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2010 goes 2.0. Now...Asians Supervisors, will lead the How can a diverse group of
Against Violence...reaching out pledge this year at the April women and men profoundly affect
to our sisters and brothers in 10 V-Day show at the Herbst our society? Try it tonight.
The “ V” Team the Asian community. Theatre. We feature the official Courageously they stand on
I share this page with three launch of V-Day’s V-MEN with stage to advocate for the cause of
. . . . y. . . . other vagina warriors who Mark Matousek’s invitation to ending violence that permeates in
share our dream of a violence- men to write their thoughts
DeVoted Editor and Publisher MARILY MONDEJAR free world for women and girls. about violence (page 16). unsuspecting places like relation-
M A R I LY M O N D E J A R President, Filipina Women’s Network Elena, Ken, and Genevieve, the ships or homes instead of dark
pillars of the V-Day FWN THERE IS MUCH TO BE DONE — alleys and cyberspace. Take their
Angel Art Director I went through the previous productions – they bring life to We need to create next- memory, monologue, prayer or rant
AL S. PEREZ issues of the V-Diaries and Eve’s monologues through the step programs to address the with you to liberate or transform
counted 451 cast and crew lenses of the brave women and lack of culture and language- those you know, or know of. To
Heart Graphic Designer volunteers listed in the Playbill
R A Y M O N D V I R ATA men of each year’s appropriate resources for this year’s phenomenal cast: don’t
section since we started the performance. Al, the rock Asians. make the trip more important than
DiVine Web & Social Media Strategist
Filipinas Against Violence behind the scene - he brings We need to rally our
campaign in 2004. This the reason you took the trip. And
FRANKLIN M. RICARTE exuberance to the pages of the workplaces to eradicate from hereon thou shall hype the
number does not include the V-Diaries. domestic violence.
many volunteers during the monologues as the essence of our
This year we highlight We need to engage our
actual shows from 2004 thru social media. Words, words, words.
. . . . y. . . . human trafficking, “an invisible, friends and neighbors to
2009 in San Francisco, New violent crime that primarily recognize the signs and learn
LoVe Contributors York and Washington, DC. impacts women and children,” about the roots of domestic
With this year’s cast, crew, Dr. Emily Murase states in her violence.
BRENDA HARTSHORN magazine and show volunteers,
CONNIE ZHENG article (page 14). Ninotchka We need to talk to our sons
I think we will reach the 500 Rosca reminds us of the Purple and our daughters about the
E M I LY M U R A S E mark. Go to pages 10-12 and Rose Campaign launched realities of domestic violence.
FIDES ENRIQUEZ get to know them. Pages 6 almost a dozen years ago We need to encourage
GARY CRUZ and 7 for their profound (page 17). victims of abuse to seek help.
J U L I E D. S O O statements on violence. Their
K AT R I N A S O C C O Each year, we reach out to We need YOU to nurture
awesomeness inspires me (and the men and boys in our lives, this campaign and the
M AR K M ATO US E K you will, too). inviting them to pledge against courage to step up and help.
N IN O TC H K A R OSC A We’re on Year 7. 22 shows.
violence. David Chiu, president
S O N YA LO G MA N Filipinas Against Violence in ELENA MANGAHAS
SUSAN HSIEH of the San Francisco Board of
V-DAY Board Chair, Filipina Women’s Network


. . . . y. . . .

FWN BOARD and A Memory, A Monologue, A The transformative power of

Rant, and A Prayer to the San theatre brings me back every
AL PEREZ Francisco Bay Area and beyond. year to FWN’s V-DAY. There
Again this year we welcome both are no words to express the
women and men of ALL Asian fulfillment I gain in
ELENA MANGAHAS communities into the effort. I am witnessing the cast
GENEVIEVE JOPANDA inspired watching the growing find their interpretations of
DR. JENNIFER ONG KEN MARQUIS kinship permeate this beautiful the monologues, as they find
Director and unbreakable multicultural healing and empowerment
“family” of cast and crew. within. They allow them
MARILY MONDEJAR I begin by thanking our cast, With a common goal, we work selves the permission to
MAYA ONG ESCUDERO crew and volunteers for their together to tear down the “go there,” maximize the
LT. COL. SHIRLEY SAOIT RAGUINDIN super-human efforts in mounting cultural walls that sometimes experience, and walk away
this community event and keep us from harnessing a more with more than they had
contributing to the publication of powerful combined strength. expected. I hope you gain the
the anti-violence resource guide, Now, we speak, we demand, same value and message
the “V Diaries.” I continue to be no more hiding, no more secrets, from tonight’s show. Thank
in awe of FWN and V-Day’s we ask you to join us, help stop you for being here and
partnership in bringing the violence against women and supporting our mission to GENEVIEVE V. JOPANDA
powerful The Vagina Monologues girls now and forever. end the cycle of violence. Director

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C California Lieutenant Governor Mona Pas-
quil makes her theatrical debut in the Fili-
pina Women’s Network’s (FWN) production
of The Vagina Monologues and A Memory,
A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer on April
10 in San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.
“It’s an extraordinary honor to be part of
the cast. This performance is a great way to
youth to become more active in their
“The Asian Pacific Leadership Project has
changed my life,” Pasquil said, who runs
into past participants telling her how the
project has changed their lives, including
most recently a former gang member who
had given up going to college.
educate all people that the faces of domes- “Five years later, I get a call from this
tic violence victims are not limited to one young man thanking me for believing in
color, to one economic class, to one part of him,” Pasquil said.
the world, or a specific part of our state for “I am a firm believer that we do not live
that matter,” said Pasquil, the first Asian in this world alone,” Pasquil said. “We are
and Filipina American woman to serve as all interconnected and it’s our responsibility
lieutenant governor of California. to stand up and help each other.”
Pasquil has heard of Eve Ensler’s The “It is critical that the voices of Asian
Vagina Monologues for a number of years Pacific Americans are heard.” Pasquil con-
and when invited by the FWN to perform in tinued. “We must ensure that our faces, our
the production, Pasquil saw it as an oppor- communities, our beauty and our smarts
tunity to give back to the community and to remain vibrant pieces in the great ethnic
raise awareness about domestic violence. mosaic California has.”
“In these tough economic times, Through her work with the Asian Pacific
budgets for many programs – including Leadership Project and against domestic
domestic violence programs – have been violence, Pasquil dedicates herself to em-
cut. Groups like FWN make a difference powering Asian Pacific Islanders to have a
in our community by producing The Vagina voice in the community and to be involved
Monologues. Domestic violence affects us in the political process.
all. The more we know about it, the more Pasquil was appointed acting lieutenant
we may talk about it. governor in November 2009. Prior to this
We all know that government funds appointment, she served as chief of staff
are limited at this time, but the resilience, to former California Lieutenant Governor
strength, and potential of the people are John Garamendi. For nearly three decades,
what we can truly count on. We need the Pasquil served as a senior advisor and
power of the people’s initiative, effort, and strategist in numerous state and federal
collaboration, things we can all afford to government offices, political campaigns
contribute. Domestic Violence is something and private companies. With a hands-on,
that hits everybody, people of all color and open-door and can-do leadership, Pasquil
background,” Pasquil said. successfully engineered four presidential,
Pasquil serves as a board member for three gubernatorial and numerous local
My Sister’s Home, a safe haven for domestic campaigns across the country. She previ-
violence victims and the first non-profit ously served as political director for former
organization to specifically identify and California Governor Gray Davis, deputy
address the unique needs of women and CEO for the 2000 Democratic National
children impacted by domestic violence in Convention in Los Angeles, California
California’s First WOMAN

the Central Valley’s highly diverse Asian and political director for Gore/Lieberman, as
Lieutenant Governor Pacific Islander community. well as western political director for the
“This performance serves to amplify the White House Office of Political Affairs under
message educating about domestic vio- President Bill Clinton.
lence and to remember that it’s not always In addition to working with California
easy for a woman and her children to be in and Washington’s heaviest political hitters,

a safe haven,” Pasquil said. she has also worked as a strategic consul-
A trailblazer for California Filipinas and tant for IBM’s national and state govern-
all Asian Pacific Islanders, Pasquil is the ment sales team and was vice president for
founding president and a volunteer of MSHC Partners, Inc.
the Asian Pacific Leadership Project, an She has also served as past chair of the
organization dedicated to increasing API Asian Pacific Legislative Staff Caucus and
involvement in California policy. past president of the Angel Island Immigra-
B Y C O NNI E ZH EN G Throughout her career, Pasquil is proud- tion Station Historical Committee.
est of her work mentoring California’s

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7:30 PM
Owner, My Boudoir Marife Sevilla
From Filipina Women’s Lingerie; Nilda Guanzon INTRO – RECLAIMING
Network: Marily Mondejar, Valmores, Executive CUNT
President & Elena Director, My Sister’s House Katrina Socco
(MEN AGAINST VIOLENCE) Erin Fightmaster, Sonia
David Chiu, President,
Part One San Francisco Board of
Supervisors, with the A SIX YEAR OLD
Erin Fightmaster, Fides A RANT AND A PRAYER: INTRO – THE WOMAN
Enriquez, Geraldine WHO LOVED TO MAKE
Julie Soo, Marites Ares, Kaiser Permanente Cellist Attorney & Principal, Realtor,
Mitzi Manzano, Norma Claudine Cheng Pacific Realty and
Edar, Rae Almajose Consultants Investment Corp.
Elena Mangahas, Emily HAPPY
INTRO – HAIR Murase, Genevieve Katrina Socco, Sabrina
Marites Ares Jopanda, Jennifer Ong, Sandalo with:
Koua Jacklyn Franz, Maya Erin Fightmaster, Fides
HAIR Ong Escudero, Sonia
Sol Manaay Enriquez, Geraldine
Delen, Josephine Romero Nuval-Weibull, Gian
WEAR AND SAY CELIA (by Edwidge Danticat) Lizardo, Gladys Dodds,
Felicia Perez, Gian Lizardo, Noelani Sallings Julie Soo, Marites Ares,
Katrina Socco, Sabrina Mitzi Manzano, Rae
Sandalo THE CLOSET Almajose, Sol Manaay
(by Nicholas Kristof)
Noelani Sallings IN THE ROOM
THE FLOOD Errol Zschornack I WAS THERE IN THE Teacher, Attorney at Law Professional Genealogist, Executive Director,
Gladys Dodds
RESCUE (by Mark Maousek) ROOM Kid Street Learning Center Lecturer and Dream Pacific Ethnographic and
THE VAGINA WORKSHOP Brian Soo, Dave Rodriguez Madeleine O’Dell Conui, Worker New Art Media
Helen Marte, Julie Soo, Norma Edar
Mitzi Manzano FUR IS BACK
(by Eve Ensler) FILIPINO LULLABY –
Gerald Nuval-Weibull Valerie de Leon, Soprano;
INTRO – BECAUSE HE Charles Wang, Cello
BECAUSE HE LIKED TO Part Two Elena Mangahas
Jennifer Ong Jennifer Ong, Josephine Youth Advocate, Managing Associate, Former Commissioner, Optometrist;
INTRO – SAY IT (FOR Romero, Maya Ong Project: Come Passion Partners in Business San Francisco Public Commissioner, Alameda
THE COMFORT WOMEN) MY VAGINA WAS Escudero, Sonia Delen, and Soulciety Systems Library County Commission on the
Koua Jacklyn Franz MY VILLAGE
Erin Fightmaster, Josephine Romero Status of Women
COMFORT WOMEN) Marily Mondejar
Claudine Cheng LULLABY – ILI-ILI,
Gian Lizardo Valerie de Leon, Soprano;
EXTRO – SLAVERY IN Charles Wang, Cello V-Day Filipina Women’s
EXTRO – RAPE OF Network is supported by
NANKING V-Day, the Filipino American
Emily Murase Fiona Ma Arts Exposition and the
AsianWeek Foundation.
Geraldine Nuval-Weibull, COOCHI SNORCHER THAT
Keesa Ocampo To Sleep” (Cebuano). Senior Director of Citizen Hope Executive Director, CONUI
P.Magdamo, Arranger Programs, Youth Hmong Women’s Heritage LOLA Activist;
RECOGNITION OF 2010 SNORCHER THAT COULD **Text: “From The Cradle” Leadership Institute, Association Retired Registered Nurse
VAGINA WARRIORS Felicia Perez, Marites Ares, (Tagalog). Lucio San Pedro, San Mateo County
BY ELENA MANGAHAS AND Sabrina Sandalo Composer; Levi Celerio (Lyrics)

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Cast & Crew Bios the documentary Weaving T’nalak,
the visual essay Mindanao by SkyLab,
Florante Aguilar’s Lalawigan and
curated the textile exhibit T’nalak -
Who’s Who BILL TAMAYO, ESQ. is the Civil Rights. In the mid-1990s, David The Spirit of Fu’ Dalu. She is currently
in the Cast Regional Attorney for the U.S. Equal served as Democratic Counsel to the producing the feature length
and Crew Employment Opportunity Commission U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee documentary HARANA.
and directs the agency’s litigation in and as Senator Paul Simon’s aide to the FIONA MA is the Assemblywoman of
Northern California and the Pacific Senate Budget Committee. The eldest California’s 12th District and Speaker
Northwest. The EEOC has recovered child of immigrant parents, David Chiu pro Tempore. The district includes
BILL TAMAYO, ESQ. BRENDA HARTSHORN millions of dollars for victims of sexual grew up in Boston and received his San Francisco, Daly City, Colma and
Regional Attorney, Photographer harassment/assault at work. As a undergraduate degree, law degree, and
EEOC for Northern Broadmoor. Ma, as the Majority Whip,
California and Pacific staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus master’s degree in public policy from is responsible for ensuring the passage
Northwest (1979-1995) he represented dozens Harvard University. of crucial legislation to improve
of battered women in immigration public education, expand healthcare
proceedings and co-authored the legal access and protect our environment.
memo which led to “self-petitioning” Executive Director of the San Francisco
Department on the Status of Women At the start of her second term, Ma
provisions of the Violence Against was appointed to key committees
Women Act.” where she oversees implementation
of the landmark CEDAW Ordinance including Higher Education, Revenue
BRIAN SOO is a native San Franciscan based on the United Nations Women’s and Taxation, Housing, Agriculture,
who attended Lowell High School, then Treaty. She has been honored by the Labor, and Public Safety. Ma serves
UC Davis where he received a degree Asian Women’s Resource Center, the as the Chair of the Assembly Select
in atmospheric science. After a brief Democratic Women’s Forum, and State Committee on Domestic Violence
DAVID CHIU ELENA MANGAHAS DR. EMILY MURASE career in environmental consulting, Senator Leland Yee as “2009 Woman where she has worked on legislation
Supervisor, SF District 3; Chair, Executive Director, to protect victims of domestic violence.
President, SF Board of Little Manila Foundation SF Dept. of the Status of Brian returned to academics to pursue of the Year.” A proud graduate of San
a graduate degree in physical therapy. Francisco public schools, she holds From 2002 to 2006, she served as a
Supervisors Women and Candidate for
the SF School Board Employed at Kaiser Permanente in an AB from Bryn Mawr, a master’s in member of the San Francisco Board of
San Francisco, Brian looks forward to international relations from UC San supervisors.
continuing to help people and promote Diego and a PhD in Communication GERALDINE NUVAL-WEIBULL
community wellness. from Stanford. She resides in San Manila born, Geraldine arrived in the
Francisco with husband Neal Taniguchi U.S. at the age of two. Becoming a
CLAUDINE CHENG is a community
and their 2 young daughters. young mother propelled her into a
and fundraising consultant. An
attorney by training, Claudine’s current ERIN FIGHTMASTER I’m grateful for
career as a Radiological Technician.
appointed positions and community the opportunity to give a voice to all Later her strengths in Administration,
involvements include: director of the women and children who are victims of Management, and Merchandising
Treasure Island Development Authority, abuse. To my family and friends thanks became more apparent after
FIONA MA GENEVIEVE JOPANDA GERALDINE NUVAL- delegate of Speaker Nancy Pelosi to for the love and support in helping me graduation from San Francisco State
Speaker pro Tempore; Events Coordinator, WEIBULL
the California Democratic Party, chair become a strong, independent woman University with a Bachelor in Design
Assemblywoman, Palo Alto Chamber of Owner, and a Minor in Business. She found
District 12 Commerce My Boudoir Lingerie of RENEWSF, directors of North Beach with my own voice. This has been an
Citizens and Pathway for Kids, member inspiring and empowering experience. her love of “all things beautiful” and
of the SPUR Advisory Council, and opened her first business venture, My
ERROL ZSHORNACK Errol is a lawyer Boudoir Lingerie in June 1998. With
chair of San Francisco’s APA Heritage
Celebration Committee. with several years of experience in Geraldine’s vast knowledge in her
Manila. He recently obtained his field, she has acquired many accolades
DAVE RODRIGUEZ is a realtor by license to practice law in California. for “Best of” in SF Magazine, Bay
occupation however his passion is He was into theater during college Guardian, and SF Weekly in years 2004,
really in the field of performing arts. at the University of the Philippines. 2006, 2007 and 2008.
While taking up Computer Science Errol considers it his greatest
GIAN LIZARDO This 23-year-old youth
at California State University in accomplishment to be a loving
Sacramento, he took leadership role in husband and devoted father to his advocate hopes to be remembered
JOSEPHINE ROMERO JULIE D. SOO, ESQ. JULIETTE OLIVIA MUSNI organizing the Filipino Cultural Week. son and three daughters. as one thing: a passionate person,
Trade Commissioner, Senior Staff Counsel, Student
From then on he has been actively whether it is through serving the youth
Philippine Trade and California Department of FELICIA PEREZ holds a Master’s through the creative arts or simply
Investment Center, Insurance participating in several Fil-Am events
Consulate General of as master of ceremonies showcasing degree in Psychology from John F. pursuing her own personal aspirations.
the Philippines the Filipino culture and arts to many Kennedy University and a Bachelor’s Gian lives by one saying: “You are
diverse audiences. degree in English from Mills College. your own masterpiece.” So believe in
She is a professional genealogist, yourself, learn always, and illuminate
SUPERVISOR DAVID CHIU was lecturer and dream worker. As a you!
elected in November 2008 to represent Filipina-American her foremost passion
San Francisco’s District 3 and elected is decolonization and reclaiming Filipino GLADYS DODDS is a Managing
President of the Board of Supervisors indigenous knowledge and wisdom. Associate with a consulting firm. A
in January 2009. Before joining the V-Day sophomore, Gladys is in awe
Board, David was a founder and of the cast and crew involved in this
FIDES ENRIQUEZ is an independent fantastic production. Her participation
Chief Operating Officer of Grassroots
MARIFE SEVILLA, RN MARITES ARES MAYA ONG ESCUDERO Enterprise, an online communications film producer, ethnographer, is in honor of her mother’s memory and
President, Legislative Analyst, Teacher technology company. Prior to photographer, curator, explorer, folk strength.
Philippine Nurses California School Boards
Grassroots, he worked as a criminal dance specialist, choreographer,
Association of Northern Association HELEN MARTE BAUTISTA , (former)
prosecutor at the San Francisco District musical director and mother of three.
California Fides is the Executive Director of New Commissioner, San Francisco Public
Attorney’s Office and as a civil rights Library.
attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Art Media and founder/co-director of
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(CAST & CREW BIOS, continued from p.11) fundraiser that was recognized for its speed
DR. JENNIFER ONG , an optometrist, serves and success. The series of 2009 disasters
as Commissioner for the Alameda County led her to co-found Bay Area Benefit,
Commission on the Status of Women, as champions of “guerilla philanthropy” that
Statewide Treasurer for the Asian Pacific supports initiatives towards equality, justice
Islander Caucus, a Board Member for FWN. and education. Ocampo was honored with
She received the “Optometrist of the Year a Presidential Citation from Her Excellency
Award” in 2008 and “100 Most Influential Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of
Filipina Women in the U.S.” award in the Republic of the Philippines, for her
2009 and coordinates the Hepatitis B Free humanitarian work.
Campaign in Alameda County. KOUA JACKLYN FRANZ has a BA
JULIE D. SOO, ESQ. , is a senior staff in Psychology and a Master’s in Public MITZI MANZANO MONA PASQUIL NOELANI SALLINGS NORMA EDAR
Administration and has over 8 years of Freelance Make-up Artist Acting Lieutenant President, CFO, A Topnotch Security
counsel with the California Department of and Fashion Stylist Governor, Democratic Activists for Services Inc., and Costless
Insurance. She has volunteered in a variety experience working with underserved State of California Women Now (DAWN) Maintenance Services
of community causes, including hate crimes communities. HWHA is committed to
projects, civil rights education, campaign empowering Hmong women and their
work, and community health advocacy. She families in the Sacramento Region to lead
is well-recognized as a former staff writer healthy lives through culturally sensitive
with AsianWeek, where she continues to programs and services that educate and
be a features contributor. Julie serves on the support families as they thrive.
San Francisco Commission on the Status of MADELEINE O’DELL CONUI A Laguna
Women and is active with the California Honda Hospital Retired Nursing Supervisor,
Democratic Party Executive Board as a co- Madeleine is a grandmother of 9 and mother
chair of the Platform Committee. She holds an of 4. She is an R.N., has BS in Behavioral
A.B. with a double major in Pure Mathematics Sciences, an MPA from Notre Dame RAE ALMA JOSE SABRINA SANDALO SOL M. MANAAY SONIA DELEN
and Statistics from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in University, Belmont, California. Volunteer Marketing, President & CEO, Senior Vice President,
Frog Design Care on Call, Inc. Bank of America
Applied Mathematics from U.C. San Diego, Merrill Lynch
MARITES ARES is a Legislative Analyst at
and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School
of Law. the California School Boards Association.
She serves on many non-profit boards and
JULIETTE OLIVIA MUSNI is in 7th grade is active in the Sacramento community.
at Rooftop Alternative in San Francisco. She In addition, she is a graduate student at
prefers the breast stroke in swimming and Sacramento State studying Public Policy and
specializes in the 100 meter dash as well Administration. Empowering women is one of
as the 4x100 in track and field. Her favorite her many passions.
actresses are Nicole Kidman and Janeane
Garofalo. Her favorite authors are Lemony
Snicket and Kate DiCamillo. Her favorite color MITZI MANZANO is a freelance make up
is yellow. artist and fashion stylist. Known to her friends DR. VALERIE DE LEON Art Director Copy Editor Hair & Makeup Artistry
KATRINA SOCCO is Philippine-born, Daly
as joie de vivre personified. Her pleasures are Dentist AL PEREZ CONNIE ZHENG DON SANTOS
gourmet cooking and leisurely entertaining. Millbrae Smile Center Commissioner, Client Staff Assistant, Retail Fragrance Specialist,
City raised. As a survivor of sexual assault and SF Entertainment Burson-Marsteller Hair Stylist, Make-Up Artist
domestic violence, she fueled her experience She delights in the company of friends. For
into activism as Coordinator of GABNet-SF balance she is an avid yoga enthusiast.
Bay Area (04-08). She led campaigns such Married with 2 grown sons.
as the Purple Rose Campaign Against Sex MONA PASQUIL now serves as interim
Trafficking of Women and Girls, directed the lieutenant governor of California, the
first production of Export Quality: loosely granddaughter of Filipino immigrants and the
based on true stories of Mail Order Brides, daughter of a community leader and gifted
and worked in Davao with various womens jazz pianist. She was one of the 30 members
groups. She is Senior Director of The Youth of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee
Leadership Institute in San Mateo County, and one of the 11 that supported Hillary
providing oversight in youth programs in Clinton in the 2008 elections. Executive Producer Playwright Production Manager Production Assistant
the areas of policy advocacy, and youth NOELANI SALLINGS had been an advocate ELENA MANGAHAS EVE ENSLER FRANKLIN RICARTE GENEVIEVE DWYER
philanthropy and is a local and national Chair, Founder, Strategic Planning President,
for education for over a decade. Her primary Filipina Women’s Network V-DAY Consultant Genevieves Corporation
trainer on community change strategies. She focus is education, and fights for women’s
is raising her daughter, Tala in Pacifica, CA. rights, social justice and the environment.
KEESA OCAMPO is the government and She is an Emerge CA alumna, currently the
community relations officer of ABS-CBN president of DAWN—Democratic Activists
International. Her advocacy began as a for Women Now, on the board as the EVP
stakeholder of Asian Pacific American of the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American
organizations –Young Filipino Professionals Democratic Club and Vice President of
Association, Filipino Entrepreneurs Network, BAYMEC. Noelani earned a BS in Psychology
Asian Heritage Month Committee for from Santa Clara University and is working
the City of San Francisco, Asian Pacific on a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology
Fund and San Francisco-Manila Sister City and Masters in Public Administration from
Director Director Executive Producer Graphic Designer
Committee. She co-founded the progressive Notre Dame de Namur. Noelani is the first GENEVIEVE JOPANDA KEN MARQUIS MARILY MONDEJAR RAYMOND VIRATA
organizationCitizen Hope, inspired by in her family to go to college and plans to Events Coordinator, Team Manager, President, Art Director,
the energy generated during the Obama obtain her PhD. She plans on spending the Palo Alto Chamber of George P. Johnson Filipina Women’s Network Filipinas Magazine
campaign, to engage in civic service projects. rest of her life being a voice for those who Commerce
Ocampo’s course took a turn during the are not heard.
September 2009 devastation of Typhoon NORMA P. EDAR , CFO, A Topnotch Security
Ketsana in12the Philippines. She galvanized Services Inc. and Costless Maintenance
a team of organizations for a disaster relief w w w. Fi l i p i n a Wo m e n s N e t w o r k . o r g
Services. (continued on page 18)


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Genevieve Jopanda
Paulita Lasola Malay
Ken Theisen
Gerri Nuvall place where women can feel empowered and love
themselves whatever their shape, size, or age. I love to help
M. Evelina Galang
Mona Pasquil
Manila born, Geraldine arrived in the US at the age of two. women feel their best. We are all beautiful but often times Nenette Flores
Becoming a young mother propelled her into a career as a we forget that. Sonia Delen
Radiological Technician. Later her strengths in Justice Tani Gore
Administration, Management, and Merchandising GIVEN YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Cantil-Sakauye
became more apparent after graduation from San WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPART TO ..................
Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in OTHER WOMEN?
Design and a Minor in Business. She found her love of “all I would like to say to all women - trust that little voice 2007
things beautiful” and in June 1998 opened My Boudoir inside you. Yes, you are smart. Yes, you are beautiful. And Al S. Perez
Lingerie. With Geraldine’s vast knowledge in her field, My yes, you have the power to change your life! Bettina Santos Yap
Boudoir has acquired many accolades for “Best of” in SF Elena B. Mangahas
Magazine, Bay Guardian, and SF Weekly in 2004, 2006,
2007, and 2008. Gerri is a survivor of domestic violence. Nilda Valmores From top: Gerri Nuvall and Nilda Valmores
Laureen Laglagaron
Perla De Jesus
Rudy Asercion
HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, In 2004, the year that FWN honored the first seven Filipina Bincy Jacob
AT THE HANDS OF YOUR EX-HUSBAND, CHANGE OR Vagina Warriors, Nilda Guanzon Valmores of Sacramento
was shifting her noble journey from a mission of housing Krittika Ghosh
AFFECT YOU? Venessa Manzano
I’ve always believed that I am a strong woman, but my dignity to a healthy, humane and violence-free t QBSUJDJQBUFEJOOVNFSPVTDPNNVOJUZGBJSTFEVDBUJOH
community. Nilda’s current position as Executive Director of more that 8,000 citizens about domestic violence ..................
abuser physically, emotionally and psychologically
stripped me of all of my self-worth. My Sister’s House follows her lifetime commitment to t IPTUFEBOOVBMDPOGFSFODFTUPUSBJOPWFSTFSWJDF
The worst effects of domestic violence on me were two creating a better world for her children and her community. providers from communities across the Central Valley 2006
on cultural competency and working with battered Beverly Upton
fold: To this day I live with the fact that I had brought this Having worked with non-profit organizations on a
immigrant women Dorka Keehn
terrible person, my ex-husband into my daughter’s life as statewide level addressing issues affecting children and the
Gloria Megino Ochoa
well. I never wanted her to go through and experience the disenfranchised in the education, social services, and
While community outreach and education on the issue Imelda Oppenheim
ordeal. But she experienced it with me, and I never wanted housing arenas Nilda considers herself a child advocate,
hence a protective environment that protects them from of domestic violence are topmost in Nilda’s leadership Jonah Oliverio
that in her life.
life’s adversities and society’s injustice. agenda, she and the MSH Board of Directors also aim for Ligaya Hattari
Secondly, I lost the ability to trust. It took me a long
Nilda received her undergraduate degree from Loyola increased transition housing, better health for the Sarah Jane Ilumin
time, years, to be able to trust and only when I found the
community and addressing related immigration issues. Tess Crescini
most loving man was I able to fully and completely trust Marymount University and was once a State Assembly
fellow, later a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy Nilda notes the irony in crafting innovative wrap-around ..................
But actually experiencing the brutality and terror of School of Government. With compassion Nilda grew My services while hoping that someday, when a violence-free
domestic violence, the emotional roller coaster that went Sister’s House into a sustainable partner in human services community is attained, that she and her valued staff and 2005
with it, and struggling to survive, has made me even in Sacramento, California designing culturally appropriate shelter volunteers for whom she is most grateful will work Kamala D. Harris
stronger. Today I feel more alive and more aware of life. and responsive services to the Central Valley’s ever diverse themselves out of their jobs. Emily Moto Murase
Surviving domestic violence only validated what I grew up Asian and Pacific Islander community. Nilda says “there are many reasons why I work for My Giovannie Pico
believing about myself. The 24/7 refuge for women and children impacted by Sister’s House . . . everything from remembering my lola’s Gloria Ramos
domestic violence offers 20-bed safe haven and story of her difficult marriage/husband to wanting to Rita Villavicencio Schmidt
IT’S BEEN OVER 10 YEARS SINCE YOU LEFT THAT ABUSIVE multi-language help-line services. In the last five years My make sure that my children and my nieces and nephew Velma Roset Veloria
RELATIONSHIP. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR HEALING PROCESS. Sister’s House has: pick good partners. I am a very lucky and a better person ..................
As far as healing, I didn’t realize until a few weeks ago tQSPWJEFENPSFUIBO CFEOJHIUTPGTIFMUFSUP"TJBO and human being for hearing and learning from the true
during the FWN Vagina Monologues “Conocimiento” that & Pacific Islander women and children vagina warriors who have the courage to stop the cycle of 2004
despite how long ago the experience was, there is always t SFTQPOEFEUPPWFS DBMMGSPNBIPVS abuse and make their lives and our world a better place. Blesidla Ocampo
more to heal. Every day. We can go one day at a time multilingual Help Line Salamat to all the warriors (including the Filipina Women’s Cherie Querol Moreno
thinking how much we are better and everything seems t TFSWFENPSFUIBOEPNFTUJDWJPMFODFTVSWJWPSTPG Network and The Vagina Monologues cast) who go the Clara Tempongko
all in the past, all behind us now. But there is always just a all ethnicities extra mile to ensure that My Sister’s House and other Genevieve Dwyer
bit more to heal. t FOHBHFETVSWJWPSTJOB8PNFO5P8PSLQSPHSBN JUT similar organizations are available to provide the services Tisa Mendoza
I don’t think it’s coincidental that I came to open a award-winning initiative to abused Filipinas in need.” Nilda holds these results in Vangie Cononizado Buell
lingerie shop after my experience with domestic violence. t NBEFQSFTFOUBUJPOTPOEPNFTUJDWJPMFODFUPMPDBM her hands. As this year’s Vagina Warrior, Nilda sends the Leni Marin
My Boudoir is my life. I like to think that I provide a safe schools, businesses, organizations and faith-based message of optimism to women’s self-determination, ..................
groups, and career-wise and mission-wise.


Slavery in America, 2010
federal law, which was enacted in
2005. This year, penalties for human
traffickers in California were raised
from $5,000 to $20,000. According to

oday, in 2010, we are the California Attorney General we reported from Dallas, Phoenix, and the Polaris Project, other legislation to
surrounded by an invisible, do know a few things. About 80% of Las Vegas. combat human trafficking is pending
violent crime that primarily trafficking victims are women. About in the state houses across the country,
impacts women and 50% of these are under the age of 18. Why does this exist? including Iowa, Pennsylvania, and
children. Hundreds of thousands of Money. A single sex trafficker with Georgia, but not in states like Nevada,
people are literally slaving away at Does this exist in San Francisco? 4 prostituted women can make Texas, or Louisiana. The need to
their jobs. Some are prostitutes, others Unfortunately, San Francisco is a $600,000 annually tax-free. expand protections against human
are nail salon workers, cooks, nannies, gateway for human trafficking. In According to the Alameda County trafficking to fight slavery in our midst
factory workers. Many come from Asia, July 2005, federal authorities raided District Attorney’s office, a typical has never been greater.
others come from counties and states San Francisco massage parlors, quota per woman is $500 a night. At At a grassroots level, the San
within the United States. They are all apprehending 27 suspected traffickers $40 per trick, that’s over 10 tricks a Francisco Collaborative Against Human
recruited to work far from home for who controlled over 100 Korean night. Trafficking was launched in January
little or no pay, forced to work without women forced into prostitution. Police Multiply $500 per night by days in 2010 after a year-long planning
rights or freedom. confiscated $2 million in cash from 10 the year and a pimp reaps $730,000 process among a broad base of non-
The State Department estimates massage parlors. from 4 women. Minus expenses, that’s profit organizations and government
that roughly 15 - 20,000 people are about $600,000 annually tax free. agencies working against slavery. The
trafficked annually into the United Does this exist elsewhere? Collaborative convened a first Anti
States, 600,000 - 800,000 trafficked This exists everywhere. In 2009, the What is being done? Human Trafficking Awareness Month
globally. Within the United States, Kansas City Star reported on a dozen It wasn’t that long ago that in January and expects to conduct a
thousands more are underaged women trafficked from China who human trafficking was not a crime in public awareness campaign annually.
runaways who come across county were forced to prostitute themselves California law. District Attorney Kamala
or state lines. Accurate numbers are 12 hours a day in a one-room massage Harris and Assemblymember Sally Emily M. Murase, PhD, is the Executive
not possible for this invisible problem, parlor at a truck stop in Boone Lieber created the California Trafficking Director of the San Francisco
but according to a recent report by County, Missouri. Other incidents were Victim’s Protection Act, modeled after Department on the Status of Women.



Rape of Nanking and the
Rape of Nanking Redress Coalition

rom 1931 to 1945 Chinese POWs were transported to organization and is affiliated with
during the Asia Pacific the outskirts of Nanking and smiling the Global Alliance for Preserving the
War, China alone lost Japanese solders can be seen brutally History of World War II in Asia. Two
an estimated 30 million torturing and disposing of the POWS. of its main purposes are to secure
people through Japan’s Then, the soldiers hunted the women a formal apology by the Japanese
genocidal attacks. The of Nanking. Women over the age of government for the atrocities
single worst atrocity during the World 70 as well as little girls under the age committed by the Japanese Imperial
War II Era in either Europe or the of 8 were sexually abused. More than Army on the Asian mainland during
Pacific became known as the Rape of 20,000 females (with some estimates World War II and to force a meaningful
Nanking. It gained attention in 1997 as high as 80,000) were gang-raped program of repayments to victims.
through the late author Iris Chang’s by Japanese soldiers, then stabbed On July 30, 2007, The U.S. House of
best seller, “The Rape of Nanking: to death with bayonets or shot so Representatives passed unanimously
the Forgotten Holocaust.” From mid- they could never become witnesses. H.Res. 121, a resolution calling on the
December 1937 through early February Pregnant women were raped and then government of Japan to deliver an
1938, the Japanese Imperial Army had their bellies slit and fetuses torn apology for its sexual enslavement of
marched into China’s then-capital out. The notorious Comfort Women ‘comfort women’ during World War II.
city of Nanking and during six weeks system was introduced which forced Estimates range from two-hundred
of carnage murdered 300,000 out of young Chinese women to become thousand to four-hundred-and-fifty
600,000 civilians and soldiers in the slave-prostitutes, existing solely for the thousand girls and young women
city. The streets of Nanking were said sexual pleasure of Japanese soldiers. – some as young as twelve – who
to literally have run red with blood. The Rape of Nanking Redress were kidnapped in China, Korea, the
Filmed footage and still photographs Coalition (RRNC) was formed in the Philippines, and elsewhere to serve
taken by the Japanese themselves San Francisco Bay Area in the late as sex slaves for the Japanese
document the brutality. Some 90,000 1990s as a nonprofit educational Imperial Army.
Credit: Global Alliance for Preserving the History of WWII in China

(530) 541-1618

Credit: Ling Shan



ast summer, when Eve
Ensler asked me to write
something about violence
against women – from
a male perspective – I went to my
desk feeling skeptical, and not at all
sure that I had anything significant
to say on the subject. Although I
had grown up in a house where
female molestations of various kinds
!"#$%&'()'*%+%!$,-%),./%)&/%01%23!45 happened on a regular basis, and
3!".%""!.%!"#$%6%777.*890:9;)&.0'* had spent a good deal of my adult
life (and therapist’s time) sorting
through the emotional rubble left
behind after witnessing so much
misogynist violence, I felt doubtful
that my experience mattered – for
the simple reason that I was a man
– compared to the traumas I had
witnessed in the lives of my mother Errol Zshornack, cast member of V-Day FWN 2010
and sisters.
Eve, who’s been a close friend for to leave her behind for weeks at a
many years, was firm, persuasive, time, to photograph raped women
and oracular as usual. She assured in Africa, to a medical doctor tracing
me that I had a story to tell, his own healing vocation back to
believing that I—along with legions a childhood spent watching his
of other men whose lives have mother being beaten by his father.
been affected by the female abuse, It became clear to me (as it already
who’ve secretly hoisted dark crosses was to Eve) that violence against
of shame, outrage, guilt even self- women was not merely a female
loathing—over what we’ve seen, issue; it was a human dilemma
done, not done, not said, throughout twisting the lives and consciences
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perpetrated by members of our sex. the war on female violence nowhere
With this in mind, I sat down to near won, we can no longer afford
write and was stunned by how to keep men’s voices out the
easily my own story emerged; conversation. Writing “Rescue” was
surprised, too, by how profoundly life changing for me. I learned that

the witnessing of hostile acts you don’t have to be a woman to
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beliefs about the world, myself,
suffer from misogyny. So, if you’re a
man with a story to tell, please send
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and guilty) in putting an end to this place at the table. We welcome your
violent cycle. testimonies here. It’s far too late in
After “Rescue” was published, the day for male guilt by association.
I was approached by other men There’s only one team in the human
who had stories to tell, from a race.
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ago to highlight the growing
and continuing export of women
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of operation on mail-order bride foreign-born women, cannot be opportunities
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This was in response to the basic of relationships, that much The mission of My Sister’s House
increasing number of women, harder will be our goal to end Website: is to serve the needs of Asian
including Filipinas, murdered by violence against women, in both and Pacific Islander women and
their husbands. Through the years, small and large ways. The Purple children impacted by domestic
such “intimate partner” murders Rose Campaign continues its struggle Mailing Address: violence by providing a culturally
against both sex and labor trafficking 3053 Freeport Blvd. #120 appropriate and responsive safe
have netted the punishment of only Sacramento, CA 95818 haven and community services.
“manslaughter” for the murderers – of women.


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RAE ALMAJOSE recently retired from the corporate ventures. Now, that he’s in the U.S., he continues working in

world, is an alumna of College of the Holy Spirit, Manila, his chosen fields as a retail fragrance specialist for high-end
where she earned her bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Business. brands and as a freelance hair stylist and make-up artist.
Thereafter, she attended the University of San Francisco. Her Don additionally studied for and received his diploma in
passion for the performing arts and music has been the fuel Cosmetology here in the U.S. This year’s production of the
for her volunteer work at the SF Opera and SF Ballet. Rae The Vagina Monologues in San Francisco marks Don’s sixth
is also a member of the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir. She is a year of support for FWN’s important work. !"#$%&'()#*'+$,*-).,./&'$01,0$2,3&$,$*/!!&%&#.&
proud mother of three daughters – Erin, Hillary, and Noelle

Hancock. Her eldest daughter, Erin, is performing with her ELENA MANGAHAS is a Journalism graduate of
in The Vagina Monologues this year. Rae dedicates her 3rd the University of the Philippines where she was also active WN works on ways to interrupt the during the V-Day FWN shows in San
inspired participation in The Vagina Monologues to honor in theatre production with the University of the Philippines cycle of violence against Filipina Francisco, New York and Washington DC
her mother Corazon Garcia Almajose who now lives in the Repertory Company. From campus theatre she moved into and Asian women and girls by and distributed nationwide; (2) anti-
Philippines. independent theatre productions until her immigration to linking violence to the source that domestic violence training workshops;
the U.S. She settled in Stockton and continued theatre work
SABRINA SANDALO is a graduate from the leading to her V-Day involvement in 2004 to this day. Social feeds it: gender inequality. FWN multiplies (3) anger management workshops for
University of San Francisco with a BA in psychology. This is her service is her day job and Elena serves as chair of Little Manila the power of its strategies through the men and boys. The cast and crew
first FWN Vagina Monologues. She is excited to join because Foundation for historic preservation of Filipino American Filipinas Against Violence advocacy members are invited to participate in
it allows her to use acting as a means to convey a profound history in America and the Filipina Women’s Network’s Board campaign and collaborations with other anti-domestic violence trainings to
message to the community. of Directors. Elena was selected 100 Most Influential Filipina women’s groups, domestic violence strengthen the growing numbers of
Women in the U.S. by the Filipina Women’s Network in 2007 agencies, faith-based organizations and trained advocates and peer counselors
SOL M. MANAAY is the Founder and CEO of Care and awarded Woman of the Year for 2009 by the California
On Call, Inc., and the author of a fiction/fairy tale novel, Legislative Women’s Caucus.
with the local Philippine and U.S. in the Filipino and Asian community.
The Magic Pond and The Elfin Princess. Her third book, The governments.
Golden Rod, is coming out this fall. She is the proud mother FRANKLIN M. RICARTE’S name originates from COLLABORATIONS
of Solitaire and is currently finishing her MA in Gerontology. President Roosevelt. The motto he lives by is “no day but RAISING CONSCIOUSNESS FWN draws attention to the serious
She is committed to ending violence against women. today.” His least favorite thing to do is to swim in the ocean. Since 2004, FWN has collaborated with domestic violence problem in the Filipino
His legacy is to live a life without regret. Eve Ensler’s V-Day organization (a global community by partnering with domestic
SONIA DELEN is Senior Vice President at Banc of
America Leasing, a subsidiary of Bank of America. She heads GENEVIEVE DWYER is a true Vagina Warrior movement to stop violence against violence agencies in San Francisco, New
the Transaction Management unit of its Global Investment (selected in 2004) volunteering her time unselfishly to helping women and girls) empowering and York and Washington DC: the California
Bank/Large Corporate group. Sonia is President of the St. women in abusive situations. Her work includes affordable celebrating women and their sexuality Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Gabriel School Board and member of the Board of Directors divorce and family law services. with a festival of theatre, comedy, and the (CPEDV), the Domestic Violence
of the Philippine International Aid and served on the Boards spoken word highlighted by the all-Filipina Consortium, the San Francisco
of Support for Families of Children with Disabilities and the GENEVIEVE JOPANDA is the events coordinator and all-Asian performances of The Vagina Commission on the Status of Women,
Blind Babies Foundation of San Francisco. She is a charter for the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, with previous
member Filipina Women’s Network (FWN). In 2007, Sonia experience with companies like Zipcar, Hertz and the San Monologues. 2006 marked the first CONNECT, APICHA, Filipino organizations,
was selected as one of FWN’s 100 Most Influential Filipina Francisco Chronicle. Gen is currently the President of the Tagalog version (Usaping Puki) performed local governments, the Philippine
Women in the United States. Her personal story is featured Young Filipino Professionals Association, a member of the in the U.S. consulates, professional women’s
in FWN Channel in YouTube ( as part San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee, a member of the associations, faith-based organizations
of FWN’s mentoring series. She was the featured guest in Filipino American Political Action Committee and founding FILIPINO MEN AGAINST and for-profit corporations.
ABS-CBN’s TV episode of Adobo Nation “Big Time Ka Na” member of Citizen Hope. She works with the annual VIOLENCE
segment originally aired on July 19, 2008. Sonia is one of Filipino American Arts Exposition and Pistahan as its talent At The Vagina Monologues performances, COURTWATCH
two original cast members of the FWN productions of “The coordinator and executive producer for the Sine! Sine! Film
Vagina Monologues.” Sonia graduated from the University of Festival. we ask the men and boys in the audience FWN tracks domestic violence cases
the Philippines, and enjoys golf, traveling, classical music and to imprint their hands on paper and involving Filipina women. Attending court
flower arranging. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, KEN MARQUIS was a child actor with credits canvas and pledge “These Hands Are Not hearings, sentencings, police ride-alongs,
Christopher Fitzsimmons and their three boys: David, Justin including The Waltons and The Addams Family Halloween Going To Hurt Asian Women and Girls.” leading awareness sessions at police
and Matthew. Reunion. More recently, Ken’s behind the scenes producing/ academies, and staffing DV hotlines are
CREW 2010
directing activities include theatrical plays & pageants, PREVENTION just a few of the activities FWN members
television (live and pre-taped) production, and outdoor
AL PEREZ is the founder of Creative i Studio, which cultural/music festivals. Credits include The Vagina Interrupting the cycle of violence is vital; and V-Day FWN cast and crew, currently
specializes in translating marketing objectives into creative Monologues (stage), Ginoong Pilipinas (stage), Flawless stopping violence before it starts, is participate. Bringing the voices of
strategies. He is an award-winning graphic designer, de Mayo (stage), The Journey: Stephanie Reese (stage), crucial. FWN responds in three ways: advocates together bring our issues
producing marketing programs from Fortune 500 to MSNBC’s The Site hosted by Soledad O’Brien (national (1) the publication of the V-Diaries, an center stage.
start-up companies. Al is excited to be a part of The Vagina TV), Digital Cam Film Festival (national TV), TechTV’s HDTV anti-violence resource guide distributed
Monologues journey since 2004 as its art director. Al is a Special (national TV), The Screen Savers (national TV),
DARPA Urban Challenge (corp TV), Pistahan Main Stage

Commissioner of the SF Entertainment Commission.
(festival), and the SF Giants Filipino Heritage Night (festival).
BRENDA HARTSHORN is a professional product Ken lives happily ever after in San Francisco with Al Perez,
and editorial photographer. Her work has been published in his partner of 19 years.

magazines, catalogs, and on corporate websites in US, China,
and France. You can see her work by visiting MARILY MONDEJAR is a senior business leader ouse of Lorie-House of Hope was help to DV victims not only in the U.S.
with wide-ranging global experience as an entrepreneur, founded in Southern California by but also the Philippines. Every year, she
CONNIE ZHENG is a writer living in San Francisco. strategist and advisor to leading organizations. Her Joyce Valera Kim in honor of her raises money to bring volunteers from the
Her works have been published in AsianWeek and Hyphen. extensive work experience as a woman of color and being
She received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis. financially responsible for her young family steered her
mother Lorie Valera Kim who was Philippines to attend the domestic violence
Connie has lived abroad in Japan, England, and China. to start her own organization development and career a battered wife. She grew up a witness to trainings and conferences in the U.S. so
She has taught English in Shanghai at a school for migrant coaching practice. She advises executives on leadership and violence in her home and as a child felt they can share their learnings with their
children and recorded the English audio guide to the Museum career derailment issues, and consults on corporate image helpless unable to comfort her mother. She respective organizations based all over the
of Soong Ching Ling in Shanghai. She currently works as strategies, merger implications, scenario planning, and how to wondered if there were people who could Philippines.
Client Staff Assistant at Burson-Marsteller. maximize performance, through work with executive teams,
alliance-building, and inter-cultural communications. Select
have helped or domestic violence shelters or Joyce has a BS in Biological Sciences
CHARLES WANG graduated from the University of clients included Cemex, Siebel, and Webex. Marily serves agencies who could get her mother out of from the University of the Philippines, a BS
California at Berkeley with honors in Physics. He has worked (and has served) on nonprofit boards and commissions an abusive marriage. in Medical Technology from Southwestern
in the fields of Real Estate and Engineering. He is a former including the Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group, the A true vagina warrior, Joyce started University, an AS in Nursing from the State
member of the San Francisco Symphony youth orchestra at Justice and Courage Oversight Panel, Friends of the San volunteering her time to other direct University of New York and a medical
Davis Symphony Hall. Charles has a great passion for music Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, Leadership
and performing. Charles performs at various events including services centers including the California degree from Southwestern University. She
California, Filipino American Arts Exposition, Image Industry
recitals, house parties, yacht parties and is always willing to Council International, the American Society for Training and Partnership to End Domestic Violence completed a two year Resident Physician
expand his venue. He is very grateful to his late cello teacher, Development, to name a few. (CPEDV) in California. With a network of training at the University of California Irvine.
Xiao Fang Lu, who was a great teacher and friend. volunteers, Joyce utilizes her medical For more info, email Joyce at zedajoy@
DON SANTOS is a retail fragrance specialist, hair
RAYMOND VIRATA is the Art Director at Filipinas training in raising awareness about
Magazine and volunteer graphic designer for Philippine domestic violence and in providing direct
stylist, and make-up artist. In the Philippines, he followed International Aid and Filipino American Arts Exposition. Prior
his two passions to earn a BSBA in Business Management to that, he worked in the Philippine advertising industry for
18 which led to a variety of beauty-related
and Cosmetology, PAC/BBDO Worldwide and JWT. w w w. Fi l i p i n a Wo m e n s N e t w o r k . o r g
ABOUT V-DAY and consciousness, it will unify and work with women in prison, which won
-Day is a global movement to strengthen existing anti-violence the Freedom of Expression Award at
end violence against women efforts. Triggering far-reaching Sundance and was shown on PBS. Eve has
and girls that raises funds and awareness, it will lay the groundwork written numerous articles for Glamour
awareness through benefit for new educational, protective, and Magazine, Marie Claire, Huffington Post,
productions of Playwright/ legislative endeavors throughout the 5TNE 2EADER, as well as a regular column
Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play world. in O Magazine. She has won many awards
The Vagina Monologues and other artistic s 6 $AY IS A PROCESS 7E WILL WORK AS LONG including a Guggenheim Fellowship in
works. as it takes. We will not stop until the Playwriting and an Obie in addition to a
In 2009, more than 4000 V-Day events violence stops. number of honorary degrees. Eve is
took place in the U.S. and around the s 6 $AY IS A DAY 7E PROCLAIM 6ALENTINES currently working on a film version of her
world. To date, the V-Day movement has Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and play Necessary Targets and a new book of
raised over $70 million and educated end the violence. monologues, I Am an Emotional Creature,
millions about the issue of violence s 6 $AY IS A lERCE WILD UNSTOPPABLE TO BE PUBLISHED BY 2ANDOM (OUSE IN
against women and the efforts to end it, movement and community. 2010.
crafted international educational, media s *OIN US
and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama HOW TO STAY IN
program in the Middle East, reopened SPOTLIGHT ON TOUCH WITH V-DAY
shelters, and funded over 5000 WOMEN OF THE For more information about VDay,
community-based anti-violence programs For more information on the Stop
as well as safe houses in Kenya, South DEMOCRATIC 2APING /UR 'REATEST 2ESOURCE 0OWER 4O the global movement to end violence
Dakota, REPUBLIC OF CONGO The Women And Girls Of The Democratic against women and girls, please visit
Egypt and Each year V-Day increases awareness 2EPUBLIC /F #ONGO #AMPAIGN PLEASE VISIT the VDay web site at To
Iraq. In June by focusing on a specific group of women stay informed about events, actions, and
2006, V-Day in the world who are resisting violence opportunities for participation, sign up
launched the with courage and vision. In 2010, V-Day’s ABOUT EVE ENSLER for V-Mail, the movement’s online
V-DAY: Spotlight Campaign will once again Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer newsletter at
UNTIL THE highlight the atrocities being committed and activist. She is the award-winning
against the women and girls of author of The Vagina Monologues, which
VIOLENCE STOPS festival in NYC which
invited thousands of New Yorkers to stand has been published in 45 languages and
up and join V-Day in making New York )N THE $2# RAPE IS USED AS A WEAPON performed in over 120 countries. She is
of war to torture and humiliate women also the founder/artistic director of V-Day, Dramatists Play Service / Amanda
City the safest place on earth for women
and girls. In 2008, V-Day celebrated its and girls. This systemic sexual violence the global movement to end violence +EIDAN *EWELRY  ,5.!  2ANDOM
10th Anniversary in New Orleans with and femicide not only destroys women against women and girls, which has raised House / Shawn & Shane / Vosges
over 30,000 activists attending V TO THE and young girls but also entire families nearly 60 million dollars and recently Haut-Chocolat
TENTH. and communities. Survivors often suffer in celebrated its tenth anniversary at
The V-Day movement is growing at a silence, fearing stigma and ostracism. In the Louisiana Superdome in New
rapid pace throughout the world, in 130 addition to the severe psychological Orleans in April 2008. Eve’s plays
countries from Europe to Asia, Africa and impact, many survivors are left with include Necessary Targets,
the Caribbean, and all of North America. genital lesions, traumatic fistulae and Conviction, Lemonade, The Depot,
V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes other physical wounds, as well as &LOATING 2HODA AND THE 'LUE -AN,
funds to grassroots, national and unwanted pregnancies and sexually Extraordinary Measures and The !
international organizations and programs transmitted infections. Local response to Good Body, which she performed !
that work to stop violence against women support survivors is hindered by a lack of on Broadway, followed by a
and girls. In 2001, V-Day was named one resources. There is near total impunity for national tour. Both The Good Body !
of Worth Magazine’s “100 Best Charities” these crimes as perpetrators almost and The Vagina Monologues are !
and in 2006 one of Marie Claire always walk free. now being performed throughout
Magazine’s Top Ten Charities. The ‘V’ in In 2010, V-Day and UNICEF, together the world and have been published !
V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and with UN and NGO partners, are working BY 2ANDOM (OUSE )N 3EPTEMBER
Vagina. with V-Day organizers around the world to 2006, Eve’s play, The Treatment,
MAKE A DIFFERENCE $2# HAS BEEN CALLED premiered at the Culture Project in
the worst humanitarian crisis in the world New York City. O.P.C., her newest
V-DAY MISSION and the widest interstate war in modern work, will debut this summer at NY
STATEMENT African history. Fueled by the exploitation Stage and Film at Vassar College. In
s 6 $AY IS AN ORGANIZED RESPONSE AGAINST of the country’s rich natural resources by 2006, Eve released her first
violence toward women. foreign and local armies and private nonfiction book, Insecure At Last:
s 6 $AY IS A VISION 7E SEE A WORLD WHERE enterprises, the war has directly affected A Political Memoir, and co-edited A
women live safely and freely. the lives of 50 million Congolese. Since -EMORY ! -ONOLOGUE ! 2ANT AND
s 6 $AY IS A DEMAND 2APE INCEST 1996, this conflict has caused more deaths a Prayer, an anthology of writings
battery, genital mutilation and sexual than any war since World War II, either as about violence against women.
slavery must end now. a direct result of fighting or due to disease "OTH WERE PUBLISHED BY 2ANDOM
s 6 $AY IS A SPIRIT 7E BELIEVE WOMEN and malnutrition. Five million people have House. Eve’s film credits include an
should spend their lives creating and lost their lives as a result of the conflict. HBO film version of The Vagina !"#$%&%'(%)(*$%+$
thriving rather than surviving or With your help, the women and children Monologues. She also produced the ,%-.*/$%.0$!")(*$
recovering from terrible atrocities. who bear the burden of this war can film What I Want My Words to Do
s 6 $AY IS A CATALYST "Y RAISING MONEY reclaim a life of safety and dignity. To You, a documentary about her $

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