Madame Brigitte van Ypersele recieves the Women of Malolos Award
MANILA – A female Belgian national was recently bestowed the Women of Malolos award in recognition of her untiring humanitarian work.
The Order of the Knights of Rizal conferred the award to Madame Brigitte van Ypersele during their nationwide assembly held last month in Brussels, Belgium.
Jeremias Singson, Supreme Commander of the Knights of Rizal, said Madame Brigitte’s humanitarian work highlighted the spirit of the Women of Malolos Award towards public service.
Minister Lolit Capco extended her congratulations and appreciation for Madam Brigitte’s tireless efforts in promoting education among young women in the Visayas and equipping young scholars with education that will be the foundation for their future.
In her remarks, Madame Brigitte shared the joy and sense of fulfillment she found in her Philippine work and her gratitude to her Philippine team of about 30 hardworking Filipinos in overseeing multiple projects benefiting Filipino women and children in need for the past 30 years.
She is married to Compte Jacques van Ypersele de Strihou, who has served as the Principal Private Secretary of the King of the Belgians from 1983 to 2013, and who was present in the ceremony along with their children and grandchildren.
She thanked the Knights of Rizal in Belgium for their recognition of her humanitarian work and conveyed her appreciation for the support of the KOR and its counterpart women organizations, the Kababaihan Rizalista, the Las Damas Rizal, and the Ladies of the KOR.
The Women of Malolos award is the highest honor awarded by the Knights of Rizal to a woman of exceptional achievement that has exemplified the ideals of Rizal. It is given once a year.
The previous recipient was Mme. Brigitte Ayrault, wife of Jean Marc Ayrault, former Prime Minister of France.