Utzurrum: Marking women’s month and children’s day

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

GLOBALLY, March is considered and celebrated as Women’s Day. So women, stand up and be counted!

In this regard, the Zonta Club of Cebu 2, an all-women’s organization of professionals, has set up a series of activities to mark this occasion, such as:

Its opening salvo last Monday was a photo-op at the Ayala Center, to start Women’s Month, together with other women’s groups.


Last March 4, the active Zontians, wearing purple shirts, gave out bi-lingual hardbound handbooks, of Republic Act (RA) 9262, or the “Anti Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004.” This was held at the Social Hall of Cebu City Hall where 80 barangay members of the Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Federation of Cebu City with City officials in attendance.

Today at Plaza Sugbu, ingress for the Cebu City Government activity, through the Cebu City Women and Family Affairs Commission. Theme is “Juana Ang Tatag Mo Ay Tatag Natin Sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong.”

Each non-government organization (NGO) will have a booth showcasing the different services/advocacies that they, as accredited NGOs, are undertaking.

Tomorrow, March 7, 9 a.m., opening of the booth, with Line Dancing and its benefits, by Zontian Wi Suan Tiu. After 12 noon break, at 2 p.m. will be the orientation to “VAW-C – What to do? Where to go?” by Dr. Consuelo Malaga.

At 3:30 p.m., demonstration and lecture on foot reflex and body massage by Tesda.

Saturday, March 8, 6 a.m., parade of women NGOs. 9 a.m., Line Dancing/Its Benefits-Zontian Suan Tiu; 10 a.m., orientation to Alimbukad, a family literacy program by Zontian Suan Tiu; 12 noon – break; and 1 p.m., livelihood skills Training. March 9, egress.


The Catholic Volunteers for Charity Movement (CVCM) is an energetic and committed group of ladies, that are supporting the Guadalupe Parish in Cebu City, in their task of providing material needs to the marginalized families in their neighborhood.

In the past years, the CVCM has been in the forefront in distributing relief goods to fire, flood, typhoon and earthquake victims. Oftentimes, they conduct feeding programs for the indigent children of the community.

Recently, the CVCM had a successful “Children’s Festival” held at the Guadalupe Parish grounds, attended by no less than 350 kids. Some were not only indigent, but handicapped as well. But oohhh! How they responded in glee and loved the gifts, the toys, the games, and of course the imported apples, juices and the delicious meal!

In return, CVCM would like to express their appreciation to the following donors: Alfonso and Rosemarie Ballesteros of Corpus Christi, Texas, (USA), for the apples; Ms. Glyza and Tessa Lumasag for the juices; the toys and balloons were thru the courtesy of Ms. Baby Jane Manjo of Arizona (USA), and last but not the least, to Angel Sultan for the lovely prizes. May the Almighty bless you all.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 06, 2014.


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