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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Alimodian Municipal Mayor - Felix G. Altura

Felix Altura, Alimodian Town Mayor, 1940-1945

Felix G. Altura
(1890 - ?); Mayor 1941-1945

Felix G. Altura was the Alcalde Municipal of Alimodian before and during the war. It was his greatest ambition in life to serve his beloved town so that he overcame all odds and won the coveted post in his third try.

Alcalde Altura was born on May 15, 1890 in this town to Paulino Altura and Isidra Garay. He completed his elementary education in Alimodian Elementary School and his secondary education in the Iloilo High School.

Later he pursued his musical studies in Chicago Conservatory of Music.
Coming from the music-minded family, Alcalde Altura has loved music all his life. He has toured some cities in the United States and Hongkong giving concerts.

Alcalde Altura is married to Felicidad Jimenea with whom he had eight children, four girls and four boys.

His Political Career

Alcalde Altura first threw his hat in the political arena when he launched his candidacy for the top local post against Jose Alvior. Unluckily, he lost. In his second bid for the same post, he lost to Atty. Cipriano Cabaluna, Sr. Then in 1940 he launched his candidacy for the third time against Simeon Canonero and came out victorious. His vice mayor was Anacleto Amparo and his councilors were Wenceslao Anino, Gelacio Allones, Salvador Aligaen, David Tolentino, Ignacio Amparado and Clara Alegrado.

Altura took his oath of office on January 1, 1941. He had only almost a year of incumbency since the Japanese bombed the Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. He then became the town head during the Resisntance Movement that had its headquarters in the mountains of Panay with Governor Tomas Confesor.
Alcalde Altura is life member for continued service to the Craft Masonic Fraternity under the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines.

This grand old man who turned 95 years old last May 15, 1985, still loves to play beautiful and melodious pieces on his violin. It is music that prolongs his life? Many think so.

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