Juan de Plasencia

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Juan de Plasencia was one of the first batch of Franciscan missionaries who arrived in the Philippines. In the list of missionaries bound for the islands dated 21 May 1577, the name Fray Joan de Puerto Carrero, del convento de Villanueva de la Serena was mentioned, which undoubtedly belongs to Plasencia. The ship with Fray Plasencia on board arrived at a port in Cavite on 2 July 1578. Two months after their arrival in Manila, Fray Plasencia and Fray Diego de Oropresa were already preaching around Laguna de Bay area and as far as Tayabas (the present Quezon Province) converting the natives to the Catholicism. These natives were group into a single unit which was then called barangays.


Fray Juan de Plasencia wrote the Arte del idioma Tagalog and Diccionario Hispano-Tagalog in 1580. He died in Liliw, Laguna (formerly called Lilio) in 1590.


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