Senator Jose Fuentebella was born on June 17, 1883 in Sagnay, Camarines Sur, to a family of nationalistic and political leaningsHe graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts from Ateneo de Manila in 1902 and Bachelor of Laws from Escuela de Leyes in 1905. He became a member of the Philippine Bar in 1906.
After three years of law practice, Fuentebella took to politics. He was elected representative of the third district, Ambos Camarines, to the Philippine Assembly, for several terms, 1909-1916 and elected provincial governor of Ambos Camarines in 1916.
He left politics to resume his law practice and look after his family’s financial interests. The lure of public effective office, however, was strong and he served anew as senator representing the sixth senatorial district in the Philippine Legislature of 1928-1935, and then again as representative, National Assembly, 1935-1941.
Fuentebella was president of the Nacionalista Party in Camarines sur from 1909 until 1955. He was serving as congressman when President Magsaysay appointed him Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to the Republic of Indonesia at Jakarta in March 31, 1955.