Carlos Polestico García
(November 4, 1896 – June 14, 1971) was a Filipino
teacher, poet, orator, lawyer, public official, and guerrilla leader. He became the eighth President of the Philippines
known for his "Filipino First" policy, which put the interests of the Filipino people above those of foreigners and of the ruling party.
Early life and career
García was born in Talibon, Bohol
to Policronio García and Ambrosia Polestico (who were both natives of Bangued
García grew up with politics, with his father serving as a municipal mayor for four terms. He acquired his primary education in his native Talibon, then took his secondary education in Cebu Provincial High School. Initially, he pursued his college education at Silliman University
in Dumaguete City
, Negros Oriental
, and later studied at the Philippine Law School (now Philippine College of Criminology
) where he earned his law degree in 1923. He was among the top ten in the bar examination.
Rather than practice engineering right away, he worked as a teacher for two years at Bohol Provincial High School
. He became famous for his poetry in Bohol, where he earned the nickname "Prince of Visayan
Poets" and the "Bard from Bohol".
He started his political career in 1925, scoring an impressive victory running for congressman representing the third district of Bohol
. He was elected for another term in 1928 and served until 1931. He was elected... Read More