Natividad Almeda-Lopez

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Natividad Lerma Almeda

Also Known As: "Nati"
Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Manila, NCR, Philippines
Death: January 22, 1977 (84)
Manila, NCR, Philippines
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Emmanuel Gomez Almeda and Severina Lerma Almeda
Wife of Domingo Barcelona Lopez
Mother of Lulu Almeda Lopez Sarabia; <private> Almeda-Lopez and Maria Clara Campos
Sister of Micaela Almeda-Alberto; Amada Almeda-Dayco; Ester Almeda Caballero; Rosario Almeda-Agustin and Rosita Lerma Ymzon

Occupation: Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals
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About Natividad Almeda-Lopez

Natividad Almeda-Lopez was the first Filipino female lawyer to serve in government (Bureau of Justice), and rose to gain the highest position attained by a woman in Asia who served in government, when she was appointed Assistant Attorney General in 1921. She served as the first Presiding Judge of the Juvenile and domestic Relations Court. She was appointed to the Court of Appeals and became the first woman to attain the position of Justice in an Asian country.

She was one of the most respected Suffragists, who spoke before the Philippine Assembly in 1914 to demand for Filipino women the right to vote. Writer Gilda Cordero-Fernando called her "the first women's libber" because she did not quit her job as a government lawyer, but maintained a separate household in Manila, while her husband continued to stay in Lucena with his children by his first wife. The arrangement, according to GCF, initially scandalized Manila's society, but strengthened her image as a role model for women's rights advocates.

Natividad Almeda-Lopez was honored by the Philippine Postal corporation when a stamp was issued with her image in 1991. In the year 2001, Mayor Alfredo Lim named the road crossing Ayala Boulevard and Arroceros Street, beside the Manila City Hall, was named Natividad Almeda Lopez Street. Dona Nati held court in the City Hall of Manila in the 1940s.

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Natividad Almeda-Lopez's Timeline

September 8, 1892
Manila, NCR, Philippines
February 12, 1927
Age 34
Manila, Philippines
January 22, 1977
Age 84
Manila, NCR, Philippines
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
- 1967
Court of Appeals