Joaquin Luna

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Joaquin Damaso Luna de San Pedro y Novicio Ancheta (December 11, 1864 – November 7, 1936) was a Filipino revolutionary and politician. He was a colonel during the Philippine Revolution, senator (1916–1919), governor of Mountain Province (1916, 1920-1925), and representative of La Union's 1st District (1910–1916).

Personal life

Joaquin Luna was born on December 11, 1864. He was the brother of painter Juan Luna, violinist Manuel Luna, and General Antonio Luna,[1][2] Their parents were Don Joaquin Luna de San Pedro y Posadas and Doña Laurena Novicio y Ancheta.[3]


During the Philippine Revolution, he served as colonel.[4] Afterwards, he was La Union's representative to the Malolos Congress. La Union declared him as an adopted son years later. During the American occupation, he forwarded a collaborative stance and became associated with the group Asociacion de Paz as its treasurer that sought to establish cooperation with the colonizers by disengaging from anti-American revolt.[1][5]

By 1904, he became governor of La Union[1] and the representative of La Union's 1st legislative district during the 2nd and 3rd Philippine Legislature from 1910 until 1916.[6]

He was appointed governor of the Mountain Province in 1916 and succeeded E.A. Eckman. He was the first Filipino to hold such position.[7] In that same year, he became Senator of the 4th Philippine Legislature.

Through the Act of the Philippine Legislature No. 2623 that he authored and introduced in the Congress, he created the Conservatory of Music in the University of the Philippines on February 4, 1916.[8]