Grateful To Meet A World Pulse Sister!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted February 18, 2019 from Philippines
Meeting Ate Pauline, WEAVERS' Founder and President
WEAVERS' product
WEAVERS' product: A gift from Ate Pauline. Tastes great with coffee! (1/1)

Meeting a World Pulse sister in person is like a reunion of a long lost friend. That’s how I felt when I finally met Ate Pauline. In the Philippines, we call older women “Ate” ( older sister) as a sign of respect.

Ate Pauline read my story, “I Survived Typhoon Kai-Tak” and commented on it. She invited me for a meet-up. She resides in Palo, Leyte, a municipality near Tacloban City where I live for almost two years now. 

The moment we met, Ate Pauline, bless her heart, handed me a a delicacy produced by women of the organization she founded, Women Enablers Advocates and Volunteers for Empowering and Responsive Solutions (WEAVERS). She also bought us coffee to sip to keep our conversation going.

Ate Pauline is a well-traveled, remarkable woman. She’s a good conversationalist which makes it easy for a stranger to open up her life to her. She connects with women she meets in international airports who work as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). In our short meet-up, I have shared about my life to her that I wouldn’t normally open up to friends. One of the things we have in common is our love for World Pulse.

In our two hours together, we have shared dreams, laughters, stories and even storm experiences. We encouraged one another and we aspired for more women from our country to write in World Pulse, too.

Because of World Pulse, I met a woman from my country who share the same desire to empower women.

Ate Pauline joined World Pulse a few years ago. She shared that she participated on the Voice of the Future program. She connected with World Pulse sisters and even met Sister Urmila in India. 

As a first born child, I have always wondered what it feels like to have an older sister who cares for me. Having heart-to-heart conversations with Ate Pauline is like having that sister, but not just any sister, she's a World Pulse Sister. 

Ate Pauline is rich with wisdom and experience on various issues from trauma and abuse to OFWs to raising special needs children. I learned a lot from our time together. She even taught me resiliency skills to use when stubborn memories of traumatic past visits my mind.

My only regret was I didn’t met her earlier during my (almost) two years in Tacloban. She was unable to access her World Pulse account until last February 14. 

For the love of women and World Pulse, we are collaborating to do something with her organization on March 8, International Women’s Day. Hoping that we can pull it off. We’ll post it here for sure.


For more info on WEAVERS, they have a Facebook Page:


To Ate Pauline,


Thank you for finding time out of your hectic schedule to meet me. Words could not express how grateful I am to know a humble, generous and caring women-leader like you. Thank you for modelling what an empowered Filipina looks like. Thank you for sharing who you are and for uplifting the lives of women around you. I hope you will keep on sharing your stories on this online plaform because you are such an awesome World Pulse sister!


Cheers to a better women-empowered Philippines! Let’s do this!


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Jill Langhus
Feb 18
Feb 18

Hi Karen,

Thanks for sharing your lovely post (and photos) about meeting up with Ate Pauline. It sounds like you had a very nice visit with her and it's awesome that you're planning an IWD event. Can you tell us more about it, or do we have to wait for the FB/WP updates:-)

What is the delicacy, too, btw? Is it sweet and hard like biscotti, or not really?

Hope you're having a great day!

Hello, Jill,

Ate Pauline is still finalizing the program of activities. I guess we will have to wait for now. :)

Yes, it is sweet and crunchy. I think this is a delicacy from Eastern Visayas.

Hope you're having a great day, too.

Jill Langhus
Feb 19
Feb 19

Hello dear:-)


Oh, that sounds interesting, and pretty good, too!

Thanks, dear:-)

Maya Iwata
Feb 18
Feb 18

Thank you so much for sharing your story about meeting and connecting with Ate Pauline. (I also deeply appreciated you explaining the word "Ate!" It reminds me of how I use the word "Auntie" with my son to describe people who are not biological family members but older women who are part of our community. ) I love hearing about how World Pulse women are meeting in person and collaborating with each other, so moving and heartfelt. Your words about describing the sisterhood of World Pulse gave me happy chills. :) Warmest wishes to you and Ate Pauline.

Hello, Maya,

Oh, thank you for the appreciation! I thought I should give a context on why I added "Ate" (A-te) to Pauline's name. It's cultural. We also use "Auntie" here. It's nice that you're teaching your son about respect to elders.

Thank you so much for your encouragement, Maya. I love reading about World Pulse sisterd meeting together, too. I didn't it expect it will happen this soon. I told Ate Pauline meeting her made my 2019 a great year. Hope she can read this.

Dawn Arteaga
Feb 18
Feb 18

Karen this post gave me chills - what a wonderful experience. I'm so grateful you got to meet and that you are already planning amazing things for the future! Thank you for sharing and I can't wait to hear about the next meeting. Big hugs from Washington, DC.

Hello, Dawn,

It is an unforgettable experience, one I will treasure. Yes, we will post updates here. Thank you so much for always cheering on us!

Bigs hugs from the Eastern side of the Philippines!

Feb 19
Feb 19

Hello Karen,
Thank you for this beautiful post. Your use of the word "Ate" is s reminder that we each have a unique way of addressing older ones with love and respect.
I could feel the love and excitement as I read. I wish you all the best as you both connect to keep empowering Filippo women.
As someone with 4 big sisters, I can understand you on what it means to have an elder sister. It can be challenging at times especially when they want you to remain their baby lol but, it comes with beautiful memories and blessings of love and protection always.

Hugs and love to you.

Hello, Sister Arrey,

I remember we talked about how similar our cultures are in terms of respecting elders. I wonder what do you address women older than you in Cameroon.

Oh, thank you! This is one of my unforgettable meet-ups. Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing your experience as a younger sister. It’s true that the elder siblings always see their younger siblings as always a child.LOL.

Hugs and love to you, too!

Mar 05
Mar 05

Dear Sis Karen,
There are ways we can all decide to call our seniors. For instance, I call my elderest sister Mummy most of the time because she's mum in every sense of the word. I call some Auntie because that is how my nieces and nephews call them lol. But I call some Sis or GrandeSoeur which means big sis.

Each person comes with their own depending on the relationship we have with the person.
Hugs to you.

Feb 20
Feb 20

May God bless you Karen and Pauline! Of course, we are sisters!
Go up WP!

Hello, Sis Seka,

I'm looking forward to meeting you one day! It would be an honor. Thank you!

Feb 21
Feb 21

Oh Karen, quel honneur de te rencontrer aussi! Puisse le bon Dieu nous l'accorder!
With love
"Ate" Seka