NEWS UPDATE: The 2014 Posthumous Excellence in International Relations will be given to Martin Sekew y De Dalmeg of Buguias, Benguet,The Philippines.

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


The 2013 Excellence in International Relations was given posthumously to FRANCISCO SAUZA y IGNACIO of Orani, Bataan, The Philippines.

He was the son of Pascuala Ignacio and of Fortunato Sauza y Baluyot, the son of Doña Maria Gracia Baluyot and of Don Juan Fernando Agaton Sauza y Sumulong, the son of Doña Natividad Sumulong and Don Juan Ruperto Sauza y Tuazon, the eldest son of Doña Matilde Tuazon y Dela Peña and of Don Miguel Juan Santiago Sauza y Berenguer de Marquina, the seventh child of Don Santiago Sauza 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.

Under President Diosdado Macapagal's Administration in the Philippines, he was the treasurer of the Philippine Trade Union Council, an 80,000 members organization and the National President of the United Steel Workers' Association in the Philippines.

He supported the Singaporean government that Singapore as an independent state should be recognized by all countries. 

One of his biggest international diplomatic relations breaks was the International Labor Seminar held at Singapore in November 1965. Through the Philippine Trade Union Council's influence on the Manila government, he helped in bringing out the establishment of the diplomatic relations with the Singapore government and lifting the finger printing immigration procedure on Singaporeans and Malaysians of Chinese origin. His remarkable support to the common workers of the Philippines made him as one of the well respected man of his time.

You can now nominate for The Excellence in International Relations. This award is given posthumously to any descendant of the Sauza family and of the Familia Sauza-Berenguer de Marquina who gave remarkable contribution in the progress of international relations or diplomatic understanding between his country and another country.  

Nominate On Line

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