Born Maria Luzette C. Villareal, I live in Switzerland. A keen astronomer, I love to read, paint
and support two children’s projects in the Philippines.
I moved to Switzerland in Autumn 1980 and married Jann Disch, a Swiss. I’ve been residing in
Canton St. Gall for the past twenty-eight years.
I love reading and my private library includes books of bestseller authors like Paulo Coelho,
Orhan Pamuk, Kahlil Gibran, Neale Donald Walsch, Rick Warren, John Grisham, Robert Ludlum, Sidney
Sheldon, Danielle Steele, Cecelia Ahern, Stephenie Meyers and Serdar Özkan.
Recently I inherited a complete collection of Agatha Christie’s and Alistair Maclean’s
Yes, I’m a typical bookworm - I devour books voraciously.
I’m keen on astronomy and I’ve got plenty of books about “stars and planets.” I love to do stargazing with my
own Meade telescope on starry, starry nights.
Painting using different mediums has been another pastime since 1997, a few months after the untimely death of
Jann, my husband. Please view my original paintings at my website.
Although not having been blessed with children of my own, I have a very close and natural affinity with children
and they in turn take to me with remarkable ease. Because of this amazing bond, I’ve decided to support two
projects in my hometown in the Philippines.
The children's projects I support are the SOS Children's Village in Zarraga, Iloilo and The Feed a Child “Dulang
Paglaum” project spearheaded by Monsignor Meliton Oso of the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo City. You can read more
about helping children in need on my website. All
money from the sale of my artwork goes to both projects.
With God’s grace, I would love to realize my dream – to put up a daycare centre for less-fortunate children in
Iloilo City and create self-funding projects for the Filipino youth and adults.
Presently, I am working in one of the financial institutions in the city of St. Gall. I’ve got a Bachelor of
Science in Commerce – major in Accounting degree and I’ve been in this profession for about twenty years.
I am also blessed to have a very supportive 2nd husband, Derek (Tony).
He is now “the wind beneath my wings.”