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NEWS & EVENTS
SIPR Partnership with PNP The PNP 5th National Biennial Summit
As an identifying project of SIPR, the Adopt-a-Women
and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of the Philippine National Police
(PNP) is a classic example of a strong Police-NGO partnership towards
addressing the plight of women and children who are victims of abuse
and violence. It is also in line with the United Nation’s program
of cooperation in the field of human rights which is the foundation
of justice and peace.
Since the project's inception in 1994, Soroptimist clubs have assisted
in strengthening WCPDs in various ways. The forthcoming 5th National
Biennial Summit on National Policing to be held on September 11 to
12, 2008 in Panglao, Bohol, highlights the important partnership between
the PNP and Soroptimist. The Summit theme is: Empowered Women as Capable
and Effective Managers. Current issues affecting women and girls,
such as R.A. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003) and R.A.9262
(Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004) are among
the topics to be discussed in the Summit.
Besides donation of office supplies and equipment, Soroptimist
Clubs have also provided legal support and counseling service to
WCPDs. To ensure the success of our partnership, SIPR organized
the Friends of PNP Foundation. Every club is encouraged to adopt
a Women and Children’s Protection Desk. By adopting a WCPD,
Clubs can help uphold not only the dignity of the victims of abuse
and violence, but also help provide policewomen with the appropriate
tools to carry out their job.
SIA Women's Opportunity Award
Mispah Evangelio - First Filipina Winner
The Women's Opportunity Awards program is the
major program of SIA which receives a strong support from SIPR.
Through this program, Soroptimist clubs in the Philippines assist
women who provide the primary source of financial support for their
families by giving them the resources they need to improve their
education, skills, and employment prospects. Recipients, many of
whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic
violence, and drug and alcohol abuse, may use the awards to offset
any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education,
such as books, childcare and transportation.
The first candidate from the Philippines to have received one of the
three finalist Women’s Opportunity Awards is Mispah Evangelio, a nominee
of SI KALIBO. A standing ovation was accorded to her as she received
the Certificate and cash award of US$10,000 during the SIA Convention
held at the Taiwan International Convention Center on July 17, 2008.
Mispah belongs to the poor Ati Tribe from the mountainous region
of Kalibo, Aklan. Her tribe’s tradition disallowed girls from going
to school but she defied this tradition when she found a teacher
who supported her financially from elementary to high school. Mispah
suffered discrimination but withstood the pains inflicted on her
by classmates who sometimes called her “monkey” because of her dark
skin and kinky hair. No one wanted to sit beside her in class or
even in jeepneys. Supported by a nun, Mispah enrolled in B.A. Elementary
Education not only to uplift the lives of her family but also that
of the children in her community.
After a semester, due to her parent's illness, Mispah was forced to
stop her schooling. She fell in love with a man who bore her a son
who eventually left her. She thought she had lost the opportunity
to go back to school when she heard about the Soroptimist Women’s
Opportunity Awards. She applied to and was chosen by SI Kalibo and
soon became the Western Visayas District’s first place winner. She
became an overnight celebrity in her tribal community when she appeared
in the trimedia in the whole province. She also bagged the Region
first place award and then, one of the three SIA finalist awards.
Mispah started teaching children in her Ati community with SI
Kalibo providing the children's learning needs. Congratulations
to Mispah and SI Kalibo! Mispah LIVED HER DREAM - and HER DREAM
BECAME A REALITY
International of the Philippines Region (A Foundation) Inc. (SIPR)
celebrates Soroptimist Week on August 25-31, 2008. SIPR Governor
Carmen Araneta Flor leads 2,000 Soroptimists all over the country
in commemorating the birth anniversary on August 30 of its Founder
President, Mariquita S. Castelo. The following is the schedule of
August 26, Tuesday - courtesy call on Manila Mayor
Alfredo S. Lim; tree planting at Mehan Garden led by SI Manila Tourist
Belt President Estrelita Hizon; lunch followed by a workshop at
the Orchidarium, Rizal Park, to be conducted by Isabel S. Diquiatco,
Nimfa Hernandez (non-formal education) and Adelina Rangga (food
August 27, Wednesday - Signing of Memorandum of Agreement
with the SI Founder Manila, led by Ampy Araullo, Chair of the Adopt-a-
barangay Committee ·
August 28, Thursday - bowling tournament chaired by
SI Sampaloc President Violy Lapid - E Lanes Bowling Center; amateur
singing contest chaired by Beth Diaz. Both events will be held at
the Bo Bistro, 416 Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan City. ·
August 29, Friday - Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement
with SI Caloocan’s Women and Children Protection Desk., led by Guia
C. Martinez, Chair of the Adopt-a-PNP Women and Children Desk; visit
to the Women's Correctional in Mandaluyong City, chaired by Gloria
Bernardo and SI Caloocan President Luz Reyes as Chairpersons. ·
August 30, Saturday- Mass at 9am Archdiocessan shrine
of Nuestra Senora de Guia in Ermita, Manila to commemorate the Birth
Anniversary of Founder Marquita S. Castelo, chaired by SI Manila
Tourist Belt President Mary Jazul; Soroptimist Soup Kitchen at the
Soroptimist Center, Coastal Road, Navotas City with chair Jennie
Sandoval; lunch at Pescadores Restaurant; and wreath laying at the
Manila Memorial Park, chaired by Mary Jazul.
August 31, Sunday - Thanksgiving Mass for Service
Projects to be celebrated at the Fatima Chapel, UE Tech Subdivision,
Caloocan City, chaired by Ligaya J. Robles. Distribution of flyers
of Women Opportunity Award (WOA), Violet Richardson Award (VRA)
and Making a Difference for Women Award (MADWA) for public awareness.
SIPR Secretary Fe Amor Ilagan and Metro Manila North West District
Director Flery Marcelo are the overall chairperson and co-chairperson,
Ortigas invites you to
TAKBO! BREAST FRIENDS
3K, 5K and 10K Breast Cancer Awareness Fun Run.
For the past seven years now, Soroptimist Ortigas has been hosting
TAKBO! Breast Friends – a fundraising sports activity to help
defray the cost of chemotherapy treatments and medicines for indigent
and working class breast cancer patients.
This year, the event will be held on October 5, 2008 at 5:30am
at the ULTRA (Track & Field Oval), Pasig City. Physically fit,
capable and trained individuals and running enthusiasts are invited
to participate in the 2008 TAKBO! Breast Friends Fun Run. Registration
fee is Php200.00 per person. Cash, trophies and medals are at stake.
Medals will be given to the top 3 Soroptimist Finishers. Opportunities
for sponsorships are available. For more information, please call
telephone number 557-8410 or mobile number 0917-813-8149 or email email@example.com.
Together let us help fight breast cancer in the Philippines.
For registration and sponsorship forms, please click
Group Entry List Waiver - download here
For Sponsorship/Ad Contract - download here
The following is a list of the 2007-2008 Soroptimists Celebrating Success! Club Winners.
Final placements were announced at the July 18, 2008 general session of
SIA’s 40th Biennial Convention held in Taipei, Taiwan
Fundraising is a part of our Renaissance Campaign started in 2004
until 2009. Our objective for fundraising is to help clubs increase
their financial capability to enable them to carry out their community
The 2008 SIPR DREAM RAFFLE is in support of the project thrusts
of Governor Carmen A. Flor, whose biennium theme is BUILDING TEAMS
TO LIVE OUR DREAMS. Your club will not only earn needed funds for
your projects, but may also generate public interest in Soroptimist
to attract prospective members.
PRIZES AND RAFFLE DRAW DATES
GRAND (FIRST) PRIZE -1 Unit Toyota VIOS SECOND PRIZE - 1 Unit Computer Laptop THIRD PRIZE -1 Unit Refrigerator
20 Consolation Prizes at P1,500.00 each Special Prizes -2 Units Cellphone
1st Raffle Draw - October 10, 2008
During SIPR Board Meeting
10 Consolation Prizes of Php1,500 each
2nd Raffle Draw - November 25, 2008
Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Violence Another
10 Consolation Prizes of Php1,500.00 each
The 1st and 2nd draws will be held at the SIPR Offices, 718 Globe
Telecoms Plaza I, Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City 1550.
Grand Pizes Raffle Draw December 9, 2008
Human Rights Day Celebation
1st Prize - 1 Unit Toyota VIOS 2nd Prize - 1 Unit Computer Laptop 3rd Prize - 1 Unit Rerigerator Special Prizes- 2 Units Cellphone
The 2008 Dream Raffle tickets are prices at Php200.00 per ticket,
or Php2,000 per booklet of 10 tickets. ·
Only tickets that are fully paid, with payment remitted to and
received by SIPR before October 10, 2008 - First Dream Raffle Draw November 25, 2008 - Second Dream Raffle Draw
will be included in the draws for Consolation Prizes.
Winning tickets of consolation prizes during the 1st and 2nd
draws will still be included in the draw for Grand Prizes.
Deadline of submission of paid ticket stubs will be on November
Clubs that sell over and beyond their mandatory quota of tickets
will be entitled to a Php1,000 incentive, provided that the tickets
(beyond the mandatory quota) have been fully paid, and payment
remitted to and received by SIPR. Clubs will receive their incentives
15 days after the Grand Prizes Raffle Draw.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL! GOOD LUCK TO ALL! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
Thank you again for your continuing cooperation and may GOD BLESS