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Senators pay tribute to Helena Benitez

By: - Reporter
/ 06:01 AM July 16, 2016
HELENA Z. Benitez, on her 100th birthday, is feted with a culinary tribute.

HELENA Benitez. FILE PHOTO

Former and incumbent senators yesterday paid tribute to Helena Benitez, a former senator, long-time educator and advocate for Philippine arts and culture who passed away Thursday at the age of 102.

In a statement, Sen. Loren Legarda recalled the late lawmaker’s contributions to the country  in promoting women’s rights and pushing for environmental protection.

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Legarda authored a Senate Resolution in 2012 honoring Benitez for her contributions to the nation in the areas of education, environment, culture and the arts, and civic leadership.

Benitez was a senator from 1968 to 1972.

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“She was a catalyst for change who played many roles and conquered many frontiers—as educator, legislator, pioneer environmentalist, advocate of culture and civil society leader,” said Legarda.

Former Sen. Edgardo Angara also cited Benitez’s role in promoting education.

“Helena Benitez was a legendary educator who leaves behind a legacy of quality education. She comes from a distinguished line of educators who uplifted the lives of the Filipino youth through learning and the arts,” he said.

Former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. recognized Benitez’s role in giving women equal access to education.

“Her pioneering efforts to provide education to empower the women of the country in her days are now evident in the enjoyment by the better half of our people of the perks and privileges that used to be the exclusive domain of the macho Filipino,” Pimentel said in a statement. TVJ

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