Manuel Quezon

"My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins."

Manuel L. Quezon became the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth established by the United States of America in 1935. He was born in Tayabas, a small town in Baler province. His parents were Lucio Quezon and Maria Dolores Molina.

In 1941, Quezon was reelected as president. The Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1942 made the Americans decide to bring Quezon and his staff to the United States where he established a government in exile. He was a member of the Pacific War Council and was a signatory to the United Nations declaration against fascism.

President Quezon's term would have expired on December 30, 1943 but the Congress of the United States of America passed Joint Resolution No. 95 extending his term of office until the Japanese were driven out of the Philippines. He died of tuberculosis on August 1, 1944 in Saranac Lake, New York. President Manuel Quezon is popularly known as the "Father of Philippine Language."     
President Manuel Quezon
Born: August 19, 1878
Died: August 1, 1944
First President of the Commonwealth
(Term: November 15, 1935 - August 1, 1944)
Vice President: Sergio Osmeña Sr.
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