Juan Anderson Hernandez was born 0n 8 March 1885 in Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines to Herman Hernandez and Maria Macaria Anderson. According to oral histories, his mother was a woman of American-Mexican descent.
Juan allegedly worked as an actor for silent film and appeared in “Ang Magpapawid” with Mary Walter, under a stage name.
Juan had an illustrious career during the American regime, serving as officer of the Philippine National Guard and of the Reserve Corps of the US Army. In February 1932, he was among the founders the National Volunteers of the Philippines, a semi-military organization composed of civic-minded citizens, and held the rank of Brigadier General. In July 1938, Juan Anderson Hernandez was among 198 officers of the Philippine Army who were transferred to the newly-formed Philippine Constabulary, the national police organization. Captain Hernandez’ responsibility was “commanding headquarters troops”.
During World War II, in 1942, he was promoted to Major and served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Constabulary Academy, an institution under the control of the Japanese Military Administration. He left this post in 1943 for another assignment as the Senior Inspector of the Philippine Constabulary in Samar.
After serving in government, he became the chief steward for the Sta. Ana Racetrack. A street in Sta. Ana, Manila, Philippines was named after him.
Juan’s mestizo looks supposedly made him irresistible to many women — it is said that he sired children with as many as fifteen paramours. Family lore says that he married at a very young age to a woman from Pasay. Their union did not result in children, and they were no longer together by the time his children with other women were born. Juan fell in love with Candelaria Francisco of Alabat, Quezon, Philippines with whom he had Fredesvinda Francisco Hernandez. With Conchita Ortiz (a soprano), he sired Jesus Hernandez Ortiz — Jesus became the editor-in-chief of La Voz de Manila, a now-defunct Spanish language newspaper. He had two other children from two different women: Milagros Zaldivar Hernandez and Dorothy Fleming Hernandez. His last partner was Dolores Gonzales with whom he had German. They lived in 404 Barasoin St., Makati, in the 1950s.
On 29 July 1957, Juan left ex-President Quirino’s home on Novaliches to go to V. Luna General Hospital in Quezon City. He came in for a check-up and accidentally slipped and hit his head, as he was getting off the examination bed. He was quickly confined and was attended to by Dr. Felix Sibal. After 19 days, Juan passed away on 11 August 1957 at 3:45 pm. He was 72 years old. While his obituary reads that he died from a heart attack, his death certificate states that the condition directly leading to death is “undetermined”. Juan’s wake was at the Funeraria Popular along 2139 Rizal Avenue, Manila. He was finally laid to rest on 15 August 1957 at the La Loma Cemetery, also called North Cemetery, in the city of Manila.
Family History Research Notes
1. The University Development and Alumni Relations Office of the Ateneo de Manila confirmed, as per email from Efren Debulgado and Carolina L. Ramos, received on 30 June 2005, that the name Juan Anderson Hernandez does NOT exist in their database.
2. The Philippine Military Academy’s Information Office confirmed via email received on 14 July 2003, that Juan Andreson Hernandez was NOT on the list of the assigned superintendents of the PMA from 1905 until present, nor was he among former Deans of Corps of Professors and Commandants of Cadets.
3. “An Interview with National Artist for Music Lucio San Pedro” by Mayo Uno L. Martin and “Music in the Philippines since 1898″ by Corazon Dioquino mentions a certain Juan Hernandez as a renowned composer of the native sarswela in the early 1900s. This is NOT Lolo Juaning. An article on the composer’s descendant mentions Lolo Juaning’s namesake having “S” as a middle initial.
4. The additional images of Juan Hernandez were submissions from Gerry Hernandez Jr. on 16 November 2009. Thanks, Gerry!
5. Agpalo, Remigio et al. “The Philippine Senate”. Manila: Dick Baldovino Enterprises, 1997. Page 62.
6. “Constabulary Staff Named: 198 Former Army Men Transferred to National Police”. Bull, 06 July 1938.
7. “Guest List, Dinner Hosted by the Director General of the Japanese Military Administration, Winter Garden, Manila Hotel, 28 December 1942, 7:00pm”. The Vargas Scrapbooks, Vargas Museum. Date accessed: 27 April 2011.
8. “Inagurates Constabulary Academy: High Officials Attend Opening”. Tribune, 02 June 1942.
9. “Names of 198 Officers of PC are Released”. Herald, 06 July 1938.
10. “Otros 453 Cadets se han Graduado hoy”. La Vanguardia, 19 December 1942.
11. “PC Men are Told of Responsibility”. Tribune, 01 November 1942.
12. Pobre, Cesar P. “History of the Armed Forces of the Filipino People”. Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 2000. Page 163-165.
13. Juan A. Hernandez’ Death Certificate. Philippine Death and Burials, 1726-1957, Quezon City. CLDS microfilm roll 1775568. Viewed on 13 April 2011.
14. Juan Anderson Hernandez’ Family Tree can be found on Geni.com.
[Updated on 30 April 2011]
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