Birthday: March 18, 1948
Birth Place: Baguio City
Date of death or disappearance: March 24, 1976
Place of death or disappearance: Mauban, Quezon
A representation of current Philippine feminism, a leader who fought against all odds, and a dedicated individual who performed the duty of being a wife and mother but also fought for her country all at the same time, she is the definition of an icon who showed determination and sacrifice. Lorena was born on March 18, 1948 in Baguio City. Her intelligent mind and kind-hearted soul caught the eyes of the people who shared the same fight which was taking down the pro-American administration of Marcos. Lorena graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Anthropology and became involved with political activism. Her strong educational background followed Lorena in her 28 years of life as she became the founder and chairwoman of Makibaka, a radical women’s group that fought the dictatorial of Marcos. This gave women the opportunity to have their own place and voice in the nationalist movement.
Lorena and other women activists became aware for the need of Makibaka, the need for women to fight not only against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism, but for their collective liberation, and to draw in women - who hold up half the sky - to participate in the struggle. The women’s struggle became more revolutionary. They would fight against Marcos but also confront the structural inequality in Philippine society.
Lorena joined the “underground” which was made up of young people who showed conflict with the government while their strategy was using the strike-and-run. Challenges arose while working underground but she continued to put her thoughts on paper by writing poems, essays and songs. Lorena was captivated by soldiers in Cagsiay II, Mauban, Quezon but did not want to cooperate for medical attention and would rather die for her beliefs.