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Bartolome Seda Fernandez
05.26.2010, 05:20
Filed under: Calleja

Bartolome Seda Fernandez (1892 – 1981) was the son of Manuel Praxedes Fernandez and Mamerta Seda.  He married Pilar Maronilla Calleja in 1917. After Pilar’s death in 1946, he remarried, taking Mercedez Guerrero as his bride in 1958. He is the great grandfather of Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Fernandez Zubiri.

"Guerilla Pesos" in WWII

A government auditor, Bartolome was assigned to several provinces — Zamboanga, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Capiz, Leyte, Cebu and Iloilo. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, he fled with his family from Iloilo to Leon, where he continued his function as Provincial Auditor to the Civil Resistance Movement, together with the then Governor Tomas Confesor. He was a member of the Emergency Currency Committee — a team tasked to oversee the printing and circulation of emergency notes to be used by the guerilla forces. The currencies which were redeemable after the war in silver coins were eventually outlawed by the Japanese-sponsored Republic. After the fall of Bataan in 1942, President Manuel Quezon wired the appointment of Bartolome as the Auditor General of Western Visayas, while he was on his way to Australia. In years after the war, President Carlos P. Garcia appointed him to Deputy Auditor General of the Philippines — a position he held until 1961.

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Erlinda Tuason Fernandez
05.25.2010, 02:55
Filed under: Calleja

Erlinda Tuason Fernandez is the eldest child of Ramon Calleja Fernandez, Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court and Illumida Mojica Tuason, Manila Carnival Queen of 1939.

In the 1960′s, Linda was a lead artist of the cultural dance group, Filipinescas, under the tutelage of the director-choreographer Leonor Orosa Goquinco, Philippine National Artist for Dance in1976.  She also appeared on television opposite Tommy Abuel in a long-running telenovela, “Santa Zita and Mary Rose”.  This show was produced by Fr. James Reuter and Mary Rose Jacinto-Espleta.

She married Ruben Bernardo in 1961 and their union was blessed with four boys:  Ruben, Reginaldo, Ronello and Ramon.  Erlinda eventually answered the call of the academe.  She was an educator at the International School of Manila and retired after 40 years of loyal service.


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Linda on page 40 of Sunday Times Magazine on 10 September 1961.


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Illuminada Mojica Tuason
05.10.2010, 16:50
Filed under: Calleja

Illuminada Mojica Tuason was only child of Rogelia Mojica of Indang, Cavite and an unnamed Tuason of Manila.  Her father died early and her mother remarried Jose Rosales of Butuan, where the family owned a piano business.  Jose Rosales (a direct descendant of Datu Mansibawan, royalty of Bukidnon) became an intelligence officer for the Bureau of Customs and maintained a residence in Manila at 1315 Cristomo Street, Sampaloc.  Lumen had several half-siblings from her mother’s second marriage: Loida, Perla, Angel, Josefa, Angelina, Rogelio and Fe.

The Manila Carnival, a much-awaited annual festival during the American Occupation of the Philippines, attracted the participation of daughters of  de buena familias from all over the country.  In 1939, Lumen became the Queen of the last Manila Carnival.  The carnivals from 1937 to 1939 were renamed the Philippine Exposition; and consequently, the Carnival Queen became “Miss Philippines”.  As Ms. Philippines, Lumen was considered a fashion icon of her day and was frequently photographed in haute couture gowns. She was on the cover of many magazines, such as the Sunday Tribune Magazine (February 1939) and was an endorsement model for Coty Cosmetics.

A young ROTC officer from the University of the Philippines, Ramon Calleja Fernandez, was assigned to be her consort for the pageant.  They met again two years later when Ramon, now a young lawyer (eventually, an associate justice of the Supreme Court) represented Lumen’s aunt in court.  Their chance reunion led to a romance, and eventually, a wedding in 1941.  Their union was blessed with three children:  Erlinda, Ramon and Pilar.  Lumen’s attempt to deliver of a set of twins, tragically ended her life in 1949.


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   Lumen's coronation as the 1939 Manila Carnival Queen was the cover of the Sunday Tribune Magazine in February 1939.      

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