By: Tony A. San Juan, OCT-Retired
Published 10 April 2022
I.W.D.Awardees, L-R: Jean Pardo, Annabelle Migalbin, Helen Lao, Tess Cusipag, Beverly Vergel, B. K. Jimenez, Teresa Torralba, and Janet Lim.
The Filipino-Canadian community held its first "International Women's Day" in Toronto, Ontario on April 3, 2022. Sponsored by Ms. Agnes P. Miranda of World Financial Group( WFG) and organized by the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC), the 8- hour event honoured 80 deserving women of distinction in Ontario, Canada. The historic occasion was held at the FV Foods Banquet Hall, Scarborough, Toronto with 150 dignitaries, special guests, and recipients in attendance.
PIDC Directors and Officers. L-R: Aris Elefano, Danny Orbillo. Suzy Llanera, Rory Elefano, Agnes Miranda, Ramon Estaris, Jean Pardo, and Melinda Manlapaz.
Distinctively, this was the first-ever event conducted "under one roof "to appreciate the many accomplishments and achievements "ng mga kababaihan".. of Filipino women regarding their "individual leadership, valuable advocacy work, and significant contributions" to business, finance, medicine, media, entrepreneurship, education, social, civic, and political affairs, and specific interests in the Ontario landscape. The event honourees received their "Medallions" and "Certificates of Appreciation" from WFG and PIDC, respectively, as well as congratulatory scrolls from Federal Members of Parliament Marco Mendicino, and Shaun Chen.
Led by Ms. Agnes P. Miranda, WFG senior executive vice-chairman and Ramon Estaris, PIDC president , the other distinguished event guests who also gave inspirational and congratulatory remarks included Philippine Consul General Orontes Castro, Federal Members of Parliament Rechie Valdez, Salma Zahid & Ya'ara Saks, MPP candidates Paul Saguil & Mazhar Shafiq, and CMC-AO's Sid Ikeda & Mar-Mar Cho. WFG's Agnes Miranda, in her special address, "exhorted everyone coming to terms with characteristic reciprocal understanding, desirable unity, and full cooperation" among the strategic players and influencers "for a much better and more productive Filipino Canadian community".