Latest Stories

She Voices

Multiple voices


At the 15th year anniversary of Cebu Daily News last February 8, I did not realize it has been that long since I became part of it when it started in 1998 at a small but cozy office in Escario Street to a bigger, more spacious and comfortable building at the North Reclamation Area.

Originally, there were three of us alternating in writing our columns, Sofia Aliño Logarta, Fe Naputo-Reyes, and myself but Fe begged off when her schedule was tied up with administrative work as the registrar of UP Cebu College. In the beginning, our column was entitled Voices but was changed to She Voices considering the very fast development of the women’s movement in the country and in Cebu after the Beijing Conference in 1995.

It was an offshoot of my studies of Philippine Feminist Leadership in the mid-1990’s and my involvement in women advocacy groups. In addition, CDN’s birth was also the year of the centennial of the Philippine revolution which ushered in the interest in local history and culture and Cebu was immersed in the world of culture and heritage. The first decade of the new millennium was the height of the movement on cultural heritage awareness, research, and community activities changing the cultural landscape of Cebu. Women, history, cultural heritage became the recurring topics in my columns because of my strong involvements in groups and their activities related to these three subjects.

In most cases, I tried to integrate women and history or women and cultural heritage or more so on history and cultural heritage just to drive the point that the women’s issue cannot be ignored and that history and heritage are not boring. The plan of the Legal Alternative for Women Center, Inc. (founded two years earlier) to write a book on its history is a very timely project because it will document what women are doing to empower women victims of abuse in various ways from legal, psychosocial to spiritual formation, livelihood and life skills.

She Voices multiplied as evidenced in the global campaign to End All Forms of Violence Against Woman last February 14, a most fitting way to celebrate the Day of Love. Hundreds of women from all sectors and some male supporters joined One Billion Rising at the Ayala Terraces – dancing to break and strike violence against women, with messages of solidarity from the different convenors and offices of the local government. An interesting message was that given by Boy Sarmago of the group Men Opposed to Violence Against Women.

After he declared the group’s support for women, he shared some tips involving men in the women’s cause. He suggests that there be effective methods of how to involve men and boys in dealing with women’s concerns. Men should not be looked at as culprits, offenders, abusers but as people who need help. There should be gender sensitization of men through training or seminars. Involve men as participants in research on VAW.

LGUs and civil society should join hands in pursuing women concerns. One Billion Rising only shows the fruits of the efforts of a few brave women who initiated the coming out of women from all walks of life, from different religious denominations, from different ages, from different cultures to declare and fight for their rights and of the marginalized. From silence to small voices to the roaring billion to end all forms of violence against women! Dance has always been a part of our culture, from the days of the babaylanes who danced to the ancient gods in supplication, to the sinulog where we dance our prayers, and now we dance to put an end to human degradation.

* * *

The passing away of Lolong, the world’s largest saltwater crocodile, reminds us of our neglect of animal wildlife and the urgent need to have more people trained in the care and preservation of endangered animals and the importance of local governments to take care of their community’s resources. Shouldn’t this be also added to the agenda for our aspiring politicians?

The announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation has revived interest in Church history. I instantly recalled my college class in Church History under Sister Daniello, ICM (Sister Christiane Vandenbogaert) who discussed the history and development of the Catholic Church in a very comprehensive manner. She introduced us to modern theologians and philosophers particularly Teilhard de Chardin in her theology and philosophy classes.

I still remember her mentioning Josef Ratzinger, who was not a cardinal then, as one of the leading conservative and influential theologians. She thoroughly explained the social issues of the times and how the church was addressing them. We were familiar with the encyclicals and understood their role. Church History complemented by the class in European History under the mentorship of Dr. Lourdes R. Quisumbing were strong influences in my decision to major in History and I am very grateful to them.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

More from this Column:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: anniversary , Cebu Daily News , Cebu Daily News anniversary , Violence against Women , Women

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
  • Sports

  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Marketplace