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: https://m.facebook.com/WEAVERSPh/
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!