Tomas Morato

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Tomas B. Morato
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Tomas Morato Sr. as an Army Officer
1st Mayor of Quezon City
In office
November 5, 1939 – December 24, 1942
Preceded by Office Established
Succeeded by Ponciano Bernardo
Representative of the 2nd Legislative districts of Quezon
In office
1946–1949
Preceded by Francisco Lavides
Succeeded by Gaudencio V. Vera
Mayor of Calauag, Quezon
In office
1937–1941
Preceded by Office Established
Succeeded by Marciano Roldan
Personal details
Born Tomás Eduardo Morató Bernabéu
(1887-07-03)July 3, 1887
Xàbia, Spain
Died March 6, 1965(1965-03-06) (aged 77)
Quezon City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Nacionalista Party
Spouse(s) Cecilia Racoma Pica 1890-1931
Consuelo Eclavea Lim 1933-2004
Domestic partner Felizedad Montemayor 1931-1933
Children Josefina Morato-Hidalgo
Arturo Morato
Tomas Morato Jr.
Eduardo Morato
Josefina Montemayor Morato
Manuel Morato
Elvira Morato-Cuenca
Teresita Morato-Lazatin
Lolita Morato-Quiros
Francisco Morato
Jose Morato
Residence Calauag, Quezon, Quezon City[1]
Occupation Lumberman, politician

Tomas Bernabeu Morato (born Tomás Eduardo Morató Bernabéu, July 3, 1887 – March 6, 1965) was a Spanish-born Filipino businessman and politician of full-blooded Spanish ethnicity who became the first Quezon City Mayor from 1939 to 1942.

Early life and career[edit]

The blond-haired and blue-eyed Morato was born on July 3, 1887 in the picturesque seaport of Alicante on the Mediterranean coast of Spain to Francisco Morató Arabí and Josefa Bernabéu Ferrer. His father was a ship captain who sailed from Spain to the Philippines and frequently stopped at the coastal town of Calauag, Tayabas. An only son, Tomas was brought to Calauag in 1898 by his father. There the 13-year old boy first met and studied with the 22-year-old Quezon. Tomas finished his engineering course and entered the lumber business where he amassed quite a fortune. By virtue of a provison in the Treaty of Paris which granted Filipino citizenship to all Spaniards who have decided to stay in the Philippines, Morato became a Filipino citizen.[2]

Friendship with Quezon[edit]

It was in Baler where he met Manuel L. Quezon, the 2nd President of the Philippines, and became friends with him. His friendship with Quezon was a rare and unique one. They courted girls together and helped each other during difficult times.

President Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944) climbs up the grand staircase of Malacañan Palace with aide-de-camp Col. Manuel Nieto and Presidential Guard Battalion Commander Col. Manzano.

When Quezon was elected president in 1935, he entered Malacañang for the first time with Morato and Manuel L. "Nonong" Quezon, Jr. And thereafter, Morato was one of the very few people who could enter Malacañang at all times, even staying overnight in some often cases.[3]

Quezon himself urged Morato to enter politics, so he ran as Mayor of Calauag and won with ease. At his second term, Quezon invited him to help build a new city, a city that would later be known as Quezon City.[3]

Mayor of Quezon City[edit]

Morato was a leader full of energy, taking difficult tasks that hinders growth and progress of the new city. Even though his administration faced low funds, it was able to create a network of new roads, and maintenance of satisfactory health conditions. With a police force of 48, crime rates remained at controlled levels. He also promoted social and economic programs to alleviate the condition of the residents.[3]

The first musical piece composed for Quezon City was the “Quezon City March”, which was composed by Amando Calleja and the lyrics made by Jesus Balmori. The sponsors of this musical piece were the officials and members of the Cubao Women’s Club headed by Morato's wife.

Death[edit]

He died on March 6, 1965, his remains were interred at Manila North Cemetery.

Legacy[edit]

A barangay (Don Tomas) and a street in Calauag, Quezon, were named after him. A road in San Francisco del Monte and a major road in Quezon City, were named also after him. This road is popularly known as the restaurant avenue, named for the last municipal President and first municipal Mayor of Calauag, Quezon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tomas B. Morato Residence". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Tomas Bernabeu Morato". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "THE MORATO ADMINISTRATION". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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