Jose P. Zurbito (Sorsogon Governor – 1917 to 1919)


Governor Jose Zurbito, who hailed from Masbate. Image via Facts About Sorsogon, Sorsogon Provincial Library.

Governor Jose Zurbito, who hailed from Masbate. Image via Facts About Sorsogon, Sorsogon

Provincial Library.
Among the Bikol Politicians, Jose Zurbito stands as one whose records could be considereed very outstanding. He was twice elected as Member of the Philippine Assembly: 1909-1912, and 1913-1916 of Sorsogon; 1916-1918, then Governor of Masbate; in 1919-1924, he became the Asst. Director of the Philippine Library and Museum. On his retirement from the government service he engaged in agriculture-farming and livestock which by his example people of both Sorsogon and Masbate learned the hard and successful ways of living in a region frequently ravaged by typhoons.

Zurbito was born in Masbate, Masbate on February 15, 1884 to Gaspar Zurbito and Josefa Cervantes. He was a lawyer and an agriculturist and belonged to the Nationalista Party.

Source:  p471, Philippines: A History of the Bikol Region, Jaime T. Malanyaon, AMS Press, 1991

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