122nd birth anniversary of Quirino marked Friday


The 122nd birth anniversary of President Elpidio Quirino will be commemorated Friday in three locations—Manila and Vigan and Caoayan, both in Ilocos Sur.

Apo Pidiong, as he was fondly called, was the son of Mariano Quirino, a commissioned officer in the Spanish Army, and Gregoria Rivera of La Union. A product of early childhood education in Aringay Elementary in San Fernando, La Union, he then continued his studies in Vigan High School and Manila High School where he passed the civil service exam, first grade. He graduated with a law degree from the University of the Philippines.

Quirino’s 45 years in government service covered the positions of barrio school teacher, property clerk in the Manila police department, law clerk in the Philippine Commission (later to become the Philippine Senate), secretary to then Senate President Manuel Quezon, congressman of Ilocos Sur, senator, vice president and finally second president of the republic from 1948-1953.

Leading the birth anniversary rites in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, will be his granddaughter, Cory Quirino, together with Gov. Chavit Singson, Vice Gov. Deogracias Victor Savellano and board member Jeremias “Jerry” Singson with a program at the provincial capitol. The Manila rites will be led by Mayor Alfredo Lim, Poncy Quirino and Lila Quirino.  Memorial service starts at 8 a.m. at President Elpidio Quirino Monument on Roxas Boulevard corner Quirino Avenue in Malate.

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  • Luthmar

    I thought the second president of the Republic was Manuel L. Quezon; 1935-1944.

    Quirino was the 6th president – 1948-1953

    • http://twitter.com/jacobbendana Jacob Bendaña

      Quirino was the 6th president overall and he was the second president of the 3rd (independent) republic.

  • Mananandata69

    Happy bday, Mr. President

  • zeroko

    If Elpidio Quirino is alive now, he would have died again in shock to the extend of corruption we have. I will always remember the Quirino Highway that goes all the way to Ilocos Norte. That highway symbolize that during his time, corruption is minimal, unlike now, which runs into billions. Quirino highway could have been very functional if it were not for those corrupt DPWD and their constructors who dig up the asphalts in that highway even if there is nothing wrong with it. They peppered the entire highway with pot halls. 

    I can compare Quirino Highway with the airplane runway in Guiuan, Southern Samar. It is almost at the tip of the Island. That runway was built be “sea bees” American forces who built engineering projects once the Americans made a beach-head on the enemies territory to build runways, and put metal mattings on the beaches so their heavy vehicles will not sink on the sand. Guioan Airport is still functioning up to the present save for a few blade of grass between the spacing of the cement. And that runway was built in 1942, 70 years old! There is no maintenance to speak with. Paano, ang mga Americans ay hindi corrupt unlike our Chinese Dominated Government. And consider the technology then compared to the present. He he he. Our country will go nowhere if we allow the Chinese to dominate our government. 

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