“WE want to bring hope and courage to women-beneficiaries who are facing their own battles in life. As elected leaders, we have to provide inspiration at all times. Remember that fundraisers are the catalysts of change and there is always joy in giving.”
Leyte (lst District) Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, also Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. (AWLFI) of the 17th Congress representative for neophyte lady lawmakers, said this as she bared that the AWLFI will organize a garage sale and concert in December, with actor John Arcilla being eyed as main performer, to raise funds for underprivileged women and children, including cancer patients.
Romualdez added that the fund-raising event was initiated by the AWLFI led by its president, Bulacan Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica.
As of press time yesterday, AWLFI has yet to finalize where the proceeds of their fund-raising activities will go.
The lady lawmaker said they would ask each lawmaker, including congressmen, to donate personal items and even celebrities for the garage sale and Arcilla, who played the role of Antonio Luna in the historical epic film Heneral Luna, could be the main performer during the proposed concert.
“The good intentions of our colleagues at AWLFI will help us achieve a successful fund-raising event for underprivileged women and children, including those who are cancer-stricken,” said Romualdez, wife of former House independent bloc leader Martin Romualdez of Leyte who is also president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).
Romualdez was named host of the AWLFI Christmas party.
Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones, AWLFI public relations officers (PRO) and a former broadcast-journalist, was elected chairperson of the fund-raising event while Misamis Oriental Rep. Juliette Uy, AWLFI vice president for Mindanao, is co-chairperson.
Bagong Henerasyon (BH) party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, AWLFI secretary, proposed to ask celebrities to donate personal things like used clothing, bags, books, household decorations, sports equipment, DVDs, kitchen or home appliances, furniture, etc.
“We can ask our celebrities-friend to donate personal items for our garage sale,” said Herrera-Dy.
Villarica said they hope Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez will allow them to hold their garage sale within the premises of the House of Representatives.
“We will seek first the permission of our good Speaker for our activities,” said Villarica.
Antipolo City Rep. Cristina “Chiqui” Roa-Puno will handle the AWLFI’s proposed holding of concert at the Music Museum through a re-run of musical shows, such as Dirty Old Music (DoM) where artists Arcilla, Nonie Buencamino, Robert Sena, Michael Williams, Bo Cerrudo and Ricky Davao were named possible performers.
San Jose del Monte City Rep. Florida Rida Robes, AWLFI business manager, volunteered to handle the sounds for the fund-raising event in the House of Representatives.
During the ’discussions, members of the AWLFI proposed to give the proceeds to the needy women, including distressed women, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as suggested by Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus, AWLFI vice president for party-list.
AWLFI members also proposed that part of the proceeds go to rehabilitate recovering women drug dependents and extend educational assistance to the deserving children of House employees like utilities and those who have meager salaries and benefits.
The meeting held yesterday and presided by Villarica include Pangasinan Rep. Rose Marie Arenas, AWLFI senior vice-president; Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, AWLFI vice president for Visayas; and others.