Daniel Faustino Cruz

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Daniel Faustino Cruz was the husband of Maria Rizal, the sixth of the eleven children of Francisco Mercado and Teodora Alonso and the sister of the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. Daniel Cruz, or Dandoy as the family affectionately called him hailed from Biñan, Laguna. Cruz was a father of five: (1) Mauricio, (2) Petrona, (3) Prudencio, (4) Paz and (5) Encarnacion.

Daniel and Maria's eldest son, Mauricio Cruz married Conception Arguelles. They had a son named Ismael Arguelles Cruz. Ismael was the father of Gemma Teresa Guerrero Cruz Araneta, the first Philippine delegate to win the Miss International title and also the first Southeast Asian to win in an international beauty pageant title.


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