Francisco Carriedo

Francisco Carriedo y Peredo (November 7, 1690 – September 1743) was a Basque military officer, politician, and philanthropist. He was a general of the Santa Familia galleon and served as Capitán General of the Philippines.

Francisco Carriedo y Peredo
Don Francisco Carriedo y Peredo

(1690-11-07)November 7, 1690
DiedNovember 9, 1743(1743-11-09) (aged 53)
Known forGovernor-General of the Philippines

In 1713, Carriedo was recorded to be the master of the Santo Cristo de Burgos galleon.[2][3]

Carriedo is known for being the benefactor of Manila's pipe water system. As a retired Spanish Captain General in December 1733,[4][5] he donated ten thousand pesos drawn from his fortune from the Acapulco-Manila investments.[6] This donation was to the city and commercial interests of Manila and was for the establishment of waterworks for the benefit of the poor in the city. As nothing happened to this offer, he again bequeathed in a will dated July 27, 1743, the same amount and for the same purpose, with the stipulation[7] that the fund was to be kept separate and devoted to the establishment, erection, and maintenance of waterworks.[8] The fund was kept separate, accumulated interest, and was further enlarged by a special tax upon meat, devoted to that purpose. The will also specified that water should be given free to the San Juan de Dios Convent,[9] gave funding to San Juan de Dios hospital, and gave free education of military officers.[10] Carriedo did not live to see his resolve of creating a water system in Manila take fruit as the works were finally completed in 1878.[11]

Today a museum stands on the grounds of Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan where the El Deposito, or the former reservoir was located, and commemorates Carriedo's contribution to the improvement of Manila's water and sewage system.[12]


  1. ^ "The Bulletin of the San Juan de Dios Hospital of Manila, Volumes 7–8". 1933. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Lévesque, Rodrigue (1998). History of Micronesia: a collection of source documents, Volume 2; Volume 11. ISBN 9780920201114. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Levesque, Rodrigue (2000). History of Micronesia: French ships in the Pacific, 1708–1717. ISBN 9780920201114. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "Philippine Health Service Bulletin, Volume 8". 1928.
  5. ^ "National Almanac and Guide of the Philippine Islands 1926". 1926.
  6. ^ Tolentino, Niki Jon (2011). "The Carriedo Fountain and Manila's First Water Pipeline System". Noble and Ever Loyal City. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Transactions of the seventh Congress held in British India, December 1927, Volume 1". 1928. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Vilas v. Manila/Opinion of the Court". Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "G.R. No. L-31508 December 27, 1929 SAN JUAN DE DIOS HOSPITAL vs. METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT". The LawPhil Project. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Daluyan: A Historical Dictionary of the Streets of Manila. 2006. ISBN 9789715381970. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  11. ^ Martinez, Glenn (2008). "The Carriedo Legacy and the Twin Fountains". Traveler on Foot: A Travel Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  12. ^ Leon, Susan G. De. "Metro Manila water system and the story of Museo El Deposito". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved May 5, 2020.