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Welcome to the 13th Filipina Leadership Global Summit and to beautiful Cebu, Philippines!

The Filipina Leadership Global Summit is exclusively designed for the Global FWN100™ Awardees—Filipina women leaders creating change in the world of Filipinas in diaspora.

Each year, the Filipina Women’s Network explores these questions when designing the Filipina Summit’s intensive learning experience. The summit brings together Filipina women leaders from a variety of industries and countries to think collaboratively about the future of our respective communities, work, and leadership. The sessions, action group discussions, and personal reflections, are designed to help you gain insights about the future of leadership as a Filipina woman.
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Wednesday, August 24 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Closing Reception and Power Kwentuhan Hosted by Amparito Lhuillier at her beautiful mountainside home

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5:30 pm - Meet at Main Lobby to board shuttle buses

Kwentuhan: The Filipina Diaspora: 


What is the Filipina Pop Culture Image?

We will begin with the film screening of the award winning documentary, "Miss Representation" by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. A film challenging how women in the US are portrayed in the media. Most of us can relate to the gender messages the media and brand advertising companies send our children.  

When a skin whitening cream protrays a fair skinned Filipina celebrity as "Kutis Mayaman" - what messages are evoked?

Heavily influenced by mass media, popular culture generalizes the lifestyle and tastes of a group of people.  How has popular culture influenced the perception of Filipina women in the community, the workplace, our own home countries and throughout the world? What has popular culture done to define the 'culturedness' of the lower classes outside of the 'official culture' and education emanated by the dominant classes? What can be done to re-shape the assumptions and stereotypes that Filipinas encounter? 

Fascinating Speed Kwentuhan topics on advertising, marketing, media and image management. 

ACTION: Group conversations on issues raised by the film. Strategies and actions? 2 minutes for each Group Report. 


  • What can I do to Shape the Filipina Image? How do we influence the pop culture images of Filipina women?



Consider these stats:



  • American teenagers spend: 31 hours a week watching T.V. - (source)

  • 17 hours a week listening to music (source) 

  • 3 hours a week watching movies (source) 

  • 4 minutes a week reading magazines (source) and 10 hours a week online (source)

  • It’s estimated that there is somewhere north of 1 billion people who use the Internet every single day.

  • 53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That number increases to 78% by age 17.

  • It is estimated that out of the 8 million people with an eating disorder 7 of those million are women.

  • 65% of US women and girls report disordered eating behaviors.

  • 17% of teens engage in cutting and self-injurious behavior.

  • Depression in women has doubled since 1970.

  • The number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth under age 19 more than tripled from 1997 to 2007.

  • Women make up 51% of the US population. However, women comprise only 20% of congress.

  • 35 women have served as US governors compared to 2,319 men. 71 countries in the world have had female presidents or prime ministers, the US is not one of them.

  • U.S. women continue to earn 77¢ to every dollar that men earn.

  • In nine states and the District of Colombia women who are victims of domestic abuse can be denied healthcare coverage because domestic abuse can be considered a preexisting condition.

  • The U.S is the only major industrialized nation without paid family leave.

  • In 2011, only 11% of protagonists in films were female.

  • Between 1937 and 2005 there were only 13 female protagonists in animated films. All of them except one had the aspiration of finding romance.

  • More than 20% of teens in the US have sex before the age of 14.

  • In Nancy Pelosi’s four years as Speaker of the House, she has been on the cover of zero national weekly magazines.

  • Women own only 5.8% of all television stations and 6% of radio stations.

  • Women hold only 5% of clout positions in telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising.

  • Studies prove exposures to sexually explicit video games and music videos is linked to men’s acceptance of rape myths and sexual harassment.

  • 1 in 4 girls experience teen dating violence.

  • 1 in 4 women are abused by a partner in their lifetime.

  • 1 in 6 women are survivors of rape or attempted rape.

  • 15% of rape survivors are under the age of 12.

  • Rape survivors are more likely to suffer from depression, alcohol and drug abuse, or contemplate suicide.

  • 70% of women in the workforce are mothers; yet the US have no national paid leave child care or flex time policy.



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Attire: Pajama, caftan, comfortable clothing. Please wear your name badge
Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration

Wednesday August 24, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Amparito Lhullier's Home Maria Luisa

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