Maniquiz Clan to Celebrate 9th Biennial Reunion

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Members of the Maniquiz/Maniquis/Maniquez/Manikis clan will take a stroll down memory lane once again, to celebrate their 9th Biennial Family Reunion on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Westborough Park Recreation Bldg, located on 2350 Galway Dr. South San Francisco, CA 94080.

This year’s host, May Maniquis Avila, is calling on family members interested in attending this “Barrio Fiesta” fun event to register by calling (510) 739-0009, or by email at mayavila@hotmail.com. For more details, visit the family website www.maniquiz.com
The program of activities starts with registration at 3:30 pm, followed by family-oriented games, contests, prizes and talent presentations from each of the four branches of the clan. A delicious dinner of favorite Filipino food and desserts will follow. Music will be provided by DJ Andy Maniquis Angeles.

The clan’s roots dates back to 1730, when Carlos Agustin Maniquiz, a young Spanish-Mexican trader-adventurer, made his way from Acapulco, Mexico to Mission Bartolome, Bulacan (now Tartaro, San Miguel, Bulacan) in the company of the early Augustinian friars assigned to perform missionary and evangelical work in the northern Bulacan area. He was believed to be the first Maniquiz to arrive in the Philippines, eventually married a local lady named Maria Juana Puno, and together with their four sons, Dionisio, Miguel, Alejandro, and Santiago settled in the town of San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan. From these 4 sons descended the 4 branches of the entire clan. Carlos had a fifth son, Agustin, by a second wife, who died at an early age and had no known descendants.

The family historian and genealogist, the late Joseph Roura Maniquis, in his book Familia Maniquiz, its History and Genealogy published in 1998, compiled the names of 1357 descendants from the first to the sixth generations. According to the May 2016 update Familia Maniquiz, the Past, Present and Future Generations, compiled by Pet Palomo Maniquis, the clan has grown to 11 generations, with names of 6437 registered individuals/family members.

Previous USA family reunions were well-attended with family members coming from as far as New Zealand, England, Dubai, Canada and the Philippines, and all over the United States. Similar family reunions were also held in the motherland, the Philippines, and were also well-attended.

Article submitted by Tess Z Manikis (S7)

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