Through the years, women have played a huge role in our society -- socially, economically, culturally, and politically. In many instances, they have been fearless pioneers in various fields, shattering sterotypes and constraining boxes. Recently, the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle featured six pioneering women in the State -- three of them alumnae of UP, the premier university in the Philippines.
Dr. Belinda Aquino, an internationally renowned scholar, author and professor, was honored for being the founding director of the Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, among other achievements. An accomplished journalist, Lindy has written articles, commentaries, and book reviews for international publications. She has a long list of publications and writings on issues of intellectual engagement.
Dr. Melody Calisay, past UPAAH president, was recognized for her intrepidity and boldness as the president and owner of East West Marketing, Inc., a Hawaii-based importer of dry goods from the Philippines and Southeast Asia. An agricultural scientist currently working with the Hawaii State Department of Health, Melody completed her undergrad in Agronomy and Soil Science at UPLB and obtained her PhD in the same discipline at the University of Hawai at Manoa.
With a solid background in film and audio-visual communication, Kit Zulueta is a multitalented gem with an endless source of creative energy. She takes pride in her 15-year career in private, nonprofit, county government and state university, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Mayor's Office, Communication Director for the Maui County Council and Marketing Director for the UH Maui College. Ten years after the inception of her marketing and creative consultancy firm, Kit Zulueta Productions, Kit decided to go full-time in 2019, even as she continues her unwavering commitment to community service.
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