The Law of the Sea

Arturo M. Tolentino: I wish people will remember me for The Law of the Sea

Wenceslao Vinzons

Wenceslao Vinzons was probably my father’s closest friend from the time they were in College of Law in U.P. They have been rival at university and co -founders of the first really organized political youth movement. Before the Japanese came they had plans and dreams of making the Philippines a better place for everyone.

When Vinzons and his family were killed by the Japanese, my father lost someone he cares very much and he carried those dreams nearly half a century. Those dreams ended with the early death of Wenceslao Vinzons during the Japanese occupation and the death of Arturo M. Tolentino, August 2, 2004 both co-founder of the Young Philippines Movenent.

My father gave tribute to Wenceslao Vinzons, in a radio broadcast on the occasion of Vinzons’ 36th birthday, September 1946 “If Vinzons Were Alive”. It was a long speech but this part of his tribute to Vinzons tells us the kind of relationship they had: