Their individual achievements give another compelling reason for feminists to assert that women are indeed the superior sex.
The two top lady achievers not only affirmed gender equality in the country but validated that women can outperform men in predominantly male-led fields like business, management, finance, and law.
In short, they are all over the place. It is hard to imagine a country functioning well without them.
And so today we take our hats off to two distinguished women.
First off, the Management Association of the Philippines has chosen Teresita Sy-Coson of the SM Group of Companies as the recipient of its “Management Man of the Year” award for 2016.
The award is given by MAP to individuals in the business community or government who have attained unquestioned distinction in the practice of management and for contributing to the country’s progress.
Meanwhile Lawyer Rhio Fuentes-Nuylan walked up the stage of the esteemed Queen Mary University of London after a year of post-graduate studies under the equally prestigious Chevening Scholarship, which is under the auspices of the British government.
Graduating with distinction, she bested other students in her class and was awarded the Top Performing Student for the Master of Science in Law and Finance, which she chose to support her work at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as a senior bank officer.
Sy-Coson is the second woman recipient of the award. Former Philippine Economic Zone Authority director general Lilia de Lima won the award in 2010 together with business leader Ramon del Rosario Jr.
According to MAP, Sy-Coson was chosen for steering the SM Group’s retail business to greater heights with her over four decades of retail experience.
It also cited her valuable contribution in sustaining BdO’s position as the leading bank in the Philippines.
She was also recognized for her contribution to re-shaping national values through her track record of integrity, professional competence and strong leadership.
Last year’s recipient was Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr.
The MAP said its Management Man of the Year award follows a thorough and stringent selection process. The criteria for the award include integrity, leadership and management qualities, contribution to nation building and values formation, effective stewardship within the confines of the highest standard of business and management practice.
Meanwhile, Nuylan and 26 other Filipinos finished their post-graduate studies in prestigious universities in the United Kingdom.
The Chevening Scholarship was supported by Megaworld Foundation, its partner in the Philippines in funding the students.
In an interview, Nuylan said her experience in the UK has inspired her to contribute to the development of policies that would help create a strong financial structure for the Philippines.
This same motivation made her decide to work for the BSP since 2007.
“In government, there is an opportunity for people to become catalysts of change. At the BSP, our work involves providing the technical input for important financial legislation,” she said, citing the recent passing of the Islamic Banking Bill in the House of Representatives.
But studying abroad does not come without its challenges, according to Nuylan, who is married to an army special forces officer.
“Family will always be the primary consideration. They are priority. But, you just have to believe that it is worth the sacrifice,” she said.
The mother of two, who hails from San Fernando town in Masbate province, was a consistent honor student.