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Filipino Arrivals @ Ellis Island

Phil. Colonial Personalities Arrival @ Ellis Island

Filipino Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Introduction page 2
Filipinos @ Ellis Island Oral History Project
Untold Stories of Ellis Island
Presidents, Royalty (Muslim) & Early Arrivals
Filipino Arrival Names A-B
Filipino Arrival Names C-D
Filipino Arrival Names E-G
Filipino Arrival Names H-L
Filipino Arrivals Names M
Filipino Arrival Names N-Q
Filipino Arrival Names R
Filipino Arrival Names S
Filipino Arrival Names T
Filipino Arrival Names U-Z
Ellis Island Ships w/ Filipino Crew
Genealogy: Ellis Island Filipinos
Phil. Colonial Personalities Arrival @ Ellis Island
Historical Notes
Guest Page #1: Seamen OFWs
Guest Page #2: Seamen OFWs
Guest Page: Filipino Seamen Hostage in Somalia, Nigeria, etc
Filipino Arrivals @ Angel Island
East Indian Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Chinese Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Japanese Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Korean Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Siamese (Thai) Arrivals @ Ellis Island

Some of the Notable Individuals who went thru Ellis Island & had connection to Philippine history


David Prescott Barrows U.C. Pres; Philippine Supt of Schools 1900


Charles Henry Brent founded St. Luke’s Med Center & Brent International School in Baguio


Gilbert Brink Asst Director of Edu  Phil; principal Berkeley H.S.


Samuel Clemens Mark Twain wrote about PhilAm war; against U.S. colonization


Robert McCulloch Dick of Philippine Free Press; POW WW11; coined the term “Juan Dela Cruz” for the Filipinos


Eleanor Franklin Egan war correspondent who wrote about Iraq war (British)


Martin Egan Editor Manila Times, war correspondent SpanAm war


Burton Harrison Philippine Gov Gen


David Sutterland Hibbard founder of Silliman University (Phil), the oldest American university in Asia where Philippine Pres Carlos Garcia graduated


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr  Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court penned the landmark Mateo Carino Doctrine infavor of an Igorot (Ibaloi, Ibaloy) that became a landmark case used by the Indians (of U.S. & Canada) & Maoris of NZ) in defining the “native rights” of the tribal people 212 U.S. 449 (1909)


Rudyard Kipling wrote “White Man’s Burden” 1899; pro U.S. colonization of the Philippines; Nobel Prize 1907


Buenaventura Paredes (Blessed Buenaventura) beatified by Pope Benedict 2007; UST professor & church official


John J. Pershing Governor of Moro Province; PhilAm War; WW1


Theodore Roosevelt U.S. President 1901-1909


Leonard Wood Gov Gen Philippines 1921-1927







Primary Source:


Philippine Governor General Francis Burton. Harrison, 45y via M/S Selandia arrived Ellis Island  2/2/1919 from Manila


w/ Archibald Harrison,43y  his brother & the following natives of the Philippines staff:


Francisco Ovate 39y (Orate?)


Ambrosio Rechachio, 31y chauffeur


Zegriria, ch…pen, 14y


Eustaguro (Eustaquio) Felias 17y cabin boy


Honono (Honorio) Montes, 18y messboy


Ernest Angular(Aguilar page 656), 17y cabin waiter


Julio Ereneta, 17y pantry boy (later WW1 & WW11 veteran



more on M/S Selandia: Source: Wikipedia

this trip voyage from Manila thru: Guam, Panama Canal Zone, and Kingston, Jamaica.

other Ellis Island trip of this vessel: 1/11/1921 from Antwerp; world's first diesel powered ocean going steamer launched in 1912; owned by Danish trading firm East Asiatic Company (Photo of ship available online)



more on Francis Burton Harrison: Source: Wikipedia born 12/18/1873 NY; died 11/21/1957 Flemington N.J.; buried Manila North Cemetery La Loma; Philippine Gov Gen of the U.S. colonial government (1913-1921) U.S. House of Rep (1903-1905); (1907-1913); introduced the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act (passed 1914, the 1st Drug  Prohibition legislation); adviser to Pres Quezon 1935; 1942; U.S. Commissioner of Claims C.S. U.S. Army Manila (1946-47); Adviser to the 1st four Phil Presidents; married 6th times; (1st wife died; divorced 4x); survived by Maria Teresa, (Filipina),6th wife whom he married in 1949; Children: Virginia (born 1901); Barbara (born 1904); Randolph (1911-1912); Ursula (born 1937); other trips of Francis Burton Harrison thru Ellis Island: via Adriatic (11/28/1907); via Lusitania (1908); via Mauretania (11/17/1911); vis KronPrinz Wilhelm (9/19/1905); via Antonio Lopez (4/13/1923)

Commentaries of Col. Romy Monteyro, AFP, (Ret.) about Gov Harrison (source: e-mail 12/2/2008)

“Gov. Gen. Francis Burton Harrison was the most loved American governor general in the Philippines. He reciprocated that love and highest esteem when he wrote in his Last Will & Testament that he be buried on Philippine soil…he is interred at the La Loma Cemetery in Quezon City.. I just hope that the Philippine government is appropriating funds for the upkeep of his tomb…One notable moment in Philippine history, one of the many, that Gov. Harrison is well remembered was when he walked between the warring Philippine Constabulary and Manila Police in Intramuros…The PC and MPD were shooting at each other and could not be restrained, when Harrison arrived at the scene and against the advice of his security personnel started to walk the street (Camino Real) dividing the two fighting factions.  He walked fearlessly to the center of the dividing line which forced the protagonists to hold their fire.  He stopped and then with a loud voice he shouted at them, "What kind of people are you?  You kill your own kind!" Needless to say his courageous act stopped the bloodshed and the warring group meekly laid down their arms and surrendered. But more than that, Harrison was known to be the best American governor general for his many acts which improved the lot of the Filipinos in those days".


more on Archibald Cary Harrrison, author born 10/21/1876

another brother Fairfax Harrison



Buenaventura Paredes, Spanish, 37 yrs old born Oviedo Spain arrived Ellis Island 10/21/1913 from Cherbourg, France via ship Kronprinz Wilhelm passenger # 21 w/ Jose Ramon Gonzalez passenger # 22 ship manifest notations: was in U.S. before?-(1911 in Washington unreadable Park, New Orleans Louisiana); destination? (The unreadable Church New Orleans Louisiana); last residence? Manila. (Notes: Oviedo is the capital of Asturias)


Source: Wikipedia:

Buenaventura Garcia de Paredes (also known as Blessed Bonaventure of St. Louis Bertrand) beatified 10/28/2007 by Pope Benedict XV1) born 4/19/1866 Castanedo de Valdes, near Luarca (Asturias) professor of political &  admin law University of Santo Tomas (UST) Manila; elected Prior Provincial w/ residence in Manila (time line given during 1901; 1910); extended the presence of the Dominican Province @ Rosaryville, New Orleans Louisiana which was inaugurated in 1911; executed 8/12/1936 in Valdesenderin del Ensinar Fuencarral Madrid & became known as one of the Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War; other position held: Master General of the Dominican Order in Rome (1926-1929); editor of the Catholic daily Libertas published by UST;  credited for acquiring new properties to build the new campus of UST in Manila



“Blessed Bonaventure had left the priory on the eve of the attack, invited by Don Pedro Errazquin, who offered shelter to other friars also. A month earlier, he had written to the Errazquin-Garmendía family, whom he had been in contact with since 1915 during his time in the Philippines: ‘Already I cannot oppose the sad reality which we suffer. Only by hoping in the mercy of God can we glimpse some hope. This family volunteered to obtain for him a passport and a travel ticket to the Philippines, but he is, elderly and unwell, had great difficulty in undertaking the journey and confided that he would travel only if his superiors in Rome allowed him. In fact he wrote to Rome and obtained permission for the journey. His friend Pedro Errazquin requested the passport, which was denied him because he was a religious.While he was being sheltered in the house of Don Pedro Errazquin, he went to celebrate Mass in a chapel, but he was under police surveillance, and so, towards the end of July they found him a place at the Hotel of the Carmel in Saint Barbara’s square. In the end even this truly noble lay catholic, Don Pedro, would be put to death in the Pradera de San Isidro in Madrid because in searching his house they found the chalice belonging to Blessed Bonaventure. As the latter became convinced that the police kept him under strict observation, he took refuge in a boarding house called the Infante Don Juan. Here he administered the sacrament of confession to some of the residents, led a life of recollection and prayer, recited the breviary, and also celebrated Mass. A witness has testified: ‘Br Bonaventure stood in front of a small table with a small piece of bread and a glass and I believe he was celebrating Holy Mass’.He was arrested on 11 August by armed men. He had identified himself as a religious and a priest, and said bravely: ‘I have committed no crime except that of being a priest and a religious; Divine Providence so wants. Witnesses assure us that this is what he declared. They led him away to a place of torture called checa, situated in a Madrid street named García de Paredes. The following day, 12 August 1936, they took him to the small town of Fuencarral where at about 10 o’clock they shot him in the area known as Valdesenderín del Encinar, between Fuencarral and Alcobendas. He kept to the end his rosary and the breviary. They buried him in the cemetery of Fuencarral, a place where for centuries the Order had a priory and whose church was dedicated to ‘Nuestra Señora de Valverde’.His remains were exhumed on 24 October 1940 and transferred to the crypt of the church of the Most Holy Rosary in Madrid. In 1967 they were again transferred to the pantheon-chapel of the priory of St Thomas Aquinas in Avila, where they still are.All the witnesses in the process who knew the new Blessed, Bonaventura García Paredes, emphasize unanimously his virtues. He was a man with a rooted and deep faith who manifested his recollection and union with God. He had humane and good feelings towards everyone, always willing to forgive. His closeness to the world of workers and those who were lowly, simple and poor was noticed. Very prudent and wise, patient, just with everyone. He was constant in carrying out his duty, compassionate and firm in his decisions. He ate, drank and behaved with moderation, and was edifying in his deep humility.

Other Sources:

The UST Martyrs of the Religious Persecution in Spain (1933-1937), published by the UST Publishing House.

Source of information for his beatification & Canonization:


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