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12 Filipinas Share Their Fearless Success Stories in This Upcoming Book

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Much of Philippine history was made by fearless Filipino women whose legacies live on today. From the heroic Gabriela Silang, who was the first female leader in the Philippine revolution, to Dr. Fe del Mundo, who was the first woman to ever graduate from Harvard Medical School. These are just some of the women who walked so we could run.

Filipino women today stand on the shoulders of giants whose efforts and sacrifices have granted us our current freedoms. It wasn’t too long ago that suffragist Rosa Sevilla de Alvero fought for the Filipina’s right to vote—and won. In honor of all the women who paved Filipino history, Bookshelf PH is launching a new book titled Fearless Filipinas: 12 Women Who Dared to be Different, which puts the spotlight on the women today who are breaking glass ceilings left and right.

Featuring individuals who are excelling in their respective fields, Fearless Filipinas is coming out just in time for Women’s Month. Here are all the brilliant Filipino women featured in the book:

  1. Angel Locsin, film and TV actress, activist, and philanthropist
  2. Reina Reyes, the Princeton PhD who confirmed Einstein’s theory of relativity
  3. Kim Lato, the founder and CEO of Kimstore, one of the pioneering e-commerce retailers in the Philippines
  4. Elda Rotor, the Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Classics who brought Filipino authors like Nick Joaquin to a global audience
  5. Kaizen Dela Serna, a Southeast Asian Games gold medalist in the burgeoning sport of obstacle course racing (OCR)
  6. Erika Legara, a physicist who founded the Asian Institute of Management’s Master of Science in Data Science program
  7. Stella Abrera, the first Filipina American Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, playing roles such as Juliet, Giselle, and Princess Aurora
  8. Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker and the world’s first licensed armless pilot and blackbelt in the American Taekwondo Association
  9. Jessie Sincioco, the President of The Manna Cuisine Corporation and the chef who served Pope Francis on his visit to the Philippines in 2015
  10. Dzi Gervacio, co-founder of the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) and a SEA Games beach volleyball bronze medalist
  11. Asia Jackson, a Filipina American actress in Hollywood who started the#MagandangMorenx movement to combat colorism in the Filipino community
  12. Merlee Jayme, the “chairmom” and chief creative officer of Dentsu Jayme Syfu
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In the foreword written by Vice President Leni Robredo, the VP writes “Celebrating their lives—and indeed, their individual moments of fearlessness—should serve as a rallying cry to all women: We are all capable of the courage it takes to achieve unprecedented greatness.”

Fearless Filipinas was written by Monica Padillo, Pancho Dizon, and Mica Magsanoc; edited by Kyle Nate; and illustrated by Chloe Gaw. According to the team behind this book, Fearless Filipinas is the group’s long-lasting contribution to not only Women’s Month, but also to Women’s History.

“While this book was the first, there will be many to follow, each sharing the stories of great Filipinas. We hope this series will be not only a hub for positive content, but a spark for meaningful conversation,” said Nate.

Interested on getting your hands on this empowering book? You can preorder now by clicking here.

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