Soroptimist Int’l convenes in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 May 2015 13:28


Members of the Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region (SIPR), coming from the different parts of the country are in Zamboanga City for their 25th Mid-Biennial Conference set from May 14-16.

The conference is aimed to assess accomplishments as well as plan out new projects and programs intended to improve lives of women and girls.

Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar, SIPR Governor, who is hosting the conference, said a carefully planned program of activities to include visits to some attraction sites are scheduled for the purpose of making the visitors feel and savour the famed Zamboangueno hospitality.

Some 300 SIPR members consisting of career women, businesswomen and professionals who contribute their time and raise funds for projects that benefit girls and women made it to the city.  Abubakar lamented that negative reports on the city’s security initially discouraged members to hold the conference in the city but she persisted and prevailed.

“I told them I am not going to move this (conference) to another venue, if it I will not have them in Zamboanga during my time as governor then maybe it is never gonna happen in Zamboanga. Their concern is security and peace and order and so it really took a lot out of me to invite them,” Councilor Abubakar attested.

In a press conference at the Garden Orchid Hotel Thursday afternoon, SIPR board officials and members expressed elation that they came to Zamboanga stressing that the city is one place that should not be missed.

Aside from the good food and beautiful places to visit in Zamboanga, the women visitors are also very impressed with the hospitality of the people starting from the graceful dancers at the airport to the workers at the hotel and the residents they meet on various occasions.

Adelene Gatmaitan, SIPR Secretary who hails from Luzon only had good words for Zamboanga. “this is the best conference that we have ever attended because of camaraderie and warmth of the people and joyful “salubong” of the dancers {at the airport]. I was here in 2007 and Gov. Myra [Abubakar] surpassed our expectations. We really have a pleasant stay.”

Joining Abubakar and Gatmaitan during the press con were Ma. Remedios De Leon, Fund raising chairperson; Elinor Gorospe- Public Awareness Chair; Ma. Paloma Papa; Virginia Penalosa-MM Southeast District Director; Leonor Berroya-Program Chair and Flerida Marcelo- Membership chair.

SIPR is an international socio-civic women’s organization with clubs in the Philippines. Its name means “the best of women” with the mission to improve hte lives of women and girls in all parts of the world. The organization has 85 clubs with 1,900 members throughout the country. — Sheila Covarrubias