MANILA, Philippines – August marks siginificant events in the life of former president Manuel L. Quezon.
He was born on August 19, 1878 and died on August 1, 1944 at the age of 65.
From humble beginnings in the town of Baler, Quezon rose to the top by being a brilliant lawyer and a master politician. He spearheaded the bloodless fight for independence from the United States, propelling him to the presidency.
As president of the Philippine Commonwealth, he struggled with organizing national defense, helping disgruntled rural masses, fostering a sense of national unity, and combatting the Japanese invaders.
Quezon was also instrumental in the adoption and development of a national language, earning the title, “Father of the National Language.”
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