Saturday, April 7, 2007

Epifanio delos Santos

Biography of Epifanio delos Santos

Epifanio delos Santos

Lawyer, journalist, historian, philosopher, bibliographer, biographer,painter, poet, musician, literary critic, antique collector, and librarian.Born in Malabon, Rizal, on April 7, 1871. Died on April 28, 1928, in Manila.


He was the first Filipino member of the Spanish Royal Academy in Madrid.

Epifanio delos Santos y Cristobal was born on April 7, 1871, in Malabon, Rizal, the only son of Escolastico de los Santos and Antonia Cristobal. His father was an educated and wealthy hacendero, and ardent student of history and a product of Ateneo de Manila his mother attended school at the Colegio de la Consolacion, and was a finished player of the harp and other musical instrument.

He enrolled at the Ateneo de Manila where he obtained after six years a Bachelor of Arts with excellent grades and notable marks in many subjects. Upon leaving Ateneo where he spent time in painting, he concentrated of some time in music. The arts fascinated him, but when he transferred to University of Santo Tomas it was to up law
which he finished in March in 1898.

He and Jose Clemente Zulueta published in 1898 the news paper Libertad in Malabon.He also became an associate editor of La Independencia, the first revolutionary periodical, and a contributor of El Renacimiento, La Democracia, La Patria, and Malaysia.

He was appointed District Attorney for San Isidro, Nueva Ecija in 1900. In 1902, he was elected as Governor of Nueva Ecija.

In 1906, he moved to Malolos where he was the provincial Fiscal for both Provinces of Bulacan and Bataan.

He conducted extensive researches on Philippine History and Literature
and enriched his Filipiniana collection thereby establishing his
reputation as a historian and bibiliographer.

He married twice. His first wife was Ursula Paez of Malabon and the second was Margarita of Malolos.

On April 18,1928, Don Panyong died in Manila, a victim of cerebral attack.
The long highway EDSA was named after him.

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