Marking an extraordinary celebration of all kinds of women, CNN Philippines held its women’s summit entitled “Taking Charge: #BalanceforBetter” at the Samsung Hall SM Aura Premier. Now on its second year, the summit highlighted women empowerment and further raised awareness on gender equality in society.
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo delivered the opening remarks and said, “The woman of today has never been as empowered, as strong, and as remarkably confident than ever before. And today, we gather as one community to celebrate how far we have gone. Today, we celebrate our women’s resilience, strength, and bravery throughout history.”
The summit aimed to inspire women to take a stand towards creating a non-gender biased community and celebrate women who have succeeded in different aspects of life. Keynote speakers for the event included women leaders Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, parenting, relationship and family life specialist Dr. Michele Alignay, and CNN International senior correspondent Paula Hancocks.
Dr. Michele Alignay took to center stage the importance of being a woman in the family and taking care of each member’s well-being. Alignay has collaborated with SM Supermalls this summer for the #WeHaveEachOther campaign, a weekly video series from April until May tackling the topic of social play for parents to spend more time with their kids and loved ones.
The Women’s Summit also set up a marketplace area that featured women entrepreneurs and their products such as handcrafted goods, locally made designer wares, cosmetics, and healthy snacks. The fair offered health and financial advice to attendees.
A panel discussion was also held, led by The Moment Group restauranteur and co-founder Abba Nappa; The Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) executive director Pauline Juan; Dentsu Jayme-Syfu chairmom and chief creative officer Merlee Jayme; Evident CEO and founder Cecile Dominguez-Yujuico; Grrrl Gang Manila co-founder Marla Darwin; and AHA Learning Center executive director Jaton Zulueta.
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