The Info List - Jorge B. Vargas

Jorge Bartolome Vargas[2] (August 24, 1890 – February 22, 1980) was a lawyer, diplomat and youth advocate born in Bago, Negros Occidental, Philippines. He graduated valedictorian from Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
High School in 1909 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1911 and a Bachelor of Law
Bachelor of Law
degree with honors in 1914, both from the University of the Philippines. He was a founding member of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation (now the Philippine Olympic Committee) in 1911 and served in its Executive Committee in 1918.[3] He served as its second Chairman from 1935 to 1955. He was also the first Filipino member of the International Olympic Committee.[4]


1 Government service 2 Scouting 3 Honours 4 See also 5 References

Government service[edit]

Vargas and his daughter, 1943

After being admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1914, he was appointed as law clerk in the Philippine Commission. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to the position of Chief Clerk of the Department of the Interior in 1917.[5] In 1918 he served as the legislative secretary to Speaker Sergio Osmeña of the House of Representatives and in 1936 was appointed by President Manuel L. Quezon
Manuel L. Quezon
as his Executive Secretary, becoming the first in the country to serve in such a position.[6] When the Japanese invaded the country in 1941, Vargas was designated to the Department of National Defense as its secretary. A few weeks later, he was appointed by President Manuel Quezon
Manuel Quezon
as mayor of the Greater Manila
area in 1941. His responsibilities included administering the open city upon the arrival of occupational troops of the Imperial Japanese Army
Imperial Japanese Army
on January 2, 1942. By 1942, Vargas became chairman of the Japanese-sponsored Philippine Executive Commission. During the collaborationist Second Philippine Republic, he was once asked by the Japanese to assume the Presidency, but he declined. He instead served as the regime's Ambassador to Japan. In that position, he was quoted shortly before Japanese troops were driven from Manila
as stating that "we know Japan is destined for sure victory and prosperity for ages to come."[7] Vargas served as Chairman of the National Planning Commission from 1946–1954 and was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines
from 1961-1965. In 1960, the Republic of the Philippines
conferred on him the Legion of Honor with the rank of Commander.[3] Scouting[edit]

Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center
Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center
(UP Diliman)

Vargas' involvement with Scouting started in 1935 when he became a member of the executive board of the Philippine Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Together with other Philippine Scouting advocates he became one of the charter members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines
in 1936.[3] Upon the death of Manuel Camus in 1949, Vargas was unanimously chosen by the National Executive Board to serve as the BSP's President and Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He served the position of National President until 1961. He became a member of the World Scout Committee
World Scout Committee
of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1951 to 1957. Vargas was awarded the Bronze Wolf in 1959 and received other awards including the Silver Tamaraw (Philippines), Silver Fox (Canada), Silver Ibex (Austria), Silver Wolf (UK), and in 1959 also received the highest distinction of the Scout Association of Japan, the Golden Pheasant Award.[8] He also became the first recipient of the Tanglaw ng Kabataan (Light of the Youth) Award of the BSP in 1961.[3] Honours[edit]

 Japan: Grand Cordon (1st Class) of the Order of the Rising Sun (October 1, 1943)[9]

See also[edit]

Scouting portal

Jorge B. Vargas
Jorge B. Vargas
Museum and Filipiniana Research Center


^ Appointed by Manuel L. Quezon, December 30, 1941 as Head of the Civilian Emergency Administration; then appointed by Masaharu Homma
Masaharu Homma
as head of government, January 23, 1942 ^ The Jorge B. Vargas
Jorge B. Vargas
Art Collection as a Microcosm of Art during the Commonwealth - page 4: "Jorge Bartolome Vargas (1890-1980) became well known..." ^ a b c d On My Honor, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 2001, p. 136-137. ^ "Philippine Olympic Committee". Olympic.ph. Archived from the original on 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2012-09-11.  ^ "Philippine Department of Defense". Dnd.gov.ph. Retrieved 2012-09-11.  ^ Jorge B. Vargas
Jorge B. Vargas
Museum ^ "Japan is warned by puppet envoy of Manila's fate," Oakland Tribune, p. 2D, 1945-02-03. ^ reinanzaka-sc.o.oo7.jp/kiroku/documents/20140523-3-kiji-list.pdf ^ "Filipino recipients of Japanese decorations and Japanese recipients of Philippine decorations". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. 

Preceded by Masaharu Homma Japanese Military Administration Presiding Officer of the Philippine Executive Commission (de facto Head of Government) January 23, 1942 – October 14, 1943 Succeeded by Jose P. Laurel President of the Philippines

Preceded by Pedro A. Paterno Prime Minister of the Philippines Ministries involved October 14, 1943 – August 17, 1945 Succeeded by Ferdinand E. Marcos Prime Minister of the Philippines

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