The Philippine Sports Commission's Gender and Development Program held the 1st Philippine Congress on Women and Sports last November 21 to 24 at Tagaytay City.
The conference was touted to be a one of a kind convergence of women leaders in sports and women involved in various sports disciplines, and as a manifestation of the Filipino women's continuous pursuit for empowerment and professional growth through continuing education and training.
Atty. Katrina Legarda, the country's leading legal expert on family law and an advocate for women causes, led the impressive array of lecturers and presenters.
The battery of resource speakers
also included Bong Coo, the only Filipina bowler who has won world titles
and record five Asian Games gold medals (From Bowling to Business), two-time
Asian Games sprint queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado (From Athletics to Politics),
champion tennis player Dyan Castillejo (From Tennis to Media), equestrienne
Mike Cojuangco-Jaworski (Playing and Motherhood) and TV and movie star
Jackielou Blanco (From Movies to Fitness Buff).
In other technical sessions
of the Congress, Dean Nieves Confesor of the Asian Institute of Management
delved on "How to Ensure Progress through Targets and other Measurable
Objectives," Dean Maria Concepcion Alfiler of the National College
of Public Administration and Governance expounded on "The Formula
Behind the Making of Filipino Women Leaders in Public Governance"
as UP Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and noted sports media specialist
Prof. Tessa Jasminez spoke on "Getting Media to Support Your Cause."