VP Leni Robredo with SPARK celebrate International Day of the Girl 2016


Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, together with SPARK! will lead the annual celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child (IDG2016) on October 11, 2016 at Gateway Mall Cubao, Quezon City.

IDG 2016 is a one-day activity that will feature talks from advocates of girls’ education and women empowerment, and the official screening of the documentary “Girl Rising”.

This International celebration recognizes girls’ rights and examines as well the unique challenges girls face around the world. In pursuit of our goal to empower women and to achieve gender equality, this year’s celebration will highlight the importance of social, economic, and political investment in the power of adolescent girls as fundamental to breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination towards achieving equitable and sustainable development outcomes.

IDG 2016 is in partnership with Gateway Cineplex 10, J.Amado Araneta Foundation, Araneta Center, and the Office of the Vice Mayor of Quezon City-Joy Belmonte is brought to you by: Pag-IBIG Fund, Chicano Development Corporation. and AMC Landholdings, Inc. Sponsored by: Phinma Energy, PLDT, Dimaculangan and Co. CPAs, Emmanuel C Alcantara & Associates Law Offices, Holly’s Milk, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, and ABS-CBN.


You can watch us online on our Facebook page. The Celebration of the International Day of the Girl is live on October 11, 2016 – Tuesday – 9:00 AM Manila Time on https://www.facebook.com/SparkPhilippinesInc/?fref=ts. Share your thoughts by using our hashtags: #DayoftheGirl #IDG2016

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SPARK! Attends the 2016 Civil Society Organization Summit on Combating Human Trafficking


Mikaela Luisa Carmen Teves, SPARK! Operations Manager, represented SPARK! at the 3-day 2016 Civil Society Organization Summit on Combating Human Trafficking that was held by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking. The focus of the discussion at the summit was to collate and reflect upon recommendations to aide the formulation of the National Strategic Action Plan Against Trafficking Against Persons.

ASEAN Bonding in Manila: ASEAN Young Women Leaders Conference (AYWLC) meet SPARK!

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The SPARK! team were visited in the office by figures from the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) Young Women Leadership Conference (AYWLC). AYWLC reached out to SPARK! to engage in a discussion that was centred around the issues and challenges that young women experience on the grassroots level.

The Philippines is one of the selected ASEAN countries that AYWLC visited to connect with ASEAN young leaders to talk about these critical issues. This will be addressed during The Pink Dialogue 2016, which is a conference that is being held that centralises the critical economic, social, and political issues that young women are faced with.


“Advancing young women to the fore”

SPARK joins the Harmonization of Capacity Building Activities on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPPS)

14191555_10209255244091236_1528390685_oSPARK joins the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau – Essential Non-Communicable Disease Division in their Harmonization of Capacity Building Activities on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPPS) at Tagaytay International Convention Center. SPARK is the only NGO invited in the activity. Mikaela Luisa Carmen Teves, SPARK Operations Manager, represented the organization.

A Champion of Women: Vice President Leni Robredo meets SPARK

DSC_1994(From Left to Right: Victoria Garchitorena–Founder of Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Repormat at Kaunlaran, Inc. (SPARK), Hon. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo–Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco–Executive Director and Managing Trustee of SPARK)

 VP Leni was sworn in as Vice President of the Philippines on June 30, 2016. She was appointed as the 11th Chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). She is initially known to the public as the widow of the late Jesse Robredo – the beloved Mayor of Naga City and former Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government. She served as a Public Attorney and is a member of the alternative lawyers group SALIGAN. She devoted her entire professional life in the service of the most vulnerable sectors especially to women. .

DSC_1996(From Left to Right: Anwedda Navarra–SPARK Project Officer, Mikaela Luisa Carmen Teves–SPARK Operations Manager, Victoria Garchitorena–SPARK Founder, Leni Robredo–Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco–SPARK Executive Director/Managing Trustee, Hamilcar Chanjueco Jr.–Project Officer, Lyrra Kaye Castillo–SPARK Admin and Finance Officer)

On August 16, 2016, the Quezon City Reception House, the Office of the Vice President, opened its doors for SPARK. This marks future multi-sectoral initiatives rallying equal chances for women and girls.

SPARK attends Dr. Jonathan Woetzel talk on the Power of Parity at Asian Development Bank

A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. The public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps in work and society.

DSC_1340(From Left to Right: Sonomi Tanaka–Technical Advisor on Gender Equity at ADB, Jonathan Woetzel–Director of McKinsey Global Institute, Joseph Ernest Zveglich–Director of Macroeconomics Research Division at ADB)

According to the report, Gender Inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. If women—who account for half the world’s working-age population—do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer.

DSC_1348SPARK team with the speaker, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel (From Left to Right: Mikaela Luisa Carmen Teves–SPARK Operations Manager, Anwedda Navarra–SPARK Project Officer, Lyrra Kaye Castillo–SPARK Admin Officer  Jonathan Woetzel–Director of McKinsey Global Institute.)

The SPARK team learned immensely from the talk of Dr. Jonathan Woetzel and believes in the Power of Parity. SPARK supports the advancing of women’s equality for economic global growth.