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10 Women Who Were “First” in Philippine Society

Who wouldn’t know esteemed women like Lea Salonga, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, the late Corazon Aquino, and the iconic Gabriela Silang? The Tony Award winner, prima ballerina, former president, and anti-colonial leader were “firsts” as such in the country. Since their achievement, they have become household names that inspired and empowered not only fellow female individuals but also groups or unions.

In contemporary Philippine society, these inspiring ladies have also earned milestones for women here and in the international scene:

1. Carina Dayondon    

Mountaineer Carina Dayondon

Source: instagram.com/theextremeadventurezone/

Just recently, she was the first Pinay mountaineer to achieve a Herculean feat: completing the “Seven Summits” climb.

2. Capt. Catherine Marie “Brooke” Castillo

Capt. Catherine Marie "Brooke" Castillo

An instructor and top pilot at Cebu Pacific, this trailblazer was the country’s first female commercial jet captain.

3. Kelsey Merritt

Victoria's Secret model Kelsey Merritt

The gorgeous 22-year-old was the first Filipina to walk the sensational Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2018.

4. Mary Joy Tabal

Runner Mary Joy Tabal

Source: instagram.com/mjoytabaloly

This marathon queen went against all odds and became the first Filipina runner to qualify for the Olympics. She earned the country a gold medal in the 29th SEA Games (2017).

5. Maggie Wilson-Consunji

Maggie Wilson-Consunji

Source: instagram.com/wilsonmaggie

Who says Pinoys and winter just don’t click? In 2017, this British-Filipina beauty queen was officially the first Pinay to complete the Antarctic Ice Marathon, also known as the “World’s Southernmost Marathon.”

6. Hidilyn Diaz

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz

Source: instagram.com/hidilyndiaz

The admirable Air Force soldier and weightlifter was the first female athlete from the Philippines to win a medal in the Summer Olympics in 2016. She then bagged a gold medal for the country in the 2018 Asian Games.

7. Ma. Aurora Carandang Gloria

Aimee Carandang and Brooke Castillo

Capt. Aimee Carandang (left) and Capt. Brooke Castillo (right) | Source: instagram.com/acgloria

Better known as Aimee Carandang, she was the first ever Filipina commercial pilot and also Asia’s first female pilot. She flew for the Philippine Airlines in 1993.

8. Chief Superintendent Yolanda Tanigue

Chief Superintendent Yolanda Tanigue

Source: facebook.com/policeprimo

In 2006, this commendable police officer became the first female general in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

9. Anna Liza Vergara

Hotel General Manager Anna Liza Vergara

Source: instagram.com/sheratonmanila

Just this year, she made history as the first Filipino woman appointed as the general manager of an international five-star hotel. Anna Liza leads the comeback of Sheraton Hotel in the Philippines.

10. Hon. Cynthia Alcantara-Barker

Cynthia Barker (second from left) with Laguna Vice Governor Karen Agapay and friends | Source: marketmonitor.com.ph

In 2015, she paved way for Asians in Europe as the first British-Filipina to be elected as a councilor in the United Kingdom (UK).


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