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Ramon Hidalgo Felipe

30 August 2010

Ramon Hidalgo Felipe was born in 1921 in Naga City, Philippines to Ramon B. Felipe and Rosalia Felin Hidalgo.  He completed his primary and intermediate education in 5 years under the  Naga public school system and graduated class valedictorian in 1932.  He enrolled at the Camarines Sur Provincial High School in his freshman year; but transferred to the Ateneo de Manila where he got his high school diploma with first honors.  In college at at the Ateneo de Manila, Ramon was a full scholar, the President of the Ateneo Student Council, Associate Editor of the Guidon, and an organist of the Ateneo Choir.  He received his AB in 1940, graduating summa cum laude and was granted a full scholarship to the College of Law.  When war broke out on 08 December 1941, Ramon reported for duty with the USAFFE as an ROTC sergeant, but he never saw active duty.

In the summer of 1941, Ramon met a young Assumptionista, Aida de Belen Abella, while vacationing in Baguio.  The two were married on 27 December 1942 by Archbishop Pedro Santos at the Archbishop’s Palace.  Doña Concepcion Abella-Diaz, Aida’s aunt, and Msgr. Cecilio Penilla, the parish priest of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral stood as principal sponsor.  Their union bore eight children:  Cecile, Annabel, Amelia, Marlene, Emetrio, Ramon, Antero and Jesus.

In 1945, Ramon placed third in the Philippine Bar Examinations, even before formally graduating from law school.  Active in socio-civic organizations, he served as President of the Junior Chamber International (Naga) from 1957 to 1958.  Running as an independent LP candidate, Ramon became the mayor of Naga City in 1963 and served until 1965.  Before he could finish his term, he was drafted by his party to run for Congressman of the first district of Camarines Sur.  He won against the incumbent, Rep. Juan F. Triviño.  While in Congress, he was chosen one of Ten Outstanding Congressmen every year of his first and second terms by media. In 1969, he was elected Minority Floor Leader.

When martial law was declared in 1972. Ramon returned to his private law practice.  In March 1975, he joined the Araneta Group of Companies as its vice president for Legal Affairs.  President Ferdinand Marcos, under pressure to assign an opposition member to the Commission on Elections, appointed Ramon in time to oversee the 1984 Batasang Pambansa elections.  He the same post under President Cory Aquino, until he retired on 03 February 1988.  He rejoined the Araneta Group of Companies as its VP for Legal Affairs in 1989 until he retired in 2007 at age 86.

Ramon Hidalgo Felipe’s Family Tree can be found on Geni.com.

Research Notes

1.  Escandor, Juan.  “Bicol martyr’s granddaughter passes away”.  Bicol Mail.  Date published:  16 April 2009.  Date accessed:  01 August 2010.
2.  Sergio, Stephen H.  “Ramon H. Felipe, Jr.: a compleat public servant“.  Bicol Mail.  Date published:  05 March 2009.  Date accessed:  01 August 2010.

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