Lawmaker and running enthusiast Pia S. Cayetano was one of more than three hundred female runners who joined the 50-kilometer All-Women Ultra Marathon (AWUM) held in Cebu City over the weekend.
The long-distance running event, which started on Saturday at 10 pm and ended early Sunday morning, is held annually and exclusively for women by running organizations in Cebu tocelebrate International Women’s Month.
A staunch advocate of health, sports, and women’s empowerment, Cayetano joined 351 fellow women during the eighth edition of the run organized exclusively for women endurance runners. This is her third time to join the event.
Upon reaching the finish line before 6 am on Sunday, Cayetano congratulated her fellow women participants who braved the long route around the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu.
The Taguig City lawmaker and Nacionalista Party senatorial candidate even had enough strength to do her trademark headstand at the finish line where she was applauded byorganizers and fellow runners.
“For the third time, 50 kilometers! Congratulations to all the women out there! I draw my inspiration from all the women [who ran with me.] That’s why I can do this race, because of all the women. Their energy [motivates me],” Cayetano explained.
She also thanked the organizers for putting up a successful event, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Cebu Hope Center, a home for sexually abused children.
The principal author and sponsor of pro-women laws like the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) and the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354), Cayetano hopes tocontinue fighting for initiatives that empower Filipinas, particularly by providing them with good health, free choice, and equal opportunities. #