CITY OF MALOLOS— For the second time, Bulacan hosted the Unsung Women Heroes Awards given by the Soroptomist International (SI) Philippine Region (A Foundation) Inc.’s to exceptional women who have been an instrument in improving and inspiring other people’s lives.
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado welcomed the guests who attended the awarding held at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city wherein he commemorated the women of Bulacan who took part on the revolution that paved the way for the freedom that we enjoy today.
“Hindi po nakaligtas sa paningin ni Gat Jose Rizal ang dalawampu’t isang kababaihan ng Malolos na kasamang nagsusulong para mailuwal ang bagong republika. Kasamang nagsusulong ng kalayaan na nakabase sa katarungan at katwiran na hindi alintana ang kanilang kalagayan maging ang kanilang kaligtasan ng buhay,” the governor said.
The awardees include Espidita Aparis of SI-Davao who is helping over 6,000 senior citizens in their barangay; Riah Bernardez of SI-Antipolo who is popularly known as the “hero of poor children of Pasig” and has a program called “Sagip-Batang Palengke”; Zarah Jane Juan of SI-Congressional who teaches product design development to indigenous people; Marjorie Loredo of SI-Las Piñas Central, a disabled person who helps street children without asking anything in return; Dominga Mayoc of SI-San Jose City who is also a disabled person who continuously serves the church and the community; Sittie Nur Dayhanna Saruan Mohamad of SI-Mandaluyong who is recognized because of her humanitarian services; and Mamerta Samson of SI Norzagaray Central who offers livelihood training to women for free.
According to Representative Michaelina M. Antonio of AGBIAG Partylist, who also served as the guest speaker, it is right to recognize the important contribution of the women in the community so that they will serve as an inspiration to others while underlining the thought that individuals do not need fame, money and power to become a hero.
“It is just your ego thinking that women want to be like men. But the truth is, all women want is to be ourselves,” she said and emphasized that women can even be better than men in different aspects.
Meanwhile, Third District Congresswoman Lorna C. Silverio, who is also the chairperson of the Unsung Women Heroes Awards, explained that this award is given to the exceptional women and their contribution to the society, proving that poverty is not a hindrance to be of help to the people in need.
“It aims to honor ordinary women from the grassroots and disadvantaged sectors who wholeheartedly give their service to uplift the lives and welfare of other women and girls in their community,” Silverio said.
Paying tribute to the many selfless volunteers working at the grassroots level and disadvantaged sectors, the Soroptomist Unsung Women Heroes Awards hope to inspire other women to pursue similar paths of leadership, commitment and creativity to make this world a better place for all.