Manuel Roxas was born on January 1, 1892. He was the first president of the independent Republic of the Philippines.
Biography and Career
Manuel Roxas was born on New Years Day, January 1, 1892 in Capiz, Capiz. His father, Gerardo Acuna Roxas, died before he was born. Roxas had two siblings, his brother Mamerto Roxas, and sister Margarita Roxas. He joined University of Manila for his education and then later he did law at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He was also a member of the college's first ever graduating class in 1913.
In 1921, he was elected to the House of Representatives. In the same year he was elected House Speaker. In 1935, after the establishment of Common wealth of the Philippines, Roxas became a member of the unicameral National Assembly,
and from 1938 till 1941, he served as the Secretary of Finance in President Manuel L. Quezon's cabinet.
In 1945, when the Congress of the Philippines was convened, the legislators elected in 1941 chose Roxas as Senate President. In the Philippine national elections of 1946, Roxas ran for president as the nominee of the liberal wing of the Nacionalista Party.
In 1946 election, Roxas won 54 percent of the vote, and the Liberal Party won a majority in the legislature. When the Philippines gained independence from the United States on July 4, 1946, he became the first president of the new republic.
Roxas served as the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in a brief period, from his subsequent election on May 28, 1946 to July 4, 1946. Roxas did not finish his term that was expected to end by 1950 because he died of myocardial infarction.
Manuel Roxas was married to Dona Trinidad de Leon Roxas and had two children Ma. Rosario Ruby, married Vicente Roxas and Gerardo M. Gerry Roxas, married Judy Araneta.
Birth Name: Manuel AcuÃ±a Roxas
Birth: January 1, 1892
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