High School 2006

Atty. Maria Caterina Cristina R.
Lopa is a Partner at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo, and Ongsiako Law Office. She obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Ateneo Law School in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Development Studies and Social Sciences from the
Ateneo de Manila University. She graduated elementary and high school in Assumption College, San Lorenzo, where she was the captain of the University’s varsity basketball team. In addition to her budding law practice, she is passionate about
women empowerment, being the Managing Director of the non- profit organization Girls Got Game.

Since 2015, GGG has run more than 25 sports camps for underprivileged pre-teen girls in various areas around the Philippines.

Q: What activities do you think can be introduced to benefit alumnae and AC Mission Schools?

A: During the present times, I think that introducing after school extra-curricular activities, i.e., sports, music, arts, will benefit alumnae and AC Mission Schools.

In addition to encouraging holistic and well-rounded development of the students in AC Mission Schools, this is particularly important during the present times where public schools are resuming face to face classes but there is still a prohibition against school-initiated extra- curricular activities. At the same time, parents are physically reporting back to work, which then leaves the children with no companions or activities after school. Having productive after school activities will solve these problems, all while benefiting the alumnae who will be given avenues to share their respective talents, interests, and skills to the AC Mission Schools.

Q: What are 1-2 key learnings from your Assumption education that molded you into the woman you are now?

A: One key learning from my Assumption education that molded me into the woman I am now is believing in the value of being an empowered woman. In Assumption, we were taught that we are not “less than” or “less capable” simply because we are women; on the contrary, we read poems like Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou and were encouraged to pursue our dreams without being held back by gender stereotypes.

Another key learning from my Assumption education that molded me into the woman I am now is the concept of Fidelity to Duty, which pushes me to stay the course and make a positive impact in all my spheres of influence.

These two key learnings have encouraged me to strive for excellence not only in the male- dominated legal world but also in my non-profit work that aims to empower women through sports.

Q: What achievement are you most proud of and why?

A: The achievement I am most proud of is the growth and establishment of the non- profit organization Girls Got Game. In the past 6 years — and even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit virtually — I have led the organization in running sports programs for underprivileged girls from various areas around the Philippines. More than the sports skills that we teach, I am most proud of the valuable life lessons that we impart to the girls such as teamwork, confidence, and leadership, all of which I hope they will use to become successful Filipinas in the future.