|Political Party:|| Independent (2001 to date)|
Nationalist People's Coalition (1995-2001)
At the age of 18 years, she was appointed Assistant to the President of the Mariwasa Group of Companies. From 1970 to 1981, she was Curator and Proprietress of Galerie Dominique. At the same time, she was team owner and manager of the Galerie Dominique Basketball Team up to 1983. In 1983, she became Vice-President of the Philippine Basketball Association.
She was elected member of the House of Representatives for the Third District of Quezon City in 1987. In 1992, she was elected Senator of the Philippine Republic where she was Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Family Relations and the Committee on Cultural Communities. She was also Vice-Chairperson of the Committees on Cooperatives, on Public Works and on Trade on Commerce.
In 1995, she was re-elected Senator and served until 2001. She was the Chairperson of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development and the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization. She was also Vice-Chairperson of various Senate Committees.
She is a recipient of numerous awards such as: One of the Top Human Advocate in the Senate (1992–1995), one of the Twelve Outstanding Freshmen Solons in 1991, one of the Top Ten Outstandng Representatives in 1991, Gawad Maria Clara Trophy. – A Symbol of Filipina Womanhood in 1990; Outstanding Cogresswoman in 1989 and one of the Top Ten Lawmakers and Achievers in 1988.
Since December 2006, she has been running the Diliman Educational Corporation, which operates the Diliman Preparatory School and the Diliman Computer Technology Institute.
The Senator speaks fluent English, Tagalog and Chinese and is at home with several dialects in the Philippines.
Her family includes a son and a daughter.