Santiago S. Fonacier
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.
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
- Quirino, Carlos. Who's Who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.