Carlos P. Garcia

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8th President of the Republic of the Philippines

[ 1957 – 1961 ]

– President Carlos P. Garcia
December 1957

President Carlos P. Garcia is the pride and joy of Bohol province. Born into a political family, with his father serving as a municipal mayor for four terms, his destiny in the political arena had been cast a young age. He pursued his college education at Silliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, and later studied at the Philippine Law School, and the National University’s College of Law, where he earned his law degree. In an unorthodox manner, he did not immediately practice law, like most neophyte lawyers would. Instead, he became a teacher for two years at Bohol Provincial High School, where he garnered fame for his poetry. His proficiency in poetry earned him the nicknames “Prince of Visayan Poets” and the “Bard from Bohol.”

President Garcia was a former congressman, governor, senator and vice-president before assuming the highest seat in government.

The press would consistently vote him as one of the most outstanding senators during his time. He was most known for his Filipino First Policy, giving Filipino people priority by its own government, to support locally manufactured products and enterprises. This space follows the same ideology, with a full local line-up. The room is soothing and warm. The wallpaper of books is a nod to the former president being regarded as the Prince of Visayan Poets. The owl represents his intelligence, while the “salakot” (traditional hat used by Filipino farmers) represents the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which he established in 1960.

This room has a chessboard as a centerpiece, as the late President Garcia was particularly known for his prowess in the game. As The New York Times described in his obituary on June 15, 1971: “He was an excellent chess player, a reader of philosophy and history, and a poet.”

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Antonio R. Mendoza
February 2024

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