In full bloom-A A +A
By Mimi Olorga
Points of View
Saturday, April 12, 2014
WOMEN—Marias, Juanas, Babaye, and many other names—even with their soft demeanors, are not weak; they are, in fact, reservoir of strengths. They contribute much to the building of homes, community and nation.
In recognition of their contribution to nation-building, our government issued Proclamation No. 227 directing all institutions to celebrate March as the National Women’s Month. This is also in line with the International Women’s Month, also in March.
This year’s theme is, “Babayi, ang kabaskog mo, kapag-on sa pagbangon kag pagsulong” (please permit me to state it in the dialect because I believe the Hiligaynon version has more flair and nuance than the other language). A lot of activities were done to salute one of the greatest heroes in our midst.
In Talisay City, the Women’s Month celebration was not only a one-day affair but a month-long program of advocacy projects and programs to recognize and value our women.
Activities included street play ensemble and dances, photo exhibits, and ceremonies honoring women in the different sectors.
The closing rites were held at the Don Esteban De La Rama Hall of the Talisay City Hall. It was well attended by women from the academe, barangays, NGOs, and other groups.
Everyone came in native costume so the hall was festive. Adding to the festive atmosphere was the folk dance and composo singing contests.
One symbolic part of the program was the posting of intentions of different sectoral representatives on the female icon printed on the tarpaulin. The activity was made more meaningful with the lighting of candles and the offering of flowers for women.
The long list of awardees may fill three pages so I won’t enumerate their names. But the fact remains that in many homes in Talisay City lives a woman who has become a paragon of advocacy, character, commitment, faith, integrity, leadership, resoluteness, stewardship and zeal to better not only her life, or even that of her family, but also those of others in the community.
Indeed, many Juanas have fully bloomed where God have planted them. To the city government of Talisay, our hats off to you for recognizing the potentials of the many Juanas in our midst.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 12, 2014.