Taken from an article in PWC
Hawaii Sen. Misalucha is PWC Davao commencement speaker Filipino-American Senator Bennette Misalucha will be this year’s speaker during the graduation rites of the Philippine Women’s College of Davao on 23 October 2021. Senator Misalucha of Hawaii’s Senate District 16 was born and raised in the Philippines until her family migrated to Hawaii in the 80’s where she has established a distinguished career. She finished her elementary at the PWC of Davao until her freshman year. Her family then transferred to Cebu City until their migration to Hawaii.
In this year’s graduation commencement exercises which will be done online, the PWC of Davao will confer to Senator Misalucha the “Francisca and Conrado Benitez Award”, the highest award bestowed by the PWC of Davao to a member of the PWC Community that recognizes invaluable contributions to society. She is the third recipient of the award since it was first given in 2019). The first two awardees were Mrs. Elizabeth SP Lietz and Ms. Rosario Abella-Lizada. The award is named after the founders of PWC, Francisca and Conrado Benitez. Prof. Vicente Antonio V. Pijano III, PWC of Davao Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, said “It is our great honor and privilege to honor one of our own. Senator Misalucha is the epitome of service and leadership. This award is a recognition for her exemplary community service and leadership. We hope that she can be a shining example for the learners and graduates of PWC”.
Sen. Misalucha started her professional career in Hawaii as a news reporter and consumer advocacy segment producer at KHON Channel 2, then the highest rated news station. She would later continue her media work by founding her own business strategy and communications firm in 2008 and as Managing Editor of the Fil-Am Courier, Hawaii’s longest running ethnic paper, from 2013 to 2019.