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A Bulakenya and two women’s organization, receive honors from Soroptimist
By: PPAO
Friday, 20 April 2012
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UNSUNG WOMAN HERO. Ma. Paloma Papa, Governor of the Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region together with Cong. Marivic Sy-Alvarado, representative of the 1st District of Bulacan hands over a plaque of recognition to Nerissa Gonzales, one of the 10 Unsung Women Heroes Awardees who has helped uplift the well-being of other women in their community despite the scarcity of resources and personal challenging conditions. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- A Bulakenya and two women organization that foster bravery, strength and greatness were recognized by the Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region (A Foundation), Inc. yesterday, April 19, 2012 during their Unsung Women Heroes Award held at the The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, in this city.

One of the ten Unsung Women Heroes is Angelita Reyes from the town of Plaridel, the first woman to become member of the Sangguniang Bayan. She was elected as president of the National Council of Women Plaridel Council where she has taught women various livelihood skills like cellphone repair.

Further, President Vicente Enriquez and Vice President Dra. Corazon Villano of the Women of Malolos Foundation, Inc. and Panlalawigang Komisyon para sa Kababaihan ng Bulacan Commissioner Dra. Magdalena Gonzales also received their plaques of appreciation.

Meanwhile, other women that were recognized are Emma Atendido, a community leader and sari-sari store owner in Cabanatuan City; Vivian Bañados, known as � little doctor or little nurse� and an inspiration to passionate health workers in Mandug, Mindanao; Sulficia Delgado, a typical mother who organized Barangka Ibaba Solo Parents Association; Nerissa Gonzales, one of the five women prostitutes emboldened by their battle cry that “there is life after prostitution�; Mary Jane Fag-Ayan Lisking, from an indigenous tribe in Bontoc, Mountain Province who exemplifies the best volunteer worker in the counrty; Eleonor de Lara Nicolas, born with degenerative eye disease called Myopic Degeneration, the gradual loss of eyesight but despite her blindness, she has dedicated her free time teaching catechism to children in school; Wilhelmina Nuestro, volunteer teacher of children with disabilities; Blecenda Varona, an overseas contract worker and a licensed nutritionist and dietician; and Juliet Versoza who was born in IloIlo City and organized a group called “Samahan ng Mahihirap ng Bagong Silang� in Bagong Silang, San Jose, Navotas City.

Dr. Ma. Paloma B. Papa, governor of SIPR, Mayor Lorna C. Silverio, chairperson of Unsung Women Heroes Award , PG Carmen Araneta Flor, federation director of SIA, PFD Leticia C. Yap, chairperson of program council, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Cong. Ma. Victoria R. Sy-Alvarado of the first district of Bulacan and Cong. Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica of the fourth district of Bulacan led the awarding of prizes and plaques of recognition to all the winners.

The said award is a signature project of SIPR that honors women who dedicated their time, and effort to uplift the well-being of other women and girls in their communities.

Also, these are women who, despite scarcity of resources and challenging conditions, engage in laudable projects that improve the lives of women and girls while inspiring and empowering other women. ###

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