He is considered as the Most Illustrious Son of Bohol whose long and brilliant political career was punctuated with his ascendancy to presidency of the country
| Pres. Carlos P. Garcia & First Lady Leonila D. Garcia|
|as Vice President to President Ramon Magsaysay|
|Administering the oath of office was Chief Justice Ricardo Paras|
Having been immediately notified of the tragedy, Vice President García enplaned back for Manila.
Upon his arrival he directly repaired to Malacañang Palace to assume the duties of President. Chief Justice Ricardo Paras of the Supreme Court, was at hand to administer the oath of office.
The following link details the aftermath of the plane crash that killed Pres. Magsaysay:
Second term: December 30, 1957-December 30, 1961 (elected)
After completing the unfinished presidential term of Pres. Magsaysay, everyone thought it was smooth sailing for Garcia for the 1957 presidential elections especially after he had secured the nomination of the Nacionalista Party but Senator Claro M. Recto had other plans. He bolted the NP to run for President under the Nationalist Citizens’ Party.
Other Magsaysay supporters established the Progressive Party of the Philippines and endorsed Manuel Manahan for President.
The Liberal Party, for its part, fielded former Speaker Jose Yulo for President.
| Pres. CPG & First Lady Leonila Garcia welcome |
House Speaker Daniel Z. Romualdez and his wife
for New Year “At Home” in Malacanang, 1960.
| during the 1957 election campaign|
In a repeat of their 1953 encounter where both ran for Vice- President, Garcia trounced his main opponent Yulo, bested Recto and Manahan, and won the Philippine Presidency in his own right.
Carlos P. Garcia Nacionalista Party 41.30 %
|Results of the 1957 Presidential Elections|
Here is an excerpt of his inaugural speech:
Again, I reverently invoke the aid of the Divine Creator, Infinite Fountain of all blessings, that we may have unity where we have been divided, that we may have faith and courage where we have faltered and weakened, that we may be given light and vision where we have walked in darkness, that we may have love where we have been selfish, and that we may achieve lasting peace, prosperity and happiness for the people.
|Pres. Garcia tenders Manila Motorcade for US President Dwight Eisenhower|
During his presidency, the following held the most important positions in the country:
PREVIOUS POSITIONS HELD BY PRES. GARCIA:
Vice President : Diosdado Macapagal (December 30, 1957-December 30, 1961)
Chief Justice : Ricardo M. Paras (April 2, 1951-February 17, 1961)
Senate President : Eulogio Rodriguez (January 22, 1957-April 5, 1963)
Speaker of the House : Daniel Z. Romualdez (January 27, 1958-December 30, 1961)
|Welcome Ceremony at Manila Airport for U.S. President Eisenhower|
| The Order of Sikatuna: Rank of Raja, the highest recognition awarded by the |
Philippine govt for diplomatic & foreign relations and named after
Boholano chieftain Raja Sikatuna, is conferred by Pres. Garcia to
U.S. President Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower
Pres.Eisenhower delivering a speech at the Quirino Grandstand the president is
wearing the collar of the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Raja
| Pres.Eisenhower's left is his daughter in-law, BarbaraState Dinner |
Being a staunch supporter for Phil culture, Pres. Garcia invites the Bayanihan Dancers
to perform for US Pres. Eisenhower during the State Dinner in Malacanang Palace
| President Garcia with First Lady Leonila Garcia |
proposes a toast for President Eisenhower
| commemorative postage stamp of US President's RP visit|
On June 1, 1971, Garcia was elected delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention.
Convention delegates elected him president of the convention on June 11, 1971 with his then vice president Diosdado Macapagal replicating his role as vice president to the illustrious Boholano statesman
is flanked candidly by former presidents Diosdado Macapagal and Carlos P. Garcia
Note their different style interpretations of the Barong Tagalog