Concepcion A. Aguila

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Concepcion A. Aguila (b.September 11, 1894-December 16, 1958), was an outstanding educator.

Biography

She was born in San Jose, Batangas, to Pedro Aguila y Reyes and Paula Aguila y Andal. She finished her elementary grades at a public school in Batangas. In 1916, completed her secondary course. In 1924, she earned her bachelor of laws degree from the Philippine Law School, passing the bar examonations in the same year, and her master of laws degree in 1926 from Centro Escolar University. It was also at CEU where she obtained her Master of Arts degree, in 1937. And in 1948, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Accomplishments

In 1912, she became a kindergarten teacher at the Centro Escolar de Señoritas. She was a gifted scholar. At CEU, being an educator there, she achieved all the possible position, form a classroom teacher, to principal and supervisor and later to the top as an executive director, consultant, and dean of the graduate school.

On March 5,1946, she was into law practice at the Supreme Court of the United States. Then in 1947 she was appointed by President Roxas a member of the National Council of Education. the following year , President Quirino appointed her as member of the National Commission on Education, Scientific, and Cultural Matters.

Her achievement did not end up there, in the year 1952-1955, she was the President of the United Nations Association of the Philippines and of the Philippine Association of University Women, General Chairman of the preparatory committee of the UN Regional Conference for Non-governmental Organizations; conference chairman of the UN Regional Conference for Non-Governmental Organization on UN Information; vice-chairman of the first regional meeting of the International Federation of University Women; and vice-president of the board of directors of the National Federal of Women’s Club of the Philippines.

Dr. Aguila wrote a lot of public articles and studies, and even became the author of the book "Educational Legislation," published in 1956.

She represented the Philippines at the 1937 Convention of the World Federation of Educational Associations in Tokyo, Japan; 1947 Convention of the General Federation of Women’s Club in New York; the 1947 Conference of the International Federation of University Women in Toronto, Canada; 1947 International Goodwill Tour and Forum Discussions in Havana, Cuba, sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Club in America; 1953 International Federation of the University Women Conference in London; and the 1953 Centennial Celebration of the University of Salamanca and the Congress of Ibero-American Universities in Madrid.

A recipient of various honors and awards, Dr. Aguila was listed in the Biography of Educators in 1950 and in the Who Is Who In American Education in 1952. She was featured in the Philippines Herald as “outstanding educator” by the Department of Education in December 1956.

In 1947, CEU voted her as its most distinguished alumna. The Philippine Law School gave her the same recognition in 1955. The Federation of University Women of Australia as well as of New Zealand awarded her a travel grant and invited her as guest speaker in their national conferences in January 1956 in Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

She died of cancer on December 16, 1958. In her honor, the city government of Manila renamed Tuberias Street near Malacanang Palace as “Conception A. Aguila Street.”

Reference

  • de Guzman, Jovita V.,Vicente A. Santiago,Remedios T. de Leon and Teresita E. Erestain. Women Of Distinction; Biographical Essays on Outstanding Filipino Women of the Past and the Present. Philippines: Bukang Liwayway, 1967

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