Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation
The LORD TAKAYAMA JUBILEE FOUNDATION was registered on September 29, 1988 by Filipino and Japanese history buffs to support Philippine research into the life and times of the illustrious Japanese feudal governor, Justus Ukon Takayama (1552-1615) who served under Japan’s three hegemons – Oda, Hideyoshi and Toshiie who unified Japan. Beatification was not the original purpose but when the Vatican shared all relevant historical documents in eight languages on the Takayama process, the Foundation made beatification and canonization the ultimate objective.
Dr. ERNIE A. DE PEDRO, PhD, was born November 17, 1937 in Iba, Zambales (hometown of mother). He grew up in Laoag, Ilocos Norte (hometown of his father), and studied Grade School at Shamrock School, then St. William’s College (SWC) / Elementary Department. He enrolled in a mission seminary for his High School, returned to SWC for college, and graduated with a BSBA from U.E., Manila. He took his M.A. and Ph.D. in History at the UST Graduate School, Manila. He took up British Council Course #321 — on Archives Administration — at Oxford, England.
He married Adelaida “Aida” Montealegre in 1970; has three sons – Erwin and the twins: Eric and Edgar. He has three grandchildren – Ada Isabelle, Ninna Francesca, and Leanna Marie, all surnamed De Pedro.
His film assignments for the Multimedia Organization over 11 years brought him to many countries, while research projects brought him to many federal and university libraries in the U.S., Britain and Japan when the Internet was not yet robust.