Death Certificate of a Balic-Balic resident (1894)
How did the death certificate looked like during the Spanish colonial period?
From the year 1894, we have an example of the death certificate of a Victoriana Gonzales. The death certificate, with a seal of the City of Manila, states that she was 68 years old, a resident of barrio Balic-balic, Sampaloc, and daughter of Pascual and Maria Vicenta del Rosario. She died of typhoid fever around two o’clock early morning of June 9, 1894.
Dr. Vicente Frias, medical doctor, signed the death certificate (Dr. Frias was a faculty of the college of medicine of the University of Santo Tomas and director of the Hygiene and Laboratory Department located at the College of San Jose, Number 100, Calle de Anda. For a time, he was appointed Director of the Culion Leper colony. During the American colonial period, he served under the Philippine Health Services from June 1, 1914 until September 27, 1916 when he resigned due to illness.).