Francisco Soc Rodrigo
A passionate exponent of the national language and an outspoken stalwart of the Catholic faith, Francisco Rodrigo was a militant moral crusader, a role he had undividedly pursued even before he entered the public service.
Senator Rodrigo was born on born on January 29, 1914 in Bulacan, Bulacan, to Marcela Aldana and Melecio Rodrigo and a blood kin of two great heroes of his native province, Marcelo del Pilar and Gregorio del Pilar.
He studied at Bulacan Elementary School and the University of the Philippines for high school. Rodrigo finished his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees from Ateneo de Manila and University of Santo Tomas, respectively, after which he completed his degree of Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines in 1938.
After his studies, Rodrigo became a father in a law firm of Francisco Delgado and Lorenzo where his pennchant for oratory was already being noticed. he took his A.B. and B.S.E. degrees from Ateneo de Manila and University of Santo Tomas, respectively after which he completed his degree of Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines in 1938. As an outstanding orator and debater, Soc Rodrigo reached his forensic heights when he was captain f the College Debating Team.
After passing the Bar , he joined the law firm of Senators Francisco Delgado and Lorenzo Tañada. With the latter, he authored Philippine Modern Legal Forms and Handbook on the Rules of Court. During the 1953 presedential election, Soc Rodrigo covered the entire proceedings in an unprecedented marathon broadcast, a feat which won for him the Legion of Honor award by President Ramon Magsaysay.
His performance in the Senate has consistently landed him in the coveted list of the Ten Outstanding Senators and made him a much invented guest of foreign government such as the United States, Britain, West Germany, and other countries. He was also awarded a U.S. Government grant under the terms of Public Law 402 (Smith - Mundt) for observation and travel under the auspices of the Governmental Affairs Institute(Nov. 20, 1959 - Jan. 20, 1960).
Not the least of his achievements was his anti - Japanese activities during the war years when he distributed proaganda materials together with Raul Manglapus. As a playwright in English and Tagalog, his works are noted for distilling the foibles and wit of the Filipino soul. Sa Pula, Sa Puti, his most celebrated play the popular Kuro – Kuro sa likod ng mga Balita – have likewise won legions of admirers throughout the country. Whether he is delivering a speech in tagalog or in English, within or without the halls of the senate, men rise to give their attention to Soc Rodrigo, a man who has given his best in the service of God and country.