First Villavicencio in the Philippines

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The earliest known record of the surname "Villavicencio" in the Philippines can be viewed in the "Portal de Archivos Espanoles" of the Ministry of Culture of Spain located in Madrid. This is found in two Spanish documents both entitled "Orden de pagar lo que se le debe a Diego de Villavicencio" (English Translation is Order to pay what is owed to Diego de Villavicencio”) and created on Aug 21, 1623 and Oct 11, 1634 in Madrid.

Both were Royal Decrees addressed to the officials of the Royal Treasurer of Mexico ordering them to pay the salary of a certain “Diego de Villavicencio” for his services as pilot of the ship and for the time he served for the trip he made to the Philippines in 1613 in order to relieve General Arnada Ruy Gonzalez Sequeira who had in his command 5 caravelles or ships. 

The catalog numbers of these documents are:  no.12492 and no.15634 and the Reference Codes are: ES.41091.AGI/16403.14.343//Philippines,340,L.3,F.343R-345R and ES.41091.AGI/16403.14.343//Philippines,340,L,3,F.481R-482R.

Another document dated Aug 9, 1633 states that Juan de Salazar and Maria Bermudez de Villavicencio were one of the first settlers of the Philippines
Reference Code: ES.41091.AGI/16403.14.42//Philippines,41,n.26.

Several documents mentioned the name of "Captain Diego de Hinojosa Villavicencio" who left the Philippines and went to Spain via a ship from Denmark on November 18, 1648 to report on the status of the Philippines such as the Dutch attacks, earthquakes, lack of ships from New Spain, etc and also on the abuses of Manuel Estacio Venegas, a Sergeant Major in Manila.
Reference Code: ES.41091.AGI/16403.14.44//Philippines,43,No.8

A Captain Pedro de Vera Villavicencio was mentioned as having moved to China from the Philippines together with Dominican Friar Victorio Riccio who founded a church in Hyamuang sometime in 1656.

A certain Juan de Villavicencio served in acting capacity as "Castellano de Santiago de Manila" until June 4, 1675 which was vacated by Lorenzo de Orellana y Ugalde on account of his death. 

An Antonio Nunez de Villavicencio was working for the Royal Treasury of the Philippines in 1730.

There are some more names bearing "Villavicencio" as a surname in the archives pertaining to the Philippines. It will take some time and effort to go through the numerous documents and translate them from Spanish to English.

It should be noted that a certain Jose Antonio Nunez de Villavicencio died on July 12, 1742 and after his death, his name was documented as Jose Villavicencio.

I had always thought that the Villavicencio's were all originally from Taal, Batangas in the Philippines although I have heard of some people with the same surname existing in Nueva Ecija and Bacolod. I discovered recently on that there are people with such surname who resided in the following places: Malolos and San Rafael, Bulacan, Cavite City, Iloilo, Marinduque, Negros, Nueva Ecija, Tondo, Malabon and many others aside from those who domiciled in Taal and it's neighboring towns of Calaca and Lemery. belongs to the Church of the Latter Day Saints or the Mormon Church. They have started to digitize baptismal, birth, death and marriage records of the inhabitants of the Philippines based on church and civil records dating back to 1642 until 1994. Most of the original records were written in transcript and the data that was entered into their database was based on the interpretation of the data entry personnel. Names and surnames were misspelled as entered into the database causing redundancy in the data and false identity. One would appreciate the value of utilizing their database rather than having to travel to the different towns and cities around the country in order to gather these data from the individual municipal offices and parish churches. 

Translated from (Portal de Archivos Espanoles)        

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