Maria Aida Velasquez
Sister Velasquez is a Benedictine Nun with degrees in chemistry. Since 1976 she has devoted herself to the environmental cause by initiating public awareness programmes, environmental and training activities and field projects in urban and rural areas of the Philippines.
Amongst her major campaigns were the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant debate to close the plant and against pollution of Calancan Bay. For her achievements the Philippines Department of Natural Resources and Environment gave her the "Likas Yaman" award in 1988.