Masquerade Ball of Babaylan Austria held in Vienna

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Babaylan Austria , a civic and charitable women’s organization celebrated its 23nd Anniversary and at the same time  staged a Masquerade Ball with  the theme „Hollywood“ on November 9, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel, Vienna.

“Indeed, the event was an opportunity to dazzle up, wear masks and dance the night away,” Marizel Rojas, the emcee of the night’s affair commented.

“Our masquerade ball and 23nd Anniversary  would not have been a success without the generous support of our sponsors and the Filipino Community. We deeply appreciate  your  enthusiasm and willingness to sponsor our efforts to realize our objectives. Through your continuous support, we are able to carry out our mission of reaching out and lending a hand to many of our fellow Filipinas in need,” Imelda Papai,  President of Babaylan said in her Opening Remarks.

The Babaylan-Austria president likewise extended her gratitude to her fellow officers and members for their active involvement in various projects and activities of Babaylan.

“Allow me to express my utmost gratitude to all the officers and members who have never failed to serve our organization with admirable endurance. I feel so proud and honored to have been able to lead this excellent team, Papai said.

Ambassador Maria Cleofe Natividad  recognized the efforts of Babaylan Austria as an all-female organization, and the challenges that they face given the nature of their organization.  She encouraged the officers and members of the group to continue on their path and to stay motivated and inspired.

The Ambassador assured Babaylan of the Embassy’s support and also solicited their inputs on Embassy-initiated projects.

Nicole Adler, Austrian journalist and advocate for more women empowerment,  likewise delivered a very inspiring  message.

The highlights of the event were the Ballroom Dance  and The Best pair oft he night was awarded to husband and wife tandem, Klaus and Criselda Perez Rabitsch.

Who are the Babaylanes in Austria?

IMG_0490Officers and members of Babaylan are highly motivated and independent women gathered together to conceive, create and produce events that promote  moral, social welfare and civic advancement among the Filipino women in Austria.

It should be noted that this women’s organization was one of the strongest forces during the formation of the Council of Filipino Associations in Austria.  It has supported many charitable projects both in Austria and in the Philippines. Here in Austria, a lot of women in distress situations were given assistance through referrals to appropriate institutions specialized in women’s issues. Symposia on women matters were conducted. Women were encouraged to empower themselves by helping them bring out and display their hidden talents in exhibitions especially organized for them. This organization also helped promote Filipino traditions by actively participating in different cultural activities of the Filipino community.

Hector Pascua,


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