Happy New Year! For my first posting of the year, I am featuring some of my beloved
Filipina friends from the Filipina Women’s Network’s 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the US. The honor of being selected as an influential Filipina also connotes a lot of responsibility, including mentoring another Filipina woman. A large-scale reunion, PINAY POWER 2012, is scheduled for October 2012.
Since this is a year-long project that involves a lot of logistics, we hope to finish the videos by October 2009, just in time for the next FWN Summit.
Let’s start with this video.
Silver Creek High School, San Jose, California
When Thelma Boac started her new job as Principal of Silver Creek’s High School, I had the privilege of writing her profile for Manila Bulletin-USA. Click here to read the article.
Let me quote directly from the source.
PINAY POWER 2012: TIME CAPSULE PROJECT
A time capsule is a way for us to deliver important messages so that our designated heirs have a sense of what life was like for us when they open our time capsule in the future.
When Pinay Power 2012 was birthed at FWN’s future search conference at the 4th Filipina Summit in 2006, the Filipino community was celebrating 100 years of Filipino migration in America. Strikingly missing were the stories and documentation of the contributions of Filipina women. “Never again forget the role of Filipina women in the building of America,” said Marily Mondejar, president of FWN. This statement inspired the Pinay Power 2012: Time Capsule Project.
This project will actively promote Filipina women’s capacities to lead, innovate and inspire the next generation of women. View the list of FWN 100.
A digital and print archive will serve as a time capsule for future generations. These Filipina women’s stories will hopefully help every Filipina worldwide during her own moments of adversity and tribulations. Helping craft the image of the Filipina woman in the US is the inevitable end-result of this project.
“By using the internet these videos will reach a worldwide audience and bring an all too often marginalized community their earned recognition.”
FWN is thrilled to collaborate with two award-winning professionals who have been supportive of FWN thru the years.
* Helene M. Rosenbluth have been recording conferences both nationally and internationally for more than 20 years. As a journalist for Pacifica Radio, she has covered the United Nations International Women’s Conferences in Mexico City, Nairobi, and Beijing resulting in several national awards. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting honored her for her coverage of the Nairobi International Women’s Conference, and by the Associated Press for her documentary about Violence Against Women. She covered the Earth Summit in Brazil, The Anti-Racism Conference in Durban, South Africa and the Human Rights Conference in Vienna. Over the past sixteen years she has developed an extensive web-based, audio archive of socially conscious ideas gathered from hundreds of conferences worldwide.
* Anna L. Marks is a communications expert and social entrepreneur. She is the creator and founder of Conscious Life Magazine and Bay Area BusinessWoman News where she served as publisher, editor-in-chief, and layout artist for over 15 years. Marks has been on numerous boards, and currently serves on the Alameda County Women’s Commission and the California Women’s Agenda Media Task Force. She was awarded “Businesswoman of the Year” by San Francisco Business and Professional Women; and “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by the San Francisco chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Marks is passionate about using new media as a change agent for global progress in the new millennium.
Let’s meet more of these amazing Filipina women who have impacted the way I think and act since 2004 when I first became a member of the Filipina Women’s Network.
Little Manila Foundation, Stockton, California
Senior Vice President
Banc of America Leasing, San Francisco, California
DR. MARIETTA N. ALMAZAN
President & CEO
Specialty Center, Inc., Sacramento, California
Psychiatrist & Author of “The Bipolar Spectrum”
VANGIE CANONIZADO BUELL
Filipino American National Historical Society, Berkeley, California
Memoir: “Twenty-Five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride: Growing Up in a Filipino Immigrant Family”
SUSAN “SUSIE” QUESADA
Secretary/Treasurer and Marketing Manager
Ramar Foods International, Pittsburg, California
ROSENI “NINI” ALVERO
Foreign Trade and Investment Service Officer for the Philippines Government, Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, California
Chair, First Five Santa Clara County Commission, Santa Clara, California
Board Member, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
EDNA CASTEEL, MNA
Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California