Manuel L. Quezon - Singles (954,370)
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MANUEL L. QUEZON –
President, Philippine Commonwealth
Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina (19 August 1878 – 1
A Filipino statesman, soldier and politician who served as president
of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944. He was the
first Filipino to head a government of the entire Philippines.
During his presidency, Quezon tackled the problem
of landless peasants in the countryside. His other major decisions
include the reorganization of the islands' military defense,
approval of a recommendation for government reorganization, the
promotion of settlement and development in Mindanao, dealing with
the foreign stranglehold on Philippine trade and commerce, proposals
for land reform, and opposing graft and corruption within the
government. He established a government-in-exile in the U.S. with
the outbreak of World War II upon the invasion of the Philippines by
the Japanese Military.
It was during his exile in the U.S. that he died
of tuberculosis at Saranac Lake, New York. He was buried in
the Arlington National Cemetery until the end of World War II, when
his remains were moved to Manila. His final resting place is
the Quezon Memorial Circle.