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Savellano moves rite of Quirino's 118 birth anniversary in Ilocos Sur to Monday

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Vigan City (12 November) -- Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano had moved the celebration of the 118th birth anniversary of the late President Elpidio Quirino from November 16, Sunday to November 17, Monday, 2008 here, it was learned.

In a memorandum issued by the governor to all provincial heads of the local and national - line agencies, a short program will be highlighted with the awarding of President Elpidio Quirino Medals to chosen honorees and with the floral offering at infront of the President Quirino's monument.

Cory Quirino, grand daughter of the late President, will be expected to lead the local officials, heads of different agencies and students from different schools in floral offerings at the late President's bust.

Leading the list of honorees of the President Quirino medallions are Governor Savellano, Vice Governor Jeremias Singson and House Deputy Speaker Eric D. Singson.

The late President Quirino was born on November 16, 1890 at the provincial jail in Vigan, Ilocos Sur to his parents Mariano Quirino of Ilocos Sur and Gregoria Rivera of Agoo, La Union. He died on February 20, 1956

Quirino obtained a law degree from the University of the Philippines as a working student. He was a public school teacher in Caba, La Union.

He served as private secretary to President Manuel Quezon, congressman, interior secretary, senator and vice president.

In 1934, Qurino was a member of the Philippine Independent mission to Washington D.C. headed by Manuel Quezon that secured the passage in the United States Congress of the Tydings-Mac Duffie Act that set the date for Philippine independence in 1945.

After the war, he served as secretary of state and vice president to Manuel Roxas, the first president of the independence Republic of the Philippines.

Quirino, who took his oath of office on April 17, 1948 as the second president of the Second Philippine Republic after he succeeded President Manuel Roxas who died on April 15, 1948, was founding member and former president of the Liberal Party. He assumed the presidency and subsequently won his election as president for four years.

Within two weeks of his presidency, he granted amnesty to Filipino guerillas fighting against the Japanese invasion and signed Republic Act No. 265 creating the Central Bank and RA 312 granting salary increases to teachers and government employees.

An economist at heart, he foresaw the energy needs of a growing nation by establishing the Ambuklao and Ma. Cristina hydroelectric dams. He is best remembered as The Father of Philippine Industry whose economic blueprint served as basis for the country's industrial development.

Equally lauded for his progressive foreign policy, Quirino became the Philippines' first secretary of foreign affairs when he was vice president. He became one of the founding members of the Union of Pacific Nations, which paved the way for the Asia-Pacific Economic Council and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Quirino was cited by Ilocos Sur officials as an illustrious son of the province, a teacher, a lawyer, legislator, economist, diplomat, statesman and an exemplary public official, a national legendary leader in the 20th century, a man of patriotism, and a man who alleviated the plight of the "common tao."

Meanwhile, late President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Proclamation No. 1927 dated November 15, 1979 declaring every 16th of November as special non - working holiday in the province of Ilocos Sur to commemorate the birth anniversary of late President Quirino. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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