Today, on March 4, 1879 (Philippines):
One of the greatest proponents of Women’s Rights in the Philippines, Rosa Sevilla de Alvero was born on this day in 1879. Her father was noted for being a Commander in the Philippine Revolutionary Forces which may have influenced her Nationalism, where she also worked for La Independencia, a newspaper that circulated during the war between September 1899 and November 1900—published by General Antonio Luna.
After the war with Spain, she created the Instituto de Mujeres (Women’s Institute), the first school for girls taught in Spanish and English; in her honor, it was renamed to the Rosa Sevilla Memorial College. In addition, she co-founded the Liga de Damas Filipinas (Women’s League of the Philippines), the Federacion Catolica de Mujeres (the Catholic Women’s Federation), and the Asociasion de Hispanitas (Association of female Hispanics). Lastly she was the first to push for Tagalog becoming the national language.
But most notably, she fought for the woman’s right to vote—gaining prestige from being on the Supreme National Council, being on the board of the directors for the National Federation of Women’s Clubs in the Philippines, and participating in the First Independence Congress, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Akademya ng Wikang Tagalog (Tagalog Language Academy).
During the Japanese and subsequent American liberation, she attended the sick and wounded in the “Convalescent Home No. 8” and the PCAU (Philippine Civil Affairs Units) Number 5 respectively.
Sevilla died on May 11, 1954, at the age of 74. Prior to her death, she was granted a “Certificate of Award and Medal” by President Quirino; the Queen Isabela Award; and a gold medal for her contribution to education.
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