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Empowered Filipinas: Raising the Bar
Transcript of Empowered Filipinas: Raising the Bar
Privilege Speech last 09 March 2015
Give Woman an Equal Chance to Lead
Exhibit Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Empowered Filipinas: Raising the Bar
Women MAKE IT HAPPEN
by Senator Pia S. Cayetano
First visually-impaired Filipina to graduate summa cum laude from Ateneo de Manila
She has done extensive work with companies around the world to provide solutions for visually-impaired people, to aid their learning, work, and mainstream integration.
Received multiple awards as an outstanding youth and student, including the Heroes for Today award from Reader's Digest Asia
Famous T’boli Dreamweaver
Dulay has contributed to the preservation of her culture with her fine craftsmanship in using abaca fibers to weave images of her people, the T’bolis.
Recipient of the National Living Treasure (Manlilikhang Bayan) award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
First Filipina prima ballerina
The “ballerina of the people,” Macuja- Elizalde has committed to making ballet current and relevant to all Filipinos.
Multiple awards in the country and around the world, including 1989 TOWNS Award, 1995 TOYF Award, and 2008 Pearl of the Orient Award
Philippines’ premier soprano
The multi-awarded soprano established the Rachelle Gerodias Music Foundation, which awards scholarships to deserving musicians who cannot afford formal musical training.
Recipient of multiple prizes locally and abroad, including 1st prize in the Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition in Syracuse, New York, Aliw Awards Hall of Fame for Best Female Classical Performer, 2013 TOWNS Award
World-renowned fashion designer
Lhuillier made her first collection at the young age of 22, and built up her business into the world-class brand it is today.
Recipient of the 2006 Presidential Medal of Merit, as well as multiple recognitions for her work as a designer
Pinay Global Artist
Her artworks have been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and collected by eminent personalities, such as Nobel Prize winner Manfred Eigen and film director Spike Lee, among others.
One of eight internationally acclaimed artists presented at the 1999 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
2014 Pamanang Pilipino Award
Dr. Fe del Mundo
Pediatrician and first woman admitted to Harvard Medical School in 1936
Del Mundo founded the Children’s Medical Center, the country’s first pediatric hospital.Del Mundo’s extensive and pioneering work in pediatrics has earned international recognition, including the Elizabeth Blackwell Award for Outstanding Service to Mankind and Citation as Outstanding Pediatrician and Humanitarian.
Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and the first Filipino woman to be named a National Scientist.
Marine Scientist and Conservationist
Primavera has used her expertise in zoology and marine science to preserve the environment and prevent the mangrove population from going into a downward spiral.
Named as one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment in 2008
First Asian and first female White House Executive Chef
Recruited to work in the Clinton White House in 1995, and subsequently appointed by First Lady Laura Bush as the White House Executive Chef.
Chef of the Year from March of Dimes Chicago in 2010, one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina-American Women in the US in 2010 by Asian Week, among various awards
Cristeta 'Cris' Commerford
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Founder and CEO of care.com
Marcelo founded Care.com, a website which provides services to help families find care, from child care and senior care, to special needs care and more.
Named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and consistently recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs and powerful women in entrepreneurship
Anna and Camille Meloto
Social entrepreneurs and founders of Human Nature, Inc.
Founded Human Nature (Gandang Kalikasan), a personal care brand that is 100% natural, ethically-acquired, and Philippine-grown
The Meloto sisters grew their brand quite literally from the ground up, empowering their workers with stable livelihood, and centering their enterprise on the values of being Pro-Philippines, Pro-Poor, and Pro-Environment.
UNICEF Special Advocate for Children, Entrepreneur, TV Host, and Blogger
Oseña-Paez, a multi-awarded TV host, balances her role as mother, children’s advocate, entrepreneur, TV host and blogger.
Appointed by UNICEF Philippines as Special Advocate for Children, she helps educate mothers all over the country about maternal health, mortality, and breastfeeding.
Olivia 'Bong' Coo
4-Time World Champion Bowler
The most bemedalled Filipino athlete earned 78 medals during her career with the national team, and a total of 135 championship titles with at least one Masters title for 28 consecutive years.
First Filipino athlete listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, and recipient of multiple local and international athletic awards
Pinay Mt. Everest Team
First Filipina Everest Summiteers
The three Pinays of Everest are all accomplished athletes who have achieved one of the most difficult yet fulfilling feats in the world.
is a member of the UP Mountaineers, an excellent sport climber, lawn tennis coach, and champion triathlete.
is a member of the Philippine Dragon Boat team, biker, and extreme adventure athlete.
is a fierce sport climber.
Ani de Leon-Brown
First Filipina to qualify in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships
With multiple athletic awards under her belt, the Pinay In Action advocate continues to compete in long distance triathlons while sharing her athletic skills by coaching on a grassroots level.
2008 Marie-Claire Woman of the World Awardee, 2012 Female Network 100 Amazing Filipinas, 2013 TOWNS Award
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