Outstanding women leaders cited in Kababaihan Festival

>> Thursday, March 16, 2017

BAGUIO CITY -- Awarding of the 2017 Search for Baguio City’s “outstanding women leaders” and giving of special recognition to distinguished women  highlights  this   city’s  celebration of National Women’s Month.
The Kababaihan Festival 2017 which opened on March 1 through a media forum at the City Social Welfare and Development Office included Women’s Day program here March 8.
OWLs search committee chairperson Patricia Anne Gallardo disclosed three awardees this year are Jail Senior Insp. April Rose Ayangwa, Maria Victoria Bugasto and Mary Lou Galiste.
Ayangwa, the  jail warden of the female dorm of the Baguio City Jail, was awarded as advocate for the improvement of the lives of  “women deprived of liberty”  with  her initiatives in improving the life of female inmates  through short courses education series, self – help and life skills seminars and livelihood lectures.
Bugasto, a stage 4 breast cancer survivor and the president of Minda’s Buddies, a support group for cancer patients was awarded as advocate of “positive activism and empowerment against cancer” as she made it her life’s work to inform, educate and raise public awareness on cancer.
Galiste, executive director of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio since 2004, was awarded in the field of tourism. 
She has been a vital part to the success of Baguio’s most – visited tourism events like the annual Baguio Flower Festival and the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) Week.
Special awards were also be given to eight women who have excelled in their own fields of endeavor, brought fame, honor and pride to Baguio and put the city on the world map in 2016.
Recipient of special awards were senior javelin throw World Masters Champion Erlinda Lavandia; Miss Diamond of the World Christine Joy Picardal; “Pinopela’ International A Capella champion members Roxanne Joy Omilda, Ingrid Payaket, Sheevani Brylle Sibayan and Charmaine Irish Suyo; Miss International Kylie Versoza, and Wushu Sanda World Cup champion Divine Wally.
An annual awards program since 2006,  some 82 women have been  recognized as OWLs.

The search had three – tiered selection process which involved nomination, clarification and a validation of documents submitted and personal interview of the nominees before a board of judges  composed of past OWLs awardees. -- W. Hortizuela 


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