Maria Paz Mendoza Guazon

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This is a photo of an acclaimed philanthropist, and the first woman who graduated from the U.P. College of Medicine. Photo courtesy of Specialized Philppine Enterprise Reference of Experts and Scientists (DOST - SPHERES).

Dr. Maria Paz Mendoza Guazon was a medical practitioner, educator, scientist, writer, social reformer, feminist, philanthropist, and civic leader. She was the first woman doctor of the Philippines.


Dr. Maria Paz Mendoza Guanzon was born on May 10, 1884 in Pandacan, Manila. In 1912, she was the first woman to graduate from the U.P. College of Medicine. She excelled in her researches in pathology and was known for her philanthropic work. She was also an outstanding socio-civic leader and the founder of several women's organizations.

She was also the founder of the National League of Filipino Women, and was the first woman member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines.


In 1951, she received a gold medal from the Philippine Women University. With her utmost dedication and exemplary work, she received three distinctive awards in 1966. The Philippine Federation of Private Medical Practitioners gave her the Distinguished Senior Physician Award on March 3, 1966. In April 30 of the same year, she received the Presidential Merit Award. A month later, she was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) by the Centro Escolar University. She also earned an honorable mention from the Premio Zobel in 1930 for her work Notas de Viaje.


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