Lady Anne Duya, First Female Aeta to Pass Criminology Board Exam

Lady Anne Duya

Lady Anne Duya, a member of the Mag-indi or Mag-antsi tribe, made history by successfully passing the recent Criminologist licensure examination. Here are some details from the report of The Philippine Star.

Educational Journey

Lady Anne Duya

Hailing from Porac, Duya pursued her studies in criminology at the Central Luzon College of Science and Technology. Despite facing challenges during the exam, she persevered and awaited the results with uncertainty.

Duya’s dedication to her studies paid off as she received various accolades, including recognition as the most outstanding criminology intern, service awardee, and best in thesis. She completed her studies in July 2023.

Expressing her gratitude, Duya acknowledged the support she received from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Pampanga and the provincial government. She particularly thanked them for providing scholarships to indigenous students like her, enabling them to pursue their dreams.

Encouragement and Inspiration

Duya emphasized the importance of perseverance and encouraged others not to lose hope in pursuing their aspirations. Regardless of gender or ethnicity, she believes that everyone has the potential to achieve their dreams.

Currently, Duya is contemplating which agency to join to pursue her profession. She remains proud of her indigenous heritage and vows to continue advocating for it.


The historic achievement of Lady Anne Duya as the first female Aeta to pass a licensure examination in Pampanga is not only a personal triumph but also a significant milestone for her tribe and indigenous communities across the Philippines. Through her perseverance and dedication to her studies, Duya has shattered barriers. She demonstrates that with hard work and determination, anyone can overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Her success serves as an inspiration to others, encouraging them to pursue their dreams relentlessly and reminding them that no dream is too big to attain. As Duya continues her journey, she carries with her the pride of her indigenous heritage. She serves as a beacon of hope for future generations of Aeta and indigenous youth striving to make their mark in the world.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

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