Nestor P. Enriquez, Online Historian

Nestor Palugod Enriquez spent his childhood skipping stones in the humble mountains of Nueva Vizcaya. As a young adult, he took the uniquely Filipino opportunity to join the United States Navy. At the time when the US was building up its nuclear technology to become a naval superpower, Nestor explored the world’s oceans and became a Submarine Chief Petty Officer. Amongst many Filipino brethren, he settled down in Jersey City, NJ became the Assistant City Controller, and quickly built up a reputation as a computer and internet wizard. Now retired and still a stone’s throw away from the greatest city in the world, New York City, he has been connecting Filipino-Americans to their past for over ten years through various bulletin boards, magazine contributions, and his own website, His research has been referenced in various Filipino American history books and presented to the Filipino American Historical Society where he is a proud member and just recently elected Trustee (2004).

His most recent research project includes the tracking of Filipino sailors who came to Liverpool in 1880 and Ellis Island ship’s crew who settled in New Jersey in 1920s. He studied the works of Lafcadio Hearn that led his research about the Filipino settlement of the early generation of Filipino American in New Orleans. His database of the Filipinos in the US Navy extended beyond his Naval Service from 1958-1978. He reviewed the Filipino veterans who served in the Civil War on board the USS Monitor and various warships engaged in the conflict.

He is currently engaged with the Jersey City Public Library and various local community groups in developing history of Filipinos coming to New Jersey. The stories are based on personal experience, oral history, and hard extensive research. It was personally gratifying however like when he found out that Pancho Villa first fight was in Jersey City in 1922. As an avid Rizal reader, he was overwhelmed when he found out that the first group of Filipinos in New Jersey founded the Knight of Rizal in 1928.

He now resides in Jersey City with his wife from Bocaue, Bulacan. He has 2 daughters, Nheeda, an Industrial Design graduate of Georgia Tech and Melissa, graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Medical & Dentistry of New Jersey. His interest in world history is part of his “romantic” ancestral claim of his great great grandfather, Enrique who sailed with Magellan to become the first man to circumnavigate the world.

18 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Ed Gazmen August 24, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I’m also from Nueva Vizcaya..grew up in Bayombong. I’ll be launching out my on-line magazine, Kayumanggi Magazine..I would like to communicate w/ you..I’m very much interested in the history of Filipinos in America. Please respond.



  2. 2 Nestor Enriquez August 24, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Ed, Just let me know how I can help. I have a Nueva Vizcaya website. http:
    Good luck on your magazine launching and let us keep in touch.
    Aloha too and you must be in Hawaii.


  3. 3 Ed Gazmen August 30, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for responding…I’m on Maui..will keep in touch.


  4. 4 Rafael Vallejo September 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Am a theology student in Canada researching on Espiritu Santo, the Holy Spirit in Christian tradition. Learning things about Magellan calling a body of water Espiritu Santo, or galleons in Cavite having the same name is truly interesting to me at this time.

  5. 6 zenie October 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Glad to know Filipinos are getting recognition for their service and for the the true essence of Filipino character. I am a proud daughter of a Filipino mechanic that serviced the Intrepid ( now a museum in NY)during the 50s and 40s and many Aircraft carrier in Fort Area/ Subic. I am a sister of a journeyman welder that fixed the aircraft carrier in Subic bombed in Vietnam war . I am a niece of a homestead farmer in California in the 1920s . I am a grand niece of a US scout…. . I am a cousin to a few who died of asbestosis in 70’s and 80s from working in the environment full of asbestos in the US base … I am also a neighbor and friend to many of them whose loyalty to US govt. is unwavering ……Let us honor them for they made great contributions in their own humble way to history….Love and Blessings to all Alive and in Spirit…..

    History is my passion . Nursing/ teaching is my job.


  6. 7 Nestor Enriquez November 3, 2011 at 1:59 am

    You came from a very proud line of Filipino American. Mabuhay ka and let me hear from you and about your great family..

  7. 8 Kevin M Shelton ETC (ss) (RET) U.S. Navy December 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    My name is Kevin Shelton. I knew a filipino from around 1985 until 1988. We were stationed onboard the USS Henry M Jackson (SSBN 730). He was the navigator. His name was Jose’ Corpus. He actually taught me things about how to be a sailor.
    I again met him about 10 years later in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. This was after he was the Commanding Officer of a DSRV command. I have since lost touch with him.

    If not for him I would have never been introduced to the wonders of filipino ladies. I married a filipino national and live in Davao City. If you could help me get in contact with him I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much.

  8. 9 Nestor Enriquez December 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I too lost contact with Capt. Corpus. Last email i got from Capt Corpus was when he was about to assume the Squadron Commander of the DevGrup in Guam. I was hoping that he would become the first Filipino line officer Admiral. He is already retired but I will try to get in touch again. Happy holiday routine as we do in the submarine force. I will not forget my last Xmas in the Navy , my last patrol on board the USS Adams (blue) crew in 1977 somewhere in the Atlantic ocean..

  9. 10 Maria February 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hi, can you tell me if Baihan is a Filipino name. I am trying to establish if my Great Grandfather married in Liverpool England in 1872 was actually from the Phillipines…We cannot trace the name in Liverpool, and he spoke little English. There are some family traits that lead us the believe he was not from Europe. He was a sailor/dock worker and his brother (name unknown) went to USA, as around 1929/35 his executors were trying to find my Gt Grandfather as there was a legacy (now long gone to US Treasury). Any help would be appreciated

    • 11 Nestor Enriquez February 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Hi, I am not sure if Baihan had Filipino origin. However, I am almost sure that your great grandfather lived and sailed with the characters of my websites. In your search of your family legacy it might help that we share some of what we know. Can you write your family part and let me add it to my website. The part where the brother went to Europe is very interesting too.

      Thank you..and regards to all of you.

  10. 12 sharondelacruz March 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Can u please let me know if im part Filipino as my surname is DELACRUZ My father also Delacruz and there is some mension of seamen in my family and war hero’s thank u

    • 13 Ted Washbrook November 10, 2013 at 4:32 am

      Hi Sharon ,I am sending this from Australia and although it is probably too late now and the fact that De La Cruz is a fairly common name you may like to look at the first tale in the Archives on Nestor’s site. My Wife Brenda’s family goes back to Estaquio De La Cruz in 1860. He must have been a seaman of some note.
      Best of luck with your research, Nestor was a great help.
      Ted Washbrook

  11. 14 Michael Surla December 24, 2012 at 8:02 am

    My Grandfather immigrated from Pampagna in the 1920’s. If you can enlighten me on any Surla ancestral information I would love to converse

  12. 15 andrew enriquez December 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Hello sir,

    My name is Andrew Anthony Enriquez and I am descendant of someone from the Punta Santa Ana area of Manila. My Grandfathers name is Venancio Enriquez and he was an instigator against the Japanese during WW2 and also worked with the Jeepny drivers after the war, could also be involved with the “blue water gang” which I heard from an auntie. He was married to a Julie Cena. Venancio’s father was Canuto Enriquez and he would have been born around 1899. From what my family tells me he was a firefighter in the Santa Ana area. Please if you know any information regarding these individuals or can at least share some more information regarding the Enriquez Last name I would greatly appreciate it!

    Thank you and God Bless

    Andrew Anthony Enriquez

  13. 16 rusell c decker March 3, 2014 at 6:02 am

    my grandfather was and is always Miquel Macaoay , a founding member of the knights of rizal ,I remember going to the meetings in union beach ,,, and the many simple but complex lessons he taught me ,,,

    • 17 nestor palugod enriquez March 9, 2014 at 4:17 am

      Hi Rusell, I have been looking for more descendants of the 1928 Knights of Rizal for years now. I went to Union Beach before Sandy found the family of Mr. Young, I meant to continue their amazing story. The only picture I have was the group picture provided by the Alvarez family. Can we share more from your side? My email is

    • 18 nestor palugod enriquez April 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      I realized that I made a mistake by the name of your grandfather, yet you could figure it out. Do you know any of the others’ Knights of Rizal in the picture? Please continue our exchange. Thanks

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