My Journey

Yllang Montenegro
Posted December 26, 2016 from Philippines
"Its My world"
"DALOY"
"DALOY" (1/2)

My name is Cecille Pauline S. Montenegro, 35 years old, a mother of 2 children, both are abandoned by their fathers. I was an OFW and also was a wife of a Japanese before. I had a terrible life experience in Japan, so I decided to stay and live for good here in Philippines. As of now, Iam working as a Makeup artist , Painter, visual artist, freelance book illustrator and also, volunteering as a President of a small community organization or peoples org. Batis AWARE (Association of Women in Action for Rights and Empowerment) We are a group of returned migrant Filipino Women who are most of us were victim-survivors of Human trafficking, slavery and Domestic Violence. Our mission is to expand the members, to empower women, to advocate our rights as a Woman here locally and internationally, Batis AWARE also focuses on economic justice for women and girls. Batis AWARE has four programs, Education and Training, Membership and Organizing, Networking and Advocacy and Social Enterprise Development. In an organization, funding is one of the biggest challenge, most of our members are economically unstable and we are still in our recovery as an organization. Another challenge is the willingness and commitment of the members to volunteer on every activity. Some of the actions that I made, one is as an artist , I sell my paintings and give 10% of my net to the organization, I also do the concept and proposal letters with the help of some friends. I organize women in every activity and gave everyones task to help our organization. Mostly I do exhibits with some partner organizations, do networking while selling some of our Social enterprise products like bags, accessories and paintings. Iam supporting my organization and some of our partner and friend and helping and supporting me and our Org. About the resourses and skills, I would like to continue to be a leader of Batis AWARE and I want to upgrade my knowledge in empowering women, also I want to explore more about arts. I want the world to know about me, that Iam able and iam willing to learn , explore and be more open in everything, I want the world to know that even I didn’t finished my college, I can do so many things to help, to empower women and girls and also children. Cecille Pauline S. Montenegro

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Jill Langhus
Dec 26, 2016
Dec 26, 2016

Hi Cecille,

Welcome to World Pulse:) I love your beautiful, colorful artwork and your story. I'm looking forward to seeing more stories about what Batis AWARE does and how your work impacts girls and women in your community. Thanks for your post:-)

Yllang Montenegro
Jan 22, 2017
Jan 22, 2017

hello Jlanghus, thank you for appreciating, yes, i will post more about Batis AWARE here. thank you

Jill Langhus
Jan 23, 2017
Jan 23, 2017

You're welcome. Have a great day:)

Feka
Dec 28, 2016
Dec 28, 2016

Dear Cecille, 

Thanks for sharing and welcome to World Pulse . You are doing great with your natural talent which is painting.

I can't wait to see more of your work especially the artistic work. I pray that you continue to reach out to as many people as possible.

Yllang Montenegro
Jan 22, 2017
Jan 22, 2017

Thank you Feka, yes, ill share more pictures. esp about Batis AWARE. 

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 08
Aug 08

Dear Cecile,
I am so glad that Jill shared this with us all. Your paintings are so beautiful, and your story is so full of important and powerful work you have been doing. It is so good to know about Batis AWARE and to know more about such a dedicated sister.

Yllang Montenegro
Aug 09
Aug 09

Hi Tam, thanks for appreciating and encouragement.
Right now I am working as an independent artist, I am not leading the Batis Aware org. anymore, but still do support and do collaboration work with them and other people, organizations and institutions. WP is one of my foundation and my source of empowerment. Thank you sisters ♡.