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FEDERICO J. SARABIA (1887 ­ 1954) Pioneer Optometrist An optometrist as well as optician, Federico B. Sarabia was born in Kalibo, Aklan on July 18, 1887. He was the only child of Benigno Sarabia and Ynosenta Jimenez. He joined the pensionados and found time to finish his two-year secondary education as a working student at a free California government Agro-Industrial School. In 1903, he transferred to Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. While working as a kitchen boy, he took up a course in optometry. After earning the degree of doctor of optometry in 1906, he returned to Kalibo, Aklan to practice in his hometown. He was the first Filipino optometrist in the Philippines during the American occupation. In 1907, Dr. Sarabia married his childhood friend, Rosalia Gonzales, the daughter of Dr. Cepriano Gonzales from Baliwag, Bulacan who practiced medicine in Kalibo. The following year, Sarabia opened his first optometry clinic in Iloilo City. In 1918, he moved to Manila and opened a clinic at the Palicer Building in Escolta. He bought a new family house in Caloocan in 1930. An enterprising businessman and able executive, Sarabia headed the Sarabia Optical Company as president and general manager. On the side, he served as first vice-president of the Optometric Association of the Philippines. In 1935, he founded the Philippine College of Optometry in Sta. Cruz, Manila. It later affiliated with the Dr. Aldecoa College of Dentistry and, much later, in 1952, with the De Ocampo College of Dentistry. His eldest daughter, Dr. Salvacion Sarabia, became the dean of the College. Dr. Federico Sarabia passed away on September 4, 1954. Apart from Salvacion, he had 12 other children, namely Federico II, Salvador, Iluminada, Ester, Jesus, Francisco, Manuel, Antonio, Rosalia, Carlos, Maris and Enrico. References: Cornejo, Miguel. Commonwealth Directory of the Philippines. Habana: Manila. 1939. Weissblatt, Franz. Who's Who in the Philippines Volume 1. 1936 ­ 1937. ______________. Who's Who in the Philippines Volume 2. 1940 ­ 1941. TNL Files: Roll Number 340a ­ Item Number 3569a


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