Julia Vargas de Ortigas
was a prominent philanthropist. She was particularly involved in the campaign
In the 1920s the Philippines was
beset with the growing disease of tuberculosis. She
was called by Manuel Quezon to help needy patients in
the recently established Quezon Institute. Ortigas
became a member of the Board of Directors of the institution
in February 1929. She was
later elected as its first vice-president.
February 1932 she was elected as president of the
Philippine Tuberculosis Society, a positioned she held until her
death in 1960.