NEWS UPDATE: The 2014 Human Rights Excellence will be given to Luchi Cruz-Valdez and of Atty. Mel Sta. Maria of ABC 5, The Philippines.

Info soon of these awardees will be posted soon. They were nominated on line for this category. Our 12-person panel of judges came from 10 countries across the globe.

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The 2013 FitzGerald Award Excellence in Human Rights was given to Atty. LOIDA NICOLAS-LEWIS of New York, USA and Sorsogon City, Sorsogon, The Philippines. 

 The 2013 FitzGerald Award Excellence in Human Rights was posted on 19 November 2012 during the 222nd birthday of Doña Ysabel Berenguer de Marquina - Sauza y Sumulong and the 203rd wedding anniversary of Doña Ysabel Berenguer de Marquina y Sumulong and of Don Santiago Sauza y Delos Rios. The recipient of this award will be given to any person / institution / organization / community who / that gave / gives remarkable public impact about the importance of Human Rights.

The Grand Matriarch of the Familia Sauza-Berenguer de Marquina in the Republic of the Philippines was Doña Ysabel Berenguer de Marquina y Sumulong  who was born on 19 November 1790 at Cagsawa, Provincia de Albay, Filipinas. She died on 30 January 1900, Banwa, Batan, Provincia de Capiz (presently Aklan), The Philippines. She was buried at the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Banwa, Batan, Provincia de Capiz (presently Aklan), The Philippines. She was the only child of Doña Demetria Sumulong y Lindo (21 June 1772, Antipolo, Filipinas - 01 February 1814, Cagsawa, Provincia de Albay, Filipinas) and of Señor Felix Berenguer de Marquina y FitzGerald (20 November 1736, Alicante, Spain - 10 October 1826, Alicante, Spain) from The Royal and Noble House of FitzGerald of Ireland who was married to Doña Maria Anstoategui y Barron in 1758 in Spain. Moreover, Señor Felix Berenguer de Marquina y FitzGerald was the 55th Governor-General of the Republic of the Philippines (1788-1793) and the Viceroy of New Spain (1800-1803).

The Grand Patriarch of the Familia Sauza-Berenguer de Marquina in the Republic of the Philippines was Don Santiago Sauza y Delos Rios who was born on 23 April 1777 at Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. He died on 25 December 1880 at Intramuros, Manila, Filipinas. He was buried at Parroquia de San Ignacio in Intramuros, Manila, Filipinas. He was the 22nd gobernadorcillo and the 7th alcalde capitan of Pueblo de Mariquina (presently Marikina City), Provincia de Tondo, Filipinas. He was one of the founders of the first paper mill in the Philippines. 

Don Santiago Sauza y Delos Rios and Doña Ysabel Berenguer de Marquina y Sumulong had 11 children. They lived and owned the Hacienda Sauza-Berenguer de Marquina (1809-1870). This was located along the riverbanks of Marikina from the present Tumana, Sto. Niño, Marikina City to Rosario, Pasig City, The Philippines. Presently, part of the Hacienda Sauza-Berenguer de Marquina is the resident block of the Sauza clan in Sto. Niño, Marikina City, The Philippines.  

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