Sergio Osmeña

Date of Birth: September 9, 1878

Place of Birth: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Date of Death: October 19, 1961

Place of Death: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Ethnicity: Filipino [Cebuano], Han Chinese

Sergio Osmeña was a Filipino politician. He served as the 4th President of the Philippines, from August 1, 1944 to May 28, 1946. He was also the 1st Vice President of the Philippines, from November 15, 1935 to August 1, 1944, among many other duties.

Sergio’s mother, Juana Osmeña y Suico (or Juana Suico Osmeña in Filipino), a Chinese mestiza who was reportedly fourteen at the time. Owing to the circumstances of his birth, the identity of his father had been a closely guarded family secret. Although carrying the stigma of being an illegitimate child, Juana never married his father, he did not allow this aspect to affect his standing in society. Sergio’s biological father was Go Bon Tia (or Wu Wenzhao in Mandarin, baptized Pedro Singson Gotiaoco), who was a Chinese merchant, from Amoy (now Xiamen), Fujian.

Sergio was married to Estefanía Chiong Veloso y Rosales (or Estefanía Rosales Chiong Veloso in Filipino), until her death, and to Esperanza Limjap y Escolar (or Esperanza Escolar Limjap in Filipino), until his death. He had ten children with Estefanía and three children with Esperanza.

Sergio’s biological paternal grandfather was named Go It Ha (or Wu Yixia in Mandarin).

Sergio’s maternal grandfather was named Severino Agatón (later Osmeña). Severino was born in Cebu City, Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines. He adopted the family name Osmeña due to a decree issued by Governor-General of the Philippines Narciso Clavería concerning the family names of the Filipino natives.

Sergio’s maternal grandmother was named Paula Suico. The surname Suico is of Chinese origin.

Source: Genealogy of Sergio Osmeña –

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