It sounds like a headline you would find in a tabloid, but it's not. It's the story of Kate Tan, a cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University. "But what is it to me?" you might ask. Well, it's this: Kate could have been your sister, best friend, or daughter. Kate could have even been you.
Meet Kate Tan. She looked awesome. She was awesome.
That was how I felt: She could have easily been me. I found way too many similarities between me and Kate: She was the eldest child in the family, she was an achiever in school, and she also wanted to become a writer. She had a loving and supportive family, too, just like me.
There is, however, one thing that sets us apart: Unlike Kate, I'm still alive.
Kate passed away in July 2013. "Everybody dies," you might think. "It's just another sob story," you might say. But it's not.
That headline you just read is the tip of a big and potentially scandalous iceberg, one that will affect every single one of us. So if you're a sister, best friend, or daughter, pay close attention to what I will reveal about my four-hour interview with Bernard Tan, Kate's father.
If you don't want your sister, best friend, or daughter to be the next Kate Tan, I suggest you sit tight, pay attention, and prepare to share this on every single one of your social networks.
You see, Kate did not want to die quietly. She - together with her grieving father and the people who know about the hideousness that happened to her - have a message for you that might one day save the life of someone you love.