Benito Legarda Jr.
Benito Justo Legarda, Jr. y Fernandez (also known as Benito Legarda V) is a noted scholar, economist, and historian. He is also affectionately called Don Beniting. He authored the landmark book After the Galleons: Foreign Trade, Economic Change and Entrepreneurship in the Nineteenth-Century Philippines. Legarda is one of the 1960 TOYM Awardees for Economics.
Benito J. Legarda, Jr. y Fernandez was born in Manila on 6 August 1926. His parents were Benito "Ben" Legarda and the famed Carnival Queen Trinindad Fernandez. He attended elementary school at Holy Ghost College and the Ateneo de Manila, High School at the Ateneo and Centro Escolar University. He earned a B. S. in Social Science degree (magna cum laude) at Georgetown University in 1948, and an M. A. and Ph. D. in economics at Harvard University in 1950 and 1955 respectively.
Benito J. Legarda made his career at the Central Bank of the Philippines, rising to the rank of deputy governor for economic research. He briefly served as consultant to the ECAFE in Bangkok. Later, he served on the board of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D. C. as consultant to both the I. M. F. and the World Bank, and as economic counselor at the Philippine Embassy in Washington.
Since retiring from government service he has attended to property management, and has written four books: After the Galleons (1999) on nineteenth-century Philippine trade and economics, published jointly by the University of Wisconsin Press and the Ateneo de Manila University Press and which won the Gintong Aklat award for overall excellence in book production; The Hills of Sampaloc (2001) about the first day of the Philippine-American War in 1899, published by Bookmark, and a finalist in the Manila Critics Circle book awards; Occupation ’42 (2003) about the first year of the Japanese occupation, published by DLSU Press and winner of the Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Award in the history category; and Occupation. The Later Years (2007), published by DLSU Press and Vibal Publishing and a finalist in the Manila Critic Circle book Awards.
In addition, he has written over 60 articles—scholarly and popular—on economics, finance, history, numismatics, and Philippine colonial art. He writes a weekly column in the Philippines Free Press. He has served as a board member and officer of various civic and learned societies, and was a trustee of the National Museum in 1999-2001. He was a board member of the National Historical Institute, 2003-2010, and is on the Board of Advisers of the Ayala Museum.
Benito Legarda V married pediatrician Dr. Angelita Ganzon on 3 April 1971. They have a daughter, Isabel Cristina, who graduated from Harvard Magna Cum Laude, studied medicine at New York Medical College and is now an anesthesiologist in the Boston area, and is married, with two children, a girl and a boy. His siblings are Filomena Legarda, who died in early childhood, and Carmen Legarda d. 1986. His grandparents were Benito "Bitong" Legarda, Jr. (AKA as Benito Legarda III) and Filomena Roces. His greatgrandparents were Benito Legarda II y Tuason married to Teresa de la Paz, widow of Don Jose Severo Tuason.
A succession of Benito Legardas:
- Benito Legarda y Lerma I, founding patriarch
- Benito Legarda II y Tuason, Director of Finance in Aguinaldo's Revolutionary Government, Vice-President of the Malolos Congress that drafted the first democratic constitution in Asia, member of the Philippine Commission, Philippine resident commissioner in Washington with a voice but no vote in the U.S. lower house, husband of Teresa de la Paz, viuda de Jose Severo Tuason
- Benito "Bitong" Legarda, Jr. III, businessman
- Benito "Ben" Legarda IV, chemist, lawyer, vice-chairman of the pre-martial law Manila Times, businessman, President Manila Rotay Club, District Governor of Rotary District 81, war veteran; patriot
- Benito Legarda Jr. V y Fernandez, eminent economist and historian, founding member, Philippine Statistical Association; founding member & past president, Philippine Economic Society; past president, Harvard Club of the Philippines; founding editor, Philippine Economic Journal (now merged with Philippine Review of Economics, co-founder with Dr. Angelita G. Legarda, Central Bank Money Museum and Barrilla (museum publication).
- Benito Legarda VI y Lobregat
- Benito Legarda VII e Yrezabal
- Roces family tree Accessed 2 September 2009
- Short profile on the Royal Asiatic Society of Hong Kong Accessed 2 September 2009
- Legarda family discussion thread Accessed 2 September 2009