Timeline

1905
1905

The Asociación Feminista Filipina is established.

The Asociación Feminista Filipina is established.

On September 23, 1906, an important meeting was held at 19 Crespo Street, Quaipo, Manila. Severl civic-minded women (most of them from the Asociación Feminista Filipina) such as Concepcion Felix de Calderon, Maria Arevalo, Librada Avelino, Trinidad Rizal, Asuncion Soriano, Helen Wilson, Carmen Manuel de Gerona and Maria Flores de Villamor were in attendance. The gathering’s primary objective was to discuss the possibility of setting up a milk station in the Philippines to combat the high rate of infant mortality at the time.

1907
1907

Start of Gota de Leche project

Start of Gota de Leche project

This led to the founding of Gota de Leche which saw the establishing of a milk station and dairy socialized distribution system for pasteurized cow’s milk. The formulation of maternal nutrition and educational programs are the first activities. 1907 – La Proteccion de la Infancia became an incorporation.

1913
1913

Don Teodoro Yangco donation of the building

Don Teodoro Yangco donation of the building

Finally, a benevolent philanthropist, Don Teodoro Yangco, donated the 3,318 square-meter lot on Lepanto Street where the Gota de Leche building stands until today. Along with the property, he gave La Proteccion de la Infancia 8,000 pesos to help with the building’s construction. Government financial aid and an annual subsidy of 12,000 pesos also helped with the construction’s completion.

1914
1914

Turn over of Gota de Leche building

Turn over of Gota de Leche building

Architect Arcadio Arellano designed and finished the Gota de Leche building in 1914. The fundation finally has a permanent site to adequtely provide nutritional support for Filipino children that badly needed it.

1937
1937

Women’s Suffrage

Women’s Suffrage

The National Assembly in the Philippines announced the plebiscite in 1937, which would decide whether or not women should gain the right to vote. Multiple women’s movements started in 1910, which led to the plebiscite in 1937 where women voted for or against for women’s suffrage rights.

1942
1942

WWII Japanese Occupation

WWII Japanese Occupation

Beyond providing milk for undernourished children, the Gita de Leche ladies educated mothers on maternal and infant care. More importantly, they served to keep public interest alive via regular reports to the headquarters, and with direct appeals to prospective benefactors and patrons. These regular meetings and fund-raising campaigns continued even during the Japanese occupation. The war brought with it even more difficulties and disease, increasing the number of Gota de Leche beneficiaries to over five hundred babies. But as records and history show, no war could stop the foundation’s medical team and volunteerism.

1945
1945

War Damage Compensation Office

War Damage Compensation Office

Gota de Leche building used as office for assistance claimants for war damage compensation
(Lorenzo Tañada, Soc Rodrigo and Jose Diokno)

1949
1949

Establishment of Manila Children’s Hospital

Establishment of Manila Children’s Hospital

The Manila Children’s Hospital began as a children’s clinic in Manila, and opened its doors to a new building in 1950, beside Gota de Leche. Dra Fe del Mundo was its first Medical Director. Lourdes Almeda Lopez volunteered as administrative staff while still in college. But after giving birth to her first child, Jose, she was given a token allowance.

1974
1974

Establishment of MCH ying in Hospital Taft Ave. Manila

Establishment of MCH ying in Hospital Taft Ave. Manila

The Manila Children’s hospital added new services for our pregnant women which is the lying in department in Manila

2002
2002

Restoration of Gota de Leche Building

Restoration of Gota de Leche Building

In 2002, the property underwent restoration. The initiative received an honorable mention in the 2003 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Preservation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The restoration adapted the use of local materials and craftsmanship in the existing tilework, grille work, and capis window panes in wooden lattice frame. In 2014, it was declared an Important Cultural Property by the #NationalMuseumPH.