A Tribute to All Women

In the Philippines, the passage of the following laws during the term of President Corazon, the first Filipino woman president, serves as legal bases for the celebration of the National Women’s Day/Month:

• Proclamation No. 224, “Declaring the First Week of March of Every Year as Women’s Week and March 8, 1988 and Every Year Thereafter as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day.” Signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino on March 1, 1988, it affirmed our solidarity with the United Nations and recognized Filipino women’s contribution in the struggle for national independence, civil liberties, equality and human rights.

• Proclamation No, 227, “Providing for the observance of the Month of March as ‘Women’s Role in History Month’.” Signed by President Aquino on March 17, 1988, it
reinforced the earlier proclamation by emphasizing the role of Filipino women in the
social, cultural, economic and political development throughout our history. It provided for a month-long nationwide observance with appropriate ceremonies and activities to be spearheaded by the NCRFW.

• R.A. 6949, “An Act to Declare March Eight of Every Year as a Working Special Holiday to be Known as National Women’s Day” was signed by President Aquino on April 10, 1990. The law further strengthened the impetus for the celebration by declaring every March 8, as a special working holiday and enjoining employees from the government and private sector to participate in activities conducted by their offices. (Read more…)

Last 2 Mar. 2009, Women Entrepreneurship Summit was held at World Trade Center in Pasay City dubbed as “Go Negosyo: Babae, Yaman Ka ng Bayan!” and organized by the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. This event highlighted the 2009 Women’s Month.

Then, there was also the launching of Joey Concepcion‘s third book, “Go Negosyo: 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs,” a book on women entrepreneurs at the National Book Store Rockwell.

This year, some Philippine women will be once again be seen in action. An annual event and in its fourth year, Pinay in Action, seeks to uplift the life of Filipina, empower women and girls in our country by providing venues for a healthier lifestyle and tools for information for a better future. Thus, the fun run/walk for 1.6km, 5km, and 10km for women from all walks of life whether they are athletes, amateurs, mothers, teens or children, to gather together for this worthy cause and celebrate Women’s month. There will also be information and display booths on women’s health, wellness, fitness, beauty, and fashion in the premises that will be from 6AM to 10AM. (For registration details, please see takbo.ph)

A Glimpse of Pinay in Action (2008)

Start/Finish Line


Happy Feet Tiffin Leading the Pack


Male (Happy Feet Aljo) participants are welcome as long as they will run with a female (Happy Feet Rivka) companion

Happy Feet Maui Leading the Pack and Whizzing By Sensei John Ting


From (L) to (R): Happy Feet Women Runners Coffee Mug, Running Diva, Sen. Pia Cayetano, Bull Runner, and Witchkitty


From (L) to (R): Happy Feet Women and Men Runners Coffee Mug, Running Diva, Coach Rio, Renz, Bull Runner with Son, Friend, and Witchkitty

TransChorale in Concert (2008)

Singing, “Babae, Ka” …

The Song … “Babae, Ka” (Arranged by Robert Delgado)

Babae ka hinahangad sinasamba
Ipinagtatanggol ikaw nama’y walang laya

Ganda lang ang pakinabang sa buhay walang alam

Ang pinto ng pag-unlad
Sa iyo’y laging nakasara
Harapin mo (Buksan mo)
Ibangon ang iyong pagkatao
Babae ka

Sa lahat ikaw ang buhay
Kung ikaw kaya’y wala
Saan ang buhay ipupunla

Pinatunayan mo kaya mo’ng magpa-alila
Ngunit kaya mo ring magpalakad ng bansa

Ang pinto ng pag-unlad
Sa iyo’y laging nakasara
Harapin mo (Buksan mo)
Ibangon ang iyong pagkatao
Babae ka

Dahil sa akala ay mahina ka
Kakayahan mo ay di nakikita
Bisig mo man sa lakas ay kulang
Ngunit sa isip ay biniyayaan

Upang ang tinig mo’y maging mapagpasya
Upang ika’y lumaya
Lumaya ka

Babaeng pinagpala
Ang ganda ng daigdig sa iyo ay nagmumula

Babae ka

With Musical Director, Robert Delgado, Philippine Madrigal Singers’ (MADZ)Resident Arranger and Composer