Eva Estrada-Kalaw

Eva Estrada-Kalaw

Senator Eva Estrada-Kalaw, born in the Philippines, served as a congresswoman in the Congress of the Philippines for 7 years. (1965-1972). Serving in Congress during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos (Nationalist), she was part of a major transformation in Philippine domestic and foreign policies.

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. Co-insiding with this rise of activism, was the rise of violence and communist ideology. On August 1, 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. After the famous Edsa Revolution, she run but lost in the senatorial elections.

Non-Political Life

Eva Estrada-Kalaw was born in Murcia, 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

External links

* [http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/former_senators/eva_estrada_kalaw.htm www.senate.gov.ph]
* [http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Pool/1644/marcosera.html www.geocities.com]
* [http://www.kababaihan.org/herstory/ www.kababaihan.org]

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