Eva Estrada Kalaw

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In this Philippine name for married women, the birth middle name or maternal family name is Reynada, the birth surname or paternal family name is Estrada, and the marital name is Kalaw.
Eva Estrada Kalaw
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Senator of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1965 – September 21, 1972
Assemblywoman from Manila
In office
June 30, 1984 – March 25, 1986
Serving with Lito Atienza, Carlos Fernando, Mel Lopez, Gonzalo Puyat II, and Arturo Tolentino
Personal details
Born Eva Reynada Estrada
(1920-06-16) June 16, 1920 (age 96)
Murcia, Tarlac, Philippine Islands
Nationality Filipino
Political party Nacionalista Party (1965-1971), Liberal Party (1971-present)
Spouse(s) Teodoro V. Kalaw Jr.
Children Teodoro E. Kalaw III
Maria Eva Kalaw-Cuenca
Salvador E. Kalaw
Valerio E. Kalaw
Residence Manila
Profession Professor
Religion Roman Catholic

Eva Estrada Kalaw (born June 16, 1920) is a Filipino stateswoman, served as a Senator in the Senate of the Philippines for 7 years. (1965–1972). Serving in Senate during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, she was part of a major transformation in Philippine domestic and foreign policies.

Early life[edit]

Evangelina Reynada Estrada was born in Murcia,Tarlac, now Concepcion, Tarlac on June 16, 1920 to Dr. Salvador Estrada and Demetria Reynada.[1]

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education major in Home Economics from the University of the Philippines in 1940.[2] She also took up post graduate studies in social work. In between her teaching stints at the Far Eastern University, National Teacher’s College and Centro Escolar University, Eva conscientiously engaged in social work for which she was awarded a citation for being the “Outstanding Volunteer Social Worker of the Year.”

Political career[edit]

Kalaw was elected senator in 1965 under the Nacionalista Party.[3] She would later move to the Liberal Party because of abuses committed by Marcos and his cohorts, especially after the 1969 elections where Marcos was re-elected to the presidency. During this era of revising and strengthening the government, there was a major rise in student activism—primarily the activism was surged by the presence of governmental corruption and the US presence and dictation in the Philippines. Coinciding with this rise of activism, was the rise of violence and communist ideology. On August 21, 1971, a bomb exploded at a Liberal Party rally at Plaza Miranda injuring several officials, including Senator Estrada-Kalaw. From this point, the Senator was part of a major effort to protest the newly pronounced dictatorship of Marcos, who in 1972 enacted martial law and went on to extend his presidency without limit until its eventual cessation in 1981. She continued participation in the government into the next decade. She was an assemblywoman in the Batasang Pambansa for Manila. She unsuccessfully ran for Vice-President during the 1986 snap elections.[4] After the People Power Revolution, she ran but lost in the senatorial elections under the Grand Alliance for Democracy. In 1992, she ran for Vice President as the running mate of then-Vice President Salvador Laurel[a] who ran for president but both lost respectively to Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos.

Personal life[edit]

Eva Estrada-Kalaw was born in Murcia, Tarlac (now Concepcion, Tarlac) and was educated until she received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of the Philippines. While teaching in several colleges and institutions, she was an incredible volunteer and social worker and went on to receive awards for dedication to a prosperous society. Amongst these awards, she won a citation for being the “Outstanding Volunteer Social Worker of the Year.”

Some of the organizations she benefited and her positions were:

  • The Jayceerettes Organization (First President)
  • Founder and National Chairman of the Samahang Filipino
  • Director of the League of Women Voters and the Chamber of Home Industries of the Philippines
  • Board member of the Special Child Study Center for Retarded Children
  • Chairwoman of the Youth Welfare Council
  • Presidential Peace and Amelioration Campaign
  • Rizal Red Cross
  • Anti–Tuberculosis of the Philippines
  • Civic Assembly of Women’s Clubs in the Philippine Association of the University Women
  • Has a grand daughter named Evana
  • Sigma Delta Phi Sorority
  • Her residence along S.H.Loyola Street, Manila is the only remaining 1920s house in the area and is regarded as a landmark


  1. ^ Salvador Laurel's first running mate was Rodolfo Ganzon, the former mayor of Iloilo City but Ganzon later withdrew from the vice-presidential race. Laurel subsequently recruited Kalaw to be his running mate.


  1. ^ "Eva Estrada Kalaw: Living the fullest of lives". The Philippine Star. July 28, 2010. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ Pascual, I.; De Leon, S.; Chavez, L.; Sonido, D. (1998). UP Home Economics Alumni Association Directory. Alumni Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus: UP HEAA. 
  3. ^ "Where have all the senators gone?". The Manila Times. November 13, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Former Sen. Eva Estrada Kalaw today ended her bid...". United Press International. December 7, 1985. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 

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