NEWS UPDATE: The 2014 Excellence in Law will be given to Atty. Pascuala Sauza-Magtibay y Aquino of Manila City, The Philippines.

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.


The 2013 Excellence in Law was given to JOSE MANUEL DIOKNO y ICASIANO of Manila City, The Philippines.

He is the eight child of Carmen Icasiano and of Jose Diokno y Wright, the son of Leonor Wright and of Ramon Diokno y Marasigan, the son of Doña Paulina Marasigan and of Don Ananias Diokno y Noblejas, the son of Don Angel Diokno and of Doña Maria Andrea Noblejas y Sauza, the son of Don Juan Noblejas (1st Husband) and of Doña Restituta Maria Del Carmen Sauza y Berenguer de Marquina, the 4th 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.   

He is a well-known Human Rights lawyer in the Philippines. He won numerous cases on behalf of the public interests. His track records in public service is prominent and respectable.

 As an educator, he founded the De La Salle University College of Law that aims to uphold the rights of the Filipinos. Since 2009, he serves as its Dean of the College of Law. His is also a writer of two books about law.

You can now nominate for The Excellence in Law. 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 law 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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