Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Manuel Luis Quezon's moustache

MLQ with a moustache in the 06 June 1908 cover of Lipang Kalabaw.
[Source: University of Michigan digital library collection: The United
States and its Territories, 1870-1925: The Age of Imperialism.]

MLQ3 (Undersecretary Manuel Luis Quezon III, we presume) wrote that "prior to 1916, Quezon wore a moustache."  He was referring to a portrait of of his grandfather Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina in his photostream, a "photograph [that] was probably taken between the time he was Majority Floor Leader in the First Philippine Assembly (1907) and his stint as Resident Commissioner of the Philippines in the United States House of Representatives (1909-1916)."

The Lipang Kalabaw cover of 06 June 1908 cover (above) pretty much resembles the said photograph.

Lipang Kalabaw was a satirical weekly magazine poking fun at socio-political-religious conditions in the country through page-size caricatures, and prose and poems in both Spanish and Tagalog.

That June issue did not have any feature story on the young representative of Tayabas province to the Philippine Assembly, and the accompanying bilingual texts to the cover photo did not have satirical bite at all. In fact, the magazine's writers, identified only by pen names but who we now know as Lope K. Santos and his friends, were in awe of MLQ and looked at Quezon's mind as similar to Alexander Hamilton's. The Tagalog text read:  "Iyan ay taong makisig / Matapang sa pagmamatwid / At umano ay kawangis / Ng kay Hamiltong pag-iisip."

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