President Emilio Aguinaldo Due to his leadership skills
President Emilio Aguinaldo
Due to his leadership skills, Emilio Aguinaldo earned the title of the “General” who led his Filipino revolutionaries to victory. He won many battles against the Spanish Government and became the popular figure amongst the Filipino revolutionaries because of his many success in battles. In 1897, the newly formed Revolutionary Government during the Tejeros Convention elected Aguinaldo as its president. After the events in the Truce of Biak-na-Bato in December 1897, he resumed his pursuit of independence in Spanish colonialism. After the war, Aguinaldo installed a provisional dictatorship; and after the meeting in Malolos Congress and drafting the constitution of the new Republic of the Philippines, on June 12, 1898, Aguinaldo became the first president of the Republic of the Philippines.
President Manuel L. Quezon
Manuel L. Quezon was known after he got the law degree in University of Santo Thomas in 1903. He constructed a law firm in Tayabas, Quezon City, his hometown, and earned an income $500 a month. When he was a lawyer, he has this peculiar set of fees to his service. He usually charge higher fees to the rich for his services while the poor were charged for free of service or pro bono. He then became popular in the Philippines for his benevolence.
He is the instrument why Jones Act was passed in the US Congress in 1916 that pledged that the Philippines will get its independence, however it doesn’t have a specific date. The act provide more autonomy in the Philippines. He also fought for the passage of Tydings-McDuffie Act in 1934 which provides the full independence of the Philippines. He then became the first president of the Commonwealth on September 17, 1935.
President Jose P. Laurel
Jose P. Laurel’s fame spread like a wildfire when he fought the Governor-General Leonard Wood. His high-spirited nationalism lit the fire between Laurel and Governor-General Wood whom many Filipinos viewed as unsympathetic to the cause of freedom. He was also the cause of the “Cabinet Crisis” in 1923 when he resigned as a Secretary of the Interior which sparked his fellow Filipinos to resign from their cabinet positions.