Writer-composer is Iloilo’s outstanding woman

SUSAN L. PACHEO (center) is the outstanding woman of Iloilo province. With her are (from left) Rica Marcet Obsequio; inspirational speaker Cynthia Cataluña-Lumampao; selection judge Alfonso Catolin; Atty. Lenore Angeline Divinagracia, JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang president; Atty. Ma. Monica Leticia Espinosa, JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang vice president for internal; and Ma. Juana Ester Senupe, JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang vice president for external. (Photo from JCI Ilang-Ilang)

A 57-YEAR-OLD mother, writer, and composer is Iloilo province’s outstanding woman.

Susan L. Pacheo bested four other finalists in the 2018 Search for the Outstanding Women Community Leader or Ang Ilongga Awards Year 3 of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Iloilo Ilang-Ilang Chapter.

The awarding ceremony was held Aug 23, 2018 at SM City Iloilo, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Pacheo is a mother of four and an administrative officer of Dueñas, Iloilo where she resides.

“I feel grateful and blessed that I was given support and opportunity to serve the community. I am grateful to JCI for their efforts in recognizing accomplishments of women like me. I feel empowered and inspired to serve more,” Pacheo said.

She added that the award is an affirmation of her efforts.

Pacheo is the former Municipal Tourism Officer, Information Officer, Local Economic and investments Officer, One Town-One Product Coordinator, and Community Technology and Education Coordinator of Dueñas.

She also wrote the history of Dueñas aside from composing Dayawon ka Dueñas, the municipality’s hymn; the festival song of Anihan Festival; and the folk song Habol Dueñas.

She also helped establish the Dueñas Loom Weaving Industry Development; Museum of Cultural History; and the revival of Dueñas Worldwide Association Library.

JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang president Atty. Lenore Angeline Divinagracia said that as a group of young active citizens, they aim to recognize women leaders from the grassroots.

“These women dedicate their lives in service to the community by empowering their fellow women in need. These community leaders are the true treasures of humanity for they labor without seeking validation and applause. They can go the extra mile with their limited resources and are resilient in their principals and beliefs,” Divinagracia said.

Pacheo received P5,000 cash, a trophy, medal, and gift checks from the sponsors.

The finalists underwent panel interview in July 2018 wherein Pacheo got the highest scores.

The criteria for judging are:

  • leadership (30%)
  • women empowerment (30%)
  • community and civic involvement (20%)
  • social impact (30%)

The other finalists are Viden Elpos of Concepcion (1st runner-up) and Mercedita Cubar of Pototan (2nd runner-up).

Elpos received P3,000 while Cubar got P2,000. They also received medals and gift checks.

Other nominees include Jocelyn Espia and Marjori Hervo. They also received cash prizes, medals, certificate, and gift checks.

Ang Ilongga Awards is an annual search of JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang which seeks to identify and give recognition to women leaders with extraordinary accomplishments, have created positive change and sustainable solutions to issues and concerns affecting their communities.

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