The Philippine government is requesting the extradition from the U.S. of Grace Grande, a querida—a kind of unwilling “kept” woman—to Philippine Congressman Patrick Antonio.
Queridas rarely fare well in the Philippines. In the end, they are abandoned, replaced by younger queridas, and become other men’s queridas. If they have daughters, it is likely they will become queridas as well. Dispensing with a querida is the man’s prerogative. Tales abound of queridas maimed, beaten up and/or killed when they choose to forgo the relationship.