Nachdem Juan José de Austria, der berühmte uneheliche Sohn des spanischen Königs Philipp IV., im Jahr 1677 die Macht in Spanien übernommen hatte und neben seinem Halbbruder Karl II., politisch betrachtet, die wichtigste Person im Königreich stellte, wurde Fernando de Valenzuela, der Favorit der Mutter des spanischen Königs, Maria Anna von Österreich, zu den Philippinen verbannt. "From the shores of Spain ... Valenzuela was conveyed to Manilla, the capital of the Philippines, and confined to the Castle of St Philip, in a wooden house, erected on purpose. His imprisonment, which was at first severe, was afterwards mitigated. Those accomplishments and agreeable manners which had originally procured his political elevation, still continued in exile to alleviate his lot. Having conciliated the favour of the governor, he was permitted to amuse himself with theatrical representations of his own comedies. About two years after his banishment [also im Jahr 1679], when his enemy Don John [Juan José de Austria] was no more, and the Queen-dowager [Maria Anna von Österreich, die verwitwete Königin von Spanien] was permitted to return to Court, one of the first favours which she begged of the King was the recall of Valenzuela, and a vessel was in consequence despatched to the Philippine Islands to convey him to Spain. But Eguya, who was then chief minister, contrived, by a private communication with the governor, to frustrate the intentions of the Queen; and he, in fact, never returned. In the year 1689, however, he was permitted to remove to Mexico, where he experienced a kind reception from the Viceroy, the Count of Galva, ... and who bestowed on him an yearly pension of 1200 pesos. We are informed, in the travels of Gemelli Carreri, that his chief amusement at Mexico consisted in training horses, and that, while engaged in this occupation, he received a kick from one of them, which occasioned his death [im Jahr 1696]." (in: John Dunlop: Memoirs of Spain – During the reign of Philip IV. and Charles II. From 1621 to 1700, Vol. 2, id., pp. 121-122).