The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service

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The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service
Awarded forHonoring Filipinas age 21 to 45 years old who have shown outstanding dedication, exceptional talent, and careers that have contributed in a positive way to the society in various fields.
Presented byTOWNS Foundation
First awarded1974
Website[1] TOWNS website

The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS) award is presented by the TOWNS Foundation to outstanding Filipino women ages 21 to 45 years old who have contributed positively to strengthening national capability and shaping the nation’s future and served as catalysts for economic, social and cultural development, national security and national unity by providing their time, talent and resources. The award is given every three years during the last week of October and the search for these women is held nationwide for a period of one year. Since its inception in 1974, TOWNS has cited 149 women.[1]

TOWNS Foundation In is a national organization of dynamic and effective women who by their common shared activities help transform the lives of Filipinos. All TOWNS awardees become automatic members of TOWNS Foundation Inc.

In 1995, the TOWNS Foundation was incorporated to support and harness the talent and capabilities of the TOWNS awardees as members in activities that influence national issues such as workshops and lecture series, regular educational trips, photo and art exhibits, dun runs and publications among others.


Nominations are open to Filipino women. Any person, organization or entity may nominate one or more women who meet the following criteria.

  1. Aged between 21 and 45 years old by October 2013.
  2. A Filipino citizen.
  3. Is distinguished in her field of specialization.
  4. Has a well-balanced personality that is worthy of emulation.
  5. Is committed to the promotion of well being and upliftment of the Philippine and Filipinos.
  6. Possesses a pioneering spirit as evidenced by projects that she has initiated in the service of our country.

TOWNS Foundation inc conducts this triennial search for the purpose of identifying outstanding Filipino women who, in their various capacities have served the country well. TOWNS awardees are true role models for Filipino women and girls who wish to dedicate themselves to nation-building.

Evaluation Process[edit]

The evaluation process considers the personal, career, and other relevant measures of accomplishments, foremost of which are:

  • Achievement. An evaluation of the nominee’s exceptional accomplishments in her line of specialization or advocacy.

It must be proven that she is distinguished in her particular field or advocacy, the distinction backed up by solid achievements, not mere reliance on her public image. She must have done outstanding work even in a small scale as long as it has contributed to the field of knowledge, national well-being, and upliftment of the Filipino people.

  • Personality. An evaluation of a well-balanced personality as evidenced by certain manifestations which would make the nominee worthy of emulation.

She must be vibrant and articulate, poised and self-confident, dignified and respectable, and intellectually honest.

  • Commitment. An evaluation of dedication and complete involvement in projects of great significance.

She must have shown a totally committed pursuit of a well-defined objective leading to the infusion of knowledge, promotion of well-being and/or upliftment of the Philippines.

  • Pioneering Zeal. An evaluation of her ardent interest and accomplishments in a line of activity that is out of the usual and stereotyped.

She should preferably possess a pioneering spirit and has achieved success despite the challenges attendant to new endeavors.

The Awardees[edit]

Year Awardee Field Notes
1974 Medina H. Delmendo Agriculture
Aida D. Eugenio Science
Perla S. Ocampo Medicine
Elisa (Boots) A. Roa Arts Cinema
Flerida Ruth Romero Law
Rosa Rosal Humanities
Leticia Ramos-Shahani Foreign Service
Editha A. Tan Economics
Mona D. Valisno Education
1977 Zenaida Amador Performing Arts
Edwina K. Arroyo Arts
Lilia R. Bautista Public Administration
Rosario C. Manalo Foreign Service
Lilia B. de Lima Law
Emily Marohombsar Education
Evelyn A. Magno Tourism
Julia B. Pantastico Science
Elsa V. Payumo Tourism
Delia E. Torrijos Science
1981 Isabel R. Aleta Humanitarian Endeavor
Teresita K. Briones Medicine
Elnora Cabalfin Science
Elizabeth P. dela Fuente Tourism
Zenaida G. Gordon Business
Roqaiya H. Maglangit Public Administration
Leticia J. Magsanoc Journalism
Nora Z. Petines Humanitarian Services
Amelou B. Reyes Education
Ingrid S. Santamaria Arts
Evelyn R. Singson Business
Mercedes C. Teodoro Law
Alicia R. Van Doorn Arts
1983 Nora Aunor Performing Arts [2]
Carmen J. Barredo Performing Arts
Julie Y. Daza Journalism
Corazon Santos de la Paz Business
Olivia Aguinaldo Ferry Business
Tricita H. Quimio Agriculture
Thelma T. Ramos Medicine
Patricia A. Sto. Tomas Public Administration
Marlene H. Tamano Social Work
Rosalinda V. Tirona Diplomacy
1986 Sister Bellarmine Bernas Education
Esperanza Cabral Medicine
Olivia "Bong" Coo Sports
Lourdes J. Cruz Biochemistry
Ruby Q. Gonzalez Social Service
Cora C. Jacob Business
Cecile Licad Music
Magda Carolina V. Llaman Nursing
Alicia O. Lustre Food Technology
Maria V. Montelibano Media
Miriam Defensor Santiago Law
Zenaida Y. Ubaldo Rural Development
1989 Cecille G. Alvarez Performing Arts
Rowena S. Arrieta Performing Arts
Lydia B. Brown Educational Television
Ma. Rosa U. Carrion Business
Corazon P. Claudio Science and Technology
Sister Teresa R. Dagdag Community Development
Celeste L. Gallardo Performing Arts
Cheche Lazaro Broadcast Journalism
June Caridad P. Lopez Psychiatry
Evelyn Mae T. Mendoza Science
Lisa Macuja Performing Arts
Margarita J. de la Rama Business
Aurora G. del Rosario Agriculture
Paulynn P. Sicam Print Journalism
Vivien M. Talisayon Performing Arts
Luzviminda Santos Valdez Social Work
Imelda Virginia G. Villar Education
1992 Zorayda Amelia C. Alonzo Government Service
Teresita Ang See Cultural Integration
Mediadora Claudio Saniel Medicine
Ma. Nieves R. Confesor Government Service
Virginia C. Cuevas Agriculture
Teresita Q. Deles Community Service
Elena J. Golez Drug Abuse Prevention
Elizabeth P. Marcelino Child Rehabilitation
Corazon Soliman Community Development
Ma. Beatriz P. Tesoro Cultural Revival
Mel Tiangco Broadcast Journalism
Cristina L. Yuson Education
1995 Ma. Cynthia Rose B. Bautista Government Service
Ma. Karina A. Bolasco Book Publishing
Emilia T. Boncodin Public Administration
Gloria T. Climaco Business Management
Rina J. David Women’s Rights Advocacy
Ma. Leonora V. de Jesus Public Administration
Cynthia E. Dominguez Medicine
Lorna P. Kapunan Law
Millie L. Kilayko Entrepreneurship Development
Yolanda V. Ong Communications
Loren Legarda Broadcast Journalism
Aida D. Solsoloy Agriculture
1998 Rhodora R. Aldemita Science
Carmina Noela A. Aquino Medicine
Tessie C. Nunez Agriculture
Ester B. Ogena Education
Lilian F. Patena Agriculture (Plant Tissue Culture)
Maria Lea Carmen I. Salonga Performing Arts
Ma. Lourdes A. Sereno Law
Evalyn G. Ursua Law
Monica Anne E. Wilson Performing Arts
Ma. Helena T. Yap Science
2001 Maria Victoria M. Abesamis Medicine
Clarita P. Aganon Government Service
Grace N. Aves Contemporary Culture
Queena Lee Chua Education
Olivia P. Damasco Agriculture
Bernadette J. Madrid Medicine
Maria Antonette J. Menez Science
Clarissa Emerita G. Ocampo Extraordinary Public Service
Leah Victoria R. Reyes Education
Jessica Soho Broadcast Journalism
2004 Alicia Rita Arroyo Business
Maria Josephine Barrios Arts
Madonna Casimero Science and Technology
Ces Drilon Journalism
Raquel Fortun Medicine
Catherine "Cathy" Guballa Public Service
Chin Chin Gutierrez Environment Protection
Marichu Lambino Law
Aura Matias Industrial Engineering
Deanie Lyn Ocampo Education
Blessilda Raposa Education
Fernandina Sandico-Ong Arts
2007[3] Glecy Cruz Atienza Arts and Culture
Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz Medicine
Maria Corazon de Ungria Science
Elizabeth H. Lee Business
Dina S. Ocampo Education
Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay Science
Hilly Ann Maria Roa-Quiaoit Environmental Conservation
Maria A. Ressa Broadcast Journalism
Alexandra Prieto Romualdez Print Media
Catherine P. Vistro-Yu Education
2010[4] Therese Tianco Badoy Education
Arlene Javellana Bag-ao Law
Kara Patria Constantino David Broadcast Journalism
Laura Tenmatay David Oceanography
Therese Clarence Arellano social entrepreneurship
Jo Enrica "Jean" Catalla Enriquez Humanitarian Endeavour
Regina Hechanova-Alampay Psychology
Carmela Mortillero Lapitan Eurology
Stella Luz Alabastro-Quimbo Economy
Marissa Villafuerte Romero Agriculture
Myla Cristina Crespo Villanueva Information & communications Technology
2013[5] Darlene Marie Berberabe Government Service
Noraida Adang Abdullah Karim Social Work
Ani Karina Brown Sports
Karen Davila Broadcast Journalism
Rachelle Gerodias Performing Arts
Gemma Narisma Atmospheric Science
Eleanor Pinugu Education
Ma. Amihan Ramolete Theater Arts
Maricor Soriano Physics
2016[6] Cherrie Atiliano social development
Hidilyn Diaz Sports
Patricia Evangelista Media
Luisa Lorenzo Arts
Marissa Martinez Government Service
Aisa Mijeno Social Enterprise
Sabrina Ongkiko Education
Jocelle Sigue Information and Communications Technology)


  1. ^ "Metrobank Foundation begins search for 14th TOWNS award for outstanding Filipinas". Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  2. ^ "NORA IS OUTSTANDING WOMAN (Movie Flash, May 12, 1983)". Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  3. ^ "2007 TOWNS winners". Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  4. ^ "2010 TOWNS winners". Retrieved 2013-10-29.
  5. ^ "2013 TOWNS winners". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  6. ^ "Olympics medalist Diaz, 7 others are TOWNS awardees". Retrieved 2018-07-17.

External links[edit]

  • [2]. From the TOWNS website.
  • [3] 2010 winners