Rosa Sevilla de Alvero, who fought for Filipina women's right to vote and championed Filipino as the national language, is celebrated on Google Thursday, her 142nd birth anniversary.
De Alvero's image, wearing a Filipiniana dress, is the doodle of the day on Google Philippines search and clicking on it leads to an image search of the woman whose work is felt until today.
The Comelec is expecting new voter registrants until September for elections in May 2022, where Filipinos will elect the new president down to mayors and councilors. Had it not been for De Alvero's work, women would not be able to vote as early as 1937.
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Born in Manila, De Alvero was raised by her educator aunt. Eavesdropping on adult conversations, she was exposed to such issues as educational colonialism and women's suffrage, shaping her beliefs.
At 21, she helped establish the country's first school for girls, Instituto de Mujeres, Spanish for Women's School. She also helped mount the first Balagtasan in an effort to promote Tagalog.
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She later established the Liga Nacional de Damas Filipinas a women's suffrage advocacy group that toured the country. Women in the Philippines were allowed to vote in 1937.