of Ortigas and Environs
Chartered: October 10, 2001
Soroptimist International of Ortigas & Environs was chartered on 10 October 2001 at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel, Mandaluyong City and was sponsored by Soroptimist International of Makati. SIPR Gov. Teresita B. Choa officiated the chartering of Soroptimist International of Ortigas & Environs, installed its first set of officers and directors with Enriqueta “Baby” V. Doble as Charter President and inducted 19 Charter Members.
The chartering of Soroptimist Ortigas started as a dare among 6 friends: Norma Co, Baby Doble, Grace Fernandez, Malou Fernandez, Baby Lirio and Olive Ramos. Missing the projects they do, Norma broached the idea of chartering a new club to Baby. Aware of the difficulties in sustaining a club, she challenged her to scout for the required 15 members. For Norma, it was a breeze having recruited her closest of kin.
For months, the group met and discussed plans. There were times when the conditions did not seem perfect but there was a common thread that connects them, the desire to serve the marginalized women of our society. They were united to take on the challenge to make a difference in the lives of women and girls.
For Baby Doble, there was no turning back. She became the Charter President of Soroptimist Ortigas.
Soroptimist Ortigas TAKBO Breast Friends
A 2002 study of diseases afflicting Filipino women by Soroptimist International of Ortigas & Environs, shows that foremost amongst these is breast cancer: one out of nine Filipino women today could develop this dreaded disease. The Philippines has the highest breast cancer mortality and lowest survival rates among fifteen Asian countries. Given the rapid increase of breast cancer cases, particularly among marginalized women, Soroptimist Ortigas started a project called Soroptimist Ortigas Breast Friends, which initially sponsored the chemo-therapy program (6 cycles for stages I–IIB) only for indigent breast cancer patients of East Avenue Medical Center. Now, their services have been extended to other beneficiaries around the country. Soroptimist Ortigas has become the beacon of hope for many breast cancer survivors who now live productive lives. (Read more)