#GirlPower: Celebrating Filipinas This Women's Month

From excelling in the international arts to achieving political credibility, these Filipinas will surely inspire the blooming woman in you!

  • Josefa Llanes Escoda (20 September 1898–c. 6 January 1945)

    • She nursed wounded soldiers during the World War II. What’s more impressive is even before the war, Escoda was a suffragist and she founded the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) in 1940. GSP helps “girls and young women realize the ideals of womanhood and prepare themselves for their responsibilities in the home, and to the nation, and the world community". (Wikipedia) And that's a lot better than twerking!

  • María Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang (19 March 1731 – 20 September 1763)

    • AKA Gabriela Silang, she is a National Hero and was a revolutionary leader during the Spanish Era. She was the first woman to lead a revolt against Spanish colonizers after her husband, Diego Silang, got killed by the Spaniards. Isn't that badass? Talk about #GirlPower!

  • Melchora Aquino (January 6, 1812 – March 2, 1919)

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        Mother of Philippine Revolution
    • Melchora "Tandang Sora" Aquino is a National Hero of the Philippine Revolution. She is also known as the Grand Woman of the Revolution, Mother of Balintawak, Mother of the Katipunan for her contributions during the World War II.

    • She became an instant mother to the wounded revolutionaries by giving them medicine, food and shelter. #RoleModelGoals, yes?

  • Fe del Mundo (1911– 2011)

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        National Scientist of the Philippines
    • She was the first woman to be admitted as student in Harvard Medical School. After getting medical degree, she went back to the Philippines and founded the Children’s Medical Centre. Del Mundo was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1977 and the Order of Lakandula in 2010. #NerdGoals

  • Whang-Od (1918 - present)

    • Whang-Od is considered the last mambabatok from Butbut, Kalinga and is the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines. She is known for using the ancient method of tattooing called batok. Charcoal and water are the ingredients of her ink and the thorn of a calamansi tree serves as her needle.

    • Senator Miriam Santiago even urged the Philippine Senate to nominate Whang-Od as one of the National Living Treasures or Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan. Whang-Od continues to give tattoos to anyone who wants to keep the tradition alive.

  • Miriam Defensor-Santiago (June 15, 1945 - present)

    • Named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997, she has served the Philippine government in its judicial, executive and legislative branches. She was the first Filipina to be elected as judge in the International Court in 2012 and was invited to be part of the International Advisory Council of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in 2016.

    • If that didn’t take your breath away, she is also the founder and leader of People’s Reform Party and is running for presidency this 2016! Unsurprisingly, this woman is called the Iron Lady of Asia!

  • Pacita Abad (October 5, 1946 - December 7, 2004)

    • A socio-political advocate, Abad is also a contemporary painter whose works have been exhibited in 70 countries and 200 museums all-over the world.

  • Cecile Licad (May 11, 1961 - present)

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        A Pianist’s Pianist
    • At age seven, she made her debut as a soloist with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. #GiftedChild

    • In 1981, she won the Leventritt Competition Gold Medal and was dubbed by The New Yorker as “a pianist’s pianist”. She recorded Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopi in 1985.

  • Lisa Macuja-Elizalde (October 3, 1964 - present)

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        The Prima Ballerina of the Philippines
    • In 1984 she was the Philippine’s first Prima Ballerina and was the first foreigner to join the Kirov Ballet. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of Ballet Manila and the Commissioner of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women.

    • At 50 years old, she acts as the Directress of the Ballet Manila School which is a training center for ballet professionals. #DancingGoals leveled-up!

  • Pia Wurtzbach (September 24, 1989 - present)

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        Miss Universe Philippines 2015
    • This 26-year-old woman has proven that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. She joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant twice - and didn’t give up! She joined for the third time and finally won the Miss Universe Philippines title on December 20, 2015. She is the third Miss Universe Philippines after Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margie Moran (1973).

    • What makes her cooler? She was a child star and was known as Pia Romero. She also has a degree in Culinary Arts and can speak fluent Filipino, Cebuano, English and knows basic German as well. What can this woman NOT do?

  • Who is your female role model? Share, tweet or comment below using the hashtag #NWMGirlPower!

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        Show me how you do that HUN!
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