NEWS UPDATE: The 2014 Posthumous Excellence in Literature will be given to Eugenio Mauricio Lara Jr. y Gragera of Angono, Rizal, 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 Literature was given posthumously to PASCUALA MAGBANUA-MOSCOSO y SAUZA (1860-1930) of San Jose, Antique, The Philippines.

She was the eldest child of Doña Ana Magbanua and of Padre Lorenzo Eduardo Teofilo Sauza y Berenguer de Marquina, the 5th 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 was a learned lady who loved arts, music and literature. In her younger years, she could outsmart men including those from the elite society by her charm, wit and intelligence. 

Three of her write ups in Spanish are still preserved by the Familia Sauza-Berenguer de Marquina. These are Las Estrellas de Mar, Mi Provincia Encantada and La Hija del Padre de la Iglesia.

You can now nominate for The Excellence in Literature. 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 literature 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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