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About Manuel Rojo

About the author: Manuel Antonio Rojo del Rio Lafuente y Veiyra (September 24, 1708 — January 30, 1764), Born in Tula, Mexico. Archbishop of Manila. Acting Captain-General of the Philippines after he was installed as archbishop in 1761; the previous Governor-General, Pedro Manuel de Arandia, died in office in 1759, and by virtue of the laws of the time, Cebu archbishop Miguel Lino de Ezpeleta became acting Governor-General as the highest ecclesiastical authority in office at the time. On July 22, 1759, Rojo del Río was enthroned as archbishop of Manila. In 1761, a royal decree from Spain ruled that Rojo del Río replace Ezpeleta to become Governor-General.

John Foreman, writing in The Philippine Islands, said of Rojo that he was “said to have died of grief and shame in prison (1764) through the intrigues of the violent Simon de Anda y Salazar.”

Data from the Apostolic Succession website:

Date Age Event Title
24 Sep 1708 Born Tula, México
19 Dec 1757 49.2 Appointed Archbishop of Manila, Philippines
24 Aug 1758 49.9 Ordained Bishop Archbishop of Manila, Philippines
22 Jul 1759 50.8 Installed Archbishop of Manila, Philippines
30 Jan 1764 55.3 Died Archbishop of Manila, Philippines
MicroData Summary for Manuel Antonio Rojo del Rio Lafuente y Veiyra:
Archbishop Manuel Antonio Rojo del Rio Lafuente y Veiyra (born , died ) Archbishop of Manila
  • a bishop for 5.4 years
Episcopal Lineage / Apostolic Succession:


About the Diary: Published as “Rojo’s Journal: Journal of what occurred at the attack and defense of the City of Manila, the capital of Philipinas Islands, and of the archipelago of San Lazaro, from September 22 to October 5, 1762, the day on which it was taken by assault by Brigadier Guillermo Drapert, commander-in-chief of the British troops of the East Indias,” in The Philippine Islands 1493–1803, vol. 49, Emma Blair and James Alexander Robertson, eds. Cleveland, OH: The A.H. Clark Company, 1907, pp. 104-131.