Ten Pinay Pride of 2009

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Filipina women are known for their strength in character, dedication to work and resilience. It is no surprise that Filipinas are able to shine in almost any field they enter, whether it be the sciences, humanitarian work, entertainment, writing, politics or a beauty and brains competition. For 2009 here is a list of the women voted as the 10 Pinay Pride of 2009.

Lourdes Cruz – 2010 L’Oreal-UNESCO Awards in the Life Sciences


Lourdes J. Cruz is representing the Asia-Pacific as L’ORÉAL-UNESCO’s 2010 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awardee in the Life Sciences. She is a professor at the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute in Diliman and is being recognized as one of five exceptional woman scientists for having discovered marine snail toxins that can serve as powerful tools to study the brain function.

Rosalind Wee - Award as Pearl S. Buck’s Woman of the Year


Rosalind Wee is a Filipino-Chinese social advocate from Jolo recognized as the 2009 recipient of the Pearl S. Buck International Award as Woman of the Year. Though legally blind, after a brain tumor operation left her with only 25% vision in both eyes, she has lead relief missions for children displaced by calamity and conflicts around the Philippines. She has developed livelihood programs for women and was key in leading the turnaround of the Pearl S. Buck Philippine office. She is recognized for her exceptional commitment to the health, education, and psychosocial development of many Amerasians and displaced children.

Irene K. Yusingco - 2009 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award


Irene K. Yusingco was bestowed the 2009 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award in August 2009 and now joins the list of outstanding Filipino humanitarians in the Philippines. Yusingco was chosen in recognition of her dedication to address the needs of the less fortunate. Her humble home in Cebu City has been an open home for the abused, less fortunate and the homeless.

Mary Anne Therese Manuson - ASEAN Essay Writing Title


Mary Anne Therese Manuson of the Philippines won the ASEAN Essay Writing Competition Top Prize. Mary won at the AEC Feature Articles Competition on “Opportunities through Integration”, aimed at raising the awareness of the benefits provided by economic integration.

Camilla Kim-Galvez - Mrs. Universe 2009 runner-up


Camilla Kim-Galvez was the only Asian at the top 3 slots in the Mrs. Universe 2009 competition. She won Best in Evening Gown and was awarded the Darling of the Press, winning the hearts of the audience by singing a Latvian song. Galvez is an image model and is the CEO of a wedding and events venue in the Philippines, Blue Gardens Venue. She has been involved in helping abused children when she worked at ABS-CBN’s Bantay Bata Foundation.

Sandra Seifert - Miss Air (1st Runner-up)


Sandra Seifert from the Philippines was crowned Miss Air, 1st Runner-up in the 2009 Miss Earth coronation night. Sandra was born in Taipei but is of mixed German and Filipina descent. She is a nurse from Bacolod who was educated in New York and represented her country as Miss Philippines Earth 2009.

Candy Quimpo Gourlay - global deal with UK publishing giant


Candy Quimpo Gourlay, a former journalist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer successfully sold her novel, Tall Story that uses the Bernardo Carpio legend and other Philippine folklore, to David Fickling Books (DFB), a UK publishing giant. Candy, who now resides in London, chose to give Pinoy publisher, Ramon Sunico, Philippine publication rights. She preferred a Filipino to bring her writing to the Philippines to inspire the young Filipinos interested in Philippine Young Adult literature to pursue their dreams.

Marife Necesito – Hollywood break


Marife Necesito is a film, and stage actress who has played small roles even on television productions in the Philippines. Her biggest break was when she was cast to play a significant role in the 2009 Swedish fiction film, Mammoth that stars American actress Michelle Williams and Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal.

Mable Elmore - First Filipina to be elected to the British Columbia legislative assembly


Mable Elmore is the first Filipina woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, as a New Democratic Member in the 2009 provincial elections. She represented Vancouver-Kensington. Before being elected, she was a bus driver with TransLink and was an active activist in the employee union.

Gina Pareño - Best Supporting Actress plum at the 3rd Asian Film Awards


Gina Pareño has remained to be one of the most talented and awarded Filipina actresses. She continues to win top international acting awards. Her latest is for her performance in “Serbis,” where she won as Best Supporting Actress at the 3rd Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong.

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