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hy does an annual seen results. 200 influential Filipina we are just more pro-active in
Filipina Summit women found nationwide doing putting out our talents forward and
matters? Why face great things for their communities making ourselves more visible. TABLE OF CONTENTS
meeting when you and organizations. Womentoring Whatever the reason, face meetings . . . . ♥ . . . .
can facebook, tweet or email? Here protégées, helping build America like the Filipina Leadership Summit
Message from the President 03
are primary reasons why people and the next generation of Filipina is not only important, it is an urgent
Message from the FWN Board Chair 03
come together to meet (sent by a leaders. A lieutenant governor activity.
Message from the Filipina Leadership
friend): appointed, a nominee for California We need to continue to Summit Host Committee Chair 03
Chief Justice confirmed, a nominee strategize, to build coalitions, to About 7th Filipina Leadership Summit 04
To gather and impart information; for Superior Court Judge in D. C., a help one another, to dream. Posthumous Recognition of
Dr. Rena Nora 04
To exchange ideas, views, opinions judge re-elected, a mayor elected in Hosted by our Pinay sisters in Las
Summit Daily Schedule 06
and suggestions; 2006, a deputy mayor appointed in Vegas, we have 20 educational
Leadership Learning Tracks 04
To discuss options; 2009, a state delegate re-elected, a sessions organized in 3 learning SHEroes Monologues 05
To solve problems; White House commissioner tracks. Led by accomplished women Marily Mondejar Summit Speaker Bios and Photos 08
To make decisions; appointed, a state house leader who are flying to Vegas from President, Filipina Women’s Network PROFILE – Gloria T. Caoile 10
To devise plans. elected, more corporate women Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Acknowledgments 16
reaching senior executive positions Massachusetts, California, Arizona, Call for Nominations: 100 Most
At FWN, we meet annually at in Fortune 500 corporations, more Washington, DC. To share their Influential Filipina Women for 2011 17
Filipina Women Who Could Be
the Filipina Summit to keep the women appointed to boards and expertise with each other. To share President Fellowship 19
spirit of Pinay Power 2012 alive and commissions… and the list goes on their personal networks so we all
present in our consciousness. To do and on. succeed.
The Vagina Monologues 12
all of the above. Perhaps we are just more So, why are you not here?
Playbill 13
Since FWN launched the Pinay vigilant in tracking the Who’s Who in the TVM Cast & Crew 14
Power campaign in 2006, we have accomplishments of these The Shade Tree 15
gained momentum and we have remarkable Filpina women. Perhaps About V-Day 18
V-Day Mission 18
About Eve Ensler 18
Spotlight 2010: Women of the
W EL C O M E T O T H E 2 0 1 0 SU M M I T ! Democratic Republic of Congo 18

ould you have take Vegas by storm! or the appointeds. Attendees with
. . . . ♥ . . . .
thought of Robust discussion is expected political ambitions will feast on
the fun place among Pinay peers as they set resource persons. Best of all, what EDITORIAL TEAM
Las Vegas as their goals to lead themselves really inspires us all is to bring MARILY MONDEJAR
a destination for convening the and lead others. Timelier still Jessica Cox again. She makes us Publi sher
Filipina leaders, doers, shakers, is that we’re four weeks from soar with hope and aspirations. FRANKLIN RICARTE
movers, organizers, survivors, election day making the summit Edi tor
advocates, authors, performers, the perfect occasion to get to ELENA BUENSALIDO A l S . P ere z
SHE-roes of the Philippine know the Pinay candidates or at MANGAHAS Art Director
Revolution? They’re here now to least network with the electeds Chair, FWN Board Dr. Bambi Lorica
f r o m T h e f i l ipin a s u mmit h o s t C O M M I T T EE ch a i r
Photo Credits

Jon Melegrito
elcome to Las Vegas, the areas of arrid desert into green glis- garner helpful information to make Gloria T. Caoile’s Photo Library
City that never sleeps, and tening communities from Summerlin your lives better and you will have a Gary Cruz, Amaze Studio
“Whatever happens in to Henderson, and Casinos continue touch of gold to take back with you to
. . . . ♥ . . . .
Las Vegas, Stays in Las Vegas!” This to be built. People have moved here your respective homes.
City has grown tremendously in the from all parts of the country and the FWN Board
30 years that I have lived here. There world looking for the “pot of gold” ROZITA VILLANUEVA LEE
Al perez
are many stories to tell about that or a place to make their pots of gold Commissioner, President Obama’s
DR. bambi lorica
growth and development. Businesses, multiply. We hope that during this Advisory Commission on Asian elena mangahas
including developers have turned vast FWN conference you all will indeed American and Pacific Islanders Genevieve Jopanda
Marily Mondejar
maya ONG escudero
Filipina Leadership Summit Learning Tracks: » Filipina Women Who Could Be President
» Make Me A Filipina Millionaire
A. “Leading Yourself” Learning Track: » State of the Filipina American Community
Sponsored by Southwest Airlines in the United States Report: Our Electeds,
» Lessons of Leadership: What I Learned at Appointeds, High Ranking Corporate
the White House Filipinas
» YouthSpeak: Bi-Cultural Identities, Burdens » State of the Philippines Report

ctober is Filipino-American “Through expert speaker panels, the of Leadership » The Global Filipina World Cafe´ –
History Month and the Filipina Filipina Leadership Summit will set the » Political Success Story: A Filipina Woman Calling All FWN 100s: Pinay Power 2012
Women’s Network (FWN), a tone of the dialogue on how we discuss Leader in Nevada Planning in Washington DC
national, nonpartisan, nonprofit ways to enhance the talent pool of Filipina » Being Corporate Savvy: How to Avoid » Growing Your Venture As A Business:
organization for women of Philippine ancestry women and advance the Filipino American Career-Ending Moments From Concept to Practice to Closing
in the United States, will mark this important community,” emphasized Gloria T. Caoile, » Real-world leadership stories of successful the Sale
celebration by gathering Filipina women chair of the Filipina Summit this year. “The entrepreneurs. Growing an idea. Building
leaders nationwide to caucus about how to panel speakers were selected from the a team. Staying true to your vision. D. Celebrating Filipino American
develop the Filipina women’s national voice government, political, corporate and labor » Filipina Superwoman: Yes! I Can Fly! History Month in October
at the 7th Filipina Leadership Summit sectors and they represent the core leadership » Violence at Home: What to do. Who to » SHEroes Monologues: Honoring the
on October 7-10, 2010 at the Bally’s Hotel in of what-it-takes to succeed from grassroots turn to. Women of the Philippine Revolution
Las Vegas, Nevada. to national prominence,” Ms. Caoile added.
The Filipina Summit is convened in October Thematically, the Filipina Summit B. “Leading Others” Learning Track: E. Honoring Domestic Violence and
because the earliest documented proof of sessions focus on advancing Filipina Sponsored by Wells Fargo Breast Cancer Survivors as a
Filipino presence in the Continental United women in the United States as career » Our Time Has Come: Why Filipina Women national awareness campaign
States was in October 1587 in Morro Bay, professionals and entrepreneurs operating Must Seize the Momentum Now in October
California. in the private and public sectors including » Why A Meeting of Leaders? » The Vagina Monologues
“An urgent theme at the summit will the military and defense industries. FWN’s » Filipina American Identity in the Asian- Perfomed by by an all-women cast
address how young Filipinas can leverage educational programming is designed to ness of the 21st Century
the pathways created by an outstanding reflect FWN’s mission and goals with a » Leading Filipina Women of the World: The casual nature of the Filipina Summit
group of Filipina women who have leadership learning focus building on the key Wins & Challenges allows attendees an unprecedented
created many “firsts” in the U. S. business, leadership competencies that enable Filipina » Global Development Alliances: Leading opportunity to gain valuable contacts, find
political, government, nonprofit, and work professionals improve their effectiveness so Social Change. Leading People. Giving mentors, explore new ways to advance
environments and how these “first” leaders they can do successful work in the U.S. and Back. their careers and grow their businesses.
can take on the challenge of offering global workplaces. » Filipina Migrants for Sale The Filipina Summit is open to anyone
solutions and leading the way,” said Marily 20 educational sessions are organized into » “Filipinas in Motion” Idea Circles – interested in advancing their careers
Mondejar, president of the Filipina Women’s three learning tracks allowing participants Attendees will join small discussion groups and issues facing women and minorities
Network. “When I receive an announcement to apply their professional development to at breakfast including professionals, industry executives
indicating a “first Filipina achievement” I specific needs and interests. and representatives from corporations,
always ask ‘who is the second in your field The full program and latest updates can be C. “Leading the Organization” government agencies and public benefit
and how are you mentoring another Filipina found online at the FWN website at Learning Track: Sponsored by the organizations that support the Filipina
to follow your lead,’” Mondejar added. Philippine Department of Trade & Industry agenda.

of 1956. She obtained her Dr. Nora was the recipient of the Herman
degree in medicine from Goldman Award for Lifetime Achievement,
In Recognition the University of Santo the highest award conferred by the National

Dr. Rena Magno
Tomas and took up her Council on Problem Gambling for her
psychiatry residency at pioneering work in the treatment of problem
the Bergen Pines County gamblers and their families.
Hospital in New Jersey and Dr. Nora was married to Demetrio T. Nora
the Psychiatric Institute M.D., a radiologist, who preceded her in
MAR CH 9 , 1940 – NOVEMBER 8, 2008 of Columbia University death. They have three children, Yvette Nora
in New York. She has (Graeme) Whitley, who is a director at El
written many books and Sevier in New York City, District Court Judge

articles as well as conducted research on Cheryl Moss (James T.) Lowery, and Dean
r. Rena Magno Nora, 68, passed Commission on Mental Health and topics such as suicide, post-traumatic stress T. (Jessica Ann Ph.D) Nora M.D., oncology
away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. She Developmental Services as well as the Board disorder, problem gambling and transcultural surgeon with Kaiser Permanente in California.
was born March 9, 1940, in Kalibo, of Examiners for the Nevada State Board for psychiatry. Dr. Nora is well known for her
Aklan, Philippines. She was a clinical Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors. Dr. Nora was very active in community achievements in blending her roles as mother,
professor of psychiatry at the University of Dr. Nora served as chief of psychiatry for affairs. She was president of many Filipino- teacher, researcher, executive administrator,
Nevada School of Medicine and the medical almost 30 years both at the New Jersey and American organizations and professional community leader and supporter of the
director of the Intensive Outpatient Program Las Vegas VA Medical Centers. She was also associations both in national and state arts. Her life achievements reflect not only
for Problem Gamblers at the Veterans Affairs a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army levels in the United States. She was given outstanding professional contributions, but her
Southern Nevada Healthcare System. She Medical Corps. Dr. Nora was a graduate of many awards for outstanding achievements passion to serve others based on her belief in
served as commissioner of the Governor’s the La Consolacion College High School Class in professional and community endeavors. the beauty and dignity of the human spirit.

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SHEroes Monologues
Written by: Elena Mangahas, Gloria Ramos and Marily Mondejar
Revised by: Sol M. Manaay and Maya Ong Escudero
Cast: Maya Ong Escudero, Jopin Romero,
Thelma Boac, Jacqui Castillejo Guingona and Pat Flores
Musical Performance by: Dr. Bambi Lorica

Not much has been written about the HILARIA DEL ROSARIO-AGUINALDO
Filipina women of the Philippine (1877-1921) The first wife of General Emilio
Revolution. Mostly mothers, wives and/or Aguinaldo, she joined her husband in his
children of the Katipuneros,* they risked campaigns. She lost her second baby while
escaping capture by American soldiers. In
their lives on the battlefields and/or aiding
1899, she organized the Hijas de la revolution
the revolutionists in more conventional (Daughter of the revolution), which later
ways to advance the cause of freedom. became the Association Nacional de la Cruz
Roja (National Association of the Red Cross.)
Hear the life stories of these
incredible Filipinas: Marcela MARINO Agoncillo
(1860-1946) Made the Filipino flag in five
AGUEDA ESTEBAN (1868-1944) days.
She would go to Manila to buy saltpeter,
copper, lead, and other materials needed by Melchora Aquino (1812-1919) Also
the army in making gunpowder and bullets. known as “Tandang Sora” because she was
She would then deliver them to Cavite, where 84 years old when she joined the revolution.
her Katipunero husband named Tungkod was
stationed. She was also a courier between her Patrocinio Gamboa (1865-1953)
husband and Gen. Artemio Ricarte, whom she The Filipino flag hoisted at the inauguration
married after her husband’s death. ceremony of the revolutionary government was
made by Patrocinio Gamboa with the help of
Agueda Kahabagan Fought in the several other women revolutionaries, using the
battlefield of Laguna “dressed in white, armed flag sewed by Marcela Agoncillo in Hong Kong
with a rifle and brandishing a bolo (machete).” as their model. She also raised funds and

Bayan Ko
The 1899 roster of generals listed her as the collected materials such as food, medicines
only woman general of the Philippine and munitions which were essential to
Republic. continue the revolutionary challenge.

The youngest sibling of Andres Bonifacio, she The mother of the national hero, she taught
helped the Katipuneros even when she had Dr. Jose P. Rizal the principles he stood and
just lost her husband, Teodoro Plata. She fought for when he grew up. She was Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
would wait for the rebels to give guns stolen persecuted by the Spanish authorities for Lupain ng ginto’t bulaklak
or collected from attacks on Spanish soldiers. being the mother of his reformist son. When Pag-ibig ang sa kanyang palad
As they would race back into hiding, she offered pension by the US government, she
would quickly stash the weapons under her said: “The Rizals offer their lives to their
Nag-alay ng ganda’t dilag.
big skirt. mother country because of their inherent At sa kanyang yumi at ganda
patriotism and not because of money” Dayuhan ay nahalina
Glicera Marella Villavicencio Bayan ko, binihag ka
(1852-1929) Refused to name the Trinidad Perez Tecson (1848-1928)
Katipuneros** and divulge secrets about the Among the Filipino women who engaged in
Nasadlak sa dusa.
“Bayan Ko” was originally composed as a poem
Katipunan* even if it meant release of her military action during the revolution, she is by Jose Corazon de Jesus in 1929, and set to
husband from prison often referred to as Trining. She was involved Ibon mang may layang lumipad music by Constancio de Guzman. Written as a
in several raids against Spanish arsenals in Kulungin mo at umiiyak protest song during the American occupation of
Gregoria De Jesus NAKPIL (1875- order to acquire weapons for the revolutionary the Philippines.
1943) Founder of the women’s chapter of the cause.
Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag
**Katipuneros - members of the Kataastaasang
Katipunan;** married Andres Bonifacio, the Ang di magnasang makaalpas! Kagalanggalangang Katipunan (KKK) ng Pilipinas
supremo of the Katipunan.** *Katipunan - The Katipunan was a Philippine Pilipinas kong minumutya (English: Supreme and Venerable Society of the
Children of the Nation), a revolutionary group of the
revolutionary organization founded by Filipino Pugad ng luha ko’t dalita 1800s; a Filipino who continues to fight unjust and
Gregoria Montoyo (1863-1896) Led anti-Spanish revolutionaries in Manila, in
30 rebels in the Battle of Calero in Dalahican, 1892, which aimed to gain independence
Aking adhika, corrupt structures in society.

Cavite. from Spain. Makita kang sakdal laya! Sources: and


9:00 am – 4:00 pm Welcome to the Filipina Leadership 7:30 – 8:30 am (Skyview 5/6) Advisory Commission on Asian Americans an idea, building a team, staying
Dress and Technical Rehearsals for Summit: Why A Meeting of Leaders? Daily Summit Registration Open and Pacific Islanders (‘07 FWN 100) true to a vision.
SHEroes Monologues and The Vagina Gloria T. Caoile, Senior Political Director, Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Monologues Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Breakfast State of the Philippines Report Founder and CEO,, Inc.
(cast and crew members only) (‘07 FWN 100) “Filipinas in Motion” Peer Idea Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon
Circles Philippine Consul General Los Angeles
5:30 – 8:30 pm Welcome to Las Vegas: Filipina Continuing a summit tradition, we begin and Nevada “Leading Others”
Summit Registration Open Women in Las Vegas Report the Filipina Summit with getting to know Learning Track
Judge Cheryl Moss, Family Division The Filipina American Identity in
your peers at breakfast. Choose your Peer
6:00 – 8:30 pm (Skyview 3) Clark County, Nevada Idea Circle.  the Asian-ness of the 21st Century Filipina Women of the World: 
Welcome Reception Christina Lagdameo Global Development Alliances:
Sponsored by Susie Quesada, Executive Welcome from the Philippine Each participant shares ONE idea. Then Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Leading Social Change, Leading
Vice President, Ramar Foods International Consul General leave with one career or life-changing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders People, Giving Back
(‘07 FWN 100) Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon, Philippine IDEA learned from your peers that you can      Maria A. Beebe, PhD
Consul General Los Angeles and Nevada use immediately. KEYNOTE Portland State University
Welcome to the Filipina Women’s Our Time Has Come: Why Filipina School of Extended Studies
Network Keynote: Lessons of Leadership: Each Circle is a self-managing group, Women Must Seize the Momentum
Elena Mangahas, Board Chair What I Learned at the White House choosing a facilitator, a reporter and a Mona Pasquil Tessie Cruz Villacorta APR
(‘07 FWN 100) and Book Signing timer. On Sunday, Oct. 10, after the closing (former) Lieutenant Governor, Social Change Advocate
Dr. Connie Mariano, Author, breakfast, each circle reports back to the State of California (‘07 FWN 100);
Maya Ong Escudero, Board Member The White House Doctor, (‘07 FWN 100) larger group, its Top Two Ideas. SHEro & Legend 2009 5:30 – 7:15 pm
(‘09 FWN 100) Idea - a thought or suggestion as to a Dinner on your own
possible course of action; a feeling that 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm (Skyview 5/6)
something is probable or possible; a Working Lunch & General Session 7:00 – 11:00 pm
concept of pure reason.
The Global Filipina World Cafe´ – SHEroes MONOLOGUES
8:45 – 11:45 am (Skyview 5/6) Calling ALL FWN 100s: Pinay Power and a posthumous recognition
General Session: 2012 Planning for DC of Dr. Rena Nora, an esteemed
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS PANEL A working lunch to begin the planning Filipina trailblazer in Nevada 
on how we envision Pinay Power 2012 (Skyview 5/6) (Filipino Attire requested)
FWN REPORT  Womentoring Circles at the 9th Filipina
State of the Filipina American Summit in Washington, DC.  To mark the celebration of Filipino History
Community in the United States: Month in October, FWN will debut in
Our Electeds, Appointeds, Highest A World Cafe´is a simple methodology for Las Vegas the “SHEroes Monologues:
Ranking Corporate Filipinas hosting conversations based on a set of Honoring the Women of the Philippine
Marily Mondejar integrated design principles that reveal Revolution.”
President, Filipina Women’s Network a deeper living network pattern through
(FWN 100 “Keeper of the Flame”) which we co-evolve our collective future. The monologues highlight the unsung
heroines whose contributions were
Leading Filipina Women of the 3:45 – 5:15 pm significant in winning independence from
World: Wins & Challenges Spanish rule.
VIDA BENAVIDES “Leading Yourself” Learn-
Principal, Dewey Square Group ing Track Dessert Reception and
(‘07 FWN 100) “Kwentuhan” (to follow)
Real-world leadership stories of FREE if you’re registered for the full
KEYNOTE successful entrepreneurs. Growing summit or the Friday daily rate. To
Political Success Story: A Filipina purchase a VIP table of 10 or additional
Woman Leader in Nevada individual tickets, go to www.Filipina
Judge Cheryl Moss
Family Division Court, Clark County, NV

Las Vegas: The Emerging Schedules, speakers and programs subject to change.
Workplace for Filipinos Updated conference Schedules will be available during
Rozita Villanueva Lee the Summit at the Registration Desk.
Commissioner, President Obama’s

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7:30 – 8:30 am (Skyview 5/6) to career advancement.  Find out how 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Daily Summit Registration Open and why you should not feel alone when
domestic violence happens to you or “Leading Others”
Breakfast someone you know. Learning Track
“Filipinas in Motion” Peer Idea
Circles continues Judge Cheryl Moss Filipina Migrants for Sale
Family Division Court, Clark County, NV Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, PhD
8:45 – 11:45 am (Skyview 5/6) Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
General Session Carolyn Muscari (‘09 FWN 100)
Advocate Supervisor, S.A.F.E. House
Keynote Protecting domestic violence victims when
Filipina Women: Phoenix Rising they have to show up in court. “Leading the Organization”
Valerie Santos Learning Track
Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Mari D. Parlade, Esq.
Development, Washington, DC Custody, support and advocacy in domes- Growing Your Venture as a
tic violence situations. Mental and health Business:  From Concept to Practice
YouthSpeak: Bi-Cultural Identities, effects of abuse on the children, their self- to Closing the Sale
Burdens of Leadership esteem, and resulting tendencies to lash Zeny Cunanan
What’s our Filipina image as daughters, out and engage in violence themselves. President & CEO, Galaxy Global Corp.
wives and mothers? The feelings of (‘09 FWN 100)
isolation and overwhelm as we negotiate Julie Soo, Esq.
cultures in the community and workplace Commissioner, San Francisco Commission Norma Edar
on the Status of Women; Staff Attorney, Owner/CFO, A TopNotch Security Services,
Melissa S. Ramoso California Department of Insurance Inc., Costless Maintenance Services Co.,
Field Representative, Office of Assem- Inc. (‘09 FWN 100)
blymember Ted W. Lieu, 53rd District Vanessa Barcelona, Esq.
Barcelona & Pilarski, P.A. ‘07 FWN 100) 6:30 – 11pm (Skyview 5/6)
Susie Quesada Ways to maintain lawful status when Cabaret Supper
abuser and abused are in the immigra-
Executive Vice President, Ramar Foods
tion process.  Visa protections for women:
and Benefit
International (‘07 FWN 100)
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), Performance
Jessica Cox T and U visas 6:30 – 7:30 pm Cabaret Supper
Pilot (first licensed pilot with no arms) (for VIP ticket holders, Sponsors, FULL
(‘09 FWN 100) 12:00 nn – 1:30 pm summit, and Saturday-only registrants)
Lunch on your own
Being Corporate Savvy: How to 8:00 pm Benefit performance
Avoid Career-Ending Moments 1:30 -– 3:00 pm SUN, OCT 10
Building your credibility in your orga- General Session V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s
nization. Creating effective coalitions.  (Skyview 5/6) award winning play, “The Vagina 7:30 – 8:30 am (Skyview 5/6) Closing Session
Understanding the “unwritten rules” in Monologues” will premier in Las Vegas in Where Do We Go From Here?
the workplace. Developing career-defining Filipina Women Who Could Be honor of Asian Pacific women survivors Breakfast Filipina World Cafe´ Report –
moments to establish your expertise. President Panel of domestic violence and breast cancer as with the “Filipinas in Motion” Peer Idea Pinay Power 2012?
Investing in our careers and changing our part of the national awareness campaign Circles – finalize group reports
Susan Afan mind-set.  The forum will explore solutions during the month of October.  Filipina Superwoman: 
District Director, San Diego/Inland Empire on how to increase the odds that some 9:00 am – 12:00 nn Yes! I Can Fly!
Robert Half International (‘07 FWN 100) Filipina women will rise to the President The monologues are stories about Eve General Session Jessica Cox
position in all sectors. Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 (Skyview 5/6) Pilot (first licensed pilot with no arms)
Marily Mondejar women. With humor and grace the (‘09 FWN 100)
Organization Consultant and Executive Irene B. Bueno piece celebrates women’s sexuality and Filipinas in Motion Peer Idea To be introduced by Norma Edar
Coach, FWN 100 “Keeper of the Flame” Co-founder and Partner, NVG strength. Through this play and the libera- Circles Reports (‘09 FWN 100)
(‘07 FWN 100) tion of this one word, countless women Each peer circle reports to the larger
Violence at Home: throughout the world have taken control group their Top Two Ideas  (one career Don’t miss the awe-inspiring story of
What to do. Who to turn to.  Vida Benavides of their bodies and their lives. For more and one life-changing idea) learned from Jessica Cox. Born without arms, Jessica
Nationally, 1 in 4 families experience Priincipal, State, Local and Multicultural than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues others that can be used immediately back now flies airplanes, drives cars, and
domestic violence. In 2009, there were Practice, Dewey Square Group has given voice to experiences and feel- in the office or at home. otherwise lives a normal life using her
175,000 domestic violence calls.  One (‘07 FWN 100) ings not previously exposed in public. feet as others use their hands. She holds
of these calls could end up in homicide.  “Make Me A Filipina Millionaire” the title of the first person without arms
Domestic violence should not happen. But Kris Valderrama Perfomed by by an all-women cast from Speaker Panel in the American Tae Kwon-Do Association
it does.  At home. In the workplace. It’s Delegate, Prince George’s County Las Vegas and San Francisco. FREE if This popular speaker panel chaired by to get a black belt and the first woman
been identified as one of the barriers (14th District), Maryland you’re registered for the full summit or the Josephine Romero, Philippine Trade Com- pilot in aviation history to fly with her feet.
Saturday daily rate.  To purchase tables of missioner for the U.S. Western Region, will Her talk is a most apt title for a heart-
10 or individual tickets, go to www. feature Filipina entrepreneurs sharing their warming story of her life and her mother’s journeys - how they reached their first mil- determination that she can independently
KAPUSO N G FWN : lion dollars in business, as they work their take care of herself and lead a normal life.
passion, achieve their dream and share
He prefers to stay in the sidelines but his work still puts him at the center of the Las their prosperity with those who need it. See you next year!!!
Vegas Filipino American community. The vice president of the Las Vegas Asian Journal
is a valuable link that connects individuals and groups to form the mosaic of Fil Ams in
this city. It is love for the community more than anything else that fuels his passion to 7
Robert Macabagdal help. This unassuming executive is also a budding shutterbug. His big camera always
Vice President, Asian Journal elicits smiles. But it is his big heart that stirs the Las Vegas Fil Ams’ soul.

Carolyn Muscari
Advocate Supervisor, S.A.F.E.
speaker bio
Carolyn Muscari has been a Domestic
Violence Legal Advocate for over 12
As an undergraduate at the
University of Maryland, she led the
successful struggle to establish the first
Asian American Studies Program in the
DC metropolitan area. She is a Public
Policy and International Affairs Fellow,
a Presidential Management Fellow
and received her Master’s in Public
Policy from the New School for Social
Jessica Cox
Motivational Speaker
The doctors don’t exactly know
why Jessica was born without arms.
Sonograms and other prenatal tests
did not reveal this rare congenital
condition. However, from infancy
her feet became her hands. Like all
children, she went through the various
Kris Valderrama
Member, House of Delegates,
Kris Valderrama just won her re-
election bid to a second term as
Maryland State Delegate for Prince
George’s County. Ms. Valderrama is
the eldest daughter of the first Filipino
American elected to statewide office
framework of image as a proponent of
success, Ms. Mondejar developed the
seven aspects of image for influencing
results, a standard since adopted
by the image consulting industry.
As the founding president of the
Filipina Women’s Network, she has
spearheaded the Nationwide Search
for the 100 Most Influential Filipina
years. She has worked for the Las Research in New York City. stages of development. She learned to on the mainland, former Maryland Women in the U.S. and the “Pinay
Vegas Metropolitan Police Department feed herself and write with her feet. Delegate David M. Valderrama. Kris Power 2012”, a mentoring initiative
and at SAFE House Domestic Violence Dr. Connie Mariano Jessica Cox now flies airplanes, worked with the 1.4 million member whose goal is to double the number of
Agency where she is still employed. Author, “The White House drives cars, and otherwise lives a American Federation of State, Filipina leaders in America by 2012. Ms.
She has been a volunteer for 29 years Doctor” normal life using her feet as others County and Municipal Employees Mondejar is also President of the San
for the Clark County District Court Dr. Connie Mariano is used to breaking use their hands. She holds the title of (AFSCME), AFL-CIO in their Public Francisco Friends of the Commission
as a CASA (Court Appointed Special barriers, used to shattering the glass the first person without arms in the Affairs Department – Strategic on the Status of Women and serves
Advocate). CASAs are appointed by ceiling. Born to a Navy father and American Tae Kwon-Do Association to Communications Unit, working on such (and has served) on non-profit boards
the court to represent children who Filipina mother in the Philippines, get a black belt and the first woman issues as child care, home care and including Leadership California, the
have been victims of abuse or neglect Mariano traveled and lived military pilot in aviation history to fly with her health care organizing. In addition, Kris San Francisco Sweatfree Procurement
regarding permanent placement for base to military base, typical of the feet. She graduated college with a has been active in the labor movement Advisory Group, the San Francisco
those children.  life of a family in the American armed degree in Psychology and is pursuing a for over a decade campaigning and Justice and Courage Oversight Panel,
forces. Along the way, she accumulated career as an international motivational rallying in support of working family Filipino American Arts Exposition,
Judge Cheryl Moss life experiences and the desire to make speaker! issues. Image Industry Council International,
Eighth Judicial District, Family her own mark in the world. She has and the American Society of Training
Division, Clark County, Nevada achieved an impressive list of “firsts” Josephine Romero Maria Africa Beebe and Development. She is also a
Judge Cheryl Nora Moss is serving her that include: the first military woman to Trade Commissioner for Internationalization Consultant, member of Women Impacting Public
10th year as a Family Court Judge in become the White House Physician to U.S. Northwestern Region, Portland State University Policy and Emerge California.
the 8th Judicial District Court, Family the President, the first woman Director Philippine Trade and Investment Maria Africa Beebe, is an
Division, Clark County, State of Nevada. of the White House Medical Unit, the Center Internationalization Consultant at Consul General Mary Jo
She was elected to the 8th Judicial first Filipino American in US history to Josephine Romero is currently the Trade Portland State University. She has Bernardo Aragon
District in 2000 and re-elected in 2002 become a Navy Rear Admiral. Commissioner of the Philippine Trade a Masters in Anthropology and Philippine Consulate General,
and 2008, and is currently serving and Investment Center in Silicon Valley, Ph.D. in Education from Stanford Los Angeles, California
a six-year term until 2014. After Gloria T. Caoile the Philippine Government’s Trade University. Her personal mission Consul General Mary Jo is a career
graduating law school and working as Senior Political Director, Asian and Industry office in northwest U.S. is linking higher education with diplomat with the rank of Chief of
a judicial law clerk for D.C. Superior Pacific American Labor Alliance and Canada. Administratively linked global sustainable development; Mission I. Before assuming her post
Court Judge John H. Bayly, Jr., Judge See cover story feature on p.10-11. to the Philippine Consulate General, balancing social and environmental at the Philippine Consulate General
Moss relocated to Las Vegas. Judge PTIC-SV (as it is known) promotes the considerations with economic in Los Angeles, Mrs. Aragon held
Moss became the first Judge in the Irene B. Bueno country’s priority revenue streams like development; using information and the position of Chief of Staff to
State of Nevada to implement a pilot Co-Founder and Partner, NVG global sourcing in business processes communication technologies (ICTs) the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in
program for referring parents in child Irene B. Bueno, a former official and manufacturing services; trade in for global development alliances for Manila. Mrs. Aragon served in various
custody cases for Problem Gambling in the Clinton Administration, is food, natural products, and lifestyle global engagement. She has 20 years capacities at the Philippine Mission
Assessments. Judge Moss successfully co-founder and partner of NVG, a goods; and other bilateral commercial professional experience in international to the United Nations in New York
launched the program with the help dynamic government relations firm exchanges and investments with host development, involving leading change, from and at the Philippine Embassy
and coordination of the Nevada specializing in public policy, advocacy, country, the United States. leading people, maximizing results; in Brussels, Belgium. Mrs. Aragon
Council on Problem Gambling and strategic advice, and outreach. Ms. demonstrating business acumen, and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in
through the expertise and mentorship Bueno has expertise in developing Julie D. Soo building coalitions in higher education.  Political Science from Schiller College in
of her late mother, Dr. Rena Magno and implementing legislative, policy, Senior Staff Counsel, California Lessons learned from these experiences Bönnigheim, Germany and a Diploma
Nora, former Chief of Psychiatry for the and communications strategies on Department of Insurance are highlighted in AfricaDotEdu (2003), in International Relations from the
Veterans Administration Medical Center various issues including education, Julie D. Soo is a senior staff counsel edited by Beebe, Koaukou, Oyeyinka University of London, UK.
in New Jersey and Las Vegas. housing, immigration, health care, and with the California Department and Rao.
appropriations. Ms. Bueno was Special of Insurance. She has volunteered Mari D. Parlade
Christina Lagdameo Assistant to the President in the White in a variety of community causes, Marily Mondejar Founder and Owner of
Deputy Director, White House House Chief of Staff’s Office and on including hate crimes projects, civil President, Filipina Women’s Parlade Law, LLC
Initiative on Asian Americans the Domestic Policy Council. Prior to rights education, campaign work, Network Mari D. Parlade is a passionate child
and Pacific Islanders her White House posts, Ms. Bueno and community health advocacy. She Marily Mondejar is a senior business advocate who has devoted over ten
Christina Lagdameo was appointed was a Deputy Assistant Secretary for is well-recognized as a former staff leader with wide-ranging global years to representing children in
as the Deputy Director of the White Legislation at the U.S. Department writer with AsianWeek. Julie serves on experience as an entrepreneur, Juvenile Dependency (abuse & neglect)
House Initiative on Asian Americans of Health and Human Services. Ms. the San Francisco Commission on the strategist and advisor to leading Proceedings both in San Diego,
and Pacific Islanders in April 2010. Bueno served as a Board member of Status of Women and is active with the organizations. She advises executives California and Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Prior to her appointment, she worked the Asian Pacific American Institute California Democratic Party Executive on leadership and career derailment Mari’s passion for children birthed in
for seven years for the White House for Congressional Studies (APAICS); Board as a co-chair of the Platform issues, and consults on corporate 1999 at the University of San Diego
Office of Management and Budget and the former Executive Director and a Committee. She holds an A.B. with a image strategies, merger implications, Child Advocacy Institute (USD CAI)
examined over $45 billion in federal current Board member of the Asian double major in Pure Mathematics and scenario planning, and how to where she represented children in
income support programs, including American Action (AAA) Fund, a political Statistics from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. maximize performance, through work dependency proceedings as a Certified
the Earned Income Tax Credit, Refugee empowerment organization. in Applied Mathematics from U.C. San with executive teams, alliance-building, Legal Intern for the San Diego Public
Resettlement and issues relating to Diego, and a J.D. from Golden Gate and inter-cultural communications.  Defender’s Office. In recognition for
asset poverty. University School of Law. Formulating her own conceptual her dedication to the children of

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Judge Cheryl Moss Christina Lagdameo Irene B. Bueno Jessica Cox Josephine Romero Kris Valderama Maria Africa Beebe Mary Jo Aragon Melissa Ramoso Mona Pasquil

Norma Padua Edar Robyn Rodriguez Sheila Lirio Marcelo Susan Afan Susie Quesada Tessie Villacorta Valerie Santos Vanessa Barcelona Vida Benavides Zeny Cunanan

California, Mari was awarded the 2002 data analysis. She was appointed Rozita Villanueva Lee was born in Susan Afan in NGOs such as the Ayala Foundation,
James D’Angelo Outstanding Child Western Political Director in the Clinton Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii where her District Director, San Diego / League of Corporate Foundations,
Advocate Award and added to the White House, served as deputy CEO parents immigrated to in the early Inland Empire, Robert Half Philippine Business for Social Progress,
USD CAI Wall of Fame in 2005 and for the 2000 Democratic National 1930s from San Manuel, Pangasinan. International San Miguel Foundation, Habitat
was recognized by U.S. Senator Harry Convention and as political director of As in Hawaii, Rozita became active in Susan is the District President for for Humanity. She also handled
Reid, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley the 2000 Gore-Lieberman campaign in the Las Vegas community making a Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI), Philippine programs for international
and the Legal Aid Center of Southern California. difference in the lives of people. She the world’s first and largest staffing organizations like Synergus, Bridges
Nevada in 2009.  serves as Advisory Board Member firm named by Fortune magazine as for Peace, Asia Business Conference,
Norma Padua Edar for OCA Las Vegas and Women one of the Worlds’s Most Admired Habitat International, and the like.
Melissa Ramoso CFO, A Topnotch Security of Diversity, Nevada. She is also Companies. She assumed her current
Field Representative for Services member of the Chancellor’s Advisory position in 2008 after 10 years Valerie Santos
Assemblymember Ted W. Lieu Norma Padua Edar is a serial Roundtable where she speaks on managing offices in Northern California Deputy Mayor for Planning
(CA-53) entrepreneur. She has founded behalf of the APIA community on and Hawaii, and currently oversee and Economic Development,
Melissa Ramoso is a Filipino-American three businesses that continue to issues relating to education. She is operations in San Diego and Inland Washington, D.C.
first generation college graduate born grow and hire from diversified and currently on the National Asian Pacific Empire. Valerie Santos is the District of
to parents who work in government disadvantaged groups in the San American Media Coalition that grades Susan graduated with a degree Columbia’s Deputy Mayor for Planning
and served in the military. Most Francisco Bay Area when most the Networks on Diversity issues. in Communications from Ateneo and Economic Development, where
notably, her grandfather served in businesses are laying off employees.  de Manila University in Manila, the she is responsible for implementing
the Philippine-American Army as She started as an accounts clerk with Sheila Lirio Marcelo Philippines, and is a highly-regarded Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s economic
a Lt. Colonel during WWII. For the the San Francisco Giants and was the Founder and CEO, career expert who frequently speaks on development vision and managing a
past three years, she continues her Assistant Controller when she left the Sheila is an entrepreneur whose career management issues. development pipeline worth more than
family’s legacy of public service as sports industry to start her security passion for business and family led $13 Billion of housing, retail, office,
a Field Representative for California services, maintenance and rental to the founding of in 2006. Susie Quesada parks, infrastructure and public space
State Assemblymember Ted W. Lieu. property businesses. After enduring frequent struggles to Executive Vice President, Ramar projects throughout the District.
Melissa is the liaison to the Asian find quality caregivers for her two Foods International Before joining the District
Pacific Islander (API) and the API Robyn Magalit Rodriguez boys, Sheila recognized a lack in Susie’s love for Filipino food was government in 2007, Santos was a Vice
Legislative Caucus in the district office. Assistant Professor of resources available to help families nurtured by her mom, whose authentic President at Jones Lang LaSalle, where
Melissa serves on the Board of Asian Sociology, Rutgers University address their care needs: child care, recipes were used to make Orientex she specialized in urban public-private
Pacific American Legislative Staff Robyn Rodriguez received her Ph.D. tutoring, senior care, pet care, and Lumpia, Longanisa, Tocino and development. Previously, she was a
Network and is an appointed 2010 in Sociology from the University of housekeeping. She founded Care. Magnolia Ice Cream. As Ramar Foods Manager with Ernst & Young’s real
California Democratic Party Delegate California, Berkeley and is currently com to fill that void. In 2007, Care. expands into new markets, Susie aims estate group and an Associate with
by California State Senator Alan an Assistant Professor of Sociology at com won the Stevie Award for “Best to change the way the world views Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler. She
Lowenthal. Rutgers University. She also serves as New Company of the Year.” In 2009, Filipino food. Specializing in Filipino is a graduate of Santa Clara University
a faculty affiliate of the Department Sheila was recognized as one of the cuisine, Ramar Foods’ numerous and earned her MBA at Harvard
Mona Pasquil of Women’s and Gender Studies. Over Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs product lines can be found in most Business School and a Masters in
Former California Lieutenant the last fifteen years, Dr. Rodriguez at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Asian supermarkets across the country, Public Policy at Harvard University’s
Governor has been studying and writing about Summit. She was recently named ranging from large chains to small Kennedy School of Government.
Mona Pasquil is the FIRST woman, Philippine emigration and community an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of retailers.
FIRST Filipina American, and FIRST formation amongst Filipinos in the The Year in New England. Prior to Vanessa Barcelona
Asian American to serve as lieutenant labor diaspora. Her book, “Migrants founding, Sheila served as an Tessie Cruz Villacorta Partner/Immigration Attorney
governor of California. Prior to the for Export: How the Philippine State executive at several successful Internet Social Change Advocate at Barcelona & Pilarski, P.A.
appointment, she served as Chief of Brokers Labor to the World” was companies including: Upromise, a Tessie Cruz Villacorta recently retired Vanessa Barcelona was born in Manila,
Staff to former Lieutenant Governor published in 2010 by the University of site helping families save for college; from Ayala Corporation as associate Philippines. She and her family moved
John Garamendi. The granddaughter of Minnesota Press. and, an executive director and from Children’s Hour to Florida in 1984. She is a graduate
Filipino immigrants and the daughter job search engine. Sheila graduated Philippines, Inc as executive director. of the University of Florida, where
of a community leader and gifted Rozita Villanueva Lee from Mount Holyoke College with a While her expertise was in public she received her B.A. in 1991 and her
jazz pianist, Mona was vice president Commissioner, President degree in Economics. She also holds relations, communications and events J.D. in 1995. She as been practicing
for MHSC Partners Inc., a political Obama’s Advisory Commission both a M.B.A. and a J.D. from Harvard planning, Tess was continuously law for 15 years, solely in the
consulting firm widely acknowledged on Asian American and Pacific University. involved in corporate social
for expertise in microtargeting and Islanders responsibility programs. She was active (continued on p. 18)

Gloria T. Caoile
Her Br and of Presence
by C ayan Topacio

hen Gloria T. Caoile joins a Labor as Special Assistant to the Secretary in the
group she unwittingly raises Office of Public Engagement. “Gloria has
their energy level. Her effortless mentored a generation of emerging Asian Pacific
ways to direct, influence, Americans to continue the fight for economic
motivate, and make things justice. As one of the many recipients of her
happen, are admired by many who have worked mentorship, I am forever indebted to Gloria.”
with her.
“Gloria is a trailblazer,” stated Vida Benavides,
“It is amazing when you ask Asian American and former chair of APIAVote and community activist.
Pacific Island women who is the one person who “Because of her energetic leadership in the
inspires them - the one name that keeps coming community and in the political arena, I and so
up over and over again from women all over the many Filipina American women and men,
country is - Gloria Caoile”, said Daphne Kwok, inspired by her courage, dedication, passion for
Chair of the President’s Advisory Commission for justice and equal opportunity, have joined her in
the White House Initiative on Asian American and working towards the vision of a fair and
Pacific Islanders. representative democracy in this country.”

“Why does she inspire me?” pondered Daphne, Prior to working at APALA, Gloria served as the
pausing briefly, and then responding to her own Special Assistant to the International President of
question, “It’s because Gloria exemplifies the the American Federation of State, County &
best qualities in a leader - passion, commitment, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Washington,
a can-do spirit, positive energy that always D.C., a labor union serving 1.3 million members.
radiates a room or a conference call, a She retired from AFSCME after 33 years of
tremendous multi-tasker, master of wearing service. AFSCME continues to call on Gloria for
numerous hats all at once and being very clear special assignments. She has led disaster relief
about not mixing up hats, selfless, humble, filled teams to assist union members devastated by
with joy and love and laughter!” Exclaimed wildfires in Southern California, flooding in Iowa,
Daphne, “When I grow up, I want to be Gloria Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the 9/11
Caoile!” tragedy in New York.

Gloria T. Caoile is a recognized labor rights leader “My path to the executive floor was not easy,”
who has been at the center of Filipino American Gloria said. “In those days, women were mostly economic justice. Past awards reflect the wide her. Her voice rose above the din. She was easy
political and civic engagement for more than 20 in administrative support roles. Very few held spectrum of her activities - the Filipinas Magazine going and funny; but, underneath the comedic
years. An advocate for Asian American and Pacific positions of authority. That’s why I also became a Achievement Award for Community Service, the facade was a serious and responsible person,”
Islander participation in the political process, she founding member of the Asian Pacific American Presidential Merit of Honor (the Philippines continued Luisa.
encourages members of the immigrant Women Leadership Institute (APAWLI) -- to highest civic award) for her community
community to vote, to volunteer in civic nurture and develop leadership skills among development work and fight against poverty in Gloria was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, an
organizations, and to do their part in helping Asian American and Pacific Islander women. the Philippines, and her most cherished award unusual origin for a Filipino American. “My
America maintain a healthy democracy. She is the While there is more that needs to be done to the St. Scholastica’s College Pax Award given to mother was among the first evacuees that left
former Executive Director of the Asian Pacific help women achieve pay parity, I’m encouraged an outstanding alumna. the Philippines right after the war. Being part
American Labor Alliance (APALA) and a board by the advances women are making in the American and pregnant, she was prioritized and
member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Vote workplace. I remain the eternal optimist.” “I never in my life imagined I would ever get an put on a military ship along with my American
(APIAVote). award from my school. I was not one of those grandfather, who was incarcerated at Santo
Gloria has received numerous accolades for her with a stellar academic record. I infuriated the Tomas. They joined my grandfather’s relatives in
“Gloria embodies the APALA spirit serving as a achievements. Last year, she received the nuns,” Gloria laughed. Oklahoma. My father, a Filipino, subsequently
bridge connecting the labor movement with the Distinguished Service Award from the Asian followed. No offense to Oklahoma, but my mom
broader Asian Pacific American community,” said American Justice Center in recognition of her “She was always a leader even at an early age” said it was such a harsh and desolate place and
Malcolm Amado Uno, former APALA Executive involvement in advancing equality and for her said Luisa Herrera, a long time friend and my father could not imagine raising a family
Director and now with the U.S. Department of service on various boards that seek social and schoolmate. “Other students gathered around there. Thank goodness they went back to the

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Philippines where I grew up. While I have lived member of Feed the Hungry, “The Commission ardent supporter. “He is the one that inspires me has truly blessed her with talent, sense of humor,
here in the United States most of my life, my on Filipinos Overseas of the Office of the to do what I do. Our daughter Melanie keeps me and wisdom which she shares so generously. I
formative years were spent in the Philippines. So President of the Philippines recently certified our focused.” learn so much from her as we work together on
much of who I am is being Filipino.” organization as having donated more than a projects.”
million dollars worth of assistance. Our programs Organizing community events, coordinating
Gloria has returned to the Philippines annually to encompass feeding and nutrition, gift giving, assemblies, rallying people to support a cause, “It’s her presence,” added Rozita. “It’s a
volunteer with Feed the Hungry. Tess Alarcon, scholarships, calamity and emergency medical arranging conventions, staging public forums, are leadership quality few have. She has the ability to
co-founder of the nonprofit group, remarked assistance, and infrastructure development. We just a few of the activities on Gloria’s plate. It command attention. There’s a magnetism that
“She was our leader, our mentor, our friend and have built 82 classrooms, installed water systems, takes more than organizational skills to pulls people to her. She connects well with
inspiration. She was a prolific fundraiser, a great and assisted in livelihood projects. We have accomplish all these. What explains her success? others. She uses that ability to influence and
strategist, and an effective organizer. Always touched the lives of more than a million poorest motivate people to work for the good of others.
engrained in my memory is the sight of Gloria on of the poor Filipinos in the Philippines. Gloria was “Gloria is the most energetic multi-tasked, Her love for family, friends and community is all
top of a 6 x 6 truck shouting instructions to an integral part of all of these accomplishments.” caring, woman I know,” said Rozita Villanueva encompassing and we are so lucky to have her in
disaster victims, ordering them to line up and get Lee, Commissioner on the President’s Advisory our community.”
their calamity relief assistance in an orderly While Gloria is highly appreciative of the public Commission for the White House Initiative on
fashion.” recognition, it is her private life and family that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “She can 
provides her with the greatest satisfaction. Ben, work on several projects for different entities all Cayan Topacio is a writer living in Seattle,
Added Pablito Alarcon, co-founder and board her husband of 40 years, has been her most at the same time and does them all well. God Washington.

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Part One
WOMEN) Nida Recabo
Cynthia Guinto Deriquito
Bella Wood, Tere Borja,
Jo Devlin, Marilyn Ante, in the Cast
Gloria T. Caoile and Shari Macias Wong, Cielo Martinez, Shari
Rozita Villanueva Lee, Minddie Lloyd Macias Wong
Producers & Directors,
The Vagina Monologues Chorus / Vagina Choir OUTRAGEOUS ARLENE MARIE “Bambi” Bella Wood CECILIA ‘BABES’ ENRILE
Las Vegas – All Cast VAGINA FACT: LORICA, MD, FAAP Contract Oversight Wife, mother, passionate
THE VIBRATOR Holistic Pediatrician Specialist, community leader
Marily Mondejar and FILM CLIP ON Nadia Jurani U.S.Department of Housing
Elena Mangahas, Filipina COMFORT WOMEN and Urban Development
Women’s Network INTRO –
Bella Wood, Cecilia (HUMAN
Martinez, Cynthia Guinto Rozita Villanueva Lee Jacqui Castillejo
Deriquito, Jo Devlin, Luz Guingona, Emmie
Sapin Micabalo, Marilyn MY ANGRY VAGINA
Ante, Minddie Lloyd, Anderson
Mona Cladis, Celia
Mona M. Cladis, Nadia C. “Babes” Enrile
Jurani, Shari Macias- INTRO – THE WOMAN
Wong, Sylvia V Arellano, WHO LOVED TO MAKE Cielo Martinez Cynthia Guinto IMELDA “Emmie” JACKIE CASTILLEJO-
Tere Guanzon-Borja Co-Founder, Deriquito COLLADO ORTEGA GUINGONA
Thelma Boac Global Armortek; State Secretary, ANDERson Owner
Shari Macias Wong
Intermission THE WOMAN WHO
Curves for Women
National Federation
of Filipino Americans
Founder & CEO,
Pinoy Power Radio
L3 Dream Productions
LOVED TO MAKE Associations
HAIR Julie Soo, Pat Flores
Sylvia Arellano
Part Two With the Vagina Choir –
San Francisco and Las
Bella Wood, Cecilia HANDPRINTS Vegas Cast
“Babes” Enrile, Cielo (Men against
Martinez, Cynthia Guinto violence)
Deriquito, Jacquie IN THE ROOM
Guingona, Jo Devlin, INTRO – MY VAGINA
Nadia Jurani
Julie Soo, Luz Sapin WAS MY VILLAGE
Micabalo, Marilyn Ante, Tere Borja Josephine “JO” Devlin JULIE SOO, ESQ. Luz Sapin Micabalo Marlyn Ante
I WAS THERE IN THE Past President & CEO Senior Staff Counsel Founding President, Program-Migration and
Minddie Lloyd, Mona M. ROOM
Cladis, Nadia C. Jurani, MY VAGINA WAS J&L Enterprises California Department of Phil-Am Charity Refugee Coordinator,
Mona Claris, Cynthia Insurance Foundation Catholic Charities of South
Pat Flores, Shari MY VILLAGE
Deriquito, Cecilia
Macias-Wong, Sylvia V Nadia Jurani, Bella Wood Nevada
“Babes” Enrile, Cielo
Arellano, Tere Guanzon- Martinez, Nadia Jurani,
Borja LULLABY – Bella Wood
Marilyn Ante SA UGOY NG
EXTRO – Rape of DUYAN**
THE FLOOD nanking Bambi Lorica, m.d.
Cecilia “Babes” Enrile Gloria T. Caoile
2010 spotlighT:
Jacqui Guingona, Julie THAT COULD republic of congo Chair and Co-founder Hypnotherapist and Life Clinical Case Manager,
Soo, Pat Flores Nida Recabo Shari Macias Wong Bamboo Bridges Coach, Baptist Hospital of Miami
The Power of Yes, LLC
Tere Borja SNORCHER THAT monologue:
Nadia Jurani, Jo Devlin, GUIDE TO SURVIVING
INTRO – BECAUSE HE Marilyn Ante, Cynthia SLAVERY
LIKED TO LOOK AT IT Deriquito, Sylvia Arellano, Cielo Martinez, Sylvia
Minddie Lloyd Luz Micabalo Arellano, Nadia Jurani,
Luz Sapin Micabalo, Nida
TO LOOK AT IT FACE Tere Borja, Shari Macias
Mona Cladis Jacqui Guingona, Julie Wong
Soo, Pat Flores
Patricia Flores SHARI MACIAS-WONG Sylvia V. Arellano Tere Guanzon-Borja
Jo Devlin EXTRO – MEMORY OF Marily Mondejar Case Manager/Patient President, Retired Marketing
HER FACE Care Coordinator, PWU Alumni LV Chapter Development Specialist
Emmie Anderson CURTAIN CALL Kaiser San Francisco
“Babae Ka”
All Cast

Cast Bios ARLENE MARIE “Bambi”
a holistic pediatrician, and a lyric
soprano who has been privileged to
Filipino Lions Club, and Treasurer for
the Aguman Capampangan. A strong
advocate for Alzheimer’s Association,
Cynthia was honored as one of the
Associate’s degree in Nursing from
Montana State University, College of
Technology. She is affiliated with the
Association of Philippine Broadcasters,
successful solutions tailored to her
clients’ specific goals resulting in
dramatic transformation for personal
and spiritual growth, career
for the last 20 years, raising three
wonderful boys, hers interest in
helping raise awareness about
domestic violence is very personal,

perform for the last 3 Philippine five Ambassadors for Life Care Centers the Filipino American Heritage aspirations or breaking through having been a victim of verbal,
presidents. Recognized as one of of America. As President of the Seven Foundation, and the Philippine obstacles. An honors graduate from physical & emotional abuse. As a DV
FWN’s 100 Most Influential Filipina Lakes Association, she spearheaded American Lions Club of Las Vegas. Hypnosis Motivation Institute, in survivor and breaking the cycle of
Women in the US for 2007, among the convening of the recent 7th She was formerly President & CEO of California, Mona brings to her practice dysfunction, Patricia became active in
her performance venues include the Biennial Seven Lakes (San Pablo City) J&L Enterprises. many years of diverse experience the world of entertainment as a
Herbst Theater in SF, the Kennedy International Convention held in Las working previously as a teacher of vocalist for Harana Band, which
Center, Warner Theater, DAR Vegas last July 2010. LUZVIMINDA SAPIN MICABALO young children, a Psychologist, a performs Latin Jazz Genre with a
Constitution Hall, US Congress and is a registered nurse by profession and Management Consultant and a Filipino flair. Among her theatrical
embassies in the DC area. A social IMELDA “Emmie” COLLADO a retired health care administrator, successful business owner. experiences include: “Florence
activist and a graduate of the UP ORTEGA ANDERSON is the founder with a diplomate from the American Although The Power of Yes, LLC is Nightingale” @ the Cultural Center of
College of Medicine, she was inducted & CEO of Pinoy Power Radio, the #1 College of Health Care Executives and located in Henderson, Nevada, she the Philippines in the ‘70s. “Razzle
into the Chicago FilAm Hall of Fame HIT Filipino Radio Station and the only a Masters Degree in Professional also serves a growing number of Dazzle Them” & “Te Mana” @ the
for Medical Diplomacy in 2008 and full time Filipino FM Radio program in Studies in Health Care Administration. clients from Asia. Dean Lesher’s Center for the Arts in
honored as a TOFA (Twenty the US. Pinoy Power Radio aims to Luz is also a licensed Nursing Home Walnut Creek, California during the
Outstanding Filipinos) Awardee in Enrich, Enlighten, Educate, Entertain Administrator in New York State. She NADIA C. JURANI is a civic minded late 90’s, “Ethnic Dance Festival 2007
2009. A devoted mother of four and Empower on 101.5FM, 1130 AM  and husband, Zosimo, a retired CPA and lawyer who served as a with Hui Ta Ma Nui” @ The Palace of
accomplished children, Michelle, Leia, &  Oceanic Cable Channel  882. surgeon, moved to Las Vegas in 2000. Commissioner for the Equal Rights Fine Arts in San Francisco. Patricia is
Andrew and Christine, she has been Crowned Mrs. Hawaii Filipina in A recipient of the “Gawad Sentenaryo Commission of the State of Nevada, thrilled to perform again, and, at the
married to ballroom dance and golf 2007, Emmie was honored as a Medal” award from the Philippine and a Hearing Officer for Clark County. same time, support the fight against
enthusiast, nephrologist Victor, for the TOFA (Twenty Outstanding Filipinos) governments, she is the founder the Currently the Region XI Chairperson of domestic violence!
past 25 years. Awardee and recognized by FWN Phil-Am Charity Foundation, Inc., the NaFFAA, she is also the President and
as one of 100 Most Influential Phil-Am Association of Summerlin, Founder of Philippine Bisayan Society SHARI MACIAS-WONG is the
BELLA WOOD is a contract oversight Filipina in the US in 2009. She and the Fil-Am Heritage Foundation of Nevada. A Summa Cum Laude proud mother to wonderful children

specialist and government technical received the highest honors as a and is either president or on the graduate from University of San Jose Alex and Lauren, and wife to
representative with the US Hotel Management & Business board of numerous organizations. Recolletos, in Cebu, she graduated supportive husband, Tim. She
Department of Housing and Urban Administration graduate from One of FWN’s 100 Most Influential Magna Cum Laude when she took her volunteers with numerous non-profits
Development. She has served as a civil Cannon’s International Business Filipinas in the US, and a TOFA (Twenty Master of Management at the and is currently Chair of Community
servant for over twenty years and College. Mother to three wonderful Outstanding Filipinos) Awardee, she University of New Mexico. She Service Committee at The Meadows
worked for several government children, Emmie is happily married for has received, among other awards, received her Juris Doctorate from the School. Shari is an Emmy award-
agencies such as NASA, the 25 years to John Leon Anderson II, a Outstanding Asian American in New University of Nevada. For her work, winning former broadcast news
Department of Justice and the retired VP from Prudential Insurance & York State, International Alumni she has received numerous awards reporter and anchor for NBC in
Department of Defense. She is happy Financial Services Achiever Award from the UP Alumni including a Congressional Recognition Washington DC.
to be a part of the LV Vagina Association and the UP College of for being an outstanding community
Monologues Cast and help STOP the JACKIE CASTILLEJO-GUINGONA Nursing Distinguished Alumna of the leader in Southern Nevada, Asian SYLVIA V. ARELLANO is a graduate
VIOLENCE. started her career in acting doing Decade in International Achievement Reader’s Top 50 Most Influential Asian of the Philippine Women’s University
theatre and television work in the in Community Service. Pacific Leaders, Outstanding Lion of with a BA in Communications. She
CECILIA ‘Babes’ ENRILE Wife, Philippines where she played character the Year, and Business Person of the worked for Eastman Kodak in
mother, passionate community roles in weekly tv dramas and daily MARILYN ANTE graduated from Year from the Asian Chamber of Rochester, NY for many years, until her
leader.  Avid ballroom dancer. soap operas. Jackie also starred in Santa Isabel College in Manila with a Commerce in Las Vegas. Married to family moved to Singapore and HK. In
several films. A former national tennis Bachelor of Science in Commerce. Romeo S. Jurani, an engineer, they 2005, her family decided to retire in
CIELO MARTINEZ founded the champion, Jackie attended college in Married to Raymond Dillon, a retired have three accomplished children Las Vegas. Sylvia is the incoming
Philippine Society for Performing Arts Florida and Texas on a full tennis Financial Adviser, and mother to Sirikit, Othella Ann, Marius and Yorick; and President of the PWU Alumni LV
of New Orleans and is the co-founder scholarship. She graduated with an AA she currently works for Catholic three grandchildren, Kasio, Isela and chapter, and is active in GK events.
of Global Armortek, which manufa- in Journalism and a BA in Broadcast Charities of Southern Nevada in Nedia. She loves to play bowling and hike the
ctures and distributes bullet resistant Journalism. She conceptualized a Program-Migration and Refugee mountains of Las Vegas!
vests. A serial entrepreneur, she is the weekly sports, travel and adventure Services. She is the treasurer for the NIDA RECABO is a breast cancer
co-owner of Curves for Women, an show on ABS-CBN called “Sports Asian American Coalition of LV, the survivor and advocate. With a masters TERE GUANZON-BORJA is a
exercise facility for women, NephRx, Unlimited” where she worked initially regional secretary for the National degree in Social Work from the Barry retired marketing development
and Asian Pacific Kidney Center, both as head writer, and eventually as Federation of Filipino American University in Florida she was consultant of a reputable high-rise
hemodialysis centers in the Philippines. director and part-time co-host of the Association (NaFFAA) and the first vice appointed to the Miami-Dade County commercial contractor company from
Cielo was appointed by the Philippine show which lasted 11 years. Recently, president of the Las Vegas Phil- Asian American Advisory Board from Los Angeles. She attended St.
government as an Honorary Consul she started her own production American Lions Club. 2003-2009 and the Jackson Memorial Scholastica’s College from grade
General in New Orleans from 2001 to company based in Daly City called L3 Hospital, Roxy Bolton Rape Treatment school thru high school and graduated
2007 and is currently very involved in DREAM PRODUCTIONS. She MINDDIE LLOYD of the Injured Center Advisory Board from 2007- with a Business Administration degree
GK and other civic activities in Las produced, directed and acted in their Police Officers Fund is chair and 2008. One of FWN’s 100 Most from Maryknoll College. Currently, she
Vegas. flagship presentation, a Palanca co-founder of Bamboo Bridges and a Influential Filipina in the US for 2009, manages the family’s classic car
Award winning play entitled “New co-director of NAPAWF. she continues to be active with restoration business and lives in Las
CYNTHIA GUINTO DERIQUITO is Yorker In Tondo.” She is thrilled to be NANAY, providing supportive services Vegas with her husband, Ben. She has
a a very proud mother to Kathleen and a part of the LV production of the MONA M. CLADIS combines a rich to the elder community of Florida. 2 sons, a daughter and 5 grand-
Kallista. A former San Franciscan and Vagina Monologues! personal and professional background children. Tere enjoys assisting in
currently the Secretary for the National with her knowledge and practice of PATRICIA FLORES is a nurse by various parish and school activities in
Federation of Filipino Americans JOSEPHINE “Jo” DEVLIN holds a Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching. As a profession, working as a Case Los Angeles and Las Vegas and
Associations (NaFFAA) in Nevada, she Bachelor of Science in Commerce from master hypnotherapist with numerous Manager/Patient Care Coordinator for cherishes moments she spends with
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SF Entertainment Filipina Women’s Network Consultant Asian Pacific American Our mission is:
Commission Labor Alliance To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and
to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.
Since 1990 The Shade Tree has served homeless and abused women and children,
victims of domestic violence, victims of elder abuse, victims of street violence, female
veterans, homeless youth and the physically disabled. Using programs offered by
The Shade Tree, women can rebuild their lives. They can find employment, secure
permanent housing and become productive member of the community.
The shelter provides immediate safety from the harshness of the streets, street
Production Assistant Director Executive Producer Producer / Director crime and domestic violence. Each person is provided accommodations that ensure
JASON RICARTE KEN MARQUIS MARILY MONDEJAR ROZITA V. LEE the dignity and respect of everyone utilizing the Shade Tree services. The Shade Tree
Student Team Manager, President, Commissioner, President is the largest shelter of it’s kind in the state, and is the only 24-hour accessible
San Francisco State Univ. George P. Johnson Filipina Women’s Network Obama’s Advisory Cmmssn.
on Asian American and shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern
Pacific Islanders Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides some 80,000 nights of
shelter each year. On average, 33% of our clients are children under the age of 18.
AL PEREZ is the founder of GLORIA T. CAOILE is the loves sports especially basketball
Creative i Studio, which specializes senior political director of the Asian (Varsity-Starting Point Guard) and Senior citizens represent the fastest growing segment of our population.
in translating marketing objectives Pacific American Labor Alliance golf (Junior Varsity). He coached The second and third floors of our 38,000 square foot facility are residential areas
into creative strategies. He is an (APALA), a national organization of the Bloomfield Basketball League with sleeping rooms, libraries, training rooms, rest rooms, and children’s play rooms.

award-winning graphic designer, Asian Pacific American labor union and was camp instructor for the The main floor has our “Dayroom,” kitchen, laundry, restrooms and showers, and

producing marketing programs from members. A founding member of Lasher Basketball Camp. He was services for victims of violence. The full basement is used for storing donations and
Fortune 500 to start-up companies. the Asian Pacific American Women a sales associate for Lacoste shelter supplies.
Al is excited to be a part of “The Leadership Institute (APAWLI), the Somerset and was top sales
Vagina Monologues” journey for ony national organization dedicated The Shade Tree is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This means that most
person for a number of months. donations are tax deductible. We are a local ‘grassroots’ agency with no national
the seventh year as its art director. to nurturing and developing He now interns with the State
Al is a Commissioner of the SF leadership skills among Asian affiliation or support. To remove any barrier that might prevent a woman from
Senator Leland Yee’s office and
Entertainment Commission, and was American and Pacific Islander the Filipina Women’s Network accessing necessary services for herself and her children, 100% of our services are
awarded with a Presidential Citation women, Gloria also served on the provided completely free of charge, regardless of the length of stay.
by Philippine President Gloria boards of several civil rights groups handling audiovisual, social media
marketing and graphic design. You Are Invited to Visit The Shade Tree! Just call us at 385-0072, Ext
Macapagal Arroyo on January 2010. including Filipino American Civil
Rights Advocates and the National He also volunteers for District 6 108 to schedule a tour. Come see for yourself the important work we are doing!
Elena Mangahas is a Federation of Filipino American Supervisor Candidate Jane Kim. We sincerely enjoy informing our community about the women and children we
Journalism graduate of the University Associations. A wife to Ben, a mother help and the lives we save. One important way we do this is through informational
of the Philippines where she was also to Melanie, a community activist, a KEN MARQUIS was a child tours. We invite you to visit and experience the impact we make in the life of women
active in theatre production with the mentor, volunteer, a friend, a breast actor with credits including “The and children everyday. Please call to make an appointment to come meet us, hear
University of the Philippines Repertory cancer survivor, and a women’s rights, Waltons” and “The Addams Family
Halloween Reunion.” More recently, life-changing stories and tour our facility.
Company. From campus theatre she worker’s rights and human rights If you are in danger, call 911 now. If you need a safe place, come to: 1 West
moved into independent theatre advocate, Gloria is very passionate Ken’s behind the scenes producing/
productions until her immigration to about engaging in projects that directing activities include theatrical Owens, on the southwest corner of Owens and Main in North Las Vegas or call
the U.S. She settled in Stockton and empower the Filipino American plays & pageants, television (live (702) 385-0072.
continued theatre work leading to community nationwide. A community and pre-taped) production, and
her V-Day involvement in 2004 to this leader, she has been president of outdoor cultural/music festivals.
day. Social service is her day job and numerious organizations and has Credits include “The Vagina
Elena serves as chair of Little Manila organized countless events globally. Monologues” (stage), Ginoong fledgling organization operating ad hoc since rozita villanueva lee is a
Foundation for historic preservation She has received, among other Pilipinas (stage), Flawless de Mayo 1996 grew from 50 members in 2002, to producer of Polynesian shows and has been
of Filipino American history in awards, the Presidential Linkapil (stage), The Journey: Stephanie over 5,200 list members today. She initiated performing as mistress of ceremonies and
America and the Filipina Women’s Award in 1997, the Achievement Reese (stage), MSNBC’s “The Site” the Filipinas Against Violence campaign in singer on the Las Vegas Strip for the Imperial
Network’s Board of Directors. Elena Award for Community Service from hosted by Soledad O’Brien (national 2004 to raise awareness of the domestic Palace Hotel Hawaiian Luau for the past 18
was selected 100 Most Influential Filipinas Magazine in 2001, Filipina TV), “Digital Cam Film Festival” violence problem in the Filipino community. years. At the Capitol, both in Nevada and
Filipina Women in the U.S. by the First Awardee from the Philippine (national TV), “TechTV’s HDTV She serves on nonprofit boards including the Washington, DC, she is a known advocate
Filipina Women’s Network in 2007 American Foundation in 1999, and Special” (national TV), “The Screen City of San Francisco’s Justice and Courage for the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
and awarded Woman of the Year for TOFA in 1990. She was honored Savers” (national TV), DARPA Urban Oversight Panel. She was recently appointed and especially for the Filipino World War II
2009 by the California Legislative as one of the 100 Most Influential Challenge (corp TV), Pistahan Main by Mayor Gavin Newsom to the Sweatfree Veterans. Most recently Rozita visited the
Women’s Caucus. Filipinas in the U.S. in 2007. Stage (festival), and the SF Giants Procurement Advisory Group, which evaluates State Legislature to advocate for the Arts
Filipino Heritage Night (festival). the city’s implementation, administration, and Council. Honored by the Filipina Women’s
franklin ricarte ’s name JASON RICARTE Jason is a
Ken lives happily ever after in San enforcement of the Sweatfree Contracting Network as one of the 100 Most Influential
originates from President Roosevelt. sophomore at San Francisco State Francisco with Al Perez, his partner Ordinance. She’s the president of the Friends Filipinas in the U.S., she serves as either
The motte he lives by is “no day but University pursuing a marketing of 20 years. of the San Francisco Commission on the Status officer or board member on various APIA
today.” His least favorite thing to do degree. Raised in Bloomfield Hills, of Women. Marily is an organizational change organizations and currently serves as the
is to swim in the ocean. His legacy is MARILY MONDEJAR is practitioner, image consultant and career coach. national vice chair of the National Federation
Michigan, he graduated from president of Filipina Women’s
to live a life without regret. Lasher High and then went on She’s proud of her two wonderful boys and of Filipino American Associations.
Network. Under her leadership, the three grandsons.
to Michigan State University. He FILIPINA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ISSUE 15
Philippine Center Edna and Rodel
Management Rodis
Board Elena Mangahas
San Francisco: Emily Murase
Josephine Romero Franklin Ricarte
Genevieve Dwyer
Philippine Genevieve Jopanda
Consulate Gerry Phillips
General San Helen Marte Bautista
Consul Leah
Commissioner Hydra Fundraising Events, Corporate Sponsorships and Naming Opportunities
Victoria Rodriguez Commissioner Jane Partner with the Filipina Women’s Network and support Filipina women, America’s
Philippine News: Kim
Margarita Argente Jason Ricarte untapped source for leadership and talent.
Jopin Romero
Bally’s Las Vegas: Julie Soo, Esq.
Nancy Smalskas Consul General Jun
National Sales Paynor Mission Statement FILIPINA WOMEN will rise to the position of president in all sectors.
Manager K. Bui Established in 2001, FWN’s mission is to enhance AGAINST VIOLENCE Sponsor a “presidential candidate.”
Laarni San Juan
Fatima Viado Consul Leah Victoria public perceptions of Filipina women’s capacities to Campaign to end violence against Filipina women
Sales Manager Rodriguez lead, change biases against Filipina women’s and girls in collaboration with Eve Ensler’s V-Day Power Lunch: Remarkable
Marily Mondejar leadership abilities and build the Filipina organization. Filipina Women
Gregory D
Marilyn Fowler community’s pipeline of qualified leaders, to Make ME a Filipina Millionaire Forum
Maritessa Bravo Ares increase the odds that some will rise to the All-Filipina women benefit production of “The In support of Make Mine a Million $$$$$$ Business,
Catering / Conference Maya Ong Escudero
Service Manager President position in all sectors. Vagina Monolgues” (TVM) performed in English and a program of Count Me In for Women’s Economic
Mona Lisa
Yuchengco Filipino (“Usaping Puki”). Presented in March Independence, Filipina entrepreneurs will share
Judith Cadiz
Group Reservations Nancy Harrington FWN achieves its mission through public education annually in celebration of Women’s History Month. their journey – how they reached their first million
Coordinator Nimfa Yamsuan forums that heighten Filipina women’s visibility, Recent benefit productions held in San Francisco, dollars in business, as they work their passion,
Gamez research on Filipina women’s issues, leadership, skill New York and Washington, DC. achieve their dream and share their prosperity with
southwest Paula March building and career development programs for those who need it.
airlines: Perla de Jesus
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Filipina women, and influencing popular culture. COUNCIL OF REMARKABLE
Bernabe FILIPINA WOMEN Filipina Women’s
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Sunny Dykwel accessible to Filipina women of all socio-economic circle. Call 415. 278. 9410. and highlighting the accomplishments of Filipina
SF Examiner: backgrounds. women in the U.S. Publication date: Annually in the
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Volunteers V-Diaries: Anti-Violence Fall.
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Scholarship Bambi Lorica owners and those employed in corporations, Annual publication designed to provide a voice for FILIPINA SALO SALO
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(Donations received Dettie del Rosario the database as a leadership pipeline for corporate and girls in abusive situations including a resource and food organizations who serve authentic Filipino
in lieu of birthday Doris Tan
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international law as she steadfastly pursued
justice against her rapists.
The recognition event is a fitting celebration
of Filipino Heritage Month in October.
PINAY POWER 2012 – Developing
tomorrow’s Filipina leaders today
The nationwide search for the 100 Most
Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. is a
campaign to advance Filipina women in the
U. S. workplace –
1. identify the Filipina women who are shaping
our community’s influence in American society
today and are impacting our future – and
2. double the number of Filipina leaders by 2012.
This prestigious recognition is a working

Most Influential
award – the Top 100 are invited to womentor a
protégée. Both leaders are invited to return to
the Filipina Leadership Summit in 2012.

Selection Criteria – Honorees
FILIPINA WOMEN in the U.S. will be determined by:
Impact: The significance of an activity,
program, or project the nominee may have

. 2011 , created, been part of, or have managed and how
it affected the quality of life of individuals and
her constituency or community (in the U.S.).
Innovation: A strategy, project or activity
that the nominee may have created, managed or
C A L L F O R N O MINATIO NS | DE A D LINE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2011 improved that has benefited the U.S. workplace
or FilAm community. Original and pioneering
strategies for problem solving are especially
100 Most Influential Filipina thus helping in developing tomorrow’s Filipina start, build or significantly grow. encouraged.
Women in the U.S. Awards™ Leaders NOW. Innovators and Thought Leaders Involvement: Demonstrated example
A Filipina Women’s Network’s Pinay Power All FWN 100 awardees are invited to return to recognize Filipina women who have broken new of how nominee has been involved with other
2012 Campaign – A Nationwide Search for the Filipina Leadership Summit in 2012 with their ground in the U.S. through vibrant, energetic people (U.S. based groups, businesses,
the Filipina Women Who Are Influencing and protégées for a grand reunion and celebration. presentations of critical ideas, transforming the government agencies, community members, etc.)
Contributing to the Building of America. Awardees are also required to attend the way people think, in the fields of arts and letters, in her activities.
The nationwide search for the 100 Most Filipina Leadership Summit in 2011 to be performing arts or through pop culture, or have Mentorship: Nominee’s mentoring
Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. is the held on Oct 28-30 in San Francisco. Super improved the lives of others by helping develop experience as a mentor (U.S. based).
ultimate showcase of the Filipino American early registrations now open at www.FFWN. a product or service in the fields of science, [A mentorship is a supportive relationship
community’s most inspiring individuals in the org/events. Together with FWN, build synergy technology, biotechnology or medicine. established between two individuals where
private and public sectors, which exemplify towards achieving Pinay Power 2012. Policymakers & Visionaries recognize knowledge, skills, and experience are shared.
innovation, mentorship, professionalism, gender Protégée – a female protégé (person) who Filipina women leaders who have made or are The mentee is someone seeking guidance in
empowerment and leadership. is guided and supported by a more experienced making a difference in U.S. government policies developing specific competencies, self-awareness,
“Being honored as one of the 100 Most or influential person. or laws that impact business, industry, and and skills in early intervention. The mentor is a
Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. in 2007 Womentorship refers to a developmental society and who enrich the lives and careers of person who has expertise in the areas of need
introduced me to a network of women who relationship in which a more experienced or others by sharing the benefits of their wealth, identified by the mentee and is able to share
recognize your achievements and who want more knowledgeable female person helps a less experience, and knowledge. their wisdom in a nurturing way.]
to help in any way they can to ensure that experienced or less knowledgeable female Behind the Scenes Leaders recognize Sustainability: Nominee’s efforts to ensure
you remain a success. This award, and the person --who can be referred to as a protégée. Filipina women who, though they may not have long-term sustainability of a project or activity
recognition that comes with it, has really given Peer womentoring is encouraged. the big title or corner office, are a driving force that is U.S.-based (e.g., continue making positive
me the urge to propel forward with more vigor Pinay Synergy – Synergy (from the Greek behind the success of their U.S. employer or impact, increase involvement of constituents,
than ever before,” says Lieutenant Colonel syn-ergos, συνεργός meaning working organization and who have gone beyond the call use of resources, etc.).
Shirley Saoit Raguindin, an executive at the together) is a term used to describe a situation to devote time, energy, and resources to support Professionalism: Demonstrated example
office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. where Filipina women from different their community. of nominee’s professionalism (U.S. workplace
The search is part of a larger game plan backgrounds and experience levels come Builders & Emerging Leaders are example). [Professionalism includes integrity,
called “Pinay Power 2012” – a dream with a together willingly to cooperate advantageously making their mark in a large workplace courtesy, honesty, and willing compliance with
meaningful purpose – to double the number for a final outcome (Pinay Power 2012). Simply environment, displaying high energy and skill in the highest ethical standards. Professionalism
of Filipina women leaders in the U.S. by 2012. defined, synergy means that the whole is greater a leadership role at a U.S. nonprofit institution, goes beyond observing a profession’s ethical
Pinay Power is about advancing Filipina women than the sum of the individual parts. government agency, or organization in any field. rules: sensitively and fairly serves the best
in the U.S. workplace. “Nicole” honors Filipina women whose interests of constituents, colleagues and the
The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women Nomination Categories words, actions, and activism, inspire others to public. Professionalism fosters respect and trust.].
in the U.S. Awards™ is a working recognition Founders & Pioneers honor Filipina act and revolutionize our society’s way of
award, a key initiative of Pinay Power 2012. women in their capacities as the chief executive, understanding traditional beliefs and customs. To submit nominations:
FWN asks each selected awardee to “re-invent president, executive director or founder of a This category is inspired by “Nicole” who
herself by giving back” to the future of the FilAm U.S. based company, community organization, sparked an international dialogue about
community by womentoring ONE protégée non-profit, or business venture that they helped women’s rights, national sovereignty, and Email:


ABOUT V-DAY throughout the world. ABOUT Eve Ensler Continued from page 9
-Day is a global movement to • V-Day is a process: We will work as long Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer
end violence against women and as it takes. We will not stop until the and activist. She is the award-winning area of U.S. immigration law. She is a
girls that raises funds and violence stops. author of The Vagina Monologues, which partner in the law offices of Barcelona and
awareness through benefit • V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s has been published in 45 languages and Pilarski, P.A., a firm she founded in 2001
productions of Playwright/ Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and performed in over 120 countries. She is also with her spouse, John Pilarski. 
Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The end the violence. the founder/artistic director of V-Day, the
Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. • V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable global movement to end violence against Vida Benavides
In 2009, more than 4000 V-Day events took movement and community. Join us! women and girls, which has raised nearly 60 Principal, Dewey Square Group
place in the U.S. and around the world. To million dollars and recently celebrated its Vida Benavides is a principal in
date, the V-Day movement has raised over SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN tenth anniversary at the Louisiana the Dewey Square Group’s state, local
$70 million and educated millions about the OF THE DEMOCRATIC Superdome in New Orleans in April 2008. and multicultural practice, developing
issue of violence against women and the Eve’s plays include Necessary Targets, third party outreach strategies inclusive
efforts to end it, crafted international
REPUBLIC OF CONGO Conviction, Lemonade, The Depot, Floating of multicultural constituencies and
Each year V-Day increases awareness by Rhoda and the Glue Man, Extraordinary consumers, as well as advising national,
educational, media and PSA campaigns,
focusing on a specific group of women in the Measures and The Good Body, which she
launched the Karama program in the Middle state and local leaders on political, policy,
world who are resisting violence with performed on Broadway, followed by a
East, reopened shelters, and funded over constituent outreach and public relations
courage and vision. In 2010, V-Day’s national tour. Both The Good Body and
5000 community-based anti-violence strategies. She will address the execution
Spotlight Campaign will once The Vagina Monologues are
programs as well as safe houses in Kenya, of civic engagement, voter education and
again highlight the atrocities now being performed
South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. In June 2006, mobilization campaigns critical to the
being committed against the throughout the world and
V-Day launched the V-DAY: UNTIL THE Filipino American community’s national
women and girls of have been published by
VIOLENCE STOPS festival in NYC which voice.
Democratic Republic of Random House. In
Congo (DRC). September 2006, Eve’s play,
thousands of Zeny Cunanan
In the DRC, Rape is used The Treatment, premiered at
New Yorkers Founder, CEO, Galaxy Global Corp.
as a weapon of war to torture the Culture Project in New
to stand up Zeny is the Founder, President, and
and humiliate women and York City. O.P.C., her newest
and join CEO of Galaxy Global Corporation (GGC),
girls. This systemic sexual work, will debut this
V-Day in in Fairmont, West Virginia. She attended
violence and femicide not summer at NY Stage and
making New the University of Santo Tomas, Manila,
only destroys women and Film at Vassar College. In
York City the Philippines where she received her BS in
young girls but also entire 2006, Eve released her first
safest place on earth for women and girls. Medical Technology, graduating Magna
families and communities. nonfiction book, Insecure At
In 2008, V-Day celebrated its 10th Cum Laude and the Harvard University
Survivors often suffer in Last: A Political Memoir, and
Anniversary in New Orleans with over School of Business Administration Owner/
silence, fearing stigma and co-edited A Memory, A
30,000 activists attending V TO THE TENTH. President Management Program. She
ostracism. In addition to the Monologue, A Rant and a
The V-Day movement is growing at a was inducted into the Hall of Fame in
severe psychological impact, Prayer, an anthology of writings about
rapid pace throughout the world, in 130 Information Technology, named as one
many survivors are left with genital lesions, violence against women. Both were
countries from Europe to Asia, Africa and the of the 100 Most Influential Filipina
traumatic fistulae and other physical published by Random House. Eve’s film
Caribbean, and all of North America. V-Day, a Women in the United States, and was
wounds, as well as unwanted pregnancies credits include an HBO film version of The
non-profit corporation, distributes funds to the recipient of the WV Employer Support
and sexually transmitted infections. Local Vagina Monologues. She also produced the
grassroots, national and international of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award
response to support survivors is hindered by film What I Want My Words to Do To You, a
organizations and programs that work to and the Above and Beyond Award. She
a lack of resources. There is near total documentary about her work with women in
stop violence against women and girls. In also received the Presidential Citation
impunity for these crimes as perpetrators prison, which won the Freedom of
2001, V-Day was named one of Worth from the President of the Philippines
almost always walk free. Expression Award at Sundance and was
Magazine’s “100 Best Charities” and in for Exemplary Entrepreneurial Success.
In 2010, V-Day and UNICEF, together with shown on PBS. Eve has written numerous
2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten In 2005, she was the recipient of the
UN and NGO partners, are working with articles for Glamour Magazine, Marie Claire,
Charities. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Small Business Administration’s Minority
V-Day organizers around the world to make Huffington Post, Utne Reader, as well as a
Valentine and Vagina. a difference. DRC has been called the worst Business of the Year Award. Zeny
regular column in O Magazine. She has won
humanitarian crisis in the world and the many awards including a Guggenheim founded GGC in 1989 which offers a
V-Day Mission widest interstate war in modern African Fellowship in Playwriting and an Obie in broad portfolio of program management,
history. Fueled by the exploitation of the including enterprise biometric software
Statement country’s rich natural resources by foreign
addition to a number of honorary degrees.
solutions, info technology services, mobile
• V-Day is an organized response against Eve is currently working on a film version of
violence toward women.
and local armies and private enterprises, the her play Necessary Targets and a new book communications, software engineering and
war has directly affected the lives of 50 of monologues, I Am an Emotional Creature, IV&V processing services. Their clients and
• V-Day is a vision: We see a world where
million Congolese. Since 1996, this conflict to be published by Random House in 2010. strategic partners include the Department
women live safely and freely.
has caused more deaths than any war since of Defense, NASA, West Virginia High Tech
• V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery,
World War II, either as a direct result of Foundation, Lockheed Martin Corporation
genital mutilation and sexual slavery
fighting or due to disease and malnutrition. HOW TO STAY and the General Services Administration
must end now.
• V-Day is a spirit: We believe women
Five million people have lost their lives as a IN TOUCH (GSA) among others.
should spend their lives creating and
result of the conflict. With your help, the WITH V-DAY
women and children who bear the burden of For more information about V-Day, the
thriving rather than surviving or
this war can reclaim a life of safety and global movement to end violence against
recovering from terrible atrocities.
• V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and
dignity. women and girls, please visit the V-Day web 2010 GLOBAL V-DAY
For more information on the Stop Raping
consciousness, it will unify and strengthen
Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women
site at To stay informed SUPPORTERS
existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering about events, actions, and opportunities Dramatists Play Service / Amanda Keidan
And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of for participation, sign up for V-Mail, the
far-reaching awareness, it will lay the Jewelry / LUNA / Random House / Shawn &
Congo Campaign, please visit www.vday. movement’s online newsletter at
groundwork for new educational, Shane / Vosges Haut-Chocolat
protective, and legislative endeavors org/congo

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Will not officially graduate if participant
does not make up the missed class.
Curriculum Design & Faculty
» Faculty will be recruited from experts

Filipina Women Who Could with actual business experience, rather

Be President Fellowship
than theory, from practitioners, corporate
managers and leaders,
» The leadership program incorporates a
strategy for change grounded on research
and a continuing study which focuses on
key events that have impacted the careers
of high potential managers.
HHHHHHHHH begins march 2011 H H H H H H H H H » The program will utilize the 360-degree,
multi-rater feedback instrument from the
Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) that
will provide the participants a confidential
report on how they are doing compared
to a similar norm group.
» Provides feedback on how successful
leaders develop and why they derail.
» Derailment refers to why leaders who
were expected to succeed in their
organizations but had their careers
dropped involuntarily by being demoted,
plateaued, or fired.
Fellowship Training is Based on the
Following Leadership Competencies:
1) Leading the Organization
» Resourcefulness
» Decisiveness
» Being a Quick Study
2) Leading Yourself
» Self-Awareness
» Straightforwardness and Composure
» Balance Between Personal Life and Work
» Doing Whatever It Takes
» Career Management
3) Leading Others
» Self-Awareness
» Building and Mending Relationships

» Leading Employees/Volunteers
he Filipina Women Who Could Be Organizational Outcomes: know-how. » Compassion and Sensitivity
President Fellowship Training is » Build FWN’s pipeline of qualified leaders, » Design a continuous learning development » Participative Management
a selective part-time leadership to increase the odds that some will rise to plan with a career coach » Putting People at Ease
development program for future the “President” position in all sectors. » Differences Matter
politicians, entrepreneurs, senior and » The participant’s sponsoring organization, Application Process and
Commitment: » Confronting Problem Employees /
executive leaders in the United States. The will gain a high-potential employee Volunteers
fellowship program will begin the first quarter who will learn the critical qualities » The application process will
in 2011 (March). Fellowship applications will and behaviors that lead to success in require applicant to choose one Potential for Derailment:
be available on October 30, 2010. leadership, management and executive of three leadership training tracks In addition, the 360-degree feedback
Based on established leadership roles. –entrepreneurship, public service, or instrument identifies 5 potential flaws that
competencies which includes cohort training, management. may stall or derail a promising career:
coaching and mentoring, the program gives Participant Outcomes: » FWN will select up to 28 participants » Problems with Interpersonal Relationships
up-and-coming Filipina women leaders the » Gain an honest picture of leadership carefully selected to represent the » Difficulty Building and Leading a Team
skills and networks they need to develop strengths and developmental needs, and Filipino American community in terms of » Difficulty Changing or Adapting
and manage highly effective campaigns recognize priorities. leadership potential, volunteer experience » Failure to Meet Business Objectives
and organizations in the private and public » Increase understanding of the perceptions and a strong interest in one of the three » Too Narrow Functional Orientation
sectors. and issues surrounding women’s learning areas.
leadership. » Because self-awareness is a key aspect For more info:
Program Elements » Leverage the advantages of a bi-cultural of the leadership program, applicants
During the program, Fellows will regularly identity, clarifying personal values and when accepted, will be asked to fill EAR LY S U P P O R T B Y :
work with FWN Faculty of national experts, their fit within the organizational culture. out several assessment surveys prior to
guest trainers, consultants, successful » Explore the choices, tradeoffs and rewards attending. Some of the surveys require
entrepreneurs and elected officials to build as multicultural women juggling personal that evaluations be completed by the
their leadership and management skills and and professional goals. participant’s superiors, peers and direct
prepare for entrepreneurship, senior and » Develop a personal model of power and reports.
executive leadership positions. influence and effectively apply it in the » Participants will meet for 2 ½ days for
workplace. 4 quarters (March, June, Oct, Dec) around
FWN Fellows will participate in: » Learn the skill of receiving and giving the U.S.
» Training Workshops authentic feedback. » Commitment is paramount – participants
» One-on-one and Small Group Coaching » Learn strategies to overcome the biases will commit to all sessions and will only
» Project-based Learning and discomforts and exercise political be allowed to miss one excused absence.
» Networking

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