LUIS O. FERRER SR. (1919 – 1921)

LUIS O. FERRER, SR. was the sixth governor of Cavite under the American regime. He was the first of the father-son tandem to govern Cavite, the father in 1919-1921, and the son in 1940-1944. The second father-son team was that of Justiniano S. Montano (former representative and senator) and his son, Delfin N. Montano, governor of Cavite for four consecutive terms.

Born on August 19, 1872, in San Francisco de Malabon (now General Trias), to a well-to-do couple, Francisco Ferrer and Florentina Olimpo, Luis Sr. had an elder brother, Doroteo, and a sister , Maria. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in 1898 or 1899, after which he finished law at the University of Sto. Tomas, the only institution offering a law course before the turn of the century.

Surviving relatives of Luis, Sr. claim that he served as either secretary or treasurer in the Aguinaldo revolutionary government. He was elected twice as municipal president of San Francisco de Malabon, the first time in 1903 and the second in 1916 or 1917. He was the incumbent president when the law authored by Representative Emilio Virata, 1919-1922, was passed by the Philippines Legislature remaning San Francisco de Malabon After General Trias, in honor of the town’s favorite son.

Luis, Sr. was married to Isabel Asuncion, by whom he begot three children; namely’ Jose (deceased), Luis, Jr. (deceased), married to Martina Sarayba, and Aurora, married to Dr. Vicente Poblete (deceased). Luis, Sr. died on January 6, 1942.

[Source: Biodata furnished by Luis Ferrer III, son of former Governor Luis Ferrer, Jr.]