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Monday, February 22, 2010

Alimodian Firsts: Teodosia Andutan Amarra


Teodosia Andutan Amarra
First Lady Councilor of Alimodian

        Mrs. Teodosia Andutan Amarra is the first lady councilor of our town. She was born on March 23, 1894 to Maria Juana Andicoy and Pedro Andutan. She took her elementary education under Mrs. Venancia Sta. Cruz Edurese in Grade I, under Mr. Gelacio Allones in Grade II and under Mr. Justo Puga in Grade III.

        After studying for three months in Grade II when she was only 13 years old, she was made to teach because there was an urgent need of teachers. She taught simple English and arithmetic. In 1919 she married 1st Sgt. Francisco Amarra and they resided in Camp Stotsenburg, Pampanga. The couple was blessed with only two sons, Arturo and Napoleon.

       Arturo is the first electrical engineer of our town. Later he pursued aeronautical and mechanical engineering. Napoleon became a doctor of medicine. He had been the resident physician of Aleosan District Hospital before his demise in 1980.
      When Mrs. Amarra became a widow, she devoted her life to the service of the church and the community. She has been an officer of various church organizations such as Sacred Heart Association, Catholic Women’s League and Dominican Tertiary. She is the first president of the Catholic Women’s League.
 
      She has improved the right wing of the church for the “Sabadohan.” She has contributed some amount for the shutters of the church.

     While she is active in the church, she is also involved politically. She has been a municipal councilor for six terms or for 26 years. She is one of the founders of the Alimodian High School and has donated a lot for the school site.

     Mrs. Amarra is also responsible for organizing the Alimodian Puericulture Center. When the center was finished there was no nurse to attend to the needs of the people, so she went to Manila to ask for a nurse. 

     In the twilight of her life Mrs. Amarra enjoys staying at home knitting, crocheting and embroidering. She also shows her culinary arts by cooking catsup, making preserves and pickles. She loves to read the Holy Bible which is her constant companion at a very old age. Well, that’s Mrs. Teodosia Amarra’s life in a nutshell.

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