|Andrea L. Si||
Joined Jun 29 2010
Ecclesia of Women in Asia
Rare Birds on the Camino
Cakes by Nini
Masaste Art Collection
Be a Robredo - Negros
Rebap Bacolod Review
Educational Background: A.B.English with 3 years of Architecture, Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Divinity (for protestant pastors, mostly), Academic requirements for Masters of Education on Marriage and Family (John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, lacking thesis), trainings and seminars on gender and feminist issues and empowerment of women, gender planningand budgeting for local governments, training for court annexed mediation.
6th Place, 1986 Bar Examinations
Work and NGO Background
Work :3 years high-school math and science teacher, 3 years Remedial Law and Labor Law professor, 3 years City Administrator (Mayor's right hand), 3 years court annexed mediator. Law practice 1987-2001, in 2008 was forced out of retirement to lead the battle against a powerful corporation, the Dept of Energy, and the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources to protect our primary forest (only 4% left) from a geothermal project.
NGOs: Charter Member ofDAWN (incorporated 1990) and President since 1993. Charter President of Bacolod Consortium of Women's Organizations and founding member of theProvincial Council of Women and the Bacolod City AIDS Council. I'm alsoa Board Member of REACH, a drug rehabilitation foundation and VicePresident for Field of the Negros Occidental Girl Scouts Council(2009-2012). Used to be Executive Director of First Farmers Human Development Foundation, a foundation that did community organizing and human development work in sugar farm communities.
Civic Clubs and Other Organizations: Soroptimist International of Bacolod - President 1992-1994, RiversideToastmasters Club President 1990-1992. LCC Bacolod College Alumni Association President 2008-2010, Christian Family Movement - 1983 to Present, Cursillos en Christiandad rollista (1996 to 2008). I've been part of several cause oriented movements, the current ones being the Coalition to Save Mt. Kanlaon and N4NM (Negrenses 4 Noy-Mar).
International Organizations: Ecclesia of Women in Asia - Member of the Coordinating Team from 2002-2009.
A little about yourself including the issues and causes closest to your heart: I joined my first picket against injustice when I was 13. Have been an activist ever since. Dad taught us stewardship and I always knew that the right order of priorities is God, country, then family and self. I've been richly blessed but with stewardship and love of country, all my blessings have been a burden endlessly calling me to serve God andcountry. Even so, for me life as an adventure and I enjoy experiencing, learning, and doing as many things as I can. My family (husband, 7kids) all love the outdoors - trekking, walking, biking, mountainclimbing, dogs, so my case to protect our forest is really a family cause. I was a feminist before I seriously thought of myself as an environmentalist, however.
In the past, I was also player and team captain of the 1972 National PRISAA team champion for Table Tennis Girls and Board 3 of thePhilippine Women's team to the World Chess Olympiad in Haifa Israel(1976)
I grew up thinking that Negrense women are spoiled by Negrense men and our women spend too much time playing mahjong, going to the beauty parlor, and making small talk. My feminist story began In 1990, when I discovered that I was wrong about our women being spoiled by our men and about how Negrense women spend our time.