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  Improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and througout the world.  
  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

  Soroptimist Week Festivities  

The Soroptimist 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 activities:

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 preservation) ·

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, respectively.

  TAKBO! Breast Friends  
Soroptimist Ortigas invites you to
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

Together let us help fight breast cancer in the Philippines.

For registration and sponsorship forms, please click here.
Group Entry List Waiver - download here
For Sponsorship/Ad Contract - download here

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  2008 Celebrating Success Winners  
  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
SI Caloocan First Place Status of Women & Girls Soroptimists Break the Poverty Cyle
SI Eastwood First Place Member Recruiting The Story of SI Albay Maragayon
SI Hope Baguio Second Place Public Awareness Welcome to Women's World
SI Meycauayan Second Place New Club Building Venturists Before, Soroptimists Today

SI Valenzuela

Second Place Global Community The Life with Waterlillies
SI Bacolod Semi-Finalist Public Awareness Club Enhancement
SI Bacolod Semi-Finalist Human Rights of Women & Girls Human Rights for Women & Girls
SI Eastwood Semi-Finalist Global Community Soroptimists Beyond Borders
SI Mandaluyong Semi-Finalist Fundraising Art Exhibit for a Cause
SI Manila Tourist Belt Semi Finalist Startus of Women & Girls Soroptimist Poverty Eradication
SI Mecauayan Semi-Finalist Human Rights of Women & Girls Embracing New Technology
SI San Jose City Semi-Finalist Status of Women & Girls Sinipit Bubon Multi-Purpose Cooperative Livelihood Project
SI Sampaloc Semi-Finalist Status of Women & Girls Walking the Mile with a Thousand Girls
SI Sta. Maria Semi-Finalist Status of Women & Girls Teenage Mother: Future Nation-Builder
  Dream Raffle  

GREETINGS from the SIPR Dream Raffle Committee!

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 projects.

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.


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 10, 2008.
  • 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.


Thank you again for your continuing cooperation and may GOD BLESS US ALL!



Please click here for Guidelines for Dream Raffle


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