Last March 25, some of the most empowering women in the country gathered at Samsung Hall for the 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit. With the theme “Women Can. Women Will”, this year’s BDJ Women’s Summit inspired and empowered Bellas on how they can unleash their power within, make it big with something small and be the driving force to positive change. All ticket sales from the event will be given to Ahon Sa Hirap Inc and other partner organizations.
The gathering was well attended by Filipino women where they learned to embrace themselves and their capabilities to be the best woman they can be.
Some of the country’s empowered women in the likes of Abbygale Arenas-De Leon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Hidilyn Diaz, Rebecca Bustamante-Mills, Pia Gladys Perey, Danah & Stacy Gutierrez, Jaymie Pizarro and our very own Vice President Leni Robredo, shared their hardships, inspirations on how they become the empowered women they are today. The BDJ Women’s Summit was hosted and moderated by Luane Dy.
Here are some inspiring quotes from the speakers:
“Live the best life possible.” – Abbygale Arenas-De Leon
“A dream is an exercise of the imagination. But to make it a reality, you must exercise massive action.” – Jodi Sta. Maria
“God gives us more than what we expect only when we know how to surrender everything to HIM but still remember to do our part.” – Hidilyn Diaz
“It doesn’t matter where you start. If I can do it so can you.” – Rebecca Bustamante-Mills
“Don’t try to be a man, celebrate your femininity and use it to be the woman you need to be.” – Pia Gladys Perey
“You can have flaws and be flaw some.” – Danah & Stacy Gutierrez
“6 F’s: Follow you heart. Fund a higher purpose. Friends & Community! Face your fears. Fight! Have FUN.” – Jaymie Pizarro
“In extraordinary times such as now, when our freedoms are threatened and our voices empowered, the Filipina woman we need is someone with a lot of heart and a strong independent mind.” – Vice President Leni Robredo.
Aside from the speakers, the BDJ Women’s Summit also featured some partner organizations at the Women’s Expo who shared their advocacies like Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc., Angat Buhay, Miss Possibilities, Fairplay for All Foundation, ECPAT, Kinamot Nga Buhat, Girls Got Game PH, Elsie Gaches, Grace to be Born, Plush and Play and Jacinto and Lirio. Attendees were able to know more about the organizations’ advocacies, sign up as volunteers, etc. There were also booths from Tupperware, CheckMeOut.ph, Manulife, Flawless, Serenitea, and GSK who entertained the attendees with different booth games.
Before the event ended, raffles were drawn for the Bellas! Prizes by different brand partners like gadgets from Abenson, gift certificates from Strip, Browhaus, Ace Water Spa, Serenitea, FrenchBaker and SkinStation, gift packs from Pink Sugar, Sakroots, Flawless, Vedette, Natural Health, Tupperware, CheckMeOut.ph, Jergens, Bic, Hallmark and Frenchbaker were all given away to lucky attendees.
The 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit with the theme “Women Can. Women Will” is in celebration of BDJ’s 11th year as an all-female community. Proceeds of the event will go to Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. an institution that gives microfinance and other services to female entrepreneurs who live in poor urban and rural areas.