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Associate Justice Norberto Romualdez

Tenure: November 01, 1921 - April 01, 1932
Appointed by: Warren G. Harding

Birthdate: June 06, 1875
Died: November 04, 1941
Place of Birth: Burawen, Leyte

  1. Ateneo Municipal de Manila, 1887
  2. Bachelor of Arts, 1895 (with honors)
  3. Admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1903
Professional Career:
  1. Provincial Fiscal of Leyte, April 18, 1906
  2. Assistant City Attorney of Manila, December 15, 1909
  3. Judge, CFI of 22nd District (Capiz, Iloilo, Antique and Negros Occidental), July 1, 1914
  4. Associate Justice, Supreme Court, 1921 – 1932
  5. Delegate, Constitutional Convention, 1934
  6. Member, First National Assembly under government, 1935 – 1938
  7. Re-elected, 4th District of Leyte, November 8, 1938
Professional and Civil Organizations:
  1. Norberto Romualdez, the “Father of our National Language” and “the Great Leyteño”, is the brother of Orestes Romualdez, the father of Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
  2. He also enrolled in the College of Pharmacy, with a view of taking up medicine, but later forsook it in favor of law. He took up some subjects in Filosofia y Letras and a course for Maestro Superior. At the outbreak of the Philippine revolution in 1896, the University of Santo Tomas was closed, but before that time he had earned the title of Maestro de Segunda Ensenanza (high school teacher).
  3. What was probably his greatest contribution to the country was his fight for the adoption of a national language, he being the author of Act No. 184, providing for the creation of a National Language Institute and the adoption of a national language.
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