International Women’s Day in CAR

The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board-Cordillera Administrative Region attended a program and civic parade along the thorough fares of the central business district on March 8 as part of the city-wide celebration of the International Women’s Day.

In her message, Hon. Lilia Fariñas, Committee Chair on Women and Urban Poor, reminded all women audience to continue to make the change they yearn.

The awarding of the Most Outstanding Women Leaders (OWL) highlighted the program.  These five (5) women represent various sectors in the community.  Ms. Philian Weygan-Allan was chosen for her Spiritual and Socio-Cultural Leadership; Flora Dolor Balaba for Highlighting the Rights of Senior Citizens, Elizabeth Neto Mamanglo for her advocacy in uplifting women and children through cooperativism, Jocelyn Lardizabal Mariano for her initiative in cooperativism in the community and finally, Sonia Gonzales Mina for Organizational Management.  These women went through a rigorous search process conducted by previous OWL awardees.

Retired Regional Trial Court Judge Delilah G. Muñoz, the program’s Guest of Honor and Speaker, emphasized the roles of women in changing times and what they do for the society.  Also, she challenged women to be the positive change needed in the home, workplace, community and the government.   Stressing the value of living life to the fullest, she concluded her talk with this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson,  “to laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”

Lyla Jane B. Tacio