Elpidio Rivera Quirino was a Filipino politician of ethnic Ilocano descent who served as the sixth President of the Philippines from 1948 to 1953. A lawyer by profession, Quirino entered politics when he became a representative of Ilocos Sur from 1919 to 1925 and he was then elected as senator from 1925–1931. In 1934, he became a member of the Philippine independence commission that was sent to Washington, in 1935, he was also elected to the convention that drafted the 1935 constitution for the newly established Commonwealth. In the new government, he served as secretary of the interior, after World War II, Quirino was elected vice-president in the 1946 election, consequently the second and last for the Commonwealth and first for the third republic. After the death of the incumbent president Manuel Roxas in 1948, the Quirino administration was generally challenged by the Hukbalahaps, who ransacked towns and barrios. Quirino ran for president again in the 1953 presidential election, but was defeated by Nacionalista Ramon Magsaysay, after his term, he retired to his new country home in Novaliches, Quezon City, where he died of a heart attack on February 29,1956. Elpidio Quirino was a native of Caoayan, Ilocos Sur although born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur to Don Mariano Quebral Quirino of Caoayan, Ilocos Sur and Doña Gregoria Mendoza Rivera of Agoo and he was baptized on November 19,1890. Quirino spent his years in Aringay, La Union. He studied and graduated from his education to his native Caoayan. He received secondary education at Vigan High School, then went to Manila where he worked as computer technician at the Bureau of Lands. He graduated from Manila High School in 1911 and also passed the civil service examination, Quirino attended the University of the Philippines. In 1915, he earned his law degree from the universitys College of Law and he was engaged in the private practice of law. He was later inducted into the Pan Xenia Fraternity, a professional fraternity in the University of the Philippines. Quirino was married to Alicia Syquia on January 16,1921, the couple had five children, Tomas, Armando, Norma, Victoria, and Fe. Only Quirino, his son Tomas, and his daughter Victoria and his brother Antonio Quirino was the owner of Alto Broadcasting System, which later merged with Chronicle Broadcasting Network to form the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. His daughter Victoria Quirino y Syquía, first married the Philippine ambassador to Spain Luis M. González, when he passed, she married the very wealthy Don Francisco Delgado who has numerous business interests in the Marianas Islands and the Philippines. They married in the Ermita of the Rosario de Chinchón, May 1970, Quirino was engaged in the private practice of law until he was elected as member of the Philippine House of Representatives from 1919 to 1925, succeeding Alberto Reyes. In 1925 he was succeeded as Congressman by Vicente Singson Pablo, Quirino was elected as Senator from 1925 to 1931 representing the First Senatorial District
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Vice-President Elpidio Quirino was inaugurated as the 6th President of the Philippines on April 17, 1948 at the Council of State Room, Executive Building, Malacañan Palace.
Quirino waving to the crowd
President Elpidio Quirino was inaugurated for his first full term as President of the Philippines on December 30, 1949 at the Independence Grandstand (now Quirino Grandstand), Manila.