Rafael Palma

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The Honourable
Rafael Palma
Rafael Palma y Velasquez circa 1915.jpg
Rafael Palma in 1915
4th President of the University of the Philippines
In office
Preceded by Guy Potter Benton
Succeeded by Jorge Bocobo
Personal details
Born Rafael Palma y Velásquez
(1874-10-24)October 24, 1874
Tondo, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died May 24, 1939(1939-05-24) (aged 64)
Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Political party Nacionalista Party
Spouse(s) Carolina Ocampo
Alma mater Ateneo de Manila University
University of Santo Tomas

Rafael Palma (Spanish pronunciation: [rafaˈel ˈpalma] : 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 Hermógenes Palma, a clerk at the Intendencia Office, and Hilaria Velásquez. 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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