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Meet 12 Filipinas Who Are Shattering The Glass Ceiling And Leading By Example

These days, Filipinas don't back down from a challenge. The modern Pinay is driven and a go-getter. She knows her worth and, above all, acknowledges that her talents and skills can be used for a greater good that extends much further than personal gain. 

In partnership with the Ayala Malls, world-class French tea house Janat Paris honored 12 Filipinas from different industries who have consistently exemplified these qualities. They were recognized in the first-ever Women of Eiffel Tower Awards 2018 held on January 31, 2018 at Greenbelt, Makati. 

 

Women of Eiffel Tower 2018 Awardees Olivia d’Aboville, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Hindy Weber-Tantoco, Erika Valerie Ng Wong, and Alexandra Eduque

 

The Women of Eiffel Tower Award symbolizes both the tenacity of women in achieving their goals and the social consciousness they kept intact while climbing the ladder of success. The awardees are women who wish to see others succeed as they do, and whose legacies will sustainably address pressing social problems and empower more women to continue working towards responsible solutions. These are the women whose eyes are not on the award, but whose hearts are filled with joy about their advocacies. It's good to know that there are people who could benefit from these women's recognition. 

“Women are the backbone of a country and reflect the strength of it. In this endeavor, French and Filipino women come together to create a culture of freedom and support for women who are hesitant to climb the steps (of success) by helping them see their future without a glass ceiling,” says Bejit Dores, International President of Janat Paris.

Here, meet the 12 Women of Eiffel Tower awardees for 2018:

 

For Environment & Ecology

Aisa Mijeno: As a scientist, Aisa spearheaded the creation of the Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt) lamp that allows the poorest communities around the Philippines to light up their homes with the help of saltwater. 

 

 

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Anna Oposa: As a certified scuba diver and co-founder of Save Philippine Seas (SPS), Anna's life is dedicated to protecting the Philippines' natural marine resources, many of which are the most diverse and ecologically rich in the world. 

 

 

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For Health & Social Industries 

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala: Kara is the leading lady behind breast cancer foundation ICanServe as well as many of its campaigns that have spread awareness of the disease and its successful fundraising efforts. 

 

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala joined onstage by Solenn Heussaff, Machiko Ikeoka, Bejit Dores, French Ambassador Nicolas Galey, and Myrna Fernandez

 

For Education

Alexandra Eduque: This millennial on a mission, who has spent her youth involved in helping the lives of the less privileged, is the founder of MovEd, a foundation that focuses on early childhood education and family wellness programs to curb school drop out rates in young Filipinos. 

 

 

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Clarissa Delgado: Developmental specialist Clarissa is the co-founder and CEO of Teach for the Philippines, an NGO that works to provide Filipino children with quality education through active volunteerism by the country's most promising young leaders who are trained to become effective teachers. 

 

Awardee Clarissa Delgado 

 

For Creative and Art Industries

Olivia d’Aboville: More than just art for art's sake, Olivia's creations are expressions of her care of the environment, as they are often products of beautifully repurposed and upcycled materials that she expertly transforms. 

 

Olivia d’Aboville and Tessa Prieto-Valdes

 

For Retail & Consumer Industries

Paloma Urquijo: Paloma is part of the all-girl trio behind proudly Filipino brand PIOPIO. As a staunch supporter of local arts and culture, she has elevated indigenous Filipino fabrics by incorporating them into contemporary fashion design that has resonated with the discerning consumers. 

 

Solenn Heussaff, Machiko Ikeoka, Bejit Dores, Therese Tiosejo who represented the awardee, Ambassador of France to the Philippines Nicolas Galey, and Ayala Malls Group Chief Operating Officer Myrna Fernandez

 

The women behind LANAI, Bianca Zobel Warns, Natalia Zobel, and Maria Parsons: Concept lifestyle store LANAI was brought to life by these three women who strongly believe in the incomparable beauty and quality of purely Philippine-made products for the home. 

 

 

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For Food & Beverage

Hindy Weber-Tantoco: Having left a career in fashion to establish a holistic farming business, Hindy is the co-founder of Holy Carabao, an agricultural company that offers Filipino families healthy, chemical-free produce, and shines the light on local farmers. 

 

 

 

For Young Entrepreneurs

Erika Valerie Ng Wong: Erika is a social entrepreneur who established Karabella Dairy, an organization that sells delicious, nutritious, and one hundred percent carabao milk products while helping other entrepreneurs and giving local farmers the opportunity to earn sustainable income. 

 

The International President of Janat Paris Bejit Dores, Erika Valerie Ng Wong, and The Last Samurai Women & Femme du Monde representative in Japan, Machiko Ikeoka