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TWO BABAYLANS from Denmark are Presidential Awardees for 2014

TWO BABAYLANS from Denmark are Presidential Awardees for 2014

History is in the making for the non-profit and 100% voluntary Filipino women’s network BABAYLAN Denmark when two of its members garner the much coveted Presidential Awards which will be marked with  Ceremonies at Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines  on December 5, 2014 at 4 pm.

BABAYLAN Denmark’s Founding Chair FILOMENITA MONGAYA HØGSHOLM and former Treasurer ROSALYN VENNING are two among 33 individuals and organizations awarded this Presidential honour  under 4 different  categories:

Kaanib ng Bayan, is conferred to foreign individuals and organizations who have significant contributions benifiting a sector or community in the Philippines; the Lingkod sa Kapwa to Filipino associations or individulas for exceptional contribution to development in the country;

The  Bana-ag Award conferred to FIlipino individuals and organizations who befitted a sector or advanced the cause of overseas Filipino communities; and finally

The Pamana ng Pilipino Award conferred to overseas Filipinos overseae, who in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino have brought the country Honour and Recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession. This is the 11th editiiin of this  biennial Awards which  wa institutionalised in 1991 with the signing of Executive Order no. 498 under the Fidel Ramos presidency. To date, there have been 343 Filipinos and private organizations overseas that have received the Award. This year’s crop of 33  Awardees come from 13 countries and 27are individuals while 6 are organizations coming out of 157 nominations from 29 countries.

While Ms. FIlomenita Mongaya Høgsholm receives the Pamana ng Pilipino  Award, Ms. Rosalynn Venning from the organization Humana Child Aid Society operating in Malaysia, is awarded the Kaanib ng Bayan Award,

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

28 November 2014

P-NOY TO CONFER PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS TO 33 OUTSTANDING OVERSEAS FILIPINOS AND ORGANIZATIONS

His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III will honor 33 distinguished and outstanding overseas Filipinos and foreign-based organizations from 13 countries during the Awarding Ceremonies for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas on December 5, 2014 at the Malacañang Palace. In conferring the Awards, the President will be assisted by Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas, the Chairperson of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.

The president commended the 33 individuals and organization not only for their personal and professional achievements, but also for what they’ve contributed to the development of the Philippines and the welfare of their fellow Filipinos everywhere: “I congratulate the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino, Kaanib ng Bayan, Banaag and Pamana ng Pilipino Awardees for their efforts to better the conditions of our kababayans here in the Philippines and abroad, and representing the Filipino talent and industry in their adoptive homelands.

” Institutionalized in 1991 through Executive Order No. 498, the Presidential Awards is a biennial search for overseas-based individuals and organizations which have dedicated their work in the service and improvement of lives of Filipinos worldwide, selflessly supported relief, rehabilitation and development programs in the home country, or who have excelled in their field or profession.

The awardees were thoroughly screened from a total of 157 nominations from 29 countries by three different committees with representatives from the government, civil society, media, academe, religious and business sectors, and finally the President of the Philippines. The Presidential Awards has four categories – Kaanib ng Bayan Award, Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Award, Banaag Award, and Pamana ng Pilipino Award.

Kaanib ng Bayan Awardees

The Kaanib ng Bayan Award is conferred on foreign individuals or organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to Philippine reconstruction, progress and development, or have significantly benefited a sector or community in the Philippines, or advanced the cause of overseas Filipino communities.

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(L-R) American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Wako Asato, Humana Child Aid Society, Dominiek Segaert

1. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (Israel) – the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, which provided philanthropic assistance and continuous rebuilding efforts in areas in the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

2. Wako Asato (Japan) – a Japanese expert in the field of Philippine migration research, who extended scholarship grants to underprivileged college students in Central Visayas.

3. Humana Child Aid Society (Malaysia) – a fully independent non-governmental organization, which operates plantation schools in remote areas, catering to the basic educational needs of thousands of “stateless” children, many of them of Filipino ancestry. 4. Dominiek Segaert (Belgium) – a Belgian educator, who initiated fundraising activities for the improvement of the quality of secondary education in Davao Del Sur.

Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) Awardee

The LINKAPIL Award is conferred on Filipino associations or individuals for their exceptional or significant contribution to reconstruction, progress and development in the Philippines. Serenata 1. Serenata (Saudi Arabia) – a children’s choir and string chamber orchestra, which is dedicated to impart excellence in music and fellowship, and support the education of less fortunate students in the Philippines.

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Banaag Awardees

The Banaag Award is conferred on Filipino individuals or associations for their contributions which have significantly benefited a sector or advanced the cause of overseas Filipino communities.

(L-R) Daegu Filipino Community Council, Danilo M. Favor, Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (Central Region, Chapter Saudi Arabia), Rosa Angelica C. Libron

(L-R) Daegu Filipino Community Council, Danilo M. Favor, Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (Central Region, Chapter Saudi Arabia), Rosa Angelica C. Libron

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(L-R) Augusto I. Mercado, Migrant Heritage Commission Victoria B. Navarro, Anita A. Sasaki

 

 

1. Daegu Filipino Community Council (South Korea) – a non-profit organization that promotes the welfare and well-being of Filipino migrants in Daegu, South Korea through spiritual engagement, social involvement, political and welfare services, and charity works.

2. Danilo M. Favor (United Kingdom) – a registered nurse and the first elected Filipino councilor in East Grinstead, United Kingdom, who initiated several health-related charitable programs that have benefited the Filipino community.

3. Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers Central Region Chapter Saudi Arabia, IIEE-CRCSA (Saudi Arabia) – a professional organization committed in uniting and assisting in the professional development of Filipino migrant electrical engineers in Saudi Arabia.

4. Rosa Angelica C. Libron (South Korea) – a passionate nun who was instrumental in the establishment of the Filipino-Korean Community in Guri City, and provides assistance to distressed Filipinos in South Korea.

5. Augusto I. Mercado (USA) – founder of the wireless engineering business enterprise, Datalogix and a Filipino-community leader in Texas who assists distressed Filipino migrants.

6. Migrant Heritage Commission (USA) – a non-profit service oriented organization which provides pro-bono services in protecting and advancing human rights of migrants and their families in the US, and supports charitable projects of several Filipino-American groups in the Philippines.

7. Victoria B. Navarro (USA) – former President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, who was supportive in advancing the cause of Filipino nurses in the US, and for their philanthropic activities in the Philippines.

8. Anita A. Sasaki (Japan) – a Filipino community leader who established ‘Tahanan ni Nanay’, a half-way house for Filipinos in distress and a learning center for Filipino-Japanese children. Pamana ng Pilipino Awardees The Pamana ng Pilipino Award is conferred on Filipinos overseas, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.

 

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(L-R) Roderick M. Dela Cruz, Filomenita M. Hoegsholm, Jonathan D. Irabagon, Jasmine B. Lee, Cecile B. Licad (L-R) Sheila Lirio-Marcelo, Robert Lopez, Katherine R. Luzuriaga, Baldomero M. Olivera, Alfredo R. Roces

 

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(L-R) Sheila Lirio-Marcelo, Robert Lopez, Katherine R. Luzuriaga, Baldomero M. Olivera, Alfredo R. Roces

(L-R) Lea Salonga, Lolita Valderrama-Savage, Paolo Antonio S. Silva, Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi

(L-R) Lea Salonga, Lolita Valderrama-Savage, Paolo Antonio S. Silva, Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi

1. Marianito O. Asperilla (USA) – an infectious disease specialist who introduced the multi-county bioterrorism response group to deal with the threat of bioterrorism in the US.

2. Michael Cinco (UAE) – a famed fashion designer in the Middle East known for his creative couture creations that have been featured in the international fashion scene. 3. Kristoffer L. Collo (USA) – founder of MicroPact, a leading information technology company in the US specializing in the development of case management and business process management software.

4. Cristeta Comerford (USA) – the first Asian and woman executive chef of the US White House, serving Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama.

5. Sheila S. Coronel (USA) – a veteran investigative journalist who serves as the Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and Dean of Academic Affairs of the Columbia University.

6. William D. Dar (India) – a champion of horticulture and the first Filipino to serve as Director General of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India.

7. Roderick M. Dela Cruz (USA) – a Southern California Edison senior engineer who shares his expertise in the field of dam safety to the Philippines.

8. Filomenita M. Hoegsholm (Denmark) – a strong advocate of gender equality in Europe and one of the founders of the Babaylan-Denmark, a non-profit organization that works on political, cultural-educational, and social causes to improve the situation of Filipinas in Denmark.

9. Jonathan D. Irabagon (USA) – an award-winning saxophonist who was named one of the New York City jazz icons. 10. Jasmine B. Lee (South Korea) – the first Filipina and foreign-born citizen to be elected in the National Assembly of South Korea.

11. Cecile B. Licad (USA) – a world renowned classical musician dubbed as “a pianist’s pianist”.

12. Sheila Lirio-Marcelo (USA) – founder of the Care.com, one of the largest online care services in the US, and advocate of women empowerment.

13. Robert Lopez (USA) – composer of the hits songs from Walt Disney’s “Frozen” and the first Filipino EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) awardee. 14. Katherine R. Luzuriaga (USA) – a pediatric immunologist, who was part of the team that cured an infant with HIV in the US. 15. Baldomero M. Olivera (USA) – a chemist and distinguished professor of Biology at the University of Utah, who made ground-breaking research in cone nail toxins which is important for neuroscience. 16. Alfredo R. Roces (Australia) – a versatile artist, anthropologist, historian, essayist and photographer based in Australia.

17. Lea Salonga (USA) – a famed international singer, voice talent and Broadway theater actress, who exemplified the musical talent and ingenuity of Filipino.

18. Lolita Valderrama-Savage (USA) – a painter whose artworks were internationally exhibited in the US, Europe, and Asia.

19. Paolo Antonio S. Silva (USA) – an ophthalmologist who made pioneering contributions in retina research in the US and helped establish the first telemedicine program for diabetic eye disease in the Philippines.

20. Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi (France) – an internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker based in France. The Presidential Awards is spearheaded by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, an agency under the Office of the President tasked to promote and uphold the interests, rights and welfare of overseas Filipinos, as well as to maintain strong and mutually beneficial ties between overseas Filipinos throughout the world and the motherland.

“In observance of the Month of Overseas Filipinos this December, we congratulate and pay tribute to this year’s recipients of the 2014 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas,” said Sec. Imelda M. Nicolas, Chairperson of Commission on Filipinos Overseas. “Because they embody the best that a global Filipino can be, we salute them for their commendable efforts, exceptional professional accomplishments, and civic and humanitarian involvements that have contributed to the advancement of the adopted countries they serve, and the home country we love.”

After the Presidential Awards, the CFO is organizing the 3rd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora at the Manila Hotel this coming February 25-27, 2015. Known as the largest gathering in the Philippines of Presidential awardees, Filipino community leaders, and other Filipinos in the diaspora, the Global Summit aims to produce a clear vision and strategic action plan for Filipino diaspora communities for 2015 and beyond. It also encourages overseas Filipinos to engage in the different components of the Diaspora to Development or D2D – from diaspora philanthropy, diaspora investment, entrepreneurship and business; eco-tourism, health and wellness tourism, Balik-Turo; Alay-Dunong sa Bayan, legal assistance to overseas Filipinos in distress, retirement options to the rationalized coordination of medical/dental missions. For more information about the Presidential Awards, please contact Mr. Rodrigo Garcia or Mr. Frencel Tingga of the Awards Secretariat, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center,1345 Pres. Quirino Ave.cor South Superhighway, Manila at tel. nos.: 552-4765 to 66 or email:rgarcia@cfo.gov.ph, ftingga@cfo.gov.ph.rgarcia@cfo.gov.ph, ftingga@cfo.gov.ph.

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UGNAYAN in Denmark- DENMARK’s AU PAIR SCHEME: The WAY FORWARD

Forum on Aupair system Invitation by Commission on Filipinos Overseas.

DENMARK’s AU PAIR SCHEME: The WAY FORWARD
Date: November 24, 2014 – Monday
Time: 13-16:30
Venue: Copenhagen Conference Center (CCC)
Nørre Farimagsgade 45, 1364 Copenhagen K
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are looking forward to seeing you at the above Roundtable Discussion that we at Babaylan- Denmark (The Philippine Women’s Network) is co-arranging with the CFO, Commission of Filipinos Overseas team on the Au Pair Scheme and other issues pertaining to Filipino migrants in Denmark. The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is the arm of the Philippine government that oversees and supports initiatives that strengthen the welfare of its citizens around the world. From 22 to 25 November, CFO’s Key Officials are visiting Denmark as part of its Nordic tour to experience firsthand
the conditions of Filipino migrants including au pairs, in the host countries. The Invitation for you -and one other colleague from your organization/institution – is to input on this Special Roundtable Discussion to bring needed change. It is no secret that Filipino au pairs have
recently been unwittingly in the limelight, but without a chance to respond or defend themselves. They are blamed: for many things: for not speaking fluent Danish and thus jeopardizing Danish children’s future, for sending all their money home, for getting pregnant with some getting abortions,
for being meek slaves, for not being cultural, worse not having any culture, etc. The list goes on and all being chronicled in Danish media. The Au Pair “industry” is dominated by very few players who have all the means to influence policy, while concerned others without financing remain unheard,
helpless. It is time to open up the debate and hear from a broader spectrum. Please indicate if you want to participate as Panellist or Discussant by sending a mail to any of the three (3) members of the Co-ordinating committee. We eagerly await your speedy reply and hope
you can join us in an interesting afternoon where we can engage in genuine exchange of views and initiatives so we can forward the Au Pair scheme in a Win-Win situation for both the Philippines and Denmark.

Yours sincerely,
Filomenita M. Hoegsholm  Babaylan Denmark Founder
Ana Lindenhann , Babaylan Denmark current Chairperson
Judy Jover, Babaylan Denmark PRO and former Chairperson

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Check out CFO Roadshow to other Nordic Countries in this link

http://www.babaylan.dk/wp/index.php/commission-on-filipino-overseas-cfo-on-scandinavian-road-show/

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Paskong Pinoy with CFO (Commission on Filipino Overseas)

Nov 23 Event
We are looking forward to seeing you at the above Roundtable Discussion that we at Babaylan-Denmark (The Philippine Women’s Network) is co-arranging with the CFO, Commission of Filipinos Overseas team on the Au Pair Scheme and other issues pertaining to Filipino migrants in Denmark.

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is the arm of the Philippine government that oversees and supports initiatives that strengthen the welfare of its citizens around the world. From 22 to 25 November, CFO’s Key Officials are visiting Denmark as part of its Nordic tour to experience firsthand the conditions of Filipino migrants including au pairs, in the host countries.

On the 23rd November at St. Ligouri Hall in St. Anne’s Church, Dronning Elizabeth 3, 2300 Kbh. S you can meet the CFO Officials lead by Ms. Ivy Miraviles, Ms. Jennifer B. Mareposque and Mr. Eumarlo M. Tolosa. There will be an open forum in the morning from 9.00-12.00 to various topics as aupair program, overeseas voting, SSS, Philhelath, investing and how can they improve their services to the Filipino overeseas. From 13.17.00 there will be a Financial literacy Workshop open to all Filipino Migrants and Please register to this form to confirm your attendance or use our contact form.

You can also check our Facebook event  flyer confirmation form 2

From 18-20 there will be a Filipino Christmas program where the aupairs from the Aupair hub and the Philippine Cultural Guild will perform Filipino Folk Dance and Carolings from different groups. Filipino Foods and Traditional Rice cakes will be available from morning to evening to a very reasonable price. We hope to see you all!!!!

This event is made possible with the cooperation of the Babaylan Aupair Hub and the Philippine Cultural Guild in Denmark.

Check the CFO Nordic Road Show http://www.babaylan.dk/wp/index.php/commission-on-filipino-overseas-cfo-on-scandinavian-road-show/

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Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) on Scandinavian Road Show

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The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is the arm of the Philipine government that oversees and supports initiatives that strengthen the welfare of its citizens around the world. From 22 to 25 November, CFO through 3 of its Key Officers will be visiting Denmark as part of its Nordic tour around Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden to experience first hand the conditions of Filipinos in their host countries.

Their goal is to network with Filipino organizations and groups to get to know their needs through   series of forums, dialogues, and  discussions. One particular issue they want to address is the Au pair problematic in the Nordic countries particularly in Denmark and Norway , the most  popular destination of Filipino au pairs.  They will conduct a round table discussion with Filipino leaders, goverment and other stakeholders  to update themselves with status of the au pair program  in the Nordic countries.

OBJECTIVES OF THE U+NO = E3
ENGAGEMENT
 Help address challenges faced by Filipino communities in the Nordic countries.
 Familiarize participants with CFO programs to address these challenges and promote the interests of overseas Filipinos.
EMPOWERMENT
 Promote CFO’s Financial Freedom Campaign-PESO Sense specifically developed for overseas Filipinos and the families left behind.
 Facilitate the establishment of support network for Filipinos bound for the Nordic countries.
 Increase participation of Overseas Filipinos in the registration and voting for the 2016 national election.
ENTERPRISE
 Identify ways on how the Filipino diaspora can assist the country’s development through the CFO’s Diaspora to Development (D2D) Program
 Inform Filipinos about viable business and investment opportunities in the Philippines through the CFO’s BaLinkBayan- the online portal for Overseas Filipinos

Financial Literacy and Round Table Discussion (RTD) for Overseas Filipino in the Nordic Countries

Participation to the Financial Literacy and Round Table Discussion is open to all interested Filipinos:

  • Filipino Groups/ communities/organizations
  •  Religious Organizations working with Filipinos
  • Au pair programs Participants
  • Partners /Spouses of European nationals
  • Filipino Youths in Europe
  • Overseas Filipinos

November 18, 2104, Tuesday Time: 4-8 pm , UGNAYAN – Embassy of the Republic Philippine 4th Floor Nedre Voldgate 4, 0158 Oslo , Norway. – Forum/ Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Aupair program and intermarriage and concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 19, 2014, Wednesday Time: 4-8 PM UGNAYAN – Embassy of the Republic Philippine 4th Floor Nedre Voldgate 4, 0158 Oslo Au Pair Norway – Financial Literacy Workshop/ Round Table Discussion on concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 21, 2014,  Friday  Time: 6.30-9.30 PM , UGNAYAN – Landakotskirja (Landakots Church) Rejkjavik, Iceland – Financial Literacy Workshop/ Round Table Discussion on concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 23, 2014  Sunday  Time: 9-5 PM , UGNAYAN – St. Ligouri Hall, St. Anne’s Church Dronning Elizabeth Alle 3, 2300 Copenhagen S. Denmark – Financial Literacy Workshop/ Round Table Discussion on concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 24, 2014, MondayTime: 1-4 PM,  UGNAYAN – Copenhagen Community Church Farimagstræde 45, 1364 Copenhagen K, Denmark. Forum/ Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Aupair program and intermarriage and concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 25, 2014, Tuesday Time: 5-8PM , UGNAYAN – Östermalams Föreningsråd -Sal 6 (Beside Fältöverstent) Forum/ Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Aupair program and intermarriage and concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 26, 2014, Wednesday  Time: 5-9 PM , UGNAYAN – Folkeuniversitetet SAl 520 Kungstensgatan 45, Stockholm Sweden – Forum/ Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Aupair program and intermarriage and concerns of Filipino migrants.

To get to know more about the U+NO=E3 concept you can download the info by clicking link U + NO Concept Paper Oct 28

U+NO=E3 SECRETARIAT
COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS
1345 Citigold Center, President Quirino Avenue corner Osmena Highway
Manila, Philippines 1007
Telephone no. (+632) 552-4740
Fax no. (+632) 561-8332 Email: info@cfo.gov.ph/ imiravalles@cfo.gov.ph
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BABAYLAN DENMARK FOUNDER AMONG 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL GLOBAL FILIPINA LEADERS

BABAYLAN DENMARK FOUNDER AMONG 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL GLOBAL FILIPINA LEADERS

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When  Filipinas in Diaspora gather in the Philippine’s Wall Street equivalent of  Makati in MetroManila  to honour the 100 most influential women leaders in the Philippine diaspora, anno 2014, Danish-Filipina FILOMENITA HOEGSHOLM, nee MONGAYA (of Surigao City in Mindanao) will be amongst these select few from the more than 10 million Filipinos abroad.

It is no secret that ca. 45 million Filipinas -slightly more than half of the 90 million population of this 7000 island archipelago, the first democratic republic in all of Asia- throw their weight around when it comes to leadership and gender empowerment. Currently, Filipino women rank nr.5 on the global list when it comes to closing the gender gap according to the annual survey of the World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland), a fact that rankles in the Nordic countries which used to fill out the top 5 posts. This year, only the 4 top posts go to the Nordic countries of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The Philippines has grabbed the 5th place ousting Denmark which is now only the world’s 8th placer. The Philippines has continuously been the only Asian country in the top ten

Ms. Filomenita Mongaya Hoegsholm was a freelancing journalist covering the migration beat when the  Editor of the magazine she wrote for at that time, SAMSPIL, urged her to contribute to a Nordic publication on migrant women. She heeded the challenge and wrote about the situation of Filipinas in Denmark. Pretty soon, she was involved actively in respresenting the views of her kababayans at the biggest gathering of Nordic women, the Nordic Forum held for the first time in Oslo in 1988, and in Turku, Finland in 1994.  By 1992, she was one of those who turned up in Barcelona for the first meeting of Filipinas in Europe. That September the Philippine women’s network, BABAYLAN was founded by the more than 60 Filipina delegates from all over Europe. Filomenita presented a paper on Danish Filipinas. Active as a migrant woman organizer, she has led and coordinated participation of Danish migrant women, aside from Filipinas, at such milestones as the UN conferences in Cairo(’94, population),Copenhagen(social summit)& Beijing (women) in ’95.

”Nitnit” (to Filipino friends) has since been a capacity to reckon with in cross-cultural initiatives where she untiringly showcases Philippine culture be it in music, dance, fashion,the arts, and women dialogues (Dialogues in Dignity series). She has been elected to top posts at minority women and other organizations, eg. As Chairperson of BWEN (Black Women and Europe Network, 1996) after two terms as Vice-President (1992-1996) of this first ever inter-ethnic migrant women organization in the EU(European Union). She later began her initiative of mainstreaming migrant women empowerment by seeking entry to feminist organizations in Europe. First, she was elected to the Danish international women and development network KULU. And thru this, she later got elected to the 5-women Executive Board of WIDE, the most influential women empowerment in Europe. She stayed until WIDE’s devolution in 2011 and became part of the Task Force that rebirthed the new WIDE Plus in 2012.

Filomenita’s efforts to empower minority women were recognized early on when she garnered the Grassroots Foundation Prize in 1994 in Denmark for the contribution to women’s integration of SOLDUE Magazine which she was Editor in chief for from 1992 to 1997. From the 1990s onwards, Filomenita produced radio shows, video documentaries on various topics mainly focused on the situation of minorities such as her fellow Filipinos aside from covering the area with  reportages for local and international media. She also edited an English language magazine on Kurdish human rights. She produced a video documentary on the plight of over a hundred stateless Palestinians who occupied a Danish church in the inner city of Noerrebro which made the headlines because of its length -more than 300 days- and of the support the asylumseekers got from the local people. The result: a permit to stay for all granted by the Folketing (Danish Parliament). Today, the opposite happens for asylum seekers who choose this way: they are removed by force by the police. Everywhere in Europe, asylum seekers are turned away.

In May 1997, she founded BABAYLAN Denmark together with some stalwart Pinays in the Copenhagen area. In 2000, just as the second people power was about to install another woman President (Gloria Macapagal) she started ABAKADA, the migration, gender and development magazine that is appreciated across borders and even continents. Since the start, Babaylan DK and Abakada have been at the forefront of empowering Filipinas not only in Denmark but globally.

The coming of Filipina au pairs in numbers to the Nordic countries has challenged the organization which has responded by offering a plethora of activities:information, capacity building, counselling, socials and sports and more inspite of Zero funding from the authorities who benefit from this state of things. In  March 2013, Babaylan’s Founding Chair  signed a MOA with CFO’s Exec.Director, Sec. Mely Nicolas in Manila to ensure that au pairs’ concerns are monitored and attended to.

As mentioned previously, her scope of concerns involves the world’s refugees, some of whom she mentored as Editor-in-chief of NEW TIMES,the publication in the Danish Red Cross that served as platform  for refugees to mirror their situation and voice their grievances globally. Today among her  Red Cross mentees is now Chargès des Affaires/Head of Mission for an Arab state that has been thru a partial Arab spring. She has also actively showcased,thru monitoring the elections in Salalah (2003) and in Muscat(2006), the  progress of the women of the Sultanate of Oman, who were the first women to exercise suffrage in the Arabian Gulf. She has written- and continues to do so – on many Middle Eastern women personalities that have had their footprints in history.

Her knowledge on global migration and her networking skills galvanized her impact so she has been invited to speak at some international meetings like the Global Congress against Violence (Dublin, 1997), CAPWIP’s Women and Politics(Manila, 1998) and the Philippine Centennial’s Women and Nationbuilding (Manila, 1998). In the new Millennium, she has been one of the founding leaders of such women networks as EMWC (Ethnic Minority Women Council) in Denmark, ENoMW(European Network of Minority Women) in the EU and continues to be a capacity consulted during roundtables, workshops, eg. CEDAW (UN Conv.ention on Women’s Rights, Geneva 2008, PACE(Council of Europe, Paris 2009). She collated and edited for PSSC(Phil.Social Science Council) the 412-pp compendium ”In de Olde Worlde: Views of Filipino Migrants in Europe” with support from UNESCO which allows its download off www.unesco.org. It has been launched in Manila, Amsterdam, London, Reykjavik, Wash.DC.

In 2012, Filomenita Mongaya Hoegsholm received the ROSA (Rotary Outstanding  Surigaonon Awardee) for Migrant Women Advocacy, given for the first time in the history of the organization, in her native Surigao City where she graduated Valedictorian from Surigao City High School, 1962.    When she attended the 100th year of the SCNHSS in 2003, she won and was crowned Centennial Queen and has of course been an Outstanding Alumna.

During Oct.5 to 8, the San Francisco-based FWN, Filipina Women’s Network, is recognizing her leadership capabilities as one of the 100 Global Pinays for Influential Leadership during its 11th Leadership Summit to be held for the first time in the Philippines, at the Makati Shangrila, the Gala night to be held on October 7th. FWN is recognizing her efforts as a BUILDER, owing to her efforts to consolidate and rebuild and repair  women organizations and networks.

BUILDERS Category

Builders have demonstrated exceptional business impact at a large workplace environment; displaying deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives or alliances with nonprofit organizations on behalf of her own organization; demonstrates high potential and skill with measurable results at a government agency, or organization in any field. “Buildership” is about building better organizations, leading broken organizations to adjust, repair, and re-align.

This is FWN’s  2nd year to to give the award for the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™).

Get to know the rest of the nominees  http://summit.filipinawomensnetwork.org/global-fwn100-nominees-2014/

 

You  you can read  Filomenita Mongaya Hoeghsholm CV.

FMH with Delta Combo at University of the Philippines , Diliman.

FMH with Delta Combo at University of the Philippines , Diliman.

Speaker at the Global Diaspora Conference in Rome, 2012

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FMH active participation in Rally agains Chinese Occupation of PHL Sea

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FMH with CFO Secretary Imelda Nicholas during the signing of MOU and Babaylan

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FMH at the Danish Parliament during an Internation Women’s Conference hosted by KULU.

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FMH at the Comelec

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ROSA (Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Awards) Annual 2012 Awarding Night. She the only female awardee for the first time ever category of Migrant Women Advocacy

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FMH together with migrant women demonstrating against a proposal of Right wing Political party to prohibit the use of Veil .

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FMH attended a UNFPA Forum on the Forced Marriage of young girls.

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FMH in her fighting form during a discussion in an Internation Forum.

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FMH with her favorite Banana wraps during the International Festival In Copenhagen

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FMH during the Global Forum on DIaspora

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WITHOUT EQUALITY and RESPECT, INTEGRATION is not POSSIBLE

FMH spearheaded a rally against Chinese aggression  in front of teh Danish parliament and she was Interview by the Danish Nation Telivion ( DR news

FMH spearheaded a rally in Copnehagen as part of the Global Rally of Overseas Filipino against Chinese aggression in front of the Danish Parliament and she was Interviewed by the Danish Nation Television Web edition ( DR news)

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She is also sportsminded woman but this time as a Scorer during the Babaylan Summer Sports; Volleyball Tournament

 

 

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