The term “Mrs.” Deleted from Philippine Civil Code

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If a woman’s maiden name is Maria Clara and marries Mr. Ibarra Rizal, she will no longer be called “Mrs. Rizal,” thanks to a House Bill passed recently.

The bill allows married women to retain their maiden name.

So now, it will be more difficult to determine whether a woman is married or not because she will continue to be called “Miss” or “Ms.” regardless of martial status — assuming the Senate and the President give their stamp of approval.


One thought on “The term “Mrs.” Deleted from Philippine Civil Code”

  1. A married woman should always retain her maiden name – María Clara in this example.

    Here in Spain, if a woman’s name is María García Martínez and marries Pedro Sánchez López, her official name in all her legal and social transactions will remain María García Martínez and there’s no title affixed like Miss or Mrs. She is called simply and plainly María Gracía Martínez and no other.

    By the way, we always use two surnames (Family Names). In our example above, María (First Name), García (Her father’s surname or what we call “primer apellido” – first surname) and Martínez (Her mother’s or her “segundo apellido” – second surname).
    To make this clearer for you it would look like this: Ferdinand Marcos Romualdez (in this order or appearance). Another example would be, Imee Marcos Romualdez. There’s no trace of Imee’s husband appearing, in any legal or social transactions of Imee Marcos Romualdez and there’s no “Miss” or “Ms” or even “Mrs” appearing.


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