Philippines Advisory Committee


Advisory Committee

annabelleAnnabelle Agustin (Belle) has worked with Ugat ng Kalusugan as a Community Health Advocate since 2011. Belle is currently a full time mother, and a part-time clinical assistant at Ugat ng Kalusugan’s office. She also serves as a secretary to Parents Effectiveness Service (PES) in her community of Little Tondo.

Belle finished high school at Isaub National High School in the municipality of Aborlan. She lives in Purok Matiyaga, Barangay San Jose with her husband, Rolly, and their two children, Mark John and Anna Rose.

Michelle Ongpin Callaghan is currently the President of Tabacalera Incorporada, the oldest cigar manufacturer in Asia.  She is also the Head of the JVO foundation, a private foundation, which finances the high school education of 200 scholars in 7 Ateneo High Schools. 
In addition she is the co-owner of an organic restaurant, which supports local farmers and farming initiatives. 

Michelle has previously worked as Project Director for the Kerry group foundation in Beijing.  She has served as Owner Representative of the Hotel des Bergues (Four Seasons) in Geneva, the Richmond Hotel (Dorchester) in Geneva and as Director of the Board of the Grand Chalet in Gstaat.  During the same period she was also a Project Associate of the St John’s Wood Barracks project, the second largest super prime real estate project in London.

In the Philippines, she has served as Director of the Board of Alphaland Corporation (real estate) and Atok-Big Wedge (mining) and has held the position of SVP, Corporate Communications for Alphaland Corporation, Philweb Corporation, ISM Communications and  Atok Big Wedge. For UnionBank of the Philippines, Michelle was Head of Branded Customer Experience. 

Michelle holds a M.A in Communication Sciences from the University of Vienna and a Postgraduate degree in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. 

Pamela Cajilig is Co-founder and President of Curiosity Design Research. She combines her knowledge of design anthropology, communication strategy, and women’s advocacy in working with NGOs, businesses, the academe, and government agencies to use design as a tool for social change. She leads Curiosity’s engagements in urban design including post-Yolanda [Haiyan] shelter design and education, the informal economy, violence against women, healthcare, financial literacy and other areas of social concern. Pamela along with her partners at Curiosity have spoken about design and social transformation to thousands of potential advocates from around the Philippines.

She is a part-time lecturer in Community Development and Social Change at Ateneo University and is on the Board of Directors of the Anthropological Association of the Philippines.

Carlos Carlos Celdran is a performance artist, writer, multi-media personality and a reproductive health advocate. He is currently the Producer, Director, and Performer for Walk this Way! Historical Walking Tours of Manila. The tours are a series of one-man, multi-venue performances set within the historical districts of old Manila. The tours put special emphasis on issues surrounding Philippine arts, culture, and international geo-politics in order to place Philippine history within a global context. Carlos is also a member of the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) and has devoted his efforts to lobbying for the passage of a Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines.

Prior to launching Walk this Way!, Carlos was the Assistant Director of the Heritage Conservation Society Philippines. He is also an artist and his work has been featured in many exhibitions in Manila and New York City. Carlos has been involved with many artistic organizations in different technical and production capacities including several dance companies and theaters in New York City, Repertory Philippines, Ballet Philippines, and Walang Pamagat Performance Art Company. Carlos has also been a cartoonist/illustrator, and is a writer whose articles have been featured in the Lonely Planet, the Philippine Daily and Sunday Inquirer, and several airline travel magazines. Over the years Carlos has been awarded multiple special grants and awards and has been featured on radio and television shows and in print including BBC Radio, BBC Television, Living Asia Channel, Vogue Espana, Time Magazine, the Australian Financial Review Magazine, Travel + Leisure and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Carlos received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States, and also spent two years at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, in the Fine Arts department.

geraldenGeralden Gabay (Den) has worked with Ugat ng Kalusugan as a Community Health Advocate since 2013. Den is currently a full time mother and a part-time treasurer at Lamayo Center in Aplaya, Tagburos. She also serves as a parent leader with the 4Ps program in their community and at the same time she is a community volunteer for child monitoring at World Vision.

Den finished her High School at Digos National High School in Davao del Sur. She lives in Aplaya Tagburos with her husband, Christopher, and their two daughters, Chrisza Jane and Christine.

DSC_0230.JPG Edna Imelda Fernandez-Legazpi (Mae) is an Associate Professor of Palawan State University where she teaches English courses in the College of Teacher Education. She became the Chairperson of the Department of Languages and Literature from 2000 – 2001. Prior to her joining the pool of PSU professors, Mae was a faculty member of the Philippine Normal University in Taft Avenue, Manila from 1988-1998. There she obtained her degree in AB/BSE English in 1988 (Magna Cum Laude) and M.A. in Education with a major in Language Testing . She made her mark in the academe with her involvement in CONSTEL ENGLISH (Continuing Studies via Television) as a teacher-host and teacher-demonstrator of several episodes aired over the Knowledge Channel and NBN 4 . Using television as the medium of instruction, this project aimed to upgrade the competencies of teachers in English. Mae has co-authored a book entitled Palawan Flora and Fauna and has presented a number of papers in local and international fora. She is married to Judge Leo Legazpi of RTC Branch 49 and is mother to three boys-Karl, Franz and Rafael.

japJohn April A. Limco (Jap) is a Petroleum Engineering student at Palawan State University. He is 25 years old, born and raised in Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City. He has been part of the Youth Advocates Program since the beginning of 2017.

Aside from being a Youth Advocate, he serves as peer educator and HIV counselor for the HIV program run by Save the Children Philippines and the City Health Office of Puerto Princesa.

From 2009 to 2015, Jap was an active student leader. He held several positions in different university student organizations.

He will complete his degree in October 2017.

Dr. Junice Melgar has been a Community-based health program practitioner and advocate for over 25 years. She is co-founder of the Likhaan Center for Women’s Health and has been its Executive Director since 1995. 
Likhaan is a group of grassroots and professional activists dedicated to transforming health policies and programs for women based on social justice, women’s empowerment and participatory democracy. Junice has also authored/co-authored multiple articles on women’s health and reproductive rights.

Junice is a member of several women and health organizations, including: the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) (as Secretary General for 2010-2011); East Avenue Medical Center Ethics Review Board; UNFPA 6th Country Program National Management Committee; core faculty, UPCSSP fellowship project on Population-Reproductive Health- Environment Leadership Course 2007-2009; Board of Directors, Asia-Pacific Research and Resource Center for Women (ARROW) up to 2010; Steering Committee, International Initiative on Maternal Mortality as Human Rights (IIMMHR); Co-convenor, WomenDeliver Philippines conference 2010; Universal Health Care (UHC) core group, Philippines.

Junice completed her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine

DSC_0234.JPG Sara Reysio-Cruz serves Ugat ng Kalusugan both as a member of the Advisory Committee as well as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. Sara is currently a full time mother and homemaker and is very actively involved with her church, Greenhills Christian Fellowship North. She taught Sunday School to various age groups over several years and now carries out writing and editing of church materials and is a co-leader of a women’s growth group. From 1989-1993, Sara worked for the Philippine Campus Crusade for Christ with their campus ministry. Sara earned her MA in Educational Administration from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2001 and graduated cum laude with a degree in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She lives in Quezon City, Philippines, with her husband, Mark, and their three sons, Matthew, Andrew and Joshua.

Chi Laigo Vallido currently serves as the Advocacy and Programs Director for The Forum for Family Planning and Development (The Forum) in Manila. She has been working in the development and non-profit sector for more than 20 years.  Her passion for women’s issues began in college when she started volunteering for local NGOs, to more recently when she served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine NGO Council for Population, Health and Welfare (PNGOC), an alliance of more than 100 NGOs all over the country. She has been with The Forum for nearly 10 years, and has designed advocacy campaigns, developed projects and organized international conferences.
Chi identifies as a content strategist, resource mobilizer and an independent filmmaker. Her two passions, women’s rights and media, have been woven together to make her a true visionary and advocate within the RH community. She received a Fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to complete a certificate course on Social Content Media and Independent Cinema at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2001, and Certificate in NGO Management and Leadership at the Curtin University in Brisbane, Australia as an AusAID scholar in 2002.

She is also a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Women Writing Women, a social news portal that she started with women journalist friends in March 2017.
She is currently completing her Master of Science in Medical Anthropology at the University of the Philippine College of Medicine

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