Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Mrs. Asia-USA Janet Pichon Hixson will add her voice in the cause of Filipino migrant rights, in addition to her other advocacies.

Hixson became the first Filipina to win the title at the Mrs. Asia-USA pageant in La Miranda, CA last August.

She visited Washington DC to pursue her commitment to draw attention to the plight of migrant Filipino workers who’ve been victimized by illegal recruiters or abusive employers.

With husband Richard and their two children in tow, they joined the Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) Christmas party at the St. Michael the Archangel church in Silver Spring, MD.

They later called on Ambassador Willy Gaa and she briefed him on another of her concerns, as newly appointed Director of Lead a Life Foundation’s Regional Carolinas Office.

Janet explained the foundation aims to support the growth of children by providing them with access to good parenting, food, education and health care.

She plans to introduce the foundation in Davao City this March, where they will donate a scholarship to the Miss Davao City beauty pageant and launch a school supplies donation campaign for city schools.

She also champions the Street Foundation that is dedicated to providing skills for impoverished Filipino children.

Janet immigrated to America in 1999. Janet’s parents are Edgar and Elma Pichon of Davao City.

At the Mrs. Asia-USA pageant, Janet bested 12 other finalists from Cambodia, China, India and Vietnam.

The pageant aims to showcase Asian beauty and talent, and heighten awareness of the many contributions of Asians in the US.

The Hixsons live in Charlotte, NC where Janet splits her time as a housewife and home-maker, and a dental science student.

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