Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pilar Hidalgo-Lim on Stamps

Pilar Hidalgo-Lim (1893 – 1973) was a Filipino educator and civic leader. She was married to Brig. General Vicente Lim, World War II hero.

Pilar Hidalgo-Lim graduated from the University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude. She joined both the UP and Centro Escolar as a mathematics instructor. She married Lt. Vicente Lim, a West Point graduate, on August 12, 1917 They had six children: Luis, Roberto, Vicente Jr, Patricio, Eulalia, and Maria.

Hidalgo-Lim was active in civic affairs. She became President of the National Federation of Women's Clubs, and was an active supporter for women's suffarage, which President Manuel Quezon signed into law in 1937. In 1940, with Josefa Llanes-Escoda, Hidalgo-Lim helped found the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. She also worked as a line producer for Parlatone Hispano-Filipino Studios, a Manila movie production company. Hidalgo-Lim and her children were in the United States when World War II started.

Hidalgo-Lim and her family returned to the Philippines in 1946. Under President Elpidio Quirino Hidalgo-Lim was a member of the Board of Censors for Motion Pictures, the Parole Board, and the Integrity Board. She continued to serve in the first two agencies during the terms of Presidents Ramon Magsaysay and Carlos P. Garcia.

She became the Centro Escolar University's third president after the death of Carmen de Luna. She steered the university during the reconstruction and normalization of school operations after World War II.

The stamp above was issued on June 1, 1993.