He first studied at the school of Pedro Serrano Laktaw in his hometown under Hipolito Magsalin. He was employed to Fressel and Co., a British firm where he met his fellow worker Andres Bonifacio. He was married to Aurelia De Jesus, rumored to be the sister or cousin of Gregoria De Jesus. They got two sons, Antonio Javier and Luciano Javier.
Bonifacio shared most of his thoughts to him, both got acquainted and later he was accepted to the Katipunan. He and his half brother Jose Turiano Santiago were the primary sponsors of the wedding of Andres Bonifacio and Gregoria De Jesus.
His first assignment was to enlist men of the masses in Sta.Cruz district, then was sent to Laguna and Nueva Ecija. He was arrested together with his half brother, and banished to Canary Islands. He was allowed to return through a prisoner-exchange program.
When he arrive, he joined the rebels under Gen. Pantaleon Garcia in Tarlac, where a revolutionary government was established in 1899. During an encounter in the mountains of Buenavista, where he was wounded. he was secretly brought to Manila for treatment and recovery. He lived peacefully with his half-sister in Catanduanes, where he joined J.T. Santiago in copra, sugar and abaca business.
The descendants of Restituto Javier and Aurelia De Jesus are now living in Fairview and in Angeles City, Pampanga.
- Quirino, Carlos. Who's who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.