VIGAN CITY – Ten Bigueñas who made significant contributions in the fullfillment of the city’s goal and aspirations were recognized by the Vigan City government during the city’s celebration of Women’s Month in March.
The 10 2017 Bigueña Achiever Awardees who were recognized on March 31 at the Vigan Convention Center during the culminating activity of Women’s Month in this city include Sister Theogenia Magallanes, OSB for spirituality; Cristeta Q. Atinaja for entrepreneurship; Civil Service Commission Chairperson Alicia de la Rosa-Bala for public service; Luchi T. Rosales for environment management; SPO2 Lorena Ramat for peace and order; Dr. Loida Adelaida Ranches for health; Teresita Alcid of RG Pottery for culture and the arts; Imelda Castro-Rivero for mass media; Marie Christine Reyes for education; and Atty Carmelita Crisologo for licensed profession.
Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina said the Bigueña Achiever Awardees are “gratefully acknowledged for making a significant difference as partner in community development through their unwavering commitment and notable accomplishments that are instruments in the fulfillment of the city’s mission and vision.”
In her response during the awarding ceremony, Chairperson de la Rosa-Bala said that the celebration of Women’s Month is a manifestation of the city government’s dedicated leadership and service to the people.
“Vigan has defined me as a person. I am proud I am from Vigan and a Biguena,” de la Rosa-Bala stressed as she challenged her fellow awardees to be “one to eradicate violence and discrimination against anyone.”
She also gave a toast to the event saying it is a “celebration that calls for both women and men, to celebrate, recognize equality, equity and justice especially in the work place.”
She saluted Vigan for not only being known for its longganisa, bagnet, or empanada but also for its rich culture, traditions, values, and the integrity, resilience, diligence, and hard work of its residents.
The event is a collaboration of the members of the Vigan City Local Council of Women led by Mayor Medina. Its members consist of 14 groups of women in the city including the Balikatan sa Vigan, Inc. led by former Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina who, during her administration, started the said search. (With report from Imelda C. Rivero, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)