Don Sergio Suico Osmeña Sr. is the only Cebuano who became the Liberator President and rebuilt
the country by appointing
officials to govern the local government units after
World War 2.
These were his appointees in Bukidnon (now part
of Northern Mindanao):
Dr. Carlos Fortich.
Designated Acting Provincial Governor of Bukidnon,
July 23, 1945.
Pedro Elizalde, appointed, ad interim, Provincial Treasurer of Bukidnon, August 7, 1945.
Bernal Elizalde was born
on January 17, 1890 in San
Jose, Antique. He was the
youngest Provincial Treasurer appointed at that
time at the age of 21. He
was assigned to different
provinces such as Antique,
Albay, Palawan, Negros
Elizalde was appointed by President Elpidio
Quirino as Cebu City Mayor from August 18, 1951 to
July 23, 1952. It was Serging V. Osmena, the Governor of Cebu at that that recommended him to the post.
Pedro was the Provincial
Treasurer at that time.
Vicente Neri San Jose
was appointed Acting Governor of Bukidnon, December 1, 1945.
Alfredo R. Esplanada was appointed Acting
Member of the Provincial
Board of Bukidnon, December 1, 1945.
Aniceto Dorado was
appointed, ad interim, Justice of the Peace of Impasugong, Sumilao, Maramag,
Kabawi, and Pangantokan,
Bukidnon, February 5,
Jesus Murillo was appointed, ad interim, Justice of the Peace of Malaybalay, Bukidnon, February
Rosito Minister was
appointed Acting Mayor of
Talakag, Bukidnon, April 5,
Braulio Yagahan was
appointed Acting Mayor
of Impasugong, Bukidnon,
April 5, 1946.
The Cebuano Musical
Legend, Wenceslao Zubiri,
more known as Ben Zubiri and had a radio name
as Iyo Karpo was the son
of Jesus Zubiri who hailed
from Bukidnon. However,
Ben Zubiri grew up in Cebu
City with his mother, Sergia Dacayana of San Nicolas District, Cebu City.
Ben Zubiri composed
the immortal songs among
others: Mutid Nila, Pasayawa ko Day and Sa Lungsod
Majority of the appointees of Osmena and those
who served the people of
Bukidnon traces its roots
to Cebu. Even up to now,
more than half of the local
officials not only of Bukidnon but of the entire Mindanao island their forefathers came from Cebu.
Aside from Bukidnon,
President Sergio Suico Osmena Sr. appointed the following in the province of
Eladio Balite, appointed Acting Mayor, and Agustin Pomdemira, Acting Vice
Mayor of Bobon, Samar,
October 5, 1945.
Miguel Torres, Ruperto
Telegrafo, Feliciano Paredes, Domingo Agasang,
and Franciso Gamay, appointed Acting Councilors
of Bobon, Samar, October
Fortunato R. Abella,
appointed Acting Mayor,
and Teodulfo Paliso, Acting
Vice Mayor of Borongan,
Samar, October 6, 1945.
Fortunato Baldo, Claro
Abelgas, Antonio Arago,
Urdaneta Capito, Generoso
Caratay, and Eugenio Daza,
appointed Acting Councilors of Borongan, Samar
October 6, 1945.
Fructuoso Lentejas, appointed Acting Mayor, and
Esteban Tan, Acting Vice
Mayor of Tinambacan, Samar, October 5, 1945.
Felix Bracamonte, Magno Sapinit, and Gorgonia
Ravena, appointed Acting
Councilors of Tinambacan,
Samar, October 5, 1945.
Simon Tan, appointed
Acting Mayor, and Antonio
Muncada, Acting Vice Mayor of Laoang, Samar, October 5, 1945.
Hilario D. Dulay, Romulo Giray, Candido Baluyot, Jose Balerite, Juvencio
I. Muncada, and Guillermo
Sarmiento, appointed Acting Councilors of Laoang,
Samar, October 5, 1945.
Pedro Rebaulla, appointed Acting Mayor, and
Homobono Jolijoli, Acting
Vice Mayor of Catubig, Samar, October 5, 1945.