Manuel Moran

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Manuel Morán (October 27, 1893 – August 23, 1961) was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from July 9, 1945 until March 20, 1951.


He graduated from his Bachelor of Laws degree at Escuela de Manila in 1913, and was admitted to the bar that same year.

He started out as an auxiliary judge of Iloilo and Pampanga before being promoted as a full judge, and later, an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. He was appointed as Supreme Court Associate Justice in 1938 then elevated to the post as Chief Justice in July 1945.

After leaving office, he became the first Philippine Ambassador to Spain and the Holy See. Hoping to be appointed again to the Supreme Court, he was extended an ad interim appointment of outgoing president Elpidio Quirino in 1953, but Morán backed out, for he felt that President-elect Ramón Magsaysay would fill such vacancy. His reinstatement never materialized.


  • Cruz, Isagani A. (2000). Res Gestae: A Brief History of the Supreme Court. Rex Book Store, Manila