, Boots established PRIME (Pete Roa Integrated Media Endeavors) Foundation, Inc. with continuing broadcast education, rehabilitation of Mowelfund stroke patients and the propagation of devotion to St. Pio as its main thrust.

Most notable in Boots’ resume is her employment as Press Attaché/Cultural Officer/Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC in the 80s. Her job entailed liaison and coordination with US and international media agencies, the Filipino-Ametican community in the entire United States, International Cultural Agencies and US Congressional offices.

As educator, she was lecturer/trainor in Philippine Language, Culture and History at the Georgetown University’s Center for Immigration Studies, presently, Ms. Boots teaches Mass Communications at the Ateneo de Manila University, the University of the Philippines, and the Manila Times School of Journalism. She also heads the Performing Arts Division of the Asian Academy of Television Arts. Manila Bulletin

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