Tecla San Andres Ziga

Tecla San Andres Ziga (1906–1992) was a female senator in the Philippines notable for being the first woman in the country to top the bar examination for law-degree graduates.[1]

Tecla San Andres Ziga
Senator of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1963 – December 30, 1969
Member of the House of Representatives from Albay's First District
In office
December 30, 1955 – December 30, 1961
Preceded byLorenzo P. Ziga
Succeeded byVenacio Ziga
Personal details
Born(1906-08-23)August 23, 1906
Nueva Caceres, Commonwealth of the Philippines
DiedAugust 17, 1992(1992-08-17) (aged 85)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Venancio Ziga
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines


Early yearsEdit

She was born 23 August 1906, in Nueva Caceres (now Naga, Camarines Sur).


San Andres Ziga obtained her elementary education from the Santa Isabel College. She gained her high school education from the Catholic Central School. In 1930, she obtained her degrees in Liberal Arts and in Law from the University of the Philippines. She took the bar examination in 1931.[1]


San Andres Ziga first worked as an assistant attorney at the DeWitt Law Office. After seven years there, she took and passed the 1937 Philippine Civil Service examination. After topping the said examination, San Andres Ziga worked for the Philippine Department of Justice. She was elected to the Congress of the Philippines in November 1955. She later became an administrator of the Philippine Social Welfare Administration. She was elected as a senator in 1963. Her political agenda as senator focused on the protection of women and children and regulation of practice in dietetics, among others.[1]

Family lifeEdit

San Andres Ziga was the wife of Venancio Ziga, a former governor and then congressman of the first district of Albay, Camarines Sur. They are the parents of Victor Ziga.[1]

Later yearsEdit

She died 17 August 1992, in Manila.


  1. ^ a b c d "Tecla San Andres Ziga". Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved 23 November 2013.