Category Archives: Women’s Month

Women of the Philippines … Celebrate!

Today, March 8, we celebrate National Women’s Day (Republic Act No. 6949) signed on April 10, 1990.   The month of March was also proclaimed as Women’s Role in History Month (Proclamation No. 227)
With the recently experienced disasters and calamities by the country and the impact of climate change on a global scale, the theme for this year’s National Women’s Month Celebration is “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility.”  The theme not only focuses on the role of women as agents of change in relation to disaster risk reduction but also tells us that disaster risk reduction is everyone’s responsibility. 
Not too long ago, I have had the chance of attending the Women’s Month Celebration held at Bonifacio Global City.  Women from different sectors met not for a run but for a walk rejoicing the role of women for the past years.  One of the highlights of that meeting was the Magna Carta of Women, which was passed into law known as Republic Act 9710.  With the continuing efforts done both at the local and national levels, the implementation of Magna Carta of Women has finally started last year.   Though the Magna Carta of Women includes every woman’s rights, allow me to focus on two important rights which I believe have direct relation to running as a sport and health in general:
Equal participation in sports.  This includes measures to ensure that gender-based discrimination in competitive and non-competitive sports is removed so that women and girls can benefit from sports development.

Leave benefits of two months with full pay based on gross monthly compensation, for women employees who undergo surgery caused by gynecological disorders, provided that they have rendered continuous aggregate employment service of at least six months for the last twelve months. 
More of Magna Carta of Women here.
Another reason why women here should celebrate is that in Asia, Philippines is the best place to be a woman.  According to a report published by international publication Newsweek magazine, the country ranked 17th overall in their “The Best and Worst Places for Women,” which analyzed 165 countries. The report studied five areas that affect women’s lives — treatment under the law, political power, workforce participation, access to education, and access to health care. The Philippines garnered an overall score of 86.3 out of 100, and is the only Asian country to be included in the Top 20.

Newsweek named Iceland as the best place in the world for women with an overall score of 100, followed by Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Norway, United States, Australia and Netherlands.

The worst place in the world to be a woman, according to the report, is Chad in Central Africa with an overall score of zero, followed by Afghanistan, Yemen, Congo, Mali, Solomon Islands, Niger, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea.
On the Other Side of the Fence …
The month of March is usually jam-packed with performances since I used to sing with a chorale group four years ago.  Just missing them. 
Anyway, a resounding hurrah to all lady runners out there!

Women’s Health & Athena Milk for Women Join Forces for their First All Women’s Run

While more marathons and fun runs are created to cater to everyone who loves to run, it is still quite unusual to stage a run exclusively for women. This is precisely why Women’s Health Philippines and Athena Milk for Women decided to team up for their first All Women’s Run held last March 19, Saturday, at the SM Mall Of Asia.
Running Diva was there, too, her recovery run (10K category) after finishing 
the Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race a few weeks back. 

We wanted to celebrate women and the things they can do, whether they’re doing something for the first time or are trailblazers in their fields,” says Women’s Health editor-in-chief Lara Parpan, “Running is huge in the country and by opening the race to women only, we’re providing a friendly, encouraging atmosphere for them to discover running and maybe even find a strength they thought they never had.”
Hosted by Magic 89.9 deejay Mia Bayuga, the Women’s Health and Athena Milk for Women All Women’s Run saw over a thousand women of all ages run in the 3k, 5k, and 10k categories and race to the finish line.
After the race, everyone took a breather at the festival area, where they enjoyed free skin, bone and body mass analysis from Athena Milk for women, massage from The Spa, express nail services from Nail-a-holics, workout demo and trial class from Barre 3, hairstyling from Rowenta, Body Fat Index Analysis and personal consultation with nutritionist from Conair, makeover from Clinique and haircut from David’s Salon. Exciting freebies from Playtex, Schick, Banana Boat, Hygienix, Goody, Lifestyle Gourmet and Unilab, as well as discounts from Sketchers Resistance Runner were also available at the festival area.
The Women’s Health and Athena Milk for Women All Women’s Run was sponsored by Athena Milk for Women, Run Rio, Unilab Active Health, and SM Mall of Asia. Special thanks to the media partner, Cosmopolitan Magazine. 
The March issue of Women’s Health features Jennylyn Mercado on the cover is available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide for only P140. For more Women’s Health online, become a fan on Facebook via and follow them on Twitter via

All Women’s Run By Women’s Health, March 19

In celebration of Women’s Month this March, Women’s Health Philippines and Athena Milk for Women team up to stage their first-ever All Women’s Run, happening on March 19. Saturday, 5:00 A.M. at SM Mall of Asia (across IMAX Parking Lot), Pasay City.

While the run is open exclusively to women ages 16 years old and above, girls below 16 years old may register, as long as they are accompanied by a registered female adult running in the same category. Participants may choose among the 3K, 5K, and 10K race categories.

Registration for the Women’s Health and Athena Milk for Women All Women’s Run is ongoing until March 19, 2011. The registration fees for the respective categories are: P500 for 3K, P600 for 5K, and P700 for 10K. The race bag includes goodies from Women’s Health and Athena Milk for Women, and a specially-designed Women’s Health-Athena Milk For Women racer-back singlet that participants must be wearing as they cross the finish line in order to win and qualify for the finisher’s bracelets.

The celebration of Women’s Month also continues after the race! Visit the All Women’s Run Festival Area and take part of exciting activities from our sponsors.

For more registration details, grab a copy of the March issue of Women’s Health or become a fan of Women’s Health on Facebook via

Walk for Women’s Rights, March 1

Last year, I posted something about the passage of laws as legal bases for the celebration of the National Women’s Day/Month.

This year, the 2010 National Women’s Month celebration with the theme, “Babae, tagumpay ka ng bayan!” kicks off again with a Walk for Women’s Rights with no other than Ms. Akiko Thompson and around 5,000 women who’ll be walking Global City grounds on 1 Mar. 2010 at 6AM to raise public awareness on RA 9710 known as the Magna Carta of Women, the newly enacted comprehensive law on women’s human rights.

On top of this walk event, there’ll be booths and exhibits that showcase products on health & wellness, beauty & cosmetics, fashion & accessories, food & culinary and more!

Free seminars on women’s issues, livelihood skills demonstrations, makeover sessions, hair treatment, massage, bone screening, medical and legal consultations and counseling, plus freebies and giveaways.

And the best part of it, ADMISSION is FREE!

For more information, please call Philippine Commission on Women (02)735-8509; 7354767 loc. 122; Or, visit National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women site.

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

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