Biographical data


Fernandez-Villar, Celestino


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)


Born: 1838, Argueria (after Merrill) or Tudela, Oviedo (after Backer), Spain.

Died: 1907, Manila, Luzon, P.I.



An Augustinian who came to the Philippines in 1859, from 1859-61 completing his studies for the priesthood at Manila; from 1862-65 Curate of the town of Barotac Nuevo in Panay, returning to Manila for 2 years to complete his studies, then being sent to the town of Jari in Leyte, where he remained until 1877. He made investigations of a religious nature in N. Luzon (1879), Spain and Rome (1885), China (1887), Australia (1889). In 1889 elected Prior of the convent of Guadelupe; c. 1895 he was afflicted with blindness.

Together with his colleague Andres Naves he took care of the 3rd edition of Blanco’s ‘Flora de Filippinas’ and added an enumeration (1880-83) of all Philippine plants known at that time.1

Vaccinium villarii Vidal was named after him.



Together with A. Naves he brought together a collection of plants from the Philippines, which was preserved in the convent of Guadelupe near Manila, which was burnt out in 1899. No type specimens are preserved, duplicates were possibly distributed.



(1) Author of ‘Catáloga de muchas de las plantas que habitan en le pequeñia Isla del volcan de Taal, sita en el centro de la Laguna de Bombón, Isla de Luzón, recogidas en los años 1877 a 1879, y estudiadas después por el Padre Fr. Celestino Fernandez-Villar, Augustino’ (in Centeno, J. Estudio geologica del Volcán de Taal 1885, p. 41-50).


biographical data:

E.D. Merrill in Bull. Bur. Agr. Manila no 4, 1903, p. 13-14; cf. l.c. p. 14-17; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936 (sub villarii).