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Dr Jose R. Perez MP (c.1915 - 1975)

Jose R. Perez was a physician by training; but never practised medicine. He is best known as the studio head of Sampaguita Pictures in the 1960s. References Francisco, Butch. "Dr. Jose Perez: The...

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Jose Olfinas Vera MP (1888 - 1956)

Jose O. Vera was a Filipino public servant and businessman. In 1937, he was among the founders of Sampaguita Pictures, together with Pedro Vera, Jose Zulueta, Antonio Torres, Catalino Gavino, Pedro A...

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Modesta Singson-Gaisano MP (1885 - 1985)

Modesta Singson Gaisano is the matriarch of the Gaisano retail empire of Cebu. Resource "A continuing legacy". Freeman.com. Date published: 27 April 2013. Date accessed: 29 April 2013. "Espina:...

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Manuel Gotianuy (deceased)

Manuel Gotianuy was the pre-war Republic of China Honorary Consul to Cebu and also elected president of the Cebu Chinese Chamber of Commerce. He founded Cebu Shipyard and Metal Works, Inc. Resource ...

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Pedro Lee Singson Gotiaoco MP (b. - 1921)

Don Pedro Lee Gotiaoco was a 19th century “rags-to-riches” Chinese immigrant tycoon, philanthropist and Cebu Chinese community leader. His Chinese name is “Go Bun Tiao” in t...

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Eugenio M. Lopez, Jr. MP (1928 - 1999)

Eugenio Moreno Lopez, Jr. was the Chairman Emeritus of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. References: "Eugenio Lopez Jr." Wikipedia. . Date published: 08 Feb 2013. Date accessed: 24 Mar 2013.

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Jose Isaac Hernandez (1911 - 2001)

Jose I. Hernandez was the founder of Victory Liner, one of the oldest and largest bus companies in the Philippines. Jose was an entrepreneur with a knack for mechanics. After the war, he collected sp...

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Aniceto Ledesma Lacson MP (1857 - 1931)

Aniceto Lacson was a sugar farmer, a revolutionary general and a businessman. More here:

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Efigenio Treyes Lizares MP (b. - 1902)

Efigenio Treyes Lizares descended from the old families of Minuluan, now Talisay City. He was a prosperous "patron" with farm holdings and various business interests. He died shortly after the birth of...

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Enrica Alunan-Lizares MP (c.1855 - 1942)

Enrica "Dicang" Alunan-Lizares was the hardworking grand matriarch of the Alunan-Lizares Clan. She was a successful planter and investor and her family had controlling interests in three sugar centrals...

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Narciso Rosa Padilla MP (deceased)

D. Narciso Padilla y Rosa, originally from Lingayen, Pangasinan, was a rich lawyer and merchant with several businesses and many commercial real estate properties in the Escolta and in the surrounding ...

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Jose Joaquin Elizalde (deceased)

Don Joaquín José Elizalde was the patriarch of the Elizalde family and president of Elizalde and Company in the early 1900s. He held interests in sugar, shipping, mining, insurance before...

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Manuel "Manolo" Elizalde (deceased)

Don Manolo Diaz-Moreu Elizalde was a member of Manila Polo Club’s winning team. He established the first radio station in the Phlippines, KZRH in 1940 which became the Manila Broadcasting Compan...

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Carlos Tanguinlay Palanca, Sr. (1869 - 1950)

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 18...

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Joaquin Diego Preysler (1871 - 1905)

Joaquin Diego Preysler served as the Treasurer of Earnshaw Docks in Manila. He passed away at the age of 34. Sources: "Joaquin Preysler". FamilySearch, Philippines Deaths and Burials, 1726-1957. ...

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Petronilo L. del Rosario (deceased)

Petronilo L. del Rosario and his wife established the "Funeraria Paz" along Calle Pax (now Claro M. Recto) in Manila.

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George So Litton, Sr. (deceased)

George Litton Sr. is a businessman who founded the Litton Knitting Mills in the Philippines in 1954.

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Gil Juco Puyat (1907 - 1980)

Gil Juco Puyat was a Filipino academician-turned-businessman and politician who served as a Senator of the Philippines from 1951, and as Senate President from 1967 to 1972. More here: .

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Gonzalo Puyat (1878 - d.)

Gonzalo Puyat left his home in Guagua with his wife in 1906 for a better life in Manila. He founded the "House of Puyat", which became one of the larges furniture manufacturers of the time. The company...

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Raul Tomas "Ronnie" S. Concepcion MP

Raul "Ronnie" Concepcion is the Chairman of Concepcion Industries. He is vocal advocate for consumer rights.

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Jose "JoeCon" S. Concepcion, Jr. MP

Jose "JoeCon" Concepcion Jr. is the Chairman of the RFM Corporation. In the 1980s, he created the National Movement for Free Election, which has served as a "watchdog" against electoral fraud. He serve...

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Roman Tanbensiang Ongpin (1847 - 1912)

Roman Tanbensiang Ongpin was a Chinese-Filipino businessman, philanthropist, nationalist, and civic citizen in the late 19th century. He served as "primer teniente de mestizos" of Binondo from 1883 to ...

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Simon Ongpin (b. - 1892)

Simon Onpin sailed from the port of Quanzhou (or Amoy in the Hokkien dialect), China and settled in the Philippines. He established himself as a candle-maker and merchant, growing the business he inher...

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Alfonso Tiburcio Domingo Ongpin (1885 - 1975)

Alfonso Tiburcio Tanbensiang Ongpin was an art connoisseur, gallery owner, Rizalist and Hispanist writer. He owned the famed art supplies store and gallery "Arte". More here: .

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Antonio N. de las Alas MP (1898 - c.1992)

Don Antonio de las Alas was a Filipino public servant, executive, lawyer, miner, lumberman, banker, insurance man and athlete. He served in various government roles: Congressman of the first district o...

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Sixto Luna Orosa, Jr. (1916 - 1995)

Sixto "Ting" Luna Orosa was the first president of Security Bank and co-founded the Philippine Commercial & Industrial Bank.

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Paul Aquino Aquino MP

Paul A. Aquino is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Filipino firm Energy Development Corporation, the largest producer and the only active developer of geothermal energy in the Philippin...

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Valentin Roncal Arrastia (1864 - d.)

Valentin Arrastia y Roncal joined the army at the age of 15. He travelled to Manila as an infantry man aboard the ship "Valencia" on 01 November 1883, two days before his 19th birthday. Valentin acqu...

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JB Preysler (deceased)

JB Preysler served as an executive Vice President of San Miguel Corporation. He opened and managed the Cebu Royal Plant, the first soft drink plant outside Manila, in 1940. Sources: "California P...

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Carlos Preysler (deceased)

Carlos Preysler y Pérez de Tagle was the executive director of Philippine Airlines and a Board Director for El Banco Español de Manila.

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Vic del Rosario Jr. (deceased)

Vicente "Vic" del Rosario Jr. founded Viva Films, one of the Philippines most successful film studios, in 1981.

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Manuel Bundoc Tinio (1877 - 1924)

Manuel Bundoc Tinio was the youngest General of the Philippine Revolutionary Army and in 1907, elected Governor of the Province of Nueva Ecija. Aside from being an haciendero with significant land hold...

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Norberto B. Quisumbing, Jr. MP

Norberto B. Quisumbing, Jr. was once considered one of the most influential people of Cebu. Being the chair and founder of the Cebu-based Norkis Trading Co., Inc. (now Norkis Group of Companies) Mr. Qu...

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Pedro Sumulong Cojuangco MP (c.1927 - 2011)

Pedro "Pete" Sumulong Cojuangco, a Harvard MBA, was the former president and chief operating officer of the First United Bank (now United Coconut Planters Bank). He was also the chair and president of ...

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Hermenegildo Balbino Reyes Reyes MP (1898 - 1983)

Hermenegildo B. Reyes, together with 4 others established the Makati Stock Exchange on 27 May 1963. More here:

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Melecio Estrella Cojuangco MP (1871 - 1909)

Melecio Estrella Cojuangco was already a successful landowner when he was first called to serve the public. He was the Representative of Tarlac at the First Congress in 1907. More here: .

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Ysidra Estrella Cojuangco MP (1867 - 1960)

The lore: Ysidra "Sidra" Estrella Cojuangco had a love affair with General Antonio Luna, a fiery officer who fought the wars against Spain and the United States. Over the years, the general brought cas...

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Manuel "Manoling" Murphy Cojuangco MP

Manuel "Manoling" Murphy Cojuangco is a prominent Filipino businessman, educated at the Asian Institute of Management. He is involved in pearl farming and orchid growing. He is also sits on the board o...

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Jose Chichioco Cojuangco, Sr. MP (1896 - 1976)

Jose Chichioco Cojuangco was a former Representative of the 1st district of Tarlac in the Philippines. He was active in politics from 1931 to 1946. In 1958, he purchased the "Hacienda Luisita", the sec...

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Placido Lizares Mapa MP (c.1901 - 1967)

Placido Lizares Mapa was a sugar industry executive in the 1930s, comfortable in English and trained in high finance. He engineered the acquisition of sugar mills for his family's holdings in Bacolod d...

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Perpetuo Agoncillo MP (deceased)

Don Perpetuo Agoncillo and Doña Fidela Marasigan de Agoncillo were a prominent couple from Taal, Batangas in the mid to late 1800s. Both hailed from landed families and had eleven children. Don ...

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Mariano Antonio Hidalgo Laurel (1922 - d.)

Mariano Antonio "Maning" Hidalgo Laurel served as president of the Philippine Banking Corporation.

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Antonio Somoza Arnaiz MP (b. - 1978)

Antonio Arnaiz was born to a haciendero family of prominence in Bais, Negros Oriental. He studied at the Dallas Aviation School. In 1936, Colonel Arnaiz, together with Juan Calvo, made the pioneering M...

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Ramon Uychuico Cojuangco MP (b. - 1984)

Don Ramon Uychuico Cojuangco was the first Filipino President of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. More here:

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Felipe F. Cruz (c.1920 - 2013)

Felipe F. Cruz is the founder of FF Cruz and Company, a large full-service civil engineering enterprise. More here:

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Josie Almeda Cruz MP

Josie Almeda Cruz-Natori is a Filipina fashion designer and the CEO and founder of The Natori Company. More here:

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Anacleto Sales Del Rosario MP (1860 - 1895)

Anacleto Sales Del Rosario was a leading Filipino chemist during the Spanish Period and was considered the Father of Philippine Laboratory Science. He founded the Botica San Fernando in Binondo and the...

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Conchita Chuidian Sunico MP (b. - 1990)

Conchita Chuidian Sunico was crowned Miss Philippines at the 1935 Manila Carnival and is remembered as high society's "It Girl" before WWII. She founded Karilagan International to promote Philippine fa...

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Rafael Igoa (1915 - 2008)

Rafael Igoa (or Ygoa) was inducted into De La Salle University's Sports Hall of Fame, for his achievement on the soccer field. He served as President and CEO of Philippine Airlines from October 1963 to...

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Justo Angco (deceased)

Don Jose Angco, a wealthy trader, built a house in 1830 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, as his daughter Estefancia's dowry on her marriage to Gregorio Syquia. This heritage site is now called the "Syquia Mansion".

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Gregorio Encarnacion Syquia MP (deceased)

Gregorio R. Syquia was a steward of vast royal lands in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, during the Spanish colonial period. He served as the Gobernadorcillo de Vigan from 1896 to 1898. Don Gregorio was decorated by...

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Antonio Rivera Quirino MP (1917 - 1992)

Judge Antonio Rivera Quirino was a distinguished judiciary and civil government official and businessman. He negotiated and effected the surrender of Luis Taruc, the founder of Hukbalahap Movement, and...

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Mariano Duterte Pañares MP (deceased)

Mariano Duterte Pañares was a Filipino businessman who amassed his wealth from trading copra and tobacco. In 1878, he built Casa Pañares -- now a protected heritage site. More here:

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Gervacio Unson (deceased)

Gervacio Unson was a businessman with vast coconut holdings in Pagsanjan and Lucena. He was among the Philippine Islands Delegates to the St. Louis Exposition, the 1st Exposition of the 20th century. M...

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Armand V. de Jesus Fabella MP (1930 - 2008)

Armand V. Fabella was a Filipino businessman and educator. He served in various capacities under four presidents – Marcos, Macapagal. Aquino and Ramos. More here:

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Vicente F. Fabella MP (1891 - 1959)

Vicente Fernandez Fabella was an accomplished CPA and the founder of the precursor of the present-day Jose Rizal University in 1919. .

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Leopold Kauffmann Kahn MP (1869 - 1938)

- General Manager, La Estrella del Norte. -- brought in from France together with the Levy Brothers from Alsace, France as well. Left Alsace, France at the age of 18 (1889) for the Philippines. - Ide...

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Dr Ariston Bautista-Lin MP (1863 - 1928)

Ariston Limpingco Bautista was a doctor, banker, philanthropist, and member of the Malolos Congress. He founded the Germinal Cigar and Cigarette Company. More here: .

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Vicente Pantangco Rufino MP (c.1902 - 1970)

Vicente Rufino, in his youth, was the King Consort to the 1926 Manila Carnival Queen. He was among the incorporators of the Eastern Theatrical Company in 1934, which was engaged in the operating theate...

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Ramon R. Papa (c.1871 - d.)

Dr. Ramon R. Papa was a member of Quezon’s Philippine Independence Mission to Washington DC and joined at least one round-the-world goodwill trip to gather support for the rebuilding of Manila a...

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Fernando Hofileña Lopez MP (1904 - d.)

Fernando Hofileña Lopez was a pioneering Filipino industrialist in the fields of sugar, publishing, broadcasting, transportation and power utilities. He was a Filipino statesman who served as th...

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Eugenio Hofileña Lopez MP (1901 - 1975)

Eugenio Hofileña Lopez was a pioneering Filipino industrialist in the fields of sugar, publishing, broadcasting, transportation and power utilities. In his youth, he was the King Consort to the ...

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Antonio Ongsiako Cojuangco MP

Antonio "Tony Boy" Ongsiako Cojuangco is a businessman with interests in media and telecommunications. More here: .

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Ramon Caro (1895 - d.)

Ramon Caro founded RamCar Inc in 1919. His automotive electrical shop in Manila grew to become the country's largest automotive battery factory. More here: .

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Mauro Gorricho Prieto MP (1873 - 1932)

Mauro Gorricho Prieto was a successful executive of La Germinal , the leading cigar factory in the Philippines, and was the president of Congreso Agricola de Filipinas .

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Ramon Pardo Roces MP (1897 - 1993)

Ramon Pardo Roces achieved much success as the publisher of the Liwayway and its affiliate publications.

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Tomas Gavino Noguera Earnshaw MP (1867 - 1954)

Tomas Gavino Noguera Earnshaw is a naval engineer, industrialist and public servant. He was co-founders in Manuel Earnshaw & Company and Earnshaw Shipways and Engineering Company; and held management p...

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Manuel Noguera Earnshaw MP (1862 - 1936)

Manuel Noguera Earnshaw was a wealthy businessman and statesman. He was the head of Manuel Earnshaw & Company, a leading shipbuilder and boiler maker. He was elected a Resident Commissioner to the Unit...

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Alberto Blanco Barretto MP (1867 - 1951)

Alberto Blanco Barretto was a lawyer, public servant and nationalist. He served as a judge and Secretary of Finance. He held interests in private businesses, such as the Philippine Development Corporat...

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Mariano Nolasco Limjap MP (1856 - 1926)

Mariano Nolasco Limjap was a prominent businessman, a patriot, and a philanthropist. He financed the activities of the revolutionary Katipunan, served as a member of the Revolutionary Congress and was ...

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Antonio de Urbina de Ayala MP (b. - 1876)

Antonio de Urbina de Ayala was the co-founder of Casa Roxas, later Ayala y Compañia or popularly known as Ayala y Cia. The company was the progenitor of today's Ayala Corporation. More here: .

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Fernando Zobel MP

Fernando Barcon Zobel de Ayala is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Corporation. More here: .

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Jaime Fitz Zobel de Ayala MP

Jaime Fitz Zobel de Ayala, is a prominent Filipino businessman and is current chairman emeritus of Ayala Corporation. More here: .

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Iñigo Urquijo Zobel MP

Iñigo Urquijo Zobel is the CEO E. Zobel Inc, among many board posts. He is one of the ten richest Filipinos in 2010. More here: .

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Enrique Olgado Zobel MP (deceased)

Enrique Jacobo Emilio Olgado Zobel was a prominent Filipino businessman, banker, sportsman, philanthrophist and a columnist of Businessworld. More here: .

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Trinidad Roxas de Ayala MP (c.1856 - 1918)

Trinidad Roxas de Ayala was a businesswoman who inherited Ayala y Compañia from her parents. She displayed acute business acumen by guiding the company into banking and real estate development, ...

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Fernando Montojo Zobel de Ayala MP (1924 - 1984)

Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo (1924–1984) was a Hispano-Filipino businessman, patron of the arts and talented Filipino painter. More here: .

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Enrique Zobel de Ayala MP (1877 - 1943)

Enrique Zobel de Ayala consolidated his father’s firm and expands into many other business fields: the pharmaceuticals-sector, the porcelain and glass sector, banking and insurance sector, the f...

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Jacobo Zangroniz Zobel MP (1842 - 1896)

Jacobo Zangroniz Zobel was a mayor of Manila, a polyglot academician, a world renowned numismatist, a pharmacist, a construction magnate, and a successful businessman. More here: .

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Johannes Andreas Zobel (deceased)

Dr. Johannes Andreas Zobel was a German pharmacist who moved to Manila and established the first chemical laboratory of the Philippines in 1834. He is the earliest known patriarch of the Zobel Clan.

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Andres Soriano Roxas MP (1898 - 1964)

Andres Roxas Soriano was an entrepreneur, philanthropist and statesman. His business interests include San Miguel Brewery, Magnolia, Cola-Cola Philippines, Philippine Airlines. More here: .

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Pedro Pablo de Castro Roxas MP (1847 - 1912)

Pedro Pablo "Perico" de Castro Roxas was a financier, industrialist, civic worker and the first capitalist and manager of San Miguel Corporation. He was considered one of the richest men of the Philipp...

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Margarita Ubaldo Roxas MP (1826 - 1826)

In 1843, Margarita Ubaldo Roxas de Ayala assumed control of the her father's company, Casa Roxas, the precursor of Ayala Corporation. She was an astute businesswoman and generous philanthropist. More h...

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Jose Severo Patiño Tuason MP (c.1833 - 1874)

Jose Severo Patiño Tuason was the fourth lord of the Tuason mayorazgo. He managed the family's vast holdings in real estate.

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Gonzalo Patiño Tuason MP (deceased)

Gonzalo Patiño Tuason was a prominent industrialist of the late 19th century and the successor of the fifth lord of the Tuason mayorazgo. The richest Filipino of his time, he had vast trading an...

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Mariano Tuason (deceased)

Mariano Tuason was one of the most prominent traders and merchants of 19th-century Philippines. He was a founding partner in Tuason and Fernandez, an enterprise engaged in real estate, construction and...

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Jose Maria Fabie Tuason MP (b. - 1856)

Jose Maria Fabie Tuason was one of the most prominent traders and merchants of 19th-century Philippines. He founded JM Tuason & Company, an import-export agent and was the first manager of Banco Espa&#...

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Benito Lerma Legarda (deceased)

Benito Lerma Legarda was a prominent Manila businessman of his time. He held interests in real estate, shipping, liquor distilling, among others. He was listed as one of the creditors of the defunct Am...

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Benito Tuason Legarda MP (1853 - 1915)

Benito Tuason Legarda served as teniente mayor of Quiapo, a member of President Emilio Aguinaldo's Malolos cabinet, and the Philippine Resident Commissioner in the United States. He was one of the foun...

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Benito Roces Legarda, II MP (1898 - 1973)

Benito "Ben" Roces Legarda was a lawyer and multi-faceted businessman. He managed his family's interests in real estate, wine making and publishing. More here: .

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Nicanor Baptista Reyes MP (deceased)

Nicanor Baptista Reyes was the founder and first president of the Far Eastern University of the Philippines. More here: .

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Jose Vera Avellana MP

Jose Vera Avellana was a legendary captain of the Ateneo Blue Eagles and a theater actor. He is best known as the founder of Avellana and Associates, one of the country's oldest Filipino advertising ag...

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