5 Remarkable Filipinas Shortlisted For The Third Women of the Future Awards, Southeast Asia

The Women of the Future (WOF) Awards, Southeast Asia, provides a platform for the remarkable female talent across the region. The awards recognize the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors. The awards celebrate the most innovative, determined and talented young women from Southeast Asia, across ten industry categories. From media to science, from entrepreneurship to mentorship, the awards showcase the regions trailblazers. 

Five Filipina remarkable women were included among the 48 talented shortlisted candidates from across ten countries in Southeast Asia in this year’s WOF Awards. All candidates were interviewed by an esteemed cross-sectoral judging panel.  The Filipina women included are: 

Louise Co

Louise is the Regional Alliance Manager of NTT (Philippines). She is an inspiration to young women in the technology industry and a champion for diversity and inclusion. In addition to her role as Regional Alliance Manager for NTT, a leading global technology services provider, she is the Chairwoman of the IT Committee for Very Special Arts, a charity dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities. Louise also leads the Lean In initiatives for Dimension Data Asia-Pacific. She is shortlisted for Community Spirit & Public Service category.

Joanna Villagarcia-Blanding

Joanna is the founder of Giving is Social (Philippines). She believes that a culture of generosity is key to addressing social problems. An advocate for poverty alleviation, children’s education and volunteerism, Joanna founded Giving is Social, a movement that inspires life-transforming generosity through learning and social events. Since its inception in 2013, she has raised approximately SGD100,000 for various non-profit organisations and has connected individuals and business with giving opportunities throughout Southeast Asia. She is shortlisted for community Spirit & Public Service category.

Angela Lagunzad

Angela is a journalist, in UNTV (Philippines). She  is a multi-award-winning journalist, TV host and advocate, determined to raise awareness on critical issues such as malnutrition and the rights of those who are differently abled. She hosts Good Morning Kuya on UNTV, a morning public service programme helping those in need, and she is a primetime news anchor for Ito ang Balita. She is also the producer and writer for Istorya, a documentary programme sharing stories of everyday heroes living with difficulties. She is shortlisted for Media and Communications category.

Gigi Morris

Gigi is the founder of MoCa Family Farm RLearning Center (Philippines). In addition to founding the MoCa Family Farm RLearning Center in Batangas, Philippines, Gigi is the driving force behind the women-led family farms cooperative, Pamilyang Filipino Farmers Agricultural Cooperative, which aims to improve family income through value-adding farm products. She is also a key player in the country’s Family Farms movement and leads by example, mentoring and inspiring female farmers with the goal of creating sustainable rural communities. She is shortlisted for the Mentor category.

Lucille Dejito

Lucille is the director of Legal Interventions, International Justice Mission, Cebu (Philippines). She is an attorney serving as Director of Legal Interventions at the International Justice Mission, Cebu, where she works to combat the commercial and online sexual exploitation of children. She has prosecuted and supported 83 convictions of traffickers to date, and her tenacity is ending impunity for criminals while making Filipino children safer. She also leads workshops and training sessions for government officials, enabling them to better understand the nuances of these crimes. She is shortlisted for the Professions category.

For the complete list of the shortlisted candidates, you can see it HERE

The winners are to be announced on June 25th during the Awards show. The evening’s programme will include addresses from WOF Global Ambassador, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, with prominent WOF members, such as barrister Cherie Blair CBE QC, Chris Wei, Executive Chairman, Aviva Asia & Friends Provident International and Global Chairman, Aviva Digital, and Piyush Gupta, Group CEO of DBS Bank sharing messages of support.

The virtual awards show will be available to the public to view via this website https://awards.womenofthefuture.co.uk/seasia/

To join the guest list of the ceremony, simply register HERE.

*All images courtesy of Women of the Future

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