Justice Priscilla J. Baltazar-Padilla was born on July 2, 1958 in Manila, the youngest of eight children born to spouses Adolfo Baltazar and Lourdes Joson. She is married to Atty. Venancio B. Padilla, a private practitioner and former Law Dean. Their union is blessed with a sole daughter Queenie Venessi, now married to Kenneth Malibiran. She has three grandchildren, namely Kaylee Nessi, Klyde Nathan, and Kyla Natasha.
She finished both her elementary and secondary education at the National Teachers College in Manila. Mainly due to diligence and hardwork, she was a consistent honor student. She graduated valedictorian in elementary as well as in high school, with various awards/recognitions in academic and non-academic pursuits.
Her Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Laws degrees were pursued at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Intramuros, Manila. She excelled in both courses and was conferred the distinction magna cum laude. She remained active in academics and extra-curricular activities during her college days reaping more awards and citations.
While enrolled in the College of Law, she was hired to teach Political Science subjects by her Alma Mater in 1979. She was tapped to teach in the College of Law after passing the 1984 Bar Examinations. She obtained a weighted average of 90.3% in the said Bar Examinations, placing 5th among the successful examinees.
Various job opportunities came her way but she chose the path of a more challenging law practice and court litigation as the better preparation to later pursue her dream of joining the Judiciary. It was also her father’s wish to see her argue in court.
Puno and Associates Law Offices invited her to be part of its pool of lawyers. In 1991, she and her husband decided to establish the Padilla, Baltazar-Padilla and Associates Law Firm.
While engaged in the practice of law, she continued teaching in the College of Law of the Lyceum and later at the College of Law of the New Era University. She concentrated on Civil Law and Remedial Law subjects. She was a Bar reviewer in Civil and Remedial Law. She was previously connected with Cosmopolitan Review Center which accorded her the opportunity to teach in different parts of the country from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and help prepare aspiring lawyers from various schools in these parts of the country for the Bar examinations. She is also a professional lecturer of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), the Supreme Court’s academic arm which sponsors seminars/workshops and conventions for judges.
She joined the Judiciary in 1996 as Presiding Judge of Branch 29 of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila. She was promoted to Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Manila, Branch 38 thereof in 2000. In 2006, she was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals and initially stationed in Cebu until her transfer to Manila. She held the position for 14 years until her appointment of the Supreme Court.
She was co-examiner in Civil Law in the 2019 Bar Examinations. She was conferred and Outstanding Alumna Award by the Lyceum of the Philippines in 2001, featured as one of the Woman of the ’90s by the television channel Net 25. She was also conferred the Ulirang Ina Award for Law and Judiciary category in 2017.