06 December 2011
Senator Pia’s book to be launched in Cebu Dec.9
‘My Daily Race’ (My Life as a Senator, Mom and Triathlete), the very first book by Senator Pia S. Cayetano, will be launched in Cebu City on December 9, 2011 (Friday), 7:30 pm at the Active Zone of the Ayala Center, Cebu Business Park.
The lady senator will personally sign copies of her memoir which recounts her story from being a reluctant candidate in the 2004 electoral campaign up to her re-election in 2010. Starting out as a virtual unknown in the field of politics, she would become the youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate, and later, the first Filipino and Asian to be elected president of a standing committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Geneva-based organization of parliamentarians all over the world.
In My Daily Race, Cayetano writes about her life in politics, sports and as a mother, representing the multi-tasking senator’s interwoven worlds. She intimately shares how her ‘daily race’ consists of continuously balancing her official duties in the Senate with her responsibilities at home, while still finding time to pursue her passion for sports and her various advocacies.
The lady senator also recalls overcoming the loss of her 9-month-old son Gabriel in 2001 and her father, Senator Compañero Rene Cayetano in 2003, by turning to running to cope with her grief. Over the years, she would continue to challenge herself by taking on even tougher sports, including marathons, duathlons, triathlons and Ironman races here and abroad, and organizing sports events for a cause.
Cayetano chose to hold the Visayas launch of her book in Cebu, the province and the city which she considers a second home. Last March, Cayetano topped her age group in the women’s division of the inaugural XTERRA international off-road triathlon in the town of Liloan. Last year, she organized the Cebu leg of ‘Pinay In Action,’ an all-women’s run held at the Lahug IT Park. She also led Bike for Hope-Cebu in 2005 to promote health and environmental awareness among Cebuanos.
Now serving on her second term, Cayetano continues to fight for women’s rights and major reforms in the public health system. She is currently one of two women advocates pushing for the passage of the much-debated Reproductive Health (RH) bill in the Senate, along with co-sponsor Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. As one of the Senate’s most accomplished members, Cayetano is credited for passing a number of important laws such as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, Food and Drugs Administration Act, Anti-Hospital Detention Law, Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act, and Magna Carta of Women.
“You see, there are really two kinds of women who run: Women who put on running shoes and run recreationally or competitively, and women who run for public office. I am a woman who runs, on both accounts,” Cayetano wrote in her book about women and ‘running.’
The lady senator encourages more women to get involved in ‘running,’ both as a sport and by running for public office as a form of empowering themselves and their fellow women. “When I run in a race, I proudly run on behalf of women. I run to empower women. I run to raise awareness that there is still a lot of discrimination and injustice against women in our country. I run because I know this will be a better place when women’s voices are heard as loudly as men’s. Mostly, I run because I know a little girl is always watching from the sidelines; and I hope to empower her, to inspire her to be a woman of substance and perhaps a woman who runs one day.”
In her daily race called Life, Senator Pia has shown no signs of slowing down. #
WHAT: ‘MY DAILY RACE’ BOOK LAUNCH/SIGNING
WHERE: ACTIVE ZONE, AYALA CENTER, CEBU CITY
WHEN: 9 DECEMBER 2011 (FRIDAY), 7:30 PM