Sunday, September 5, 2010

3. All About Politics

Postcards of Filemon Sotto and  Casiano Causing of Cebu who were
representatives of  the First Philippine Legislature. This was the first
representative legislature of the Philippines, then known as the
Philippine Islands under the sovereign control of the United States.

Presidential campaign buttons of Manuel Quezon
when he ran for President of the Commonwealth
of the Philippine in 1935.  

Emilio Aguinaldo’s  sample ballot  and flyer  when he ran for
during the 1935 National Elections.

Cigarette wrappers commemorating the 1907 Philippine
Assembly headed by Sergio Osmena. Manuel Quezon
was also a member of the Philippine Assembly which was
the legislative body of the Philippines during the earlier
part of the U.S. colonial administration.

Trigates pin of Aguinaldo, Bryan and Croker.  Under the heading
"Three of a Kind," the button characterized the Democrats as
anti-American as well as corrupt. This particular pin was sold
for $620 on eBay.

Different campaign buttons of Pres. Elpidio Quirino
when he ran for re-election in 1953 which he lost to
Pres. Ramon Magsaysay. During the campaign he
was accused of extravagance – that he was using a
golden “arinola” (chamber pot) in Malacañang.

The 1946 election was a close fight between Sen. Manuel
Roxas and Pres. Sergio Osmena.  Manuel Roxas of the
Liberal Party got 1,333,392  (54.94%) votes and won against
Sergio Osmeña of the  Nacionalista Party  who got 1,129,996 
(45.71%) votes

Rogelio Dela Rosa was the first Philippine movie actor
to ran for President in 1961 but withdrew his candidacy
for unknown reasons.  Before running for the presidency
he was senator for 6 years.

Political record of President Ramon Magsaysay. Locally his 
jingle “Mambo Magsaysay” was the most popular political jingle
of all time.  The lyrics go  “Mambo Mambo Magsaysay, Mambo
Mambo Mabuhay, Our Democracy Will Die, Kung Wala Si

In  the 1986 Snap Election  Cory Aquino run against the dictator
President Marcos and lost due to the massive cheating.  These
Cory dolls and pins were very popular during the campaign 

Various pins of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos whose presidency
was the longest - 20 years.  His administration was marred by
massive authoritarian corruption, despotism, nepotism,
political repression, and human rights violations.  He
was the most unpopular Filipino president of all time.

The assassination of Ninoy Aquino catapulted his widow,
Corazon Aquino, to the limelight and subsequently to the
presidency, replacing the Marcos dictatorial regime. These
pins  and memorabilia were very popular during the 1983
protest rallies against Marcos.

A political black propaganda flyer against Aguinaldo, blaming him
for the execution of Andres Bonifacio and Gen.  Antonio Luna.


  1. These are wonderful treasures indeed, Edward!

  2. Do you have any background on your postcard examples of Sotto and Causing posted topmost? I have one example as well.

  3. Hi Alex I do not have any background about those cards. I got them from eBay.

  4. Seeing these memorabilia led me to wonder what might future generations of collectors would say about politician's "epal" tarpaulins we see nowadays.

  5. ive got some medals and certificate from a veteran during Aguinaldo's you have an idea how much it is?it has the original signature of Aguinaldo and the medal looks kinda has an eagle and number 30 on it..any idea?

    1. Hi Chito send me a photo at