Nikki Coseteng

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Nikki Coseteng
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1992 June 30, 2001
Member of the
Philippine House of Representatives
from Quezon City's 3rd district
In office
June 30, 1987 June 30, 1992
Preceded byDistrict established
Succeeded by Dennis Y. Roldan
Personal details
Anna Dominique Marquez-Lim Coseteng

(1952-12-18) December 18, 1952 (age 68)
Manila, Philippines
Political party Independent (2001–present)
Nationalist People's Coalition (1995–2001)

Anna Dominique "Nikki" Marquez-Lim Coseteng (born December 18, 1952) is a Filipina politician who served as a senator from 1992 to 2001, and as representative of Quezon City's 3rd district from 1987 to 1992.


Early life

Coseteng was born in 1952 to Emerson T. Coseteng and Alicia Guanco Marquez-Lim. [1] For her early schooling, she went to St. Paul's College, Maryknoll College and St. Maur's Convent in England. She attended the Notre Dame College of California and the University of the Philippines Diliman at the tertiary level.

At the age of 18, she was appointed Assistant to the President of the Mariwasa Group of Companies. From 1970 to 1981, she was curator and proprietress of her own art gallery, Galerie Dominique. In 1982, she became team manager of the Mariwasa PBA basketball team, renamed Galerie Dominique. She served in the PBA as Vice-President and Treasurer (1983).


She became a street parliamentarian and human rights activist during the latter part of the Marcos years. After EDSA Revolution, she became radio commentator of Radyo ng Bayan and later host of Womanwatch on PTV television and radio. In 1991, she published Sinaunang Habi – Philippine Ancestral Weave.

She was elected member of the House of Representatives for the 3rd District of Quezon City in 1987.

In 1992, she was elected senator and became Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Family Relations and the Committee on Cultural Communities. She was also Vice-Chairperson of the Committees on Cooperatives, on Public Works, and on Trade on Commerce. In 1995, she was re-elected senator and served until 2001. She became the Chairperson of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development, and the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization. She also became vice-chairperson of various Senate Committees. She later ran in 2007 under the opposition coalition but lost.


As a public official, she was a convenor of many conferences which include the National Convention on the Prevention of Family Violence, International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Wakasan ang Karahasan Laban sa Kababaihan sa Loob ng Tahanan, Regional Consultations on the Prevention of Family Violence, Sisterhood is Global: Dialogues in the Philippines, Advocates for the Study and Ratification of the Constitution, and the Legislators' Dialogue on International Standards.

She was one of the Top Human Advocates in the Senate (19921995), one of the Twelve Outstanding Freshmen Solons of 1991, one of the Top Ten Outstanding Representatives of 1991, Outstanding Congresswoman of 1989, and one of the Top Ten Lawmakers and Achievers of 1988. She was also the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Gawad Maria Clara Trophy – A Symbol of Filipina Womanhood in 1990.

Later life

Having visited almost more than 2,000 municipalities in the Philippines, she has been an Adopted Daughter of Antique, Nueva Ecija, Prosperidad City in Agusan del Sur, Ivisan in Capiz, Banate in Iloilo, Hilongos, Dagami and Tunga in Leyte and Binalonan in Pangasinan.

Since December 2006, she has been running the Diliman Educational Corporation, which operates the Diliman Preparatory School and the Diliman Computer Technology Institute.

The senator speaks fluent English, Tagalog and Chinese and is at home with several dialects in the Philippines.

Her family includes a son and a daughter.

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