|Taguig Congresswoman Lani Cayetano and Asha Gutierrez|
For over a year, the current global pandemic pushed many events, including pageants, weddings, debuts, and annual festivals like Flores de Mayo to an abrupt halt. These opportunities have been the bread and butter of many home-based designers, couturiers and tailors. Confidently rising above their recent challenges, the TDC has committed to revitalize their creative spirit and welcome new opportunities. Last year, with the support of Taguig Congresswoman Lani Cayetano, they launched a collection of protective wear to help generate income.
|Taguig Congresswoman Lani Cayetano|
Likewise, the pandemic has not deterred these designers’ new muse, Asha Gutierrez from contributing to her community’s survival and recovery. A tech entrepreneur, author and former basketball athlete, Asha is a well-rounded beauty on a mission. As a long-time HIV Counselor at LoveYourself Philippines, she founded Transcend, an organization that protects women who suffer from abuse (the United Nations Population Fund estimated a 16% rise in intimate partner violence during community lockdowns in the Philippines). She has also been working with Taguig City’s Public Information Office to raise awareness on the city government’s testing and vaccination programs. She is also set to release her first publication on eco-feminism.
“We could sense her determination in winning the next major crown for our beloved city, and that makes us all very proud. We encourage her to continue the work she does to uplift and empower women everywhere. We wish her all the best in this competition,” says TDC president, Baby Frisnedy Kruz.
For future updates about Asha, you can follow her @Asha.Gutierrez on Facebook and Instagram.