Press Release
July 28, 2010

Senate condoles with late Senator Antonino's family

The Senate adopted on Monday a resolution expressing its profound sympathy and sincere condolences on the death of former Sen. Magnolia Antonino of La Union.

One of the first resolutions adopted in the 15th Congress, Resolution No. 4 honors Antonino as a devoted educator and commends her exceptional ability in industrial and business management. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada presented to the Antonino family a copy of the resolution last Monday at the late senator's residence in New Manila, Quezon City. The resolution was received by Antonino's sons Arthur, Adelbert, Nueva Ecija Rep. Rodolfo, and Gaudencio.

"The passing away of the '1988 Gintong Ina Awardee' is a great loss not only to her bereaved family but to the nation as well," the resolution introduced by Enrile, read.

Antonino was born in Balaoan, La Union, on December 14, 1915. She was married to the late Sen. Gaudencio Antonino.

She graduated from the Balaoan public schools and La Union High school and completed combined normal courses from the Philippine Normal School in 1934. She started as a home economics teacher in La Union then became principal at the Balaoan Elementary School.

She was elected in the House of Representatives as an independent candidate for the first district of La Union in 1965. She ran and won as senator in lieu of her husband who died on the eve of the 1967 senatorial election.

During her term as senator from 1968 to 1972, Antonino worked for the passage of laws including Republic Act 6124 (Providing for the Fixing of the Maximum Selling Prices of Essential Articles or Commodities and Creating the Price Control Council); RA 6235 (Prohibiting Explosives and Flammables, Corrosive or Poisonous Substances or Material in Passenger Aircraft and Regulating the Loading thereof in Cargo Aircraft); and RA 6395 which consolidated and revised the Charter of the National Power Corporation.

She also helped enact laws that benefited women and children, farmers through increased production of rice and corn, and people from the government and education sectors.

She was treasurer of the Antonino Construction Enterprises (1946-1953); secretary-treasurer, then manager, Western Mindanao Lumber Co.; general manager, G. E. Antonio, Inc., treasurer, Polytechnic Colleges of the Philippines; director, Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank and Luzon Cement Corporation.

She was an officer and member of various social and civic organizations, including Inner Wheel Club of Manila, WYCA, Manila Girl Scouts Council, Philippine Band of Mercy, Philippine Garden Club. Antonino is also grandmother to Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio of the 1st district of South Cotabato.

Antonino passed away last July 22 at the age of 94. Interment is set today at the Manila Memorial Park.

* press release by Public Relations and Information Bureau (PRIB)
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