Women’s Month: Four women who made history in Cavite City

In celebration of the International Women’s Month, The Cavite Rising honors these four great Cavitenas who are just some of the women who have made history in their profession and brought glory to Cavite City.

In celebration of the International Women’s Month, The Cavite Rising honors these four great Cavitenas who are just some of the women who have made history in their profession and brought glory to Cavite City.

1. Olivia Salamanca

Dra. Olivia Salamanca. Photo from: Kung Taga-Cavite City Ka talaga, Dapat alam mo ito Facebook post

Dra. Olivia Diaz Salamanca (1889-1913) was one of the Philippines’ first women physicians and the first woman doctor in the whole province of Cavite. She dedicated her life to her profession by helping people in the fight against the tuberculosis disease, which also caused her death.

2. Soledad Villareal-Abdon

Dra. Soledad Villareal-Abdon. Photo from: Historia Cavitena Facebook post

Dra. Soledad Villareal-Abdon was a dentist, opera singer and mezzo soprano artist born in San Roque, Cavite City. She also performed in various operas earning her the recognition as one of the greatest artists in Cavite at that time.

3. Mercedes Matias Santiago

Maestra Mercedes Matias Santiago. Photo from: Historia Cavitena Facebook post

Maestra Mercedes Matias Santiago (1910-2003) was a renowned Filipino soprano and music educator born in Cavite City. She was recognized as the Ruiseñor de Filipinas (Nightingale of the Philippines) and performed in many stages in the country like at the National Opera House and at the Metropolitan Theater. She has also sung for many prominent Filipino figures in the country, and at necrological services for some former Philippine presidents.

4. Purificacion Quijano Borromeo

Purita Quijano Borromeo. Photo from: Historia Cavitena Facebook post

Purificacion “Purita” Quijano Borromeo (1908-1995) dubbed as La Diva Filipina, was a prominent star performer at the National Opera House and the Metropolitan Theater during her time. Her performances were always published in the pre-war newspapers. After the war, she dedicated her voice to God and started singing at masses in San Roque Church.

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