Estefania Aldaba-Lim

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Estefanía Aldaba-Lim, Ph.D. (born Estefanía "Fanny" Aldaba; January 6, 1917 – March 7, 2006) was the first female secretary of any Cabinet of the Philippines, serving as Secretary of Social Services and Development from 1971 to 1977. She was also the first Filipino clinical psychologist.

Early life and Education

Aldaba was born in 1917, the fifth of 14 children.[1] She was born and raised in Malolos, Bulacan by her father, then provincial treasurer of Malolos, and her mother, a homemaker.[1]

Aldaba graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Philippine Women's University in 1936; Bachelor of Education degree from Philippine Women's University in 1938; and Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1939.[1][2]

In 1942, Aldaba completed her PhD at the University of Michigan, becoming the first Filipina to earn a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.[1]


Aldaba-Lim returned to Manila in 1948. She established the Institute of Human Relations at Philippine Women's University, and was a founding member and president of the Philippine Association of Psychologists, and of the Philippine Mental Health Association.[1][2]

In 1971, Aldaba-Lim became the first woman cabinet member in the Philippines when she was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD).[1] She held this role until 1977.

In 1976 through 1977, Aldaba-Lim served as president of the Girl Scouts in the Philippines.[2]

In 1976, Aldaba-Lim was elected the Asian regional representative of the UNESCO Executive Board. In 1979, she became was the first woman to become Special Ambassador to the United Nations, with the rank of assistant secretary general during the UNICEFUNESCO International Year of the Child. She received the U.N. Peace Medal that year from Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.[2]

In 1994, she founded the Museo Pambata, the Philippines's first children's museum, in the repurposed 1949 Manila Elks Club building in Manila.[3]

Marriage and Children

Aldaba-Lim had six children with her husband Luis Lim, whom she married in 1944. Lim died in an airplane crash in 1962.[1]


On March 7, 2006, at age 89, Aldaba-Lim died in her home in Manila, Philippines.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 David, Henry P.; Villar, Imelda V.G.; Denmark, Florence L. (2007). "Estefania Aldaba-Lim (1917–2006)". American Psychologist. 62 (1): 53. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.62.1.53.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Estefania Aldaba-Lim - Psychology's Feminist Voices.
  3. History + about . accessed 2.24.2014

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