NEWS UPDATE: The 2014 Excellence in Medical Practice will be given to Dr. Fe Zaratan-Jimenez y Zamuco of Aguilar, Pangasinan, 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 Medical Practice was given to Dr. MERCY MERCED y GRAGERA of Tacloban City, Leyte, The Philippines.

She is the daughter of Irene Natividad Gragera y Alonzo and of Pedro Merced y Hernandez, the daughter of Filomena Hernandez and of Leon Merced y Arevalo, the son of Doña Rosario Arevalo (1st Wife) and of Don Anacleto Merced y Sauza, the second son of Don Simplicio Merced y Alonso and of Doña Salome Esperanza Ysabel Sauza y De Villa, the eldest child of Doña Aurea De Villa y Salud and of Don Anselmo Benedicto Onofre Sauza y Berenguer de Marquina, the youngest and the 11th 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.

She is a well-known and well-respected medical doctor in Tacloban City. Her expertise in her field of discipline defines her as a doctor with a heart. Many of her students in a local medicine school describe her as a strict educator yet a concern doctor who really would like to hone her students to be the best doctors that they can be. She stands for what is right and who knows she will be a lawyer too someday. 


You can now nominate for The Excellence in Medical Practice. 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 medical practice 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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