Famous Filipinos Born in March – Philippines History

Famous Filipinos Born in March that left their mark on Philippines history.


 2nd March 1847

Cayetano Arellano was born in Orion, Bataan

  Cayetano Arellano y Lonzón  was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines under the American Civil Government. Cayetano Arellano, was an American collaborator Filipino lawyer who had occupied a high position in Aguinaldo's government. He conspired with the Americans under General Otis and re-established the Audiencia Territorial, and renamed it the Supreme Court. He was Chief Justice from 1901 until his retirement on April 12, 1920, making him the longest serving Chief Justice.



3rd March 1894

Paz Márquez-Benítez was Born in Lucena, Tayabas

Paz Marquez Benitez

Marquez – Benítez authored the first Filipino modern English language short story, Dead Stars, published in the Philippine Herald in 1925. Born into the prominent Marquez family of Quezon province, she was among the first generation of Filipino people trained in the American education system which used English as the medium of instruction. She graduated high school in Tayabas High School now, Quezon National High School. She was a member of the first freshman class of the University of the Philippines, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1912.


4th March 1879

Rosa Sevilla de Alvero was Born in Tando Manila

Rosa Sevilla de Alvero



Rosa Sevilla Alvero was born in the Old Rajah Matanda in Tondo, Manila on March 4 , 1879 . Her full name according to her baptism parties Rosa Lucia Sevilla. Her parents were Ambrosio Sevilla, a Spanish army sergeant and Silvina Tolentino y Rafael relative mandudulang was Aurelio Tolentino . She graduated Maestra Superior College Assumption . Distinguished writer and orator in Spanish and Tagalog. He edited Vida Filipino, Pilipino and Life Pajima de la Mujer La Vanguardia. She also became a writer Press, La Opinion and El Debate.

On the whole she was a teacher, social worker who was active in the women's movement. In the field of literature she is a poet, playwright, and orator. Some of hers works are La Mejor, El Sueno del Poeta, prisonera de Amor, La Loca de Hinulugang Taktak and much more.

She passed away on 11 May 1954 at the age of 75 in Manila.

7th March 1867

Tomas Alup Remigio was born in Sampaloc, Manila

Tomas was born in Sampaloc, Manila; he was a co-founder of the  KKK ( no not the Ku Klux Klan) meaning “Highest and Most Honorable Society of the Children of the Nation”) he worked with Bonifacio, Plata and Diwa, as well as a famous, pro-Filipino writer and playwright. He was also an appointed auxiliary justice of the peace for Lucena.

Remigio's best known work, Malaya, was considered of the of finest nationalist play written during American Period.

During Spanish Period, he joined the La Liga Filipina and the Katipunan, hence in 1896 was arrested and deported to Spain. Upon his return to the Philippines in 1899, he continued writing plays like, Mga Santong Tao, Ang Huweteng, and Luha ng Ina.

He died on August 1,1916 at the age of 49.

8th March 1902

Gregorio Y. Zara born in Lipa City, Batangas

It is claimed that Gregorio Y. Zara a Filipino engineer and physicist, was the inventor of the first two-way videophone. However this is very debatable as there had been demonstrations of two-way videophones back in the 1930s but at that time they were called telephonoscopes.

9th March 1891

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel was born

Jose P. Laurel

José Paciano Laurel y García, PLH (March 9, 1891 – November 6, 1959) was a Filipino politician and judge. He was the president of the Second Philippine Republic, when occupied during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. Since the administration of President Diosdado Macapagal (1961–1965), Laurel has been recognized as a legitimate president of the Philippines.

9th March 1899

Francisca Reyes-Aquino

Francisca Reyes-Aquino was a Filipino folk dancer and academic noted for her research on Philippine folk dance. She was a recipient of the Republic Award of Merit and the Ramon Magsaysay Award and was a designated National Artist of the Philippines for Dance.

10th March 1906

Alejandro G. Abadilla

Alejandro G. Abadilla, regarded as "Father of Modern Tagalog Poetry", was born in Rosario, Cavite.
Abadilla, a Filipino poet, essayist and fiction writer, finished his AB Philosophy at the University of Santo Tomas in 1934.

His major breakthrough in Philippine poetry was when he wrote his poem "Ako ang Daigdig" (I am the world) in 1955.

His contributions to Philippine literature, extends to the essay, short fiction and the novel.

13th March 1877

Gen. Leandro Fullon was Born 

Gen. Leandro Fullon was made the commanding officer of the Visayan revolutionary forces by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and was sent, on September 6, 1898, with 140 officers and 350 men, to liberate Panay Island. On November 22, Fullon’s forces captured San Jose de Buenavista where he set up a revolutionary provincial government.

During the Philippine-American War, he also fought the Americans, together with Gen. Martin Delgado, but was forced to surrender, together with his officers, on March 22, 1901. When the Province of Antique was created by virtue of Act No. 114, Fullon was appointed, on April 15, 1901, as the province’s civil governor and served until his death on October 16, 1904.

19th March 1723

Josefa Gabriela Silang was born


Gabriela Silang

Josefa Gabriela Silang, the first Filipino woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, was born in Santa, Ilocos Sur.
Gabriela was the closest adviser of her husband Diego Silang, an Ilocano insurgent who collaborated with the British for the brief expulsion of the Spanish officials from Vigan, Ilocos Sur during the British occupation.

After her husband was assassinated on May 28, 1763 upon orders of the Spanish authorities. Gabriella continued the revolt and led her husband’s followers in several victorious encounters against the Spaniards in Santa and Vigan.

20th March 1843

Ambrocio Flores was born in Manila

Ambrocio Flores was a general of the Philippine Revolutionary Army. He succeeded Antonio Luna as secretary of war after his assassination.

He was the son of Spanish army officer. He studied at the University of Santo Tomas, after which he was enlisted in the Spanish army in 1860 to fight Moros in Mindanao. He retired after 33 years of service in the military.
He was inspired by the literary works of Jose Rizal and decided to join the Propaganda Movement. He advocated the teachings of the Katipunan. He joined the revolutionary movement and became one of the trusted generals of Emilio Aguinaldo.
He was named governor of the province of Manila in 1898. During the Philippine-American War in 1899, he fought in the battles of Polo and Calumpit in Bulacan. He became the Secretary of War after Gen. Antonio Luna was assassinated. In 1900, he surrendered to Gen. Arthur MacArthur in Nueva Ecija. When the province of Rizal was created in 1901, he became its first governor and held the position until 1904. He studied law, and became a member of the bar at the age of 62. Later he was appointed Justice of the Peace of Pasig, Rizal in 1911. On June 24, 1912, he died of a heart ailment.


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