Remembering Philippine President Elpidio Quirino

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By virtue of Proclamation 467, and in keeping with the late president 125th birth anniversary, Nov. 16, 2015 was declared Pres. Elpidio R. Quirino’s Day. A series of vital activities are lined up to remind the public of the national objectives he had pursued and implemented as president of the Philippines.

Short Biography

Elpidio Rivera Quirino was a native of Caoayan, Ilocos Sur although born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur on November 16, 1890, and after his term of office as president of the land, he retired to his new country home in Novaliches, Quezon City, where he died of a heart attack on February 29, 1956. He was a lawyer by profession, and was elected as the 6th President of the Philippines, serving his term of office from April 17, 1948 till December 30, 1953
His main accomplishments are summed up as follows: Post-war reconstruction, General economic gains, Increased economic aid from the United States, Restoration of peace and order, and Total economic mobilization.
Quirino was married to Alicia Syquia on January 16, 1921. The couple had five children: Tomas Quirino, Armando Quirino, Norma Quirino, Victoria Quirino-Gonzalez, and Fe Quirino. During the Battle of Manila in World War II, his wife, Alicia Syquia, and three of his five children were killed as they fled their home. Quirino himself said the members of his family were killed by Japanese soldiers.

Anniversary activities lined up

President Elpidio Quirino was installed the country’s sixth President. He was faced with the formidable task of rebuilding the Philippines after the Japanese occupation.during World War II.
To relive his memory, the Pres. Elpidio Quirino Foundation has lined up activities to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of the former President in November, said his niece and foundation chair Aleli Angela Quirino.
During the Frday, April 17 kickoff event in Makati, his family and friends recalled Quirino as the embodiment of a man with important values.
Aleli Quirino said her uncle demonstrated two aspects of tolerance: the “capacity to endure pain or hardship” and the “capacity to recognize and respect the beliefs, opinions and practices of others.”
Quirino manifested the latter trait when he forgave Japanese prisoners of war in 1953 despite the fact that his wife Alicia and three of his five children were killed by Japanese forces while fleeing their home, she said.

Briefing about EQ125

A series of lectures on the economy, education, patterns of migration, and postwar relations between the Philippines and Japan during the Quirino presidency; a nationwide health and wellness tour for teachers; a marathon; a musical; a book launch, and tree-planting, form the nucleus of activities for the celebration.
Aleli Quirino told reporters during the kickoff on Friday that the 8-month-long celebration called EQ125 is mainly for public information.
The event comes a few months after Malacañang, through Proclamation No. 467, officially declared Nov. 16, 2015, President Elpidio Quirino Day.
The date of the kickoff in Makati, April 17, also marked the day when then Vice President Quirino assumed the country’s presidency, following the sudden death of President Manuel Roxas in 1948.

Lectures, tour, marathon, etc.

The first activity after the launch was a lecture by economist Solita Winnie Monsod on the Philippine economy during Quirino’s time on April 29, the President’s niece said. Other lectures have been scheduled in June and August, and will have as speakers Bernard Kerblat, Philippine representative to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Jaime Laya, former budget secretary. The two will speak on patterns of migrations, and education in the Quirino years, respectively.
The last lecture on postwar relations between Japan and the Philippines will be delivered by Ambeth Ocampo, Aleli Quirino said.
Granddaughter and trustee of the foundation Cory Quirino said other activities included a “Teacher mall health and wellness tour”, since Quirino himself was a teacher before he became president.
On May 17, Cory Quirino said, the wellness tour will be in SM North Edsa, but will likewise cover Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, particularly Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Baguio and Naga.
A marathon—called Guro to Pangulo run—was also scheduled on Oct. 10. Separate lanes for walkathoners and bikers will be provided, Cory Quirino added
“Elpidio and Alicia, the Musical,” about the Quirino couple’s life will go on stage and a book featuring the couple’s love letters, as well as tree-planting activities, which highlight the former President’s Arbor Day initiative will be launched,
The late president’s niece Aleli Quirino is hopeful that in the coming 8 months Pres. Quirino’s values and vision will be enshrined in the public mind, she said,


Quirino was a man who valued forgiveness and tolerance,” she added.
Representative to the UN Kerblat recalled how the former President solved the White Russian refugee problem, who were driven out of China by giving them temporary sanctuary in Tubabao, Guiuan, in Eastern Samar from 1949 to 1951.
Chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines Ma. Sereno Diokno said that in 1951, Quirino issued Executive Order No. 486, a mandate to all schoolteachers to gather, collect and compile the histories of towns, cities and provinces. The directive produced 12 volumes, of which three contained the annual provincial reports of 49 provinces at that time, from 1946 to 1951. In all, there are at least 79 microfilm reels at the national library, she said.
Cory Quirino said they’re hoping that they’ll be able to let the people know more about Pres. Quirino’s accomplishments and the values he held that remains relevant to our times today.


  • The Calvary of Elpidio Quirino, 1945-53 /
  • President Elpidio Quirino at his 1949 inaugural, in the grandstand that would bear his name /
  • Image result for Proclamation No. 467, officially declared Nov. 16, 2015, President Elpidio Quirino Day/ ... builder in this country, I have never surrendered the sovereignty, much less the dignity and future of our country.” — Elpidio Quirino[ (November 16
  • Economist Winnie Monsod / Nation, News, The
  • Panoramio - Photo of Bgy.San Juan,Tubabao Channel,Guiuan,Eastern

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Great article! Thank you for sharing it. I felt so sorry for the President when his wife and three of his children were killed. That is so sad.

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author avatar Retired
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Informative and absorbing. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar M G Singh
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Great informative share

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author avatar Legend
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Great history write up

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