Educator, Author, Social Worker, and First Woman Senator of the Philippines.
Name: Geronima Tomelden-Pecson
- Date: December 19, 1895
- Place: Barrio Libsong, Lingayen, Pangasinan
- Date: July 31, 1989
Spouse: Potenciano Pecson, her fellow student at the state university
- Father: Victor Tomelden
- Mother: Pacita Palisoc
Achievements and Distinctions:
- Earned certificate as a secondary school teacher in 1919;
- Earned degree in Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of the Philippines in 1935.
- Taught in varous public and private schools until December 1941.
- Private secretary to President Jose P. Laurel. In 1946.
- Assistant Executive Secretary of Pres. Manuel Roxas in 1946.
- Senator from 1948 to 1954.
- Led many different social, civic and cultural organizations.
- Known in civic circles as a “super-social worker”
- Member of the UNESCO Executive Committee in 1950-1954 and in 1958-1962.
- Headed the Programme Commission of the Executive Committee of UNESCO and served as the Philippine delegate to the UNESCO General Assembly in 1950, 1951, 1959, 1960, 1964, and 1980.
- Received numerous awards and recognitions, including but not limited to the following:
- Press Association’s Legion of Honor Award from the President of the Philippines
- Pro Patria Presidential Award
- 1964 Outstanding Award for excellent service in Philippine education
- Presidential medals and citations for “educational statesmanship through legislation” and for being the “first Filipino and first woman elected to the executive board of UNESCO”
- Conferred the following Doctorates, all Honoris Causa:
- Doctor of Pedagogy, Philippine Women’s University, 1949
- Doctor in Humanities, Centro Escolar University, 1977
- Doctor of Humanities, University of the Philippines, 1979
- Doctor of Education, Philippine Normal College, 1988
- Founder and Administrator, Foundation for Youth Development of the Philippines 1955-1989.