Manuel L. Quezon

Topics: Philippines, Quezon City, Filipino language, Metro Manila, Tagalog language / Pages: 12 (2951 words) / Published: Mar 14th, 2011
ABSTRACT Do you really know MANUEL L. QUEZON??? Well, I think almost people know him as the “Father of the Philippine National Language” and we always see him in a twenty pesos bill. But who is the real Manuel L. Quezon in the history of the Philippines??? Well to know him more, I spend a lot of time to gain more information about him by searching in the internet and reading books and I found out many interesting things about him.

As the result of my research I found out that Manuel Luis Quezón y Molina (August 19, 1878 – August 1, 1944) served as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944. He was the first Filipino to head a government of the Philippines. Quezón is considered by most Filipinos to have been the second president of the Philippines, after Emilio Aguinaldo (1897–1901). ). Quezon played a major role in obtaining Congress' passage in 1916 of the Jones Act, which pledged independence for the Philippines without giving a specific date when it would take effect. He fought for passage of the Tydings-McDuffie Act (1934), which provided for full independence for the Philippines 10 years after the creation of a constitution and the establishment of a Commonwealth government that would be the forerunner of an independent republic. As president, he reorganized the islands' military defense (aided by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as his special adviser), tackled the huge problem of landless peasants in the countryside who still worked as tenants on large estates, promoted the settlement and development of the large southern island of Mindanao, and fought graft and corruption in the government. A new national capital, later known as Quezon City, was built in a suburb of Manila. I also found out that Quezon is a long-time columnist and editorial writer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and head of its "Speaker’s Bureau." He is also a columnist of and assistant managing editor and editorial writer for The Philippine Free Press weekly news.

References: Manuel L Quezon III CV. (Accessed on 27 December 2009).

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