TOWNS Foundation Inc. is the organization of Filipino women awarded for outstanding service in the nation’s service.

The Foundation undertakes programs, projects and activities aimed at nation building and enhancing the status of Filipino women.


Empowered women to serve as catalysts
for national development towards improving quality of life

166 Awardees Since 1974









The search for The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) award is now underway.

TOWNS Foundation Inc. conducts this triennial search for the purpose of identifying outstanding Filipino women who, in their various capacities have served the country well and to recognize those who are true role models for Filipino women who aspire to dedicate themselves to nation-building. The award is given every three years during the last week of October and the search for these women is held nationwide for a period of one year.

Since 1974, TOWNS has recognized 166 women from various walks of life who have served as catalysts for economic, social and cultural development, women empowerment, national security and national unity.

Any Filipino woman may be nominated by a person or organization on the basis of specific criteria. She must be at least 21 years but not more than 50 years by October 31, 2019, a Filipino citizen, distinguished in her field of specialization or advocacy and committed to the promotion of the well-being and upliftment of the people and community she serves.

The nominee must possess a pioneering spirit and must have achieved success despite challenges attendant to new endeavours. She must be dignified, respectable, articulate and self-confident.

For more information about the search, one may email townsfoundationinc@gmail.com. Deadline for nomination is on July 31, 2019.


The award is not restricted to the standard categories of Business, Science, Sports, Arts, Education, Government Service, Media, Humanitarian Service and the like. The award recognizes women in a wide range of categories and will award a woman who has demonstrated outstanding and exceptional work in her specific field of discipline that has contributed to nation building or the improvement of society. The Search has dispensed awards for women in the fields of agriculture, foreign service, economics, psychiatry, cultural integration, diplomacy, bio-chemistry, food technology, educational TV, drug abuse prevention, book publishing and other more specific or special categories.


Launch of the TOWNS Search

Dr. Esperanza Cabral, TOWNS Search Chair, explains the selection criteria of the TOWNS Search at the launch of the 16th TOWNS Search on October 9, 2018 at the AIM.





Search for the outstanding women in the nation's service
OCTOBER 9, 2018 – AUGUST 31, 2019


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