September 9, 2012 is Osmeña Day, a SPECIAL NON-WORKING HOLIDAY in honor of the late President Sergio S. Osmeña Sr.
About Sergio Osmeña, Sr.
Sergio Osmeña y Suico (9 September 1878 – 19 October 1961) was a politician of Chinese Filipino who served as the 4th President of the Philippines from 1944 to 1946. He was Vice President under Manuel L. Quezon, and rose to the presidency upon Quezon’s death in 1944, being the oldest Philippine president to hold office at age 65. A founder of Nacionalista Party, he was the first Visayan to become President of the Philippines.
Prior to his succession to the Presidency in 1944, Osmeña served as Governor of Cebu from 1901–1907, Member and Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives from 1907–1922, and Senator from the 10th Senatorial District for thirteen years, in which capacity he served as Senate President pro tempore. In 1935, he was nominated to be the running-mate of Senate President Manuel L. Quezon for the presidential election that year. The tandem was overwhelmingly re-elected in 1941.
Osmeña is the patriarch of the prominent Osmeña family, which includes his son (former Senator Sergio Osmeña, Jr.) and his grandsons (senators Sergio Osmeña III and John Henry Osmeña), ex-governor Lito Osmeña and Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña.
Sergio Osmeña was born in Cebu to Juana Osmeña y Suico, who was reportedly only 14 years of age when she gave birth to him. Owing to the circumstances of his birth, the identity of his father had been a closely guarded family secret. Though an illegitimate child – Juana never married his father – he didn’t allow this aspect to affect his standing in society. The Osmeña family, a rich and prominent clan of Chinese Filipino heritage with vast business interests in Cebu, slowly warmed up to him as he established himself as a prominent figure in local society.
He took his elementary education in the Colegio de San Carlos and graduated in 1892. Osmeña continued his education in Manila, studying in San Juan de Letran College where he first met Manuel L. Quezon, a classmate of his, as well as Juan Sumulong and Emilio Jacinto. He took up law at the University of Santo Tomas and was second place in the bar examination in 1903. He served on the war staff of General Emilio Aguinaldo as a courier and journalist. In 1900, he founded the Cebu newspaper, El Nuevo Día which lasted for three years. In 1904, the American colonial administration appointed him governor of Cebu. Two years later he was elected governor of Cebu.
Republic Act 6953
DATE : 05/22/90
NON-WORKING PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN THE CITY OF CEBU AND THE PROVINCE OF
CEBU WITH ITS COMPONENT CITIES AND A SPECIAL WORKING PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN
THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, IN HONOR OF THE LATE PRESIDENT SERGIO OSMENA, SR.,
AMENDING THEREBY BATAS PAMBANSA BILANG 937
H. No. 22366
S. No. 1347
Congress of the Philippines
Third Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-fourth day of July, nineteen hundred and eighty-nine.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. September Nine of every year is hereby declared a special non-working public holiday in the City of Cebu and the Province of Cebu with its component cities and a special working public holiday in the rest of the country, in honor of the late President Sergio Osmena, Sr.
SEC. 2. Batas Pambansa Bilang 937 is hereby amended accordingly.
SEC. 3. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days following its publication in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.
JOVITO R. SALONGA
President of the Senate
RAMON V. MITRA
Speaker of the House of Representatives
This Act which originated in the House of Representatives was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on March 29, 1990 and April 3, 1990, respectively.
EDWIN P. ACOBA
Secretary of the Senate
QUIRINO D. ABAD SANTOS, JR.
Secretary of the House of Representatives
Approved: May 22, 1990
CORAZON C. AQUINO
President of the Philippines
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