Weygan-Allan: OWLS

I FOUND out that is not true when they nominated me as one of the OWLS and I got awarded for Spiritual and Socio-Cultural Leadership. Here is the introduction Patty Gallardo Marcelo wrote as the introduction in the awarding and the recognition dinner.

“Dr. Philian Allan’s passions and accomplishments are varied but inter-connected – spirituality, education, indigenous peoples, heritage, character and values education, governance and Baguio City. Aside from heading BSBT College as its president, she is currently the Secretary of the Baguio Benguet Ecumenical Group, chairperson of the Committee on Christian Education and Evangelism of the Cathedral of the Resurrection, and immediate past district director of Soroptimist International North Central Luzon District. She is also officer or member of at least 16 other organizations and clans.

She served as city councilor of Baguio from 2010 to 2013 during which she also actively participated in the rehabilitation of the City’s Dominican Heritage Hill Project. It has since been declared a national historical site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines; while the adjacent Ten Commandments Building is record holder for the tallest Ten Commandments Tablet Building in the Guinness Book of World Records. Dr. Philian is a voice of the IPs, a Christian church leader, an educator, protector of women and their rights.

She is multi-awarded in various endeavors, most of which she accomplished as a volunteer. “God has given me the opportunity to give of myself, whether through time or talent or whatever. Positions, locations, scenarios, interests may change; but the ability and desire to give and to help is always there.” Indeed, Dr. Philian’s philosophy says it all.

I also include my acceptance speech here: “Fellow outstanding women leaders, ladies and gentlemen, Good evening. It is indeed extraordinary that women of character and leadership gather to celebrate womanhood, after decades of struggling to be recognized as equal leaders with men. God created all equal, yet along the way from creation till now, we have mangled creation. It was not God who did it but human beings, the created beings brought inequality into this world. I have lived and visited countries where women are second class - that runs contrary to what God wants a woman to be.

With humility, I accept this recognition for my contribution to the city and humanity. When I was asked during the interview “why only now?” I answered, it is only now that I was nominated. However, when I saw the award letter saying that I was selected to be one of the outstanding women leaders of 2018 and it was in Filipino “Kababaihan Festival” then I remembered that about ten years ago, I was nominated and I submitted my documents, however as my friend said “You will never win because your dad is the chairperson of the search.” I never knew that and the one who nominated me never knew that. So after that disqualification, here I am now – recognized as one of you for my contribution towards spiritual and socio- cultural leadership! Thank you to my nominator – Soroptimist International of Baguio led by President Lilia Saturnino and PP Paning Dao-ey, to the validators and judges thank you.

So tonight, I share this recognition with; the church and the ecumenical group that has given me the opportunity to lead; the non-government organizations and volunteer groups that has allowed me to share who I am; and the city government and our people for allowing me to serve as your councilor. Similarly, I share this award for every woman that I have encountered who have less in material but big in heart and spirit. For the women I worked with in dire situations, who walked more than a kilometer to fetch her water, or have to peddle to put food on the table. I share this with those I worked with in advocacies that are for a better human life and dignity – women and children protection, anti-large scale development to the detriment of the indigenous peoples, the poor and marginalized. I share this for those who continue to struggle because of their faith even when situations seemingly are beyond their means or comprehension.

And with warm heart I share this recognition with my husband, John, my family and people who have been under my leadership.

To all of us here – we can make change and make this world a better place.
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