Nursing & Midwifery

Nazaria Lagos, 1851-1945

Display No. 109

Nazaria Lagos is referred to as the ‘Florence Nightingale of Panay’, the fourth most populous island in the Philippines. Married at the age of 12 and having 8 children, she progressed to becoming a national hero as a pioneer leader of the Red Cross in the Visayas Region.

As director of the hospital of the Revolutionary Army during the Philippine Revolution, she even donated her own hacienda and supplies to the revolucionarios. Lagos sewed the Philippine flag that was raised in the Dueñas town square on 12 June 1899, the first anniversary of the proclamation of the country’s independence.

This portrait is part of a series by CJ Calanday celebrating the achievements of inspirational women from the Philippines.

© CJ Calanday

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