Gwen bags Ni­cole Award in London

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Ce­buana leg­is­la­tor Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia has re­ceived the Ni­cole Award of the Most In­flu­en­tial Filip­ina Woman in the World.

The recog­ni­tion is given to "Filip­ina women whose words, ac­tion and ac­tivism, in­spire oth­ers to act and rev­o­lu­tion­ize so­ci­ety’s way of un­der­stand­ing tra­di­tional be­liefs and cus­toms; thus, leav­ing be­hind a global Filipino Im­print" as stated on her Face­book page.

Gar­cia is one of this year's awardees who were cho­sen from a field of nom­i­nees around the world, based on lead­er­ship roles, scope of po­si­tion, in­flu­ence in their re­spec­tive fields, pro­fes­sion, and board af­fil­i­a­tions. Gar­cia, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Cebu's third leg­isla­tive district, was cho­sen as one.

The award was con­ferred to her dur­ing a gala event of the 15th Filip­ina Lead­er­ship Global Sum­mit at the St. Pan­cras Re­nais­sance Ho­tel in London, UK.

The lady of cer­e­mony rec­og­nized her as an "ac­com­plished con­gress­woman" for spon­sor­ing over 300 leg­isla­tive mea­sures, some of which aims to pro­tect women.

The said sum­mit is an ini­tia­tive of the Filip­ina Women's Net­work (FWN), a San Fran­cisco based in­ter­na­tional ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion.

"(It) brings to­gether some of the top and most in­flu­en­tial Filip­ina women busi­ness own­ers and pro­fes­sion­als from around the globe to cre­ate a net­work­ing pipe­line thru re­cip­ro­cal re­la­tion­ships," stated on the of­fi­cial web­site of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Gar­cia was also cho­sen as the key­note speaker for the sum­mit.

"The speak­ers cho­sen for the sum­mit are all at the top of their game shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences and in­sights on how they be­came suc­cess­ful, how they turned their suc­cess into sig­nif­i­cant work and what it means to be an In­flu­en­tial Woman in to­day’s busi­ness world," stated in the web­site.

In her speech, Gar­cia said that the Philip­pines is fac­ing dif­fer­ent bat­tles in mul­ti­ple fore­fronts such as nat­u­ral haz­ards (ty­phoon), il­le­gal drugs, poverty, peace & or­der, and in­sur­gency. How­ever, she said that the em­pow­ered Filip­ina women have helped ad­dress these con­cerns in dif­fer­ent are­nas.

She re­called that when she was elected as the first lady gov­er­nor of Cebu Province, she felt pres­sure from the peo­ple who had pre­con­cep­tions on what a provin­cial gov­er­nor should be.

"I have to show that be­ing a woman could trans­late into sub­stan­tive change and so I set up to do then to do bet­ter. Per­haps the best man for the job could be a woman," she said.

She con­tin­ued that dur­ing her time as gov­er­nor, Cebu was able to high­light more the fields of tourism, his­tory and cul­ture. She con­tin­ued that the ef­fects of her ad­min­is­tra­tion were felt even be­hind bars when the Cebu Provin­cial De­ten­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter (CPDRC) danc­ing in­mates be­came a world­wide hit.

"From this change of at­ti­tude came the pride of place and pride of be­ing Ce­buanos," she said.

As an awardee, she ex­pressed that Filipino women can in­spire both men and women around the world, as bear­ers of "the seeds of change" in the work that they do. The said sum­mit was held from Septem­ber 12-17. —

Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad/FPL

GAR­CIA

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