Marily and I visited the Export Zone in Cebu and toured the manufacturing facility of Kor Landa Corporation, a French-owned high-end fashion accessories firm based in Lapu Lapu City.
On January 20th, Filipina Women’s Network and the Filipina Women Global Fund launched the Tacloban 34 Women Fund, a micro enterprise revolving loan fund for 34 women residents of Habitat for Humanity Kawayanville in Tacloban, Leyte. The initiative was financed by funds raised for Rebuild Tacloban.
The 34 women of Kawayanville pitched to Filipina Women’s Network the small businesses they intend to establish to meet the much-needed services in their newly-built community after Typhoon Yolanda destroyed their families, homes and businesses.
Delle Sering (Global FWN100 '13) hosted a lively dinner get together of FWN members in Makati at Sala Restaurant to kick off FWN on the Road in the Philippines.
Left to right: Mila Sering Picache (standing, Global FWN100™ '14), Emma Imperial (Global FWN100™ '15), Marife Zamora (Global FWN100™ '13), Delle Sering (standing, Global FWN100™ '13), Pet Hartmann (standing, Global FWN100™ '15), Ace Itchon (Global FWN100™ '15), Jopin Romero (standing, Keeper of the Flame '09), Marily Mondejar, Founder & CEO, Filipina Women's Network, Secretary for Climate Change and Congressional Candidate for Surigao Lucille Sering (Global FWN100™ '13)
Cris Comerford (Global FWN100™ '13) broke the glass ceiling for women chefs when she became the first woman and first Filipino to hold the coveted title of executive chef of the White House. With increased opportunities abroad and the culinary school boom (led by prestigious French cooking institution Le Cordon Bleu) in the Philippines, it's likely that we'll see more rockstar Filipina chefs like Cris heading kitchens and satisfying palettes across the world.
Emmie Ortega Anderson (Global FWN100™ '15), Pinoy Power Media LLC, Thelma Boac (US FWN100™ '07), Trustee, Berryessa Union School District Board, Jo Ann Faulkerson-Kyle, General Manager at MC Business Development, Goldilocks USA, Filomenita Hoegsholm (Global FWN100™ '14), Co-Founder, Babaylan PWEDE, Irene Kaneko (Global FWN100™ '15), Jeepney Press/UTAWIT, Marilyn "Wafa" Roscales-Kasimieh (Global FWN100™ '14), Senior Advisor, Islamic Affairs Charitable Activities Department, Government of Dubai, UAE, Lenore Lim (US FWN100™ '09), Artist, Society of Philippine American Artists, Lourdes Nicomedes, Division Manager, Financial Reporting, Systems & Audits, City & County of San Francisco, Lillian Pardo (U.S. FWN100™ '11), Professor Emeritus in Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Bennie Lou Quevedo-Burris (Global FWN100™ '13), Certified Trust Financial Advisor - Investment & Wealth Management - Mechanics Bank Wealth Management, Cynthia Rapaido (U.S. FWN100™ '11), Principal and Adjunct Professor, South San Francisco High School/ University of San Francisco, Jocelyne Vistan, Healthcare Ombudsman/Mediator, Kaiser Permanente.
Persistence, resilence and passion are key for long term success. You may not be the smartest or most qualified for every job you want. However, by being persistent in identifying your shortcomings and being passionate in taking action to address them, you will succeed. Resilience is important in overcoming obstacles. There will always be someone who will make negative comments or will not be supportive of the goals that you have for yourself. Being resilient will enable you to ignore the negativity, enable you to pick yourself up quickly when you fall or get pushed down, and to brush yourself off and get back on track.
- MAJ Amelia Duran-Stanton Ph.D., DSc, Deputy Chief of Inspections/Ortho Physician Assistant, U.S. Army
The Filipina victims of sexual slavery were not acknowledged during Emperor Akihito's visit to the Philippines last week. Filipina comfort women have been demanding recognition and justice from the Japanese government for the sexual exploitation and violence they suffered at the hands of Japanese soliders during WWII. There are about 70 Filipina comfort women still living, many of whom are over 80 years old. Their resolve and fight for justice remains unwavering after 60 years of struggle. News story from The New York Times.