To celebrate outstanding achievements of Filipino women in Manitoba, Pinays Manitoba, Inc. held its annual Recognition Luncheon in commemoration of International Women’s Day Saturday March 10, 2018 at Marlborough Hotel.
This year, three women were honored for their contribution in their respective fields for creating a significant “trail” for others to follow.
One of the three “Trailblazers Pinays Awards” was given to MLA Flor Marcelino for her contribution in the field of politics. Flor, who is the current Member of Legislative Assembly for Logan became the first woman of colour ever elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly in 2007. She was re-elected MLA for Logan in 2011 and 2016.
Nena Joy Lazo was given award in the field of Performing Arts. She was given recognition for her selfless service in mentoring young talents and outstanding community service.
The third awardee, CKJS Pionner Emmie Joaquin was honored for her valuable contribution in the field of radio broadcasting and in the creation of Filipino programs on CKJS 810AM. Currently, Emmie is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Pilipino Express News Magazine.
Event’s master of ceremony were CKJS’ Lucille Nolasco and CTV’s Winnie Navarro.
In addition to the three awardees, two exceptional Filipino women have also been invited to speak at the event, namely: Maria Buduhan, Constable of the Winnipeg Police Service; and Iris Yudai, Executive Producer of CBC Radio.
Pinays Manitoba or Pinays MB Inc. is a non-profit women’s organization founded in 2016 which aims to recognize the needs, strengths and potentials of Filipino women in the community. Now on its third year, the group holds the annual recognition luncheon in appreciation of outstanding Filipino women (or Pinays) who have made noteworthy contributions to the progress of the Filipino community in Manitoba since the first Filipino immigrants arrived in the province in 1959.
(Credit: Pilipino Express News Magazine; Photo credit: Wilma Gaburno; MLA Flor Marcelino)