Yesterday, the world celebrated the International Women’s Day 2019. This year’s campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter, a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?
Today is a great and relevant time in the history to do everything that is possible to help create a more gender-balanced world. Women have come a long way, yet there’s still more to be achieved. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.
The Philippines is a country who values women a lot. Those women who were victims of abuse and violence were given attention and care. They are well-respected in the society including those women who have made a greater impact in the society as a whole, including people from around the world. Empowered women who made a difference in areas such as in sports, in beauty pageants, in arts and even im talents. We, Filipinos take pride of all the achievements of these strong and independent women. We recognize their efforts and triumphs because we define a modern Filipina as someone who is strong and can stand in all challenges of life.
In celebration of the International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month, The Qrown Philippines has listed 10 Filipina women who brought pride and honor for the Philippines. They have showed the Filipina power around the world. They proved that a Filipina can excell in all aspects of battles be it politics, pageants and sports.
Below are Filipino women who brought pride and honor to the Philippines:
1. The Late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago
Miriam “The Iron Lady of Asia” Defensor-Santiago is an academic, lawyer, judge, author, and statesman, who served in all three branches of the Philippine government: judicial, executive, and legislative. She also worked at the United Nations while studying abroad. Some of her alma maters are University of the Philippines, University of Michigan, Oxford University, Maryhill School of Theology,University of California, Harvard University, and University of Cambridge. Defensor Santiago was named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997 by The Australian magazine. She was a long-serving Senator of the Republic of the Philippine and the only Asian who was chosen to be one of the judges in International Criminal Court in 2014 where she served for a year and had to stop for Medication.
2. Megan Lynne Young
Megan Young was named Miss World Philippines 2013 during the pageant coronation night on August 18, 2013 beating 127 other candidates from around the country. She was crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, making her the first Filipina to win the title of Miss World since its creation in 1951. During the preliminaries, she also won the “Top Model” competition, placed second in the “People’s Champion,” placed fourth in the “Multimedia Challenge” and fifth in the “Beach Beauty” contest. Aside from that, she also received the Continental Queen of Beauty title as Miss World Asia 2013, the highest ranked contestant in the Asian region.
3. Maureen Wroblewitz
After auditioning for Asia’s Next Top Model, Wroblewitz was chosen as one of the 14 finalists on the show’s fifth season. During her run on the show, Wroblewitz received the highest score of the week three times and was one of the top three contestants for the cycle’s final show, alongside contestants Minh Tu Nguyen from Vietnam and Shikin Gomez from Malaysia. Wroblewitz was crowned the winner of the competition during the final episode. She was the first representative from the Philippines to win the contest. As the winner of the competition, she received aSubaru Impreza, a cover and fashion spread in the July issue of Nylon Singapore, and a chance to obtain a modeling contract withStorm Model Management in London.
4. Maria Ressa
Maria Ressa, the founder of Rappler news was included in Time‘s Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. She was arrested for “cyber libel” amid accusations of various instances of falsified news and corporate tax evasion on February 13, 2019. Ressa has since posted bail while the lawsuits are now pending in regional court. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.
5. Karen Juanita Gallman
After a 2nd runner-up finish in 2014 and two 1st runner-up positions in 2015 and 2017, Karen Gallman finally bagged the Miss Intercontinental title for the country, making it the first for the Philippines and for Binibining Pilipinas since acquiring the franchise. She was crowned last January 26, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City Philippines.
6. Hidilyn Diaz
In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz won the silver medal in the women’s 53-kg weight division, ending the Philippines’ 20-year Olympic medal drought. She is also the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal of any color. She also participated in the Women’s 53 kilogram (kg) weightlifting event in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Diaz had a total lift of 207kg, beating Turkmenistan’s Kristina Shermetova(206kg) and Thailand’s Surodchana Khambao (201kg) to deliver the Philippines’ first gold in the 2018 games.
7. Catriona Gray
Catriona Gray is 26 year old model who is Half Filipino and Half Australian. She made headlines last January 2018 after she announced that she will be participating in one of the biggest pageants in the Philippines, the Bb. Pilipinas. In 2016, she was crowned as Miss World Philippines and represented the nation at Miss World 2016 where she finished in the Top 5. She was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 last March 18, 2018 and won Miss Universe 2018 last December 17, 2018 at Impact Arena, in Bangkok, Thailand making her the 4th Filipina Miss Universe after Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margie Moran in 1974 and Pia Wurtzbach in 2015.
8. Kris Aquino
Kris Aquino made a headline that shocked all the Filipinos here and abroad last year. This happened when she announced her inclusion in Kevin Kwan’s film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asian. She had a role in the film who happens to be Princess Intan, a princess who is snobbish , she always refuses to speak with anyone. It was a small cameo role but people went crazy upon learning that she will be attending the Premier night along with the biggest hollywood actors who are part of the cast of the film.
9. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Pia Wurtzbach joined the Binibining PilipinasPageant three times before winning the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title. During Binibining Pilipinas 2013, she was named as the 1st Runner-up. She joined the Binibining Pilipinas 2014, but only placed in the top 15. On her third and final attempt for the title in 2015, she won the highest title, Miss Universe Philippines and went on to compete in the Miss Universe 2015 Pageant. She represented the Philippines in the2015 Miss Universe contest held on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. At the end of the show, host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrezas the winner. However, after Gutiérrez’s crowning, Harvey returned to the stage and stated that he had misread the results and that Wurtzbach was really Miss Universe 2015. Paulina Vega (Miss Universe 2014) then removed the crown from Gutiérrez’s head and placed it on Wurtzbach’s head. She is the third Miss Universe from the Philippines after Gloria Diaz in 1969, andMargarita Moran in 1973.
10. Kelsey Merritt
Kelsey Merritt is born to a Filipina mother and American father of French, German, British and Irish descent. In May 2017, she graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Metro Manila, with a degree in communications. She has been modeling in the Philippines. After finishing her studies she moved to New York where she signed withWilhelmina. In 2018, she walked for Victoria’s Secret fashion show in New York and was announced to be the first Filipino-American girl to walk the runway. It was her first ever runway show. Currently, she is Sports Illustrated Rookie Model and recently had a shoot st the Bahamas.
These women have proved that they are strong and independent. They showed what a Filipina can do in the international stage. They have brought so much pride for the Philippines. With this, The Qrown Philippines greets every women out there, Happy International Women’s Day.