ILOILO CITY, March 30 An outstanding woman awardee told the women of Iloilo not to cry if their husband is a philanderer.
Buty she said they have to fight for their rights since there are several existing avenues in which to fight back.
The 2012 Outstanding Woman of Iloilo (TOWIL) awardee for the Judiciary Category, Regional Trial Court Judge Marciana Deguma said the Ilonggas are not only known for their patience and resilience.
They are also known for their fighting spirit in the quest for their rights and freedom.
The lady judge said the women of today are in the midst of society that recognizes women power.
But this must be enhanced and nurtured as women are not only for the homes but also out there working and providing for the family and country.
Similarly, former party-list congresswoman Riza Hontiveros-Baraquel said the TOWIL is a venue for pride and valuing of women achievements which the city government has recognized for the past four years.
Guest speaker at the awards rites, Hontiveros-Baraquel said the awards recognizes the excellence and institutionalizing women power as an important part of society.
Outstanding Ilonggas have lead revolutions and freedom fighting in the past such as Patrocinia Gamboa and Teresa Magbanua who stood and led the march to freedom and love of country, the former lady solon said.
The fourth awarding rites held last Thursday was sponsored by City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Gender and Development Team, SP Committee on Women and Family Relations and the Haligi Foundation as an avenue for recognition of women achievers of Iloilo.
The 2012 TOWIL awardees are Dr. Eden Deriada for Academe and Education, Gina Sarabia Espinosa for Arts and culture, Marjorie Caperonce Florete for Business Corporation and Entrepreneurship;
Rebecca Berlin for Civic Organization, Marie Louise Catrhryn Serbas for the Differently Abled Persons, Reg. Dir. Evelyn Trompeta for Government Service;
Judge Marciana Deguma for the Judiciary, Reg. Dir. Mesa for Media, Public Information and Journalism, Rosalie Sarabia Treñas for Non-Government Organization, Ma. Teresa Chan for Philanthropy Works;
SPO1 Ana del Rosario Baganes for Protection and Security Service, Lucy Buendia for the Religious Sector, Ma. Rosa A. Cacho for Value Social and Community Service, and Dr. Lilia S. Teves for the Professional Sector. (PNA)