“Nepomuceno Legacy”: The Construction of an Elite Heritage

Kuestner, Alexander R.
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[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2016]
This thesis examines the manner in which the Nepomuceno family promoted themselves in two books published in the early 21st century. The Nepomucenos are an elite family in the province of Pampanga in the Philippines. They are regionally important in politics and business. Their ancestors founded Holy Angel University, a private Catholic institution. The Nepomucenos used Holy Angel’s press to have two books published which promote the family’s descent from locally prominent elites in the 18th to 20th centuries, including but not limited to a Spanish priest named Guillermo Masnou. The Philippines is dominated, both politically and economically, by nationally powerful oligarchic families. The Nepomucenos are not one of these as their power is limited within their home province. It is clear from their portrayal of themselves in their books that the Nepomucenos would like readers to believe that the family is just as significant as the oligarchs.
M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
Includes bibliographical references.
genealogy, Philippines, elite, Nepomuceno, celibacy, priests
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