Hon. Ignacio Villamor
Ignacio B. Villamor was born in Bangued, Abra on February 2, 1860. He started schooling in his hometown’s public school and completed his secondary education in the Seminary of Vigan, Ilocos Sur. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1885 at the San Juan de Letran. In 1887, he obtained his Master of Arts Degree at the University of Santo Tomas. He earned his Licentiate in Laws in 1893 and his Master of Laws in 1894.
As a member of the Malolos Congress, he took active part in the framing of the Philippines’ educational policies. He was appointed Provincial Fiscal of Pangasinan on February 16, 1901 and Judge of the sixth district on June 30 of the same year. He was Solicitor General from 1906 to 1908 and Attorney General from July 1908 until 1913. He was appointed Chief of the Executive Bureau on December 16, 1913 - the first Filipino to serve in this position under the Americans. He was appointed President of the University of the Philippines on June 7, 1915 and was also the first Filipino to serve in that capacity. In 1918, he was appointed director of the Bureau of Census, and in 1920, he was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
As a jurist, he received national and international fame. The Spanish Royal Academy made him an honorary member, the first Filipino thus recognized. He wrote Criminality in the Philippine Islands, Commentaries on the Election Law, Election Frauds and their Remedies, Japan’s Educational Development, Slavery in the Philippines, Industrious Men, Ancient Filipino Writing and the University of Santo Tomas in her Third Century.