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Celebrating March 2019 International Women’s Month

The month of March 2019 marks an era of change, passion, strength and countless opportunities for women all across the globe as we celebrate this years’ International Women’s Month.

Many years have passed since the forgettable bygone era of women receiving the blunt end of discrimination. Whether it be in sports, covering different fields of industry, and even at home, today’s new breed of strong-willed and vocal generation of women serves as an inspiration to all.

Come to think of it, it is not just “a man’s world” after all. Women from different parts of the world, regardless of race, religion, colour and disposition, have braved the waters and shown they can lead by example. Women athletes, CEOs’ of different industries, Bank Managers, and even in politics would show the extent of what women can do if given the right opportunity.

There are lots of women who have shown their grit and determination in creating the needed change that the world needs. Take for instance our very own recently crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Juanita Gallman. Both have shown in their own way how they became “champions for the people.” Their charisma, influence and honourable deeds reach far and wide across continents to unite people towards a common goal for good.

The Philippine Sports industry has its great share of outstanding women athletes for the past couple of years. Just look at the last staging of the 2018 Asian Games and you will see how our Filipina National athletes took up the cudgels when the opportunity presented itself. Imagine racking-up 12 out of the 18 medals of the Philippine contingent to the 2018 Asian Games!

Heading the cast was Olympic silver medallist Hidilyn Diaz who started the gold medal haul for topping her category in weightlifting. Following her lead were our lady golfers Lois Kaye Go and Bianca Pagdanganan both placing bronze, and then joining hands with eventual women’s individual golf gold winner Yuka Saso to capture the gold for the women’s team golf category. Also making the country proud was Margielyn Didal for topping the first ever staging of the women’s street event category of the Asian Games’ skateboard competition. Another who made history is Kiyomi Watanabe, who got the Philippines’ first ever medal in Judo, via a silver medal finish.

The list of Philippine women headlining sports goes on with the “Malditas” Philippine Women’s National Football Team holding their own against the top competitors in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the PH Blu Girls for the National Softball Team, Krizziah Lyn Tabora for bringing back the “Glory Days of Philippine Bowling” for capturing the crown of the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in the women’s division.

To cap it all, how about an awe-inspiring 3-gold medal haul for our Paralympic runner Cielo Honasan. You read it right! Cielo has been in the forefront of bullying due to her two disabilities; gastroschisis; a birth defect where the infant’s stomach and intestines develop outside the body, and Beckwith-Wiedermann Syndrome (overgrowth of one side or part of the body). But that did not stop her for making waves in the local Palarong Pambansa against able-bodied runners, which then catapulted her into getting 3-gold medals in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games. With her outstanding performances in the 100m dash (13.96 seconds), 200m dash (28.51 seconds) and 400m dash (63.35 seconds), it allowed her to compete in the 2018 Asian Games and 2020 Paralympics (Tokyo).

This just goes to show that given the proper mind-set and opportunity, women can excel in their fields of endeavour. And to all Filipinas out there, let these successes be an example that you can truly be in a league of your own if you just set your mind into it.

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