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FIDA stands for Federacion Internacional de Abogadas or International Federation of Women Lawyers. It was founded in 1944. Today, it has about 72 member countries and is accorded consultative status by the United Nations.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2011-2013)                            

  • Elizabeth R. Padron                                           
  • Lutricia Q. Alconcel
  • Judge Josefina G. Bacal
  • Fe S. Cellan
  • Ma. Aurora P. Cortes
  • DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima
  • Justice Leoncia R. Dimagiba
  • Gilda C. Lim
  • Epifania N. Mendoza
  • Judge Sylva A. Paderanga
  • Marita V. Padolina 
  • Natividad M. Roma
  • Justice Marlene Gonzales-Sison
  • Ma. Josefina G. San Juan-Torres
  • Justice Nina A. Valenzuela

  • Elizabeth R. Padron            - President
  • Marlene G. Sison                 - Exec. Vice-President
  • Leoncia R. Dimagiba           - VP for Luzon
  • Sylva A. Paderanga            - VP for Visayas
  • Josefina G. Bacal                - VP for Mindanao
  • Kathryn Elemen                  - Secretary
  • Ma. Josefina G. Torres        - Treasurer
  • Ma. Aurora P. Cortes          - Public Relations Officer
  • Epifania N. Mendoza           - Auditor

  • Alma D. Martin                  
  • Ma. Josefina G. Torres

President / Director

She graduated from Ateneo de Manila School of Law in 1980 and passed the bar given on the same year. She is the youngest of the seven (7) sons and five (5) daughters of the late spouses Thomas G. Padron and Maria C. Ramones of Aurora, Isabela. A Libran, she proved to be the diplomat of the zodiac sign as she is outgoing and optimistic in her approach to life. Her colleagues in various organizations describe her as one. She is also known to give a helping hand always and has a great sense of humor.

After law school, she joined government for a year and later transferred to a private management corporation to become its General Counsel for nine (9) years. At present, she is into general practice and has put her own law office E. R. PADRON & ASSOCIATES. She is an officer and member of different law organizations, where she served in various capacities. She is Founding Director, Women Trial Lawyers Association of the Philippines (WTLAP); President, Ateneo de Manila College of Law Class 1980, Inc.; Member, International Bar Association (IBA), Philippine Bar Association (PBA), Legal Management Council of the Philippines (LMCP), Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industries (PCCI).

Public Relations Officer/Director

She was awarded as one of the eleven Public Servants for the year 2002 by the National Students Consensus. Was also granted full scholarship at the Academy of American and International Law in Dallas, Texas.

Judge Rory served as Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the Solicitor General and currently serving as Trustee/Director and Corporate Secretary of the Board of the Rotary Streetchildren Foundation. She, likewise, served as Centennial President of RC Manila West, District 3810.

VP for Luzon/Director

Judge Leony graduated from the Ateneo de Manila School of Law in 1972. Since she became a lawyer in 1973, she has been in the government and private services which culminated in her being the Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 194, Para�aque City, a family court, a position she has been holding since April 2002. Prior thereto, she was an Assistant City Prosecutor of Manila for fifteen years starting 1987 until her appointment to the Judiciary in April 2002.

As a Prosecutor, she was cited as an Outstanding Pillar of the Criminal Justice System.

Despite her heavy workload in the court, she finds time to render community service. She is an active Rotarian, and a volunteer of the �Pangsabadong Abogado Handog Namin sa Iyo�, among others.

She specializes in family law and laws involving women and children and criminal law.


Formerly Vice-President and Chief Finance Officer of a group of companies engaged in international shipping and freight forwarding business. Prior to this, she was connected with two of the country�s most prestigious auditing firms and among the Big Six audit firms in the world as Senior Tax Manager. She was also formerly Head of banking, immigration, corporate and tax services of a law firm. She acted as accountant/auditor and consultant to various prominent individuals and companies, had lectured and had been invited as resource person in various seminars. She was once professorial lecturer of various universities and review schools in Metro Manila and a columnist in the Business World under the column Tax Wise or Otherwise.

Currently, Director of Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA) and Treasurer of Ateneo Class of 1980, Inc. She is the Managing Partner of Clerigo Mendoza Navarro and Co.

She is a lawyer and a certified public accountant. A graduate of the Ateneo Law School Class 1980, she was a consistent Dean�s lister and finished among the top to the graduating class. She earned her accounting degree from the University of Baguio where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Class Valedictorian. She is a Bar Topnotcher placing 9th in the 1980 Bar examination. She likewise topped the nationwide Revenue Examiners Basic Training Course for Bureau of Internal Revenue and landed first place in the final CPA pre-board examination of PSBA Review School. She also took up Master in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines, where she was a civil service scholar and a consistent academic scholar.

Recently, she was endorsed by the Philippine Judicial Academy for possible appointment in the Bench.


Atty. Marita is currently a Labor Arbiter at the National Labor Relations Commission, National Capital Region (NCR). Appointed in 1999, she is now the first woman President of the National Association of Labor Arbiters, Inc. (NALAI), a strong association of Labor Arbiters all over the Philippines.

Prior to her joining the government service, she was Legal Counsel of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies, particularly the Fortune Tobacco Corporation from May 1988 up to January 1999.

�Marits� as she is fondly called is a fighter for truth and justice. She is a women of courage and conviction. She still believes that public office is a public trust and believes that �a beautiful women smiles in trials, keeps herself calm and grows stronger through love and prayers�. She surely is a woman to watch as she is determined to go up the government ladder and deliver basic services and justice to the people.


Atty. Joy graduated from the University of the Philippines with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications (cum laude), major in Broadcasting and minor in European Languages. She finished law with the degree in Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Ateneo de Manila School of Law and passed the Philippine Bar examinations in 1994.

She has extensive training and experience in the field of human rights particularly in the areas concerning refugees, women and children. Atty. Torres is presently connected with the Court of Appeals with the position of Executive Clerk of Court III of the First Division of said Court.


Judge Nina is mother to 10-year old boy, Alberto Clemente (Toby), wife to Atty. Alberto E. Valenzuela Jr., and daughter to almost 80-year old physician, Dr. Natividad Z. Geluz-Antonio. Her father, Atty. Clemente E. Antonio, is deceased.

She obtained her early education from the St. Scholastica�s College, Manila, where she studied preparatory school until sixth grade. She studied high school and obtained her degrees in Psychology and Law, from the University of the Philippines in Quezon City.

She begun her judicial career as Presiding Judge of the Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 30, Manila in the year 2000. She has been the Presiding Judge, Regional Trial Court, Branch 28, Manila, since 2004. Aside from being a member of the Judiciary, Judge Nina is also a law professor at the Adamson University College of Law.

She loves books. Among her favorite reads are Charlotte�s Web, Wuthering Heights and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

VP for Visayas/ Director

Judge Sylva A. Paderanga is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law, class of 1978. She is the incumbent Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 16, Cebu City. She was the former presiding judge and acting presiding judge of RTC Branch 25, Danao City, Cebu. She was also a former court Confidential Attorney assigned to Supreme Court Associate Justice Ramon C. Fernandez and Efren I. Plana. Before becoming an RTC Judge, she was the Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel of the Aboitiz Group of Companies based in Cebu.

Judge Sylva has received several awards and citations for her professional excellence in a diverse legal career that includes a Supreme Court clerkship, legal counseling for a bank and conglomerate, voluntary arbitration and private law practice for the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Cebu and Cebu City Chapters, U.P. Women Lawyers Circle (WILOCI), Association of Voluntary Arbitrators of Central Visayas, Inc. and the UP Law Alumni Cebu Foundation, Inc., among others. For her dynamic and creative leadership of civic organizations and zealous commitment to the cause of the underprivileged, particularly women and children, she received commendations and awards from the FIDA Cebu Chapter, Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippine;s, Inc., Rotary Clubs, Cebu Woman�s Club, Inc., and the Lihok Pilipina Foundation, Inc., to name a few.

She has participated in numerous conferences, conventions, seminars, trainings, and workshops locally and internationally, not only as a member of the bench and of the Philippine Bar, but as a socio-civic leader as well, on various topics or subjects, like management and leadership, commercial and corporate legal practice, special corporate projects (public listing, mergers and finance), banking, intellectual property, voluntary arbitration, family law, labor, environment protection and enforcement, women and children�s rights, gender consciousness, judicial reform, immigration and the like.

The judge is married to Atty. Goering George C. Paderanga, a former classmate and fellow member of the UP Law Alumni Cebu Foundation, Inc., with whom she has three children: Atty Gerik Caesare, Georgeane Golda and Goering George, Jr.




She finished college at St. Paul College of Manila in March 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After that, she continued to the University of Sto. Tomas and finished in March 2006 with Bachelor of Laws.




What is FIDA?
FIDA stands for Federacion Internacional de Abogadas or International Federation of Women Lawyers. It was founded in 1944. Today, it has about 72 member countries and is accorded consultative status by the United Nations.

Be part of us
Know the FIDA chapter nearest you.