TOMAS CONFESOR (1891-1951)
Politician and guerilla leader in Panay during the Japanese Occupation. Before World War II, he occupied various positions in the government, such as representative to the Philippine Assembly, delegate to the 1934 Constitutional Convention, and governor of Iloilo. When the war broke out, he organized the guerilla movement in Panay and Romblon. He was elected senator after the war.
FLAVIO ZARAGOZA CANO (1892-1964)
Dubbed as one of the three greatest Filipino poets in Spanish, he was proclaimed "Batharing Mamalaybay" (Poet Laureate) in Hiligaynon in 1926. In 1929 he gained national recognition when he won the Zobel Prize for Spanish poetry.
FRANCISCA CABAŅAS (1835-1928)
Philanthropist and heroine of the revolution against Spain and in the Philippine-American War, she was given a water-cure, a torture where gallons of water was pumped into her mouth, by the Americans to force her to confess on her role in the revolution and other information about the revolutionaries.
An authority in his field and his name has become synonymous to credibility, he is the first Filipino doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology and a 1965 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardee. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines. He earned his doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1963.
REV. FR. CIPRIANO PEDROSA (?-1921)
He prevented the break up of the Roman Catholic Church in central and southern Iloilo in 1903 after a number of priests wanted to embrace the Iglesia Filipina Independiente by calling for a general conference among parish priests and appealed that they remain with the mainstream church.
REV. FR. GREGORIO ROSALDES
A charismatic priest, he was considered an orator and had a melodious voice.
AGUSTIN JILOCA (?-1901)
Gobernadorcillo of Cabatuan in 1889, 1893 and 1894 and municipal president in 1900, he was hanged by the Americans during the height of the Philippine-American War in 1901 after he was wrongly accused of command responsibility in the killing of an American soldier.
JULIAN CONFESOR (?-1901)
Municipal president in 1900, he was the vice president of the town when he was executed by the Americans together with President Agustin Jiloca for command responsibility in the killing of an American soldier.
Appointed municipal president of Cabatuan in 1901, he served as a ranking officer during the revolution against Spain and in the Philippine-American War.
He served in the three branches of government -- the executive, judiciary and the legislative. He was elected municipal president in 1901. In 1902, he became a judge and thereafter, he was elected municipal councilor.
He was the last capitan of the town (1889-1890) and the second elected municipal president (1902-1903). He was influential but never short in his fair dealings with the people.
Acting municipal president of Cabatuan in 1904, he was better known as a municipal secretary than as a town executive. With the use of his alert mind and a busy pen, he helped administer the municipal government very affectionately.
A colonel in the revolution against Spain and in the Filipino-American War, he was a champion of the people's cause. He became the fourth municipal president of Cabatuan in 1904.
President of the Katipunan in Cabatuan during the revolution, he served as municipal capitan in 1879-1883 and in 1887-1888; local president in 1898; and municipal president in 1905-1907. During the Philippine-American War, he was exiled to Guam in 1904 because of his revolutionary activities. He was set free after a year.
The sixth municipal president of Cabatuan (1908-1909), he also served as municipal secretary and as a policeman.
The seventh municipal president (1910-1912), he was from Maasin but he ably served Cabatuan as chief executive and as justice of the peace. His experience as town president afforded him to dispense judicious judgment in all his court decisions.
The 11th municipal president of Cabatuan (1918-1922), he was a school teacher. During the Japanese occupation, he was offered to head the puppet government of the town but he chose to go in hiding until the end of World War II. He became supervisor in the Census of Population in 1948.
MANUEL CATALAN (?-1963)
A ranking officer in the revolution against Spain and in the Philippine-American War, he was the 12th municipal president of Cabatuan (1922-1928). He was also remembered to have clashed with the provincial police commander whom he summoned for over-speeding and responsible for crushing the subversive movement Mainawaon. He was also the town's chief of police before he became chief executive.
A small man but great in stature, he assumed the presidency of Cabatuan in 1912. He was also a teacher in Spanish.
A major in the revolution against Spain and in the Philippine-American War, he became a judge, a councilor and a municipal president. He was chief executive when Maasin became an arrabal of Cabatuan from 1912 to 1916.
Municipal president of Cabatuan in 1916-1918 and in 1928-1931, he also served as municipal treasurer. His record as custodian of public funds and property was beyond censure.
WENCESLAO GRIO (?-1959)
An exemplary teacher, he became mayor in 1935 and the town's first chief executive under the Commonwealth government. Although he was finished Grave V, he became a teacher and later studied Spanish in the Instituto de Molo. He was remembered to have laid down the groundwork for the improvement of the town plaza through the construction of concrete sidewalks and benches and the monument of the Cry of Balintawak, the bandstand and the fountain.
The 14th municipal president of the town (1934), he served as a public school teacher before becoming a councilor and vice president.
JUAN GARRIDO (?-1944)
Mayor of the town at the onset of World War II, he was captured in December 1928 and executed by the Japanese in Miagao the following month because of his refusal to cooperate with the invaders. He graduated valedictorian in elementary, he finished a degree in agriculture from the University of the Philippines in Los Baņos. He was the first degree-holder to become mayor in 1941.
He became the puppet mayor of Cabatuan during the Japanese occupation but secretly helped the civil resistance movement by providing them with information on the movements of the Japanese Imperial Army. He joined the Huk movement in 1950 but later led the first mass surrender of communist insurgents in 1951.
He was the wartime mayor of Cabatuan, a post he assumed following the execution of Mayor Juan Garrido, he being the municipal secretary at that time. He also served as municipal councilor before World War II.
He was offered the position of puppet mayor during the Japanese occupation but he turned down the appointment. After the war, he became mayor from 1945 to 1946. He also served as school teacher and as vice mayor before the war.
SINFOROSO PADILLA (1908- )
A lieutenant and intelligence officer of the Philippine military during the Japanese occupation, he became mayor in 1947 and was re-elected in 1951. He caused the first mass surrender of the Huk movement in Panay in 1951 before the end of his second term as mayor.
A brave army captain during World War II, he was mayor from 1956 to 1959. He contracted Hansen's disease during the war but resumed fighting after he was treated at an army hospital in Calinog. He led the capture of a Japanese garrison in San Miguel in 1944.
Mayor of Cabatuan from 1968 to 1971, he was a public school teacher before joining politics. He later became acting provincial auditor of Iloilo and chairman of the board of assessment appeal. He served as puppet municipal treasurer during the Japanese occupation and secretly channeled funds to the civil resistance movement.
In 1947, he became the youngest person to be elected councilor of Cabatuan at the age of 25 and the topnotcher in the same political exercise. In 1960, he was elected mayor after he served as employee of the Civil Service Commission, the Department of Labor and the Office of the Clerk of Court in Iloilo City.
EUGENIO DE LA VEGA
He was a brigadier general in the revolution against Spain and the youngest officer at the age of 25.
He was a colonel in the revolution against Spain and in the Philippine-American War. He retired in New Lucena, Iloilo.
PEDRO and FELIPE PEREZ
The Perez brothers were pioneers in the field of education, particularly in the Spanish language. Even during the American regime, they continued attending to the education needs of the masses. Felipe, the younger of the duo, also served as municipal councilor.
A musician and composer, he was awarded the bronze medal by the United States Congress during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904 after his band was thunderously applauded when it played the "Aires Filipina" that he himself composed. He also wrote zarzuelas and directed a number of plays.
A musician who was a member of the US Army, he organized a band in Cabatuan after his discharge from the military. He was a composer and was later elected municipal councilor.
He was the deputy governor of Iloilo under the Free Government of Panay and Romblon, he later became governor of Iloilo in 1945. In 1947, he was elected congressman of the 3rd district of Iloilo. He is considered the father of regional high schools in the Philippines. As post-war governor, it was he who initiated the creation of the seven regional high schools in Iloilo, the firsts in the country. These were the regional high schools of Cabatuan, Calinog, Miagao, Oton, Passi, Pototan and Sara.
A lawyer, he was the private secretary of Gov. Tomas Confesor during the war and when Confesor was appointed Secretary of Interior. In 1947, he was elected councilor of Cabatuan and was re-elected twice in 1951 and 1955. He was elected to the Iloilo provincial board in 1959 and was re-elected in 1963. In 1965, he was appointed judge in Southern Leyte and in 1967, he was again elected to the provincial board of Iloilo. He assumed as vice governor of Iloilo by succession in 1969.
Former assistant city fiscal of Iloilo City, he was a dark horse in the 1988 local elections when he topped the race for the provincial board of Iloilo. He was elected vice governor in May 11, 1992.