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Ramírez de Arellano expands globally

Some are born great, some achieve greatness and the Ramirez de Arellano Family has greatness thrust upon them.  Over 10 thousand years later from the time of King Ramiro I of Aragon and the Sancho of Pamplona, to Don Nicolás Alfonso who founded Cabo Rojo, the Ramirez de Arellano family name has continued to its journey across the world to continue its legacy of greatness.  From Spain in Europe to America then to Asia, the Ramírez de Arellano clan has continued to expand globally to share their inherent wisdom, leadership skills and other talents to serve people and society with the highest standards of integrity.

Among the notable individuals of the Ramírez de Arellano family that have made a name in their respective fields in different countries around the globe included Cayetano Arellano, José Ramírez de Arellano, Diego Ramírez de Arellano, and Captain Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano.


Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano


Cayetano Arellano is the first Chief Justice of Philippine Supreme Court.  Cayetano was born in Bataan Philippines from a Spanish worker named Servando Arellano.  The Philippines which is located in Asia has been under Spanish colonial rule for over 300 years.  The Supreme Court is the highest court of law in the land that provides the final resolution and decision of legal cases.  Cayetano Arellano’s appointment in 1901 as chief justice is very much extraordinary in three ways.  First of, the position itself was the highest in the judicial branch of the Philippine government.  Second, he was the first Filipino Chief Justice in history.  And thirdly, his appointment was the first held by a Filipino preceding the executive (president/ vice president) and legislative (congress/ senate) branches of government. These are major feats because the Philippines was still under colonial rule during this time after the nation was ceded by Spain to the United States.


Architect José Ramírez de Arellano


Escarlati [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

José Ramírez de Arellano, was a Spanish Baroque architect and sculptor. Among his famous works included the ornamental effigies inside the church of the Hospital Real y General de Nuestra Señora de Gracia.  Jose’s artistry actually runs in the family blood.  His father was Juan Ramírez Mejandre, another famed Baroque sculptor from Spain who established the Drawing Academy in the city of Zaragoza.  His brother, Manuel Ramírez de Arellano was also a sculptor while and his other brother Juan Ramírez de Arellano was a painter. Juan himself has laurels under his sleeve  such as the Virgin and Child with St. Anne and a portrait of the Charles III of Spain. Incidentally, it was also this king who appointed Jose Ramírez de Arellano as Sculptor to the King in 1740. He also managed the works in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. This particular church in the city of Zaragoza takes a special historical place in Spain as this church marks the dawn of Christianity in the nation that would spearhead the spread of the religion across the world.


Cosmographer Ramírez de Arellano


Diego Ramírez de Arellano [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Another distinguished Ramírez de Arellano family kith and kin that made major contributions in field of navigation and the discovery of new worlds are Diego Ramírez de Arellano, Spanish sailor and cosmographer.  Diego’s major achievement involves piloting the Garcia de Nodal expedition to the region of the Strait of Magellan. This is important because the strait which is difficult to navigate was the only passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans up until Panama Canal was constructed.  He would later be designated as honorary captain of the Spanish infantry in an expedition to the Philippines. He was then assigned to navigate an expedition to the Maluku Islands which was termed as the Spice Islands, for its nutmeg, mace and cloves.

Note that during this time, humanity was just starting to explore the oceans using very crude instruments. Star navigation or astronomy was the principal way explorers navigate the oceans.  Thus, going on a sea voyage is like going on a trip to space where there is a prospect of not getting back.  If not for the courage and astronomical observations of famed navigators like Diego Ramírez de Arellano, expeditions will be lost at sea.  Thus, Diego’s works made major contributions to navigation, fixing and marking latitudes and longitudes and rectifying navigation diagrams for ensuing explorers.

Diego Ramírez de Arellano was also given privilege to name many places in doing his work.  Among them included the Isla de Xátiva, and the Ildefonso Islands. But the most interesting of all his named places of course is the one he named after himself. The Diego Ramírez Islands, which is located at the southernmost edge of Chile was the farthest southern point visited by Europeans then until the 1775.


Captain Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano


By U.S. Navy – Original text : Photo appears credited to the U.S. Navy at:), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13355447

The Ramírez de Arellano genes to conquer the seas continued in the west in the person of Captain Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano, the first Hispanic submarine commanding officer in the United States Navy.  Captain Marion was one of the naval officers under training in the Philippines when Japan attacked the archipelago. He was also credited for sinking many Japanese fighter ships during the Second World War.  It was on 1944 when Captain Ramirez de Arellano was assigned Commanding Officer of the submarine USS Balao, which was involved in continued patrols, wars and rescue efforts during the protraction of the war. For his heroic contributions during the war, he would later be awarded a Silver Star Medal for his exceptional valor   in combat and the Legion of Merit Medal, a commander degree award for outstandingly admirable performance in one’s designation.

These are just some members of the Ramirez de Arellano lineages that made important contributions and names in their respective fields and countries from Europe, to America and Asia to across the world. And being true to their name, they all shared the values of courage to take risks and to continue where no man has dared and gone before.  And this courage begets the greatness, which has since become the mark of the Ramirez de Arellano family.  And the more we learn and know things, the more places the Ramirez de Arellano is set to go.  From the earth, we now set our sights to the moon and space.