Camilo Osias Philosophy

An educator, a writer, a philosopher. Camilo Osias was born on May 23, 1889 at Balaoan, La Union.

Schools Attended:

Public School at Balaoan, La Union

Western Illinois Teacher’s College

University of Chicago

Columbia University

1921 – He became the first Filipino assistant director of the Bureau of Eduction. In the same year, he also became the President of National University.

1925 – He was elected senator.

1929 – He was appointed Philippine Commissioner to Washington D.C.


He edited the series Philippine Readers (known as Osias Readers) for primary intermediate schools.

He translated in English Rizal’s famous novels Noli Me Tangere (1956) and El Filibusterismo (1957)

He also wrote numerous books and essays on Rizal, education, religion, and the Filipino Way of Life.

Dr. Osias believed that education should secure for every person the fullest measure of freedom, efficiency, and happiness. Efficiency, he demands that one must be able to cooperate with the other members of the society to promote common good.

He also advocated that the educational system must contribute towards the achievement of the goals of education by inculcating their minds and hearts of the youth the value of preserving the patrimony of the country promoting the general welfare of he people.

Dr. Osias’ suggestions to Philippine schools:

  1. Preserve the solidarity of Filipino;
  2. Maintain the unity of the Philippines;
  3. Work out a proper equilibrium in economic order;
  4. Develop social justice;
  5. Observe the merit system in government service;
  6. Promote peace and national defense;
  7. Uphold the inalienable rights of life, property, liberty, and happiness;
  8. Keep in their prestige majesty the fundamental freedom, especially freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of peace and assembly, and freedom of worship;
  9. Conserve the principle of equality;
  10. Hold high the ideals of religion;
  11. Keep over aloft the torch of education, and
  12. Make democracy a living and functional reality.



Osias, Camilo. The Filipino Way of Life. The Pluralizaed Philosophy. New York: Ginn and Company, 1940

Cecilio D. Duka, Ed.D. Philosophy of Education


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2 Responses to Camilo Osias Philosophy

  1. Rodolfo D. Juan says:

    The late Senator was supposed to be our Commencement Speaker of the graduating class, 1962 at the Abra Mt. High School, Lamao Bucloc, Abra. This school was founded in 1947 by missionaries of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ which later joined the United Church of the Philippines in 1948. Their first American Teachers were from the Mennonite Church, which at that time were a part of the Mennonite Church Relief Team. The Province of Abra after the Second World War was the least to have received help from the Government Sector, so the Central Committee of the Mennonite Church in the United States of America chose Abra to be their field of Relief Mission. They constructed the Bangued Christian Clinic as their base for the treatment of patients.

  2. Rodolfo D. Juan says:

    Due to their extended session in the Senate that time he could not come. He sent his regrets.

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