TWA projects and activities from 2002 to 2011 by Gay Ace Domingo
Year 2002 to 2003: In 2002 alumni homecoming, the university commemorated the 25th anniversary of co-education in Ateneo de Manila University. In August of 2002, the women from Batch ’77 led by its Class Representatives Irma Cecilio and Elizabeth Claudio-Umali, organized an alumnae core group composed of female representatives from different batches, namely: Ma. Agnes Angeles, Irma L. Cecilio, Elizabeth Claudio-Umali, Nanette Dulay-Inigo, Nelida Espiritu, Marissa Fernan, and Monina Hechanova of Class’77, Marvy Jacinto-Pineda (1975), Cynthia Concepcion-Baga (1976), Atty. Filomena Legaspi-Rosales (1976), Winnie Jimenez (1978), Mary Ann Sanciangco-Miranda (1980), Roxanne Antonio-Singson (1981), Cathy Babao-Guballa (1985), Atty. Patricia A.O. Bunye (1988), Atty. Ana Peralta (1988), Elena Bautista-Horn (1990), Gay Ace Domingo (1993), Ma. Teresa Custodio (1994), Atty. Eirene Jhone Aguila (1999), and Graciel Ann Cecilio (2000). In October 11, 2002, on the occasion of the University Reception for Alumnae, the 2002 Core Group together with the other alumnae adopted the name “The Women of Ateneo” (TWA), the same name that Rev. Fr. Joseph A. Galdon, S.J. had given them back in 1991.
The “flight” of The Women of Ateneo began as soon as it became active again in 2002.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of co-education, The Women of Ateneo (TWA) had a commemorative marker installed at Xavier Hall on March 8, 2003 (a very auspicious day since March 8 is also Women’s Day). TWA also took this event as an opportunity to bestow plaques of recognition and appreciation to the members of the 1973 Ateneo University Board of Trustees who approved the co-education policy and to the supporters of co-education such as Fr. Galdon.
TWA pledged to continue the TWA scholarship program that was started with Fr. G. For several years now, TWA has been supporting financially-challenged but deserving female students through the granting of full or partial scholarships or monthly stipends. As of this year 2011, six scholars had been assisted by TWA, including future doctors studying at the Ateneo Medical and Public Health School.
At present, the TWA Core Group is composed of the following: Aggie Angeles, Nancy Araw-Limuaco, Jane Barros-Montilla, Ditas Borromeo, Mayee Bringas-Warren, Chona Castro-Floro, Irma Cecilio,Bess Claudio-Umali, Aisy Dantes-Payumo, Irma de Guzman-San Miguel, Alice Dee-Chuaunsu, Nanette Dulay-Inigo, Dinggay Espiritu, Marissa Fernan, Monie Hechanova, Honeybee Hubahib, Vicky Lu-Choa, Lizza Nakpil, Jennie Ty, Yvonne Yuchengco, Marvy Jacinto-Pineda, Vicky Lee-Panopio, Cynthia Concepcion-Baga, Gina Garcia-Atienza, Nena Legaspi-Rosales, Lina de Guzman-Ferrer, Maan Tolentino, Marlene Po, Dita Tanedo, Shankee Sanciangco-Miranda, Mitchie Lugtu-Castaneda, Marivic Chan, Tang Antonio-Singson, Grace Llana-Walker, Cathy Babao-Guballa, Trisha Bunye, Ana Peralta, Len Bautista-Horn, Gay Ace Domingo, Rezza Custodio, Akai Arambulo-Villaflor, Mariter Nunez-Reyes, Eirene Aguila, Grache Cecilio, Nicole Paterno, Steph Limuaco, Anne Raneses, Angelica Mejilla, Braylien Siy, and Cathy Lim.
Year 2004: TWA was tapped by the AAA Board to organize, in less than two months, the re-launch of the AAA Visa card in November 2004. TWA developed and introduced at its re-launch the discount program of partner merchants that AAA Visa offered exclusively to cardholders.
Year 2005: Like their male counterparts, TWA members are hardcore sports fans. Most of the core members are always present at important UAAP Games, especially matches between Ateneo and La Salle.
TWA actively supported the Lady Eagles basketball team. When the Lady Eagles won the UAAP Women’s Basketball Championship in 2005, TWA feted them with an enjoyable victory party / dinner-programme, contributed to the awarding of Championship Rings and a trip abroad.
Towards the 3rd quarter of 2005, TWA initiated and worked-out the tie-up and partnership between the Ateneo Center for English Language Training or ACELT and the BPO Teletech for the training of public school English teachers in Quezon City.
In September 24, on Fr. Galdon’s birthday, TWA together with Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT) and the Fr. Galdon Club paid tribute to Fr. Galdon. Early that year, TWA together also with the Fr. Galdon Club had a Valentine’s Day treat-celebration for Fr. Galdon.
Year 2006: The TWA supported the first AAA Medical Mission in Gawad Kalinga Payatas in 2006 by donating medicine and sending representatives to assist in the medical initiatives.
Donation of books and other school supplies to a Payatas elementary school was a project implemented early that year by the TWA-H.O.P.E. 4 Children Foundation (U.S.A.) tie-up in partnership with the Fil-Am Kiwanis (Glendale). H.O.P.E. 4 Children is headed by its founder, Grace Llana-Walker (Batch’83), a member of TWA Core group.
It was in 2006 when, the ladies organized monthly TWA Networking Nights when they had dinner or met at Atenean-owned establishments to learn something new (like wine tasting or spinning) or unwind (enjoying massages at a spa), in the process, meeting other alumnae and simply celebrating their special sisterhood.
Year 2008: The Manila Ocean Park Family Day, held on July 12, 2008, was TWA’s way of paying tribute to the hardworking Blue Babble Battalion – Ateneo’s tireless cheering squad and band, which never fails to fire up the school’s team supporters during the UAAP basketball matches and other sporting events. It also turned out to be a “true-blue” affair (complete with tours of the oceanarium, dinner and a concert) with several families of alumni attending. The Manila Ocean Park event raised considerable funds for the Blue Babble Battalion.
This same year, TWA treated the 2008 UAAP champion women’s swimming team to dinner and a tour of Manila Ocean Park.
On another occasion, the TWA treated senior Jesuit priests to a fun-filled but relaxing outing, also at Manila Ocean Park.
The year 2008 also saw the TWA organizing a forum, titled “Transparency and Reform: Is there hope”. TWA gathered Ateneans in government (past and present) to take the community into their world so that we can better understand how government works, how corruption destroys and our role in all this. Among the speakers were TWA in government – former USEC Elena Bautista-Horn (Batch ’90) and Mayor Evelyn Tang-Uy (Batch ‘77) of Dipolog City. This was the ladies’ response to the confusion caused by brewing political issues. Ateneans serving in government, who were the resource speakers, affirmed, that in spite of a crisis in leadership, they were still true to the Ateneo’s mission of being “men and women for others” in their role as public servants.
Year 2009: Indeed, TWA is a moving force in the Ateneo community. “Anything for the school!” is the ladies’ motto. So in 2009 Ateneo Sesquicentennial Celebration, when the Ateneo School of Humanities (SOH) requested the TWA to support the sesquicentennial cultural show entitled Magis, it readily threw its skills, creativity and resources behind the project. TWA partnered with the School of Humanities (SOH), Ateneo Schools Parents Council (ASPAC) and ABS-CBN Channel 2 to make Magis a huge success.
Year 2010: For 2010, TWA organized two forums on “The Legacy of International Courts and Tribunals” with Ms. Mayee Bringas-Warren (Batch ’77), Chief of Legal Operations with the Office of the Prosecutor in the Special Court of Sierra Leone as the main speaker.
Year 2011: The TWA continued the series of forums on international justice in May 10, 2011 with no less than Hon. Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for War Crimes, as guest speaker at the Forum: “Where Can the Victims of Atrocities Find Justice”.
As TWA wholeheartedly supported Magis, it once again placed strength and resources behind Brindis, a showcase in honor of the 150th birth anniversary of distinguished Atenean and national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal, when TWA was invited to support and be part of the event.