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