13 November, 2010

M1394: President Manuel Roxas Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows the portrait of President Manuel Roxas, probably his official portrait hung on the walls of the Reception Hall in Malacanang. Most of the official portraits were painted by Fernando Amorsolo, Garcia Llamas and other noted artists.

Manuel Acuña Roxas, the first president of the new republic, was born on January 1, 1892 in Capiz (now Roxas City). In 1913, Roxas obtained his law degree at U.P. and graduated class valedictorian. He became the first ever bar topnotcher of the country with a grade of 92%.

He was the governor (the youngest) of the province from 1919-1922. He was later elected to the Philippine House of Representatives in 1922 and was was elected in 1941 to the Philippine Senate, but was unable to serve until 1945 because of the outbreak of World War II. In the Philippine national elections of 1946, Roxas ran for president as the nominee of the liberal wing of the Nacionalista Party and won the position.

The back of the postcard reads:
President Manuel A . Roxas, 1892-1948.
A lawyer, orator, economist, soldier and patriot.
First president of the Republic of the Philippines, 1946-1948

M1394: President Manuel Roxas Postcard

Roxas did not finish his term because he died of myocardial infarction on April 15, 1948 at Clark Field, Pampanga. His term as Philippine president is also the shortest - 1 year 10 months and 18 days.

Manuel Roxas was married to Doña Trinidad de Leon and had two children Ma. Rosario "Ruby" and Gerardo M. "Gerry" Roxas.

Manuel Roxas Wikipedia Entry

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