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Victorino Mapa

Victorino M. Mapa
2nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
In office
July 1, 1920 – October 31, 1921
Nominated by William McKinley
Preceded by Cayetano Arellano
Succeeded by Manuel Araullo
Secretary of Finance and Justice
In office
November 1, 1913 – June 30, 1920
Appointed by Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison
Preceded by Gregorio S. Araneta
Succeeded by Quintin Paredes
Personal details
Born (1855-02-25)February 25, 1855
Kalibo, Capiz (now Aklan), Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died April 12, 1927(1927-04-12) (aged 72)
Manila, Philippine Islands
Resting place La Loma Cemetery[1]
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater Colegio de San Juan de Letran
University of Santo Tomas

Victorino Montano Mapa (February 25, 1855 - April 12, 1927) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and later, as the second Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines under the American colonial Insular Government.


He was homeschooled during his childhood. [2] Later, he earned his Bachelor of Arts from Colegio de San Juan de Letran and his degree of Bachelor of Laws and Jurisprudence from the University of Santo Tomas at the age of 25.

He was appointed an Associate Justice of the newly created Supreme Court of the Philippines in 1901, together with Cayetano Arellano and Florentino Torres. He left the Supreme Court to be Secretary of Finance and Justice in 1913 during which he also served on the Philippine Commission, the upper house of the Philippine Legislature.

Upon Arellano's retirement in 1920, he was appointed the second Chief Justice. His tenure was brief, as his frail health forced him to retire early on October 31, 1921. He died on April 12, 1927. On April 29, or 17 days later, his fellow retired justice, Florentino Torres, also died.

Victorino Mapa High School in Manila and the nearby V. Mapa LRT Station are named after him.


  1. ^ "Our Heritage and the Departed: A Cemeteries Tour". Presidential Museum & Library (Philippines). Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Sevilla, Victor J. Justices of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. QC: New Day Publishers, 1984. Vol. I, p. 16-17. 17.


  • Cruz, Isagani A. (2000). Res Gestae: A Brief History of the Supreme Court. Rex Book Store, Manila
  • Philippine Reports, Volume 49 (In Memoriam)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Cayetano Arellano
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Manuel Araullo
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