Ambassador Nicanor T. Jimenez is widely acclaimed for his nobility and courage as a veteran, his proven competence, and fidelity to the constitution and his passion for public service. As a professional soldier, he ably commanded the famous 14th BCT of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea.
A retired Colonel, he served with distinction in various capacities in the executive branch of the government notably as Assistant-Executive Secretary in the Office of the President, General Major of the Philippine National Railways, Chief of the Office for Veterans Affairs in the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., USA, and later on as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.
Colonel Antonio R. Buenaventura is highly acclaimed for his brilliance in the field of Music. He took over the cudgels of the Philippine Constabulary and Philippine Army Bands and transformed them into one of the finest military bands in the world. Colonel Buenaventura is also a distinguished composer and educator. He composed the Symphony of C that won him the Cultural Heritage Award in 1966. He was a pioneer in the research on Philippine Ethnic and Folk Music. He founded several schools and became Director of the UST Conservatory of Music. In 1988, he was conferred the title of National Artist by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Doctor Jose D. Drilon, Jr graduated from the University of the Philippines in Iloilo in 1949 and took up Law and other courses at UP.
He became very active in the fields of agribusiness, agriculture, the academe, and community service, distinguished himself tremendously in these and other fields he laid his hands on.
He was conferred Doctor of Human Letters by the Kent State University – the first Filipino so honored by the KSU. A few of his awards include the Bronze Citation, Military Commendation Ribbons, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbons, United Nations Service Medals, the Bonifacio Award for “the crusade against graft and corruption,” Outstanding Leadership Award, Luntian Award, Plaque of Honor, and the Golden Anti-Award.
Quintin Juan Gomez (1919 -2003), Father of Anesthesiology in the Philippines, strongly held the conviction that whoever delivered the “sleep of life” holds the patient’s life in his hands and has the responsibility to use all possible knowledge to bring back “wakefulness without pain”.
Quintin was born in Manila on 12th April 1919. He became a Bachelor of Arts in the University of the Philippines in 1939 when he was only just 20. He then entered the College of Medicine from which he graduated in 1944 during World War II. He managed to get to Chicago where, from 1956 -1948, he studied anesthesiology under Max Sadove. His interest in anesthesiology began after a meeting with Joseph Artusio while both were working at the 155th Station Hospital in Mandaluyong in the Philippines in 1946 just after the end of the war. In 1949, he joined the Faculty of the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines.
In due course, he was appointed Professor of Anesthesiology and pioneered the development of anesthesiology as an independent specialty in the Philippines. His reputation quickly grew and he became a highly respected figure in the specialty in the countries of the Pacific Rim. He represented the Philippines at the 4th World Congress in London in 1968 where he was elected Treasurer of WFSA, the first person from the Far East to hold high office in the organization. He was re-elected for a second term at the World Congress in Kyoto in 1972. In 1966, WFSA had established a Training Centre in Caracas. Quintin had swiftly seen the advantages that such a centre could bring to the development of the specialty in Asia. He led a committee which included Roger Bennett (Australia), Peter Lee (Taiwan) and Hideo Yamamura (Japan). The matter was referred to the next meeting of the Asian/Australasian Regional Section in Canberra in 1970. It took a little time but, in due course, a WFSA Training Centre was established in Manila and Quintin was appointed Director.Quintin’s dedication to the work of WFSA was acknowledged by the WFSA General Assembly.When he was elected President at the 6th World Congress in Mexico City in 1976. In his Presidential Address to the 7th World Congress in Hamburg in 1980, Quintin stressed the importance of WFSA continuing to develop its educational program and he was delighted at the subsequent growth in activities. It gave him great pleasure when the General Assembly agreed to Manila being the venue of the 8th World Congress and he proved to be a gracious host and, despite a number of local difficulties, these were overcome and the congress, his last before he became ill, was highly successful. He has left his mark on the organisation.
General Alfredo M. Santos, the “Grand Old Man” of the UP Vanguard marked his military aspirations graduating Corps Commander and Honor Graduate of 1929. That was a time when it seemed that there was no chance for a real military career.
Since he entered the service as a first lieutenant in 1936, destiny led him by hand up along the pathways of valor. He figured in the early battles against the Japanese invaders in the Mauban-Atimonan defense, and led his first Regular Division troops in wiping out the enemy in the “Battle of the Pockets.”
Carrying on as a career military officer after war, he rose through various commands up to Commanding general of the Philippine Army, and eventually to be the first UP Vanguard to reach the position of Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines. By then, he became the first Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Brigadier General Benjamin R. Vallejo was one of the authoritative exponents of the Citizen Military concept in the Philippines. He devoted major portion of his military career in the training of young cadets as the Commandant and Department Head of the UP DMST, and later on as Commanding General of the Metropolitan Citizen Army Command.
As a doctrinaire of the Home Defense Strategy, he conceptualized the “UP Sunday Soldiers” which later on expanded into DND/AFP “Rainbow” Project. These contributions earned him the respect of many in the field of Citizen Army Training and Youth Development. He was one of the moving forces behind the UP Vanguard during his time, once serving as the Chapter Commander of the Capitol Chapter and eventually National Commander of the organization.
He was known as the “Walking Encyclopedia” of the UP Vanguard for his vast knowledge about the organization’s history.
Major General Carlos P. Romulo, born on 14 January 1899, was marked for a distinguished career, a multi-faceted one that brought him outstanding excellence in the fields of Journalism, Soldiery, Diplomacy, and Education – and history marks him at the top of these dimensions.
Serving in the Pacific War as a Major, he rapidly bridged the ranks to Brigadier General. The Filipino remember with candor “The Voice of Freedom,” which came through the airwaves when all seemed lost in 1942. He led the United Nations Assembly in 1954 to 1955, the first Filipino to serve in that capacity.
Brigadier General Domingo C. Tutaan marks the true breed of a Vanguard whose leadership has been proven both in times of war and peace. A veteran of World War II, he held various key positions in the Constabulary, earning him numerous awards and decorations for heroism and gallantry in action. As an Accomplished leader armed with a vision to contribute towards nation-building, he pursued development endeavors after his retirement and dedicated his twilight years to the cause of the cooperative movement.
General Fabian C. Ver of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, started his military career as a third lieutenant with the guerillas during the Second World War. After the war, he continued his long trek to the top post of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
He trained in security and law enforcement, intelligence, police administration, and community relations in institutions here and abroad. Before his ascent to the country’s highest military position, he served as Commanding General of the Presidential Security Command and Director General of the National Security Agency.
As a Culmination of his outstanding service to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, he became the 4th UP Vanguard to be appointed as Chief of Staff, succeeding fellow Vanguard Romeo Espino. His tenure as National Commander from 1974 to 1986 was one of the most remembered.
It was marked with numerous accomplishments that included among others, the institutionalization of the UP Vanguard Scholarship Program, and the creation of the UP Vanguard Building – a living and lasting testimony of the organization’s strength and solidarity. For his achievements, he is honored as one of the Pillars of the UP Vanguard.
Brigadier General Flaviano P. Olivares, a decorated military officer, stands among the few whose military career spans three decades of dedicated service in the Philippine Army and Philippine Constabulary. A veteran of World War II, he has thrice been the recipient of the Distinguished Service Star and Military Merit Medal.
He has been inducted to the Allied Officers Hall of Fame of the United States Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, USA. He has held various posts, starting as a Probationary Third Lieutenant and moving on to become Constabulary Zone Commander of the 11th PC Zone in 1961, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1963, Commanding general of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division in 1964, and Chief of the Philippine Constabulary in 1965. Indeed, with his splendid record in the military service, he is truly a fine example of a true Vanguard, leader among the chosen few.
Brigadier General Macario Peralta Jr, the ubiquitous scholar of the UP College of Law where he was Valedictorian of his class (1936), was equally a renowned personality of the Corps of Cadets where he was Corps Commander in 1934. He was one of the few ROTC graduate to get a Regular Commission in the Army.
World War II found him with the 61st Division in Panay Island, and with the fall of the Philippines on 06 May 1942, he refused to surrender, and instead led the 6th Military District in guerilla warfare against the Japanese. After the War, he rose to be the youngest Brigadier General, as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army. He resigned and went on to Veteran’s Affairs, and eventually to the Philippine Senate. He later became the Secretary of National Defense.
“Mac” as he was called, was a fighter to the last, never forgetting his origins as a UP Vanguard and a brilliant son of the University of the Philippines.
General Rigoberto Atienza served as the Chief of Staff of the AFP under President Macapagal. He is known best for being the AFP Chief of Staff that was in power when the AFP then enjoyed the real term of best military power in Southeast Asia.
General Romeo C. Espino is a figure of endurance and longevity, being a surviving member during his induction into the Vanguard Hall of Fame. He joined the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1937 after graduating from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.
He survived the battle in Bataan and escaped the Death March during World War II, only to go back home and be among the brave soldiers who liberated Los Banos before the Americans. After years of meritorious service in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, he eventually became the 3rd UP Vanguard to reach the highest military position in the land, serving as AFP Chief of Staff for nearly a decade – from 1972 to 1981.
Aside from being a military officer, agriculturist, academician, lawyer, and corporate management practitioner, he has been involved with many other notable institutions, the longest of which was the Philippine National Red Cross where he served as chairman from 1975 to 1998.
Senator Datu Salipada K. Pendatun was a lawyer, military officer, legislator and national leader of many “Firsts”. Stocky and solidly built, he was the first and only Muslim who headed a combined Muslim Christian-American guerilla army, the first Filipino Muslim to be conferred the rank of Brigadier General, the first Muslim elected senator, the first to hold three Senate Committee Chairmanship at the same time, the first Muslim delegate to the United Nations and the first Muslim to become Speaker Pro-Tempore of the House Representatives.
He was also a champion of the unification of the free world and exponent of the cause that a combination of Christian and Muslim free countries can successfully resist Communist aggression and domination.When the Japanese forces invaded the Philippines, he did not surrender to the Japanese Imperial Army and instead formed a large guerilla army of Muslims and Christians. American soldiers, who refused to surrender to the Japanese Army, also joined Pendatun’s guerilla outfit.
He was the only Muslim leader who received the highest war awards from the United States, South Vietnam and the Philippines. General Pendatun had served the country as member of the Cotabato Provincial Board (1938-1940); Provincial Governor of Cotabato (1945); Senator (1946-1951); President Elpidio Quirino’s technical adviser (1950-1953); Congressman for Cotabato (1957-1963); re-elected Senator (1969-1972); and Assemblyman at the Interim Batasang Pambansa (1978-1985).
Judge Antonio R. Quirino distinguished himself in the field of jurisprudence. In the course of his career in the judiciary and civil government, he negotiated and effected the surrender of LUIS TARUC, the founder of HUKBALAHAP Movement, and the noted Muslims secessionist, KAMLON. A noted civil leader and businessman, he founded the first T.V. station and T.V.-Radio network in the society.
Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro was a military man who loved the law and rose up to become the Chief, Judge Advocate General of the AFP.
Upon retirement from the AFP, he continued with his practice of the law and eventually became part of the supreme court retiring as one of the most prominent justices of his time.
Even President Marcos ordered a museum collection to be built in his memory.
Justice Guillermo S. Santos is a leader in the field of law as an expert in tenancy and land reform laws, military laws, and conciliation and arbitration procedures As an academician, he was a professor of law, bar examiner and resource person in many notable institutions.
He also imparted legal expertise by writing and publishing numerous books and treatises for law journals. Before eventually serving as an Associate Justice in the Supreme Court of the Philippines, he was also the Associate Justice in the Court of Appeals, Undersecretary in the Department of Justice, Executive Judge in the Court of Agrarian Reform and Chairman of the Agricultural Tenancy Commission. As a soldier, he served under the Judge Advocate general Services of the Armed forces of the Philippines and was also a bemedalled officer, being a veteran of the Second World War as well as the Korean War.
His deeds, achievements and contribution to the well-being of the Filipino people deserve to be emulated for many generations to follow.
Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralín Marcos was President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. He was a lawyer, member of the Philippine House of Representatives (1949-1959) and a member of the Philippine Senate (1959-1965). During World War II he claimed to be the leader of Ang Maharlika, a guerrilla force in northern Luzon. In 1963 he became Senate President. As Philippine president and strongman, his greatest achievement was in the fields of infrastructure development and international diplomacy.
President Manuel A. Roxas, the last President of the Commonwealth and First President of the Republic of the Philippines, served as a Brigadier General during World War II. An exemplary student in his days in the University of the Philippines, he embarked in a career in public service in both the executive and legislative branches.
As a Citizen soldier, he served in General MacArthur’s USAFFE Headquarters in Bataan and Corregidor, and finally in the Visayas and Mindanao. He returned to civil government service after the war, and destiny brought him to the highest office in the land.
Senator Mamintal Tamano comes from a long line of scholars among Muslim families. He had distinguished himself in his personal studies as well as in politics. He held the distinction as the Muslim senator with the longest time in office.
Vanguard Luis D. Beltran was a staple of Filipino life. We listened to his radio program at dawn. We read his newspaper column during breakfast. His evening TV shows entertained and informed us. Louie was the “King of Tri-Media” – a giant in radio, print, and television.
He was a keen observer of Philippine society. His hard-hitting and fearless commentaries often made us take a long, hard look at ourselves and work for a better future.