ZCME on the
16 Days of Activism

The club embarked on several activities in response to the ZI (and UN) mandate to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence from Nov. 16 to Dec. 10—Human Rights Day. Wearing uniform orange tee shirts, club members led by pres. Rosie Go joined Area 5 Director Bing Carrion in a colorful and rousing parade around Ayala Center to signal the start of the 16 Days of Activism. Treasurer Vivian Uy was the club’s over-all chairman for the event. The parade ended at the Glorietta Activity Center, where AD Bing had a program. The club opened its exhibit of paintings by KASIBULAN women artists that were displayed at Glorietta for the duration of the 16 days of Activism.

KASIBULAN (Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibol na Kamalayan) (Women in the Arts and Emerging Consciousness) is a sisterhood of women artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts, including art historians, educators, and cultural workers. Founded in 1987 by renowned artists Brenda Fajardo, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Anna Fer, Julie Lluch, and Ida Bugayong, the organization is committed to encouraging, promoting, and enhancing the artistic growth and full human development of its members, other women artists, and all Filipino women.

On November 26, 2014, Ada Mabilangan, EWSP (Empowering Women Scholars Program) Chair, held a forum for the club’s women scholars in Engineering titled “Break the Silence–NO to Violence Against Women, NO to teenage pregnancy, NO to early marriage.” Prof. Carmen “Pinky” Valdes, Assumption College dean, was speaker-facilitator.
In the morning of the same day, Dist. Gov. Lalivan visited our Marillac Hills Psychological Center for Sexually Abused Girls accompanied by Pres. Rosie Go, Area 5 Director Bing Carrion, PIP Olivia Ferry, past DG Beng Puyat, Chona Lopez (District Chair for PR & Comms.) VAD Cora Tan, Immediate Past AD Carol Balotro, Area Sec’y Mitzi Piad, and past pres. Maritess Pineda, Jennifer Leviste, Marillac project chair Joanne Andrada, and ZCME Treas. Vivian Uy.

December 3, 2014 was the day assigned to the club. At 10 am, the group of “Urban Sketchers” presented “Live Arts,” an exhibit of paintings by women artists on the theme of Violence against Women. This was chaired by Maritess Pineda, assisted by Melissa S. Romualdez and Maribel B. Espino.

At 2 pm, the club staged a Women’s Forum featuring Ms. Leonida “Baby” Ortiz, Commissioner of the National Commission on Women, who gave a comprehensive presentation with a professionally produced Powerpoint to drive home her points. Chairperson and emcee was Joanne Zapanta Andrada.
Her theme was “Silence no more….end Violence Against Women…a promise is a promise.”

At 5pm: Maritess Pineda, chair of the 2014 FILIPINAZ Arts & Fashion Fair, awarded certificates of appreciation to the sponsors and donors of the highly successful fair.

Dec. 10—Human Rights Day was the culmination of the 16 Days of Activism. ZCME members joined AD Bing in her formal closing ceremonies, featuring a candle-lighting ceremony. Everyone came in formal orange Filipiniana gowns.