Power of women takes center stage at ‘Marcha de las Mujeres’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:41

The power of women to do good took center stage during the Marcha de las Mujeres yesterday morning in celebration of the World Women’s Day anchored on the theme “Kababaihan: Gabay sa pagtahak sa matuwid na daan.”

“When you declare violence against women is over, you must believe it, you must leave it, and you must become the symbol of power, of strength and the love that every woman in the world stands for. A woman is really about heart,” beauty and wellness expert Cory Quirino declared in her keynote speech during the program that was preceded by a parade mostly of women.

Quirino, the granddaughter of former President Elipidio Quirino, pointed out that women have the power to give love, “but we cannot give love to our loved ones if we do not love ourselves first and foremost.”

“Loving the people around us must begin with loving ourselves first by taking care of our bodies, by listening to our hearts and by taking care of ourselves. That is the essence of wellness in the body, mind and spirit,” she said.

“We are what we declare ourselves. If we say we are good, we are beautiful, we are young forever then you become one when you begin to believe yourself. Believe that you can be what you want to,” she further said.

For her part, House Deputy Speaker and District 1 Rep. Beng Climaco-Salazar, who lamented to have been once verbally abused by her political opponents, challenged women not to allow themselves to be verbally abused.

“You do not deserve to be verbally abused. We need to defend the rights of women against emotional, physical, sexual, financial, psychological and verbal abuses,” Climaco stressed, adding that verbal abuse leaves a deep mark in the heart of women.

Councilor Lilia Nuno, on the other hand, espoused on the equality between men and women, saying that in “our world today we all recognize the role of both men and women in the society and accept that both genders are equally capable of doing great things.”

Mayor Celso Lobregat thanked all the women and participants of yesterday’s activity which, he said, started in 1999 during the incumbency of the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat with Climaco then as a member of the City Council.

The annual Marcha de las Mujeres is a joint activity between the city government, the Gender and Development and the Local Council of Women. — Vic Larato