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About Domingo Lam Co

If in fact what my grandmother said is true, that we are related to the Rizals, DOMINGO Lam CO is an ancestor:

BIOGRAPHY: adopted surname Realonda in 1849

Municipal captain of Binan Laguna Philippines

a surveyor

a rep. to the Spanish Cortes;in 1812 a liberalSpanish Constitution granted representation to the Spanish Cortes/Congress to all Spanish territories

a Knight of the Order of Isabela the Catholic

Ref.Filipinos In History,Vol. 1 page 3 pub. by National Historical Institute

Rizal’s Chinese Ancestors

A Chinese immigrant and business tycoon Don Domingo Lamco (Chinese name: Cue Yi-Lam) of Laguna was the great-great grandfather of Jose Rizal. Lamco is originally from Amoy China who came to the Philippines in the mid 17th century. This is where he met his wife, Inez de la Rosa daughter of Agustin Chinco an immigrant trader from Chuanchow.

To prevent conflict and hostility with the Spanish authorities, he decided to dropped the name Lam-co and adapted a Spanish surname. As merchants they chose the name "Mercado" because it means market. Lamco started the businesses of the Mercado clan. He was a successful entrepreneur in spite of the discrimination experienced by Chinese traders from the Spaniards.

In June 1697, Lamco was baptized in the Catholic church of Manila's Parian Chinese ghetto and moved to Biñan, Laguna. He was 35 years old at the time. His financial state improved in Binan and he became a Chinese community leader. Lamco's son Francisco Mercado and grandson Juan Mercado married Chinese mestizas and both served as distinguished mayors of Biñan for five terms.

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