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Antonio De Las Alas

Born on October 14, 1889 in Taal Batangas, married to Natividad Lontoc, fairest of Taal maidens of the time and scion of the illustrious Lontoc- Mariño family. In 1920 Governor General Francis Burton Harrison appointed him Chief of the Executive Bureau and shortly thereafter he became secretary of Justice upon Secretary Placido Mapa’s resignation.

In 1922, Don Antonio was elected assembly man. He stayed in Congress for eleven years. He rose to become speaker of the House of Representatives. He was appointed Secretary of Public Works and Communications by the General Theodore Roosevelt. He actually started the development of hydraulic power in the Philippines besides spawning interest in the establishment of the irrigation systems. In 1936 he was appointed Secretary of Finance by Governor General Frank Murphy.

In that capacity he was able to increase the income from taxes thru a more honest and efficient system of collection. In 1941 he became Senator of the Philippines, At the age of 80, after being a widower for sometime he married young Necitas Gruezo from Laguna by whom he has one child, Cornelio. By his first wife, his children are Lourdes, Antonio Jr., Adelina, Angelina, Alfredo, Teresita, Remedios, Pacita, Lily, Natividad, and Carmencita.