Don Ruperto B. Montinola

Taken from “Jaro – Home of the Elite” (1969):

This 1969, thirty years after his death, Don Ruperto Montinola is still being remembered as the “Colossus of the South.” There is a halo around his name which the years cannot erase.

Don Ruperto was born in Bago, Negros Occidental, on March 18, 1869, the son of Don Juan de Dios Montinola and Doña Martina Benedicto. After completing his primary education in the Jaro Seminary in Iloilo, he went to Manila and enrolled in the San Juan de Letran College. From there, he transferred to the University of Santo Tomas where he was graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in 1887, and Bachelor of Laws in 1895.

His public career began in 1901 when he was appointed Provincial Fiscal of Iloilo. He resigned from that position in 1903 due to ill health and went to Japan to recuperate. Upon his return about two years later, he was reappointed to his former position, and served in that capacity until shortly before his election as Provincial Governor of Iloilo in 1908.

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