I recall watching this interview a few months back and admiring the way in which Senator Shahani had chosen to live out the last few years of her life. “To go back to where you began is really a wonderful experience,” she says at the start of this interview. Former Senator Shahani’s work in the women’s movement paved the way for women empowerment. She created The Shahani Law which addresses gender discrimination at work as well as the Anti-rape Law of 1997. She was a member of the Philippine Senate from 1987 to 1998.
It is admirable how to the end of her days she kept busy and productive with the work she was doing with the Philippine Carabao Center. Hopefully someone will continue her work even after she is gone.
Diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in 2014, her beautiful home in Pangasinan became her sanctuary where each day would find her at her favorite spot on the property, watching sunset over her beloved West Philippine sea. “The way you live your life is your legacy to the world.” Thank you, Senator Shahani for all that you have done for Filipino women and for the country. You will live on in everything beautiful that you have left behind.
Catch the full interview here — CNN Philippines profiles Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani