José E. Romero

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Jose E. Romero in 1949
Taken in 1949 when Jose E. Romero presented his credentials as Philippine Ambassador to England to George VI, reigning monarch of the period.

José E. Romero (born March 3, 1897) was a politician in the Philippines. From 1931, he served as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives for the second district of Negros Oriental. When the National Assembly of the Philippines effectively replaced the Senate and the House of Representatives in 1935, he continued as an Assemblyman until 1941. After the war he served in various government posts as Secretary of the Department of Education, Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James's in England, and chairman of the Rizal Centennial Commission.

Personal life[edit]

Romero was born 3 March 1897, one of three children born to Francisco Romero, Sr., a retainer of the Tabacalera in Bais, and Josefa Calumpang Muñoz, daughter of Tanjay gobernadorcillo Don José Teves Muñoz and Doña Paula Calumpang.[1]

In 1922, Romero completed his higher education at Silliman Institute and the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Laws degree.[2] After the premature death of his first wife Pilar Guzmán Sinco, he married Elisa Zuñiga Villanueva.

Political career[edit]

Romero was elected to the House of Representatives in 1931. In 1934, he became majority floor leader and delegate to the Constitutional Convention. In 1935, he became a member of the National Assembly during the Philippines' time as a Commonwealth. In 1939, Romero called for an indefinite suspension of the planned 1946 Philippine independence during a meeting convoked by then President Manuel L. Quezon to consider how best to secure the safety of the Philippines under the threat of World War II.[3] He completed his service in 1941.


  1. ^ Merlie M. Alunan; Bobby Flores Villasis; Negros Oriental Centennial Foundation (1993). Kabilin: legacies of a hundred years of Negros Oriental. Negros Oriental Centennial Foundation. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jose E. Romero". Government of the Philippines. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Simms, William Philip (28 September 1939). "Filipinos Shy at Complete Independence". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Romero, José E. (1979). Not So Long Ago: a Chronicle of My Life, Times, and Contemporaries. Alemar-Phoenix Pub. House.