Manuel L. Quezon

Manuel L. Quezon in 1942, Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Reproduction Number: LC-USW33-019075-C

Birth Name: Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina

Date of Birth: August 19, 1877

Place of Birth: Baler, El Príncipe (now Aurora), Philippines

Date of Death: August 1, 1944

Place of Death: Saranac Lake, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Filipino [Tagalog], some Chinese and Spanish [Extremaduran]

Manuel L. Quezon was a Filipino statesman, soldier, and politician. He served as the 2nd President of the Philippines, from November 15, 1935 to August 1, 1944, his death.

President Quezon’s father, Lucio Quezon, was a soldier, from Dilao (now Paco), Manila, and was of part Chinese descent. President Quezon’s mother, María Dolores Molina, was a Spanish mestiza, also from Baler.

President Quezon was married to his first cousin, Aurora Antonia Aragón y Molina (or Aurora Antonia Molina Aragón in Filipino), with whom he had four children.

President Quezon’s paternal grandparents likely were named Estanislao Quezon and Anastacia Vélez y Montes (or Anastacia Montes Vélez in Filipino).

President Quezon’s maternal grandfather was José Eusebio Urbina de Esparragosa (the son of Pedro Antonio Hermenegildo Urbina Morales and María de los Dolores). José was a Spanish Franciscan friar, from Esparragosa de la Serena, Badajoz, Extremadura. Pedro was the son of Cándido Urbina Blázquez and Isabel María Morales Blázquez. María was a foundling. Owing that José’s mother had no surname, he took the family name based on his hometown.

President Quezon’s maternal grandmother was named Brígida Molina. Brígida was Filipina.

Sources: Genealogy of Manuel L. Quezon (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Information about Manuel’s maternal grandfather, José Eusebio Urbina de Esparragosa –

3 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    (PLEASE DO NOT ADD THIS SENTENCE) I have found the secondary source regarding his maternal grandfather:

    Therefore, I can verify his middle name, Eusebio, as well as his parentage.

    Pedro’s middle names are Antonio Hermenegildo, and was the son of Cándido Urbina Blázquez and Isabel María Morales Blázquez.

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