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[ Act No. 1386, September 01, 1905 ]

AN ACT CONFERRING UPON COURTS OF FIRST INSTANCE JURISDICTION OVER PETITIONS FROM PERSONS DESIRING TO CHANGE THEIR NAMES.

By authority of the United States, be it enacted by the Philippine Commission, that:

SECTION 1. Any person  desiring  to  change his  or her name may file a petition in the Court of First Instance for the province wherein such person may be a resident, or for the city of Manila, setting forth: First, that the petitioner has been a bona fide resident of the province or of the city of Manila for at least one year prior to the date of the filing of the petition; second, the 'cause for which the change of the petitioner's name is sought;| third, the name asked for.   

SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the Court of First Instance, at any term thereof after the filing therein of such a petition, upon being duly satisfied by proof in open court of the truth of the allegations set forth in the petition, proper and reasonable cause appearing for changing the name of the petitioner, and provided that thirty days previous notice of the filing of the petition has been given by a suitable notice in some daily newspaper of general circulation published within the province or the city, as the case  may be, or in the Official Gazette, to order and direct the change of  the name of such petitioner, and the order shall he made of record.

SEC. 3. The fees in all cases of petitions for change of names of persons shall be the same as provided in the Code of Civil Procedure for the filing of pleadings and for the recording of decisions and decrees.                                                                              

SEC. 4. The public good requiring the speedy enactment of this  bill, the passage of the same is hereby expedited in accordance with  section two of "An Act prescribing the order of procedure by the  Commission in the enactment of laws.'' passed September twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred.

SEC. 5. This Act shall take effect on its passage.  

Enacted, September 1, 1905.

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