BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) - - The awarding of the 2017 Search for Baguio City’s Outstanding Women Leaders or OWLs and the giving of special recognition to distinguished women highlights the city’s celebration of National Women’s Month.
The Kababaihan Festival 2017 which opened on March 1 through a kapihan media forum at the City Social Welfare and Development Office, will have its highlights on the Women’s Day program on March 8.
OWLs search committee chairperson Patricia Anne Gallardo disclosed that there will be three awardees this year namely Jail Senior Inspector April Rose Ayangwa, Maria Victoria Bugasto and Mary Lou Galiste.
Ayangwa, the jail warden of the female dorm of the Baguio City Jail, will be awarded as advocate for the improvement of the lives of Women Deprived of Liberty with her initiatives in improving the life of female inmates through short courses education series, self – help and life skills seminars and livelihood lectures.
Bugasto, a stage 4 breast cancer survivor and the president of Minda’s Buddies, a support group for cancer patients will be awarded as advocate of Positive Activism and Empowerment Against Cancer as she made it her life’s work to inform, educate and raise public awareness on cancer.
Galiste, the executive director of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio since 2004, will be awarded in the field of tourism. She has been a vital part to the success of Baguio’s most – visited tourism events like the annual Baguio Flower Festival and the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) Week.
Special awards will also be given to eight women who have excelled in their own fields of endeavor, brought fame, honor and pride to Baguio and put the city on the world map in 2016.
Recipient of the special awards are Senior Javelin Throw World Masters Champion Erlinda Lavandia; Miss Diamond of the World Christine Joy Picardal; “Pinopela’ International A Capella champion members Roxanne Joy Omilda, Ingrid Payaket, Sheevani Brylle Sibayan and Charmaine Irish Suyo; Miss International Kylie Versoza, and Wushu Sanda World Cup champion Divine Wally.
An annual awards program since 2006, 82 are already recognized as OWLs. The search has three – tiered selection process which involves nomination, clarification and a validation of documents submitted and personal interview of the nominees before a board of judges composed of past OWLs awardees. (JDP/CCD/W. Hortizuela – PIA CAR/UC Intern)