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Chasing Windmills

Chasing Windmills

Maya Butalid


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A fascinating collection of stories following the journey of Maya Butalid, born in 1957 in Cebu City, Philippines. When studying at the University of the Philippines she became a Philippine political activist against the Marcos dictatorship. She was sent to the Netherlands to work as an activist from 1983-1993. Here she learnt Dutch and graduated from Tilburg University with a Master's in Psychology.

Maya courageously tells of the challenges of living as a migrant in a foreign country, marriage and bringing up her Filipino daughters in the Netherlands and her various undertakings to help with the refugee crises around the world. She describes the beautiful and challenging walking routes of the Four Days Marches of Nijmegen to raise awareness and funds for refugees and her brave battle with cancer.

Maya, to this day, is continuing with her efforts to contribute to the development of the Philippines.

ISBN : 978-1-80074-086-0

Published: 30/06/2022

Pages : 254

Size : 205x140

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Maya Butalid

Maya Butalid was born in 1957 in Cebu City, Philippines. She studied at the University of the Philippines, where she became an activist against the Marcos dictatorship. She was sent to the Netherlands to work there from 1983 to 1993. She graduated with a Master's in Psychology from Tilburg University, Netherlands. She served as Tilburg City Councillor from 2003 to 2010. She now works with the Netherlands Council for Refugees.
Since 2012 she has worked with Pasali, a development NGO in Mindanao, southern Philippines.
She is married to Carlo Butalid; they have two daughters Ligaya and Elena, and grandchildren Tala, Manuel, Noan and Léa.

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