Who’s Who in Bataan – The Estanislao’s of Dinalupihan

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 RUPERTO TULOD ESTANISLAO (1915-1989) was a Dinalupihan resident who once served as deputy administrator of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO). He also served as acting governor of Bataan from May 16 to July 15, 1955.

Atty. Estanislao was born in Palauig, Zambales on October 13, 1915. His parents were Eugenio D. Estanislao and Lucila Tulod of Dinalupihan. He finished his Associate in Arts and Law degrees at the University of the Philippines.

During World War II, Estanislao served in the Philippine Army and joined the guerilla movement during the Japanese Occupation. He continued his military career after the Liberation and was assigned at the Judge Advocate General’s Office. He resigned from the said office when he was appointed as acting governor of Bataan by President Ramon Magsaysay. He temporarily replaced then Governor Adelmo Camacho who was slapped with a three month suspension from office. Estanislao reigned in the province from May 15 to July 15, 1955, the day Camacho returned to the Capitol.

When the the position of deputy administrator of the Philippine Veterans Board was vacated that same year, President Magsaysay appointed Estanislao to the post. In that capacity, Estanislao took the opportunity to work for the cause of underprivileged soldiers and veterans. Two other Bataan natives — Fortunato de Leon of Orion and J.V. Cruz of Orani – also served in Malacanang as Executive Secretary and Press Secretary, respectively.

Ruperto Estanislao was married to Carmen Chikiamko, a physician from Malabon City. He passed away on February 22, 1989.

VICENTE TULOD ESTANISLAO (1918-2006) was the younger brother of Atty. Ruperto T. Estanislao. He was a lawyer, judge and acknowledged founder of the Bataan Lions Club.

Atty. Estanislao was born in Palauig, Zambales on January 15, 1918. He completed his secondary education at the Arellano Memorial (Bataan) High School. He was trained as a lawyer at the University of the Philippines.

            Immediately after World War II, he was appointed as municipal judge in various trial courts in Bataan. He retired from government service in 1980.

            Atty. Estanislao was married to the former Luz Hermosa of Maila with whom he had six children: Eugenio, Vicente Jr., Luisito, Carlos, Priscilla and Myrna Veronica. He died on May 22, 2006.

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