Hon. Serafin P. Hilado
1934 - 1936
Born in Silay, Negros Occidental on 17 March 1890 to Mariano Hilado and Dolores de Paula, Serafin Hilado started his schooling in the public schools of his hometown and finished his secondary course in the provincial high school of Bacolod. He came to Manila in 1909 and enrolled in the Philippine Normal School. He entered the Y.M.C.A. Law School, remaining in the said institution until 1912 when the College of Law of the University of the Philippines was established. In 1914, he went to the University of Michigan as a fellow and worked for his master of laws degree.
Upon his return to the Philippines, he taught in the College of Law of the University of the Philippines for some time until 1917 when he resigned to engage in private practice. He served in the Philippine Legislature from 1922 to 1928, having been elected and re-elected as representative for the first district of Negros Occidental. In 1929, he was appointed Judge of the Court of First Instance, holding the said office for a brief period as he was appointed the same year to the position of Director of Lands. On February 11, 1933, he was appointed Solicitor General of the Philippines, resigning in 1936 to engage himself in law practice and the mining business.