Face of Global Pinay Power


London Restaurateur Rowena Romulo (Global FWN100™ '17) named 2017 Face of Global Pinay Power.

[T]he summit in Toronto last October … was an amazing experience. I met a lot of fantastic Filipino women from all over the world, from all walks of life. I’m so proud and grateful for this opportunity, and for being chosen as the face of Pinay Power.
— 2017 Face of Global Pinay Power, Rowena Romulo (Global FWN100™ '17)

About Rowena Romulo (Global FWN100™ '17)

Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The restaurant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington, London. 

Rowena’s vision was to create a famiy restaurant and dining experience that could hold its own and compete in London, one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. It was also meant to be, in its own small way, a showcase for the Philippines, its food, culture and people. 

In less than a year since its opening in March 2016, Rowena has put Filipino cuisine firmly on London’s foodie map winning the Time Out Love London award for most loved restaurant in Kensington, a four-star out of five review from Timeout critics, Opentable Diner’s Choice Award in March 2017 and inclusion in Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2017.

Before devoting her work full-time to Romulo Café, Rowena was an accomplished Senior Banker with over 30 years experience in the financial services industry having worked at Citibank and JP Morgan with international assignments in New York, Milan and London. Her last role was as Managing Director of a Global business. She has held various positions in operations, product management, business management, strategy, product development, sales, marketing and communications. 

She has built a successful career around managing businesses, market expansion, motivating a diverse team of professionals around the globe, leading start-up projects and handling complex transactions.

During her stint at JP Morgan, she was an active member of the Bank’s Mentoring Program, Analyst and Associate Development program, Recruitment and Summer Internship Program, Women’s Diversity Program and the Learning and Development Committee. 

Rowena is a prime example that it is never too late to start a new career.

Francine Maigue (Global FWN100™ '15) is the inaugural Face of Global Pinay Power. 

The Face of Global Pinay Power was inaugurated in 2016 in Los Angeles.  We conducted a worldwide search for the Filipina Rosa the Riveter - the face of Global Pinay Power.

Inspired by the female empowerment image of “Rosie the Riveter” the Filipina Women’s Network is proud to announce the selection of Francine Maigue (Global FWN100™ ’15) of Chula Vista, California as the Face of Global Pinay Power!

I’m humbled to represent Filipina women everywhere and hope to inspire them to stand tall, speak up and rise to meet their biggest dreams and fullest potential. As Filipinas, talent, tenacity and innovation are in our blood. The opportunity to succeed is a birthright. Let’s help each other claim it! Kaya natin ‘to!
— The face of Global Pinay Power, Francine Maigue (Global FWN100™ '15)

About Francine Maigue (Global FWN100™ '15)

As an emerging influential leader, Francine is passionate about engaging and empowering underrepresented communities, especially her fellow Filipina sisters. She is committed to encouraging Filipina women explore their leadership potential and pursue their professional goals with the respect and equitable opportunities they deserve, locally and globally. 

Francine graduated with a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University, where she received the prestigious Harvard Commencement Speaker Prize. She hosted the Philippine Presidential Debate at Harvard Law School and founded and served as the Executive Director and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Harvard’s Women’s Empowerment Convention and Network (WECAN), the first of its kind to be produced at Harvard. She currently serves as District Director for California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.

Los Angeles is the inaugural city of choice for Global Pinay Power. An empowering representation of the Filipina in mainstream America it comes to life in the face of Francine Maigue aptly presented in Hollywood.
— L.A. Host Committee Chair Rocio Nuyda (U.S. FWN100™ '12)
Pinay Power – two words. Strong statement. It’s assuring me that because tomorrow is promised to no one,  I will make today count. I say – DIFFERENT, yes;   INDIFERRENT, no…. These words tell me we have leadership and it resonates. And most of all, we stand second to no one!
— Gloria T. Caoile (U.S. FWN100™ '07, Global FWN100™ '13)

Finalists of the Search for the Face of Global Pinay Power

Mayor's Salo-Salo Soirée, 12th Filipina Leadership Global Summit, San Francisco City Hall, October 29th, 2015.

Mayor's Salo-Salo Soirée, 12th Filipina Leadership Global Summit, San Francisco City Hall, October 29th, 2015.


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37 authors are FWN's 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World awardees from the U.S., Philippines, Singapore, Brazil, Japan, U.A.E., Canada, Poland. Moving stories about:

  • Leader Identity, Power and Influence

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  • Life disruptions

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  • Legacy building for next generation leaders

The 37 authors are Filipina Women's Network's U.S. and Global FWN100™ Awardees (2007-2016) representing Canada, China (Hong Kong), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.


Supporters of the Global Pinay Power Program

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LA Roadshow Sponsors

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