The Mariang Maya Awards are bestowed on outstanding Sigma Deltans in recognition of their contributions to the growth and development of their professions, communities, people, country, Sorority, its Alumnae Association, and Filipino womanhood.

Introduced by the Sigma Delta Phi Alumnae Association National Board in 1983, the first award honored ten outstanding Sigma Deltans in different fields of endeavor. The Association coordinates the Award through its National Mariang Maya Awards Committee that selects a board of judges from among Mariang Maya Awardees.

The Award is named after Mariang Maya, the Filipino zarzuela written by renowned and multi-awarded literary and cultural writer Virginia R. Moreno for the Sorority’s 1953 musical production. Since August 1983, the Mariang Maya Awards are given every five years to honor outstanding sister-achievers of Sigma Delta Phi. To date, sixty Sigma Deltans are proud owners of the Mariang Maya statuette that was designed and sculpted by National Artist Napoleon Abueva.

Some of the Past Mariang Maya Awardees


Purita Kalaw Ledesma ‘35

Founded the Art Association of the Philippines

Anita Magsaysay Ho ’35

Numerous awards in local and foreign art competitions for depicting figurative abstracts of women at work

Araceli Limcaco-Dans ’47

Internationally-acclaimed oil and watercolor artist

Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi ’59

Internationally-acclaimed painter and printmaker

Felicitas Layag-Radaic ’53

Prima ballerina, first Filipino member of London’s Royal Academy of Dance

Joy Gamboa-Virata ’53

Stage performer, played a leading role in establishing Repertory Philippines

Felice Prudente Sta. Maria ’66

Commissioner of the Philippine Centennial Commission and UNESCO National Commission

of the Philippines, bestowed the rank of Chevalier in the Grand Ordre des Artes et Letres by

the Republic of France in 1990



Solita “Winnie” Collas-Monsod ’56

Renowned Economist, former NEDA Director, Professor Emeritus at the UP, Diliman

Lilia Calderon-Clemente ’57

First Filipina investment broker, Chairman and CEO of Clemente Capital, Inc.

Yolanda Bello-Pajaro ’61

Founder, President and CEO of Via Venetto Phils., Inc.

Government Service

Virginia Oteyza de Guia ’38

Youngest lady Mayor of Baguio City, 1946

Josefina Trinidad Lichauco ’47

Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications from 1979 to 2000

Lilia R. Bautista ’52

Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office, World Trade Organization, World
Health Organization, International Labor Organization, and other international organizations
in Geneva, Switzerland

International Relations

Estefania Aldaba Lim ’68

First Filipino clinical psychologist, first Female Cabinet Member, recipient of the UN Peace
Medal Award


Ameurfina Melencio Herrera ’46

Second female appointed to the Philippine Supreme Court

Flerida Ruth Pineda Romero ’47

Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court from 1991 to 1999

Lourdes Paredes San Diego ’33

Charter Member; First Woman Presiding Judge at the Court of Appeals


Mass Communication

Aleli Guzman Quirino, M.D. ’33

First woman surgeon to perform an abdominal operation in the Philippines

Betty Go-Belmonte ‘52

One of the founders and first Presidents of The Philippine Star

Ces Oreña Drilon ’80

Broadcast journalist, news anchor and senior correspondent of Bandila, the ABS-CBN
flagship nightly news program