The Families of Old Bicol

[ I wonder if I can get dear ol' Sonny Tinio --- Filipiniana scholar par excellence Manuel Imperial Tinio Jr. --- to help me with this... ]

CENTENERA.

ESCUDERO.

FUENTEBELLA.

GARCHITORENA.

IMPERIAL.

According to the patrician historian Martin Imperial Tinio, Jr.:

“The Imperial oral tradition says that the family is descended from 2 brothers shipwrecked in the San Bernardino Strait in the early 17th century and landed in Manito. The story is probably true a most of the land in that town belongs to the Imperials. They eventually moved down to Daraga, Albay and one is said to have migrated to Baao in Camarines Sur. Luis Dato, a UP historian said that he saw a baptismal record of an Imperial in Baao Church dated 1635. When I was going to work on the Imperial Family Tree in the 1990s, the church records were no longer available as the whole church had been burned. The present records we have of the Legazpi Imperials date from the 1790s, same as that of those in Naga. I’m still working on trying to connect all the Imperials in the country, including the ones in Ilocos and Aklan. I have already connected the ones in Batanes, who were originally from Naga. Incidentally, the Imperials in all the provinces were already cabezas in the late 1700s. My great-great-grandfather, Don Sinforozo Imperial became Gobernadorcillo of Daraga in 1850 and Gobernadorcillo of Legazpi in 1852. All his sons became officials of Legazpi and Albay towns in the late 19th century, while his daughter, Theodora, married Gen. Ludovico Arejola, the commander of the revolutionary forces in Camarines Sur.”

JAUCIAN.  The Jaucian family were originally from Jaro, Iloilo.  They transferred residence to Bicol because of their increasing involvement in the “abaca” hemp export business.

According to Martin I. Tinio, Jr.:

“The Jaucian Family is descended from Domingo Jaucian a sangley cristiano who was baptized in Molo in 1801, the same year that Domingo Consing, progenitor of the Consing Family of Molo was baptized. The parish priest at that time was an Araneta, said to be the progenitor of the Araneta clan.

Domingo’s presumed grandson, Mariano,(I still haven’t really determined the connection as I haven’t completed my research of the Molo baptismal records) migrated to Daraga, Albay and married a Bicolana. Accompanying him were his cousins and in-laws who founded the Anson, Locsin and Yulo families of Albay. These families intermarried among themselves for almost a century, just as they did in Iloilo. Mariano’s grandson, Cirilo, became the richest man in Bicol at the turn-of-the-century and was called ‘The Abaca King’ of Bicol. He was the first Capitan Municipal of Guinobatan in 1894, when the title of Gobernadorcillo was changed to that upon the promulgation of the Maura Decree of 1893. In the confidential report to the Alalde Mayor or Provincial Governor of the parish priest regarding the qualifications of the candidates for the election of gobernadorcillo in the late 1880s, the current parish priest stated that Balbino Jaucian, youngest brother of Cirilo, was the richest man in Daraga. He served as gobernadorcillo for 2 terms and refused to serve another. Andres, another brother who migrated to Libmanan, Camarines Sur, also became the biggest landowner and the richest man in that town, the largest in the proince after Naga. He also became Capitan of Libmanan. The Jaucian family was the biggest landowning family in Albay and was considered the richest in Bicol until the mid-20th century.”

JORDANA.

URSUA.

Acknowledgments:  Filipiniana scholar nonpareil Martin Imperial Tinio Jr.;  former Press Secretary during the Ramos and the Estrada administrations Rodolfo “Rod” T. Reyes.

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79 Comments

  1. August 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    To those searching for their Guevara/Imperial roots, please contact Angel Guevara Martires at amarty1@yahoo.com.

  2. August 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Interesting. Did you know we just concluded the Arroyo-Guevara-Imperial(AGI) clan reunion in the LA suburb of Valencia, CA? This is a biennial event. There exist an Imperial Family Tree, starting from Lucas Imperial of Pili/Baao, Camarines Sur originally authored by the late historian/poet, Luis Guevara Dato. One can find it as a link in the Baao Historical Society website. In addition, Angel Guevara Martires who is a 7th generation from Lucas Imperial has the most recent Imperial Family. He and Rose Arroyo Paz are the designated official custodians of the AGI family tree the offic Tree that was started by the late Luis Guevara Dato.

    Jorge Guevara Martires

  3. Junior Toral said,

    June 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    My great great grand father Don Benito Toral y Alvarez was a migrant from Madrin, Spain back in the 1880-1910s. He got here through the Galleon trade with his brother, a Spanish General Enrique Toral y Alvarez. Don Benito married a Garchitorena named Felisa Garchitorena y Borjal, daughter of Arturo Garchitorena y Claudio and Dolores Borjal. They had a son named Caesar. When Felisa died, Caesar inherited all of Felisa’s wealth and became very rich, he moved his family to Palawan because his wife (Laura Emma Tabberrah) wants him to live there with her. Don Benito married another Garchitorena woman, which was Felisa’s aunt named Consuelo. Benito and Consuelo had 8 children, all born in Tigaon.

    As far as we know, we are the only Torals in the Philippines and we have a family tree that consists all of us. Don Benito Toral became close to the Garchitorenas when he applied as a book keeper to a company owned by them. After a couple of years, he was appointed as ‘Juez de Paz’ (Justice of the Peace) of Sangay, a small town near Tigaon.

    Don Benito is currently buried in Tigaon.

  4. Pilar de Guzman said,

    June 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

    For your information. This June 30, we are celebrating the Phil-Spanish Friendship Day. The invitation below has been forwarded to Carlo Buenaflor of Biggs, Naga City who is now the Honorary Consul of the Spanish Embassy in Bicol.

    The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippines cordially invite you to the exhibit Escuela Taller Foundation. Contributing to the preservation and the rehabilitation of the Philippines Heritage.

    Along with the opening of this exhibition, the English language edition of the catalogue of the exhibit Pacífico: Spain > and the Adventure of the South Sea will also be launched.

    The event will take place on > Friday, June 20, 2014 at 6.00 p.m. at the > National Museum of the Philippines > . > > These two activities will take place on the occasion of the Philippine-Spanish > Friendship Day 2014 which will be celebrated on June 30. Throughout the month of June, the Embassy of Spain in the > Philippines , in collaboration with several Philippine public and private institutions, > organizes a series of activities that highlight the historical and cultural ties between the two countries > > Attached please find your > e-invitations. > > You are most > welcome. > >

  5. Rene Hernandez said,

    June 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    My great grandfather was Governor/Doctor Andres T. Hernandez. He is the first cousin of Jaime Hernandez, who founded University of Nueva Caceres.

    Is there any information about the Hernandez history in Bicol?

  6. Norman Owen said,

    June 8, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Just for kicks, I’ve written up the story – as best I can piece it together – of an incident that happened in Nueva Caceres (Naga) in 1838 and posted it to https://www.academia.edu/ – under Norman Owen and the title “Camarines Sur 1838″

    The main protagonists are two Spanish officials, so it’s not terribly significant for the history of Filipinos, but along the way a number of Bikolanos, Ilongos, and mestizos get mentioned, if that’s of any interest to anyone. The story is somewhat amusing, but also in dubious taste, since it includes the lyrics – in Spanish and English – of a bawdy anti-clerical song that was at the center of what I like to call “The Curious Case of the Musicians Who Played and Sang (Illegally) in the Night.”

    Enjoy!

  7. Norman Owen said,

    June 8, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I’ve finished up one project and among my next possibilities is sorting out, and posting here, some more from my notes on Bikol families. The major problem is that I took most of these notes, by hand, more than forty years ago; they’ve traveled the world since then (Manila to Michigan to Hong Kong to North Carolina, at least) and in the process became rather disorganized, so I can’t necessarily lay my hands on any particular information. But if no one objects I’ll start posting little snippets as I run into them; what you do with this information after that is up to you! (I wasn’t pursuing genealogy as such, just trying to figure out who the people were who kept popping up in the documents)

    Norman Owen

  8. Norman G Owen said,

    June 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve finished up one project and among my next possibilities is sorting out, and posting here, some more from my notes on Bikol families. The major problem is that I took most of these notes, by hand, more than forty years ago; they’ve traveled the world since then (Manila to Michigan to Hong Kong to North Carolina, at least) and in the process became rather disorganized, so I can’t necessarily lay my hands on any particular information. But if no one objects I’ll start posting little snippets as I run into them; what you do with this information after that is up to you! (I wasn’t pursuing genealogy as such, just trying to figure out who the people were who kept popping up in the documents)

    Norman Owen

  9. Tiberio Garchitorena "Bing" Fabricante said,

    June 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Norman Owen’s account of the “Andres Garchitorena” family lineage is interesting. Don Andres had a brother “Angel” who together served with Andres on the “Comite de Reformadores” when the Spanish Cortes or Assembly reformed its policies in colonial Philippines. In Onofre Zaide’s (former Phil Secretary of Education) book “Saga in Triumph”, there were almost a dozen pages of the account in which Don Andres was mentioned especially in his participation in General Emilio Aguinaldo’s fight for independence when he served in the Military Junta numbering arpund 15 from my research count. During their exile in Hong Kong (some say Singapore) the Junta stayed in Don Andres’ house in Hong Kong. This was also the famous gathering of Aguinaldo’s “staff” which dealt with a law suit by one revolutionary which Don Andres dealt with with great result. I have a copy of “Saga in Triumph” which I lent to my cousin Rita Garchitorena of Tigaon. If anybody finds another copy, it is interesting reading.

  10. Junior Toral said,

    May 28, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Where are the Torals and Jacobs of Tigaon? There were also prominent families in Iriga/Buhi like Infante and Malonda.

  11. Henry Estrada said,

    May 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Hi All,
    I am looking for information about my great grandfather from Bicol, his name is Quirino Estrada married to Maria Beltran Estrada. Quirino Estrada’s siblings are Rev. Fr. Severo Estrada, Braulio Estrada, Donato Estrada, Mercedes Estrada Vda de Imperial, Marciana Estrada Vda de Tibi, Eutropia Estrada Vda de Imperial, Concepcion Estrada Soto. I can only identify my great grandpa Qurinos children who is my grandfather Jesus Beltran Estrada and Eugenia Beltran Estrada, anyone who knows them please send me an email. henry_estrada@hotmail.com

  12. Boyet Imperial said,

    May 8, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Hello i am Boyet Imperial and my Lolo’s name is TIBURCIO IMPERIAL originally from bicol then their family move’s to Baguio city, when my lolo went to BISAYAS he stay in CAUAYAN Negros Occidental and got married to my Lola and they went to Dumaguete Negros Oriental.i just want to know if any body knows about the IMPERIAL’S in BAGUIO CITY?

  13. May 4, 2014 at 2:49 am

    I am an IMPERIAL belongs to IMPERIAL CLAN OF CALAUAG, QUEZON GREAT GRET GRANDCHILDREN OF ANDRES IMPERIAL ALLEDGEDLY CAME FROM BAAO, CAMARINES SUR, MIGRATED TO LAMON BAY NOW BARANGAY TALINGTING, CALAUAG QUEZON. NOW I AM LIVING HERE AT RGY. BIBINCAHAN, EAST DISTRICT, SORSOGON CITY, PROVINCE OF SORSOGON SERVING AS BARANGAY SECRETARY WITH 21 CHILDREN OUT OF 15 MOTHERS 17 ARE ALREADY FINISH COLLEGE WITH THEIR OWN PROFESSIONS WORKING IN DIFFERENT PART OF THE WORLD..,

  14. Rosa Pilar D. de Guzman said,

    April 2, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Barbara Guevara or Guevarra of Baao, Cam. Sur is my grandmother. She was married to our grandfather, Eugenio Dato. We are trying to find people who knows anything about her.

  15. Anton imperial said,

    December 22, 2013 at 7:34 am

    So what is the specific race of the 1st imperials in bicol?

  16. Henry Estrada said,

    October 27, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Hi All,
    I am looking for information about my great grandfather from Bicol, his name is Quirino Estrada married to Maria Beltran Estrada. I can only identify their children who is my grandfather Jesus Beltran Estrada and Eugenia Beltran Estrada, anyone who knows them please send me an email. My father told me that we are also related to Imperials, which i want to verify too. Thanks.

  17. Chie Hansen said,

    September 30, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Hi. I’m looking for any information that may lead to a successful search of our genealogy. My mother is Leonora Guevarra Hansen, daughter of Margarita Guevarra and Christian Hansen. It is said my grandfather was from Flensburg, Germany, and that he used to own the first ice plant in Legaspi, Albay. If anyone knows of anything regarding my grandparents or the Hansens of Legaspi please email me at marineresource@yahoo.com . Thanks.

  18. Emilio Retiro Duran said,

    September 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Greetings from the Bay Area, San Francisco, California, U.S.A. I am Emilio Retiro-Duran from Banga, Aklan. My father was Rufo/Rufino Duran, Sr. from Polangui, Albay. His siblings were: Lorenzo, Juanito (?), Apolonia (?), Emilio. I would like to know if he had other brothers and sisters.

    My grandparents were Don Valeriano Duran and Eustaguia (?) Imperial of Polangui, Albay.

    I met Leoncio Duran, Jr. who became Mayor of Marilao, Bulacan, His father, Leoncio Duran, Sr, was the son of Emilio Duran.

    I also met the late Manuel “Manion” Duran. His daughters are Tita and Olivia.

    I will appreciate any information about other brothers and sisters of my father, Rufo/Rufino Duran, Sr. of Polangui, Albay.

  19. ana imperial said,

    August 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Does anyone here knows about a certain Luciano Imperial married to Regina Anacin? Those are the names of his parents,according to my father but I’m not sure about it.
    Luciano Imperial is from Bicol, Naga City I think, but they lived in Gumaca, Quezon where my father was born, then they went again to Bicol after a year.
    I just want to know if we are really a descendant of an Imperial or we just adopt that surname out of nowhere as we don’t find any birth records of my father in NSO and we know nothing about his family background nor any relatives from his side.

  20. Norman Owen said,

    August 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    The only “Pili” I’m aware of in the Bikol region is in Camarines Sur, not Albay. Do you have any further details on this location?

  21. August 20, 2013 at 1:31 am

    i would appreciate more information about
    Jose Antonio imperial & Mercedes Estrada. They are also my great grandparents. their daughter Rosario Estrada Imperial is my grandmother. She wathers married to Jacinto Aureus Ursua (my grandfather)

    From Linda Ursua Villareal originally from Naga City
    email address: linvilla @optusnet.com.au

  22. Alex da Silva said,

    August 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I’m looking for more information about my 2 nd great grand mother and her family. Her name was Julia Buizon or Buyson. She was born about 1890 in Pili, Alby. She married Jose, Duran Before 1911. They had one child Salud Duran in 1911 in Camarines Sur, Philippines? Julia died in 1915. Jose Duran was born in Cadiz, Spain and spoke Castilian and was blond and blue eyed.

    Does anyone know more about the Buizon family who lived in Pili, Alby around 1890?

    Alex daSilva

  23. Barbara Sarmiento Kanashiro said,

    August 3, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Thrilled to have run into this site! I too, am an Imperial. My mother is Ireene Imperial Sarmiento. My grandfather is Dr. Felix Fabiano Imperial. Although we’ve lived in California for 35 years, my childhood summers were spent in Bicol. My cousins and I have wonderful memories of the train ride from Manila to Bicol and swimming in the beach in Gota. Where may I find more information about the Imperial family history? Any bit of info on family history, relatives would be awesome! I’d love to build our family tree for the next generation. My email address is bamsarms@gmail.com.

  24. Raymund Imperial said,

    July 18, 2013 at 5:56 am

    hi. I am an Imperial too. We were currently living in Legazpi City but my grandfather is really from Baao, Camarines Sur. I am really interested in knowing my roots and my relations with the other Imperials here in Legazpi.

  25. Vincent Ricasio said,

    June 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Many thanks to Mr. Norman Owen whose post of 12/9/12 gave some leads to my Duran family tree connections:

    a). Don Luis Duran (who became mayor of Polangui was likely my great great grandfather. This is my biggest lead from this very valuable post and I would dearly want to pursue the sources if Mr. Owen has any.

    b). January Duran was my grandfather Gregorio Duran’s brother. Both were likely the sons of Don Luis Duran above. I would like to get in touch with the descendants of Januario in the Philippines (or US I heard too).

    c). I am familiar with the late Congressman Pio Duran as he was my dad’s cousin. I wanted to know more about his siblings, especially those who I met at a wake in Mandaluyong (a Ramon Duran from UP).

    d). I also want to hear from the Antes (though I know some from Polangui the descendants of Dr. Esteban I haven’t had any contacts with since I last attended the Ante reunion in Polangui last 200?).

    Many thanks, Mr. T. Gonzalez for providing such a useful forum so out of touch relatives can reconnect. It is of very high factual quality and well written.

    Vincent Ricasio, NYC June 22, 2013

  26. Rainnel Imperial said,

    February 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    According to my mother, the father of my late grandfather Jose Antonio M.Imperial is a former President of Philippines Chamber of Commerce in Bicol… (^^,)

  27. Jose Alberto H. Concepcion said,

    February 6, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Interesting. I ran across this site while googling the family since I came across a picture of my great, great grandparents Engracio and Dolores Imperial and a poster of Engracio running for tercer vocal for Ambos Camarines ca. 1912. I remember hearing about the shipwreck story when I was very young. One of Engaracio’s daughters, whom I fondly remember as Lola Net married an Arejola (I dont know the first name) and had a daughter Milagros before she was widowed and remarried. Milagros is my grandmother (my mother’s mother). I notice the post is dated 2010 but I hope you can come back and update the post once more information comes in. Good luck.

  28. December 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hola! I was so delighted to see this blog! I’ve been looking for my roots. The father of my grand father is Gimenio/Himenio Imperial (I don’t know the correct spelling of his name).

    I don’t know the name of his father. I’ll try to ask my grandfather if he can still remember. Gimenio/Himenio Imperial came from Bicol and migrated in Cebu a long time ago.

    I really want to know where we really came from, but I have a slight idea that the family tree started in Spain.

    I really don’t know what happened because my father Felix told me that Lolo Gimenio/Himenio never liked talking about his family and his life in Bicol, which was told to him by his father, Pablo.

    I think something happened to Lolo Gimenio/Himenio that made him decide to migrate.

  29. December 11, 2012 at 3:41 am

    karl @ karlclaveria . com – remove spaces :-)

  30. December 11, 2012 at 3:40 am

    AILES, ARROYO, AZCARRAGA, BERNAL, CALLEJA, CAPARANGA, CLAVERIA, DAVATOS, EVALLAR, MERCURIO, MORANDARTE, NOBLEZA, NUYDA, OAFERINA, PENAFLORIDA, SAMSON, TABURNAL (TABORNAL), TAYAG

    These surnames appear as my daughter’s ancestors, mostly from Buhi, Camarines Sur, the rest from Libon, Albay – dating as far back as the early to mid-19th century.

    It would be great to get some leads on these. Currently doing a genealogical research – intially of the Claveria family of Buhi, Camarines Sur – but now has expanded to extended families related by blood or marriage.

    Feel free to message me or send me an e-mail. Thanks!

  31. Norman Owen said,

    December 9, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Nothing on the original Luis or your ancestor Gregorio, I fear, but I do have some late 19th and early 20th century references to other Durans of Albay:
    – Josefa Duran married Paciano Imperial; their son Carlos Imperial [y Duran], b. 1879, was one of the major political figures of the early 20th century (1st senator from Albay?)
    – D. Luis Duran was a property owner in Ligao in 1886, but by 1890 he was capitan (= mayor) of Polangui.
    – In 1901 Lorenzo Duran was presidente (= mayor) of Polangui and Januario Duran was secretary of the same town.
    – In 1901 Jose E. Duran was a councilor of Guinobatan. His son – by Miguela Salvador Duran – was the famous Pio Duran, b. 14 Apr. 1900 in Guinobatan. PD went to Manila HS, then to UP for BA (1919), LLB (1923), and LLM (1926). As a lawyer (wtih Duran, Lim & Tuason) his clients included Japanese firms, which may have led to his close association with pro-Japanese causes (and accusations of collaboration later).
    – Adela Duran was born in Legaspi 1913 to Simon Duran and Albina Castuera; Adela became a schoolteacher in Camaligan and married R. Alipante.

    I hope some of this is helpful.

  32. Vic Ricasio, New York City said,

    December 9, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Looking for any one who has information on the genealogy of the Duran family of Albay starting as far back as Luis Duran (1720-80?) one of whose sons was Gregorio Duran, my great grandfather (father of my grandmother Emerenciana Ante Duran of Ponso, Polangui. Her first cousin was Dr. Esteban Ante (nephew of Rosa ante, who was Emerenciana’s mother). Another Duran cousin of hers is the father of the late Congressman Pio Duran who was my father’s second cousin.

    The Duran family has almost disappeared in Albay and Sorsogon, but relatives are in the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as in Central Luzon. I have some research on the family’s origins in Spain and France where records are more complete and available. I would appreciate getting linked to the Ante and Duran clans. Thanks,

    Victor Ricasio

  33. November 23, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Norman:

    Thank you for these fantastic inputs/contributions. More, more, please!!!

    Cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  34. Norman Owen said,

    November 21, 2012 at 6:07 am

    IMPERIAL: I cannot at the moment locate my detailed notes on this family, but I do know that Sinforoso Imperial, the patriarch of the Albay political clan, was Sinforoso de Vera before 1849, suggesting that “Imperial” was a surname adopted as a result of the Claveria decree, rather than an older one.

  35. Norman Owen said,

    November 21, 2012 at 6:05 am

    JAUCIAN: [often misspelled as Jancial, Jamian, Jucsian, Jausian, etc.]
    – D. Balbino was capitan (= mayor) of Daraga 1886-8, a major contributor to the construction of the tribunal (town hall) and the road to Pilar.
    – Don Cirilo was gobernadorcillo (= mayor) of Guinobatan in 1886, described as merchant and landowner. He (and Dona Irene) contributed textiles to the 1887 Philippine Exposition in Madrid. He was justice of the peace in Guinobatan in 1894-96, though another source indicates he was capitan again. In the early 20th century, as presidente of Guinobatan yet again, he seems to have become the chief opponent of Simeon Ola, the revolutionary leader from that town. American sources suggest there was personal animosity between them: that Ola harassed Jaucian during the “insurrection” and that Jaucian retaliated after Ola’s surrender in 1903. Another American described Jaucian as a mestizo and a gambler; he suspected that Jaucian had actually assisted the “ladrones” (presumably Ola’s men), but still recommended him as presidente!
    – Don Calixto obtained the contract for the taxes on carriages, carts, and horses in Albay in (or before) 1891.
    – One Don Fabiano Jaucian was a cabeza de barangay in Sorsogon (town) in 1870-71 and had a run-in with the gobernadorcillo there. Because of the early date (compared with the Iraya Jaucians) and the relatively lowly position, I suspect that he was distantly related to them, if at all.

  36. Norman Owen said,

    November 21, 2012 at 5:48 am

    GARCHITORENA: Here’s some of what I have.
    – Don Santiago, born around 1763, worked for the colonial government in Manila for many years, applied for a pension ca. 1820.
    – Don Mariano was an independent abaca dealer in Partido (Sagnay) in the early 1860s. He had several dealings with the American merchant house Peele, Hubbell, & Co. In 1864 he was said to have been trading on that coast for 11 years. He was suspected by the Spanish authorities of being a trouble-maker in the aftermath of the Cavite Mutiny of 1872.
    – Don Vicente [Arteaga de] Garchitorena in 1878/9 was made a “Caballero” of Isabel la Catolica for services to the colonial state (e.g., heading up the Daquitan bridge project voluntarily) and had business dealings with the American merchant house Russell & Sturgis. He was a businessman living in Nueva Caceres (Naga) in 1882;
    – Don Andres, described as “Espanol-Filipino” (i.e., Spaniard born in the Philippines) (though elsewhere was called a “Peninsular”) was a merchant and long-time resident of San Jose (Partido) in 1887. His mother was Dona Maria Medina; his date of birth would have been about 1855. [It is likely he was the son of Mariano, but I have no direct evidence of this.] In 1896 he was prevented from returning to the Philippines for suspected subversion and wound up as part of the “Hong Kong junta” in the revolution. Later he had a long career in politics.
    – On the G. family and firm (“Garchitorena e hijos”/”Garchitorena Hermanos”)) in Manila, see Clarita Nolasco’s monograph in the Far Eastern University Journal, 1970. They were major traders and carriage-builders.
    – Don Angel wrote articles in Manila newspapers in the 1870s and 1880s.
    – Several other Garchitorenas – Arturo, J. Antonio, Cesar M., Jose Ma., and Jesualdo – were described as merchants of Camarines Sur in signing an anti-Chinese petition in 1886

  37. Norman Owen said,

    November 21, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Some 30-40 years ago, when I was doing research on Bicol history (published as PROSPERITY WITHOUT PROGRESS and THE BIKOL BLEND), I was also garnering some material on important families in the region. Unfortunately my records are incomplete, and not well organized for research, but I may be able to contribute a few bits and pieces to this discussion. I’ll try to keep each post distinct, rather than go on and on.

  38. Owen Imperial Canale said,

    November 20, 2012 at 3:35 am

    We descended from the 2nd brother, Maximo Imperial, who married Restituta Luna. They have 3 siblings, Porferia who married Jose Arboleda, the first mayor of Legazpi, Conception who married a Planes from Catanduanes and Maximo Nicholas who married Aurora Aquende Hernandes – the first grand daughter of Fermin Aquende. Maximo and Aurora had 5 siblings with Edmund as the eldest and died in the Bataan Death March. The 2nd was Eva who married Engr. Antonio Atutubo, 3rd was Ma. Lourdes who married Alfredo Corral, 4th was Maximo who married Leonila Belbis and the last is my mother, Thelma who married Wenceslao Canale from Tiwi, Albay. Today, only my mother is alive among the siblings.

  39. Leah Jaucian said,

    November 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I would like to find my roots – Percival Jaucian & Jose Jaucian of Guinobatan, Albay. Does anybody here know these two?

  40. October 9, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Just curious, does any know or related to Jacoba Imperial of Pili, Camarines Sur?

  41. Tom Michael Garchitorena said,

    September 21, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Vicente Garchitorena down to my great grand father Tomas Garchitorena y Topacio

  42. Tom Michael Garchitorena said,

    September 21, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Cool

  43. Jose F. Jaucian said,

    September 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    JOSE F JAUCIAN said,
    I was overwhelmed when I read this info about my family tree from my great-grandfather Mr.Cirilo Jaucian which his son Pedro Jaucian my grandfather from Guinobatan,Albay.I will still look for more info from my Aunt about this huge clan.Hope some will feed more info.

  44. cynthia jaucian-juarez said,

    September 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Antonio Castro Jaucian, Sr. – from Ligao, Albay. Her wife is Gloria Delgado-Jaucian with three children, they are Maria Fe Jaucian married to Rafael Ante their chirldren are:
    Reyna Ma. Arminda Jaucian Ante
    Janet Jaucian Ante
    Golly Jaucian Ante
    Maritina Jaucian Ante

    Antonio Delgado Jaucian, Jr. married to Norma Isaac-Jaucian from Guinayangan, Quezon & their children are:
    Cynthia Isaac Jaucian married to Gualberto Rufo Juarez, Jr.
    Juancho Isaac-Jaucian
    Josefa Isaac-Jaucian married to Atty. Wilson Tee
    Angela Isaac Jaucian
    Antonio Isaac Jaucian, III
    Antonette Isaac Jaucian
    Ivy Isaac Juacian
    Norma Isaac Jaucian
    Jovita Isaac Jaucian
    Cesar Isaac Jaucian

    Miguel Delgado Jaucian married Marilour Danio, their chidren:
    Mike D. Jaucian
    Bee-geek
    Maya

  45. gladies donor mara said,

    August 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

    good day everyone,, i am also from bicol, brilliante prieto diaz sorsogon to be exact… my last name is donor.. i would really appreciate if someone could tell me if this clan is really from bicol, if they originated in prieto diaz.. my father had mentioned me that they weren’t really donor at first like the surname was just given to his grandfather(super ancestor) long time ago because they belong to manobo tribe and they don’t have surname.. is it real?! my father told me before he died that his ancestor married a datu in jolo and some sort of reason they evacuated in bicol traveled by boat and resided there in prieto diaz.pls give me the right answer pls… i really want to know the tribe i really belong to.. pls… tnx in advance,,,

  46. Romeo s Algarate said,

    August 23, 2012 at 4:27 am

    My name is Romeo Senoran Algarate youngest son of the late Renato Garchitorena Algarate of Naga, Daraga n Iriga area. My grand father is Francisco Garchitorena, grand mother, Nenita Garchitorena of Sangay cam sur. this info is all l know about my ancestors in bicol as l was born in caloocan city and my father rarely mention about his family in bicol . Befor he died in january l974 at the age of 64, ii was working onboard foreign ship so l was not able to ask him about his relatives.. Til t hismodern communication came into our lives, this gave me chance to search for infos about my relatives in bicol whom i knew vry little.not even a chance to meet them. I am now 62 yrs old, a retired merchant marine captain, would like to ask anybodys help to giveany info of my relatives on my fathers side in bicol especially Garchitorenas. My email ad is romeo

  47. Gerry Keesey Hoppe said,

    August 6, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Would any of you have information on the Morenos, a prominent family in Daet during the late 1800s and early 1900s? I’m thinking specifically of my mother’s grandfather, Estanislao Moreno.

  48. ma. catherine joy imperial said,

    July 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    i’m ma. catherine joy imperial. my mother’s name is joesa de juan. my mom said that my dad lives in bicol and he’s one of the owners of a hotel or maybe apartelle ( i’m not sure of it ). i just want to meet my dad. thats it.

  49. Joane Isabel E. Alfane said,

    July 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Umm… Im just asking about the biography of Don Mariano Maronilla because he is my great great great grandfather eh Thank you

  50. Maria Wilhelmina Rayala Raquid-Huebner said,

    June 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    my mother side family is JAUCIAN my grandmother was FAUSTA JAUCIAN was married to JUAN RAYALA SR. of OAS,ALBAY, Lola Untay originated from Guinobatan Albay, Lola and Mama always mentioned in their stories about Cirilo Jaucian and the rest of the family Locsin,Anson ,Imperial. Pls be so kind if you can give me more info of the family tree of Cirilo Jaucian. I would appreciate very much if there is an existing picture of FAUSTA JAUCIAN with her parents,brothers n sisters. thanking you so much. Maria Wilhelmina Rayala Raquid-Huebner (Southern France)Peter

  51. Sergio Echevarria (Ormaechea Zalviea family) said,

    March 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Mi nombre es Sergio Echevarria, vivo en el Pais Vasco y soy nieto de Concepcion Ormaechea Zalvidea, Tengo información de la familia que esta buscando Miren Ormaechea-McCarthy . La familia es de Filipinas ,Tabco, Fausto Ormaechea y Victoria Zalvidea.

    My name is Sergio Echevarria, I live in the Basque Country and I am the grandson of Concepcion Ormaechea Zalvidea, I have family information you are looking Ormaechea Look-McCarthy. The family is from the Philippines, Fausto and Victoria Zalvidea Ormaechea.

    my email is sergio@lasparri.com

  52. Ruther Imperial said,

    February 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    thank you! very much…

  53. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    By Martin Imperial Tinio

    Sinforoso Imperial by his last marriage was the father of:

    1) Teodora (who married Gen. Ludovico Arejola,
    commander of the revolutionary forces in Camarines
    Sur)

    2) David who married Lina Fernandez had 5 children who
    lived to maturity.
    2a) Juana who married Mariano Abella, 1st Gov. of
    Ambos Camarines, had 2 children:
    – Manuel Imperial Abella, 1931? ConCon
    delegate
    – Socorro Imperial Abella

    2b) Gregorio who married Paz Jaucian Samson had
    4 sons:
    – Jorge, Justice of the Supreme Court
    – Antonio,father of current Vice-Gov.
    Harold Imperial
    – Gregorio, Jr. Legazpi City Mayor
    – Benjamin, City Mayor of Legazpi

    2c) Domingo who married Concepcion Jaucian del
    Rosario had 7 children
    – David
    – Benita m. Martin H. Tinio, son of Gen.
    Manuel Tinio, youngest general (at 20) of
    the revolution against Spain
    – Lino
    – Mercedes m. Ramon Abella Diaz, 1st cousin
    of Manuel Imperial Abella. He was
    Executive Secretary of Pres. Diosdado
    Macapagal, Concon Delegate for Cam. Sur
    in 1971, PCGG Commissioner and
    Ambassador to Canada.
    – Domingo, Jr. 1971 Concon Delegate for
    2nd District of Albay,
    – Carlos, Congressman 2nd District of Albay
    from 1965-1999,2001-2007 the longest-
    serving congressman in Philippine history.
    His wife, Norma Batiancela, was
    Congresswoman 1999-2001
    Teresita

    2d) Feliciano was Mayor of Legazpi for several
    terms and had many offspring:
    – Abelardo, his eldest son, became
    Vice-Mayor of Legazpi
    – Hiram, the youngest son, became City
    Councilor
    2e) Santiago

    3) Elias married Felisa Solano Samson, sister of Gov.
    Domingo Samson. They had 2 sons:

    3a) Jose who married Dolores Herrero was Gov. of
    Albay

    3b) Felix m. Dionicia Detera Stedje had many
    children
    – Felix became Gov.

  54. Ruther Imperial said,

    February 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’m Ruther Imperial, my grand fathers name is Abelardo Imperial, of albay. I would like to have some infos about my grandfather’s history. I dont have any info about him…could you pls..pls..help me..

  55. janice bustos said,

    October 17, 2011 at 6:43 am

    i would like to have some infos about my grandfather’s history..the name was PRIMO BUSTOS and was married to MONICA DENIEGA DITAN of bacon,sorsogon..i dont have any info about him…pls..pls..help me..

  56. James Imperial said,

    August 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Jose Imperial and Mercedes Estrada are my great grandparents. Gregorio Imperial is my grandfather. If you need more info just email me.

  57. Rainnel Imperial said,

    July 28, 2011 at 2:55 am

    I’m Imperial also my grand fathers name is Jose Antonio Imperial… And I think that Rosario Imperial is his sister. Also we have a relatives Fmly Locsin, Botor, Lim, Lozada… And my name is Rainnel Imperial of Makati… U

  58. Rainnel Imperial said,

    July 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I’m Imperial also my grand fathers name is Jose Antonio Mayores Imperial… And I think that Rosario Imperial is his sister. Also we have a relatives Fmly Locsin, Botor, Lim, Lozada… And my name is Rainnel Imperial… U

  59. Anne Vargas said,

    July 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Okay, so I was able to contact my grandmother. She mentions several last names from the Bicol region:

    Villareal
    Valera
    Telavera
    Reyes
    Alcala

    Does anyone have any information about them?

    Thank you, much appreciated!

  60. Marge Garchitorena said,

    June 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    @Vanessa I. Untares: Hi! happened to browse on this page and read you’re looking for your relatives. Im a garchitorena, maybe you’d find some links to your missing relatives.

  61. May 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Anne:

    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  62. May 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    dnyoko klala:

    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  63. Enrique Jaucian Martinez said,

    April 22, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I am glad to come up with this site, I am Enrique Jaucian Martinez and Andres Jaucian is my great grandfather.

  64. Alex R. Castro said,

    March 30, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Miss Albay 1927 was a certain Rosario J. Imperial. I am certain that “J” stands for Jaucian. Any info about her would be appreciated. Thanks.

  65. Miren Ormaechea said,

    March 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    My name is Miren Ormaechea, my Grandfather, Juan Manuel Ormaechea lived in the Bicol area before, during and after WWII. He married Counselo Ycsiar of the Ycsiars of Ligao. Her aunt is Isidra del Castillio Gallaga, that you had a picture of recently.

    Would you happen to have any more information on the family,in particular Juan Manuel’s mother, Maria Victoria Zalbidea – Ormaechea?

    I recognize the names that are mentioned in the previous posts from stories my father has told us. Any information would be appreciated.

    Miren Ormaechea-McCarthy

  66. MA.VANESSA I. USTARES said,

    February 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I AM SO OVERWHELMED TO KNOW THAT IMPERIALS AFTER ALL HAS A GREAT CLAN…BECAUSE I AM ALSO AN IMPERIAL,BUT HAVENT MET ANY OTHER WITH THE SAME FAMILY NAME THAT I COULD CONSIDER MY RELATIVES…BY THE WAY, I AM MA. VANESSA LIM IMPERIAL-USTARES..I AM THE ONLY CHILD OF MERCEDES LIM, FROM PALAWAN AND FERNANDO GARCHITORENA IMPERIAL,FROM BICOL…ACCORDINGLY, HE LEFT US WHEN I WAS 3 YRS OLD…MY LIFE HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE, HAVING ONLY A SINGLE PARENT…I WAS GIVEN A CHANCE BY MY RELATIVES ON THE MOTHER SIDE TO STUDY IN BICOL, IN ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL IN COLEGIO DE STA ISABEL, SO THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO FIND MY FATHER.. BUT TO NO AVAIL..MORE YEARS HAD PAST UNTIL IVE LEARNED THAT HE PASSED AWAY..I JUST DONT KNOW HOW TRUE IT IS…BUT IT GAVE ME TREMENDOUS SADNESS…BUT NOW IM OKAY..I ALREADY HAVE MY OWN FAMILY, WITH MY MOTHER WITH ME..ALTHOUGH MY KIDS ARE NOW STARTING TO ASK ABOUT THEIR LOLO…MY MOTHER DID NOT MARRY AGAIN,IT NEVER CAME ACROSS HER MIND SHE SAID… I JUST HOPE AND PRAY THAT ONE DAY, I WOULD BE ABLE TO MEET ANY FROM HIS SIDE, WHOM I COULD ALSO CONSIDER AS MY RELATIVE…AND THUS MAKE A PART OF ME WHICH HAD BEEN BROKEN BE MEND FOR GOOD…NO MATTER HOW, IM PROUD TO BE AN IMPERIAL..GOD BLESS US ALL..

  67. Adrian Maronilla said,

    January 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Don Mariano Sasis Maronilla (1840-1908)

  68. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 2, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Elias Imperial married Felisa Samson
    their children are
    1.Juan
    2.Joaquin
    3.Jose Jr

    David Imperial married Lena Fernandez their son is Domingo Imperial

    Jose Imperial married Mercedes Estrada their son is

    Gregorio Imperial

  69. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Correction on my last post Vencho Tinio is not a grandchild of Domingo Imperial it shoud be Concepcion “Chona” Imperial Tinio

  70. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Paciano Imperial married to Josefa Duran their children are the FF
    1.Carlos Imperial married to Rosario Boncan
    2.Salvador
    3.Leoncio
    4.Jose
    5.Domingo his grandchildren are Vencho Tinio and Martin Tinio and former Congressman Carlos Imperial

  71. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 23, 2010 at 7:25 am

    The Former owner of Mayon Imperial Hotel in Albay Pepita Imperial her Husband is Former Public works Secretary Baltazar Aquino

  72. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 19, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Joaquin Imperial the famous Furniture maker and his brother Juan Imperial

  73. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 22, 2010 at 7:06 am

    The Basque mestizo clan of Garchitorena came from Barcelona, Spain. The first four Garchitorenas in the Philippines were the brothers, Vicente, Mariano, Jose and Angel. The first three went to Camarines Sur while Angel decided to stay in Manila. Angel Garchitorena first appeared in history when he, together with other prominent mestizos of Manila including Jose Burgos, serenaded Governor-general Carlos dela Torre. Angel was prominent among those who serenaded dela Torre in July 1896, but not among those imprisoned and exiled in 1872. While the only son of Don Mariano Garchitorena, Andres, was one of Emilio Aguinaldo’s general and was part of his Hong Kong Junta 1898. Don Andres Garchitorena won the gubernatorial race in Ambos Camarines in 1919. While Andres’ eldest son to Margarite Chereau, also named Mariano, won the gubernatorial race in 1945. After serving Camarines Sur, Mariano (II) Garchitorena was appointed by then Philippine president, Manuel Roxas, as Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce. Andres’ grandson, Justice Francis Garchitorena was appointed to the Sandigan Bayan. He served as presiding justice during the Estrada Plunder Case.

    Other famous members of the family are:

    Hilda E. Garchitorena, a famous 60s Mystique model and was the girlfriend of the late Tanauan Mayor, Banjo Laurel, Jose P. Laurel’s grandson. Banjo Laurel died in a helicopter crash in Lupi, Camarines Sur when he was about to propose and visit Hilda.

    Jaime Garchitorena, a famous actor and singer. He is the son of SandiganBayan Justice Francis Garchitorena and Ayala Foundation President Vicky P. Garchitorena.

    Anjo Yllana and Jomari Yllana, grandsons of Salvador Garchitorena (son of Andres Garchitorena). The are famous actors in the Philippines.

    Andres Centenera, son of Dona Rita Garchitorena(daughter of Andres Garchitorena) He was a pre-war famous actor in the Philippines.

    Enrique Centenera, born Enrique Garchitorena Centenera, he was a famous journalist and was the recipient of 1981 Premio Zobel.

    Luis Garchitorena, he was a fomous writer in the 70s. He was also a recipient of the Premio Zobel 1979

  74. Martin I. Tinio, Jr. said,

    July 7, 2010 at 2:46 am

    The Jaucian Family is descended from Domingo Jaucian a sangley cristiano who was baptized in Molo in 1801, the same year that Domingo Consing, progenitor of the Consing Family of Molo was baptized. The parish priest at that time was an Araneta, said to be the progenitor of the Araneta clan.

    Domingo’s presumed grandson, Mariano,(I still haven’t really determined the connection as I haven’t completed my research of the Molo baptismal records) migrated to Daraga, Albay and married a Bicolana. Accompanying him were his cousins and in-laws who founded the Anson, Locsin and Yulo families of Albay. These families intermarried among themselves for almost a century, just as they did in Iloilo. Mariano’s grandson, Cirilo, became the richest man in Bicol at the turn-of-the-century and was called ‘The Abaca King’ of Bicol. He was the first Capitan Municipal of Guinobatan in 1894, when the title of Gobernadorcillo was changed to that upon the promulgation of the Maura Decree of 1893. In the confidential report to the Alalde Mayor or Provincial Governor of the parish priest regarding the qualifications of the candidates for the election of gobernadorcillo in the late 1880s, the current parish priest stated that Balbino Jaucian, youngest brother of Cirilo, was the richest man in Daraga. He served as gobernadorcillo for 2 terms and refused to serve another. Andres, another brother who migrated to Libmanan, Camarines Sur, also became the biggest landowner and the richest man in that town, the largest in the proince after Naga. He also became Capitan of Libmanan. The Jaucian family was the biggest landowning family in Albay and was considered the richest in Bicol until the mid-20th century.

  75. July 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Sonny:

    Thank you so much for your input about the Imperial of Bicol. More, please!!!

    We are honored to have the patrician historian Martin Imperial Tinio, Jr. participate in this blog.

    Cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  76. Martin Imperial Tinio, Jr. said,

    July 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    The Imperial oral tradition says that the family is descended from 2 brothers shipwrecked in the San Bernardino Strait in the early 17th century and landed in Manito. The story is probably true a most of the land in that town belongs to the Imperials. They eventually moved down to Daraga, Albay and one is said to have migrated to Baao in Camarines Sur. Luis Dato, a UP historian said that he saw a baptismal record of an Imperial in Baao Church dated 1635. When I was going to work on the Imperial Family Tree in the 1990s, the church records were no longer available as the whole church had been burned. The present records we have of the Legazpi Imperials date from the 1790s, same as that of those in Naga. I’m still working on trying to connect all the Imperials in the country, including the ones in Ilocos and Aklan. I have already connected the ones in Batanes, who were originally from Naga. Incidentally, the Imperials in all the provinces were already cabezas in the late 1700s. My great-great-grandfather, Don Sinforozo Imperial became Gobernadorcillo of Daraga in 1850 and Gobernadorcillo of Legazpi in 1852. All his sons became officials of Legazpi and Albay towns in the late 19th century, while his daughter, Theodora, married Gen. Ludovico Arejola, the commander of the revolutionary forces in Camarines Sur.

    I will have to continue another time.

  77. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    The Imperial clan is descended from a Spanish sailor who was shipwrecked in the Bicol area. They are related to the Jaucian, also mestizos. Both clans retained many of their Castillian ways. The ancestor who typified the world of Bicol aristocracy at that time was Ramon Santos, the first Filipino governor of Albay and a well-known collector of gold, ivory, and jewels [ he was the great granduncle of Filipiniana authority Martin "Sonny" Imperial Tinio Jr. ].

    The first Imperial to be elected to public office was Carlos Imperial who represented Albay in the first Philippine Assembly in 1907. He later became associate justice of the Supreme Court. His brother Leoncio Imperial was senator for two terms from 1916 to 1922. Another brother, Jose Imperial, was Albay governor. A third brother, Domingo Imperial, was senator from 1934 to 1935 and from 1941 to 1945. He later became a COMELEC chairman. His cousin, Mariano A. Locsin, also became Albay governor.

  78. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 3, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Old families from the Bicol Region: Fuentebella in Camarines Sur and Escudero in Sorsogon.


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