|Senator of the Philippines|
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2001
|Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Quezon City's Third District|
June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1992
|Preceded by||Post created|
|Succeeded by||Dennis Y. Roldan|
|Born||December 18, 1952|
|Political party||Independent (2001 to date)|
Nationalist People's Coalition (1995–2001)
For her early schooling she went to St. Paul's College, Maryknoll College and St. Maur's Convent in England. She attended Notre Dame College of California and the University of the Philippines Diliman in the tertiary level.
At the age of 18 years, she was appointed Assistant to the President of the Mariwasa Group of Companies. From 1970 to 1981, she was Curator and Proprietress of Galerie Dominique. At the same time, she was team owner and manager of the Galerie Dominique Basketball Team up to 1983. In 1983, she became Vice-President of the Philippine Basketball Association.
She was a street parliamentarian and human rights activist during the Marcos years. After EDSA Revolution, she became Radio Commentator of Radyo ng Bayan and later Host of the Womanwatch on Television and Radio. In 1991, she published the Sinaunang Habi – Philippine Ancestral Weave.
She was elected member of the House of Representatives for the Third District of Quezon City in 1987. In 1992, she was elected Senator of the Philippine Republic where she was Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Family Relations and the Committee on Cultural Communities. She was also Vice-Chairperson of the Committees on Cooperatives, on Public Works and on Trade on Commerce.
In 1995, she was re-elected Senator and served until 2001. She was the Chairperson of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development and the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization. She was also Vice-Chairperson of various Senate Committees.
As a public official, she was a convenor of many conferences which include: the National Convention on the Prevention of Family Violence; International Association of Women in Radio and Television; Wakasan Ang Karahasan Laban sa Kababaihan sa Loob ng Tahanan; Regional Consultations on the Prevention of Family Violence; Sisterhood is Global: Dialogues in the Philippines; Advocates for the Study and Ratification of the Constitution, and the Legislators’ Dialogue on International Standards.
She is a recipient of numerous awards such as: One of the Top Human Advocate in the Senate (1992–1995), one of the Twelve Outstanding Freshmen Solons in 1991, one of the Top Ten Outstanding Representatives in 1991, Gawad Maria Clara Trophy. – A Symbol of Filipina Womanhood in 1990; Outstanding Congresswoman in 1989 and one of the Top Ten Lawmakers and Achievers in 1988.
Having visited almost more than 2,000 municipalities in the Philippines, she has been an Adopted Daughter of Antique, Nueva Ecija, Prosperidad City in Agusan del Sur, Ivisan in Capiz, Banate in Iloilo, Hilongos, Dagami and Tunga in Leyte and Binalonan in Pangasinan.
Since December 2006, she has been running the Diliman Educational Corporation, which operates the Diliman Preparatory School and the Diliman Computer Technology Institute.
The Senator speaks fluent English, Tagalog and Chinese and is at home with several dialects in the Philippines.
Her family includes a son and a daughter.
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