Natividad Almeda-Lopez was the first woman to actively practice law as a profession
and subsequently became the first woman Justice in the Philippines.
Natividad Almeda married Domingo Lopez, the then governor of Tayabas, Quezon and
Marinduque. Throughout her married life she lived apart from her husband, an arrangement
that was unusual at that time.
She was Acting City Judge of the City Court of Manila for three years until she was
appointed permanently to the position in 1934, a position she held for ten years.
In 1956 she was appointed to the newly opened Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
as presiding judge. One year from retirement she was elevated to the Court of Appeals