PILAR JULIANA "PIA" SCHRAMM CAYETANO (born March 22, 1966), popularly known as _Compañera Pia_ or _Pia_, is a Filipino lawyer and was the youngest woman elected Senator in the history of the Republic of the Philippines . She was first elected senator in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. A known advocate of women and children's rights, she is best known for pushing for the passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RA 10354), the Expanded Breastfeeding Promoting Act (RA 10028), and the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994), among others. Senator Pia is also a triathlete and an advocate of sports and the rights of athletes. She is the sister of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano . Following the May 9, 2016 elections, Cayetano ran and won a seat as representative of the second district of Taguig City.
* 1 Early life * 2 Education * 3 Legal career * 4 Political career * 5 Personal life * 6 References * 7 External links
She is the only daughter of the late Senator Renato "Compañero" Cayetano and German-American former school teacher Sandra Schramm. She has three brothers: Alan Peter , who is currently serving as Secretary of Foreign Affairs ; Carl is an ex-councilor of Muntinlupa City and the owner of the collectible figurine store "Maxicollector" while Lino Edgardo is a television and movie director, former Barangay Chairman of Barangay Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, and former congressional representative of the second district of Taguig. Cayetano is a mother to two daughters, Maxine and Nadine, a son Gabriel and a foster parent to Rene Lucas.
Cayetano took up Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of the Philippines , and graduated _cum laude_ in 1985. She then took up Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She graduated in 1991 with academic distinction, #7 in her class; she also became a member of the Honor Society, Order of the Purple Feather.
Cayetano at the Senate session in 2010
From 1992 until 1995, Cayetano was an associate lawyer of the Castillo, Laman Tan, and Pantaleon Law Offices, specializing in corporate law and intellectual property laws. From 1996 to 1999 she was an officer for the legal and corporate affairs of the Belle Corporation and its affiliates including the gaming conglomerate BW Resources. In 2000, she was a general counsel of the Philweb Corporation . In 2001, she was appointed as chairman of the Maxi Group of Companies, a retailer and distributor of educational toys, infant apparel and accessories.
In 2012, Senator Cayetano established her own cafe, Slice, in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City.
Following the death of her father then Senator Renato Cayetano due to liver cancer on June 24, 2003, several legislators including senators, encouraged Pia Cayetano to run for office. As a result, she ran for a Senate seat in the 2004 elections . Initially she was a virtual unknown to the electorate but with the liberalization of political advertisements, she gained popularity with her TV advertisement as a runner, cyclist, and as a tri-athlete, and as a new host of her father's TV program _Compañero y Compañera