In Celebration of The International Women’s Day:
Long live the women’s liberation movement!
by Ramon T. Ayco(First published in my
column on “Pinoy Reporter” March 2009 issue)
When I was a child, I was surrounded by girls.First was my mother (Pilar), then my twoeldest sisters (Ate Isabel and Fe), and next tome was my younger sister (Dalisay). Of course my father was the highest authority in
the family, but he didn’t always bother
himself in rearing children. So my motherwas the real authority in terms of parent-children relationship.But my eldest sisters, Ate Isabel and Ate Fe,are my real mentors: the one who disciplinedme and act as my teachers in home. Withregards to my youngest sister, Dalisay, shewas my playmate at home and I always act asa guard to protect her. And I loved them.So this is one of the foundations of mythinking and belief as a person: women areauthorities and must be obeyed;disciplinarians and teachers; and playmates.They have to be l
oved. Maybe that’s why I’m
so friendly with girls. I have been an
advocate of feminism and women’s
liberation movement for a long time until
This photo was taken in Jolo, Sulo, my mother
hometown. From left: Ate Isabel, my mother Pilarcarrying baby Dalisay, then Ate Fe. I am the boy in front.
One of my best compositions is “BABAE” (Women). If you want to hear it, try to visit my
other websites: www.ramonayco.multiply.com and www.ramonayco.webs.com. You can also
read one of my writings there entitled “Women’s Problems and the Feminist Movement”. You
h as women’s month and March 8 as women’s day, we have torecall again women’s sufferings and their struggle for liberation.