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Ambassador in South Africa Attends Cape Town Memorial Ceremony in Remembrance of First Filipino Settlers
13 September 2010 -
The Philippine Embassy in South
Africa reported that Ambassador Mario L. de Leon, Jr. attended a memorial
ceremony in remembrance of the first Filipino settlers in Kalk Bay, a picturesque fishing village in Cape Town.
The event was held
on September 5 at Sts. Simon and Jude
Catholic Church, chronicled by Cape's historians and journalists as the first
Catholic Church in Cape Town attended by Filipinos who settled in Kalk Bay as early as 1840. Present during the event were local government
and consular officials in Cape Town, namely Executive Mayor Dan Plato, Deputy Mayor
Ian Neilson, Ward Counsellor and Executive Mayor of Simonstown Nicki Holderness, Indonesian
Consul General Sugie Harijadi and Philippine Honorary Consul Allan
Harvey.In his welcome remarks, Ambassador de Leon highlighted the major role of the first Filipino settlers in Cape Town, who
contributed to the growth of the fishing industry and the development of
a vibrant Catholic community in the Kalk Bay area.
He also recognized the unique role of the Filipino descendants who continue to exhibit pride for their heritage and
are living testimonies to Philippine-South African relations for the past 150 years.
The ceremony started
with a mass service at Sts. Simon and Jude Church followed by the unveiling of the cross and plaque dedicated to the first
Filipinos in the Cape of South Africa.
After the ceremony,
a finger lunch at the Church's reception hall was held, where Ambassador de Leon met with families of the Filipino descendants,
led by Ms. Shirley Assam and her husband Gerard.END
Filipinos in South Africa by the following descendants
Re: Filipinos in South Africa
Monday, October 20, 2008 12:12
"Peter Valcarcel" <email@example.com>
"m e" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Maria Sure go ahead and use the links
born 1853 Panay Philippines (died 1934 South Africa); son of Brigido
immigrated to South Africa in 1890
to set up a fishing village with other Filipino families on the False Bay coast line (Kalk Bay); married Anne-Maria Hermenhildo
(born 1863 Philippines; died 1952 immigrated
South Africa 1890)
their daughter Louisa Quimpo
1899; died 1994
m 1921 Juan Valcarcel
born 1894 Manila, a merchant seaman who as a result
of an injury sustained at sea was landed at Cape Town in 1920
and hospitalised to recover.
Juan liked the place and the people ( the Filipino community in Cape Town) and decided to stay in Cape Town.
Reginald Placido Valcarcel born 3/11/1923 Cape Town SA; died 5/1976
Rosetta Christina Carelse (born 3/3/1926 Cape Town SA 11/7/1963)
their children born in Cape Town South Africa:
Anthony born 1948
; married Margaret
Michael born 1959; died 1999
married Debbie Veldsman
John born 1960 married
married Wener Rodic
Glenda born 1952
married Peter Campbell
Peter born 1953 married Elizabeth Joy Winter
Lucille born 1956
Felix FLOREZ born: JUL 1844 in
Philippines Panay Island
death: 1 MAR 1884
in Kalk Bay
Pickling barrel accident.
Death certificate states he left
movable property only, Maria Florez
death certificate with an 'x'
this information from
Walter Veldsman his sources are :
Clive Solomons - verbal
In the Family history they tell
about Felix Florez coming to
South Africa aboard the Alabama
a confederate raider
Both the funnel and propellor were
moveable, to aid her when running
under full sail with the wind.
Her funnel could be lowered to deck
level, and her screw raised from
the sea, giving her a cruising
speed of 13 knots.
Notice the funnel on the photo is
CSS Alabama enters Table Bay at 10:00 AM August 5, 1863.
She is increasing speed in order
to capture the Sea Bride
before she can escape to within one league
of S.African territorial waters.
Franzina Elizabeth Florez
at the funeral of her
Suzanne Alida Florez Fish
Maria Francis Florez
This picture comes from an article in
the Cape Town Weekend Magazine
from 1946 Oct 5 page 3.
Here's a picture with Michael Florez, Francis Adams,Viola Adams,
Adams and the shy girl hiding behind francis must be Gladys
Some of the family, posing with each others hat.
Click on face for more info..
[see a bigger picture]
(#1 type Felix Florez; #2 select the name w/ spouse Maria Hendrina Chapman)
Researcher: Christopher Winn, grdson of:
a Filipina Francisca (or Francesca) Veronica Macranus married St James Catholic Church Kalk
Bay Cape Town May 1900 Rev John Duigman
and her husband Francis Vincent, born 1870 son of a Filipino John Dela Cruz
and Elizabeth Winn of Liverpool
Francis, settled in Capetown & changed his last name to Winn
Written by Bobby Reyes Wednesday, 03 October 2007 15:33
A week after Jose P. Rizal Mercado met his martyrdom at then
Luneta Park in Manila, 13 Bicolano patriots were executed also by firing squad at the same place.
Since then, most of the people paid homage to the 13 heroes and some barrios in the Bicol Region were named after them.
In the town of Casiguran, Province of Sorsogon, there is Trece Martires barrio (now called barangay) named after the 13 Bicolano
It was the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) in Naga
City (Province of Camarines Sur) that started in the early 1970s the correction of Bicol history. The UNC University Press
printed a mimeographed booklet in 1972 called the "Readings on Bikol Culture." Mrs. Lydia San Jose edited it. It corrected
the wrong belief that there were only 13 Bicol martyrs. Eventually the city authorities recognized the correction and a monument
for the 15 Bicolano martyrs was constructed in downtown Naga City.
There is an island in West-Central Africa with a name
that some Filipino think was named after one of their matinee idols. The Spaniards called it the Isla de Fernando Po. (Some maps and history books also spelled it as "Poo.") When the Republic
of Equatorial Guinea was created in the early 1970s, the largest island in the country, Fernando Po, was renamed "Bioko."
The island of Fernando Po may not mean much in the Philippine history
but it has a special meaning and symbolism for Bicolanos.
During the 19th-century war of independence against Spain,
the name "Fernando Po" struck fear in the hearts of Filipino revolutionaries. It was the place
of exile for some Filipinos found guilty of rebellion by the Spanish War Council.
by Bicolano historians showed that he island was named actually after the Portuguese navigator, Fernando Po. Mr. Po discovered
it in 1472. In 1778, Portugal ceded the island to Spain under the Treaty of El Pardo.
ccording to Bicol historical sources, on Nov. 2, 1896, two Bicolano revolutionary fighters, Ramon Abella and Mariano Arana, were deported to West Africa. This was two months before
Dr. Jose P. Rizal was executed at the Luneta by Spanish soldiers and Filipino members of the Guardia Civil. They were banished
to Fernando Po together with eight other Filipino revolutionaries from Manila.
Abella, Arana and the other Filipino exiles were never heard from again and they presumably died on Fernando Po.
Abella was the son of Manuel Abella, a native of Nueva Caceres (now Naga City). Manuel Abella was 60-years old when he and
12 other fellow Bicolanos faced the firing squad in Bagumbayan in January 1897 (a week after the Rizal martyrdom). Arana was
a government surveyor.
Now if there were 13 Bicolanos executed in Luneta, Manila, in January 1897, then there were two other Bicolnon heroes (Ramon
Abella and Mariano Arana) exiled to Africa and Leon Hernandez (who was tortured to death in a prison in Nueva Caceres), the
total should be 16. Perhaps the Philippine National Historical Commission and the Bicol historians can settle the real score.
for the Filipino exiles on the boot-shaped island of Fernando Po was certainly a cruel and painful banishment. The volcanic
island is 44-miles long and about 20-miles across. The island has a hot and humid climate. In the 1890s it was practically
uninhabited. Buried somewhere on the now-called "Bioko" island are the bones of the Bicolano and Filipino revolutionary heroes.
In the late 1990s, this writer proposed that a mission be sent to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to exhume the remains
of the exiles. Their identities can now be determined by DNA tests. But Bicol regional and Filipino national leaders did not
listen to this writer. Perhaps next year, this writer and his friends may be able to gather the resources to mount a historic
expedition to Bioko Island and look for the remains of the fallen Filipino heroes. If successful, perhaps their bones could
finally be reburied at an appropriate site where full honors could be given to their heroism and ultimate sacrifice for Filipino
freedom and complete independence. # # #
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