Her name is Encarnacion Alzona.

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Remember that lady who’s colonial passport I posted a month ago? If not, you can click here.

Her name is Encarnacion Alzona. More than a lady who was privileged enough to travel at that time, she was one accomplished woman who is certainly a role model for just about anyone. Ms. Encarnacion Alzona was a historian, Rizal scholar, professor, and a suffragist.

She graduated from two Prestigious American Institutions - Radcliffe College and Columbia University where she earned her Master’s Degree in History and Doctorate of History respectively. She then taught at the University of the Philippines, translated Rizal’s many works and letters, and wrote countless of books. The first of which is “A history of Education in the Philippines : 1565-1930”. Published in 1932, Philippines Herald described it as “the most complete and comprehensive work on the subject to date.”


Ms. Alzona died in 2001. She was 106 years old. Her impressive career span for eight long decades and in 1985, she was bestowed the title National Scientist.


Ms. Encarnacion Alzona on the cover of  the monograph, "Pamana". 

Source Material: Pamana by the Ateneo Library of Women's Writings 

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