NEWS UPDATE: The 2014 Excellence in Culture Preservation will be given to Mylene Cahambing y Amoguis of California, USA.

Info of her including her genealogy will be posted soon. She was nominated on line for this category. Our 12-person panel of judges came from 10 countries across the globe.

This award is also known as The James Owen Saguinsin y Gragera Excellence in Culture Preservation.


The 2013 Excellence in Culture Preservation was given to JAMES OWEN SAGUINSIN y GRAGERA of Angono, Rizal Province, The Philippines.

He is the son of Jimmy Saguinsin and of Gwendelyn Gragera y Diestro, the daughter of  Teresita Diestro and of Marcelino Gragera y Dela Cuesta, the son of Felicisima Dela Cuesta and of Pedro Gragera y Kapili, the son of Urbana Kapili and of Fernando Gragera y Aguinaldo, the son of Doña Rufina Aguinaldo y Sausa and of Don Isidro Gragera y Sauza, the son of Don Florentino Gragera y Sausa and of Doña Maria Eleazarda Simeona Sauza y Ormaechea, the third child of Doña Ygnacia Margarita Beatriz Ormaechea y Zaraspe and of Don Demetrio Ygnacio Felipe Sauza y Berenguer de Marquina, the second child of Don Santiago Sauza y Delos Rios and of Doña Ysabel Berenguer de Marquina y Sumulong, the only child of Doña Demetria Sumulong y Lindo and of Señor Felix Berenguer de Marquina y FitzGerald, the 55th Governor-General of the Philippines of Alicante, Spain and from The Royal.& Noble House of FitzGerald of Ireland.

His passion in promoting the world class cultures of Filipinos is remarkably educational not just among the present generation of youth, but also among the elders. His unique and motivated act of imparting to his students the importance of Filipino identity among the kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions across the continents is definitely worth rewarding for. 

You can now nominate for The Excellence in Culture Preservation. This award is given to any living descendant of the Sauza family and of the Familia Sauza-Berenguer de Marquina who gave / gives remarkable contribution / contributions in the progress of preserving and promoting his / her culture among the various sectors of the society. Through this, the patriotic identity of one's citizenship is preserved and promoted in his / her place or in another place.   

Nominate On Line

When answering the Nominate On Line, the nomination should tell the story of what your nominee has done in the reference of the award you are nominating him / her for. Kindly give examples of how this excellent quality has been demonstrated. Kindly show your nominee has

* contributed in a distinctive way to improving the lot of those less able to help themselves;

* devoted himself / herself to sustained and selfless professional / voluntary service;

* shown innovation or creativity in delivering lasting results;

* described as vividly and precisely as possible the difference his / her contributions has made: How were things before they began? How are they now?;

* earned the respect of their peers and become a role model for others;

* produced, perhaps against the odds, sustained achievement that has required moral, courage, vision and the ability to make tough choices or determined application and hard work.

Your identity as the nominator is kept confidential by the 2014 Las Familias Unidas Secretariat and Committee on Awards. 

The Sauza and Berenguer de Marquina ancestry of your nominee will be checked by our archives-in-charge for reference and for award qualification.   

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