Person - Reyes Serena, Ventura de los (1739-1822)

Reyes Serena, Ventura de los (1739-1822)




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1739 - Manila (Luzón, Filipinas)  1822


He was a Filipino businessman, politician and government representative.

He was the son of a Spaniard and a Filipino. Almost everything about his childhood and education is unknown, although it is known from a request to the Inquisition that he was interested in science and the Encyclopedia of Diderot and D'Alembert. He married three times and had ten children.

He was one of the richest and most important merchants in Manila in the late 18th and early 19th century, specializing in trade with southern China and the Bengal coast in charge of supplying Asian products to the Manila Galleon.

He maintained excellent relations with Manila's political authorities, which facilitated his economic activity. He was accused by his enemies of supporting the intrusive governor of the Philippines Mariano Fernandez de Fogueras, which did not hinder his election as a Government Representative to the Cortes (parliament).

After a journey of ten months, he took the oath of office before the Cortes on December 9, 1811. He stood out in the Cortes for his interventions in favor of economic reforms, especially the suppression of the Manila Galleon, and for exposing the problems that the Philippines could pose for the establishment of the constitutional regime. He was an alternate representative in the Cortes in 1813.

After the restoration of absolutism, it seems that he was not persecuted. On 24 May 1814 he was appointed as a member of the commission of overseas subjects who were to hand to the Secretariat of the Bureau of the Indies a report on the problems of their territories.

On his return to the Philippines in 1821, he was appointed to the Board for the election of government representatives.

Cortes de Cádiz, 1810-1813

Date of the event: 1810 - 1813

Cortes ordinarias, 1813-1814

Date of the event: 1813 - 1814




Cádiz (España)

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Manila (Luzón, Filipinas) in 1822


Diccionario biográfico de parlamentarios españoles. [Madrid]: Cortes Generales, Servicios de Publicaciones. 1 disco (CD-ROM). 978-84-7943-386-4 .

García León, José María. Los diputados doceañistas : una aproximación al estudio de los diputados de las Cortes Generales y Extraordinarias (1810-1813). José Mª García León. [Cádiz]: Ayuntamiento de Cádiz. 2 v. (808 p.). 84-89736-51-0.

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Galeón de Manila  ( Participó en )

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