Santiago S. Fonacier

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Santiago S. Fonacier (b. May 21, 1885 – d. December 8, 1977) was a clergyman, journalist, and legislator born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

He studied at the Aglipayan Church seminary and was ordained priest in 1902. He became a teacher at the seminary for two years but later became an editor at Spanish periodicals, such as La Lucha. He also made translations of Jose Rizal's novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.


Government Stint

In 1912, Fonacier was elected representative of the 1st district of Ilocos Norte to the first Philippine Assembly. He was elected senator in 1919 for the 1st senatorial district of Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley. He also served as a member of the University of the Philippines Board of Regents and as chairman of the National Textbook Board.

Life as a clergy

Fonacier rose to the highest rank of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente Church when he succeeded the supreme bishopric from Gregorio Aglipay after the latter's death.


  • Quirino, Carlos. Who's Who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.



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