EIGHT Cebuanas from different fields of endeavor have been awarded by a United States-based non-profit professional association for women of Philippine ancestry as part of this year’s most influential women.

Filipina Women Network’s (FWN) 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award recognizes those who are creating an impact in the global arena through leadership, legacy and contributions to society.

The awards ceremony was held last Tuesday night at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa.

The categories were divided into eight: behind the scenes leaders, builders, emerging leaders, founders and pioneers, innovators and thought leaders, Nicole, policymakers and visionaries, continuing influences and keepers of the fame.

Now on its eighth year of selecting nominees, FWN gives emphasis on developing the next generation.

Ng Khai Development Corp. President Melanie Ng was one of 12 Behind the Scenes Leaders awardees, while Manulife Regional Head Stella Bernabe was given the Builders plaque of recognition. Ng is currently president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Five other Cebuanas, on the other hand, also bagged awards for the founders and pioneers category, along with 11 other winners.

They were Lhuillier matriarch, Amparito who is president of her education foundation; Sun.Star Management President Gina Garcia Atienza; and GCH Holdings Inc. President Janette Nellie Chiu.

Other winners for the category are PSC Primary Skills Inc. President Paulette Liu and The Chocolate Chamber Founder Raquel Choa.

Switzerland-based Cebuana psychologist and Samahang Pilipina Bern Founder Anny Misa Hefti was also given the Continuing Influences award. She won her first plaque last year under the Builders category.

FWN recognizes Filipinas who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having done outstanding work in their professions, industries and communities.