Talking about his family, he wrote, "my father's family name was Bocubuc but at the suggestion of the Spanish alferez in Gerona illy father changed it to Bocobo.
My father was induced to make the change because people used to tease him and his brothers and sisters as bubuc." He learned the alphabet from his mother and writing from his father, using as a primer the Cartilla, a paperbound pamphlet containing the Spanish alphabet, a syllabary and some prayers.
When President Quezon dedicated a day of prayer for Philippine independence in October 1923. In 1930 he was awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causal by the University of Southern California.
Indiana University did the same in 1951, and so did the University of the Philippines in 1952.
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Jorge Bocobo (October 19, 1886-July 23, 1965) was a much traveled man, scholar, lawyer, writer, journalist, religious leader, educator, political scientist and successful college executive.
In 1903 he went to Manila to attend school at Padre Faura Street.
On the initiative of Governor William Howard Taft the Philippine Commission passed Act. 854 on August 26, 1903 in order to send 100 Filipino students to the United States for four years of study in American schools.
In 1934 Bocobo became the fifth president of the University of the Philippines.
He presented the following initial ideas upon his assumption to office: student courtesy, improvement of the teaching method, student guidance, church attendance, reading period before the final examinations and formation of the alumni institute.