The Day I Missed Alice D. but Settled for Women's Month

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By Jonathan Llanes

The Maryknoller

Thursday, March 6, 2014


STILL single just like me, I will admit that I still admire and give high regard to the beauty of 1986 Philippine representative for Miss International and actress Alice Dixson.

At 44 years old, Alice Dixson (born July 28, 1969, Jessie Alice Celones Dixson) or often misspelled Alice Dixon still looks the same as she was when she started acting, and with no changes visible.

My friend MJ Francisco formerly of Smart Communications and now involved with the public relations group of TV5 asked if I could write about their upcoming sitcom involving the beauteous Binibining Pilipinas to which I agreed provided that it comes along with this month’s celebration of National Women’s Month.

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The street and float parades of Panagbenga 2014 saw some of the main cast members of TV5’s latest daily primetime offering, Confessions of a Torpe, led by Ogie Alcasid, Alice Dixson, Wendell Ramos and Mark Neumann. And at my present situation, I feel like a "torpe" to the woman that I have my eyes focused on. Hmmmmm!!!

Well anyway, this program premiered last March 3 at 7:30pm, Confessions of a Torpe also stars Gelli de Belen, Bayani Agbayani, Pilita Corales, Albie Casino, Shaira Mae and Jojo Alejar.

And despite missing the press conference last Sunday where I was supposed to have a personal photo op with Miss "A", it didn't bother me to write a bit of about her in this column.

Ok, after writing a bit of Miss "A", now comes the serious side of this column. This month observes the International Women's Day and being liberal, I would want to dedicate the whole month of our March column for women that have been empowered, and that have made a difference in the lives of the people.

But primarily, let's start with a background on how this came about.

The observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) was a result of the organizing activities of women in the early 20th Century. Between 1909 and 1911, working women in the United States participated in organizing strike activities of the National Women’s Trade Union League and other concerned groups.

They were responding to the low wages, lack of protective legislation and the poor working conditions to which women workers were subjected during that time.

The demonstrations were an offshoot of the tragic March 25 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which took the lives of more than 140 working girls, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants. Subsequently, the inhumane working conditions and other unfair labor practices leading up to the disaster were invoked during observances of IWD.

In Europe, Clara Zetkin and the Socialist Women’s International demanded that March 8th be the International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated each year to recognize working women around the world. The celebration of IWD has since stimulated major historical events.
For instance, IWD was the inspiration for the general strike which began the Russian Revolution in St. Petersburg in 1917 when 10, 000 women textile workers demonstrated.

It is due to such history of women organizing around the world that IWD was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1917 to recognize women’s contributions to all society and promote gender equality.

And lest I forget, the officers and members of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club would like to extend our warmest 13th birthday greetings to PIA-CAR Regional Dir. Helen R. Tibaldo in the merry month of February.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 07, 2014.

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