Conrado F. Estrella Sr. was a prominent Filipino politician who served in various key positions during his long and illustrious career. Born on August 19, 1917, Estrella began his political journey as the Mayor of Rosales in Pangasinan and went on to serve as the Governor of the province from 1954 to 1963.
Estrella was elected as an assemblyman to the Batasang Pambansa from 1978 to 1986 and served as the Secretary and Minister of the Department of Agrarian Reform under former President Ferdinand Marcos from 1971 to 1986. Estrella and Marcos were political allies, and Estrella’s appointment as the head of the Department of Agrarian Reform reflected the trust and confidence placed in him by the former President.
Estrella was a well-respected politician who made a significant contribution to the development of the Philippines. He was known for his dedication and commitment to the people he served, and his work in the field of agrarian reform helped to bring about much-needed change in the country. Estrella’s last public appearance was on January 10, 2011, in Pangasinan, where he participated in the 66th anniversary of the Invasion of Lingayen Gulf.
Estrella died in his sleep at his home in Villa Verde, Pasig, on May 31, 2011, at the age of 93. Although he had undergone open heart surgery several years prior, he had no other major illnesses and was found the next morning. Estrella’s legacy continues to inspire future generations, and he is remembered as a great statesman who dedicated his life to serving his country and its people. He was the grandfather of Abono Rep. Robert Raymond Estrella and former Pangasinan Rep. Conrado Estrella III.