El Hijo Dilecto de Iloilo, Filipinas

El Hijo Dilecto de Iloilo, Filipinas

Don Ruperto Benedicto Montinola was born in March 18, 1869. He was a Governor of Iloilo in the 1920s and was elected as Senator in 1931, representing the 7th District of the Philippines.

A lawyer by trade, he was also affectionately known as the “Colossus of the South” by his peers.  See the Highlight article of Don Ruperto B. Montinola: here

This rare poem was dedicated to Senator Ruperto B. Montinola by Dr. Modesto Balleza in his book, “Analectas Pímpleas,” page 102, on the ocassion of his election as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

“El Hijo Dilecto de Iloilo”

Notas triunfantes cantan los laúdes saturando el ambiente de armonía que es trasunto de nuestra algarabía, porque, al Senado ya, genial acudes. Y así desde los pueblos y ciudades francas vienen a ti felicidades, que a tu querida patrima diseminas. Y ese valer patriótico que tienes es hoy sagrario fiel de parabienes que se expresa por todo Filipinas.
Published in Iloilo, 1932.
Special thanks to Don Guillermo Gomez-Rivera (La Academia Filipina de la Lengua Española) for the information (9/23/2001)