Category Archives : 1000.Philippines

Mary Soledad Perpiñan (Philippines)

————————————————- Update: Sister Mary Soledad Perpinan   Sr. M. Soledad Perpiñan passed away on 26 July 2011. ————————————————- “My body is complaining of the hardness of my arthritic knee. Maybe it is my body that absorbed all the pain and brokenness. But my spirit mercifully did not. One does what one believes is […]

Seiko Bodios Ohashi (Philippines)

“I will live the rest of my life in Negros because the women, children and men in this island really make my life rich and valuable.” Seiko Bodios Ohashi (born 1960) is the liaison officer of the Japan Committee for Negros Campaign (JCNC) that facilitates people-to-people trading of agricultural products by farmers’ cooperatives in Negros […]

June Caridad Pagaduan Lopez (Philippines)

“My hope for women is more freedom, more courage to get out of the box, more openness to new ways of looking at themselves.” June Pagaduan-Lopez (born 1951) has worked for more than three decades in human rights protection, psychosocial intervention and peace advocacy. As a professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) and […]

Teresita Quintos-Deles (Philippines)

“We have to make an act of faith every day to overcome all threats to peace so we can become effective peace advocates and peacemakers. We have to stay the course.” Teresita Quintos-Deles (born 1948), has come full circle as adviser to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the peace process. From 1987 to 2001, Teresita Deles […]

Teresa Banaynal Fernandez (Philippines)

“The more difficulties you encounter, the more you are honed and deepened in understanding, in reflecting on the events.” Teresa “Tessie” Banaynal-Fernandez (born 1953), the executive director of Lihok Filipina Foundation, is the passionate soul of the movement for women’s rights and empowerment in Cebu City, a trailblazer in “alternative politics” for its ubiquitous but […]

Miriam Suacito (Philippines)

“Blessed are my companions who offered their lives while walking the path to peace.” Miriam Suacito (born 1959), fondly known as “Dedet”, saw how her home province, Basilan, was transformed from a peaceful place to a war-torn community where people live in abject poverty and constant fear. She put to good use her training as […]

Miriam Coronel Ferrer (Philippines)

“Conflicts are best resolved not through annihilation of one party but by the mutual transformation of all players towards a common vision and shared responsibilities and accountability.” As co-chair of the Non-State Actors Working Group (NSAWG) of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (PCBL), Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (born 1959) is a key player in the campaign […]

Mary Lou Alcid (Philippines)

“In a globalized economy, will migrants just be a disposable factor to employers? I would like to be optimistic, working for migrant rights.” Mary Lou Alcid’s name is synonymous to the cause of migrants’ rights. She has blazed trails advocating migrant rights and welfare, especially of migrant women who are the most abused. Through her […]

Marilou Diaz-Abaya (Philippines)

“Filmmakers can move towards an advocacy for the redemption of human dignity. It is their privilege to reverse the current culture of despair to a culture of hope.” Marilou Diaz-Abaya (born 1955), the most awarded Filipino woman filmmaker, says that movies should not only entertain but should compel the audience to re-examine their own beliefs […]