(Left to right) Host Ces Oreña-Drilon, Speaker Maria Ressa, Discussants Gang Badoy-Capati, Atty. John Paolo Villasor & Cyril Pama.


The last week of October of every year was declared via Presidential Decree No. 652 as “National TOWNS Week”. 2018 saw the kick-off of the National TOWNS Week with the launching of the TOWNSTalk@AIM last October 9 at the full-packed AIM Fuller Hall.

TOWNSTalk@AIM is a series of talks that serves to highlight the different perspectives and interests that come with the work of women in the nation’s service and how this is being defined in the current and a desired milieu. This is done in partnership with the Asian Institute of Management.

The theme of the first TOWNSTalk@AIM was “WEAPONIZING THE INTERNET FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AND PROGRESS”, with keynote speaker 2007 TOWNS awardee and President of RAPPLER Maria Ressa. She was joined by a panel of notable discussants, namely, Therese “Gang” Badoy-Capati – 2010 TOWNS Awardee for Education, Atty. John Paolo Villasor – Legal Counsel of the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance and Dean of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) School of Law, and Cyril Pama – Microsoft Philippines' DATA & AI Principal Solutions Specialist.



Annual Members General Meeting


A General Assembly of TOWNS Foundation members was held on August 18, 2018 for the following purposes:

  1. To report actions and decisions taken by the current Board
  2. To present proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and By Laws of the Foundation
  3. To ratify Board actions and decisions, and to approve Articles of Incorporation and By Laws amendments
  4. To take up such other matters as may be brought before the Assembly in accordance with By Laws



Tribute to the Late Justice Flerida Ruth Romero


A tribute was held to honor and to celebrate the life of departed TOWNS awardee, Associate Supreme Court Justice Flerida Ruth Romero, on August 18, 2018.



TOWNS Fellowship

(Standing left to right) Mel Alonzo, Dr. Ester Ogena, Yoly Ong, Prof. Nieves Confesor, Paulynn Sicam, Carmina Noela Aquino, Dr. Emy Villar, Celeste Legaspi, & Dr. June Lopez. (Seated left to right) Evelyn Singson, Dr. Mona Valisno, Host Atty. Lilia de Lima, Olivia Ferry, Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo & Margarita dela Rama.



TOWNS Christmas Party


The annual TOWNS Christmas party for 2018 was a happy gathering of TOWNS awardees held on December 9, at the residence of Dr. Esperanza Cabral.