Paredes y Babila, Quintin, 1884-1973

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<p>Quintín Babila Paredes (born Quintín Paredes y Babila; September 9, 1884 – January 30, 1973) was a Filipino lawyer, politician, and statesman.</p>

<p>He was born in Bangued, Abra, Philippines in 1884 to Juan Felix Paredes and Regine Babila.</p>

<p>He obtained his elementary education at the school his father had established, and also studied at the Colegio Seminario de Vigan and at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He pursued law at the Escuela de Derecho de Manila. Graduating in 1907, Paredes took and passed the bar examinations the same year, and started his private practice in Manila.</p>

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<p>As the first Resident Commissioner to represent the Philippines after it became a commonwealth of the United States, Quintin Paredes worked to revise the economic relationship between his native archipelago and the mainland. Paredes championed Philippine independence, constantly reminding policymakers of his home’s history as a valuable and vital trading partner. In testimony before congressional committees and in speeches on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paredes countered common misconceptions about Filipinos and worked to place the islands on stable economic footing as they moved toward independence.</p>

<p>One of 10 children, Quintin Paredes was born in the northwestern town of Bangued, in the Philippines’ Abra Province, on September 9, 1884, to Juan Felix and Regina Babila Paredes. Around the time of Quintin’s birth, Juan Felix opened a primary school in Bangued and earned a reputation as a strict and uncompromising educator. Quintin attended his father’s school until he was about 11 years old, at which point he began studying at a satellite campus of the University of Santo Tomas and later at the Colegio de la Purissima Concepción in the coastal city of Vigan.</p>

<p>In the late 1890s, the Spanish-American War interrupted Paredes’s education, and he returned home from school as the American military advanced up the islands. At one point, his family housed two U.S. troops who had been captured as prisoners of war, and because of the close quarters in the Paredes family home, the GIs taught Quintin how to speak English. When U.S. forces finally captured Bangued, the military made Quintin and his brother, Marin, interpreters even though neither brother was proficient. “The truth is,” Quintin later remembered, “I had to learn English from the barrel of a gun!”</p>

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PAREDES, Quintin, a Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of the Philippines; born in Bangued, Abra Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands, September 9, 1884; attended the local schools; attended the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, P.I., c. 1895; attended Colegio de la Purissima Concepcion, Vigan, P.I.; deputy treasurer, Abra Province, P.I.; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1908; lawyer, private practice; fourth prosecuting attorney, solicitor general's office, P.I., 1908, first prosecuting attorney, solicitor general's office, P.I., 1913-1917; faculty member and dean, Escuela de Derecho, Manila, P.I., 1913-1917; solicitor general of the Philippine Islands, 1917-1918; attorney general of the Philippine Islands, 1918-1920, secretary of justice in administration of Philippines Governor General Francis Burton Harrison, 1920-1921; member of the first Philippine independence mission to the United States in 1919; member of the Philippine house of representatives, 1925-1934, 1946-1949, speaker pro tempore, 1929-1931 & 1934; member of the Philippine national assembly, 1935 & 1938; appointed as a Nacionalista to the Seventy-fourth Congress and served until his resignation on September 29, 1938 (December 21, 1935-September 29, 1938); member of the Philippine senate 1941-1945, 1950, 1955-1961; president, General Bank and Trust Co., 1963-1969; died on January 30, 1973, in Manila, P.I.; interment at North Cemetery, Manila, P.I.

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