Juan Jeronimo Guerrero was a retired Spanish army officer in Manila, who was a co-
JUAN JERONIMO GUERRERO
Juan Guerrero, was a retired Spanish army officer in Manila, who decided to spend the rest of his life in the welfare and education of abandoned and orphaned or poor Spanish children.
In 1620, Guerrero transformed his hermitage home into an orphanage named the Colegio de Ninos Huerfanos de San Juan de Letran. He collected alms and later secured aid from King Philip IV.
Having spent his life in this work, Guerrero at his death, being then a Dominican friar, placed this school in charge of the Dominicans, who accepted it on 18 June 1640, merging the college with a similar college under the charge of Diego de Santa Maria. The school later became known as the College of Saint John of Lateran.
The founders, Diego of Santa Maria and Juan Jeronimo Guerrero (right) with their pupils in
front of the Colegio de San Juan de Letrán in Manila.
Order of the Dominicans in the Philippines, 400th Anniversary
#1893 11 Nov 1987
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