The Local Government Unit of Iligan City awarded a plaque and cash prize to Allayka A. Fowler, a BSBA Business Economics student, and Danielle M. Detera, a BS Accountancy student, on November 16, 2015 during its Flag-raising Ceremony at the City Hall. Fowler won first place and Detera came in second in the inter-school Gender and Development (GAD) Essay Writing Contest held on October 17, 2015 at the Department of Psychology Majors Room.
To form part of Iligan City’s program for women empowerment and gender equality, this was the first essay writing contest organized by the Iligan City Gender and Development Office (ICGDO) and the City Mayor’s Office in partnership with the Iligan City Youth Affairs Office and the JCI Dayang-Dayang, Inc. in association with the Department of Psychology, CASS. Additionally, the activity was to collect and show the ideas, attitude, and values of young people on the subject of women empowerment and gender equality given that media is replete with stereotype images of women as decorations, and weak, indecisive and overly emotional beings.
A total of 27 participants representing eight different schools in Iligan City namely: MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (11), St. Peter’s College (7), Systems Technology Institute (1), St. Laurence Institute of Technology (2), Adventist Medical Center College (2), Sta. Monica Institute of Technology (2), Masters Technological Institute of Mindanao (1), and Lyceum of Iligan Foundation (1) joined the contest.
The contestants were asked to write a 600-word essay on the theme “woman of substance.”
“I thought of what makes a woman worthy to be called “woman” plus I looked back on personal experiences and thought of the change I want to see in societal mindsets,” said Fowler, when asked what her thoughts were during the contest.
“I thought of my mother and my elder sister, contemplated on their qualities and the genuine appreciation I have of their characters,” Detera added.