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Meet Aida Cruz-Del Rosario: One of the first Registered Female Architect in the Philippines, turns 100

Thank you for Setting the Standards Ma’am Aida!

Philippines' First registered female Architect
Photo from Muntinlupa PIO

One of the Philippines’ First female registered Architect Aida Cruz-Del Rosario turned 100 years old last Thursday, 11 August.

The Muntinlupa City government feted her with a cash gift of P100,000 as mandated by the Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016.

Ruffy Biazon, the mayor of Muntinlupa, said on Facebook that he had given Del Rosario a cash award at her own home.

“Happy 100th, Lola Aida!,” Biazon greeted the centenarian.

Philippines' First registered female Architect
Philippines’ First registered female Architect; Photo Credits to Facebook/Ruffy Biazon

“Personal ko pong binisita si Gng. Aida Cruz-Del Rosario para ibigay ang kanyang P100,000 Centenarian cash gift mula sa Pamahalaang Lungsod, sa pamamagitan ng OSCA Muntinlupa,” he added.

Born on  August 11, 2022, Ms. Aida Cruz-Del Rosario was an American-era Filipina.

She is the first woman to be registered as an architect in the Philippines. And the first woman to receive an architectural degree from the University of Santo Tomas, according to the city chief.

Cruz-Del Rosario, according to a historian, holds License No. 270 and is the ninth registered architect in the country.

Mercedes Raffian is said to hold License No. 45, and was the first female architect. Cruz-Del Rosario is one of the first students to enroll in UST’s BS Architecture program, according to a separate post.

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The UST College of Architecture reported that a Thomasian alumnus who was among the first to enroll in the BS Architecture program recently turned 100.

“Ms. Aida C. Del Rosario was among the first female students to enter the then-male-dominated field of architecture. Which now includes more female architects who studied at our university,” it added.

In 1930, the institution launched its architecture department. Cruz-Del Rosario was 8 years old at the time. Given the title of College of Architecture and Fine Arts in 1947. The 25 years-old Cruz-Del Rosario had recently received her diploma when this period began.

Cruz-Del Rosario reportedly got a seventh place on the licensing exam as well.

Her husband is late engineer Jose del Rosario, with whom she has partnered in designing and constructing multiple projects across the country, including the University of Baguio.

The majority of Cruz-Del Rosario’s allegedly finest works found in Baguio, including various homes and remnants of the original structure of the University of Baguio.

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