Happy Quezon City Day!

Named after the recognized second president of the country, the Philippines wouldn’t be the same if he didn’t do shit for his people.

Plus he gave Quezon City residents a non-working holiday on August 19… which was his birthday (year 1878) and is the day were Pinoys are proud of their language.


The guy was the Senate President during the American Occupation and he tried his best to get those Americans to give the Philippines its independence.

By the way, he was the first Senate President of the Philippines… EVER!

He headed the first independent mission for our independence but it never worked out. Several missions followed and with the collaboration of Speaker Sergio Osmena and then-Senator Manuel Roxas (the OSROX mission), the Tydings-McDuffie Independence Law of 1934 spawned!

In 1935, Quezon became the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth with Osmena as the vice president and Roxas as the Senate President. 68 percent of the votes were cast in favor for him with the rest of the votes scatter to former president Emilio Aguinaldo and religious leader Gregorio Aglipay. In his administration, he cared for land reform and the baby steps to fully regain the freedom we lost. He sought for re-election in 1941, besting Don Juan Sumulong by a superb margin.

However, those Japanese people wanted to control Asia where they began to bounce bombs and pounce firepower on both Philippine and American soldiers! With the fall of a lost of Philippine cities (after most of SE Asia faltered), he was sent to the United States to set up a government in exile.

Even in his deathbed, he hoped to protect his country from the invaders. The war was won and the Japanese fell but Quezon never saw the victory as he died on August 1, 1944 in Saranac Lake, New York. His body was buried in well-known Arlington Cemetery before it was re-interned en route to the Manila North Cemetery near La Loma.

He once said this:

"I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans, because however a bad Filipino government might be, we can always change it."

I like this quote because he said “run like hell”.

Remember to greet your 20-peso bill a Happy Birthday!

Game over.


Post a Comment