Manay Judy as a mentor

Features Philippines Oct 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm


By Veronica Gregorio

To many, Manay Judy is known as tapang and malasakit personified as a pro-poor public servant defined by her fights against patronage, corruption, and poverty as Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development. To me, she is Prof. Judy Taguiwalo, a source of motivation in living an academic life that is animated by engagement in the struggle for women empowerment even beyond the classroom.

Having met her in 2012, at a time when I was considering entering the MA Women and Development program of UP Diliman where she is teaching, I asked for her email address so that I can send her my specific queries. She was eager to answer my questions but to my surprise, she just told me, “May Facebook ka ba? Add mo na lang ako para doon tayo mag-usap!” And so, the first topic of our first FB conversation is about graduate school. She even attached the necessary documents for the application and reminded me days before the deadline.

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