These powerhouse women from different fields of expertise were united in commemorating their shared ties and individual successes. They are definitely a group of Uncommon Women: which is a Holyoke saying meant to celebrate the diversity, uniqueness and talent of every woman. Hostess and alumna Barbee Chuidian welcomed everyone into her home to celebrate while recounting one another’s milestone moments in life. These talented women brought works that they are proud of: things that they have invented, produced and authored, sharing it with all whom attended.
One of the highlights of the evening was when Chef Margarita Fores who is an alumna, prepared a tutorial, showing all guests how to prepare her famous pasta al telefono! Fores gladly showered the ladies with spectacular feast. It was an evening of sharing, fondly reminiscing and exalting the possible.
Among the wonderful alumni who attended were:
Leslie Anne Cruz - a partner and lawyer specializing in intellectual property rights
Shaina Tantuico - social enterprise advocate who is co-founder and executive director of JeepNeed, an organization that aims to improve science education in the Philippines.
Maribel Ongpin - an author, teacher, activist, artist, founder of art in the park and Chairperson of HABI The Philippine Textile Counsel. She is an advocate of preserving national heritage and resources of the country.
Gianna Montinola - an author, philanthropist and VP for Corporate Affairs of Far Eastern University.
Carla Limcaoco - served as Honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Philippines.
Sheila Marcelo - founder of care.com largest online care destination with over 22 million users today.
Marie Cavosora - founded CalaBoo Creamery a social enterprise with GK Enchanted Farm in the Philippines.
Margarita Fores - Asia’s best female chef 2016 and a culinary juggernaut.
Barbee Chuidian - built the Philippines private banking book of clients from scratch with Morgan Stanley in HK. She is now the Asia Regional Representative of BAFT, the global trade and finance subsidiary of the Washington DC based American Bankers Association.
Tami Monsod - a beloved teacher at ISM and is an awarded theater actress.