Former Senator and Assemblywoman Helena Z Benitez passed away on July 14, 2016 of natural causes. The matriarch of the Benitez family was Chairwoman Emeritus of the Philippine Women’s University which was founded by her parents, Francisca Tirona Benitez and Dean Conrado Benitez in 1919. She held the same position at the Philippine Women’s College of Davao, Inc.
Helena Z Benitez was a respected educator, legislator, and a pioneer in women’s empowerment and the advancement of Philippine culture. Her landmark legislation covered advocacies such as education, youth development and the environment. She founded the world-famous Bayanihan Folk Dance Company and held leadership positions in international and local organizations such as the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, the National Commission on Women and the Philippine Home Economics Association. She played key roles in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, UN Environment Program and in the International Association of Universities.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to PWU-Helena Z Benitez Endowment Fund.
The PWU Community extends heartfelt condolences to the Benitez family.
Let us pray for the eternal repose of her soul.
|FRIDAY, July 15, 2016|
|1:00pm||Mass||Heritage Memorial Chapel|
|2:00pm||Cremation||Heritage Memorial Chapel|
|5:00pm||Transfer||PWU Chapel, Taft Avenue, Manila|
|SATURDAY, July 16, 2016|
|4:00pm||Mass||PWU Chapel with PWU Alumni|
|SUNDAY, July 17, 2016|
|11:00am||Mass||PWU Chapel with Sandigan Foundation of the Philippines|
|2:00pm||Mass||Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz, New York City with PWU Alumni Association East Coast Chapter|
|4:00pm||Mass||PWU Chapel with Phil. Home Economics Association|
|MONDAY, July 18, 2016|
|2:00pm||Scouts Own||Girl Scouts of the Philippines|
|4:00pm||Mass||PWU Chapel with Girl Scouts of the Philippines|
|TUESDAY, July 19, 2016|
|10:00am||Necrological Service at the Philippine Senate (Limited attendance)|
|3:00pm||Inurnment at Mira Nila (Limited attendance)|
|3:00pm||Mass||Davao City with PWC of Davao Alumni|
|WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016|
|12:00nn||Mass||PWU Chapel followed by Novena with Phil. Rural Reconstruction Movement|
|THURSDAY, July 21, 2016|
|12:00nn||Mass||PWU Chapel followed by Novena with Tirona clan|
|FRIDAY, July 22, 2016|
|12:00nn||Mass||PWU Memorial Mass & 9th day Novena at PWU Chapel|
|4:00pm||Mass||Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel with PWC Alumni of Iloilo|