HISTORY

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Mariquita S. Castelo

The word Soroptimist comes from two Latin words, "soror" meaning sister and "optima" meaning best. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, USA by women who were interested in volunteer service but who were prohibited from joining all-male organizations. From then to the present, members have continued to achieve the best for women through various programs of service through Awareness, Advocacy and Action.

In 1928, various clubs in the United States formed a federation now called the Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA). Much later, SIA admitted new clubs from South America and Asia. Today, SIA has about 1,430 clubs with 38,171 members in 19 countries and territories, including the Philippines.

The beginnings of Soroptimist in the Philippines can be traced to two women – Mariquita S. Castelo, a Filipina and Betty Beck Prosser, an American – who shared a commitment to serve others and uplift the status of women. Together, they worked for the establishment of the first Soroptimist club in the Philippines.

 

In a beautiful ceremony on April 1964, the Charter Members of SI Founder Manila were inducted by then SIA President Pluma Batten and on May 5,1966; the Officers were installed and the Club Charter was presented in a ceremony held at the Malacanang Palace with then First Lady Imelda R. Marcos as the guest of honor and speaker.

From Manila, the spirit of Soroptimist spread to Davao, Baguio, Naga, Cebu, Cabanatuan, Iriga, Malolos, Daet, Dagupan and the rest of the country. Soroptimist thus flourished in the Philippines with 84 clubs and 2,020 members, continuing the same spirit of service that lives on through the untiring efforts and commitment of current Soroptimists.

 

 

Soroptimist International comprises four federations worldwide:

 

       Headquartered in Cheshire, England

VISION

Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential

andlive their dreams.
 

MISSION

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

REGION OFFICERS
 
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Gabrielle Venus Calizo-Quimpo

Region Governor

Biennium 2020-2022

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Virginia Peñalosa
Virginia Peñalosa

Governor Elect

Lydia C. Co
Lydia C. Co

Immediate Past Governor

Farah Acierto
Farah Acierto

Region Secretary

Christine Z. Palomar
Christine Z. Palomar

Assistant Secretary

Michelle Antonio
Michelle Antonio

Treasurer

Marion R. Merced-Pescasiosa
Marion R. Merced-Pescasiosa

Assistant Treasurer

Loida Rhodora Mayo
Loida Rhodora Mayo

Public Relations Officer

Elvira Dela Rosa
Elvira Dela Rosa

Auditor - Internal

Pat Ayson
Pat Ayson

Auditor - External

FOUR PILLARS
 
Ma. Teresita Valdez
Ma. Teresita Valdez

Region Chair Program Pillar

Marivic Paras
Marivic Paras

Region Chair Membership Pillar

Amparo Araullo
Amparo Araullo

Officer in Charge Fundraising Pillar

Mildred Flores Piad
Mildred Flores Piad

Region Chair Public Awareness

SIA SIAPR COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Marivic Vergel de Dios
Marivic Vergel de Dios

Chairperson SIA - Live Your Dream Awards

Mary Rechelle Guzman
Mary Rechelle Guzman

Chairperson SIA - Dream it Be it Career Support for Girls

Ma. Trinidad Marquez
Ma. Trinidad Marquez

Chairperson SIA - Celebrating Success Club Award

Ma. Judy Gutierrez
Ma. Judy Gutierrez

Chairperson Adopt A PNP - WCPD SIAPR

Em Ang
Em Ang

Chairperson Adopt A Barangay SIAPR

Yolanda Ignacio
Yolanda Ignacio

Chairperson Sampaguita Society SIAPR

Amparo Araullo
Amparo Araullo

Chairperson Laurel Society SIAPR

Lorna Silverio
Lorna Silverio

Chairperson Unsung Women Heroes Award - SIAPR

Luz Delos Santos Templonuevo
Luz Delos Santos Templonuevo

Chairperson Biennium Thrust SIAPR