LEONARDO R. OSORIO (1908 – 1909)

LEONARDO R. OSORIO, the third governor of Cavite during the American regime, belonged to the old school of Filipino public officials who spent their own money to promote public welfare. Income from their positions was merely secondary to them – definitely not a source of wealth as in the case of many public officials after World War II. What was primary and Important to officials like Osorio was the benefit they could render to the public.

Coming from a wealthy, Osorio was born on November 6, 1873, the son of Antonio Osorio Tan-Quinco, who established the Chinese Cemetery in Cavite, and Petrona Reyes. He studied in the Ateneo de Manila, then a small but exclusive boarding school for scions of rich families. He was married to Dolores del Rosario of Sta. Cruz, Manila. During his incumbency as governor of Cavite, Osorio spent his money to aid indigent families and prisoners in the provincial jail.

In 1920 Osorio joined the first Philippine Independence Mission to the United States headed by Senate President Manuel L. Quezon. Unsuccessful in his bid for the Philippine Senate in the 1924 elections, he retired from politics and devoted his time to business, civic and social activities. When he died on August 3, 1929, the province gave him full honors and laid him to rest in the Chinese Cemetery. He was survived by five children; namely, Mariano O. Vda. De Ysmael. Estrella, who died in 1943, Leonardo, Jr., Natividad O. Aguinaldo, and Tomasa O. Linck.

[Source: Biodata furnished by Osorio’s daughter, Natividad, and released by Governor Remulla’s Office.]