CITY OF MALOLOS – As part of the celebration of Women’s Month this March, the Provincial Government of Bulacan recognized outstanding women in the province during the Gawad Medalyang Ginto 2018 held at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city yesterday.
Luceria Diego from the town of Calumpit was awarded as the Natatanging Babae because of her zeal to improve her way of living while also helping to improve the quality of life of others. She received a plaque of recognition and P20,000 cash incentive.
Moreover, Soroptimist International of Norzagaray headed by Aureluz Torres won the Natatanging Samahang Pangkababaihan due to their contribution to the community such as giving scholarships; conducting medical missions as well as feeding and livelihood programs; and tree planting to name a few. They received a plaque of recognition and P30,000 cash incentive.
For the sectoral category, the municipality of Norzagaray headed by Dr. Rhodora Pesebre was hailed as the Matagumpay na Konsehong Pambayan para sa Kababaihan (KPK); Teresa Clemente of Calumpit as the Matagumpay na Ginang ng OFW; Cristina Briones of Marilao as the Matagumpay na Babaeng Mangangalakal; and Joyce Ann Vitug of Plaridel being the Huwarang Kabataang Babae sa Pamumuno. They all received plaques of recognition and P20,000 for the KPK and all others took home P10,000 each.
For his part, Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando shared the important role of women as ‘light of the home’ that guides and enlightens the lives of every Bulakenyo family.
“Itigil na po natin ang pagkukumpara sa mga lalaki at babae sapagkat lahat po tayo ay pinagkalooban ng kani-kaniyang kakayahan at natatanging bahagi sa paghubog ng ating lipunan. Katuwang rin po natin ang mga kababaihan sa pagpapaunlad ng lalawigan ng Bulacan,” Fernando said.
Moreover, former congresswoman Ma. Victoria R. Sy-Alvarado compared women to shimmering stars and said that they are more valuable than those natural luminous bodies in the sky and mentioned successful women who will forever shine like precious gems.
“Higit pa sa pagiging ilaw ng tahanan, hindi maitatanggi ninuman na tayong mga babae ay saligan din ng bawat lipunan at naging mahalagang bahagi sa pagtataguyod ng bansa at pagsusulong ng pangkalahatang kabutihan at kagalingan ng ating mga mamamayan, kabilang na sina Mother Theresa ng Calcutta, Joan of Arc, Elenor Roosevelt, Hellen Keller, Corazon Aquino at lalong higit si Mama Mary na nagpakita ng kanilang mahalagang kontribusyon,” the former congresswoman said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Eva Fajardo, chairperson of Panlalawigang Komisyon para sa Kababaihan ng Bulacan, encouraged Bulakenyas to be like an eagle that does not limit its strength and stressed to not be afraid to dream because dreams do come true.