Trinidad Pardo de Tavera

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Trinidad Pardo de Tavera
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Born Trinidad Hermenegildo Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho
(1857-04-13)April 13, 1857
Escolta, Manila, Spanish East Indies
Died March 26, 1925(1925-03-26) (aged 67)
Manila, American Philippines
Resting place
Paris, France
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Education Ateneo Municipal de Manila
University of Santo Tomas
University of Paris
Occupation Writer, physician, naturalist, historian
Children Carlos Pardo de Tavera
Alfredo Pardo de Tavera
Carmen Pardo de Tavera
(later Carmen Pardo de Tavera de González)
Parents Félix Pardo de Tavera
Juliana Gorricho de Pardo de Tavera
Relatives Juan VI Pardo de Tavera (ancestor)
Félix Pardo de Tavera, hijo
María de la Paz Pardo de Tavera de Luna (sister)

Trinidad Hermenegildo Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho (1857–1925) was a Filipino physician, historian and politician of Spanish and Portuguese descent. Trinidad, also known by his name T. H. Pardo de Tavera was known for his writings about different aspects of Philippine culture.

Family[edit]

Trinidad was born on April 13, 1857 to Spanish lawyer and government official Félix Pardo de Tavera and Juliana Gorricho from a wealthy, illustrious Filipino family. The Pardos de Tavera had a long history. His father, Félix, descended from the Portuguese aristocratic family of Pardo from Tavira, Portugal. In late 1640s, the Pardos added the name de Tavera to affix their place of origin similar to Spanish noble customs. Among the notable members of the family was Juan Pardo de Tavera, who carried the title Marquis de Magahon and Juan VI Pardo de Tavera, the Archbishop of Toledo, Primate of Spain and Grand Inquisitor of Spain during the reign of Emperor Charles V (and I of Spain). In 1825, Trinidad's grandfather and Félix's father, Julián Pardo de Tavera, set sail for Manila and married a Filipina named Juana María Gómez. Julián and Juana bore three children: Félix, Joaquín and Carmen.

The Pardos de Tavera lived in Cabildo St., Intramuros. Félix and Joaquín were sent to University of Santo Tomas where they both finished bachelor of laws. The brothers also worked for the advisory council of the governor-general. They married sisters, Juliana and Gertrudis Gorricho.

Trinidad's mother has its origins rooted from an Irishman named Joseph Doyle. Juliana Gorricho was the daughter of José Dámaso Gorricho, a wealthy landowner in Manila and Cavite and owner of country's largest money-lending company that time. José's father, Miguel Ignacio Gorricho, was a Spanish from Pamplona who became the governor of Capiz province. Juliana's mother, Ciriaca de los Santos, was a Filipino enterprising woman from Cavite who made their family fortune by selling hay to horses used by the Spanish cavalry.

Félix Pardo de Tavera and Juliana Gorricho bore three children, namely Trinidad himself, Félix hijo and María de la Paz.

Early life[edit]

Trinidad was known in his early years as Trini. Their house in Cabildo street was just across the central square or plaza mayor, the Manila Cathedral and the government house or cabildo. In 1870, the government rented one of the wings of the Pardo de Tavera house to support the establishment of Academia de Dibujo y Pinturas, the country's first state-supported school for drawing and painting.

In 1864, Trini's father Félix died. His uncle, Joaquín, still childless from his marriage to Gertrudis Gorricho, volunteered to become the adoptive father of Trini, Félix hijo and Carmen or Chiching. To fill Félix's post in the four-people Consejo de Administración, a royal order came to Manila offering the position to Joaquín. To sit in the Consejo was one of the highest honors in the Philippines during those times: he mingled with the highest officials of the country and was conferred into knighthood Order of Isabella the Catholic.

When the Glorious Revolution broke out in Spain in 1868 to overthrow Isabella II, Joaquín was named one of the assemblymen to push reforms in the Philippines. In 1869, they presented list of reforms to the liberal governor Carlos María de la Torre which made the peninsulares or Spaniards born to mainland Spain, outrageous. In 1871, de la Torre was replaced by Rafael de Izquierdo. In 1872, a mutiny broke out in Cavite and Joaquín was one of the alleged mutineers arrested by Izquierdo and was imprisoned in Fort Santiago. By February 15, 1872, Joaquín was sentenced to be deported in Guam. Three years later, his sentence was lifted and he was pardoned as one of the suspects of the mutiny. Because of the harassment and humiliation, Joaquín chose not to return to Manila, and reside together with his wife to Paris instead.

Trinidad was already a student at these times. He finished his primary and secondary education at Ateneo Municipal de Manila. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1873 at Colegio de San Juan de Letran. By 1875, he was on his midway of his study of medicine at University of Santo Tomas when his uncle Joaquín, sent an invitation for them to reside in Paris and pursue education in France.

Life in Paris[edit]

In Paris, the Pardos de Tavera befriended many powerful French politicians, including Prime Minister Léon Gambetta and presidents Maurice de MacMahon and Jules Grévy. The Pardos de Tavera made a living by receiving the income made by their real properties left in the Philippines.

Trinidad enrolled at the University of Paris to continue his degree in medicine. One of his prominent professors was Étienne Stéphane Tarnier (1828–1897), an obstetrician and one of the pioneers of introducing Pasteur and Lister theories in obstetrics. While at the university, he met Louise Ivanovna Krilof and Maria Nikolaevna Lujine, Russian Nihilists. At a visit to one of them, Trinidad learned the idea of the Nihilist movement and shared his own experience of repression while in the Philippines.

In 1880, Trinidad received his licentiate in medicine at the Faculté de Médecine de Paris and in 1881, his bachelor in medicine. In mid-1880s, he enrolled in École nationale des langues orientales vivantes (now Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales) and took courses under Pierre Étienne Lazare Favre. In December 1885, he received his diploma in Malay language. During his study at Paris, he tracked down rare collections of books and maps about the Philippines, its culture, tradition and history. He submitted medical articles to various journals, one of them maybe an article he wrote about Pott's disease in 1881 and was published at El Siglo Médico in Madrid. In 1884, he sent an article about faith and folk healing in Luzon to Paris' Journal médecine. In 1886, he published his thesis Contribution a l'etude de la periarthrite du genou (Affections de la bourse sereuse de la patte d'oie) or Contribution to the Study of Periarthritis of the Knee (Diseases of the Bursa of Crow's Feet).

While a student at the École nationale, he wrote Contribución para el estudio de los antiguos alfabetos Filipinos (Contribution to the study of ancient Filipino alphabet) in 1884 which was published in Lausanne and El sánscrito en la lengua tagala in 1887. The El sánscrito investigates the etymology and influence of the Sanskrit family of languages to Filipino grammar and orthography. In 1886, he joined several linguistic societies such as Société académique indo-chinoise (Indo-Chinese Academic Society), Société hespagnole d'hygiène (Spanish Society of Hygiene) and Société d'anthrologie (Anthropologic Society). His papers Contribución para el estudio and El sánscrito were later lauded by overseas research journals and publications such as the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Return to Philippines and the Propaganda Movement[edit]