José Laurel III

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Laurel and the second or maternal family name is Hidalgo.
José Laurel III (right) being taken into U.S. custody at Osaka Airport in 1945, along with Benigno Aquino, Sr. (center) and José P. Laurel.

José Sotero "Pepe" Laurel III y Hidalgo,[1] (August 27, 1914 – January 6, 2003[2]) also known as José S. Laurel III, was the aide-de-camp of President Jose P. Laurel during the World War II period. He later became ambassador of the Philippines to Japan.

Early life[edit]

He was born on August 27, 1914. He mastered the Japanese language and culture in the Imperial Japanese Army Academy from 1934 to 1937.

In 1976, he initiated the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA), a congregation of former students who graduated in Japanese colleges and universities including grantees of training programs. The association aims to strengthen Philippine-Japan relationship through educational and professional exchanges.

Personal life[edit]

He is the 2nd of 9 siblings. He is the son of José P. Laurel with his wife Pacencia Laurel and brother to José Laurel, Jr. and Salvador Laurel. He was married to Beatrice Laurel with children, including José Laurel V.


  • Ventura, Francesca Murphy. "Contemporary transitions: How developments in Philippines-Japan relations have shaped Japanese language education in the Philippines," paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL). Quezon City, Philippines. 23–26 July 2008.
  • Study Japan Website: List of Associations
  • PHILJEFA Online:About Us

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