UP Visayas celebrates International Women’s Day
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Pampered, fed and entertained. This was how the UPV community in Miagao felt, particularly the women during the cook off, boodle lunch and pampering activities held on March 8, 2016 at the administration building of the Miagao campus in observance of the International Women’s Day.
Dr. Barby Badayos-Jover, Director of the UPV Gender and Development Program (GDP), welcomed the faculty, staff and students that gathered at the lobby and briefly explained the history of the women’s movement and what it has accomplished for today’s women. Among others, this included the right to vote, having humane working conditions, equal pay and benefits, to name a few. However, Jover pointed out that there is still a long way to go when it comes to equal pay and opportunities for women.
Organized by the GDP, the cook-off which has the theme “3 Men Preparing a Complete Meal for a Family of 3” started the day’s festive mood held at the administration building grounds. The contest was open to the UPV community. The participants were the Elektrons, (Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics and the Department of Chemistry), the BS Food Technology students of the School of Technology (SoTech), the staff of SoTech, Robo Pops (staff of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences) Supermen, (staff of the Campus Maintenance and Development Office) and OUNCES (organization of the university’s chemical engineering students also of SoTech).
The 3-male member groups were each given a budget to buy the ingredients for the menu that they will come up with from a “market” that were set up beside the cooking area and they must use all the items they have purchased. Thus, the cook-off involved, planning of the menu, budgeting and marketing of the food that were cooked; household chores that are still primarily assigned or done by women. The criteria for judging were based on food safety, culinary skills, flavour, presentation and nutritive value. OUNCES was declared the winner and received a cash prize of P 1,500.00 while the rest of the group were given a consolation prize of P 700.00 each.
The pampering, which also started simultaneously with the cook-off, was a full day affair that featured full body massage, manicure, pedicure, and haircut. A bazaar was also organized along the grounds of the administration building.
Meanwhile, about 500 students, faculty and staff joined the free boodle lunch at the second floor lobby of the administration building.
The day was capped by the opening of an art exhibit entitled “Dreamweavers” by John Ray Hontanar, faculty member of the Division of Humanities at College of Arts and Sciences.
At the UPV Iloilo City campus, there was also a bazaar and pampering for the city-based employees as well, a film showing and an open mike poetry reading.
GDP’s celebration of the women’s month also included a public forum entitled, “Babae, Mangagawa, Unyonista,” by Prof. Judy Taguiwalo on March 7 at the Iloilo City campus and the UGSAD public forum on “Depression and Violence against Women and Children” by Dr. Daisy Joy C. Daquilanea on March 9 at the city campus.
On March 10, a lecture series featuring the following topics and their speakers was held: “Women and Weaving: A Tribute to Unsung Heroes of Western Visayas” by Dr. Randy Madrid, “Women as Culture Bearers: Rediscovering the Babaylans of Panay” by Ms. Joyce Christine Colon, “The Revisited: The Search for a Gender-Bending Image” by Prof. Martin Genodepa, and “Vilma: Babae Bilang Adyenda” by Prof. Alfredo Diaz.
An art exhibit by Allan Cabalfin, called Dagway Pamatan-on at the UPV Art Gallery, Iloilo City campus opened on 11 March as part the women’s month celebration as well.