Biazon awards P100,000 to centenarian who is PH’s first registered female architect 

Published August 14, 2022, 1:33 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Aida Cruz-Del Rosario, the Philippines’ first registered female architect, turned 100 on Aug. 11 and the Muntinlupa City government feted her with a cash gift of P100,000.

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon visited Cruz-Del Rosario at her home to give her the P100,000, a cash gift from the Muntinlupa City government through the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon (right) awards P100,000 to Aida Cruz-Del Rosario, who turned 100 on Aug. 11 (Photo from Muntinlupa PIO)

Aida Cruz-Del Rosario is the country’s first registered female architect (Photo from Muntinlupa PIO)

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon and OSCA officials with centenarian Aida Cruz-Del Rosario (Photo from Muntinlupa PIO)

According to Biazon, Cruz-Del Rosario is the first registered female architect in the Philippines and is the first female architecture graduate of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1947.

“Si Lola Aida ang kauna-unahang centenarian sa aking panunungkulan bilang mayor ng Muntinlupa kaya naman talagang espesyal ang okasyong ito (Lola Aida is the first centenarian under my term as Muntinlupa mayor, that is why this is really a special occasion),” Biazon posted on Facebook.

Cruz-Del Rosario was born in 1922 and is a resident of Barangay Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa.

He said under Republic Act 10868 (Centenarians Act of 2016), Filipinos who turn 100 are given cash gifts to recognize their contribution to the country.

Under Muntinlupa Ordinance 18-147, enacted by the City Council in February 2018, residents who turn 100 will be given P100,000.