CNN Philippines to hold annual women’s summit on March 25

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In celebration of women’s month this March, CNN Philippines joins the global call for equity and inclusivity to help build a better world. The network embarks on a month-long campaign titled Embrace Equity to increase awareness about the International Women’s Day campaign, and challenge people to take a stand on gender equity through programs and content on-air and online.

To cap the celebration, CNN Philippines will hold a summit that will gather a diverse group of women from various industries and generations to learn from, inspire and empower each other.

Speaker and Panelist line-up

Migrant Workers Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople will be the keynote speaker. She will share ‘HERStory’ as a woman and as the voice of Filipino migrant workers.

Professor Nathalie Verceles of the Department of Development Studies in UP Diliman, Miss Trans Global 2020 Mela Habijan and LGBTQIA+ advocate Thysz Estrada will talk about social change through Inclusivity. Dr. Gia Sison, GTalks host and mental health advocate, will moderate the panel discussion.

The topic, Promoting Equality through Social Leadership, will have speakers who have made a mark in public service and other fields. They are Department of Health Officer-in-Charge Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, San Manuel, Tarlac Mayor Donya Tesoro, Philippine Commission on Women Chairperson Sandy Montano, UN Women Philippines Program Officer Catherine Torres, and Binibining Pilipinas International 2022 Nicole Borromeo. CNN Philippines Chief Correspondent and Anchor Pia Hontiveros will moderate this discussion.

Another set of equally notable speakers will talk on the Role of Gender Equality towards Economic Development. Marla Garin-Alvarez, BDO Unibank vice president for sustainability; Cherrie Atilano, AGREA Philippines president and founding farmer; and Tina Boado, Queer and Safe Spaces co-founder, will share their thoughts and insights that aim to inspire the audience. This discussion will be moderated by CNN Philippines New Day Host Paolo Abrera.

To highlight the contribution of Women in the Art World, wood carving artist Charming Baldemor; creative director of The Zarah Juan brand, Zarah Juan; actress, screenwriter, film producer and director Bela Padilla; and artistic director and CEO of Ballet Manila Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, will be in a panel moderated by CNN Philippines New Day Host Christine Jacob-Sandejas.

Participants will also be treated to a Marketplace where businesses led and supported by women will be showcased. Join us for a full day of talks and panel discussions dedicated to women by women across industries and generations. The event will be hosted by CNN Philippines New Day Anchor Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo, CNN Philippines Traffic Center Host Samantha Sadhwani, and CNN Philippines 10 Host Jiego Reyes.

Embrace Equity, A CNN Philippines women’s summit is presented by San Mig Light and MX3, in cooperation with BDO. It is also brought to you by Magnolia Chicken Timplados, in partnership with SM Aura Premier, IKEA, and Inewvation International. Special thanks to Flowerstore PH, Generation Hope, Locally, Mighty Mom, Shangri-la The Fort Manila, Orell’s, UL Skin Sciences Incorporated, Moringa O2, Gluta C, Anytime Finess, Philusa Corporation, Belle de Jour, Messy Bessy and Oh So Healthy.

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