First lady lawyer to become Topnotcher in the Philippine Bar Examination. She bested all bar examinees in 1930. Congresswoman. Senator.
Name: Tecla San Andres Ziga
- Date: 23 August 1906
- Place: Naga City, Camarines Sur
- Spouse: Venancio Ziga, former Governor and Congressman from the first district of Albay
- Children: One (Victor)
- Elementary: Sta. Isabel College
- High School: Catholic Central School
- College: University of the Philippines — she was a consistent scholar all throughout her stay in UP
- She first obtained her degree in Liberal Arts
- She eventually graduated with honors from the College of Law
- Took the Bar Exams the same she graduated in 1930, and topped it (her score in Remedial Law was 99%!)
- After topping the Bar Exams in 1930, she was immediately taken in as assistant attorney in the DeWitt law office where she worked for seven years.
- She was also the topnotcher in the Civil Service Examination for Lawyers in 1937, after which she was employed in the Department of Justice where she served for several years.
- She was asked to serve as one of the Legal Assistants to the Code Committee that revised the Philippine legal codes.
- She is one of the founders of the Liberal Party in Albay.
- She was elected into the House of Representatives in November 1955 (initially to serve the unfinished term of her brother-in-law who had died in an accident). She went on to serve for two terms.
- In the halls of Congress, she distinguished herself for her vigilant fiscalizing and genuine concern for women and children.
- She sponsored measures for the protection of women and children, regulation of practice in dietetics, etc.
- She also served as Administrator of the Social Welfare Administration.
- She was elected Senator in 1963.
- Senate Committee memberships: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education, Foreign Affairs, Blue Ribbon, Community Development, Social Justice and Welfare, etc.
- Women Lawyers Association of the Philippines
- Social Welfare Board (SWA-UNICEF Assisted Social Services Project)
- Special Events Committee, Children’s Museum and Library, Inc.
- Civic Assembly of Women
- Philippine Committee, Federacion Internacional de Abogadas
- League of Women Voters of the Philippines
- Board of Trustees, Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines
- Eye Research Foundation.
Recommended Online References
- Former Senators of the Philippines: Tecla Ziga
- Wikipilipinas.org: Tecla San Andres-Ziga
- www.zoominfo.com: People