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Mr. Juancho Rillo of SF PCG read a special message honoring the contributions and role of women.  Consul General Henry S. Bensurto was joined by DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado and Trade Representative  Jose Ma. Dinsay as he led the special flag raising ceremony in honor of National Women’s Month.

San Francisco, March 8, 2017 – The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco held a special flag raising ceremony on February 27 to kick-off National Women’s Month.

Consulate personnel and its clients, gathered at the Philippine Center lobby for the occasion.  A special message on the important contributions, achievements and role of women in different aspects of society was read during the ceremony.  It also called for the need for change, the pursuit for gender equality and the full implementation of the Magna Carta for Women.

Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado and Trade Representative Jose Ma. Dinsay joined Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. in this special ceremony.

In line with the theme “WE Make Change Work for Women,” the Consulate presented a screening of the award-winning filim “Insiang” on March 8, International Women’s Day, at the consular waiting area.  Directed by renowned Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka, this melodrama was the first Filipino movie in the Cannes Film Festival.  It was also screened in the Cannes Classic Section during Festival in 2015.

The movie depicted the difficulties in life brought about by poverty and social injustices, as portrayed by the lead character (Insiang), and the repercussions brought about by these injustices.  It showed the abuses and violence experienced by women, and left a message on the importance of women empowerment and gender equality.

As the film was introduced to the audience, Consul Rachel Oronce mentioned that the key foundation of the first National Women’s Month Celebration under the Duterte Administration is focused on partnership for change and the full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women.  She also recounted the President’s vow to protect women’s rights and address human rights abuse against women, as stated in his first State of the Nation Address.  END.

Consul Rachel Oronce spoke to clients about the National Women’s Month Celebration at the consular waiting area on March 8, 2017.

Consular clients were able to watch a screening of “Insiang” on March 8, 2017 as part of the celebration for International Women’s Day.