Filipinas are getting more and more noticed the world over. It's an undeniable fact.
Just take a look back at the year that has passed—we have Pia Wurtzbach bagging the Miss Universe title, Hidilyn Diaz winning a silver at Rio Olympics, Jaclyn Jose making history as the first Filipina to attain a Best Actress award at Cannes Film Festival, Janine Tugonon becoming the first Filipina to be a Victoria's Secret model (for a VS Pink commercial) and Lea Salonga still reigning on the global theatre stage, to name a few. There's no stopping Filipinas in achieving what they want, getting noticed and making a name not just locally, but also in the international scene.
Filipina Women's Network (FWN) recognizes the potential of every Filipina that's why this year, they've yet again awarded the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women, topped by VP-elect Leni Robredo. This acknowledgement aims to encourage more Filipina women to lead and take charge in their respective fields, just like these selected outstanding women who changed the face of leadership, locally and abroad. This is in line with the organization's mission to promote their social welfare and advocate for women's rights.
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FWN CEO and founder Marilyn Mondejar shares what women need to do to exercise their rights and power as a female:
1. It should be about you. "Remember who has a potential to change the world—you. We have behind-the-scenes leaders, founders and pioneers, innovators of top leaders, policy makers. Women are part of the emerging leaders in the world."
2. Speak up. "My message to the Filipina women of the world is that you have to go and speak up. You have got to develop your voice; it is very important. I always say, when you attend to an event, raise your hand and ask a question because they will remember you for it. Don't be afraid! We don’t need to underestimate ourselves. You are contributing to the economy."
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3. Dare to lead. "Focus on your competencies. We challenge our contributors to tell stories on how they develop, to get where are they are because sometimes we just don't know that we have the skills."
4. Learn to say no. "We have an intense feeling to prove ourselves. We like to be prepared, so when we say no, it's because we aren't prepared to say yes. But you have to fake it until you make it! We have to start that image."
5. Build your network. I think it's important to have supporters. You do not do it alone. You need people to back on and to advise you on whatever aspect of your life. Find people who can help you to resolve your issues. Nurture them, get them involved."
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