Minerva G. Laudico
Minerva Guysayko Laudico (b. July 4,1912 - d. unknown) was among the Philippines' most outstanding club women who was eager to share her leadership, talents, and experiences not only in the country but in other Asian countries as well. Active in club activities, she became a member, chairman, director, secretary of a committee, projects, conferences, seminar, or organization, which clearly showed that she can work with people from different walks of life.
Minerva, or "Ner" as her friends call her, was born in Manila. Her parents were Crisanto M. Guysayko and Saturnina Penaflor. She studied at the Centro Escolar University where she took up an Associate in Arts degree, then a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1930. After finishing her study, she went to the United States in preparation for her future social services. She enrolled at the National Catholic School of Social Service in Washington, D.C. where she received a certificate in social work. After which, she finished her master's degree at the Catholic University of America.
After her studies in the United States, she returned to the country and joined various socio-civic clubs and organizations. At the young age of twenty five, she participated in international conferences and conventions. In 1937, the National Federation of Women's Clubs sent her to Tokyo, Japan as their deligate. Since then she was always the representative of the Philippine socio civic and educational organizations at international forums which aim at the social and educational uplift of people all over the world. In 1970, she became the delegate to the fifth general conference of the International Association of Universities in Montreal and 2 years later, to the Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association of the Philippines in Auckland, New Zealand.
She was married to Adriano P. Laudico who was a writer, journalist and former editorial director of the Liwayway Publications. Their children were Adriano Victor who was a medical doctor, and Maria Saturnina, a Master of Science in Social Work.
Affiliations and Conference Participation
- Organizer and president, Federation of Asian Women's Association.
- Vice-chairman, Commission IV, 14th conference of the International Conference on Social Work in Helsinki,1968.
- Representative of the ZONTA Club of Manila in Miami, 1966.
- Delegate at the 17th conference of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in Athens, 1960.
- Vice-chairman to the 25th plenary assembly of the World Federation of United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP), held in Moscow in October 1975.
- Delegate to the world congress, Women's International Year held in Berlin, 1975.
- Delegate to the 7th convention of the Federation of Asian Women's Association held in Seoul, August, 1976.
- Charter member of the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines.
- Charter member of the Philippine Band of Mercy.
- Charter member of the Philippine Foundation for the study of bangungot.
- Founder and charter member of the Philippine Association of Social Workers.
- Honorary president of the Federation of Asian Women Association in Seoul.
Awards and Citations
- Presidential Merit Award in 1966, for her "inspired enlightened, and totally committed leadership in the Filipino women's fight for their suffrage".
- Recepient of plaques of appreciation for thirty years of service to the Centro Escolar University, 1972.
- Recepient, from the Citizen's National Electoral Assembly, 1972.
- Recepient of the dedicated service as chairman of the Radio Committee from the Citizens' Committee for Mass Media.
- Recepient of with the Clubwoman of Distinction Award by the NFWC, 1976.
- Recepient fo the Certificate of Appreciation, by the Girls Scout of the Phililippines.
- Outstanding Professional Worker of the Year by the Council of Welfare Agencies, 1958.
- Plaque of appreciation from the Philippine Association of University Women, 1974.
- Plaque of meritous service and achievements in the field of social works by the PAUW's.
- Plaque of recognition from the Council of Welfare Agencies, September, 23, 1977.
- Plaque of recognition of achievments from the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, November 1977.
- Recepient of the General Carlos P. Romulo Award, 1977.
- Recepient of the Award for Meritorious Achievement from the Centro Escolar University Social Work Alumni Association and College of Social Work., February 1978.
- Ancheta, Hermina M. and Michaela Beltran-Gonzales. Filipino Women in Nation Building. A compilation of Brief Biographies. Quezon City: Phoenix Publishing House, 1984.