Rafael Palma

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Rafael Palma
Rafael Palma y Velasquez circa 1915.jpg
Born (1874-10-24)24 October 1874
Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died 24 May 1939(1939-05-24) (aged 64)
Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Occupation Politician, journalist, educator

Rafael Palma y Velasquez (24 October 1874 – 24 May 1939) was a Filipino politician, Rizalian, writer, educator and a famous Freemason. He became the fourth President of the University of the Philippines.


Palma was born in Manila on 24 October 1874 to Don Hermogenes Palma, a clerk at the Intendencia Office, and Hilária Velasquez. His younger brother was the soldier-poet José Palma–the author of the Spanish poem «Filipinas», which was, along with its subsequent translations, used in the Philippine National Anthem.

He was later elected a Senator under the Nacionalista Party, consistently representing the 4th District, in both the 1916 and 1919 senatorial polls.

Palma died in Manila on 24 May 1939.



  • The Pride of the Malay Race,[1] the English translation by Justice Román Ozaeta of Palma's biography of Filipino national hero José Rizal.
  • The Woman and the Right to Vote[2]
  • The New Mentality, 1929.

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