On November 16, 1890, Elpidio Quirino was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. He was the sixth President of the Philippines and the second President of the Third Republic.
The scarcity of early records from the province of Abra makes the tracing of his paternal ancestry extremely difficult, if not impossible. At least one more generation can be found on his mother’s side, since records in Agoo, La Union go back to 1867.
Quirino was a practicing lawyer until he was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 1919, and in 1925, Senator. He collaborated with President Manuel L. Quezon in securing the passage of the Tydings-McDuffie Act in the United States Congress in 1934. After serving with the Constitutional Convention of the same year, he became Secretary of Finance and then of the Interior in the Commonwealth Government. After the war, in which most of his immediate family were massacred, he was elected Vice President, serving as the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the Roxas administration, and becoming President after Roxas’ sudden death in 1948. Quirino saw his mission as restoring the people’s faith in government, as well as solving problems of agrarian unrest.
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(Photo courtesy of the National Library of the Philippines.)
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