30 November 2009
Reference: Lana Linaban, Secretary General, 371-2302 /
GABRIELA celebrated silver anniversary with 10th congress
and grand reunion
GABRIELA National Alliance of Women in the Philippines celebrated their 25th anniversary with a national congress, a women’s protest action and a grand reunion.
Last October 26 to 27, more than 200 members of GABRIELA representing regional and provincial chapters and sectoral organizations from all over the country attended their 10th congress held in Antipolo City. The congress also approved the addition of two overseas chapters from the United States and Hong Kong.
The assembly affirmed the gains of the militant women’s organization in the last 25 years and accepted the challenge to further its struggle for the rights and interests of Filipino women and children in the midst of worsening imperialist attacks on the lives of the Filipino people. This was reflected in the group’s ten-point program of action for 2010 to 2012.
GABRIELA’s 10th congress elected its new set of officers: Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Rep. Liza Maza as national chairperson, Emmi de Jesus as vice-chair, Lana Linaban as secretary general, Joms Salvador and Gert Ranjo-Libang as deputy secretaries general for external and internal affairs, respectively, Obeth Mataro-Montes as treasurer and Emily Cahilog as international relations officer. Mother Mary John Mananzan now serves as chair emeritus of GABRIELA after being its national chair for more than a decade.
The day after the assembly, delegates of the congress commemorated October 28 National Women’s Day of Protest with an all-women action in Mendiola to demand accountability from government for inefficiency in the face of disasters. They were joined by members of GABRIELA within Metro Manila and victims of government’s inefficiency during and after the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.
The commemoration of the group’s 25th anniversary culminated in a Grand Reunion held at the Amoranto Theater in Quezon City. The reunion opened with a ritual lead by GABRIELA’s cultural group, Sining Lila, while Joey Ayala sang live on stage his song”Lumiyab Ka.”
Senator Jamby Madrigal and Congresswoman Cynthia Villar attended the event as well as actress Katrina Halili. Senator Chiz Escudero and television personality Boy Abunda also sent their greetings via video. Bayang Barrios and Cynthia Alexander also performed during the program as their show of support to the group’s advocacy.
GABRIELA’s ad for its iVow to Fight Violence Against Women campaign was also launched during the celebration. The audio-visual and print ad were made by the prestigious advertising group DM9JaymeSyfu lead by long-time GABRIELA supporter Ms. Merlee Jayme.
The highlight of the event was the awarding of recognition and tribute to notable women leaders through the years including Rep. Maza, de Jesus, GWP Rep. Luz Ilagan, Nanay Mameng Deunida of KADAMAY, Ka Lita Mariano of AMIHAN National Federation of Peasant Women, Ka Nitz Gonzaga of Kilusan ng Manggagawang Kababaihan, Dr. Carol Araullo of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and human rights activist Ms. Tita Lubi.
Popular actress Angela Locsin, who attended the celebration and Ms. Bibeth Orteza, who directed the event, were also given Gawad Gabriela recognition for their consistent support to the group’s advocacies. ###