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Justice Mariflor P. Punzalan Castillo completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines in 1978. She took the Bar Examination the same year and obtained a grade of 87.45%.

Finishing her elementary and high school education with honors, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of the Philippines in 1974. She likewise completed her Basic Evidence Course in the National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno, U.S.A. She was also chosen as one of two delegates to the Courts of Singapore for the month of July, 2002.

Innately fashioned to serve the public, she began her legal career as Investigator in the Office of the Tanodbayan from November 1979 to April 1985. She then became Prosecutor of the same office until 1989. Afterwards, she held the position of Special Prosecution Officer III in the Office of the Special Prosecutor under the Office of the Ombudsman for four (4) years.

She proceeded to become the Presiding Judge of the Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 42 of Quezon City from May 1993 to July 1999. Thereafter, she became the Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 84 of Quezon City until March 2004. In the meantime, she also acted as Special Court Judge for cases involving drugs from January 2000 to March 2001, and as Family Court Judge of the same court from March 2001 to March 2004. In 2000, she served as a member of the Screening Committee for Judicial Excellence.

Prior to her appointment as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals on 9 March 2004, she already held several distinctions for her commendable public service. In September 2004 she was conferred the Dangal ng Lipi Award for Public Service by the provincial government of Bulacan. She was named Natatanging Babaeng Hukom ng Bayan ng Pulilan sa Taong 2003 and Natatanging Babaeng Hukom sa Lalawigan ng Bulakan sa Taong 2003.

She was proclaimed as the "Most Outstanding Metropolitan Trial Court Judge for 1999" by the Foundation for Judicial Excellence. She was given a "Certificate of Recognition" by the Office of the Special Prosecutor and a "Commendation" by the Rotary Club of Metro Sta. Mesa granted her an Award for Judicial Excellence. A Plaque of Distinction was presented to her by the U.P. Women Lawyers' Circle. The Municipality of Pulilan and the Pulilan Jaycees declared her as the “1999 Outstanding Pulileña.”

In 1998, she was also bestowed the "Presidential Award for Outstanding Performance" by the Soroptimist International of Novaliches, and the "Natatanging Kababaihan sa Pangkatarungan Award" by the Municipality of Calumpit, Bulacan. In 1994, she was given the "Dangal ng Calumpit Award", Most Outstanding Female Professional by the Rotary Club of Calumpit.

Named as the Most Outstanding Musician of Class 1978 U.P. College of Law, Justice Castillo proficiently plays the piano, guitar, marimba, xylophone, clarinet, and accordion. As a former member of the Filipiniana Dance Troupe, she has maintained a passion for dancing.

Born on 21 September 1954, she is the daughter of the late Dr. Bonifacio C. Punzalan and Lourdes C. Peña. She is married to Elpidio C. Castillo of Pulilan Bulacan with whom she has three (3) children, namely Dr. Carlo Angelo, Patricia Anne and Margarita Anne.

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