The Imperials in Bicol History (Part III)

[2G: The Generation … con’t]

Seeing their cousins perform well in politics, the sons of David and Elias also tried to make their respective names in the province. The first of these is Felix, the son of Elias, who vied for a Congressional post in the Second District of Albay in 1919, and the other is Domingo, who also ran in the same post in 1925. Both, though, were unsuccessful in their bids.

Domingo’s defeat, however, did not serve as a stumbling block in his political career. Following the 1925 Congressional elections, he concentrated in lawyering thus establishing a name for himself and a network. After nine years, he tried again his luck and this time he won a seat in the Senate. He served in 1934-35 and regained this post in 1941-46 immediately after the war.

In addition to his service as a senator, he also served as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, and later, as a Chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

During his stint as Comelec Chair, Domingo became a very controversial figure. As a matter of fact, he can be compared with the modern-day Garci (Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano who is famous for the “Hello, Garci!” recordings) only that he faced his accusers and cleared his name in the court. It should be noted that prior to his appointment as Comelec Chair, Domingo and the Imperial clan were ardent members of the Nacionalista Party. Exceptions are: Carlos who ran under the Partido Progresivista, and Salvador (unknown relation with the other Imperials) who vied a Congressional post in 1922 under the Partido Colectivista. Because of the clan’s political affiliation, among others, Domingo was accused of rigging the elections against the Liberalistas — the political archenemy of the Nacionalistas. The accuser was the then Albay Governor Venancio Ziga and the accusations were recorded in a mimeographed paper entitled “History of the Last Elections of Albay”. The paper was circulated sometime in March 1952 which triggered Domingo to file a case of libel. Ziga and his co-accusers lost and were requuired to pay for damages.

Domingo’s siblings, Gregorio, Sr., and Jose were not as controversial. Jose served as Albay governor from 1934 to 1937 while Gregorio, Sr., served as Legazpi City mayor in various periods.

(To be continued…)

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15 thoughts on “The Imperials in Bicol History (Part III)

  1. Perhaps you may be interested in presenting your paper here. Maybe your work on the Imperials of Albay.

    Call for Papers

    The Colegio de Santa Isabel High School Class of 1965 in cooperation with the non-stock, non-profit voluntary Association of Social Science Educators, Researchers and Trainors, Inc. (ASSERT, Inc.), the Extramural Studies Program of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, and the Universidad de Santa Isabel (USI) in Naga City cordially invite you to attend and participate in the Bicol Studies Conference to be held on 21-23 October 2009 at the venerable campus of Universidad de Santa Isabel. There will be Poster and Commercial Exhibits and a post-conference tour of Naga City’s historical and cultural sites.

    Our Conference theme will be “Bicol History and Culture: Illuminating the Path to the Future.” The Conference aims to foster, promote and advance Bicol Studies; to contribute to the greater knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Bicol history and culture; to gain insights into Bicol’s past and broaden our understanding of the present; to develop awareness of Bicol’s origin and heritage for the appreciation of the living symbols of the Bicol people and preservation of these symbols as well as historical structures; and to make this constructive historical awareness of Bicol history and culture contribute toward developing a vision of what we want Bicol to be in the future.

    In this connection, we are pleased to issue a call for papers focusing on the following topics:

    Bicol Studies: Methodology and Approaches
    Bicol Studies: Trends, Directions, Agenda for Future Research
    Bicol Archaeology and Prehistory
    Bicol History: Spanish, American, Japanese Periods
    Bicol Folklore and Oral History
    Bicol Linguistic Studies
    Bicol Festivals
    Bicol Music and Dance
    Bicol Religion and Popular Religiosity
    Bicol Economic and Demographic History
    Bicol Churches
    Bicol Heritage Preservation
    Bicol Food and Culture
    Bicol Politics
    Bicol Gender Studies
    Bicol Health Issues
    Bicol Herbal Medicine, Beliefs and Customs
    Bicol Environment: Forest and Marine

    Please submit your abstracts for screening and approval by mid-July 2009 and your full papers for reproduction by the end of September this year. A registration fee of PHP3,500.00 shall be collected from each delegate to cover the cost of the conference kit, secretariat, snacks, meals and other essentials.

    Meanwhile, below is the initial list of speakers and their respective topics:

    Dr. Eusebio Z. Dizon (Archaeology Division, National Museum of the Philippines, Manila) — “A Burial Site in Tikiw-na-saday, Casiguran, Sorsogon”

    Prof. Edwin C. Valientes (Department of Anthropology, UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Diliman, Quezon City) — “Tiwi Ceramic Ethnoarchaeology: Report from the 2009 UP Anthropology Field School”

    Dr. Danilo M. Gerona (Director, Institute of Bikol History and Culture, Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City) — “Bicol Under Spanish Rule”

    Dr. Francis A. Gealogo (Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City) — “Epidemics and Public Health in Late Colonial Kabikolan”

    Dr. Vicenta Mendoza Escobar (Chair and President, Sol y Viento Phytotherapy Research Center, Manila) — “Bicol Herbal Medicine”

    Dr. Jesus Federico C. Hernandez (Department of Linguistics, UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Diliman, Quezon City) — “Usad na Gab-i: Evaluating Rinconada”

    Dr. Nestor T. Castro (Director, Extramural Studies Program, UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Diliman, Quezon City) — “Who are the Indigenous People of Bicol (Agta, Cimarron, Tabangnon)?

    Prof. Clarinda L. Berja (Department of Political Science, UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Diliman, Quezon City) — “Measuring Human Security in a Philippine Community: The Case of Albay Province”

    Leslie E. Bauzon (Retired Professor of History, University of the Philippines and University of Tsukuba, Japan) — “Methodology and Approaches Toward the Study of Bicol Local History”

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  2. Hi Frank,

    Thanks for this information. I’ll think about this. I am not sure though if I can present my paper on the Imperials as I am not the sole owner of its copyrights. But I have done a lot about Bicol politics which I can also share.

    Whatever, a big, big thanks. More power! 🙂

  3. my aunt marina tancinco married johnny imperial of albay johnny imperial’s brother was the celebrated furniture maker during his time and i think their niece lolie imperial married billionaire Morris Carpo the developer of the legaspi towers inmanila and now is the wife of former congressman actor dennis roldan are they related to the imperial political family

    • @Enrique Morris never remarried and he was not even a billionaire. He married a Rufino. Just getting the facts straight. Good luck with the rest of the history.

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  6. Salvador Imperial, also a lawyer, was the brother of Leoncio, Carlos and Luis (father of Pepita Imperial Aquino)

    Gregorio Imperial, Sr. was never in public office. He just practiced law.

    Jose Imperial, who became Governor of Albay, was not a brother of Domingo, Sr. and Gregorio Imperial, Sr. He was the son of Elias Imperial and the father of Juaning Imperial.

    It was Feliciano Imperial, a younger brother of Domingo and Gregorio, who became several times mayor of Legazpi.

    Gen. Paua was not a blacksmith. He was a foundryman, one who casts metal, who worked in the Sunico Foundry in Binondo when he first arrived in the Philippines. The Sunico Foundry was the largest in the country during the colonial period and cast most of the bells in the country. Sunico was the ancestor of Conchita Sunico, the socialite.

  7. It is really a great and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed with the developments on this. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Albay Gov, Jose Estevez Sr., (1962-1971) was a grandson of ELIAS IMPERIAL from his only natural son, Juan Estevez.

  9. Albay Gov, Jose Estevez Sr., (1962-1971) was a grandson of ELIAS IMPERIAL from his only natural son, Juan A. Estevez. Elias Imperial two other sons were: Gov. Jose S. Imperial, Sr. & Atty. Felix S. Imperial, Sr.

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