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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vicente Rama (Cebuano Hero)

Thursday, September 15, 2011 Posted by Vernon Go , , , , , No comments
Born on June 6, 1887, Vicente Rama became a distinguished figure in Cebuano literature, publishing, journalism and politics. In 1915, Vicente launched his own periodical, Nueva Fuerza, which was renamed Bag-ong Kusog (New Force) in 1920.

Using the vernacular, it was probably the most successful regional publication at that time. Its readership reached parts of the Visayas, Mindanao, and even the Cebuano migrant community in Hawaii. Between 1928 and 1934, Rama also ran “Progress,” an English-language weekly.


Rama entered politics as an elected councilor of Cebu City in 1916. He was mayor of the city from 1938 to 1940. He served four terms as a district representative and was a senator from 1941 to 1947. He is remembered as the “Father of Cebu City” for having authored Commonwealth Act No. 58 in 1936 which gave Cebu City its charter.

Sources:  got it from a recent "Mga Bayani sa Sugbu" Exhibit from the CASA GORORDO MUSEUM, CEBU.
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