Friday, May 13, 2011

Personalities & Celebrities Greet Nurses Online on International Nurses Day

The International Nurses Day is celebrated annually every May 12 in commemoration of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.  In some countries, they continue to celebrate for a whole week. This year, the International Nurses’ Day’s theme is “Closing the Gap: Increasing Access & Equity” where the International Council of Nurses (ICN) made a statement that where health services are not publicly funded, the government has the responsibility to ensure accessible health services to vulnerable groups.

AYNLA celebrated with the rest of the world in this year’s International Nurses Day by making an online awareness campaign of the event through Facebook and Twitter. “We had some celebrities & personalities take photos with a slogan ‘I Love Nurses, Happy Nurses Day!’ then we posted their photos in our website and Facebook page so that our nurses can see that these celebrities & personalities took time to greet & support them. In twitter, many personalities retweeted our greetings too”.

Many known personalities greeted & gave their support to Filipino nurses celebrating the International Nurses Day among them who greeted in Twitter (they used the hash tag #NursesDay2011) are Ces Drilon, Camille Pratts, Agot Isidro, Gang Badoy, Gloc-9, Kat De Castro, Howie Severino, Princess Manzon & Tom Rodriguez, Leah Navarro, Mariz Umali and K Brosas. Some personalities who had their photos taken greeting the nurses were Jim Paredes, Pia Archangel, Tuesday Vargas, Carlos Celdran, Tintin Bersola-Babao and Lea Salonga. Even UN System Representative Jacky Badcock and UNFPA Country Representative Ugochi Daniels gladly had their photos taken and greeted all nurses.

Public officials and politicians also greeted nurses online among them are Former Reps. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel and Ruffy Biazon, Reps. Kaka Bag-ao, Janette Garin and Edcel Lagman through Facebook, Senator Bongbong Marcos and former President Fidel V. Ramos. In his facebook page Sen. Marcos even gave his support to nurses and said This noble profession deserves all the attention & assistance of government. I am committed to assist them in every way I can.

Here are some of the photos we have taken.

H.E. Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines
Dr. Sylvia Claudio, Director of UP Center for Women's Studies
Rep. Janette Garin of Iloilo
Jim Paredes of APO Hiking Society
Ms. Lea Salonga, International Artist
Ms. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, former Akbayan Representative
Ms. Ruth Padilla, former PRC Commissioner & DOH Nursing Consultant
Mr. Howie Severino, Editor-in-Chief GMA News Online
USec. Leon Flores III, Commissioners Georgina Nava, Earl Saavedra
and Percival Cendana (not in photo) of the National Youth Commission
Princess Manzon & Tom Rodriguez, former PBB Housemates
Ms. Ugochi Daniels, Country Representative UNFPA
Ms. Pia Archangel of GMA
Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela Women's Party
Ms. Jang Fernandez, Anchor of DZUP
Ms. Faith Bacon
Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan, former Secretary of Health
Ms. Rina Jimenez-David, renowned columnist of Phil. Daily Inquirer
Ms. Jacquiline Badcock, United Nations Resident Coordinator
Carlos Celdran. the Walking Man of Manila & best tour guide
Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay & author of the RH Bill 
Tuesday Vargas, comiedinne

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