Maria Teresa Carlson
Maria Teresa Gerodias Carlson
October 15, 1963
|Died||November 23, 2001 (aged 38)|
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
|Other names||Tere / Maria|
|Occupation||Actress, beauty pageant contestant|
|Children||8 (2 daughters and 6 sons)|
Maria Teresa Gerodias Carlson (October 15, 1963 – November 23, 2001) was a Filipino-American actress and beauty pageant contestant.
Carlson was born in Manila but grew up in San Francisco, California. At 16, she decided to stay in the Philippines when her family came on a visit. In 1979, she won Miss Young Philippines and represented the country in the Miss Young International Pageant in Tokyo.
In 1983, Carlson married Rodolfo Fariñas. They have six children — one girl and five boys: Ria Christina (born 1984), Ryan Christopher, Rudys Caesar I, Rudys Caesar II, Rodolfo Jr. (+) and Rodolfo III. Before Carlson, Rodolfo Fariñas also has other two children from a previous relationship with Janet Murff, namely Rica Camille and Rey Carlos.
Allegations of domestic violence against husband
"At the start, there would be occasional slapping on the face, physical abuse, beatings. He will box you... all over. I was subjected to water torture. I had a gun at me in my mouth... a wet towel all over my face, pour [sic] Sprite, 7-Up or continuous water... "I do not wish to embarrass him. I do not want humiliate him. I'm not out just for any money. I'm even willing to give up everything. I just want my freedom, and my independence. I want my annulment and I want what's due to me as my constitutional rights as a Filipino."
A week after, she appeared on the television program Magandang Gabi, Bayan, with her husband beside her and took back everything she had said against him. She told host Noli de Castro that she was just feeling insecure. "Baka dahil buntis po ako. Hindi ako maganda sa kanya. Puro motherhood, puro housewife na lang."
Before the 1996 allegations, Carlson had sought help from others.
Fariñas has reportedly denounced the women's organization KALAKASAN that intervened in Carlson's defense and accused the organization of "being lesbian-dominated".
Carlson was pushed off the balcony from the 23rd floor of the Platinum 2000 condominium on November 23, 2001 in Greenhills, San Juan City. Carlson's maid said hours before her death, she and Carlson went to Malacañan Palace and tried to see President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to show a video tape, which allegedly showed Carlson's husband hurting one of their children, who is a godson of Arroyo. She said Carlson was shouting "Rochille, bilisan mo, takbo! Hinahabol nila tayo (Rochille, hurry up! They're after us)!" and ran out of her room. The couple was estranged at the time of her death.
Task Force Maria is a coalition of at least 23 women's and people's organizations formed after Carlson's suicide. TFM took the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to task for failing to act on Carlson's publicized disclosures, and later worked to reconcile two domestic violence bills in Congress in a unity bill. On March 8, 2004, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act. It shields victims with protection orders without having to file a case in court. It recognizes the battered woman syndrome as a defense.
|1980||Wander Woman Si Ako!||Wander Woman|
|Six Million Centavo Man|
|1982||Si Ako at... Tres Muskiteros!||Maria|
|Forgive and Forget||Inez|
|Mga Alagad ng Kuwadradong Mesa||Lady Di-Nabale|
|Johnny Tanggo Rides Again... Tatanga-tanga, Dakila Naman|
|1994||Iligpit Si Victor Saraza|
|1984–1989||Chicks to Chicks||Tere||IBC/ABS-CBN|
- The Unsung Struggle of Maria Theresa Carlson The Unsung Struggle of Maria Theresa Carlson
- Philippines: Act Now Against Violence Against Women
- Ma. Teresa Carlson leaps to her death from SJ apartment
- "RA 9262 makes abuse of women and children a crime". Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-08-02.