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PWU’s New Chairperson and Officials

Mrs. Victorina Amalingan-Sales is the new Chairperson of the Philippine Women’s University Board of Trustees. Mrs. Sales is a respected and committed alumna who provides leadership to the Board based on her extensive professional experience and demonstrated success in working with businesses and philanthropic endeavors. She has been a board member of De La Salle University, College of St. Benilde and the Arnold Jansen Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Sales has long supported and helped sustain the mission and vision of PWU, displaying personal qualities of loyalty, integrity and credibility. She was awarded the 2017 Hiyas ng Pamantasan award, which is the highest honor that the University can bestow on a member of the PWU community. Mrs. Sales is the seventh chairperson of the PWU Board of Trustees following in the illustrious footsteps of Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos (1925-1941), Ramona S. Tirona (1941-1945), Conrado Benitez (1946-1971), Filemon C. Rodriguez (1971-1980), Helena Z Benitez (1980-2016) and Jose Francisco B. Benitez (2016-2017).

PWU also welcomes Brother Armin Altamirano Luistro, FSC as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. Brother Armin, who was the former Secretary of the Department of Education, holds an unblemished track-record of service and will help provide guidance and good governance to PWU as it moves on and transitions to its next century.

Also continuing to serve on the PWU Board of Trustees are: Dr. Carmela I. Quebengco, Dr. Patricia Ma. Araneta, Mr. John Phillip Sevilla, Mr. Benjamin R. Lopez, Mr. Marco M. Benitez, Mr. Alfredo B. Reyes and Mrs. Lydia Francisca B. Brown. Serving as ex-oficio member is Dr. Cristina Lim Yuson representing the PWU Alumni Association while Dr. Francisco Benitez continue to serve as president. Atty. Victorio H. Macasaet, Jr. of Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako Law Firm is the corporate secretary and Atty. Marco Mabanta is assistant corporate secretary. The Board recently convened to welcome its new members and to thank Mrs. Ma. Luisa G. Mirasol for her service and support as a Trustee.

As PWU embarks on our journey towards a brighter future, I call on the entire PWU community for your support as we welcome our new officials with whose help and guidance we continue to build the scaffolding for our next hundred years.


Dr. Francisco B. Benitez became the university’s ninth president in 2011 having returned to the Philippines from teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the fourth generation of the Benitez family to serve PWU and continues the family’s commitment to transformative and holistic education in the service of the nation.

Dr. Benitez is currently a Commissioner for Graduate Education of PAASCU (Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities) and a Trustee of PACU (Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities). He is also a Trustee of the Philippine Women’s College of Davao, which was founded by Helena Z Benitez, his grand aunt.

Dr. Benitez completed his undergraduate studies in Comparative Literature at Cornell University (summa cum laude) and his MA and Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is married to Charlotte Kuo and they have three daughters.


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