POKHARA: Filipino Princess Maria Amor Torres, who is currently on her first Nepal tour, visited the ‘City of Lake’ Pokhara and praised it as a paradise.
Dr Maria is a princess of the Royal House of Baloi, one of the most important royal institutions in Southern Philippines. The website of RHOB illustrated that The Royal House of Baloi used to be one of the 19 royal houses of Menanao and one of the four major principalities which held together all the communities in an ancient alliance or confederation long before the introduction of modern society.
Maria is visiting Pokhara, a city housing nine lakes within the Lake Cluster of the Pokhara Valley, at the invitation of the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual World University in Pokhara. She is here in an extension of her campaign to enhance advocacy of the wide range of humanitarian issues such as peace, education and human trafficking, among others.
The royal philanthropist was accompanied by another social campaigner Aphinita Chaichana, who chairs the Namo Buddha Club, a charity. They are extending support to the ‘Aama Ghar’ to build shelter for elderly women at Simpani of Manahari Rural Municipality in Makwanpur.
The globetrotter princess, who is also dubbed as the ‘Travelling Princess’, shared her experience of touring the world and why and how she coordinated efforts for humanitarian endeavours such as extending care and help to the underprivileged, building peace projects, strengthening international relations, promoting health and education, empowering women and the like.
Enchanted by picturesque Pokhara, Maria said, “I am mesmerised beyond words by the mountain views and the lakes here. The beauty of Pokhara, is inexplicable. So is the beauty of the people here. Nepal is very close to my heart. I have been visiting Nepal for a while and long wished to visit this city and I finally made it,” she gushed.
She said that she was also looking forward to doing some tourism during her sojourn in Pokhara. “I am waiting for the good weather window to take an ultra light flight to view mountains from close quarters.” Earlier, the Princess who lives by the principle ‘Love is the only religion in the world’ had visited Shiva temple at KI Singh Bridge area and received tika from the priest.