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Geronima T. Pecson (1895 – 1989)

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.

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