Filipina achievers hailed on International Women’s Day

Marje Pelayo   •   March 9, 2019   •   3134

MANILA, Philippines – Women, with their vulnerability and fragility, are highly valued in the Philippine society.

They play an important role in keeping the household intact because ‘family always comes first’ in such a conservative country as the Philippines.

But aside from the ‘heroines’ at home, several Filipinas have also become popular in different fields here and abroad.

The Philippines is dubbed as the ‘beauty queen powerhouse’ of the world for bagging most of the titles in international beauty pageants since Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran.

In fact, in 2015, the Global Beauty Pageant Circuit crowned the Philippines as Country of the Year for snagging prominent spots in the international stage.

A total of seven international crowns were brought home by stunning Filipina beauties during that year with the most controversial win of ‘confidently beautiful’ Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe 2015.

Other beauty title holders include Angelina Ong (Miss Earth 2015); Ann Lorraine Maniego Colis (Miss Globe 2015); Parul Shah (Miss Grand International 2015); Hillarie Parungao (Miss World 2015); Janicel Lubina (Miss International 2015); and Rogelie Catacutan (Miss Supranational 2015).

In just three years, the country made another headline with Catriona Gray’s signature ‘lava walk’ and her smooth win as Miss Universe 2018.

The Philippines already had two women presidents in the persons of Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The country would have had two women chief justices if not for the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno in 2018 via quo warranto petition.

Her position was taken over by Teresita de Castro, who was named the first woman chief justice of the Philippines but served the shortest term as the top magistrate of the land.

A number of Filipinas have also left a mark in the global music industry such as Tony and Academy award winner Lea Salonga; American Idol runner-up,Jessica Sanchez; China’s Singer 2018 finalist KZ Tandingan; and Asia’s Phoenix Morissette Amon.

And in the field of sports, Olympian Hidilyn Diaz is no exception.

#BalanceforBetter is this year’s International Women’s Day theme which aimed at “gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements” according to the International Women’s Day website.

The International Women’s Day is observed around the world on March 8 of each year since 1975 as adopted by the United Nations. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Filipina nurse dies after being knocked down in Times Square NYC

UNTV News   •   October 11, 2021

A Filipina nurse in the United States died on Sunday from injuries sustained after she was knocked to the ground in Times Square, New York.

The Philippine Consulate General in New York identified the victim as Maria Ambrocio from New Jersey.

“We grieve with the rest of the Filipino Community over the death of our kababayan, Maria Ambrocio, a 58-year-old health frontliner from Bayonne, New Jersey, who is the latest victim of deranged individuals on the loose in New York City,” the Consulate General said in a statement.

She had been on life support for the head trauma she sustained on Friday afternoon after she was knocked down by someone who was described as a mentally disturbed homeless man.

Ambrocio was walking with a fellow Filipino near Times Square after visiting the Philippine Consulate General when she was struck by the suspect who was reportedly being chased after grabbing a mobile phone from someone.

“We have joined calls for authorities to take the necessary steps, including heightened police visibility, to protect the public after we noted the surge in anti-Asian hate incidents that targeted some of our kababayan,” the consulate said.

“We also supported calls for authorities to take the necessary measures to address mental health issues, especially among the homeless,” it added.

“We reiterate these calls as we mourn our loss, but we also ask ourselves: How many more Maria Ambrocios do we have to mourn before the streets would be made safe again?” the consulate further said.

Duterte calls for elevation, empowerment of Filipinas on Int’l Women’s Day

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—In celebration of International Women’s Day, President Rodrigo Duterte has called for the elevation and empowerment of Filipinas

“Let us elevate women to their rightful place in society by empowering every Filipina to break not only barriers that have long hindered them from reaching their full potential, but also the backward mindset that fueled a culture of gender oppression and inequality,” the President said in a statement. 

Duterte encouraged every Filipino to join in celebrating the “indispensable role of women” in the nation’s progress. He also called for breaking the “backward mindset” that fueled gender inequality.

The President lauded the government’s effort “to create an environment where women’s rights are respected and their contributions to society are recognized.” AAC

Female passengers to get free rides at LRT-2 on March 8

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) on Friday said women train passengers will get free rides on March 8, Sunday.

In a Twitter post, the LRT-2 said the offer is in celebration of International Women’s Day.

“Kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng International Women’s Day, may libreng sakay ang lahat ng kababaihang pasahero ng LRT-2 sa Marco 8, 2020!” it said.

The LRT-2 said women passengers can avail of free rides during the following peak hours – from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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