Friday, May 16, 2014

Today in Philippine History: First Lady Eva Macapagal Passes Away

MAY 16, 1999
Evangelina Macaraeg-Macapagal M.D. (November 1, 1915 – May 16, 1999) passed away on this day. She was the second wife of Pres. Diosdado Macapagal and the mother of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. As first lady and a physician, she exuded simplicity and elegance and was passionate in wearing the patadyong kimona and the terno for women to emulate. She founded health and educational centers nationwide that benefited the poor. Eva campaigned for quality films and TV shows and transformed Malacanang into a clean and magnificent palace.

Photo credit: Presidential Museum and Library

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