Carlos Tanguinlay Palanca, Sr. (1869 - 1950)

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Nicknames: "Tan Quin Lay"
Birthplace: Xiamen, Fujian, China
Death: Died
Managed by: Mona Magno-Veluz (C)
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About Carlos Tanguinlay Palanca, Sr.

Carlos Palanca, Sr. was one of the most prominent Filipino-Chinese or Tsinoy businessmen and philanthropists during the American era. Tan Quin Lay (his Chinese name) immigrated to the Philippines in 1884. He was an apprentice at a relative's hardware business for six years, until he opened his own store in 1890. During the American era, Tan, now baptized as a Christian with the name Carlos Palanca, diversified into textile trading until 1902, when he started a small distillery named La Tondeña. The distillery merged with the Song Fo Company in a partnership until 1913. Due to Palanca's astute business acumen, he was able to propel his company to become one of the top liquor suppliers. His heirs decided it was fitting that his name be commemorated in an endeavor that would help enrich the country's cultural heritage. Thus, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature were established in 1950. The Palanca Awards have been a continuing touchstone in Philippine literature, with most of the great writers having ended up on their illustrious roster.


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  • "G.R. No. L-301, Palanca v. Republic". Philippine Law, 1948. Date accessed: 04 May 2012.
  • "G.R. No. L-5436". Chan-Robles Virtual Law Library, 1953. Date accessed: 04 May 2012.
  • "G.R. No. L-5597, Ozaeta vs. Cuartero". Scribed, 1956. Date accessed: 04 May 2012.
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Carlos Palanca, Sr.'s Timeline

Xiamen, Fujian, China
February 4, 1894
Age 25
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
April 12, 1945
Age 76
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
September 2, 1950
Age 81