Rustica Carpio is a Filipino actress, scholar, playwright, philanthropist, and former public servant. She was born in August 9, 1930 Most notably an actress, she has performed on stage, film, and television. She has received acclaim for her role as Lola Puring in Grandmother (Filipino: Lola), a film by Filipino director Brillante Mendoza which was selected to compete in various international film festivals, including Venice and Dubai. For her acting work in the said film, she was critically well-received, earning nominations and awards, winning the Gawad Urian for Best Actress, the Crystal Simorgh for Best International Actress at the Fajr International Film Festival in Iran, and the Las Palmas International Film Festival Best Actress award in Spain.
A scholar, she has written more than 200 academic and journalistic articles, books, scripts, and stories published locally and abroad. She has also served as Dean of two (2) schools of communication in Manila, and a graduate school.