FEED Founder-President Recognised by 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™

FWNGlobalLogo.jpg23 August 2016, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines.  FEED Founder & President, Ophelia Mananquil Bakker was honoured on 23 August 2016 by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) during the  Global FWN100™ Awards held in Mactan, Cebu – passing the selection of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World™ – the highlight of the Annual Filipina Leadership Global Summit.

The Summit brought together one hundred plus Filipina women global leaders, influencers, thinkers and public figures from around the world for discussions, learning journeys, “kwentuhan (Tag. story telling) strategies” on how to succeed as multi-cultural professionals and private chats to ignite cooperation through public and private partnerships.

The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ recognizes women of Philippine ancestry who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective professions, industries and communities. They are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy.


FEED Founder & President, Ophelia (“Ophie”) Mananquil Bakker

Awardees are selected and determined by averaging scores assigned by the Selection Committee on the criteria described on the nomination form for activities and projects nominee may have initiated or have been involved in: Impact, Innovation, Involvement, Femtorship (mentorship), Professionalism, and Sustainability (of activity or project she may have started or have been involved). A scoring system is set up to be consistent across the award categories and the Selection Committee provides numerical scores for each of the following final selection scoring:

  • LEADERSHIP. The degree to which the nominee led the initiative, project or activity, demonstrated by behaviors such as setting clear goals, providing guidance, coaching and support, working through obstacles and/or celebrating success.
  • CHALLENGE: The scope, difficulty and size of the initiative, project or activity.
  • OWNERSHIP. The degree to which the nominee took ownership of the challenges she faced for the initiative, project or activity, demonstrated by behaviors such as helping define outcomes, setting clear goals, providing guidance, working through obstacles and communicating challenges and successes.

FEED President accepted the recognition by receiving the award on behalf and in acknowledgment of the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) worldwide pumping financial, economic and social support to their families in the Philippines, saying: “It is with great pride and thanks I receive this on behalf of our OFWs worldwide, those who sacrifice their time away from home in order to support their families, children’s education and proper upbringing at the expense of not even being together in the same country. This is for them.”

FEED traces its roots to its original incorporated NGO –  Friends of Overseas Filipinos Inc. (FOFI), which was set up in the 1990s by its Founders to represent the interests, rights and plight of the Philippine OFW. During the late 1990s, Ophie lobbied and helped mobilise OFWs to obtain their Absentee Voting rights and Dual Citizenship in Philippine Congress, passing two significant bills with the support of OFWs worldwide.

In time, the OFW phenomenon gained momentum not only for their role in supporting and buttressing the Philippine economy during times of distress (financial crises), but in ensuring that their children would continue to be able to go to school – which is where the thrust of FOFI then adapted towards supporting marginalised children of OFWs and other underprivileged but deserving children by providing access to scholarships for education. With its President Ophie at its helm, FEED always maintained a strong advocacy also for the environment, which today has grown to be equally demanding of FEED’s time and efforts in the Philippines.   

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FWN LOGO.pngThe Filipina Women’s Network is a San Francisco based non-profit professional organization for women of Philippine ancestry with members worldwide. We promote the social welfare of Filipina women and advocate for Filipina women’s rights.

FWN provides the content, credibility and community to help women of Philippine ancestry succeed in their businesses and careers. FWN provides knowledge, products, education, research and a worldwide network for Filipina women professionals.

FWN convenes programs and activities that enhance public perceptions of Filipina women’s capacities to lead and to build the Filipina community’s pipeline of qualified leaders, to increase the odds that some Filipina women will rise to the ‘president’ position in the private and public sectors worldwide.

FWN provides Filipina women with opportunities to share practical career and business experiences. This focus on actual career and business experiences, rather than theory, from practitioners, corporate managers, entrepreneurs, elected / appointed officials, nonprofit and community leaders, along with peer networking, are the distinguishing features of FWN meetings.

Click here to view the organizations represented by the members of FWN: http://www.filipinawomensnetwork.org/organizations-represented-by-fwn-members

For more information on FWN, visit: http://www.filipinawomensnetwork.org/about-fwn/

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