In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, we asked young people across the country who was the woman they admire the most. Majority of them agreed, no woman is better than their mothers.
Young people from Northern Luzon, Christian Ganaden and Julius Boadilla of the Laboratory High School – South La Union Campus both consider their mothers as a great woman.
Ganaden admires his mom for being a determined, patient, generous, and loving woman—teaching him to respect and value people without regard to their status. While Boadilla appreciates how his mom expresses her love for him, not through words, but through the simplest of actions.
Assemblyman Segundo Moscoso Memorial School students Pearl Moscoso, Kea Yuro, Reyza Escandem, Kirk Quianico, Neal Sarabia, Krizshara Baldivia, Thea Quianico, Ayacinth Jeme N. Escarlan, and Yesuah Quianico all agreed their mothers are the most inspirational and influential woman in their lives.
Moscoso admires her hardworking, brave, respectful, and independent mom; Yuro takes pride in her mother who supports the family and their community; Escandem learns from her mother to respect everyone; and Kirk Quianico and Sarabia both pick the loving, hardworking, and good management skills of their mothers as reasons for considering them influential in their lives.
Thea Quianico considers her mom as the only person who truly understands her; and Escarlan considers her mother great because she is patient, caring, and loving.
Students from Mindanao, Azraqi Sadegh, Angel Raheema Edding, Alexander Montero, and Ganima Salih likewise consider their mothers a great woman.
Sinunoc Elementary School student Sadegh admires his mother, even if “she is strict,” because she teaches him to be a better person. In explaining her answer, Edding of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) Integrated Laboratory School pointed out how her mother took the role of her father when the latter died six years ago.
Salih of Manalipa Integrated School, meanwhile, mentioned how her mother teaches her to be brave, resilient, and responsible. WMSU student Montero shared how his mom works hard to provide for his future.
Aside from their moms, other women in their families were the choice of these kids.
Bencel Balahim of WMSU said that his sister, Necel Malitig was a great woman because she gave him a foundation on good values and sent him to a private school. Azlan Sadegh of Sinunoc Elementary School considers his grandmother a great woman because she always believes in him and loves him unconditionally.
Tricia Marie M. Gellido, meanwhile, looks up to Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago for her brilliance and courage in fighting corruption.