Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bohol's Pride, President Carlos P. Garcia

Bohol's favorite son, the late President Carlos P. Garcia was born today November 4 in the year 1896. I am sure a big celebration is held there to commemorate this special day especially in his hometown, Talibon.

President Garcia took his oath of office on March 18, 1957 as the fourth president of the republic, the same day President Ramon Magsaysay died in a plane crash at Mt. Manunggal in Cebu. He served the unfinished term of Magsaysay.

During the November 12, 1957 elections, he won over all his opponents.

His great contribution to the Philippines as president was the strenghtening of democracy. He advocated and respected the human rights of the people and was known not to be vindictive towards his political foes.

Filipinos remember him for the character traits that helped shaped the course of his personal career and that of the state. He was a good leader who knew how to maintain the mystic required for true leadership.

He implemented the famous "Filipino First Policy", which encouraged Filipino businessmen to engage in foreign and domestic trade. He ran for reelection on November 14, 1961 but lost to his vice president, Diosdado Macapagal, who is the father of the incumbent Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. President Carlos P. Garcia died on June 14, 1971.

Visit the Philippine Presidents on stamps website to view all the stamps of President Carlos P. Garcia at

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