Francisco F. Benitez

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Francisco F. Benitez (June 4, 1887-June 30, 1951) was an outstanding educator, author, editor, and the first dean of the School of Education of the University of the Philippines (UP). He studied at the Philippine Normal College in 1904 and became one of the first pensionados sent to the United States in 1905. He attended the Western Illinois State Normal College in 1908. Benitez obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education (1910) and a Master of Arts (1914) from Columbia University. He received a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Manila in 1929 and a Doctor of Education (honoris causa) from the National University in 1951. Benitez became the director of the Office of Private Education and Secretary of Public Instructions in 1946. Some of his published works include the Educatinal Progress in the Philippines and Studies of Great Filipinos. Benitez was the recipient of the "Teacher of Teachers Award" from President Elpidio Quirino in 1948 and the Teacher of the Year Award from the UP College of Education Alumni in 1950.

He was born in Pagsanjan, Laguna on June 4, 1887 to Higinio Benitez and Soledad Francia. He was the third in the brood of six. His siblings were Ceferino, Teofilo, Conrado, Eulogio, Sr., and Antonia.

He was married to Paz Marquez of Lucena, Tayabas (now Quezon Province), herself a distinguished writer.


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