April 24, 2024

After three years of restricted gatherings, the 35th Women’s Month this year ended in a celebratory mood, with a colorful fashion show to cap the day on March 31 at the Pedro Dumol Hall, Benguet Electric Cooperative compound.
The culminating program was through the efforts of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (Kalipi) Federation headed by Lolita Castro, and other concerned agencies.    
Rep. Marquez Go and wife Soledad, Councilor Lilia Fariñas representing Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and Carmen Bayquen representing Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda graced the 7th Ina: Ginang ng Tahanan 2023 and eco fashion show along with City Social Welfare and Development officers Liza Bulayungan and Myrna Valencerina and other local officials.
Estella Fesway of Quezon Hill Proper is Ginang ng Tahanan 2023, with her court Ginang Loida Soriano (North Sanitary Camp), Ginang Kapayapaan Judy Barona (Cabinet Hill-Teachers Camp), Ginang Kalinisan Ursula Maranes (Mines View), Ginang Kaunlaran Clarita Joseph (East Quirino Hill), and Ginang Kasaganaan Genevie Calatan (Middle Quirino Hill). They won among 42 contenders. 
Castro said the Ginang ng Tahanan competition started in 2010 as a skills and talents showcase and a way of fund-raising where the Kalipi federation and barangay share the profits to be used for their activities.
The eco-fashion show featured 31 ladies wearing fashionable attires and accessories from recycled materials like umbrella ribs, jute sack, colored tiger grass, plastics and straw, chipped metal decorations, crocheted plastic bag, painted egg crates, wood shavings, throw-away fork and spoons, woven rugs, discarded bubble wraps, waste paper, and dried banana leaves. 
The city officials urged the women to be their best and shine amidst life’s adversities as they share the foundation in the family, they are light-bearers and guides, and the very essence of life. – Julie G. Fianza and Alpha May Patacsil