BORN INTO ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST PROMINENT FAMILIES, SARAH LOPEZ WESTON GAVE UP A LIFE IN THE LAP OF LUXURY TO START ANEW IN LONDON, FINDING SPIRITUALITY AND HER OWN IDENTITY IN THE PROCESS.
When Sarah Weston enters a room her footsteps are light but determined, her gaze curious yet knowing and her words gentle but full of refreshing honesty. Sarah emanates the calm of someone who has taken the building blocks of her life, rearranged the pieces and come up with the perfect fit.
But, she admits, it was not always like this. She remembers “being extremely spoiled growing up, especially in how I would speak to people I would view as beneath me. I was really rude, not a nice person.” She continues, “I felt I was better than other people.”
Now 34, the only daughter of ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez and first wife Babsie Chuidian Litton, Sarah Weston used to be known in Manila social circles as Nikki Lopez. She remembers a happy childhood where she spend her first eight years in California and her adolescence and teenage years in the Philippines. But by the time she left to pursue a degree at Williams College in the States, she had grown into a “glass half-empty person.” Sarah explains: “Even though I had a lot, I felt I didn’t have anything materially or emotionally. It was like nothing was ever enough. It’s like seeing someone else always has more than you. And with this view you are never happy.”
The transformation from Nikki to Sarah could not have been more dramatic.
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