2nd Igorot European Consultation
29 May – 1 June 2003
Conchita Pooten (Speaker)
Mrs. Conchita Balagtey-Pooten was born and grew up in Baguio City. Her parents, the late Clayton Balagtey and Pureza Damaguen, are from Besao, Mountain Province.
She finished her elementary and secondary education from Easter School, Baguio City. After completing a two-year Pre-Nursing course at the University of Baguio, she left the Philippines, at the age of 18, for the United Kingdom. She finished her nursing career in the UK and qualified as a registered mental health nurse. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse for the past 31 years in the National Health Service (NHS).
Conchita opened her “Grove Residential Care Home,” in Walthamstow, London while working with the NHS. She also helps her husband, Stone, in managing their forwarding business, “Pooten Forwarding International Ltd.”
She is a very active member of the Igorot-UK having been the president when their organization hosted the IIC-4 in London in June-July 2002. She was also active in Babaylan, a Filipino women’s network in Europe.
Conchita is married to Richard Stone Pooten of Sagada and Besao, Mountain Province. She is the mother of two daughters, Averil Branwen “Wendy” Alimayo and Ingerith Udaney.