Associate Justice Cielito N. Mindaro-Grulla

Hon. CIELITO N. MINDARO-GRULLA was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) on November 27, 2009. She is a senior member of the CTA SECOND DIVISION. She is Chair of the 2nd Executive Committe; Chair of the Technical Working Group of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS); and Chair of the Committee on Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability.

She finished her AB Political Science in 1970 and Bachelor of Laws in 1974, both from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Since passing the bar in 1975, she has worked in government, among others - as 2nd Assistant City Fiscal or Prosecutor III of Quezon City and as Judge of Regional Trial Court of Manila, Branch 29, for thirteen (13) years. She was among the awardees as Outstanding RTC Judge, on the occasion of the 437th Founding Anniversary of the City of Manila (2008). She was the incumbent Executive Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Manila, when she was appointed Associate Justice of the CTA.

She was a Lecturer on the "Rules of Procedure of the CTA (Pre-Trial and Trial Skills)", MCLE LECTURE, on November 4, 2013, on May 20, 2015 and on March 11, 2016

She has attended various trainings which pertinently include: the International Conference on Litigation at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore, from Aug. 11 to 12, 2011; "The Practice of Double Tax Treaties in Case Studies - Senior Level Course" in Vienna, Austria, from June 27 to 29, 2016; and the International Taxation Principles and Planning (Blue) Course offered by the Sheltons International Tax Training Institute (SITTI), London, United Kingdom, from Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, 2018.

She has two (2) published articles, entitled "The Prosecutor: His Mission" (which won the First Prize Winner on the occasion of the Quezon City Prosecutors' Annual Service Accountability Report in 1989); and "Update & Upbeat on a Manila Hall of Justice in 2009"

She was born on June 17, 1950 in Cauayan, Isabela, to the deceased spouses Bienvenido Gammad Noriega, Sr.(deceased) and Socorro Gabriel Munoz. She is the oldest among nine (9) siblings, namely: Cielito, Bienvenido, Jr., James, Maribel, Rosalinda, Socorro Victoria, Judith, Charles and Lalaine.

She and her deceased spouse Judge Cesar Jose Mindaro are blessed with five (5) children: Clare (married to Christian Panlasigui Medina), Catherine, Caroline, Cesar Augustine and Cecilia (married to Marvin Joseph M. Hebron). She has a granddaughter named Corinne Teresa M. Medina and two (2) grandsons named Abe Jose M. Villanueva and Araya Cole M. Villanueva. She is now married to Mr. Gil Gatchalian Grulla.

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