Trinidad Diaz Enriquez
Trinidad Diaz Enriquez was a former school teacher to a prominent restaurateur and hotelier. A book of her biography and story written by her daughter, Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio, received the 2000 National Book Award for Biography.
She was born on May 27, 1908. A government pensionada (state scholar) at the Philippine Normal School, she obtained a teacher's certificate in two years and graduated with honors in 1932. Was harnessed as a critic-teacher, then she became a principal. She is married to Modesto Enriquez who was a high school teacher.
Career and Contributions
After World War II she started her hotel and restaurant empire with a tiny ice cream parlor and snack shop, catering to newspaperpeople in Tomas Pinpin Street, Manila. She and her husband Modesto expanded to Quezon Avenue, Quezon City with the opening of D&E Restaurant.
At that time D&E catered for the Rotary Club of Quezon City and various political conventions. Doña Trining as she was called catered the events personally, especially in prominent political affairs such as the miting de avance of the Nacionalista Party. At one such event she caught the attention of First Lady Imelda Marcos. She became close to Imelda Marcos because she was from the neighboring province Samar and she spoke Waray. Even in her heyday she was perceived as very assiduous with money. She was bold in her business ventures. For example she opened the present-day Sulo Hotel on August 4, 1967 in Diliman, Quezon City, in a place that could be fittingly called the center of nowhere.
During the time of the Marcos presidency Doña Trinidad and her husband Don Modesto established the Silahis International Hotel (now known as Grand Boulevard Hotel and previous site of Playboy Club), Grand Air Airlines, Philippine Village Hotel and the Puerto Azul Beach Club. She was elected the first woman president of the Hotel & Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP).
She was conferred the "Les Dames d'Escoffier" award, a hotel service award presented to only nine women by the Grand Hotels of the World in 1981 in New York. She was bestowed the "Mabuhay Gold Award" in 1998 as a Filipino Hotelier/Restaurateur who has greatly contributed to the uplifting of the Filipino Hoteliers'/Restaurateurs' mark in the international hotel and restaurant industry.
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