Profession: 6th President of the Philippines
Why Famous: Elpidio Quirono was the 6th President of the Philippines and its 2nd post independence. His term was marked by post war economic gains but marred by accusations of corruption and misspent funds.
A lawyer by profession Quirino entered politics when he became a representative for Ilocos Sur in 1919 and was later elected as senator in 1925.
Quirino was a member of the Philippine independence commission that was sent to the US and which secured the passage of Tydings–McDuffie Act ensuring a timetable for Philippine's independence. After WW II Quirino served as Vice President under Manuel Roxas and became President after his death in 1948.
While Quirino's administration abroad excelled in diplomacy, his term at home was beset by a Huk insurgency and allegations of corruption, as evidenced in the Tambobong-Buenavista scandal. Quirino lost the 1953 election to his former supporter Magsaysay and retired from political life.
- 1921-01-16 Politician Elpidio Quirino (30) weds girlfriend Alicia Syquia
- 1948-04-17 Elpidio Quirino assumes the Presidency of the Philippines, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas
- 1950-10-23 Filipino President Elpidio Quirino issues Executive Order No. 355 replacing the National Land Settlement Administration with Land Settlement Development Corporation (LASEDECO)
- 1950-11-05 Philippines president Elpidio Quirino ends emergency crisis