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(SPOT.ph) A game changer is defined as "a person, an idea or an event that completely changes the way a situation develops or how people think." In honor of Women's Month, we came up with a list of women who have changed or are working to change the way things are done or perceived. They have shown us that one does not necessarily need to do things in a grand fashion in order to make a big difference. The women on our list range from a young survivor of tragedy to literary stalwarts who may have passed away but whose works will live on to inspire future generations.
As the national chair for the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP), Angsioco has made it her mission to emancipate women—particularly of those from the marginalized sector—from oppressive situations. Angsioco believes in empowering disenfranchised women through something practical and tangible such as a micro-credit program, skills training, an anti-violence fund, and an assistance program for victims and survivors of rape and abuse. Throughout 2011 Angsioco was one of the most active advocates of the long-delayed Reproductive Health Bill and there's no doubt she'll keep at it for as long as it takes.
Babao-Guballa turned her grief over the death of her four-year-old son Migi—who died from an open heart surgery in 1998—into her inspiration to serve others. Sometime after Migi passed away, she went back to get her graduate degree in Family Psychology and Education. She told Smart Parenting in 2011: "When Migi died...that's when I went into full bloom in different fields—as a writer, an advocate for women and children, and a grief educator." Helping others get through the pain that she herself experienced has become her "ministry." Last year, she wrote the book, Between Loss and Forever: Filipino Mothers on the Grief Journey. She also writes a column for the Lifestyle section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. (By the way, Babao-Guballa is the cousin of newsman Julius Babao and the daughter of actress Caridad Sanchez.)