NEWS UPDATE: The 2014 Posthumous Excellence in Law will be given to Atty. Genoveo Manhilot y Quiñal of Santa Ana, Manila City,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 Law was given posthumously to Judge FRANCIS GARCHITORENA y ERQUIAGA (1938-2005) of Tigaon, Camarines Sur, The Philippines.

He was the son of Flor Garchitorena y Chereau, the daughter of Doña Marguerite Chereau y Calhart (2nd Wife) and of Don Andres Garchitorena y Del Buenviaje Dela Estrada, the son of Don Mariano Garchitorena y Basa and of Doña Maria Veronica Berenice Del Buenviaje Dela Estrada y Sauza, the child of Don Juan Jose Del Buenviaje Dela Estrada (4th 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 was the Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice from 1986-2002. He rose to prominence as an activist and one of the vocal protesters against the Martial Law of President Ferdinand E.  Marcos.  

As presiding justice, he inspired his subordinates and colleagues with his wit, integrity and professionalism. Since his service to the law of the Philippines up to the time he retired, he worked and supported the anti-graft and corruption of the land. 

You can now nominate for The Excellence in Law. 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 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 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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