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FILIPINA WOMEN’S NETWORK
ANTI-VIOLENCE RESOURCE GUIDE

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V - DAY F I L I P I N A 2007

What does it mean
to be a man?
PIN AY VOI CES

V-Day Spotlight 2007:
Women in Conflict Zones
WITNESS TO HISTORY:
JUSTICE FOR NICOLE

Man Batters Filipina
To Death in Jersey City
ARRESTED!
2007 VAGINA WARRIORS

“I WAS RAPED”

Ludy
CEO: COMMUNITY LEADER, ENTREPRENEUR, OPTIMIST
MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER

It happened again. In Jersey City. awareness meeting have been The Vagina Monologues and
Teris Casco, 33, a young Filipina scheduled for April 7 at the Lincoln Usaping Puki: Fifth show. Four
Th e “ V” Team mother with two young children Park community center. Be there. years. 178 cast and crew. Over
brutally murdered by her husband 100 volunteers. San Francisco.
. . . . y. . . . after a dinner out to celebrate her This year, we reach out to the men New York. New Jersey. What’s next?
DeVoted Publisher birthday. What happened here? in our lives. FWN’s Men Against
M A R I LY M O N D E J A R Could this savage murder have Violence is about engaging men to The urgency of our anti-violence
been prevented? What is the role take a public stand as our allies in work continues. This is a campaign
of the community? fostering healthy relationships. that requires a community of
DiVine Editor
Marily Mondejar people.
FA Y O LY M P I A
President, Filipina Women’s Network Two FWN members, Ludy Corrales We bring you updates on the
and Rosalinda Medina Rupel, Subic rape case, Justice to Comfort We invite your support. March 24
Angel Art Director galvanized the Filipino community Women, and the arrest of Claire in San Francisco. March 30 and
AL S. PEREZ in Jersey City to action. A town hall Joyce Tempongko’s alleged April 14 in New York. Are you going
discussion and a domestic violence murderer in Mexico. to be there?
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Heart Contributors MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

T E S S IE Z ARAG O Z A The international 2007 V-Day Before you entered the theater, you we truly know what peace is...
movement is reclaiming peace by were requested to write a letter to actually in the struggle for a place
K AT HLE E N B E N highlighting women in conflict yourself and will be mailed to you to live, the struggle against the
G E NEV IEVE HE R R E R IA zones. For too many women, when the Iraq war ends. I kept what destruction of mother earth, can
their conflict zone is within their I wrote and now share with you as we truly learn to live in peace – in
O WE N DO N N AHO O own homes. we begin to reclaim peace. peaceful harmony, not only with us
VO LTAIR E YAP “all human” but harmony, one with
“The culture of violence, manifested
How serendipitous! Last November the earth... or face, not only human
D E N N IS MO JAD O in wars, reflect the lack of an
I saw “Walls” a play written by destruction, but both us and
alternative thinking, the lack of
FRA N K LIN M . R IC AR T E Jeannie Barroga circa Vietnam the earth.”
imagination of what peace is about.
War. It intertwines individual
L AWR E NC E TAN TAY Only in social change, in social We must end violence against
reconciliations with the explosive
justice for healthcare, housing, women; we must reclaim peace as
S YLVIA LIC HAUCO journey of the young student whose Tessie Zaragoza
education, intellectual pursuit the absence of any and all forms
architectural design was chosen Chair, FWN Board of Directors
E LE N A M AN GAH AS toward human development can of violence.
as the Vietnam War Memorial.
GENE V IEV E JOPAN DA
GIO VAN N IE P ICO
MESSAGE FROM THE V-DIARIES EDITOR
K EN M AR Q UIS Hiya is not something you call out to Some Filipina women endure abuse It’s time for a change; time for us to
a Filipino friend on the street. Usually quietly out of hiya, believing this is put hiya in its rightful place. The battle
S USAN ANC H E TA translated as “shame,” it goes much better than letting the world know cry for Filipina women everywhere
RO B E RT U Y further, the complexities of face-saving that they or their marriages are in who endure violence in any setting or
all crammed into a single word. trouble. Some friends and relatives have freed themselves from it should
CH RIST IN A M . SA M AL A may even shrink from helping out be,“Sila ang mahiya!” (It is they who
To the collective Filipino psyche, losing
CH R IS TIN A BAAL because of hiya. should be ashamed!)
face can be worse than losing money,
property, life or limb. Hiya is both One of the courageous lolas (grand- It is the perpetrators of abuse, not
blessing and curse, encouraging us mothers) who have taken on the those who suffer it, who should be
to respect and honor our kapwa Japanese government for making them hanging their heads. Wife batterers,
. . . . y. . . . (co-human being) and honing our sex slaves during World War II told child abusers and murderers of preg-
instincts for what nurtures or kills of how alone she was in the struggle nant women violate age-old Filipino
FWN Board of Directors relationships. Tragically, hiya has also for justice. Her children’s hiya, their values more profoundly important
kept many Filipina women and their perceived loss of face at being than saving face – that of honor-
TESSIE ZARAGOZA children in the throes of domestic exposed as the offspring of a former ing and supporting mothers and all
Fay Alvarez Olympia violence far longer than the time sex slave, kept them from seeing their women, fully appreciating their central
MARILY MONDE JAR Freelance Writer / Editor; needed to realize what’s going on mother as the young girl she was, role in the nurture and survival of
DINA GUINGONA Board Secretary, and to get away safely. enduring unimaginable horrors and families and the entire human race.
Little Manila Foundation injustice, surviving to eventually give
LAARNI SAN JUAN The gifts of Philippine culture shine There is no shame in speaking out
them life and a future. Instead of
in the context of happy families and against domestic violence; no shame
CONNIE LLOREN JUNGMANN celebrating her for the heroine that
healthy marriages and relationships. But in saying “Enough!” There is no
she is, they shunned and blamed
EDNA RODIS when domestic violence intrudes, our shame in doing what it takes to save
her for embarrassing them in front
loyalty, notions of what is shameful and a woman’s life, including one’s own.
GENEVIEVE JOPANDA of everyone, as if she was somehow
a sense of responsibility for the collec- to blame for the violence she had Sila ang mahiya!
tive reputation of kith and kin can work suffered.
against us with devastating results.
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MESSAGES FROM THE DIRECTORS

From production planning to auditions to the
| SAN FRANCISCO

advocacy on the issue of domestic violence
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day of performances, The Vagina Monologues / as they return to their communities beyond
Usaping Puki has always been a gathering of showdates.
people, Pinays and passions that rock the house. J7 8 B ;  E <  9E D J ; D J I
In doing The Vagina Monologues and Usaping Puki
Eve Ensler crafted a theatre material that is the stage for involvement is wider than a theatre THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
intended to be embraced by any level of life space and FWN has been instrumental in AND USAPING PUKI
experience and sensitivity. She said in her own continuing to pave more “stages.” San Francisco 23
Director’s Notes that there is no “correct” New York 24
We in the directorial team, Susan Ancheta,
or “prescribed” way of performing these
Giovannie Pico, Genevieve Jopanda and Ken SF + NY Cast and Crew 32
monologues. It is up to the actress to decide Executive V-Team 33
Marquis began as miners for talents and we found
“who” the speaker is and bring her to life
more than that! We found Pinays with willing Getting to Know the 35
Elena Mangahas with dynamism.”
hearts all fired-up to perform their personal best in 2007 Cast & Crew
This year’s bright stars, the cast and crew in San and outside the theatre. The audience can sustain
Conocimiento:
Francisco and in New York will prove once again the applause for a long time because they have San Francisco 30
the spirit of live theatre as a call to social action, taken over. Take a bow, girls! New York 32
and will continue to widen the outreach and
Group Photos 34
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The production theme for this year’s show is inspired by the 1960’s, an
era of great challenges and increased social responsibility. The music F E AT U R E S
of “peace and freedom” from several decades will bind the show V-Diaries 08
together. The stories you will hear are powerful, touching, funny, Cover Story: Ludy Corrales 20
heartbreaking, and inspirational. Written by Eve Ensler, her words are The Little Coochi Snorcher 18
based on the real stories of hundreds of women she has personally Power Lunch 16
interviewed. The cast and crew’s efforts over the last few months to
Filipino Life History Project 29
bring this unique theatrical experience to the stage have been
remarkable. I am truly inspired by the talent and dedication shown by V-DAY 2007 SPOTLIGHT
the entire team. To the audience, thank you for supporting us. Now Women in Conflict Zones 11
please sit back and enjoy the show. Salamat! Ken Marquis Claire Joyce Tempongko 09
Man Batters Pinay Wife 09
Justice to Comfort Women 13
To all my Vagina Warriors because I laugh my rear end way, shape, or form... perfect Justice for Nicole 15
and Protectors: off at the rehearsals and have love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18.
Filipina Migrant Workers 15
begun friendships that empower This is the message of the
It has been nearly four years me into being the best that I Vagina Monologues: To cast Students Suspended 17
since the day I gathered the can be and, hopefully, empower out fear of our bodies and the I Experienced Violence 19
courage to take my son and others as well. But I also do it shame that has led society to I Witnessed Violence 19
leave a man who when angry because I need to be reminded classifing women as second rate
threw household objects at me every year what healthy citizens and to END all violence V-MEN AGAINST VIOLENCE
to punctuate his frustration. I relationships are and are not. I to women and girls. New York + San Francisco 14
used to be a shy, confused, frail know how easy it is to slip back
“I Was Raped” 18
housewife too afraid to use her into the dysfuntional patterns My son is turning seven this
voice, and turned into a woman of relating to others that I year and is growing up to be Sex vs Rape 28
that isn’t afraid to shout the mistook for love. I used to think one of the most compassionate
V-RESOURCES
Giovannie Pico word “vagina” at the top of her that “love” meant ownership little boys that I know. It is my
lungs as a cry against those that of some kind. Now I know it is prayer that we, through our San Francisco Bay Area 10
seek to hurt or intimidate others the highest kind of freedom. awareness and consolidated New York + New Jersey 12
into submission. Freedom to speak. Freedom to voices, can create a world where Community Partners 05
BE what our souls call us to violence is a word that used
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This has been my third year be. True love will support and only in history books.
participating in The Vagina protect, not control or dominate. © 2007 The V-Diaries is a publication
Monlogues. I do it partly True love will not use fear in any Love, Giovannie of the Filipina Women’s Network.

FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE
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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR | SAN FRANCISCO
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE
GENERAL IN NEW YORK You don’t realize how much impact you have on people until they tell you. I’m regularly asked why I continue
Consul General Cecilia B. Rebong to be involved in Filipina Women’s Network and The Vagina Monologues. There’s so much fulfillment behind
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE your involvement when you know you’ve changed someone’s life. It is amazing to witness how much an
GENERAL IN SAN FRANCISCO individual can transform, how a sisterhood grows and strengthens, and how much empowerment takes place
Consul Rowena Mendoza Sanchez in the few weeks we’ve spent together. We’re creating a safe environment to allow women to comfortably talk
about their experiences, sometimes for the first time, address it, and help them cope. A cast member told me
PHILIPPINE CENTER MANAGEMENT
Gavino Abaya (New York) “This isn’t a place we just meet once a week to rehearse lines from a play. This is a place that made me feel
Wilma Bautista (San Francisco) safe. This group is a catalyst to my healing process.” Continue to support Filipina Women’s Network and The
Zeny Avila (New York) Vagina Monologues. Continue to stop violence now and prevent it from happening.
Genevieve Jopanda
HERBST THEATER
Jennifer Norris, John Bott, MESSAGE FROM THE PRODUCER | NEW YORK
John Mumaw & Lauren McQuade
(City Box Office)
pleas through email, pop-up ads, now means for me. Their honesty being judged or pitied. Making a
FILIPINO-AMERICAN HUMAN websites, blogs, podcasts that try and frankness and laughter and difference means listening to an
SERVICES, INC. (FAHSI) to implore, encourage, inspire, sadness, their very personal stories older Filipina share her life in an
Venessa Manzano motivate, ask us to get involved and experiences and journeys, their abusive relationship. Making a
Rose-Ann Ubarra and “make a difference.” After uncompromising drive to educate difference means understanding my
a while information overload our Filipino community; their door- mother’s experience with violence.
CECEVIM becomes too much to handle, and to-door visits to local businesses Making a difference means
Antonio Ramirez we begin to become jaded—yes, to raise funds for our beneficiaries; laughing with cast members as
the world is a mess; yes, everyone their unflagging dedication and they play with how to best express
APIHF INSTITUTE ON is in trouble. passion to ending violence against a “mountaintop moan” or a
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE women and girls have reignited, “combo clit-vaginal moan” during
Kathy Moore Growing up as a gay man during animated, and inspired me. a performance. Making a difference
the urgent flurry of HIV/AIDS means being present, being a
CONNECT activism in the early 1990s, I have Making a difference no longer
Krittika Ghosh Franklin Ricarte witness to all this activity.
personally experienced violence means “saving the world.” That’s
Bincy Jacob (My Sister’s Place NY) and loss. These experiences a heavy burden to carry in our The Filipino women and men in
Daniel Jose Older (Brooklyn drove me to “raise awareness,” everyday lives. the cast and crew of this year’s
Neighborhoods Against Gender “educate”,and “make a benefit productions are making a
Violence) If, like me, you have volunteered difference.” I was on a mission Making a difference means finding difference. And just by buying a
for or have given countless hours — these goals were personal, not rehearsal spaces and performance ticket to tonight’s show, you have
APICHA (ASIAN / PACIFIC ISLANDER or money to community agencies venues. Making a difference means
COALITION ON HIV / AIDS) buzz words. But then, a few years made a difference. I hope that
working around social justice ago, I began to wonder whether all photocopying scripts and schedules, you realize that just bringing your
Lawrence Tantay causes for many years, you might making phone calls, sending email
this time and energy were worth it. daughter or son tonight has also
have found yourself wondering, Have I really changed lives? reminders. Making a difference made a difference.
CARNELIAN ROOM means bringing Filipino food to
Marie Enriquez, Ruby San Juan “When does it end? When will
I see that I have ‘made a Working with and being our weekly gatherings. Making a And I hope that you will continue
difference’?” surrounded by Filipina women and difference means helping create a to make a difference—whatever
ENERGY FITNESS STUDIO
Laszlo Huve girls who have “lots of things to safe and supportive place where that means for you—until the
In our digital information world, say” these last two years reframed a young Filipina can talk about violence stops.
we can no longer escape the what “making a difference” being raped and beaten without
CHASHAMA
Risa Shoup
M E S S AG E F R O M T H E A S S O C I AT E D I R E C TO R | NEW YORK
MEDIA I’m very excited to participate us. As I have sat in on the initial was silenced. I am unified with this
ABS-CBN for a second year with the FWN’s meetings of FWN’s NY chapter group of women and men who all
Christi Morales production of “The Vagina (currently under development), care to pave a brighter future for
Monologues.” Last year was an I am inspired by the company of generations to come... working
ASIAN JOURNAL incredible experience and I am Filipino women who come from toward creating respect for our sex,
FANCLUBX.COM proud and honored to return as various walks of life, but who all our culture... creating a future with
Luis Pedron an Associate Director as well as a share common goals in creating our no prejudice, no fear. This “little”
FILIPINAS MAGAZINE returning cast member. I am very future. As it has proven a challenge show has blossomed world-wide
Ferlie Andolong pleased that we are presenting for all Asian women to overcome and exposes a Universal female
the show at the Philippine Center the stereotypical roles we have voice and is making a difference
MANILA BULLETIN this year. I’m very encouraged been bound to, so must we free each time it is performed. There are
Hennie Espinosa, Jacqui Conclara
& Tricia Garcia by this show of support and am ourselves of the fear to speak out many small steps we are taking
appreciative of the opportunity to and express ourselves. As some together that I hope will lead to a
PHILIPPINE NEWS contribute to change. This show has have expressed both curiosity discovery someday that we have
Margarita Argente served as a vehicle for education, and concern over the mere title of Susan Ancheta found ourselves arriving to a better
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE transformation, and personal the show, I am respectful of the place. Thanks to this Fantastic NY
“PINOY POD” enlightenment. It is a journey of difficulties we face in transition cast, Marily, Elena, and Franklin,
Ben Pimentel, Leslie Guevara, pain, laughter, excitement, hope, from our traditional practices. Sadly, to work toward change. Suddenly and my friends, Jose Llana, Rona
Benny Evangelista love... and I hope our audience will it takes a horrific news story to I am not ashamed to speak out Figueroa, and Marie Matiko for your
SING TAO NEWS dare to take it and embrace it with remind us that we must continue because I am outraged that a voice leadership and inspiration!
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Christine’s Bakeshop
David Ceccaerelli, SF News Paper
Women’s Dennis Mojado, Refracted Moments
Intercultural CALIFORNIA
Edna Casteel, Global LENC
Network WOMEN’S AGENDA Gani Ricarte Jr.
Gani & Violeta Ricarte
Genevieve Dwyer, Genevieve’s Corporation
Genevieve Herreria
Georgia Umali
Gerry Phillips
San Francisco’s Goldilocks
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Centro de Capacitación para Erradicar la Violencia Intrafamiliar Masculina City based non-profit Institute (CTI) provides
T R A I N I N G C E N T E R TO E R A D I C AT E M A S C U L I N E I N T R A FA M I LY V I O L E N C E organization dedicated training to communit y
to the prevention and members, organizers and
CECEVIM is a training and consult- create intimate, cooperative and elimination of family and service providers on intimate
gender violence and to the partner violence in topics such
ing agency based in San Francisco, democratic relationships in their creation of safe families as parenting in the context of
California. It offers an intervention homes. and peaceful communities. domestic violence, why men
model for Latino men who have been CONNECT transforms the attitudes, beliefs, batter and abuse and women’s and girls
violent with their partners and want Men who come to the program are and behaviors that perpetuate family and empowerment programs, and domestic
to stop their violence. Using gender not motivated to question the privi- gender violence and addresses these complex violence in faith communities. We design
analysis, the program helps men to leges that patriarchy affords them. issues through prevention, early intervention trainings to meet your organizational needs.
review and change the patriarchal For this reason, the program is services, and community empowerment. For information contact Quentin Walcott at
212. 683. 0015 x225, cti@connectnyc.org.
pacts that teach them to believe built in a simple and effective man- CONNECT’s Community Empowerment
they are superior to their partners, ner which helps men to review and Program (CEP) facilitates community- CONNECT’s Legal Advocacy Helpline provides
and then to use violence to enforce change their beliefs and behavior. focused responses to violence in the immediate access to legal information and
that superiority. The same men, who learn to stop family through community organizing, advocacy to survivors of domestic violence
their violence in the one-year dura- education, and capacity building. CEP city-wide.
Understanding that these patriarchal tion of the program, begin the work provides Education and Outreach and
Capacity Building to our community Legal Advocacy Helpline:
pacts have filtered into their lives as of facilitating classes in their com- partners including immigrant rights, faith
social and cultural mandates, men in munity for other men who want to based, LGBTQ, schools, public libraries and
212. 683. 0605
the program learn to influence and stop their violence. The model is be- Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
youth based organizations. We work with
change these pacts within them- ing replicated in Latin America and our partners to hold seminars, workshops, For information contact us at:
selves and with other men and to the United States. community forums on domestic violence.
For more information or to become a 212. 683. 0015 x239
partner call Krittika Ghosh at kghosh@ or at connect@connectnyc.org
474 VALENCIA STREET, SUITE 150, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103
TELÉFONO EN CALIFORNIA 415.810.2348 | TELÉFONO EN MÉXICO 9153-2234 connectnyc.org, 212. 683. 0015 x239.
antonio@cecevim.org

Filipino American Human
Services, Inc. (FAHSI)
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
(formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach) FAHSI is a community-based, non-profit
combines the commitment of a non-profit, organization established in 1993 dedicated
community-based organization with the professional to serving the most vulnerable segments
services of a law office. of the Filipino community of New York
– particularly youth, women, recent immigrants, and the elderly.
API Legal outreach provides services in many Asian FAHSI’s vision is an empowered Filipino American community
languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, with a strong sense of identity and commitment to citizenship
and Tagalog, to the API communities in San Francisco, participation. In support of this vision, our mission is to improve
Alameda, and San Mateo Counties. social conditions and enhance the self-reliance of vulnerable
segments of the community by:
Congratulations for
LAUREEN D. LAGLAGARON • Strengthening the capacity of Filipino Americans to be
For continuing serving the Asian community significant contributors to civil society.
The Asian/Pacific Domestic Violence Project • Developing the potential of Filipino American youth as
The Project’s priority is the representation of survivors of community leaders and organizers; Raising the awareness
violence, not only in seeking legal protections, of the Filipino American community and the general public
such as restraining orders, but by offering concerning Filipino American history and the struggle and
comprehensive services. contributions of Filipino Americans.

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ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER WOMEN AND CHILDREN
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Filipino Community
Against Violence
Workshop
Savage murder of Filipina Saturday, April 7, 2007
Teris Casco, 33, in Jersey 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
City galvanizes Filipino Henry Gallo Community Center
community to action. Lincoln Park, Jersey City, NJ 073004
PURPOSE OF WORSHOP: W H O S H O U L D AT T E N D :
To increase awareness about the high incidence Members of the Filipino community who care
of violence in Filipino homes and relationships. about the safety and well-being of their friends,
To help Filipina women in abusive relationships family, peers and colleagues are invited to
take ation and seek help. attend. A discussion of how you can reach out
and help someone you know is in an abusive
W H Y T H I S C A M PA I G N I S U R G E N T :
situation at home, will follow.
Violence against Filipina women has culturally
specific manifestations. Engaging the WORSHOP PRESENTERS:
community in dialague and learning about Bincy Jacob, Consultant, CONNECT, NY
the power and control issues around domestic Krittika Ghosh, Outreach Coordinator,
violence will “bring home” the understanding Community Empowerment Program
of the broader connections of Filipino values
such as respect for women, dignity, equality FREE ADMISSION. Come and bring a
and justice to social and economic issues, to couple of friends. Resources and handouts
class and religion. Teris Casco did not have will be available.
to die to remind us of the domestic violence
For reservations and community partnerships:
problem in our homes and communities.
(201) 332-4711 • (908) 693-4277
(201) 892-8681 • (201) 920-9441
A COLLABORATIVE ACTION BETWEEN FWN, PAFCOM & CONNECT.

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Suspect in girlfriend’s Slaying Death in Jersey City
BY: JAXON VAN DERBEKEN,
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER JERSEY CITY January 22, 2007 — A $1 million The Jersey Journal that their son was born in
cash-only bail was set Monday, January 29, for Nicaragua and came to the United States in 1980.
June 16, 2006 – For more than five years, the former Army soldier charged with beating
“We are a family without any problems,” the father
Tari Ramirez eluded capture in the San his Filipino wife to death after they’d spent the
said in Spanish through a translator.
Francisco domestic violence killing of Claire night celebrating her birthday at a Jersey City bar,
authorities said. “We are immigrants who work very hard to educate
Tempongko, a young mother stabbed to our sons in private schools,” said Maria Casco in the
death in front of her two young children. Edward ‘Eddy’ A. Casco, 28, of Sip Avenue in Jersey
family’s basement apartment on Jones Street.
City, was discharged from the U.S. Army last year,
On Thursday, federal authorities caught up “We work day and night,” she said, tears welling
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with Ramirez, now 33, in Cancun, Mexico. when he appeared in court via video link from
Ramirez will be extradited to face the Kearny corrections facility, The Jersey Journal The family’s lawyer then advised them not to speak
charges in the Oct. 22, 2000, slaying reported. further about the case.
of Tempongko, 28. It was a very brutal beating, based on what was
JERSEY CITY determined by viewing the victim and the result of
FBI officials said Thursday that Ramirez autopsy,” DeFazio said.
was arrested without incident after
Eddy and Teris Casco’s two young sons were at their
federal agents tipped local authorities grandparents’ home Friday night to celebrate her
that he had family in the area and had birthday, authorities said. The parents were at LITM,
been working at a hotel there. a bar near the Grove Street PATH station, until early
Saturday morning.
“Recently, our office here obtained some
leads that he may have been hanging out Shortly after returning to their Sip Avenue
residence, they apparently argued over the “future
in Cancun, living under an alias,’’ said FBI of their relationship,” DeFazio said.
Special Agent Ryan Butler. “He was leaving
one of the addresses where they had The argument turned violent and Eddy Casco
conducted surveillance. They caught him and allegedly attacked his wife with his bare hands,
NOTES FROM MARILY MONDEJAR: DeFazio said.
apprehended him.’’
“They argued and then things apparently escalated
Butler said Ramirez is in custody in Mexico New York, June 15, 2006. We are one week to this level of violence,” DeFazio said. “It was a
and the extradition process could take as to FWN’s Until The Violence Stops (UTVS) quite tragic incident, leaving the two children, ages
long as six months. all-Filipina benefit performances of The 1 and 5. Fortunately, they were not witnesses to
Vagina Monologues and Usaping Puki at He is charged with savagely beating his wife, the event.”
The case triggered promised reforms in the the Skirball Center for Performing Arts at Filipina Teris Casco, 33, early Saturday morning, Neighbors said Edward Casco worked in a hardware
city’s domestic violence response system and New York University scheduled for June then waiting several hours before calling 911 to store below the house; local store owners said
ended with the city paying $500,000 to the 24, 2006. At about 7:30pm EST, I received summon help. She died the next day at the Jersey they’d never noticed anything out of the ordinary
family of the victim. a call from a reporter in California asking City Medical Center, authorities said. about him.
for my comments about the arrest of Tari At 11 a.m., investigators said, Casco called 911 and
Shortcomings in the city’s domestic violence Ramirez, alleged murderer of Claire Joyce Adel Ghaly, 42, a manager of nearby Kings Liquors,
firefighters arrived from the Sip Avenue Firehouse, said Teris Casco occasionally would stop in the store
response system revealed by the slaying Tempongko. I could not believe what located just across the street. When firefighters to buy gum, soda and chips for her kids.
included communication failures by the I heard; I had to ask him to repeat his arrived, the victim appeared to be lifeless, sources
police and probation departments. question. After five years, are we finally said. They immediately called police because of He said Edward Casco sometimes came in to buy
going to have justice for Claire Joyce her condition, and Edward Casco was arrested on beer, but didn’t appear to be a heavy drinker.
Ramirez had served four months in jail for Tempongko? aggravated assault charges, sources said. “He seemed a very nice guy,” Ghaly said.
abusing Tempongko in 1999 and taken DeFazio wouldn’t comment on whether alcohol
part in an education program for domestic Minutes later, Emily Moto Murase PhD, In the apartment, police found blood-stained
sheets on the bed and bloody clothes on the was involved in the incident.
violence offenders. Executive Director, San Francisco bedroom floor as well as in a kitchen garbage can,
Department on the Status of Women calls Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said
But a month before her death, Tempongko and suggested I break the good news to Reprinted from The Filipino Express Online
“I don’t know what was going on in his mind at the http://www.filipinoexpress.com/21/06_news.html
lodged two police reports against Ramirez. Clara Tempongko, Claire Joyce’s mother. time of the beating, but it was a brutal, homicidal
In the first incident, police summoned to When Clara returned my call, she said assault,” said DeFazio. “It appears to be a domestic
her apartment on 22nd Avenue found her that she “seemed to have a lot of phone violence incident that went to the extreme.”
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TDD: 1. 800. 810-7444 212. 577. 7777 (Physically disabled) 718. 286. 6562
212. 533. 4358 Victim Services West Side East NY D&TC
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NYC Gay and Lesbian Sanctuary For Families, Inc. 212. 533-4632 9 am to 9 pm, Mon. – Fri.
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Rape & Sexual Assault Center BROOKLYN 888. 692. 6116 PUBLIC HOSPITALS 506 Lenox Ave.
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212. 695. 5447 Anyone, regardless of For the elderly D&TC = Diagnostic and
800.942.6906 (English) 212. 577. 7777 Treatment Center 227 Madison St.
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Report Hotline 212. 410. 4200 1400 Pelham Parkway S. Renaissance D&TC
212. 267. RAPE Women Helping Women Emergency: 911 DISTRICT ATTORNEYS 215 West 125 St.
718. 291. 2555 BRONX Bronx, NY 10461
City services 718. 918. 5000 New York, NY 10027
New York State Crime Hostos Women and 212. 932. 6500
Victims Board STATEN ISLAND (Non-emergency): 311 BRONX COUNTY
Project Oasis Safe Homes Immigrants Rights Center Lincoln Hospital & Mental
800. 247. 8035 718. 518. 4312 198 East 161st Street QUEENS
1. 800. 621. HOPE NYC Domestic Violence Bronx, NY 10451 Health Center
Hotline 234 East 149th Street Elmhurst Hospital Ctr.
Bronx Independent Living (Including domestic 718. 590. 2000 (Main) 79-01 Broadway
SHELTERS Services (disabled) 718. 590. 2323 Bronx, NY 10451
COUNSELING violence shelters, legal 718. 579. 5000 Elmhurst, NY 11373
718. 515. 2800 (Domestic Violence and 718. 334. 4000
Safe Horizon assistance, benefits) Sex Crimes Bureau)
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Community Offices St. Rita’s Center (refugees) 800. 621. 4673 North Central Bronx
Aegis Battered Women’s 718. 590. 2115 (Crime Hospital Queens Hospital Center
Program 718. 365. 4390 New York State Coalition Victims Assistance Unit) 82-70 164th St.
BRONX 3424 Kossuth Avenue
800. 621. HOPE BROOKLYN Against Domestic Violence Bronx, NY 10467 Jamaica, NY 11432
Kingsbridge Center KINGS COUNTY 718. 883. 3000
Park Slope Safe Homes (Outside NYC) Renaissance Plaza 718. 519. 5000
Project Oasis Safe Homes 212. 577. 7777 800. 942. 6906
800. 621. HOPE Project 350 Jay Street,
Claremont Center 718. 499. 2151 800. 818. 0656 TTY Morrisania D&TC
Brooklyn, NY 11201 1225 Gerard Avenue NEW JERSEY
New Day Shelter 800. 621. HOPE Association of the 718. 250. 2000 (Main)
QUEENS Bronx, NY 10452
718. 617. 8762 Bar of the City of 718. 250. 3300 718. 960. 2777 New Jersey Coalition for
BROOKLYN Pragati, Inc.
Bedford-Stuyvesant (Women of Indian origin) New York Fund (Domestic Violence Battered Women
BROOKLYN
212. 577. 7777 718. 456. 4712 Immigrant Women and Bureau) S.R. Belvis D&TC 800-572-7233
Park Slope Safe Homes 718. 250. 3820 545 East 142nd Street
Project Children Project Battered Lesbian Hotline
MANHATTAN Queens Women’s Network 212. 382. 4711 (Counseling Services Unit) Bronx, NY 10454 800-224-0211
718. 499. 2151 718. 250. 3823 718. 579. 4000
Harlem Office 212. 577. 7777 www.abcny.org Child Abuse Hotline
Women’s Survival Space 212. 577. 7777 1. 800. 621. HOPE (Barrier Free Justice) 877-NJ-ABUSE
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Men Against Violence Campaign What does it mean to be a
man? The workshop will discuss
root of the word “family”
until he told us that it is
traditional masculinity, creating derived from the Latin
Filipina Women’s Network Reaches Out To Men. space for alternative masculinities, referring to the possessions
or servants of the owner,
the issue of violence in our a man. Although I feel the
communities, and how we can meaning has changed over
be allies with women to end NOTES FROM LARRY TANTAY: time, it is important to
To end violence against women Following are some creative and family violence. CHAIR, MEN AGAINST acknowledge the history of
and girls worldwide all members inspiring ideas to encourage men VIOLENCE NYC the subjugation of women,
of society, female and male must and boys to come forward and get Discussion Topics: and this is the first workshop
be dedicated and empowered to further involved. » Why should men care about As an HIV Testing Counselor, I’ve been to that has formally
doing so. Men have always been sexual violence? I’ve had to attend numerous addressed that issue directly.
1) Handprints – we invite men
an integral part of FWN and V-Day » Men’s role in gender-violence domestic violence (DV)
and boys who attend the V-Day Granted, we had fewer
performances supporting our prevention trainings. Few if any DV
Filipina benefit performances to trainings are geared towards participants than usual
productions behind the scenes.
take a pledge by imprinting their » Perceptions of men who speak men fighting DV, certainly and each of us have had
The campaign will address how to hands on canvas or paper, signing out against men’s violence none I had attended DV training experience in
build men’s capacity to challenge their name on a written pledge previously. This workshop, the past, so we were able
the harmful aspects of traditional that says, “These Hands Are Not » Rape and homophobia however, was one of the best. to focus on themes a little
masculinity, to value alternative Going To Hurt Women And Girls.” » Supporting survivors: heavier than other groups,
The trainer – Daniel Older especially us as men with our
visions of male strength, and to When someone says,
2) Men Against Violence – exuded a passion, rare privilege must do something
embrace their vital role as allies “I was raped” in facilitators, for the topics if we want to end oppression.
Workshops – These workshops
with women and girls in fostering we touched upon. He delved But Daniel’s ardor inspired us
are about building men’s capacity » Making clear: the difference
healthy relationships and gender deeply into the roots of to share more and to really
to take a public stand alongside between sex and rape
equity. the words and symbols we think on how we can affect
their female peers in fostering
Sponsoring Organizations: use to describe gender and change. I am very impressed
Be a V-Man – a man of strength safe and strong relationships. the institutions that exist with CONNECT and will be
NEW YORK : CONNECT
and compassion! to define it. For instance, I using them for training in
SAN FRANCISCO : CECEVIM
hadn’t thought about the the future.

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A Witness to History: Justice for Filipina Migrant Workers
Nicole Update Vulnerable to Violence
BY MARILY MONDEJAR B Y S Y LV I A L I C H AU CO

D
ec. 4, 2006: Makati City Regional
One out of every ten Filipinos works abroad protect worker rights by law are urgently
Court. U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel
and over 70% of the nearly eight million needed.
Filipinos working overseas are women. This
Smith was found guilty of raping While both male and female migrants are
makes the Philippines the world’s largest
“Nicole,” a 23-year-old Filipina woman frequently deprived of their rights, most
exporter of female migrant workers, followed
at Subic last year, but acquitted human rights violations against women
by Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
the other three marines who migrant workers are rooted in gender
were cheering him on. Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs, as they discrimination. Female migrants often find
are called, often take on jobs that nationals themselves in abusive conditions and suffer
The women in the room
He had argued that the are unwilling to do. This means most OFWs exploitation, ill treatment and trafficking.
erupted in jubilation, tears
sex was consensual. do dirty, demeaning or dangerous work to
of victory and then dismay Over 700 Filipino workers, mostly women, die
support their families in the Philippines.
each year due to maltreatment or employer

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followed in quick succession as “This is not just a case
the Makati City police officers about one woman,”
Women around the world are heavily abuse. In 2004 alone, six Filipina women
and the U.S. Embassy security said Annalisa Enrile,
represented at the bottom of the job working in Beirut died under mysterious
men scuffled to take custody chair of U.S.-Philippine
hierarchy as domestic workers and circumstances after falling from buildings in
of Smith. The Makati police women’s group
entertainers, making them extremely separate incidents. Their deaths have been
officers prevailed and they took GABRIELA Network.
vulnerable to all kinds of abuse, including labeled “mysterious” because their employers
Smith into an inner room. “This case is about
sexual assault, economic exploitation, claim the workers committed suicide. The
the Visiting Forces
isolation and discrimination in the workplace. Philippines has one of the lowest suicide
I have never been so proud of Filipina migrant workers are no different. rates in the world, especially among women.
being a Filipina as I was on Agreement and how
that day—justice had prevailed for “Nicole.” it has reintroduced the OFWs make tremendous contributions to
Nobody had believed that Smith would be found U.S. military back to Philippine soil and all the their families, communities and national
guilty. According to former Senator Letitia issues that go along with that such as rampant economies. In many cases the money they
Shahani (author of the Anti-Rape Law, 1997) violence against women.” send home is all that keeps a whole network

7+ 836 +
Smith’s conviction is the first win among over of people from falling into abject poverty.
Tessie Ang See, TOWNS Honoree and columnist
300 cases filed in the Philippines against Filipino women working overseas account
for Tulay, a Filipino-Chinese digest published by
members of the U.S. Marines over the years. for a third of annual foreign exchange
Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran said: “Like thieves in the
remittances to the Philippines – US$2 billion
Earlier that morning, Marilyn Fowler (president, night, police operatives sent by the Department
of the US$6 billion total.
Women’s Intercultural Network and California of Interior and Local Government spirited Smith
Women’s Agenda) and I gathered at Nina out of the Makati City Jail into the waiting arms Despite the sacrifices and significant
Yuson’s home and met “Nicole’s” legal team – of the embassy staff last December 29. This contributions of female OFWs, their rights are
an amazing group of young women law students covert act was done by virtue of a clandestine denied and violated to an alarming extent.
from the University of the Philippines Law School executive agreement between U.S. Ambassador A platform for action is needed to address
led by Ging Ursua, “Nicole’s” personal lawyer. Christine Kenney and Foreign Affairs Secretary the obstacles to human rights especially
Alberto Romulo. It was done at the very last hour with regard to women migrant workers.
I felt privileged to meet Ging—she practically of the last working day of 2006, an assurance The full recognition and implementation of
put her personal law practice aside and financed that the camp of rape victim “Nicole” could do international human rights standards cannot
the case to champion “Nicole’s” cause pro bono. nothing to prevent it.” Many are forced to work in unregulated be achieved otherwise.
Her passion and zeal are to be emulated, as industries and criminalized sectors in
steadfast as she was in her pursuit of justice for Life Interrupted. I met with “Nicole” when informal or “off-the-book” employment.
“Nicole.” Nina Yuson, an honoree of the TOWNS I was in the Philippines last December. A smart, Some employers hold on to workers’ job and Sources: UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM),
Foundation was our official contact in FWN’s articulate and brave young woman, she shared immigration permits as a means of control, UN population Fund (UNFPA, International
support for “Nicole’s” case. Last year, FWN’s with me her desire to move on, pondering keeping employees in a state of fear and Organization of Migration (IOM) International
V-Day Filipina New York production selected her career choices and how the last year had virtual slavery, unable to defend their rights Labor Organization, Vital Voices, Global
Justice for “Nicole” as one of our beneficiaries. changed her life dramatically. She has a or leave an untenable job situation. Forum for Women, CEDAW 2003 Panel.
bachelor’s degree in Management Accounting
Although Smith was sentenced to 40 years in from the Ateneo de Davao University. I sat there Since domestic work is generally not legally For more information or to order publications
prison by Judge Benjamin Pozon, the United in awe of this young woman who has captivated regulated, the terms and conditions of work on these issues, please visit www.unifem.org
States has demanded interim custody of Smith, the world. I realized I was talking to someone are often unilaterally established by the and www.unfpa.org.
citing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) who represented the “future” for Filipinas employer. Migrant domestic workers living
between the U.S. and the Philippines that allows worldwide, the new Gabriela Silang. in their employers’ homes are especially Sylvia Lichauco, a Filipina-American
U.S. troops accused of crimes in the country to vulnerable to abuse and have little or no based in Boston, is currently organizing
remain in U.S. custody until the end of legal FWN has created a “Nicole” award category for protection from the state. a major conference in 2008 on migrant
proceedings. Smith is appealing his conviction. the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the workers issues and rights. Representatives
U. S. The “Nicole” Award honors Filipina women This lack of domestic employment regulation from government and non-government
Over the past year, the case has become a whose words, actions, and attitude, inspire others is a critical issue, having repercussions across organizations (NGOs) in countries of origin,
lightning rod for the issues of women’s rights to act and revolutionize our society’s way of the board for domestic workers in terms of transit and destination will be coming to the
and national sovereignty in the Philippines. understanding traditional beliefs and customs. pay, hours of work, mobility and exposure to Philippines to participate. To find out how
In addition to the 40-year sentence, Smith was abuse and violence. Effective regulation of you can get involved, please contact Sylvia at:
ordered to pay the victim $2,000 in damages. continued on page 33 domestic employment and measures to philwomen2008@verizon.net.

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Fugitive Arrested
(Continued from page 9) Power Lunch 2007:
came home late. Subsequently, Ramirez was never Remarkable Filipina Women
put on notice of an emergency order that barred

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him from contacting Tempongko.
full-time mother of seven,
Police referred the matter to probation officials, entrepreneurs and activists,
who said they never learned of the incident. professionals of various fields
“The most striking factor is how ineffectively the and a group of rising young
three main criminal justice departments (police, San Francisco lawyers made
district attorney and probation departments) up the sixty mostly Filipina women
appeared to work together in this case,” a report and men who packed the City Club
issued by the city attorney’s office in of San Francisco’s Bechtel Room on
2002 concluded. March 9, 2007.
“Each department appeared to operate almost Filipina Women’s Network chair
independently without effectively communicating Tessie Zaragoza proclaimed it the
vital information to each other,” said the report, best-attended Power Lunch ever.
which was prepared at the behest of the city’s The room crackled with excitement
Commission on the Status of Women. from start to reluctant finish at
the fourth annual FWN-sponsored
Kenneth Theisen, an advocate against domestic
violence who is a member of the city’s Justice and event honoring the latest crop of
Courage Oversight Panel, created in the wake of the Remarkable Filipina Women.
Tempongko killing, said he hopes the arrest brings Curiously, the luncheon venue was
a measure of solace to the victim’s family. named after engineering magnate
“I hope that the family’s nightmare will soon Stephen Bechtel, Sr. who oversaw sharing her conviction that there is opened up to the child of Filipino
end,” Theisen said, “but I worry most about the the building of Hoover Dam, the Bay no higher priority today than fixing farm workers when, as a high
two children who may have to testify. Had the Bridge and the entire city of Jubail, what ails the US education system. school student, she saw a Filipina-
system worked properly, Claire Joyce would still Saudi Arabia. Bechtel’s portrait Escudero, a veteran administrator American woman lawyer for the
be alive and Mr. Ramirez would not be facing trial. looked out over the elegantly set and fundraiser of San Francisco Bay first time. Attentive audience
It is a tragedy for all concerned.” luncheon tables, seemingly at odds Area non-profits and Executive members learned how she took
with what FWN’s Council of Director of Ayala Foundation USA, her mother’s elbowed challenge
Eerily similar to the slaying of Veena Charan a Remarkable Filipina Women shared her experiences of crossing (“Why can’t you be like that?”) and
decade earlier that first triggered an overhaul represents. cultures and helping leverage rose to exceptional heights in the
of the domestic violence response system, the Filipino-American resources to aid legal profession, no doubt inspiring
Tempongko case led to a new blueprint for San Yet, that somewhat jarring visual deserving youth in the Motherland. the young women lawyers in the
Francisco to better respond to cries for help. simply accentuated just how room, as well as one male audience
extraordinary each honoree is in Luz, president and CEO of Softype, member who had previously
her field, her accomplishments Inc., fascinated the crowd with her thrown the audience into gales
One long-pending improvement is a computer
surmounting the odds stacked adventures as a globetrotting of laughter by describing himself
system that would allow police, the district
against her and other women of business executive in male- during participant introductions
attorney’s office, the probation department and
the courts to communicate with each other. color by the Old Boys’ Club that dominated industries. No less as a “recovering lawyer.”
Bechtel represented. intriguing was how she and her
“For instance, if a defendant is in criminal court in Pakistani-American husband made New American Media chief and a
Madam Justice Tani Gorre Cantil- sure their US-born offspring remarkable Filipina woman herself,
the morning, the judge could issue an order saying
Sakauye of California’s Third District expanded their horizons by Alcazaren-Keeley moderated the
he must stay away from his wife and children,”
Court of Appeal headlined the spending at least one year of high panel discussion along the lines of
Theisen said. “But in the afternoon, the same
Power Lunch, joined by fellow school in a foreign country. It was Barbara Walters’ television show
defendant could appear in family court where
a judge might issue an order saying he could see Filipina achievers Hydra Mendoza, noteworthy that her children chose “The View.” She got the panelists
his wife and kids. With the new computer system, Maya Escudero, Nana Luz and panel to live and study in a remote rural to ask each other questions and
a judge can learn how other judges have ruled moderator Odette Alcazaren-Keeley. town in South India over more share their stories in a lightheartedly
so they won’t make contradictory orders.” glitzy locations like, say, Paris, and open, heartfelt manner punctuated
The first Filipina elected to public
felt it was the best thing they could with humor and shot through with
office in San Francisco and the
have done for themselves. empowering messages for those
mayor’s Education Advisor and
Reprinted from the San Francisco Chronicle. who clearly wanted to follow in the
Staff writer Elizabeth Fernandez contributed to this report. school district liaison, Mendoza Cantil-Sakauye shared her footsteps of five most remarkable
E-mail Jaxon Van Derbeken at jvanderbeken@sfchronicle.com. recounted her remarkable journey groundbreaking story of discovering Filipina women.
from PTA meeting to city hall, the limitless possibilities that

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Cross River Students Suspended
for Saying “Vagina” at Open Mic Session

P H OTO: A P / T H E J O U R N A L N E W S, R I C KY F LO R E S
R E P R I N T E D F R O M W W W. V D A Y. O R G
CROSS RIVER – Saying the word “vagina” guilt and embarrassment many women
during a reading at a John Jay High School still connect with their bodies, the book
open mic session has resulted in suspension has been translated into 45 languages
for three female students and has sparked and been performed in cities throughout
a debate about censorship throughout the the world.
community.
The piece has also led to the founding
School administrators had warned the girls of “V-Day,” an international grass-roots Three John Jay High School juniors are photographed outside the school in Lewisboro, NY,
it would be inappropriate to say the word movement dedicated to stopping violence Tuesday, March 6, 2007, after a news conference detailing their suspension from classes for
while reading a selection from Eve Ensler’s against women. It is celebrated February using the word vagina in a recitation of “The Vagina Monologues” in school the week before.
“The Vagina Monologues,” but the students 14 with people performing “The Vagina From left are Hannah Levinson, Megan Reback and Elan Stahl.
were willing to suffer the consequences. Monologues” and raising money for
the cause. “I think almost everyone can agree it’s disrupts the school environment or that
Now Ensler, a playwright and feminist who
grew up in Scarsdale, has offered to visit the Ensler offered yesterday to take part in a important to uphold the integrity of infringes on the rights of others. Many courts
Katonah-Lewisboro school district to discuss public meeting to discuss with students, literature and not change or alter it,” have held that school officials can restrict
the matter. parents and educators why it was important Reback said. student speech that is lewd, The First
for girls of high school age to feel Amendment Center said.
Juniors Megan Reback, Elan Stahl and School administrators did not return
comfortable saying the word “vagina.” requests for comment yesterday, but Breslin, Allen Hershkowitz, a 51-year-old
Hannah Levinson will each serve separate
one-day, in-school suspensions this week, The author said much of the violence that the board president, pointed to the district’s environmental scientist with two children
Reback said. happens to women in the United States stance against censorship during a debate in the high school, said suspending the
occurs because they are “disempowered over Nadine Gordimer’s “July’s People.” The students was not only a form of censorship,
“When I was able to say the word ‘vagina’ by lack of education.” book is part of the 10th-grade curriculum, but was also bad educating. He would like
and be proud to say it – and it wasn’t crude despite parents’ criticism about its sexual to see the administrators apologize for
and it wasn’t inappropriate and it was very “What is wrong about the word ‘vagina,’ and racial content. making a mistake.
real and very pure, it was important to me,” which is the correct biological term for a
Reback said yesterday. “We were willing body part?” Ensler asked. “It is not slang. As for a student’s right to free expression, “No one should be embarrassed to use the
and ready to take whatever came.” It is not dirty or racy. The fact that it was the U.S. Supreme Court has said students word ‘vagina,’ “ said Hershkowitz, a former
censored is an indication of exactly what is “do not shed their constitutional rights to Lewisboro town councilman. “It’s exactly the
The administrators’ decision to suspend going on in American schools, where girls freedom of speech and expression at the opposite message we should be teaching
the girls has caused an uproar within the and boys are not being educated about their schoolhouse gate.” our children…That’s when problems arise,
school, with students making T-shirts and bodies in a healthy way. We’re pushing when they’re not informed and not feeling
posters to protest the punishment. A group Public school officials, however, may regulate comfortable referring to their bodies.”
everything into the closet. student expression that substantially
opposed to the suspension has been created
on Facebook.com, a popular Internet “We need open, healthy sex education
networking site, and had attracted more where girls know and love their bodies,”
than 350 members yesterday. said Ensler, who addressed the United S F E E
The move has prompted parents to write
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conference dedicated to stopping rape as
to the Board of Education and circulate a weapon in conflict. The news that Hannah Levinson, Megan Reback and Elan Stahl’s
e-mails calling the suspension a “blatant
attempt at censorship.” The controversy in Cross River centers suspension has been lifted is a vagina victory and an indication of the
around the verse: “My short skirt is a students’ intelligence, grace and integrity and bravery. It is a victory for
School board President Peter Breslin said
the decision to suspend the students was
liberation flag in the women’s army. free speech and for girls knowing that they have vaginas and that it’s a
I declare these streets, any streets, my healthy thing, not something to hide or call by a different name.I hope
not about censorship, but rather about vagina’s country.”
insubordination. He said school adminis- that this will further the discussion and will secure what the students have
trators had been concerned about the use The words were part of a longer selection, begun – they have highlighted how important it is to honor literature
of the word because young children would which the three girls had divided among and for girls and boys to use the word vagina comfortably. I believe that
be at the open mic session, and the girls themselves.
had agreed not to say it. we should encourage girls and boys of all ages to speak comfortably and
Leading up to the performance, the girls had without reductive or infantilizing nicknames about their bodies, that
“I think the students need to understand debated whether to say the word that they they should be part of a dialogue about their bodies and their rights
that if you make an agreement with the knew would get them into trouble. One idea
administration to do something, and then they discussed was to not actually say the so they have agency over their bodies. Through V-Day, “The Vagina
you don’t do it, there’s going to be word, but rather hold up a sign with the Monologues” is performed annually as a benefit to raise awareness and
consequences for that,” he said. “We are word written on it. funds towards ending violence against women in thousands of colleges
very committed to free expression and we and communities, including about 20 high schools each year. I hope
do not tolerate censorship in our district.” Ultimately, however, they decided to say
“vagina” because they did not feel they that this victory opens the door for high schools around the country to
“The Vagina Monologues” is a book based had the liberty to change a work of art. present the play.
on interviews with more than 200 women
about their experiences of sexuality. Since All three girls read the final line together, Eve Ensler, playwright and V-Day Founder
being written in 1996 as a response to the as a sign of unity.

FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE 17
7.&/ Understanding “The Little
Coochi Snorcher That Could”
When Someone Says, BY A COLLEGE CAMPAIGN ORGANIZER, COLLEGE OF SAINT CATHERINE

“I Was Raped.” “The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could” is the
story of a woman that has provoked outrage, but
two and a half minutes, somewhere in the United
States, someone is sexually assaulted.
often for the wrong reasons. Eve Ensler, V-Day’s
BELIEVE them. It is not your survivors, especially within the founder and the playwright of The Vagina Up until the age of 16, this woman has had no
role to question whether a rape first weeks after an assault, Monologues, did not fabricate this story: it is notable positive experiences with her vagina. The
occurred. The fact is that false prefer to avoid sex or simple based on the experience of a real woman. only experiences she has had with men have been
violent, forceful, shameful and embarrassing.
rape reports are no more nor less touching even by those they love At five, the subject’s mother disapprovingly tells
common than false reports for and trust. Be patient. Give them her that her “Coochi Snorcher,” their family’s At 16, she has her first positive experience with
other violent crimes. the space they need, and try your nickname for the vagina, is something to be her vagina. In the monologue, she describes
best not to take it personally. ashamed of. Her mother, the most important meeting a ‘beautiful, independent and successful
HELP them explore their One way to signal to the survivor female figure in her life tells her that the vagina 24-year old woman’ who compliments and
options. Don’t take charge that you are open to giving is something that she cannot talk about, think inspires her. The woman gives her alcohol and
of the situation and pressure physical comfort is to sit with an about, and certainly not touch. teaches her about her sexual self. Before this
the rape survivor to do what open posture and a hand palm
incident, she only had cruel experiences with her
you think s/he should. That’s At seven, an older boy physically assaults her. vagina, but this older woman does “everything
up nearby. She limps home scared, fearful, broken and worst to me and my vagina that I always thought was
what the rapist did. Give
of all, confused. Her mother blames her for the nasty before, and wow.” The girl had been in a
her/him the freedom to choose RECOGNIZE that you’ve attack, one of the most painful typical accounts place where her vagina was a heavy burden on
a path of recovery that is most been assaulted too. We of the female experience, blaming the victim. her life. This older woman transformed her and
comfortable, even if you would can’t help but be hurt when Her mother again reinforces that her vagina is her vagina and “raised it into a kind of heaven.”
do it differently. Remember, there someone we love is made to something to be hidden and ashamed of, At this pivotal point in her life, she is able to
is no one right way for a survivor suffer. Don’t blame yourself introducing the concept of the guilty victim. redefine her vagina.
to respond after being assaulted. for the many feelings you
At nine, the girl impales her vagina on a bedpost There are several critiques of this piece. The first
will have after learning that
LISTEN to them. It is crucial someone close to you has been
while playing. Her vagina is again the source of involves the consumption of alcohol by a minor.
to let survivors know that pain and embarrassment. There is very important It would be idealistic to think that 16-year-olds
raped. Sadness, confusion, imagery in this memory; after the accident, she do not consume alcohol. Good or bad, underage
they can talk to you about the anger, helplessness, fear, guilt, describes her vagina as making “high-pitched drinking occurs in high schools and colleges –
experience when they are ready. disappointment, shock, anxiety, screamy noises” and at the hospital “they sew even at the College of St. Catherine. To ignore
Some may not wish to speak to desperation, and compassion it up down there” – metaphorically silencing or deny this is absurd and unproductive.
you immediately, but at some are all common reactions for her voice.
point during the healing process, survivors and their significant The second and more controversial part of the
it is likely the survivor will come When the character is ten years old, she is experience is the sexual contact with an older
others. Being aware of these violently and brutally raped in her own home by woman. It is often hard to tell if people are more
to you for support. When that emotions will ultimately help you her father’s drunken friend. The episode ends with uncomfortable with the age of the other woman
happens, don’t interrupt, or yell, better understand the survivor’s the girl covered in her attacker’s blood after her involved or her gender. Regardless, it is the
or inject your feelings. Just open experience and be more father shoots him. After this incident she is not experience of many young women – and men –
your ears to the pain of being supportive. allowed to see her father for seven years. She to have sexual encounters with older parties, of
raped. Your caring but silent reflects despairingly, “I’m sure my vagina is finally either sex. Further, it is the irrefutable experience
attention will be invaluable. GET HELP for yourself. falling out.” of a number of female students at the College of
Whether you reach out to a St. Catherine to have had a sexual relationship
NEVER BLAME them for friend, family member, counselor, At 13, she describes her vagina as “a very bad with another woman. To deny this is to fool
being assaulted. No one or religious professional, make
place, a place of pain, nastiness, punching, yourself and discredit the lives of many incredible
ever deserves to be raped. No invasion and blood. It’s a site for mishaps. It’s young women who make substantial
sure you don’t go through this a bad-luck zone. I imagine a freeway between contributions to this campus community.
matter what they wore, how experience alone. Most rape my legs and I am traveling, going far away from
many times they had sex before, crisis centers offer counseling here.” At the age of thirteen, this woman hates The political correctness of this story is not
whether they were walking for significant others and her vagina, as it has been nothing but a site of significant. MPIRG and V-Day do not endorse or
alone at night, whether they family members because they pain, humiliation, family dispute and bad luck. condone any of the actions in any of the
got drunk, if they were married, realize that the impact of rape It has been the source of extreme emotional, monologues. MPIRG and V-Day encourage the
or whether they went up to the extends far beyond the survivor.
verbal and physical abuse. At 13 years of age, audience to engage in critical thinking and
perpetrator’s room. Even if the she detests her vagina, and in turn, herself. reasoning. It is important to open a space in
Suppressing your feelings will which women and men are able to talk, share,
survivor feels responsible, say only make you less available to These experiences are not unheard of, and more listen and grow from their experiences. For too
clearly and caringly, “It wasn’t support the survivor. Remember, importantly and unfortunately, not uncommon. long, stories such as this one have been
your fault.” asking for help when you need Based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. silenced. V-Day and MPIRG seek to end this
it is a sign of strength, not Department of Justice’s 2004 National Crime silence; to tell the stories that could not be told
ASK before you touch. Victimization Survey, Rape, Abuse & Incest
Don’t assume that physical weakness. National Network (RAINN) calculates that every (continued on page 25)
contact, even in the form of
a gentle touch or hug, will be www.MenCanStopRape.org
comforting to a survivor. Many © 1998, 2001 Men Can Stop Rape
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take a shower. I was really scared but I did recognize situations and when I see
not have the language / vocabulary to express someone being abused, I act right
what was going on. I just knew something away. I saw a couple last year in a
was off. I was already 15 years old when I parking lot–they were screaming at
spoke about it to my friends in high school.
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each other and it was starting to get
physical. I warned them to stop or
I Witnessed
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INCREDIBLY ARTICULATE AND EMPOWERED … At home. I was less than 5 years traumatizing to think about it
In 1975, a ‘friend of the family’ came to
WOMAN , REMAINED SILENT AFTER NOT BEING old then and could not do anything. today as it was then. This should not
stay at our home. My eldest daughter was
BELIEVED BY THE FIRST MENTAL HEALTH have to happen to anyone, especially
a newborn. I had the flu, and I did not want
PROFESSIONAL I DISCLOSED MY STORY TO . I HAVE WITNESSED WOMEN BEING ABUSED
my newborn baby to catch it, so I slept in
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to young girls or boys.
I HAVE DEDICATED MY LIFE TO WORKING another bedroom while my husband and
WITH SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE , GIVING VOICE YOUNG ADULT, I LEARNED THAT A WOMAN MUST
our baby slept in our room. The houseguest
LEARN TO STAND UP AND SPEAK FOR HERSELF. Her name was Rhea. She was dark,
AND CREDIBILITY TO THEIR STORIES .
forced himself into my room and tried to narrow-eyed, her hair was very short,
I grew up with rose-colored glasses, attack me. I was afraid that he might hurt my I have witnessed a mentally sick mother thick, coarse and very black. Her bangs
and was just told to ‘stay away from baby, so I yelled to my husband and asked cackle at her crying child’s plea to seek almost covered her eyes. She was
boys’... which didn’t really prepare him to protect the baby and get help. My treatment for her illness. ‘No, you’re the one short, even for a Filipina girl her age.
me for the reality of how to deal with husband locked the bedroom door so that who is sick!’ screamed the mother. I found
the houseguest cannot get to the baby, comfort in other abusive relationships until
She was so sweet, so innocent. She
the subject of sex. I literally did not
leaped out of the window, which was on I educated myself about schizophrenia, and was raped as she was walking home
know about it or of physical danger.
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experience ended up being a date rape. payphone to call 911. Meanwhile, I struggled the stigma of mental illness. in different worlds. I do not know
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Ludy
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CLOCKWISE: Ludy’s swearing-in ceremony: Commissioner, Jersey
E NT R E P R E NE U R
City Training and Employment officiated by Jersey City Mayor Glenn
D. Cunningham (left); Roy Corrales (right) assisting. • Ludy and Roy
with their two daughters Christine and Carol. • Ludy as Parade Grand
O P TI M I S T
Marshal (PAFCOM)
LEFT TO RIGHT ON THE NEXT PAGE: Gary Yamashita, Gloria
Yamashita, CLO’s 2006 Top Producer, New York Consul General Cecille
B Y FAY O LY M P I A

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Rebong, and Ludy Corrales during CLO’s 10th Anniversary and Holiday
Celebration, December 28, 2006. • Ludy and Roy celebrating their
35 years of marriage bliss. • Young Ludy at her graduation from the
University of the Philippines.

Meeting Lourdes “Ludy” Corrales for the serves immigrants and celebrates their for the New York City performance of few in the Payumo household. Things like
first time was like running into an old achievements. Here, too, she was the FWN’s all-Filipina “The Vagina a television or a refrigerator. Her father ran
friend. She even looked familiar. Her first Filipino-American to have been Monologues.” a small photography shop and her mother
warm, gracious manner and complete lack so honored. managed a pawnshop until caring for nine
of airs brought to mind some of the most The third of nine children and eldest children made it difficult to continue. Yet,
welcoming and inclusive Filipina women Ludy is of the national treasurer of daughter of Bartolome Jimenez Payumo somehow they managed to send her to
I’ve known. Whatever it was, her NaFFAA, the National Federation of of Jaen, Nueva Ecija and Caloma Chaves good private Catholic schools, giving her
unaffected demeanor gave little clue to Filipino American Associations. She is on Payumo of Cuenca, Batangas, Ludy didn’t the solid academic foundation she needed
her status as president and CEO of her own the advisory board of Jersey City-based always feel poised and at home in her to get into the country’s highly competitive
company, respected Filipino-American Philippine-American Friendship own body. and prestigious state university, the
community leader, anti-domestic violence Committee. She was PAFCOM Chair and University of the Philippines, where
advocate and now “The Vagina Grand Marshal of its annual parade. “While growing up, I was skinny and had learning was first-rate but tuition fees were
Monologues” performer. big boobs. I felt very self-conscious of my subsidized and affordable.

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Her energy seems boundless. Just in the body, developed an inferiority complex and
Reputed to be the first person and certainly last few weeks, she hosted a meeting to help was awkward and shy. I found ways to ot particularly sure what to
the first Filipina to be appointed honorary establish a New York chapter of the Filipina improve myself – my skills – to avoid choose for her major, she went
deputy mayor of Jersey City, in 2004, Ludy Women’s Network (FWN), organized an attention to my body.” Ludy recalled, for a business degree and
was also named 2004 Entrepreneur of t anti-domestic violence workshop in painfully. became a certified public
he Year by the International Institute of response to the brutal death of Teris Casco, accountant “only because I wanted a
New Jersey, a 90-year-old organization that a Filipina in Jersey City, and is rehearsing Growing up, Ludy says that luxuries were practical course whose principles I could

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apply in daily life,” recalls Ludy, whose myself that time would come and I would A friend invited her to join the New Jersey become anti-violence advocates and peer
pragmatic choice of careers would be able to use all these acquired skills Chapter of the UP Alumni Association counselors for our Filipina sisters in abusive
eventually lead to romance. She met Roy later on.” becoming the organization’s president in situations. We need to collaborate with the
Corrales, also a CPA, while working at 1989. During her term, she established a agencies and other organizations to address
Carlos Valdes & Co., then the second largest That she did, becoming an auditor for self-sustaining scholarship program. this urgent issue. Most importantly, as a
auditing firm in the Philippines. Roy, Johnson & Johnson’s global operations. “We raised $12,300 as seed money for a community, we have to speak out and not
now a state auditor with the New Jersey “I thought I was so “cool” traveling UPAA-NJ Scholarship Program. The be ashamed and break the violence cycle in
Department of Education, has been worldwide on auditing gigs. But something interest income finances full scholarships our families, Ludy passionately explains.
married to Ludy for 35 years and together was missing.” I am so proud that the scholarship I started
they have raised two daughters, Christine, has financed the education of young Her involvement in FWN’s Filipinas
23 and Carol, 21, both university graduates She later moved to ITT Defense. But in Filipinos the last 16 years. ” Ludy says. Against Violence campaign and her role in
with promising careers. 1992, after the US signed an historic peace the New York benefit performances of the

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treaty with the USSR, ITT Defense let go of She had found what was missing in her life. “The Vagina Monologues” and “Usaping
udy appreciates the legacies of 1000 employees. Serving the Filipino community gave her a Puki” provided her with the resources to
both her parents. “I inherited my sense of joy that no amount of professional take action. The truth is Ludy had personal
father’s entrepreneurial spirit. “I was one of them,” recounts Ludy. “Since achievement could generate. Ludy says that reasons.

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From my mother I inherited “lakas I was working part-time as a loan officer in as a volunteer, she experienced the
ng loob.” My mother is from Batangas, a a mortgage company in New Jersey, I blessedness of giving. “Despite the crabby he confides that one of her brothers
very strong-willed woman—adventurous, accepted the Branch Manager position for attitude that one may experience working and his sons had abused their wives
courageous. She liked to solve problems their Paramus office, without salary and with Filipinos, we as a people are the in the Philippines. “My brother was
and she had the determination to right benefits, just a commission.” warmest, the most hospitable, the in the military and was verbally
what is wrong. I am like my mother in friendliest, and the easiest people to work abusive. When he and his first wife fought,
many ways.” Ludy calls this decision “the defining with. We are most accommodating, most he would threaten her with a gun, pointing
moment in my quest for success.” With her
This adventurous problem-solver and regular paycheck, her security blanket gone,
courageous righter of wrongs moved to the “I had sleepless nights and nightmares,
U.S. with Roy in 1973— as a young, newly fearing failure. I thought I am so over now.
married couple eager to pursue their I was so scared.”
American Dream.

it to her head. My parents had to intervene.
Their tumultuous marriage eventually
ended, but two of their three sons also
became abusive to their wives. One of
them beat his wife up so badly that she had
to move to a shelter to escape further
injury. The other son was into drugs and
beat up his wife as well. I took her in and
now she works for me. It is very sad.”

There is a picture that Ludy fondly shows to
friends. It’s of seven-year old Christine
winning the “Little Miss Ilocana” title in
1990. “That experience helped her discover
her Philippine heritage,” Ludy says.
It was not what they thought it would be. Her decision proved to be inspired. “In a patient and most caring.” “Christine tells people “I am proud to be a
year’s time, I doubled my earnings. In 1996, Filipina.” She is very strong-willed like me.
“In the ‘70s and ‘80s, I had difficulty I took the mortgage banker’s license exam That sense of identification and deep No man can take advantage of her. I taught
breaking the glass ceiling in the successfully...” That’s when she decided to appreciation of her people influenced her her and her sister to protect themselves
multinational companies that I worked for,” form her own company. In ten years, Ludy swift response to the savage death of from abusive relationships. Their Dad, in
recalls Ludy. “I remember reading the book grew the company and has expanded her Filipina Teris Casco at the hands of her 35 years of marriage, has not laid a hand on
Games Mother Never Taught Me just to mortgage banking operations to the West husband Edward in Jersey City. She me. I am so proud of that.”
understand how corporate America is run.” Coast, specifically in San Jose, CA. galvanized the Filipino community into
action expressing outrage at the brutality of Ludy Corrales, successful businesswoman,
Ludy had a voracious appetite for learning, Her professional success could not, her death. “Teris did not have to die. We civic leader, anti-DV advocate, wife and
another inherited trait from her father. however, cover up a nagging feeling. “I felt need to reach out to women and girls to let mother, is firm on this: “My philosophy is
“Although underpaid and overworked, a big vacuum in my life. I felt my full them know that there is help available. We that no woman deserves to be abused by a
whether it was bookkeeping, flow-charting, potential was not being utilized,” shares need to learn how to intervene in domestic man, despite [any] inadequacies as a wife,
writing an audit report, etc. I always told Ludy. “…something was missing.” violence issues. We need to learn how to lover or daughter.”

FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE 21
Tama Na! (Stop!) Filipinas Speak Out Against Violence

Filipina Women’s Network and V-DAY present
V-DAY Filipina 2007
An All-Filipina Benefit Production of

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: MARILY MONDEJAR & TESSIE ZARAGOZA | PRODUCER: FRANKLIN RICARTE
DIRECTED BY: ELENA MANGAHAS, KEN MARQUIS, GIOVANNIE PICO & GENEVIEVE JOPANDA | ART DIRECTOR: AL PEREZ
Beneficiaries: Filipino American Human Services, Inc (FAHSI) | Filipinas Against Violence | V-DAY Spotlight 2007: Women in Conflict Zones
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SAN FRANCISCO NEW YORK Since 2004, the Filipina Women’s Network

Photographers: Voltaire Yap, VoltaireYap.com, Dennis Mojado, Photography.Mojado.com,
(FWN) has collaborated with V-DAY (a global
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Angelina Cantada, Christina M.
SAY IT
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THE WOMAN WHO LOVED
TO MAKE VAGINAS HAPPY
MONOLOGUES Genevieve Herreira, Luna
1430 HOURS Salaver, Bingo Marasigan Samala Tessie Zaragoza, Genevieve Genevieve Jopanda, Jane
Herreira Datangel, Christine M. Samala,
VAGINA HAPPY FACT INTERMISSION Jennifer S. Jimenez, Annalisa de
EXTRO – SAY IT Lena, and Cast
PA R T O N E Jennifer S. Jimenez PA R T T W O
(FOR THE COMFORT WOMEN)
FOREPLAY INTRO – I WAS THERE IN
INTRO – BECAUSE HE LIKED HANDPRINTS: THESE HANDS FILM CLIP ON COMFORT WOMEN
TO LOOK AT IT THE ROOM
WILL NOT HURT FILIPINA
WELCOME
Christina M. Samala WOMEN AND GIRLS SMELL Marisa Marquez
Marily Mondejar Kathleen Ben, Angelina Cantada, I WAS THERE IN THE ROOM
BECAUSE HE LIKED TO Cindy Gruspe, Sharolyn Salas,
INTRODUCTION
LOOK AT IT
VAGINA WARRIOR AWARDS Luna Salaver, Sunny Dykwel
Owen Donnahoo, Mara Salazar, Perla De Jesus, Mara Salazar,
Owen Donnahoo Sunny Dykwel, Kathleen Prado
Nicole Maxali, Sharolyn Salas, INTRO – MY VAGINA WAS SPOTLIGHT MONOLOGUE:
Jennifer S. Jimenez, Jane Datangel, INTRO – I WAS 12, MY MOTHER MY VILLAGE Gibson, Christina Formento WHAT HAPPENED TO PEACE?
Christina M. Samala, Bingo SLAPPED ME Sunny Dykwel Stover, Marisa Marquez Maya Ong Escudero
Marasigan Christine Padilla
MY VAGINA WAS MY VILLAGE MY SHORT SKIRT FILIPINAS SPEAKOUT
INTRO – HAIR I WAS 12 MY MOTHER Kathleen Ben, Marisa Marquez Nicole Maxali, Luna Salaver Marily Mondejar
Marisa Marquez SLAPPED ME
EXTRO – MY VAGINA WAS INTRO – RECLAIMING CUNT CURTAIN CALL
Annalisa de Lena, Bingo Bingo Marasigan
HAIR MY VILLAGE
Marasigan, Nicole Maxali,
Tess Crescini Sharolyn Salas INTRO – THE LITTLE COOCHI RECLAIMING CUNT
Giovannie Pico, Genevieve
WEAR AND SAY
NOT-SO-HAPPY-FACT
SNORCHER THAT COULD
Jopanda    !
Luna Salaver, Kathleen Ben, Marisa Marquez Christine Padilla
Annalisa de Lena, Genevieve
Herreria, Cindy Gruspe, Perla De INTRO – CROOKED BRAID
THE LITTLE COOCHI A SIX YEAR OLD GIRL WAS @KQSXK
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Nicole Maxali SNORCHER THAT COULD
Bingo Marasigan, Jennifer S. Teresa Gamboa, Jo-Ann Agcaoili .......
.. . . . . . .
CROOKED BRAID Jimenez, Annalisa de Lena, Mara Al S. Perez
INTRO – THE WOMAN WHO
INTRO – THE FLOOD Genevieve Jopanda, Perla De Salazar, Kathleen Ben, Jane
Mara Salazar Jesus, Owen Donnahoo, Kathleen Datangel LOVED TO MAKE VAGINAS Bettina Santos Yap
HAPPY
Ben, Luna Salaver, Tess Crescini Elena B. Mangahas
THE FLOOD INTRO – SAY IT Angelina Cantada
Laureen Laglagaron

> CASTING FOR THE ENGLISH AND TAGALOG SHOWS
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Sunny Dykwel EXTRO – CROOKED BRAID (FOR THE COMFORT WOMEN)
Genevieve Herreira Luna Salaver Perla De Jesus
Rudy Asercion
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Sonia Delen Tess Crescini, Annalee S. Jennifer S. Jimenez, Angelina
Jimenez, Kathleen Prado Gibson, Cantada, Tess Crescini, Mara
ANG AKING BAHA
Christina Formento Stover, Salazar, Owen Donnahoo, TINANONG NAMIN ANG
Elena Mangahas
USAPING PUKI Owen Donnahoo, Sonia Delen Bingo Marasigan ISANG ANIM NA TAONG
1930 HOURS KIKI WORKSHOP GULANG NA BATANG
EXTRO – TABINGING INTRO – SABIHIN NINYO
Bingo Marasigan, Kathleen Ben, TRINTAS
BABAE
(PARA SA COMFORT
Christina Formento Stover Teresa Gamboa, Jo-Ann Agcaoili
ANG AKING PUKING GALIT WOMEN)
PA R T O N E
KATOTOHANANG PUKI: Tess Crescini, Sonia Delen INTRO – ANG BABAENG
Angelina Cantada, Bingo
Angelina Cantada Marasigan MAHILIG MAGPALIGAYA
FOREPLAY SABIHIN NINYO (PARA SA
NG MGA PUKE
INTRO – PAGKAT GUSTO COMFORT WOMEN)
MALIGAYANG BATI Genevieve Jopanda
NIYA ITONG TITIGAN INTERMISSION Tessie Zaragoza, Kathleen Ben
Marily Mondejar
Annalee S. Jimenez PA R T T W O ANG BABAENG MAHILIG
EXTRO – SABIHIN NINYO
INTRODUKSYON MAGPALIGAYA NG MGA
PAGKAT GUSTO NIYA ITONG (PARA SA COMFORT
Tess Crescini, Owen Donnahoo, HANDPRINTS: THESE HANDS PUKE
TITIGAN WOMEN)
Kathleen Ben, Bingo Marasigan, WILL NOT HURT FILIPINA Owen Donnahoo
Bingo Marasigan
Perla De Jesus, Mara Salazar, WOMEN AND GIRLS FILM CLIP ON COMFORT
INTRO – NAROON AKO SA
Angelina Cantada, Kathleen INTRO – 12 YEARS OLD, WOMEN
VAGINA WARRIOR AWARDS LOOB NG SILID
Prado Gibson SINAMPAL AKO NI NANAY
ANO’NG AMOY MO? Kathleen Prado Gibson
Tessie Zaragoza INTRODUKSYON SA BOSNIA
INTRO – ANG KWENTONG
Tess Crescini Perla De Jesus, Jane Datangel, NAROON AKO SA LOOB
BUHOK 12 YEARS OLD. SINAMPAL Christina M. Samala, Kathleen NG SILID
Tess Crescini AKO NI NANAY ANG AKING PWERTA, Ben, Sharolyn Salas, Angelina Christina Formento Stover, Tess
Mara Salazar, Angelina Cantada, ANG AKING NAYON Cantada, Marisa Marquez,
ANG KWENTONG BUHOK Crescini, Annalee S. Jimenez
Owen Donnahoo, Kathleen Ben Angelina Cantada, Kathleen Ben Nicole Maxali
Tess Crescini SPOTLIGHT MONOLOGUE:
ISANG HINDI NAKATUTU- EXTRO – ANG AKING ANG AKING MAIKSING
KUNG MABIBIHISAN / ANONG NANGYARI SA
WANG KATOTOHANANG PUKI PWERTA, ANG AKING NAYON PALDA
MAKAPAGSASALITA ANG KAPAYAPAAN?
Jennifer S. Jimenez INTRO – ANG AKING Mara Salazar
IYONG PUKI, ANO ANG Lolita Kintanar
ISUSUOT / SASABIHIN NITO? INTRO – TABINGING TRINTAS MUNTING KALACHUCHI INTRO – PAGBAWI SA PUKI
Angelina Cantada Genevieve Jopanda FILIPINAS SPEAK OUT
Perla De Jesus, Kathleen Prado Sonia Delen
Marily Mondejar
Gibson, Jane Datangel, Annalee ANG AKING MUNTING PAGBAWI SA PUKI
S. Jimenez, Christina M. Samala, CURTAIN CALL
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PA R T O N E Virginia Goodno Kaye Gonzales, Theresa
Tantay-Wilson, Kristal R.
INTRO – CROOKED BRAID Aliyas, Bambi Bernales,
FOREPLAY Thess Castillo, Christina
CROOKED BRAID Baal, Remy Aquino,
WELCOME Remy Aquino, Kaye Virginia Goodno
Marily Mondejar Gonzalez, Marisa Marquez,
Jo Macaldo, Thess Castillo, MY SHORT SKIRT
INTRODUCTION Rosalinda Medina Rupel Marisa Marquez,
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Tantay-Wilson, Jo Macaldo, EXTRO – CROOKED BRAID
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Susan Ancheta, Theresa
RECLAIMING CUNT
Bernales, Remy Aquino Remy Aquino
Tantay-Wilson
INTRO – HAIR RECLAIMING CUNT
Marie Matiko INTERMISSION Marie Matiko
HAIR PA R T T W O A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL
P U B L I C A T I O N S Susan Ancheta WAS ASKED
HANDPRINTS:
WEAR AND SAY THESE HANDS WILL NOT INTRO – THE WOMAN
Kaye Gonzales, Bambi HURT FILIPINA WOMEN WHO LOVED TO MAKE
Bernales, Virginia Goodno, AND GIRLS VAGINAS HAPPY
Alison Goodno, Rosalinda Christina Baal
Rene M. Medina Medina Rupel, Thess
Castillo
VAGINA WARRIOR
AWARDS THE WOMAN WHO
President / Owner LOVED TO MAKE
INTRO – THE FLOOD INTRO – MY VAGINA VAGINAS HAPPY
Jo Macaldo WAS MY VILLAGE Theresa Tantay-Wilson
1700 Hillside Boulevard, Coima, CA 94014 Christina Baal and Cast
THE FLOOD
Tel: (650) 758-2237 • Fax: (650) 758-1189 Rosalinda Medina Rupel MY VAGINA WAS INTRO – I WAS THERE
MY VILLAGE IN THE ROOM
THE VAGINA WORKSHOP Virginia Goodno, Ludy Corrales
Marisa Marquez, Kristal R. Remy Aquino
Aliyas, Theresa Tantay- I WAS THERE IN
Wilson EXTRO – MY VAGINA WAS THE ROOM
MY VILLAGE Virginia Goodno,
VAGINA HAPPY FACT Rosalinda Medina Rupel
Bambi Bernales INTRO – THE LITTLE
COOCHI SNORCHER SPOTLIGHT MONOLOGUE:
INTRO – BECAUSE HE THAT COULD WHAT HAPPENED
LIKED TO LOOK AT IT Marie Matiko TO PEACE?
Susan Ancheta
THE LITTLE COOCHI FILIPINAS SPEAK OUT
BECAUSE HE LIKED SNORCHER THAT COULD Marily Mondejar
TO LOOK AT IT Alison Goodno, Marisa
Marisa Marquez Marquez, Jo Macaldo, CURTAIN CALL

INTRO – I WAS 12 MY Kristal R. Aliyas, Bambi
MOTHER SLAPPED ME Bernales
Lynn Santos
Branch Manager Thess Castillo
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MONOLOGUES Theresa Tantay-Wilson, (FOR THE COMFORT WOMEN) MAKE VAGINAS HAPPY
2:30 PM
Theresa Tantay-Wilson,
Marisa Marquez, Bingo Genevieve Jopanda Tessie Zaragoza, Bambi Bernales Theresa Tantay-Wilson and Cast
Marasigan EXTRO – SAY IT INTRO – I WAS THERE IN
INTERMISSION
PA R T O N E (FOR THE COMFORT WOMEN) THE ROOM
VAGINA HAPPY FACT PA R T T W O
Bambi Bernales Christina Goodno
FOREPLAY FILM CLIP ON
INTRO – BECAUSE HE LIKED HANDPRINTS: COMFORT WOMEN I WAS THERE IN THE ROOM
WELCOME TO LOOK AT IT THESE HANDS WILL NOT HURT Virginia Goodno, Tessie
Marily Mondejar Genevieve Jopanda FILIPINA WOMEN AND GIRLS SMELL Zaragoza, Christina Formento
Christina Goodno, Theresa Stover
INTRODUCTION BECAUSE HE LIKED TO Tantay-Wilson, Remy Aquino,
VAGINA WARRIOR AWARDS
Marisa Marquez, Theresa Tantay- LOOK AT IT Bambi Bernales, Thess Castillo, SPOTLIGHT MONOLOGUE:
Wilson, Jo Macaldo, Thess Castillo, Christina Baal INTRO – MY VAGINA Christina Baal, Virginia Goodno, WHAT HAPPENED TO PEAC?
Bambi Bernales, Remy Aquino, WAS MY VILLAGE Jennifer S. Jimenez
Kathleen Ben, Bingo Marasigan INTRO – I WAS 12, MY MOTHER
Jennifer S. Jimenez FILIPINAS SPEAK OUT
SLAPPED ME MY SHORT SKIRT Marily Mondjear
INTRO – HAIR Thess Castillo MY VAGINA WAS MY VILLAGE Jo Mecaldo, Meny Aquino
Genevieve Jopanda Christina Baal, Bingo Marasigan CURTAIN CALL
I WAS 12, MY MOTHER INTRO – RECLAIMING CUNT
HAIR SLAPPED ME Marisa Marquez
EXTRO – MY VAGINA WAS
Christina Formento Stover Alison Goodno, Christina Baal, MY VILLAGE
Bambi Bernales, Bingo Marasigan RECLAIMING CUNT W RI T E RS & TAG ALO G
WEAR AND SAY Genevieve Jopanda, T RAN S LAT I O N V- T E AM
INTRO – THE LITTLE COOCHI
Kaye Gonzales, Christina NOT-SO-HAPPY-FACT SNORCHER THAT COULD Kathleen Ben
Goodno, Virginia Goodno, Virginia Goodno Sharolyn Salas Bernardo Bernardo
Christina Baal, Jennifer S. A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL Bettina Santos Yap
Jimenez, Sharolyn Salas INTRO – CROOKED BRAID THE LITTLE COOCHI WAS ASKED Byumi Gonzales
Christina Formento Stover SNORCHER THAT COULD Charmaine Mesina
INTRO – THE FLOOD INTRO – THE WOMAN WHO Edna Murray
Alison Goodno, Marisa Marquez,
Joe Macaldo CROOKED BRAID
Christina Goodno, Bambi LOVED TO MAKE VAGINAS Elena Mangahas

> CASTING FOR THE ENGLISH AND TAGALOG SHOWS
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Remy Aquino, Kaye Gonzales, HAPPY Elson Mondalbo
THE FLOOD Marisa Marquez, Jo Macaldo, Bernales, Jo Macaldo
Christina Baal Jei Africa
Tessie Zaragoza Thess Castillo, Bambi Bernales INTRO – SAY IT Joy San Andreas
(FOR THE COMFORT WOMEN) Kathleen Ben
EXTRO – CROOKED BRAID
Leah Laxamana
Rita Asilo
Sarah Jane Ilumin
Teresa Opaon Thompson
INTRO – ANG AKING BAHA Aquino, Christina Formento INTRO – SABIHIN NINYO

04/14
Tessie Zaragoza
Kathleen Ben Stover, Thess Castill (PARA SA COMFORT
WOMEN)
ANG AKING BAHA EXTRO – TABINGING
Virginia Goodno
Tessie Zaragoza TRINTAS
TINANONG NAMIN ANG
USAPING PUKI KIKI WORKSHOP ANG AKING PUKING GALIT
SABIHIN NINYO (PARA SA
ISANG ANIM NA TAONG
7:00 PM MGA COMFORT WOMEN)
Bambi Bernales, Thess Castillo, Kathleen Ben, Kaye Gonzales GULANG NA BATANG
Remy Aquino,K athleen Ben,
Kaye Gonzales Christina Formento Stover BABAE
KATOTOHANANG PUKI: INTERMISSION INTRO – ANG BABAENG
PA R T O N E EXTRO – SABIHIN NINYO
Kaye Gonzales PA R T T W O MAHILIG MAGPALIGAYA
FOREPLAY (PARA SA MGA COMFORT
NG MGA PUKE
INTRO – PAGKAT GUSTO HANDPRINTS: THESE HANDS WOMEN)
MALIGAYANG BATI Bambi Bernales
NIYA ITONG TITIGAN WILL NOT HURT FILIPINA
Marily Mondejar FILM CLIP ON COMFORT
Christina Formento Stover WOMEN AND GIRLS WOMEN
ANG BABAENG MAHILIG
INTRODUKSYON MAGPALIGAYA NG MGA
PAGKAT GUSTO NIYA ITONG VAGINA WARRIORS
Kaye Gonzales, Bambi Benales, SABIHIN NINYO (PARA SA PUKE
TITIGAN
Thesa Castillo Jo Mercado, INTRODUKSYON SA BOSNIA MGA COMOFORT WOMEN) Remy Aquino
Thess Castillo Remy Aquino, Kathleen Ben,
Virginia Goodno, Jennifer S. Remy Aquino
INTRO – NAROON AKO SA
Jimenez, Kathleen Ben, Bingo INTRO – 12 YEARS OLD. Christine Romento
ANG AKING PWERTA, LOOB NG SILID
Marasigan SINAMPAL AKO NI NANAY
ANO’NG AMOY MO?
ANG AKING NAYON Kathleen Ben
Virginia Goodno Kaye Gonzales, Thess Castillo,
INTRO – ANG KWENTONG Jennifer S. Jimenez, Bambi
NAROON AKO SA LOOB
BUHOK 12 YEARS OLD, SINAMPAL Bernales Jo Macaldo, Virginia Goodno,
NG SILID
Remy Aquino AKO NI NANAY Jennifer S. Jimenez, Sharolyn
EXTRO – ANG AKING Virginia Goodno, Tessie Zaragoza
Binigo Marasigan, Kathleen Ben, Salas, Kathleen Ben, Bingo
ANG KWENTONG BUHOK PWERTA
Bambi Bernales, Jo Cecaldo Marasigan SPOTLIGHT MONOLOGUE:
Christina Formento Stover INTRO – ANG AKING ANONG NANGYARI SA
ISANG HINDI NAKATUTU- ANG AKING MAIKSING
KUNG MABIBIHISAN / MUNTING KALACHUCHI KAPAYAPAAN?
WANG KATOTOHANANG PALDA
MAKAPAGSASALITA ANG Thess Castillo
PUKI Kaye Gonzales FILIPINAS SPEAK OUT
IYONG PUKI, ANO ANG
Jennifer Jimenez ANG AKING MUNTING Marily Mondejar
ISUSUOT / SASABIHIN NITO? INTRO – PAGBAWI SA PUKI
KALACHUCHI
Bambi Bernales, Kaye Gonzales, INTRO – TABINGING TRINTAS Thess Castillo CURTAIN CALL
Bambi Bernales, Jo Macaldo,
Remy Aquino, Thess Castillo, Tessie Zaragoza
Bingo Marasigan, Jennifer S. PAGBAWI SA SALITANG
Jennifer S. Jimenez, Sharolyn TABINGING TRINTAS Jimenez PUKI
Salas, Virginia Goodno Genevieve Jopanda, Virginia Bingo Marasigan
Goodno, Kaye Gonzales, Remy

FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE 25
Al Bettina
2007 VAGINA WARRIORS PEREZ SAN TO S-YA P

“VAGINA WARRIORS: THE NEW REVOLUTION” CELEBRATES NEW ACTIVISTS AND LEADERS WHO ARE
WORKING TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY. VAGINA WARRIORS ARE THE
WOMEN AND MEN WHO HAVE OFTEN EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE PERSONALLY OR WITNESSED IT WITHIN THEIR
COMMUNITIES AND DEDICATED THEMSELVES TOWARD ENDING SUCH VIOLENCE THROUGH EFFECTIVE,
GRASSROOTS MEANS. THE FILIPINA WOMEN’S NETWORK IS PROUD TO HONOR SIX WOMEN AND MEN WHO
PERSONIFY COURAGE AND CONVICTION. THEY HAVE FACED AND OVERCOME ADVERSITY IN THEIR LIVES AND
ARE NOW ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN OR HEADING EFFORTS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

B Y FAY O LY M P I A messages through the visual art.” the University of the Philippines and for the youth’s emotional needs.”
Marketing from Golden Gate University,
AL S. PEREZ, San Francisco-based artist, His designs for FWN’s V-Day campaigns Bettina works as a marketing consultant With her full calendar, Elena Mangahas’
graphic designer, founder / owner of have powerfully captured the essence of for high-tech companies in the Silicon strategy for community involvement is
Creative i Studio and civic leader is adding what the show and the movement is all Valley. practical: “At present I put my mission
a new title to his resume: Vagina Warrior. about—that it’s time to speak up and stop where my personal strengths take me—
the violence, especially because in his ELENA MANGAHAS’ journey toward having learned the use of theatre as an
It’s about time. Al has been supporting home city of San Francisco, the number becoming a Vagina Warrior began in 2004 enlightening medium from my work in the
FWN’s anti-domestic violence efforts and of Filipina women dying because of when FWN launched its first production of 70’s with the University of the Philippines
volunteering his expertise in art direction domestic violence is tragically high. The Vagina Monologues. It was my own Repertory Company, and being able to
to the annual Vagina Monologues transformation that made me stay with the mentor girls into becoming organizers
production for years. Until the violence stops, Al Perez is production in the succeeding years,” says who influence social action where truth is
committed to using his art to create a Elena. “I acted, later directed and I am inconvenient. Having FWN support this
Pulling all-nighters, creating professional world where homes are safe havens for continuing to spread the word that mission makes it even more
layouts and original cutting edge designs women, children and the rest of us. unspoken violence does exist in our extraordinary!”
for the V-Diaries and promotional materials immediate family and in our community.”
for the show, Al is the darling of the FWN BETTINA SANTOS-YAP is a Vagina It’s a safe bet that LAUREEN
leadership, his selfless and generous spirit Warrior straight out of the trenches. While She laughingly labels herself a “driving DUMADAG LAGLAGARON has helped
an inspiration to the all-volunteer cast a lot of us were still trying to get past the fool” for her frequent forays over the more women emerge safely from abusive
and crew. V and P words, she was already performing Altamont Pass, shuttling between Stockton relationships and more Filipinos work out
in the very first Pinay production of The and San Francisco to direct the The Vagina their immigration status than the average
With a thriving and highly regarded Vagina Monologues in 2004. She returned Monologues and volunteer with FWN’s person who is twice her age and has a
graphic design studio serving some of the to the Herbst Theatre stage for subsequent other activities. Self-effacing yet willing 50% shorter name.
biggest names in the corporate world, performances each year and did her turn as to step in with firm, wise leadership when
and a killer schedule to match, Al guards director in 2006 for both the San Francisco needed, this youngest of “Manangs” She worked with survivors of domestic
his time for community service and and New York shows. quietly mentors and encourages younger violence and human trafficking for two
involvement. He is President of the Filipino community members, the future of Filipino- years as a public interest attorney and
American Arts Exposition, a highlight Currently president of CORA Kumares Equal Justice Works Fellow at Asian Pacific
(Community Overcoming Relationship and other Asian-Americans ever on
of the San Francisco summer scene with its her mind. Islander (API) Legal Outreach in San
Pistahan Parade and Festival which, Abuse Filipino American Outreach Task Francisco, providing legal help free
alone, is a full-time effort. Yet Al meets Force), Bettina had just joined CORA as a Her commitment to put an end to domestic of charge.
his business commitments on time and founding member of Kumares when the violence comes from her work of 25 years
manages to give another hundred percent casting call for TVM went out a few in social services in the US, having had Now, this young Juris Doctor from UCLA
to his civic activities. months later. hands-on work on broad issues from is taking the immigration stories of her
inequity to mental health. Elena says, people and a substantial portfolio of
In an interview with LBC Foundation’s “The timing couldn’t have been better personal achievements and honors to
as I’ve always loved the performing arts,” “The one thing that tugs at me hard is
Kababayan Edition that honored him with the abuse and exploitation of a human Washington, DC, having recently joined
its March 2006 Kababayan Award, Al recalls Bettina. “And now here’s this the Migration Policy Institute at its new
opportunity to further reach out and being—of women trapped in domestic
explained his philosophy for giving back violence and children witnessing the National Center of Immigrant Integration
to his community: educate the Filipino-American community Policy.
about domestic violence which I’d been misconduct of adults. In my work as a job
“I work with a lot of nonprofits and they learning about through my training counselor for the youth population in my “For the last decade,” says Laureen,
don’t have a lot of funding to begin with. at CORA.” local community I have touched the impact “I have aspired to be an advocate for
It’s my way of giving back. I may not be a of repressive cultural practices in certain immigrant rights. I have traveled to the
good public speaker. I may not know a lot Born and raised in Manila with Bachelor’s immigrant groups, the negative influence Philippines to perform research on
of things. But I know how to deliver degrees in Broadcast Communication from of poor parenting and the lack of resources international migration patterns of Filipino

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ElenaM A NG A HAS
Laureen Perla Rudy
L AG L AG A RON DE JES US ASERCION

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Beverly Upton, Executive Director,
San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium &
Partners Ending Domestic Violence

Dorka Keehn,
Chair, CCSF Justice & Courage Oversight Panel

Gloria Megino Ochoa,
Deputy Chief Counsel,
California Senate Judiciary Committee

Imelda Oppenheim,
overseas workers. I’ve worked as a Perla to get to this point in her life and her protected. Moreover, her experience shows Trainer, Excel Personal Training
demographer analyzing migration patterns participation in this year’s The Vagina that a woman can rise from abuse, take hold Jonah Oliverio,
within the United States and entered law Monologues is an important milestone. of the resiliently creative power every human Community Educator, Community Overcoming
school to become a legal advocate for being possesses and build a beautiful life for Relationship Abuse (CORA)
immigrant rights.” She survived an abusive 18-year marriage. her self and for those she loves. Ligaya Hattari,
She survived her husband’s substance abuse Project Manager, California Indian Manpower
Born and raised in diverse Vancouver, BC, and violent temper. She survived having a RUDY ASERCION may be a War Memorial Consortium
Laureen discovered first hand what it was knife at her throat, a gun to her head. She Commissioner but he is also a peacemaker.
Sarah Jane Ilumin,
like to be an immigrant of color only when survived being stabbed repeatedly by her He has come to be known as one who works Vice President, Yashi Okita Design
she moved to Boston as a high school senior, own husband after she finally told him she to bring people together, heal rifts and work
where her being Filipina became a problem was leaving. together to achieve shared goals. He has Tess Crescini,
Broker, RW-Heritage Homes & Investments
for the first time in her life. Yet she says worked tirelessly to gain equity for the
“I was fortunate. I didn’t feel less than “Trying to leave is the most lethal time,” Filipino Veterans of World War II and has
anyone else did. I felt entitled, I felt I says long-time anti-domestic violence supported many of the Filipino-American
advocate Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of LW]_dWMWhh_ehi(&&+
belonged, I was confident.” organizations of the Bay Area, including
California’s Third District Court of Appeals. Filipina Women’s Network and its V-Day Kamala D. Harris,
Laureen wants to set an example for young It’s when abused women need help Filipina production of The Vagina
District Attorney, San Francisco
girls. “I want them to dream big, think big,” the most. Monologues. Giovannie Pico,
she emphasizes, remembering not seeing Actor
anyone in law school “who was like me.” So it was for Perla whose recovery after the Rudy admits to a bit of trepidation about
stabbing, at San Francisco General Hospital’s Gloria Ramos,
the new title the women of his community Elementary School Teacher
“I want to mentor younger Filipino women Trauma Unit, took several months. Since are conferring on him, but only because San Francisco Commission and Department on
or men who want to go into corporate law. then, with her erstwhile abuser serving a some people still stumble over the V and P the Status of Women
I want to tell the lessons I’ve learned,” insists 15-year sentence in prison, she and her words and miss the point entirely, blinded to Rita Villavicencio Schmidt,
Laureen who also believes that it is in our children have walked down the path of the liberating truth by their outrage or Vice President, The Lodge at Blue Lakes
power to change the culture of violence healing together. embarrassment. His choice to stand with
against women. This Vagina Warrior dreams Velma Roset Veloria,
When her friends took her to see The Vagina Filipina women against domestic violence former State Representative for District 11,
big and works hard to make those dreams through the V-Day movement despite Washington (four terms)
come true: “An America where women and Monologues / Usaping Puki, Perla discovered
a new calling. She says, “I have found disapproval from certain quarters.
children will live in safety in their own
homes.” courage to be part of the movement It troubles Rudy that so many Filipina LW]_dWMWhh_ehi(&&*
in creating awareness of domestic violence. women in America suffer and die from
The name “Perla” is Filipino/Spanish for I want to reach out to women who may be Blesilda Ocampo,
domestic violence. “It used to be that men Child Support Officer, Dept. of Child Support
“pearl.” Some of the most beautiful and experiencing the kind of abuse and violence protected their women but the deterioration Services, City and County of San Francisco
valuable pearls in the world come from the I went through.” of family values together with our own
seas surrounding the Philippine archipelago. Cherie Querol Moreno,
As Perla performs tonight, you might hear insecurity changed everything. In my own Community Outreach Coordinator, CORA
family,” he affirms, “men do not hit women.” (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse)
Her name is a metaphor for all Filipina the catch in her throat, see the glint of tears
women, each one uniquely beautiful and of in her eyes and feel an emotional response And so he continues fighting for equity and Clara Tempongko,
value beyond measure. PERLA DE JESUS, rising in your own gut. You’ll know it’s not Mother of Claire Tempongko
justice. Says Rudy, “I would like to be
independent Bay Area businesswoman, because she’s a veteran of the stage or a remembered as someone who only needed Genevieve Dwyer,
beauty expert, Vagina Warrior, knows that trained actor. the air that I breathe, the water that I drink,
President, Genevieve’s Corporation
her worth as a Filipina woman, as her own the food that I eat and the love of my wife Tisa Mendoza,
person, is beyond measure. It’s because Perla is a survivor who wants to TV show producer
let other women know that they are pearls and kids.”
It has been a long and painful journey for of great worth that should be cherished and Vangie Canonizado Buell,
Author, Editor, Speaker

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F i l i p i n a W o m e n ’s N e t w o r k

FILIPINA SUMMIT
FILIPINA POWER 2012: FILIPINAS NOW!
T H U, O C T 25 – S AT, O C T 27, 2007
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W A S H I N G T O N D . C .

A LEARNING JOURNEY TO SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS:
THE CENTER OF POWER V - D AY F I L I P I N A 2007
» Conversations with
More than a field trip, A D D E N D U M
women elected officials
symposium or forum,
» Navigating the halls of
Learning Journeys
the Capitol
immerse us in the
reality – and long-range » Merienda at The White Filipina Women’s Network and V-DAY present
implications – of the
politics of government.
House V-DAY Filipina 2007
» Filipina Power 2012: An All-Filipina Benefit Production of
These experiences enable The Game Plan
us to deepen, accelerate,
and internalize our own
learning about the business
» Recognition of the 100
Most Influential Filipina %6% %.3,%2—3

4HE 6AGINA
of government, advocacy Women in the U.S.
and policy-making. FILIPINAS OF THE FUTURE:
Learning Journeys
reflect our conviction that Has the politics of
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the most powerful learning government changed, or is
qmbdf!gspn!xijdi! occurs through experience it our understanding of
up!wjfx!uif!xpsme/Ô and interaction, not from the politics of government
!Ñ!Kpio!MfDbssf books or speeches. that has changed?

”5SAPING 0UKI •
For more information: www.ffwn.org/FilipinaSummit5.htm

Nationwide Search for the 100 Most Influential
Filipina Women in the U.S. PRESENTED IN %NGLISH AND 4AGALOG
FWN invites nominations in Nominations are accepted until A FILIPINO COMMUNITY EVENT TO END VIOLENCE
the following categries: Wednesday, May 30, 2007.
» Founders & Pioneers Online submissions only. To
AGAINST FILIPINA WOMEN AND GIRLS
» Innovators & Thought Leaders request access to the nomination AS PART OF THE WORLDWIDE V-DAY CAMPAIGN
» Policymakers & Visionaries site, and for corporate
» Behind the Scenes Leaders sponsorships, please contact
» Emerging Leaders & Builders FWN by sending an email to S ATUR DAY, A P R I L 14, 2007
» “Nicole” filipina@ffwn.org. P H I L I PP I NE CE NTE R , NE W YO R K CI TY
2007 VAGINA WARRIORS
“V AGINA W ARRIORS : T HE N EW R EVOLUTION ” CELEBRATES NEW ACTIVISTS AND LEADERS WHO
ARE WORKING TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN THE F ILIPINO COMMUNITY . V AGINA W ARRIORS
ARE THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO HAVE OFTEN EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE PERSONALLY OR WITNESSED IT
WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND DEDICATED THEMSELVES TOWARD ENDING SUCH VIOLENCE THROUGH
EFFECTIVE GRASSROOTS MEANS . T HE F ILIPINA W OMEN ’ S N ETWORK IS PROUD TO HONOR FOUR WOMEN
IN THE N EW Y ORK W ASHINGTON DC AREAS WHO PERSONIFY COURAGE AND CONVICTION . T HEY
AND
ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN OR HEADING EFFORTS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS .

Bincy JACOB Krittika G HOSH

Filipina Women’s Network Who’s Who Stage Assistants:
(FWN) is a nonprofit association ABIGAIL RICARTE FEATU RED C AS T MEMBER:
in the Cast Student
for women of Philippine Training Coordinator Outreach Coordinator and Crew Temple University
ancestry. FWN strives to enhance My Sister’s Place Community Empowerment Program Theresa Tantay-Wilson is the proud founder of UNITY
MAUREEN RICARTE
public perceptions of Filipina CONNECT NYC CECILLE B. REBONG Senior Financial Theatre & inheritor of Student Health Advocates at Rutgers-
Consul General Analyst
women’s capacities to lead;

Laureen Venessa
Consulate General of the AIG Global Energy Newark (interactive & health/social justice educational peer
change biases of Filipina women’s Philippines – New York superheroes) but she is happiest battling injustices with
JASON RICARTE
leadership abilities; and foster the M AN Z ANO CARMEN FLORES Student one arm while embracing her daughter, Madeleine, with the
entry of Filipina women Designer Lahser High School
into positions of leadership in L AG L AG A RON The Scrapping Garden
Photographer:
other. She could not accomplish this feat without the loving

all sectors. For more info, ALEYAH NAY GANI RICARTE and unrelenting support of her “sweetest husband,” Doug
Student, Helen Hayes Business Owner
visit www.ffwn.org. Performing Arts Center Gani Ricarte (Bob), her father who has masterfully tackled “Lolo-hood,” her
Photography brother and his partner whose wisecracks keep her painfully
Stage Manager:
Filipina Women’s Network JULMAN TOLENTINO Videographer: laughing, her dearest family & friends, and her wonderful
P. O. Box 192143 Executive Director LUDOVIC JOLIVET
Sumisibol Movement Artist students at RU!
San Francisco, CA 94119
Phone: 415. 278. 9410
OUR HE A RTFE LT T HA NKS: Annalisa Viray • Carmen Flores, Philippine American Friendship
Fax: 415. 840. 0655
Committee (PAFCOM) • Ed and Cecile Pinos, Christine’s Bakeshop • Edna Murray • Elno & Diana
Email: Filipina@ffwn.org
Rivera, Wuzz Up Cafe • Elrik Jundis • Fritzie’s Bakeshop • Gladee Villarba • Guendolyn Rey •
www.ffwn.org. Attorney, Migration Policy Institute Board Member and former Executive Helen Castillo, Philippine American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM) • Janekim Ancheta • Ligaya
National Center of Immigration Director, Filipino American Human
Services Inc. (FAHSI) Villarba • Ludy Corrales, CLO Funding • Lynette De Guzman, Bamboo Grill • Nina Eugenio • Paul
Integration Policy
Director of Programs, National Asian Stewart • Richard Sy • Rico & Maria Soriano, Wuzz Up Cafe • Rosalinda Medina Rupel, Clifford
American Society of Accountants, Inc. Chance LLP • Rosario Villarba • Sandy & Bert Jimenez, Dunkin’ Donuts • Starbucks
7.&/

Making Clear the Difference
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Between Sex and Rape FILIPINA SUMMIT
FILIPINA POWER 2012: FILIPINAS NOW!
What would it be like to play football, situation in unclear–will increase that
soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, or any pleasure and will ensure safe and T H U, O C T 25 – S AT, O C T 27, 2007
other sport if the rules weren’t clearly healthy sex for everyone. W A S H I N G T O N D . C .
defined? Wouldn’t there be constant
disputes, arguments, and conflicts? RULE 5: Accept when someone A LEARNING JOURNEY TO SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS:
withdraws consent. Even after THE CENTER OF POWER
» Conversations with
It’s sort of like that when it comes to someone has given consent, that person More than a field trip, women elected officials
sexual violence. We’re surrounded daily can withdraw it at any time. It’s nice to symposium or forum,
» Navigating the halls of
by TV shows, music, magazines, video think that we all know exactly what we Learning Journeys
the Capitol
games, and movies that blur the lines want and are going to want, but sex immerse us in the
between sex and rape, and so we and sexual situations are sometimes reality – and long-range » Merienda at The White
implications – of the House
all need some clear and shared confusing and anxiety-provoking. We all politics of government.
understandings of the differences. deserve the right to change our minds. » Filipina Power 2012:
These experiences enable The Game Plan
us to deepen, accelerate,
These aren’t all the rules, but here are RULE 6: Watch alcohol and drug and internalize our own » Recognition of the 100
some to help you start drawing the lines intake. Alcohol and drugs can affect learning about the business Most Influential Filipina
between sex and rape: people’s ability to decide whether they of government, advocacy Women in the U.S.
want to be sexual with someone. If and policy-making. FILIPINAS OF THE FUTURE:
RULE 1: Know the legal a person is drunk and incapable of Learning Journeys
definition of rape. Although there reflect our conviction that Has the politics of
consenting with full awareness, wait ÓB!eftl!jt!b!ebohfspvt! the most powerful learning government changed, or is
are many definitions, often varying from until you both are in a state of mind qmbdf!gspn!xijdi! occurs through experience it our understanding of
state to state, most legal systems define to enthusiastically and clearly say yes. up!wjfx!uif!xpsme/Ô and interaction, not from the politics of government
rape as any form of penetration (oral, An incapacitated person (drunk, !Ñ!Kpio!MfDbssf books or speeches. that has changed?
anal, or vaginal) without consent and by passed out, on drugs) cannot
force or threat of force. Rape is not bad For more information: www.ffwn.org/FilipinaSummit5.htm
legally give consent.
sex. It is an act of power over someone.
RULE 7: Be Clear about body
RULE 2: Look beyond the legal language. Or be clear that body
definition. While the legal definition language can be unclear. Even though
clarifies what rape is in a court of law, it’s the most common way of
it doesn’t address all acts of violation as communicating consent, it’s unreliable.
they apply to the broader term of sexual Does someone kissing you mean that
violence. Sexually violent behavior can person wants to have sex? Putting a
be physical (grabbing, groping, touching hand on your knee? How do you know?
in non-consensual ways), emotional Can you read minds? It’s necessary to
(playing mind games) and verbal (using rely on both body language and spoken
verbal pressure). language. Ask before you act.
RULE 3: Know the legal RULE 8: Grasp the
definition of consent. As with consequences. The aftermath of rape
rape, there are different definitions of starts with the survivor and expands
consent, often varying from state to outward, affecting more and more
state. But most legal systems define people. Because sexual assault is a
consent as explicit assent to a particular violation it causes trauma that can
sexual act. An assumption of consent include symptoms such as sleeplessness,
is not enough. nightmares, lack of appetite, and an
inability to concentrate. Noticing these
RULE 4: Look beyond the legal symptoms in the survivor will in turn
definition. The legal definition of affect friends, relatives, co-workers,
consent doesn’t capture what good and others.
sex is all about: mutual pleasure and
enthusiasm. Better communication –
listening to the other person, stating www.mencanstoprape.org
desires clearly, and asking when a © 1998, 2001 Men Can Stop Rape

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the responses of individuals and organizations experiences of abuse. There are no right or
from which they seek help. Funded by the wrong answers. We are interested in your
National Institute of Justice, the research opinions, feelings and experiences.
project is headed by Dr. Mieko Yoshihama
Is there a choice about participating?
of the School of Social Work, University of
Yes! Participation is completely voluntary.
Michigan and Firoza Chic Dabby, Director of
You may refuse to answer any or all of the
the Institute of Domestic Violence, Asian &
questions.
Pacific Island American Health Forum
(APIAHF) in San Francisco. What happens to the answers?
Interviewers are trained to record your
Who can participate?
answers objectively and accurately. They have
Filipino, Indian and Pakistani women who are
a professional duty to keep everything said in
18-60 years old; who have experienced abuse
an interview confidential. All information
in current or past relationships, such as being
that identifies individuals, such as name and
hit, kicked, pushed or slapped; been forced to
address, is separated from the forms on which
have sex against their will; followed or stalked
the answers are recorded.
after a relationship ended; harassed with
phone calls, text messages or e-mails; and If you are interested, please contact the
living in the Bay Area at the time of the abuse. Calendar Study at 1-800-354-0386.
If you are eligible to participate, you will
What will I do if I agree to participate?
be contacted by a professionally trained
All interviews will be conducted by trained
interviewer to schedule an appointment.
APIAHF interviewers and will be conducted at
a time and location both safe and convenient Kathy Moore, Project Coordinator;
to you. You will receive a $40 token of Shalini Bijlani (English / Hindi / Urdu) and
appreciation for your participation. Tessie Zaragoza (English / Tagalog)
interviewers.

Little Coochi Snorcher, ashamed of her body and her sexuality, she is
Continued from page 18 undoubtedly ashamed to come forward when
they have been violated. The fight for open and
and to open the collective eyes of our community constructive dialogue must continue, even when
to realize the wonder, importance and power it is not comfortable or “politically correct.”
of women, their vaginas, sexuality, equal rights,
women’s rights and human rights. The outrage that this monologue should generate
is over the horrible, oppressive and violent
We are trying to create a world in which no experiences this woman had as a young girl,
woman is afraid to come forward with her not the positive, affirming experience she had
experiences. It is a sad state to be in when only as a young woman. Something is terribly wrong
about 42% of rapes are reported. The day that about our culture when there is more outrage and
every woman comes forward to report abuse, concern over a sexual event involving two women
assault and rape is the day that the fear and than over a violent rape or assault.
shame prevalent in our culture ends. Only on this
day can we hope to end the violence. Violence will Eve Ensler correctly maintains that this monologue
not end until it is openly talked about. To silence is just as essential as the others. “I would never
a voice is to say that the story it tells is not take the ‘Coochi Snorcher’ piece out because
important. It is time we allow every woman to I’m not ashamed of the ‘Coochi Snorcher’ piece. It
feel that her life and experiences are important reflects a point of view, a character, a story. That’s
and worthy of being shared. When a woman is what art is.”

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San Francisco Cast
Conocimiento
BY CHRISTINA M. SAMALA
Who’s Who
in the Cast
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The 2007 San Francisco cast and when we came together to share ANGELINA CANTADA ANNALEE S. JIMENEZ
crew is a very special group of our selves and learn about each Photographer & Station Agent,
Video Producer, BART
strong, fiercely dedicated, and other. A large portion of a Layaco Productions
deeply spirited individuals. These rehearsal was dedicated to
ladies, along with some exceptional Conocimiento, to a process that
=08C
men, prove the adage that the afforded each participant the
whole is greater than the sum of opportunity to reflect, share, and
its parts. Each cast member brings learn about herself. In the end,
their background and unique through sharing individuality, we
personal histories to the stage, came to learn and celebrate our
culminating in a gripping commonalities and our community.
production that they hope will
ANNALISA DE LENA BINGO MARASIGAN CHRISTINE V. PADILLA CINDY GRUSPE
speak to many communities and What we experienced that day Actor / Project Manager, Bodyworker, Field Representative, Art Therapy Graduate
to a diverse audience. may be hard to duplicate, but we InsightExpress Holistic Health Coach, Liaison to the Filipino Student,
Healing Hope Massage Community, Notre Dame de Namur
can certainly share it. I hope you Therapy Services Rep. Tom Lantos (CA-12)
While their differences as enjoy getting to know us a little
individuals make for compelling better.
performances, they all believe that
the show’s success will be rooted We are…
in their coming together as a Perla, Bingo, Cindy, Owen. Nicole,
group, presenting a united front in Giovannie, Luna, Ken. Genevieve,
the fight to end domestic violence Annalisa, Mara, Tess. Jennifer,
against women and girls. Sharolyn, Jane. Christina, Tessie, =08C
Kathleen. CHRISTINA M. SAMALA CHRISTINA FORMENTO GENEVIEVE HERRERIA JANE DATANGEL, RN
It has been a pleasure and an Creative Director, STOVER Executive Assistant, Actor / Clinical Safety
honor to get to know each person Who or what we’re Maiden Lane Magazine Assistant Vice President, Venture Capital Firm Associate,
Bank of America Genentech
involved in this production – named after?
learning the stories, travails, hopes, Our parents. Saints. A waterfall
and fears that have provided in Mindanao. The moon. =08C
impetus for each cast member Grandparents. A character from
to participate in The Vagina “The Brady Bunch.” Our father’s
Monologues, FWN, and the V-Day liking for a mode of transportation.
Campaign. A name in a book printed in 1979.
“Virtuous people.” Two given
Their reasons for participating may names married to become one. =08C =08C
differ from person to person but The name of a game that is also JENNIFER S. JIMENEZ, JO-ANN AGCAOILI KATHLEEN BEN KATHLEEN PRADO
M.S., MFTI Assistant Vice President, Office Manager, GIBSON
their dedication to the goal is clear an exclamation of satisfaction or Registered Marriage and Business Support Avalon Global Asset Office Manager,
and unified. This group will not be surprise at a sudden or positive Family Therapist Intern Banc of America Leasing Management, LLC Real Estate Services
satisfied until violence against event or outcome. “Spirit.” Community Overcoming University of California
Relationship Abuse (CORA)
women and girls stops; until The love interest in an English
women world wide can live safely historical novel set in the 12th
and freely. Century.

Aligning our efforts for The Vagina How or when we knew our
Monologues, FWN, and V-Day was parents were proud of us.
only possible once we gained an The day we were born. When we
understanding of one another. finished high school. When we
The greatest tool in this was the graduated from college; when we LOLITA KINTANAR LUNA SALAVER MARA SALAZAR
Director, Canon Kip Senior Public Information Event Planner;
experience of Conocimiento – got our masters. When they told Senior Center Officer, Office Manager
a Filipino cultural phenomenon us. When we were quoted on the Episcopal Community Bay Area Air District Accounting Offices of
Services Petzner & Associates
that manifested itself on a day front page of The Examiner. We’ve

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always known and our parents and hot chocolate. Hospitality.
are forever proud. Generosity.

What we fear most. Have we experienced or
Speaking in front of a big group of witnessed violence?
MAYA ONG ESCUDERO NICOLE MAXALI OWEN DONNAHOO PERLA DE JESUS people! Not finishing a master’s With the exception of two people,
Executive Director, Actor; Writer; Online Marketing, Owner thesis. Discontentment with life. we have all witnessed or
Ayala Foundation - USA Humanitarian, Sun Microsystems / Perla’s Hair Studio
Breathe California Photographer, Attracting fear. Being successful experienced violence. A few of
Owen Photographie beyond our wildest, wackiest us are even survivors of domestic
imagination. Being homeless. violence. The earliest we’d been
=08C
Having something bad happen to exposed to violence was at
our children. Our parents growing age four.
older. Not reaching or living up
to our full potential. Not being Have you faced resistance
enough – smart enough, pretty with your participation
enough, thin enough, rich in V-Day?
enough… Loneliness. Rodents. “I have encountered resistance
SHAROLYN SALAS SONIA T. DELEN SUNNY DYKWEL TERESA GAMBOA
Tutor, Senior Vice President, Realtor and Student, Cockroaches. Loss of financial with my participation in V-Day
TALKLINE Family Support Banc of America Leasing Community Leader Notre Dame des Victoires independence. Drowning. We fear because I am a theater virgin.
Services
not using our talents or gifts to I have been working through it
serve the world in this life. by sharing the purpose –
awareness of domestic violence –
One thing you’d never guess with others.”
about me.
Who’s Who I have a 10 year old son. I’m “Sometimes, but it’s fun [to
in the Crew scared of sneezing because I pee. oppose it].”
I am Type II Bi-Polar. My nickname
=08C is Iron Fist. I fire walked with “No resistance. Nicole forwarded
TESS CRESCINI TESSIE ZARAGOZA Director: Anthony Robbins. I’m shy. the email and I though it was a
Broker / Owner, President, KEN MARQUIS I attended The Wharton School. great opportunity to be a part of
Realty World-Heritage Organ Donor Rights Technical Director,
Homes & Investments Network George P. Johnson Co. I don’t know how to swim. this production and campaign.”
You’d never guess my age.
A friend said she wouldn’t watch
Leaders who have The Vagina Monologues because
inspired us, who continue the title is vulgar; more
to inspire us… specifically, the word “vagina.”
My mom. Billie Holiday. Wayne I asked her, “What should we
Dyer, author of Oriah Mountain call it? It’s a part of our body…
Dreamer. Mother Teresa. Gandhi. and if this is offensive to you,
=08C Deepak Chopra. Entrepreneurs. what does that say about you?
Director: Director: Rehearsal Manager: Stage Manager: Jesus. Patrick Salaver. Pope John Honestly.”
GIOVANNIE PICO GENEVIEVE V. JOPANDA SONIA T. DELEN KAI DELEN-BRIONES Paul II. My music teacher, Mr.
Actor; Founder, General Manager, Senior Vice President, Amateur Golfer
“May K:” The Giovannie SF Bay Area FlexCar Banc of America Leasing Thornton. “No resistance. Only awe and
Pico Foundation pride and support.”
Filipino customs, Filipino
traditions we want to pass “My husband’s friend said he’d

!
on to others. been to Vagina Monologues and
Mano po. Respect for elders. everyone’s ‘gay’.”
Cooking, our cuisine. Eating
together! The value of family and “Yes and I have handled the
togetherness. Taking pride in one’s resistance by having pride [in
heritage. Pakikipagkapwa-tao. what we are working towards]
Music Director: Event Planner: Hair & Make-Up Artistry: Spirituality. Noche Buena. and with fearlessness.”
CHRISTINA M. SAMALA EVELYN LULUQUISEN DON R. SANTOS
Creative Director, Human Resources Business Manager, Bayanihan – helping one another,
Maiden Lane Magazine Manager, La Prairie, Bloomingdale’s helping your community. Suman
UC Berkeley

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New York Cast
Conocimiento Who’s Who
in the Cast
BY CHRISTINA BAAL

New York rehearsals for V-Day is pleased that no matter what
Filipina gave all the cast members time of day, there is always time to ALISON DOODNO BAMBI BERNALES CHEELY ANN SY
(who affectionately began many eat a small meal with friends and Student Designer, Principal, Director of
The Scrapping Garden Research & Knowledge
cast emails with the greeting, family. Virginia says that she would Management, RWD
“Hi Kapukis!”) the chance to not love to pass on the cultural dances Executive Search
only learn lines and blocking, but of the Philippines. Christina B.
to bond as a group of empowered dreams of passing down Tagalog
Pinay women against violence. to her future children and wishes
she had learned the language as a
To help this process along, we child (she’s working on it now!).
were asked to answer a series of Others say they want to pass on
questions about ourselves and to strong family values and
share our answers with the group. bayanihan.
We discovered that we had our CHRISTINA BAAL CHRISTINA GOODNO JO MACALDO KAYE GONZALES
very own set of Puki Happy, Kristal thinks that the world would Social Worker / Theatre Student Student / Actor, Actor
Artist; Cabrini Immigrant Harvard University
Not-So-Happy, and Downright- be a happier place if everyone gave Services
Silly facts. each other pasalubong. Marisa
summed it up by saying that she
First, some Puki Happy Facts from wants to teach future generations
a cast that can only be described to “eat, share with, and love

 
as a passionate, driven and multi- everyone as if they were family”
talented group: the way she was taught to do.

Kaye says she lives by the motto Kristal also appreciates how our
“Dream your dream then do your culture teaches all of us to respect
best. Never rest until that dream our elders. Respect certainly seems
is yours.” This motto keeps her to be due them for the many KRISTAL R. ALIYAS LUDY CORRALES
Teacher, New York President & CEO
motivated in the face of challenge. important lessons we have learned Department of Education CLO Funding
Jo must live by the same words from our parents and grandparents.
because after years of denying her
dreams, she is now studying Bambi says her parents taught her
theatre at Harvard. the importance of communication =08C
in all relationships, saying, “Don’t
Marisa says that her biggest fear let the day end without talking,
in life is “settling.” if you’re having problems.” Kaye’s
parents taught her to always,
“Even as children we were over “finish what you started.”
achievers,” says Bambi whose Virginia’s grandmother urged
parents were proud that she her to “keep God in your life,”
always made honor roll. Similarly, a message she has passed down to MARIE MATIKO MARISA MARQUEZ ROSALINDA MEDINA REMY AQUINO
Actress; Founder, Vivace Actor RUPEL Actor, Model,
Franklin, our honorary kapuki, won her own daughter Alison. Franklin Performing Arts School, Technical Services Photographer
a spelling bee against older kids reports that his well-educated Los Angeles Librarian, Clifford
when he was just seven. mother always stressed the Chance Law Firm
importance of going to school.
The cast, a mix of immigrant, first
generation, and mixed race Filipina And then there are the
women, express pride in many Downright-Silly facts.
Filipino traditions and discuss what You might not have guessed it but
we would like to pass on to future Bambi loves anime and Playstation
generations. and says she sometimes has to
fight her five-year-old son for the
Alison says that one of her favorite PS2 controller. Kristal’s guilty
aspects of our culture is our food, pleasure is soap operas which she SUSAN ANCHETA THERESA TANTAY- THESS CASTILLO VIRGINIA GOODNO
Freelance WILSON Research Associate Homemaker
to which everyone agrees, of claims qualifies as acting research Actress / Director / Director, Health RWD Executive Search
course. Theresa says that merienda for her monologues. Choreographer / Teacher, Promotion, Rutgers
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Kaye admits that she can “burp like a and her body and says that “Even
man!” She confesses that she once though my mind feels like it’s ready to
silenced a restaurant with her burping share my story and identity, my body is
Who’s Who prowess, at which point her husband not yet ready.” She has made helping
in the Crew proudly exclaimed, “That’s my wife!” other female survivors of violence her
life’s work and hopes that the stories
Marissa and Christina B. admit they of the women in Eve Ensler’s play bring
have similar gastrointestinal problems / her and all women closer to healing.
Event Planner: Producer: talents and suggest that they get
CHEELY ANN SY FRANKLIN RICARTE together and drink several carbonated
Event Planner Strategy Consultant beverages just to see what happens.

This break for laughter and silliness is A Witness to History,
important in our rehearsal because we Continued from page 15

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soon learn a Not-So-Happy Kapuki fact:
all but one V-day Filipina 2007 cast This category is inspired by “Nicole” who
member have experienced or sparked an international debate about
witnessed violence. women’s rights, national sovereignty and
international law as she steadfastly pursued
One cast member poignantly shares justice against her rapists.
Associate Director: Assistant Director: that she had been in an emotionally
SUSAN ANCHETA RONA FIGUEROA abusive relationship with a boyfriend To help “Nicole” move on with her
Freelance Actress / Actress / Singer / in college and had often wished “he interrupted life, please write checks payable
Director / Choreographer Songwriter
/ Teacher would just hit me” because maybe the to Suzette Nicolas, c/o Filipina
tangible scars would have been easier Women’s Network, PO Box 192143,
to deal with. San Francisco, CA 94119.

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Another bravely discloses that she is For more information on the Subic Rape
Executive a rape survivor. She talks about the Case, go to http://subicrapecase.
V-Team separate healing processes of her mind wordpress.com/about/

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    . I 
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     .”

WAY N E L E E
City of Millbrae
Planning Commissioner
“Small Town Values, Global Ambitions”
Playwright, “The Executive Producer: Executive Producer:
Vagina Monologues” MARILY MONDEJAR TESSIE ZARAGOZA
EVE ENSLER President, FWN; Executive Chair of the FWN Board;
Founder / Artistic Director, Institute for President, Organ Donor
Director, V-Day Image Management Rights Network

Director: Art Director: Editor: V-Diaries
ELENA MANGAHAS AL S. PEREZ FAY OLYMPIA
Co-Chair, Principal, Secretary of the Board,
Little Manila Foundation Creative i Studio Little Manila Foundation

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Al Perez is founder of Creative i Studio which and Holistic Healing Arts. Bingo joined TVM to
specializes in innovative and intelligent design celebrate Filipina women’s strength and resiliency.
solutions for corporate events and corporate | SF+NY
identity programs. Al is also active in the Filipino
American community and generous with his Christina Baal is a proud first generation
talents, artistry and organizational skills in helping Pinay. She is The Immigrant Women’s Program
various non-profit organizations and in community Coordinator at Cabrini Immigrant Services. She
events. As President of the Filipino American received her BFA in Drama from NYU and her
Arts Exposition, he heads a corps of dedicated MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.
volunteers to pull off one of the largest and best Christina joined TVM because she wanted to work
attended Filipino American events in the Bay Area. on a production that combined her activist self
Al has faithfully contributed his expertise to FWN and artist self. She is thrilled to be working with a
as Art Director for its publications from Day One powerful group of women to end violence against
and has wholeheartedly supported the Filipina Filipinas. | NY
Vagina Monologues since its very first show. | SF
Christina Formento Stover was born in
Alison Goodno is the youngest member of this Manila. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College
year’s TVM. She is 13 years old. She is described BA Law Studies and was a professional in the
by her sister, Christina, as “fashionable.” She joins legal field for 25 years. She is a wife and mother
her mom, Virginia and sister Christina in this year’s of two college students. She is a marathon
TVM production. | NY runner, cyclist, and practices yoga and meditation.
Christina joined TVM because she believes
Angelina Cantada was born and raised in educating women, especially the younger
in Manila where she was a TV, documentary generation, in raising awareness to put a stop and
and video producer. She came to the U.S. in help in the cause against violence. | SF+NY
August 2004 to pursue a second BFA degree in
photography at the Academy of Art Univeristy. Christina M. Samala was raised in NY and
Angelina joined TVM to contribute to the fight is a first generation Filipina-American. She is an
against domestic violence. | SF alumna of The Wharton School of the University
of Pennsylvania. An idealist, artist, athlete, writer,
Annalee Salas Jimenez was born in Nabas, business woman, and believer in community,
Aklan. She immigrated to the US in 1968. She she is a woman dedicated to positive social
has been married for 33 years to Jimmy and change. Christina joined TVM to get involved in
they have three beautiful children (Cheryl, Jason, a local Filipina community, for a strong sense of
and Jennifer). She enjoys babysitting her four sisterhood, and to be part of a movement that
grandchildren, travelling with her husband, and empowers women.
ballroom dancing. Annalee joined TVM because
she has been a survivor of violence. | SF Christina Goodno was born in California. This
18-year old artist and athlete is about to graduate
Annalisa de Lena is a San Francisco native. high school and would like to go to art school.
Her grandfather came to the US after WWII. She describes herself as someone who is easy to
She is an actor and a Project Manager, Online get along with and thinks positive. She joins her
Market Research. Annalisa joined TVM because mom, Virginia and sister Alysson in this year’s TVM
through performance art, the V-Diaries, and production. | NY
word-of-mouth, we can help increase awareness
and create a supportive outlet for women and Christine Vanessa Padilla is a Bay Area
girls. | SF native. Christine is on staff at the Office of
Congressman Tom Lantos (CA - District 12) as a
Bambi Bernales immigrated to the US with Field Representative and Liaison to the Filipino
her husband in 2001. She is a wife and mother Community, and is also the Program Director for
who is eclectic, enjoys creating visual art, loves the Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC).
performing on stage, likes to travel, an anime Christine is also devoted to her work with CORA
fan, and an avid PS2 player. Bambi joined TVM and is an officer on the CORA Kumares Fil-Am
because this is a great venue to reach out and Task Force. Prior, Christine served as the Executive
educate people. | NY Director for Contemporary Asian Theater Scene
(CATS). Christine holds a degree in American
Bingo Marasigan was born in the U.S. and Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz.
was raised in the Philippines. She keeps herself She declares, ”I am Filipino AND Mexican.”
busy as a massage therapist, holistic health coach Her father was born in the Philippines and came
and spiritual counselor. She received her Liberal to the U.S. when he was five years old. Her mother
Arts degree from San Francisco State University is Mexican American and was born in the
and recently graduated from the Berkeley Psychic Bay Area. | SF
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Cindy Gruspe was born in the U.S. Her parents things can happen when you remember to look Jennifer S. Jimenez is a native born San was 17 years old. She started playing golf when
are both first generation immigrants from the around.” Franklin is with the “1.5 generation Franciscan, and has never left San Francisco. she was 13. At The First Tee of San Francisco, this
Philippines. She is a graduate student in Marriage – born in the Philippines and grew up in the U.S.” She has a BA in Psychology from UC Davis, 20-year old teaches 8 to 18-year olds life skills
& Family Therapy/Art Therapy at Notre Dame de | Crew and MS in Counseling, Marriage and Family through the sport of golf. She joins the TVM crew
Namur University. She is also an artist: painting, Therapy, from Cal State East Bay. She currently because she believes that education is the best
printmaking and sculpture. Cindy joined TVM Genevieve Herreria was born in the works at CORA, where she provides support for solution to stop domestic violence. | SF
because she believes it is a fun and creative Philippines. Her family immigrated to the U.S. in victims and survivors of domestic violence. At
way to bring awareness around violence against 1983. She grew up in the Bay Area (East Bay) CORA, she is also working towards becoming a Kathleen Prado Gibson | SF
women. | SF but has lived in Orange County and Seattle, WA. licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a
She has a BS in Biology from UCI and an MPH Dachshund (weiner dog) named Henry who thinks Kathleen Ben has a degree in Managerial
Don Santos received his BSBA degree in from the University of WA. As a public health that he is human. She loves animals and have had Economics (UC Davis) and is the Office Manager
Business Management from Holy Angel University, professional she has experience in substance chinchillas, birds, a guinea pig, 20+ rabbits and of Avalon Global but has been dreaming about
Angeles City, Philippines. He owned a beauty abuse prevention, family planning, domestic 30+ hamsters. Jennifer has been involved in TVM being on stage since Lea Salonga starred in Miss
salon and won various awards from regional violence, and obesity and diabetes prevention. productions in SF and NY since 2006. | SF+NY Saigon in 1989. 17 years later, she finally took her
and national hair and make-up competitions. She is currently an Executive Assistant for a first acting class at the Jean Shelton Actors Lab in
Don came to the United States in 2004, settling Venture Capital firm in San Francisco. She enjoys, Jo Macaldo was born and raised in the San Francisco. Kathleen grew up in Quezon City
near his parents in the San Francisco area. Don hiking, reading, and dancing. Genevieve joined Philippines. She immigrated to the U.S. in 2000. Jo and Marikina with her 4 handsome and beautiful
continued his study of Cosmetology, is currently TVM to support the campaign to end violence has experience in drama & theatre studies, acting, siblings. Her family came to the U.S. in 1991. Her
La Prairie Business Manager at Bloomingdale’s, against women, especially Filipina women. | SF writing. She’s a 100% Musical Theatre Geek. Jo mom is from Pangasinan and her dad is from
and plans to study Esthetics. Spurred by his joined TVM because she wanted to be part of a Ilocos Sur. She is participating in TVM despite the
strong belief in equality, Don will make 2007 his Genevieve Jopanda is the first American production that has created a major impact to death of her grandfather the day she auditioned.
third year of volunteering services to the FWN’s born of the Villafranca-Jopanda family. Her women everywhere. | NY She knows that Lolo Juan wants her to celebrate
production of “The Vagina Monologues.” | Crew parents, natives of IloIlo, Visayas were always and participate fully in life. She joined TVM to
actively involved in the Filipino community. Her Jo-Ann Agcaoili is the Assistant Vice President speak out for those girls and women whose
Elena Mangahas was born and raised in the previous roles as President of DVC’s PACA, active for Business Support at Banc of America Leasing. freedom and voice are suppressed. For two 3-hour
Philippines. She describes herself as “Pinay na involvement in SF State’s PACE and most recently, She has supported and volunteered in past shows, I get to be their voice. What an honor and
Pinay.” She is engaged in cultural history and VP of Youth & Community Advocacy for FWN productions of FWN since 2003 and believes privilege that is.” | SF+NY
historic preservation of anything Pinoy/Pinay feeds her passion for community wellness. She is in V-Day and FWN to prevent and stop violence
in her community. She creates forums that empowered to stop the stereotypes that plague against women and girls. Kaye Gonzales was born and raised in Manila
bring people together for knowledge sharing Filipino women and continually help shape the and has been in the US for five years. Kaye is
and cultural understanding that may affect Filipino woman’s image. Genevieve joined TVM to Born and raised in the Philippines, Kai Delen- a Pinoy at heart. Favorite credits include Miss
appreciation of each others values and strengths. help educate victims of violence who are unaware Briones. I moved to San Francisco when she
Vday Ad Filipina.ai 2/26/2007 4:03:40 PM
Saigon, The King and I, Les Miserables, Once on
She wants to help Pinoys reconnect with the of the laws and the people that can protect
tales and folklores that they grew up with. | them, to speak for those who are afraid or not
SF+NY+Crew ready to share their story. “On stage, I am their
microphone communicating to the rest of the
Fay Alvarez Olympia is a writer and editor world for them. I will continue to yell, kick,
with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the and scream for them until the violence stops.”
University of the Philippines and over 20 years | SF+NY+CREW
of experience in Philippine print and broadcast :RPHQRI 2·5RUNH,QF$SSODXG
media, public information, training and events Giovannie Pico was born in Tondo, Manila.

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planning. Her favorite job was producing and She earned her Hollywood merits playing medical
hosting a live shortwave radio show to the Asian
mainland. She is proud to have been executive
student Ludlow in four episodes of NBC’s Emmy
winning series, ”ER.” She also appeared as
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producer of an award-winning Manila FM radio Rose Alipio on Fox Network’s “BONES” and will C
program showcasing original Filipino classical currently be starring in the martial arts/action
music, composers and artists. Fay moved to adventure series, “Kambal.” Giovannie joined M )LOLSLQDV$JDLQVW9LROHQFH
the US in 1999 with husband Emmanuel and TVM because “TVM and FWN changed my life
daughter Jodie. She is a trained and certified and empowered me to empower others.” | Y

center director of a nationally branded chain SF+CREW CM
of learning centers and profitably ran a local
Stockton franchise before returning to writing Jane Datangel was born in Manila and MY

and editing. She serves on the board of the Little immigrated to the US with her family at the
Manila Foundation and helps out at FWN as age of 3. She is a registered nurse for a biotechCY

editor of its two annual publications. She enjoys company. About 2.5 years ago, she started acting CMY
sharing the history and culture of her people, classes at the American Conservatory Theatre
loves good, strong coffee and dark chocolate, and since then has been addicted to performing. K

gets a kick out of wedding planning and is an Jane joined TVM because violence is a part of all
unabashed Trekker who could take over from of our lives. “Domestic violence is a widespread
Capt. Janeway but draws the line at speaking
Klingon. | Crew
problem. I am a Filipina. I am a performer. I want
to speak out against DV and raise awareness in
MY community where an issue as such is often
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Despite being a pop culture junkie, Franklin not discussed because of shame, fear, and/or
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novel. A native of the Philippines and a former
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this Island, South Pacific, Pippin, and Jesus Christ Marie Matiko is an active contributor to many obscure but that did not stop me for looking at life Sunny Dykwel imigrated to the US in 1969.
Superstar. A proud graduate of the American relevant forums that influence the perception as a precious gift, and my knack for always landing She has over 20 years of real estate sales
Musical and Dramatic Academy New York where of Asians in the media. She has presented at on my feet has been admirable and inspiring for experience and currently serves on the boards of
she received a National Scholarship Award. Kaye Harvard University for the Asian American National most people and so I was told.” Remy joined TVM the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto
joined TVM to be heard. | NY Conference on Law and Public Policy, as well because ”I care and bow to help in decreasing Recreation Foundation, Palo Alto YMCA, and Palo
as at UCI, UCLA, the New York and San Diego the amount of this evil that is an embarrassment Alto Downtown Business Improvement District.
Ken Marquis is an Emmy-nominated Television Film Festivals, the National Association of Asian to men and a humiliation for women. An evil that Sunny joined TVM because it is a good cause
Producer, Theatrical Director, Acting Coach, Professionals, and multiple universities in Asia. pervades our communities, strips us of honor and and the experience adds a new dimension to her
Stage Manager, and Technical Director who is Marie was also the celebrity spokesperson for corodes our diginity.” | NY community activism. And where is Bob? Fosse,
an influential leader and creative driving force the California Democratic Asian American Mackey… | SF
in every production he touches. He is known for Caucus. | NY Rona Figueroa. I am surprised but delighted
his innovative television, radio, theater, events, that the Philippine Center is the venue of this Susan Ancheta was born in Hawaii. She is
concerts, pageants, and outdoor music and dance Marily Mondejar is executive director of the controversial show. This world is not set up for a professional actress / singer who performed
festivals. | CREW Institute for Image Management, an organization women to express themselves. Being a Filipino- on Broadway in “Miss Saigon” and “Flower
development and career coaching practice. She American woman is even more challenging, Drum Song.” She is also a freelance Director /
Kristal R. Aliyas was born and raised in the U.S. advises executives on leadership and career though not without its own advantages. | Crew Choreographer and Teacher specializing in the Arts.
She is a proud pinay! She loves singing, dancing, derailment issues, consults on corporate image Susan joined TVM because she wanted to support
swimming, yoga and healthy eating. She also strategies, merger implications, scenario planning, Rosalinda Medina Rupel (Linda to all of you) FWN’s movement for change...”the stereotypical
enjoys participating in events that support Breast and maximizing performance, through work with is a professional librarian in a UK-based law firm in image of an Asian woman in our society has been
Cancer awareness. | NY executive teams, large-scale change, alliance- NY. She is a community leader in (PAFCOM) New misunderstood. I believe we should embrace our
building, and culture development. She serves Jersey, an advocate, a part-time actress (Looking heritage and cultural / spiritual attributes, but
Lourdes “Ludy” Corrales was born and on nonprofit boards including San Francisco’s for William) and grandmother to 3 beautiful unfortunately I fear if we don’t learn to speak
raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the Commission on the Status of Women’s Justice and grandchildren. Linda has a MLS from Long Island out and be proud and unashamed, we fall into a
U.S. in 1973. She is a self-starter who welcomes Courage Project’s Oversight Committee tasked University, a MAEE from the Center for Research growing statistic of victims.” | NY+CREW
challenges and opportunities. Her passion is to with implementing the city’s systemwide response & Communications and a BSE (History / Library
help the community. ”I have been lucky in my life to domestic violence. | SF+NY+Crew Science). She joined TVM to be and advocate to Teresa Gamboa is seven years old. She is in
and it gives me so much pleasure to give back increase awareness on domestic violence among the first grade at Notre Dame des Victoires.
to the community in terms of being a leader and Marisa Marquez is an actress/playwright Filipino American families in the US. One of her
being active in worthwhile projects such as those in New York City. Originally from Sacramento, goals in life is to “Bridge the gap between the Tess Crescini represents buyers and sellers
from FWN.” Ludy joined TVM because domestic California, she has found a home away from youth and the elderly.” Hailed from Malabon, in residential and commercial real estate in the
violence is becoming prevalent and she believes home in the Filipino community by working at the Linda is first generation Filipino American and has Bay Area and in the Philippines. She owns TriStar
in a community effort to help victims through Filipino American Human Services, Inc. | SF+NY been living in New Jersey since 1985. Her parents Financial, a mortgage brokerage. Born in Pasay
preventative measures and education. | NY are from Hagonoy and Kalumpit, Bulacan of the City, Tess immigrated to California at age 13.
Maya Ong Escudero | SF Medina Flores Del Mundo clan. | NY Tess’ grandmother was from Spain and her great
Lolita Kintanar | SF grandfather was from Italy. She graduated from
Nicole Maxali is a third generation Filipino Sharolyn Salas is a second-generation Filipino San Jose State University with a BA in English and
Luna Salaver is a native San Franciscan who American. She began creating at the age of American. Her parents met and got married in the became a school teacher and a published poet and
was raised in Daly City. She is the proud mother of five. She has worked on her craft by attending Philippines in 1969, lived in Guam for 5 years, and writer before turning to the real estate business
Nicole Maxali, another TVM cast member. ”Nicole Jean Shelton Actors Lab & The First Take Acting then moved to San Francisco in 1975. Aside from to support herself and her family. She joined TVM
thought it would be a great mother-bonding Program with Nancy Berwid. Nicole is blessed to being a tutor of at-risk inner-city children at CORA because ”I’m a survivor of domestic violence. I
experience and it has turned out to be one of be a Bindlestiff Player & has been in the following (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse), she want to speak up to save lives.” | SF
the most significant projects we’ve ever done ‘Stiff productions: Stories High 2005/2006, The is also a caregiver to her nephew, Nathan, 5 times
together.” No stranger to performing, she was one Love Edition 2005, & Shadows. Nicole joined TVM a week. Sharolyn received her B.A. in Psychology Tessie Zaragoza } SF+NY+CREW
of the principal dancers for Escola Nova de Samba because ”I believe we are all creators. We create at San Francisco State University with a minor
and Academicos da Estrada Real performing the world we live in and wish to live in. In doing in Holistic Health in 2005. She was in the TVM Thess Castillo is a graduate of St. Scholastica’s
companies. Luna had a successful dancing career, this show, I want o create a world that will not production in New York last year and is happy College in Manila. In the Philippines, she was
including several performances with Santana, tolerate any forms of abuse!” | SF to be in the San Francisco production this year. actively involved in socio-political organizations
and opening for Tito Puente, Cachao, the Neville Sharolyn loves to dance, sing, travel, and enjoy and was Chairperson of the National Federation
Brothers, Pete Escovedo, Mickey Hart and the Owen Donahoo emigrated from Toronto, life! | SF of Student Councils-NCRR. After moving to the
Planet Drum. For the past 26 years, Luna has Canada in 2001. She is a mom, a wife, a career U.S., she was saddened to no longer be a prime
devoted her career to fighting air pollution, woman, a photographer, a tae-kwon-do martial Sonia T. Delen is a Senior Vice President at Banc mover of social change. Joining TVM helped to fill
working for the Bay Area Air District. She has artist and an avid scrapbooker. She loves kids of America Leasing and is the head of Transaction that void. She is now doing what she loves: being
served as program manager for the regional Spare and dancing. “For me, there is always room in Management for the Corporate Large Ticket group. a catalyst of social change. ”I know I can’t change
the Air program since 2004. | SF my heart and energy in my youth to care about Sonia is a pioneer of FWN’s TVM production which the world, but in my own little ways, with my skills
issues affecting our community and I want to started in March 2003 and this year’s event and talents, I am able to impart what may be of
Mara Salazar was born in the Philippines. She reach out and do whatever I can in my capacity would be her 7th appearance as a member of the value to others. This has been a very empowering
has experience in planning, marketing, accounting, to make a difference and improve the lives of our cast and crew of TWM, including the production and liberating experience for me.” | NY
and event organization. She is fun and fearless, kababayans.” | SF in New York in June 2006. For Sonia, TVM is a
bubbly yet shy. A beach bum wannabe who loves vehicle by which people come to grips with the Virginia Goodno is the mother of two of
to ski during winter, Mara loves to travel and Perla de Jesus is a survivor of domestic widespread occurence of domestic violence on the youngest cast members of V-Day Filipina
believes that life can’t be lived to the fullest if there violence. She is a creative artist, salon owner women and children all over the world. TVM is 2007, Christina and Alison. She was born in the
aren’t any risks involved. Mara joined TVM because and hairstylist. She has three children and one empowering to both women and men, educating Philippines. She was a teacher at an after-school
it has been her dream to be on stage again. After grandson. Perla enjoys dancing, dining out, going us about domestic violence and giving us hope academy. Her daughter Christina says that her
her first day at rehearsal she learned TVM was to museums and having fun. in stopping this crime. We, as individuals, have mom is “funny, designs houses, organizes things,
more than just a play. | SF the ability to work together with the community and loves going to church.This world is blessed to
Remy Aquino has been sorely independent and the government to press for more vigilance in have a mother who encourages her children to do
since the age of 6 years old. ”Yes, my parentage is preventing this violence. | Crew the work of peace at an early age. | NY

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OF VICTIMS .
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FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE
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Filipina Women’s Network
P. O. Box 192143
San Francisco, CA 94119
Phone: 415. 278. 9410
Fax: 415. 840. 0655
E-mail: filipina@ffwn.org
Web site: www.ffwn.org

Mission Statement Fundraising Events, Corporate Sponsorships and Naming Opportunities
Established in 2001, FWN’s Partner with the Filipina Women’s Network and support Filipina women, America’s
mission is to enhance public
perceptions of Filipina women’s untapped source for leadership and talent.
capacities to lead, change biases
against Filipina women’s
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public education forums that Spotlight is on Women in Conflict SUMMIT: FILIPINAS NOW! Emerging Leaders program for
heighten Filipina women’s Zones because war exponentially October 25 – 27, 2007 Filipina women. Building the Filipina
visibility, research on Filipina increases the crimes of violence Washington D.C. community’s pipeline of qualified
women’s issues, leadership, skill against women and girls. leaders, to increase the odds that
building and career development Nationwide Search for the 100 Most some will rise to the position of
programs for Filipina women, and All-Filipina women benefit production Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. president in all sectors. Sponsor a
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Filipina women in the U.S.
How to reach the Filipina Women’s Network • P. O. Box 192143, San Francisco, CA 94119 • Phone: 415 / 278. 9410 • Fax: 415 / 840. 0655 • www.ffwn.org.
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