ON JULY 25, 1872, Santiago Alvarez, a revolutionary general and founder and honorary president of the first directorate of the Nacionalista Party, was born in Imus, Cavite. He was known as Kidlat ng Apoy (Lightning of Fire) because of his inflamed bravery and dedication as commander in the battle of Dalhican, Cavite.
Although marginalized within the ranks of the revolution with the ascendancy of a rival faction, Alvarez continued to support the cause of the revolution. After the revolution, he enrolled at the University of Santo Tomas, later transferred to the Colegio de San Juan de Letran where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts. He then took up law at the Liceo de Manila.
Upon establishment of the American civil government in the Philippines, Alvarez assisted Pascual H. Poblete, Lope K. Santos and many others in the organization of the Nacionalista Party, wherein he later became president of its directorate. In 1902, he presided over the Junta Magna de la Comisión de la Paz (Great Council of the Peace Commission).
He died October 30, 1930, at age 58 in San Pablo City and was buried at the San Pablo municipal cemetery.