Manila, Philippines— Philippines’ Most outstanding Women took centerstage as Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo honored them with the Women of Significance Award at the Sofitel Hotel on Saturday.
“Tonight we pay tribute to the women who have given notable contributions to the Filipino community. May we continue to recognize the efforts of such women for their triumph is also ours.” Teo said.
Among the Women of Significance awardees were: Aileen Royo-Apostol, Gintong Parangal sa Edukasyon Para sa Guroawardee and Master Teacher II of Santo Niño SPED Center, Tacloban City; Sol Balbero, Executive Director of Kanlungan sa Er-Ma, an institution that serves as a refuge to the street children of Ermita and Malate.
Given recognition were Nadine Angelica Casiño, founder of the Modern Nanays of Mindanao in Cagayan de Oro, an organization whose advocacy is to help mothers in making informed decisions on childcare; Charleanne Jandic, a medical intern at the Chinese General Hospital, whose quick thinking and skill saved a woman from permanently losing an arm after an accident at the MRT-3.
Also feted were SPO3 Esnairah Lucman, a hijab trooper and a member of the women contingent of Marawi; Baby Nebrida, screenwriter and award-winning filmmaker; Catherine Brillantes-Turvill, founder of Nurture Wellness Village, a pioneer in the spa and wellness industry and author; and Dr. Mina Gabor, the first woman secretary of DOT, who initiated projects such as the PH Travel Mart, Paskuhan Village, and Vigan Tourism Village and Chairman of the International School of Sustainable Tourism.
The diverse origins of the awardees prove that the capabilities of Filipinas transcend ethnicity, age and profession.
According to Teo, it is vital that we recognize the impact of the Pinays’ contribution to the community for they offer new perspectives in the further development of the country.
“We come from a long line of extraordinary women, after all. It is a given that we would inherit their greatness,” the tourism chief added.