Women in STEM and the Arts On the Cover of Vogue Philippines

Five women who are known to inspire a whole nation now inspire the whole world as they take the limelight of Vogue’s front pages, showing a new standard of beauty with a life well-crafted. 

“Vogue Philippines has done it again,” readers pour their praises on the newest release of Vogue Philippines with 91-year-old National Scientist Dr. Dolores Ramirez on the cover and other iconic women featured. These national treasures anchored themselves on the stage and have achieved tremendous milestones with over 250 years combined. Meet the ladies who reinvented the craft issue of Vogue, crafting themselves a life well lived in the fields of Science, Arts, and Culture.

National Scientist, Dr. Dolorez Ramirez

The geneticist stands surrounded by the Gumamela Hybrid and Mussaenda Hybrid, flowers named after her — just one of the many accolades she has garnered in her lifetime. Before being named National Scientist for the Philippines, Ramirez had been the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Professorial Chair for Genetics, a recipient of the Gregorio Y. Zara award in basic research, and the Rizal Pro Patria award for outstanding achievement in science. She also received the UP Professorial Achievement Award in agriculture. 

Author and Historian, Marian Pastor Roces

Wearing several hats as an author, historian, curator, critical thinker, and policy analyst, she has shaped Philippine culture. Over the last half-century, Marian’s accomplishments span the entire nation to beyond our shores. She curated and often created, museums from the ground up, such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Museo ng Kaalamáng Katutubò; the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design at the College of St. Benilde; and the University of the Philippines Manila’s Museum. 

Chef and Restaurateur, Glenda Baretto

A celebrated chef, restaurateur, and author, she continues to create menus after over 50 years in the Philippine food industry. As the founder of one of the Philippines’ most beloved dining institutions, Via Mare, she is a much admired pillar of Filipino cuisine. With decades of experience, Barretto has remained on top of the food chain, so to speak. Her abilities inside the kitchen have inspired thousands. 

Heritage Advocate and Culinary Historian, Felice Prudente Sta. Maria 

After 40 years, the author, heritage advocate, and culinary historian finds there’s more to learn and teach. She began her career as a column writer in the 80’s and turned it into a book called, A Cultural Worker’s First Manual. 15 years later, she started giving out lectures, inspiring budding young leaders in their local and national areas. Next thing she knew, she started writing, co-writing, and co-editing books about heritage and food history.

Dancer and National Artist, Alice Reyes 

Her talent for dance just goes on and on. She studied ballet at a young age and joined the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, founded Ballet Philippines, and created the Alice Reyes Dance Company. This woman has been dancing for over half a century and has rightfully earned a national recognition by transforming lives through the art of dance.

In thoroughly exploring their passions, honing their skills, and continuing to be beacons, these individuals redefined what it means to be a woman. Heroines in their own right, they educators, scholars, writers, and artists – finally on the cover of the world’s fashion bible. The Philippine editorial team shows the world “true beauty with substance”, as audiences say. 

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