Emilio Aguinaldo (left) and Manuel Quezon (right) during the 1935 campaign.(Credits: Kahimyang Project)

September 17, 2023

Today in Filipino history, the election for the first officials of the Philippine Commonwealth was held, with Manuel L. Quezon winning the presidency.

Quezon who garnered 695,332 votes, run under the banner of the Nacionalista Party won over his rivals the revolutionary President, General Emilio Aguinaldo of the National Socialist Party (179,349 votes), Gregorio Aglipay, founder and supreme bishop of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Philippine Independent Church) running under Republican Party got 148,01 votes and with 158 votes, Pascual Racuyal running as independent.

Quezon’s running mate, then Senate President Pro Tempore Sergio Osmeña, 812,352 votes (Nacionalista Party), won as vice president against Raymundo Melliz (70,899 votes) of the National Socialist Party, and with 51,443 votes, Norberto Nabong, Republican Party.

Source: Philippines News Agency archives, Kahimyang Project
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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