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FVR cites role of women in nation�s history & dev�t

   

Former President Fidel V. Ramos yesterday cited the role of women in the country�s progress as the centennial of the Philippine feminist movement is marked today at the National Federation of Women�s Clubs building in Ermita, Manila, and on Jan. 6 at the Manila Hotel.

"The Filipino women have gone a long way from being merely in the shadows of men, to exercising suffrage and eventually being elected as top officials and appointed as top leaders of the country," the former President said.

The year-long celebration will focus on the role of Filipino women in the progress and development of the country during the last 100 years, he said.

A historical marker on the centennial of the late Angela Valdez Ramos, a woman leader and mother of the former President, will be unveiled today at the NFWC building on Josefa Escoda St. corner San Marcelino St. in Ermita, Manila.

This will mark the start of the year-long celebration of the centennial of the Filipino feminist movement, along with the unveiling of another marker on the feminist movement in the building.

A biography on the mother of President Ramos entitled "In a Class of Her Own: The Life and Times of Angela Valdez Ramos" authored by Melandrew T. Velasco of the Manila Bulletin, produced by the Ramos Foundation for Peace and Development, Inc., and the Media Touchstone Ventures, Inc., will also be launched.

At the Manila Hotel at 12 noon on Thursday, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be the special guest and keynote speaker in a program under the auspices of the National Commission on the Centennial Celebration of the Feminist Movement (NCCCFM) and the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW).

President Arroyo has issued Presidential Proclamation No. 622 declaring the entire 2005 as the year-long celebration of the centennial of the feminist movement in the Philippines.

NCCCFM Chairwoman Leonarda Camacho and NCRFW Commissioner Myrna Yao said that aside from former President Ramos, other participants in today�s events are Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, Presidential Adviser on culture and Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts Cecille Guidote Alvarez, Chairman Ambeth Ocampo of the National Historical Institute, other NCCA commissioners led by Chairwoman Evelyn Pantig, Felipe de Leon Jr., Alfredo Gabot, and former Rep. Simeon Valdez.

Also invited to the events are members of the Diplomatic Corps led by the ambassadors and other officials of the embassies of the United States, India, and Argentina, and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office.

The book on Angela Valdez Ramos is a sequel to a book also published by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation and Media Touchstone Ventures, Inc., entitled "Nachong: An Enduring Legacy," on the life and times of Narciso Ramos, lawyer, ambassador, publisher, editor, and foreign affairs secretary and father of former President Ramos and former Sen. Leticia Shahani.

"In a Class of Her Own" traces the roots of Angela Valdez in the historic town of Batac, Ilocos Norte, that produced patriots since the Philippine revolution against Spain, the Valdezes� involvement in the campaign for women�s suffrage during the Commonwealth period, her life as a politician�s wife, and her role as wife of Ambassador Narciso R. Ramos.

The book highlights her participation in the women�s movement from the time she joined the Time Investment Group that preceded the Young Women�s Christian Association in the Philippines, her work helping prisoners of war in Tarlac, and her later involvement in women and social causes. (AGG)





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