Colegio celebrates International Women's Month

By: Nathaniel Mariano
April 10, 2018

In order to promote the rights of women and protect them against any form of human rights violation and discrimination, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, spearheaded by the Letran Chief Librarian Ms. Carolyn R. De Jesus and the Director of Engineering, Buildings, and Grounds (EBG) department Prof. Ma. Nancy Balasan, celebrated the International Women’s Week (IWW) last March 20-23 amidst class suspension over transport strike.

Asked on how the idea of observing the IWW started, De Jesus explained, “Nag-start ‘yan last year in compliance sa Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (MO) no. 1 Series of 2015. [‘Yung] mga HEIs kailangan mag-promote or advocate regarding sa gender rising, gender development, and women empowerment. We [Letran] are advocate of that. Isa ‘yon sa thrust ni Fr. Rector [Marquez] kung bakit magkakaroon na tayo ng IWWC every year.”

The CHED MO no. 1 S. of 2015 asserts, “the states recognizes the role of women in nation-building and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and women. Higher Education Institutions are instrumental in the globalized knowledge economy, the initial and continuing training of professionals, national wealth creation, and innovations in science and technology. HEIs are also a potent intermediary for the promotion of the core value of family and the preservation of women’s role as transmitters of Philippine culture and heritage.”

Originally, the weeklong IWW celebration in the Colegio was supposed to happen last March 19. But the transport strike of jeepneys made it  classes was cancelled due to the transport strike of jeepneys, De Jesus shared that she, together with other organizers, had to struggle with problems such as suspension of classes and activity ban on students.

“Noong ginagawa namin ‘yung plan, kasama ang estudyante kaso we took into consideration ‘yung activity ban. All these activities, pina-approve namin sa Vice President for Academic Affairs, kay Dr. Cabral. May mga target audience kami and may mga partner communities kami. During that time busy sa Senior High, at the same time wala na ‘yung mga graduating sa Basic Education, sa College naman, nanghingi kami ng participants na hindi involved sa examinations,” she explained, saying that all activities were made for the Letran community. “Meron tayong for students, for employees, even parents ng Basic Ed nag-invite kami, tsaka mga partner communities natin, so lahat naman ng ating stakeholders ay na-invite at na-involve natin.”

Asked how did she, together with the EBG, plan for this year’s IWW celebration, De Jesus said that she asked for the insights of Guidance and Counselling Director Efraem Janairo. “We asked him kasi nga sila ‘yung nag-implement ng IWW celebration last year. So, tinignan namin ‘yung evaluation, mga activities, para wala nang duplication. We thought of activities na pwedeng mag-benefit ‘yung women stakeholders natin at mga partner communities,” said De Jesus.

Day 1 of the celebration included activities such as Health and Wellness Expo, Seminars on Health and Wellness, Spiritual Wellness, and Women Stress, and Zumba activity. Day 2 activities were Self-defense Orientation and Training, Cervical Cancer Awareness Forum, and Bento Box Challenge. Day 3 included Seminars on Business Opportunities and Micro Entrepreneurship Ideas and Women Empowerment. While the Day 4, the last day of the celebration, started with a Thanksgiving mass in the morning and ended with a boodle fight in the afternoon.

Amidst class suspension and less participation from the student body, De Jesus bared that from her end, the weeklong celebration was a success. “We have implemented the activities at nasiyahan din naman ang stakeholders natin and participants,” she ended.


  1. A Fight Against Poverty: Launching of Angat Buhay NGO
  2. President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.; Now on the Highest Seat of the Nation
  3. First woman-elect Lacuna takes oath as the 28th Mayor of Manila
  4. Letran falters to Arellano; Loses in 4 sets
  5. “It’s not a signal for me to stop, but to keep on going.”: NBA Dream still alive for Kai Sotto even after Draft Snub
  6. Letran bows to Lyceum; Drops to 1-4
  7. Manila Day: More Than Just a Holiday
  8. Lady Knights Escape San Beda in Five Set Thriller; Finally Enters Winning Column
  9. Knights sweep Cardinals, cops 19th NCAA title
  10. Letran Completes Comeback Over Mapua to Take Game One
  11. Still in Shining Armor: Letran Escaped The Altas’ Scare, Charges to the NCAA 97 Finals With an Unblemished Record.
  12. Letran Escapes Arch-rivals, Finishes Elimination Round With A Clean Sweep
  13. Elite Eight: Abando, Paraiso Lead Knights to Gritty Win Against Golden Stags, Secures Final Four Slot.
  14. Knights Thrash Bombers, Extending Their Unbeaten Streak to 7-0.  
  15. A Look Into Ping Lacson
  16. Letran Escapes Lyceum, Secures Fifth Straight Win of the Season
  17. Knights Continue Hot Streak, Trounces Mapua
  18. Letran Triumphs Over Perpetual, Abando Records Career Game
  19. Letran Dominates Arellano, gets 2nd Straight Win
  20. Letran Charges Back, Edges Benilde in NCAA ‘97 Opener
  21. Rewriting OPM: The P-pop Takeover
  22. Filipino Humor and Pinoy Comedy Films: A Sacrosanct Relationship
  23. The Unfaltering Voice of the Press
  24. To Get The Fire Back
  25. Pearl's Pride and Glory: First Philippine Republic Day
  26. CHED and DOH Visit Letran In Preparation For NCAA Bubble, Colegio Now Approved For Training
  27. Stand-up Comedy Culture with The KoolPals
  28. LCES, Finally an Official Alliance of AcadArena
  29. LSC launches “TamBike-an sa Letran”
  30. To The Unsung Heroes in Our Screens
  31. To the Unsung Heroes in Our Screens
  32. Tokyo 2021: Looking back and moving forward
  33. Exhibiting ‘Resiliency and Creativity’: NCAA Season 96 to kick off on June 13
  34. NCAA ‘Special’ Season 96 to push through with online sporting events in May
  35. Letran alumnus to send Colegio’s 400th Anniversary score and lyrics to the moon
  36. LOOKBACK: A glimpse of Letran’s Yellow Brick Road of Sports in 2020
  37. Two bullets each
  38. DENR awards Colegio with Gawad Maparaan
  39. Letran conducts webinar on violence against women
  40. The Greatest Reset
  41. Lloyd Cadena: More than a vlogger
  42. Long live the King!
  43. Former Tigers Paraiso, Bataller set to become new members of the Knights
  44. Killing our heroes
  45. Students urge suspension of online classes despite memo from VPAA
  46. Philippines under state of calamity due to COVID-19
  47. NCAA Season 95 suspended indefinitely
  48. Letranites express dismay over Paskong Arriba
  49. Quadricentennial Year 4 ends with a double celebration
  50. Letran dethrones San Beda, claims 18th title
  51. Dugong Arriba: Kilalanin ang ating Rektor