Filomeno Orbeta Caseñas
|Filomeno Orbeta Caseñas|
|Member, 4th Philippine Legislature and 5th Philippine Legislature|
|Member, 9th Philippine Legislature|
|Born||April 15, 1888
Jagna, Bohol, Captaincy General of the Philippines
|Political party||Nacionalista Party|
|Spouse(s)||Micaela Abrea Lloren|
Filomeno Orbeta Caseñas was a Boholano politician from Jagna, Bohol. He was a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines in the 4th, 5th and 9th Legislatures in 1916–1922 and 1931–1934.
Catalino Caseñas was a businessman who taught English to locals. During the Philippine Revolution, his house was burned down by revolutionaries. For safety reasons, the whole family moved to the mountains in Cabungaan. His family returned to the town once the hostilities ceased.
In 1904, Catalino was one of the few literate people in the community, and was appointed as Justice of the Peace in Jagna. However, he kept this position only for two years. He then became involved in local politics, and was elected as the first Mayor of the municipality of Jagna.
He had five siblings: Agustín, Catalina, José, María and Vicenta. The family provided three provincial governors (Filomeno, Agustín, and José) – the only family to do so in the history of Bohol.
As a child, Filomeno lived with his uncle, Rev. Fr. Filomeno Orbeta, a disciplinarian who was the parish priest in a neighbouring town, receiving instruction in both religion and basic schooling.
When he was old enough, he went to the Seminario de San Carlos in Cebu City to study for priesthood. The revolution interrupted his studies and he was sent back to his family in Jagna. When the revolution ended, he returned to school to resume his studies.
In college, he joined both the student organization and the debating team, where in an inter-class competition, he won the coveted Gorordo Gold Medal for excellence in oratory.
The following year, he teamed up with José Briones of Cebu (who was later elected a Representative and Senator) to represent their school in an oratory competition against University of Santo Tomas in Manila. They won a pair of gold medals. He then completed his training as a priest, graduating with the highest honors.
Change of heart
At the time of his graduation, he was still two years younger than the required age for ordination. He decided to take on law, and enrolled at the Colegio de Derecho on Manila, where he obtained his bachelor's degree. During this period Filomeno fell in love with a woman, choosing to leave the priesthood, a decision that upset his parents.