FLORENTINO. The Florentino family was renowned among the old Vigan families — even after the emergence of the Donato, the Sy-Quia, and the Quema families in the early 1800s — to have the grandest landholdings in the forms of rice lands, tobacco plantations, and virgin forest lands stretching tens of thousands of hectares from Ilocos Sur to Aparri.
The family also produced the lady writer Leona Florentino.
Another famous descendant of the Florentino family of Vigan was National Hero Jose Protacio Alonso Rizal, who descended directly from the Mercado-Rizal of Calamba [ and Binan ] and the Alberto-Alonso y Realonda of Binan, Laguna. His grandmother was a Florentino de Vigan.
The Chinese mestiza heiress Estefania Angco y Resurreccion married Gregorio Sy Quia y Encarnacion in the 1870s.
The 1830s Angco residence survives to this day as the Syquia mansion museum.
Asterio Favis y Flandes of Vigan, Ilocos Sur married the heiress Ramona “Monay” Gonzalez y Morales of Bautista, Pangasinan. They had four children: Beatriz, Asterio, Cecilia, and Teresa. Beatriz married Beda Juan Medina Gonzalez; Asterio married Remedios Jalbuena Ledesma; Cecilia married Jose Gonzalez Gomez; Teresa married _____ Olbes.
VILLANUEVA. The poetess Ursula Villanueva.
SINGSON. Among the most prominent descendants of this family was Vicente Singson Encarnacion, who was a prominent, multimillionaire businessman in Manila PreWar.
Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson.
CRISOLOGO. Governor Floro Crisologo.
DONATO. The family fortune was founded by an industrious Chinese “panadero” baker, Don Ah Toh, from where the present family surname was derived.
SY-QUIA. The affluent migrant businessman Vicente Ruperto Romero Sy Quia [ + 09 January 1894 ] of Am Thau, Amoy, China married Petronila Encarnacion of Vigan in 1853. Their son Gregorio Syquia y Encarnacion married the Chinese mestiza heiress Estefania Angco y Resurreccion.
The heiress Alicia Syquia y Jimenez married Elpidio Quirino who became the President of the Philippines in 1950. The old family residence survives to this day as the Syquia mansion museum.
QUEMA. Enrique Quema was the patriarch of the family and he was originally from _____, Ilocos Sur. He married Teresa Crisologo of Vigan.