29 November 2011
Life as a ‘Daily Race’: Senator Pia’s first book launched
‘My Daily Race’ (My Life as a Senator, Mom and Triathlete), the very first book by Senator Pia S. Cayetano, was successfully launched on Wednesday at the Arya Showroom in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The event was attended by the senator’s family and close friends, including personalities from politics, sports, business, and women’s advocacy circles.
Colleagues from Congress came to support Cayetano, including Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Joker Arroyo and former Sen. Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel Jr. Also present were La Union Rep. Victor Ortega, Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy and Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus from the House of Representatives.
Family members were in full force, including the author’s mother, Sandra Schramm Cayetano; her three brothers Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who came with his wife, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, entrepreneur Ren Cayetano and TV director Lino Cayetano; as well as the lady senator’s daughters Maxine and Nadine, and son, Lucas.
Sen. Pia’s book is a collection of essays and blog posts that traces her journey from 2004 as a reluctant senatorial candidate who would become the youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate, and later, as the very first Filipino and Asian elected president of a standing committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the 122-year-old organization of members of parliaments around the world.
Cayetano devotes particular chapters of the book on her life in politics, sports and as a mother, representing the multi-tasking senator’s interlacing worlds. She intimately shares how her ‘daily race’ consists of balancing her schedule to fulfill her responsibilities at home with her official duties at the Senate, while still finding time to pursue her passion for sports and advocacies.
Recounting her life’s biggest trials, Sen. Pia describes how she overcame the loss of her 9-month-old son Gabriel in 2001 and her father, Senator Compañero Rene Cayetano in 2003, by turning to running as a means to cope with grief and stress. Over the years, she would continuously challenge herself by taking on even tougher sports, including full marathons, duathlons, triathlons and Ironman races.
Channeling her athletic passion to support various advocacies, the senator also organizes multi-sport events including Pinay In Action, an all women’s run; Bike for Hope, which spreads awareness on health, environment and women empowerment, and the multi-sport Gabriel’s Symphony, which raises funds to help differently-abled children.
Now serving on her second term as a senator, Cayetano is responsible for the passage of a number of landmark legislation for women, children and the marginalized, including the Food and Drugs Administration Act, Cheaper Medicines Act, Mandatory Hepa-B Immunization Act, Magna Carta of Women, Expanded Senior Citizens Act, and the Expanded Breastfeeding Act.
While many know her as a champion of women’s rights and the much-debated Reproductive Health Bill, or as veteran triathete, Cayetano to members of her family remains a devoted mother, an ‘ate’ (big sister) to her three younger brothers, and a caring daughter to her mom. In her daily race called Life, Sen. Pia takes everything in stride and remains focused on bringing her goals to the finishing line. #