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The Pensionado Act of the Philippines

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The Pensionado Act of 1903 (or Act 854) refers to the law which allowed qualified Filipino students to study in the United States. Passed on 26 August 1903 by Governor General William Howard Taft's government through the Philippine Commission, this act provided funds for such students, called Pensionados, to acquire their college degrees at American schools.

Image: The first Pensionados at the St. Louis Exposition in 1903.

These students were called Pensionados since they were scholars studying at the expense of the colonial government. They mainly earned degrees in government and administration since the idea of the program was to educate the students the U.S. Government system, so that upon their return in the Philippines, they would administer the government in the same fashion.

During the first decade of the American occupation, most of the pensionados were women from the elite class (the same class who had access to better education in the late Spanish period). However, under the American educational system, educational opportunities in the Philippines became more democratic that many of the later pensionados were promising Filipinos who were not necessarily wealthy.

By 1912, there were already 209 Filipino students who graduated from American college and academic institutions. While many returned home to complete the terms of their education and occupy prominent positions in the academe, government and the public sector, some returned to the United States before the outbreak of World War II; and began the early wave of Filipino migrations.

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The Pensionados

  • Timoteo Abaya – Laguna
  • Rafael Acosta – Pangasinan
  • Bernardo Agana – Tarlac
  • Romarico Agcaoili – Ilocos Norte
  • Andres Aguilar – Cebu
  • Digno Alba – Capiz
  • Candido Alcazar – Iloilo
  • Orancio Aligada - Masbate
  • Ramon Alvarez – Zamboanga
  • Silverio Apostol – Zambales
  • Jose Arboleda – Albay
  • Juan Avelino – Cavite
  • Apolinario Baltazar – Manila
  • Carlos Barretto – Manila
  • Jose Batungbakal – Bataan
  • Mariano Billedo – Abra
  • Jorge Bocobo – Tarlac
  • Firmo Borja – Laguna
  • Pablo Bueno – Negros Oriental
  • Jose Burgos – Manila
  • Jose Cabrera – Cebu
  • Mariano Carbonell – La Union
  • Mariano Manas Cruz – Laguna
  • Jose Maria Chanco – Cebu
  • Francisco Delgado – Manila
  • Francisco Donato – Cagayan
  • Pilar Elumba
  • Gregorio Espinola – Sorsogon
  • Jose Espiritu – Pampanga
  • Esterio Favis – Ilocos Sur
  • Vicente Fernandez – Ilocos Sur
  • Gabriel Flores – Manila
  • Vicente Fragante – Ilocos Sur
  • Silvino Gallardo – Rizal
  • Arturo Garcia – Manila
  • Jose Gomez – Manila
  • Liborio Gomez – Manila
  • Isaias Gonzaga – Cebu
  • Jose Gonzales – Surigao
  • Manuel Gonzales – Pangasinan
  • Potenciano Guazon – Manila
  • Hipolito Hernando – Ilocos Norte
  • Marceliano Hidalgo – Pangasinan
  • Ludovico Hidrosolio – Capiz
  • Segundo Hipolito – Manila
  • Esteban Ibalio – Ilocos Norte
  • Eustacio Ilustre – Batangas
  • Delfin Jaranilla – Iloilo
  • Mariano de Joya – Batangas
  • Marcial Kasilag – Batangas
  • Fidel Larracas – Tayabas
  • Pacifico Laygo – Batangas
  • Francisco Llamado – Cavite
  • Roque Lomibao – Pangasinan
  • Carlos Lopez – Iloilo
  • Saturnino Lopez – Nueva Ecija
  • Ambrosio Magsaysay - Manila
  • Vicente Manalo – Cavite
  • Gregorio Manuel - Cebu
  • Cenon Monasterial – Nueva Ecija
  • Mariano Mondonedo – Isabela
  • Rafael Montenegro – Negros Oriental
  • Ciriaco Morada – Batangas
  • Jose Muñoz – Pangasinan
  • Pablo Nacion – Albay
  • Ramon Nakpil – Manila
  • Domingo Natividad – Antique
  • Leon Nava – Iloilo
  • Antonio Nera – La Union
  • Miguel Nicdao – Pampanga
  • Jose Nieva – Manila
  • Ramon Ochoa – Manila
  • Florentino Oliver – Camarines
  • Lorenzo Onrubia – Cavite
  • Balbino Palmares – Iloilo
  • Gregorio Paredes – Cavite
  • Ildefonso Patdu – Manila
  • Ernesto Quirino – La Union
  • Emilio Quisumbing – Manila
  • Eduardo Ramirez – Bohol
  • Gregorio Ramirez – Bulacan
  • Joaquin Ramos – Tarlac
  • Justo Ramos – Bulacan
  • Francisco Reyes – Manila
  • Jose Reyna – Ilocos Sur
  • Jose Rivera – Laguna
  • Mateo Roco – Manila
  • Ignacio Rosario – Manila
  • Pelagio Ruiz – Ilocos Norte
  • Olivia Salamanca
  • Domingo San Jose – Camarines
  • Alejandro Santos – Manila
  • Jose Sanvictores – Pampanga
  • Aresenio Formoso Sebastian – Ilocos Sur
  • Pedro Serrano – Sorsogon
  • Andres Sevilla – Leyte
  • Antonio Sison – Manila
  • Benito Sunga – Bulacan
  • Alfonso Tuason – Manila
  • Hilario Valderas – Tayabas
  • Jose Valdes – Manila
  • Felix Valencia – Iloilo
  • Vicente Varela – Negros Occidental
  • Natalio Velez – Negros Occidental
  • Martin de Veyra – Manila
  • Emilio Villanueva – Negros Occidental
  • Francisco Ycasiano - Manila

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