Monday, June 11, 2012


Pangulong Carlos Garcia y Polistico
1971 - Former Philippine President Carlos Garcia y Polistico is elected president of the 1971 Constitutional Convention that was assembled to revise the 1935 Philippine Charter during the second term of President Ferdinand Marcos y Edralin; Garcia, who served as the head of state of the Philippine Republic from 1957-1961, will die from heart attack within only three days from election as Con-Con head, permitting the constitutional body's vice-president, former Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal y Pangan, to take charge of the writing of the country's new charter; a poet, lawyer, former law professor, congressman and three-time governor of Bohol, Garcia was elected Senator for three terms before running successfully for Vice-President and then for President in 1957; born to middle-class parents Ambrosia Polistico and Policronio Garcia on November 4, 1896, the year when the Himagsikan erupted, he was known as the "Bard from Bohol" and the "Prince of Visayan Poets| before entering politics; a topnotcher during the 1923 bar examinations, Garcia will be remembered for his administration's near iconic legacy  of "Filipino First" policy which put the interests of the Filipino people above those of foreigners and of the ruling party.

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