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March marks the National Women’s Month celebration and one of the better ways to spend it is participating in events that inspire and empower women of all backgrounds, ages, and interests.

Here are some women-centered events you can check out this month:

1. Women’s Wear Clearance Sale (March 1-4)

It’s time to treat yourself to some well-deserved shopping without breaking the bank. The SM Store is sending the love to all women with half-the-price discounts on some of our favorite brands such as Adore, Black Sheep, Vivant, Beverly Hills Polo Club, Poetry, among so many others. This will be a clearance sale so expect a ton of fashionable finds. Women’s Wear Clearance Sale happens on March 1-4 at the SM Megamall Event Center in Mandaluyong. Event is open to the public.

2. One Night Stand: THIS IS ME (March 6)

While One Night Stand’s March edition, “This is Me” is not exclusively targetted to women, letting go of fears and making no apologies for who you are, however, is something that all women can learn to do. This event features the 11 O’CLOCK PROJECT — a group made up of brilliant musical theater actors — so this promises to be a spectacular night. One Night Stand: THIS IS ME happens on March 6 at the 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub in El Pueblo Real de Manila in Pasig City. Door charge is P500.

3. Free Admission at the National Museum Planetarium Shows  (March 8)

The National Museum Planetarium is taking inclusivity to the next level by welcoming all its female visitors, including trans women, free of charge on International Women’s Day. Learn more about astronomy through planetarium shows, lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, and actual celestial observations with your mom, sister, and/or beshies. Free admission at the National Museum Planetarium happens on March 8 at the National Museum in Manila. 

4. We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Series (March 8, 15, 22)

This three-part series will be held in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippine Commission on Women began this program last year with the aim to celebrate women by sharing inspiring stories of change.

On March 8, Luzon participants may go to the GSIS Theater in Pasay City, from 1:00-5:00 PM. Register here.

On March 15, participants in Visayas can attend the talks at the Aklan Training Center in Kalibo, Aklan from 1:00-5:00 PM. Inquire with Engr. Roger Esto at Tel. No.: (036) 268-5442 or (036) 262-1555; Email addresses: ppdoaklan@gmail.com, or aklanpgo@yahoo.com.

For March 22, participants in Mindanao can go to the University of Southeastern Philippines from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. You may inquire with with Ms. Lorna Mandin of Davao City IGDD at Tel. No.: (082) 225-0363; Cp. No.: 0917-546-0823 and email addres: igdd@davaocity.gov.ph.

5. Project Vanity 10th Anniversary: Ten and Tenacious (March 10)

The country’s top beauty resource is turning 10 years old this month and they’re celebrating it with tenacity, gathering inspiring women to share their most empowering stories. All attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Project Vanity founder Liz Lanuzo and will be treated with a mystery Project Vanity Kit with P4,000 worth of beauty items inside. This is the perfect chance for beauty junkies to geek out over skincare, makeup, and beauty services. Project Vanity 10th Anniversary: Ten and Tenacious happens on March 10 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

6. Cafe Scientifique: Women In Science (March 10)

Whoever thinks that women do not have the knack to excel in science needs to attend The Mind Museum’s event Cafe Scientifique: Women in Science. The event will highlight the experiences of women in the field of science in the Philippines, as well as the role of the modern Filipina in advancing science in the country. Mathematician Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, anthropologist Dr. Soledad Dalisay, programmer and Director of Women Who Code Manila Michie Ang, and marine scientist Carlie Dario will share their stories in person and channel the science-loving person in you. Cafe Scientifique: Women In Science happens on March 10 at The Mind Museum in Taguig from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free but seats are limited so RSVP here.

7. BDJ Women’s Summit: Women Redefined (March 11)

Most millennials experience quarter-life crisis, struggling with identity issues, the need for validation and the search for life’s purpose. This year, Belle De Jour (BDJ) will break down the stereotypes of the so-called entitled generation and eventually redefine women in its 3rd women’s summit. Through the words of some of the strongest female role models today, the summit aims to “inspire, empower, and equip millennials” and help her lead an authentic life while helping others, too. Some of the speakers include Sinaya Cup Founder Audrey Tangonan, Cropital Co-Founder Rachel De Villa, Rumarocket Founder and CEO Kathleen Yu, and Kris Aquino. All proceeds will also go to BDJ’s partner organizations. That’s hitting two birds with one stone! BDJ Women’s Summit: Women Redefined happens on March 11 at SM Aura’s Samsung Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission passes can be purchased here

8. ASEAN WOMEN Leaders’ Assembly (March 21-23)

If your passion lies in community development, the National Council of Women of the Philippines’ (NWCP) assembly is for you. Women leaders from all over Southeast Asia, as well as China and Korea, will gather to showcase successes of women movements that enhance individual transformation, promote leadership and education, and enhance professionalism and motherhood. The assembly will focus on helping women in rural and marginalized communities deprived of access to market information, knowledge, and technology. ASEAN WOMEN Leaders’ Assembly is happening on March 21-23 at the Century Park Sheraton Hotel in Manila. Registration can be made through email: ncwphil@yahoo.com

9. CCP’s Readathon and Peek-a-Boo Exhibit (March 23-24)

Women also thrive as playwrights and that’s what the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) aims to show in their “readathon.” It will feature dramatic readings, workshops for women playwrights and talks on writing for the stage. A Peek-a-Boo art exhibit will also highlight the works and books of 12 all-women, all-Filipino illustrators for children. CCP’s Readathon and Peek-a-Boo Exhibit happens on March 23-24 at the CCP Building in Pasay City. For more information, Ms. Marivic Santos of the CCP Training and Development Division.

10. 2018 Cine Juana Film Festival (March 26-28)

Films that celebrate women’s strength, power, and resiliency are uncommon but the Film Development Council, in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women, is bringing all the goods this year. With the current theme, “We Make Change Work for Women,” the film festival will utilize film to celebrate women empowerment and the roles of Filipino women in the society. Cine Juana Film Festival is on March 26-28 at the Cinematheque Centre in Manila. Admission is free. 

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