The Spanish persecution of Catholics happened during the time of the young Fr. Josemaria Escriva.
It was shown in the movie "There be dragons".
One of those beatified is a Spanish who was born in the Philippines, the Capuchin martyr Blessed Jose Maria de Manila, born to Spanish parents in Manila. His father was the last Spanish mayor of the City of Manila and received his education at the Ateneo, Letran and UST, all of which then were located in Intramuros.