Hon. Felicisimo R. Feria
Born in Molo, Iloilo on 6 August 1883 to Francisco Feria and Julia de los Reyes, Felicisimo Feria started his schooling in the private school of Don Manuel Locsin, later transferring to the Seminario de Jaro, Iloilo where he finished high school. He took special courses at the Siliman Institute (now University), Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. (Paras, Corazon de Leon and Salcedo, Ma. Corona: “The Justices of the Supreme Court”, A Biographical Directory; p. 91-92, 1971.)
He enrolled at the San Juan de Letran College in 1903, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then entered the University of Santo Tomas taking courses in law, philosophy and literature. Four years after, he obtained his degrees of Licentiate in Law, Philosophy and Literature. He passed the bar in 1908 earned his degree of Doctor of Civil Laws in 1909.
After being admitted to the bar, he became the private secretary of the then Secretary of Justice and Finance, Don Gregorio Araneta. In 1910, he was appointed assistant attorney in the Bureau of Justice. He was promoted successively from the said position until he became the Attorney General on September 29, 1920. As a result of a controversy between his office and Governor General Francis B. Harrison, he resigned from the said position and went into private practice. In 1921, he became Dean of the College of Law of the University of Manila, and in 1926 Dean of the College of Law at the University of Santo Tomas. (Paras, Corazon de Leon and Salcedo, Ma. Corona: “The Justices of the Supreme Court”, A Biographical Directory; p. 91-92, 1971.) He was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1945.
Felicisimo Feria was married to Vicenta Jusay with whom he had nine children. He died on June 2, 1957.