Tecla San Andres-Ziga

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Tecla San Andres-Ziga was the first woman bar topnotcher in the Philippines and the first congresswoman to be re-elected. she had been also a representative to the 3rd and 4th Congresses.


Andres-Ziga was born in Naga City, Camarines Sur on August 23, 1906. She studied in Sta. Isabel College and the Catholic Central School. She is a consistent scholar at the University of the Philippines College of Law, where she eventually graduated with honors.


She received the highest rating in the bar examination in 1930. She was the first woman to obtain such feat and honor. She obtained the highest grade when she took the civil service examination for lawyers in 1937. In recognition of her legal competence, 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 also served two terms in the House of Representatives.

Among the outstanding civic organizations with which she is affiliated are: 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; and Eye Research Foundation.


  • 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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