The Gonzalez and the de los Angeles families were the most prominent in Baliuag, Bulacan during the 1700s. The position of ” gobernadorcillo ” practically alternated between the two families for one hundred years, from 1700 – 1800.
In the 1820s, Vicente Gonzalez and Venancia de los Angeles had __ children: Maria Amparo [ Mariquita ], Francisco, _______, _______, . . .
They lived in a grand house [ bahay-na-bato / mansion ] with a vast garden that occupied a whole block, some distance from the church; across the street stood the more modest Fores bahay-na-bato / mansion. The Gonzalez – de los Angeles residence was the biggest in Baliuag town. [ The house was demolished before World War II and the site is now occupied by the Iglesia ni Cristo ( INC ). ]
Francisco “Balbas” Gonzalez y Reinado and his two brothers, Francisco “Pugot” and Francisco “Bungo,” transferred to Pangasinan, where they purchased a peninsular Spaniard’s vast “encomienda” [ land grant ]. In the following years, they were able to purchase large portions of Hacienda Esperanza, which the British company Smith, Bell, and Co., deaccessioned [ Large portions of Hacienda Esperanza were once owned by the wealthy de Santos family of Tondo who had vast landholdings in Nueva Ecija; Hacienda Esperanza was originally composed of 55,000 hectares spanning the provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Bulacan ].
Francisco “Balbas” Gonzalez y Reinado first married Feliciana Esperanza Mondragon. He had two sons, Matias and Joaquin. After Feliciana died, he married Juana Morales y Mamaril. They had five daughters and one son: Guadalupe “Upeng,” Aurea “Pipang,” Ernesto “Ernesting,” Victorina “Vitoo,” Cristina “Neneng,” and Ramona “Monay.”
Matias Gonzalez y Mondragon married Carmen de la Concha. Joaquin Gonzalez y Mondragon married Rosario Gonzalez y Leon.
Guadalupe “Upeng” Gonzalez y Morales married Agustin Cuevas, then married Luis Gomez y Alvarez. Aurea “Pipang” Gonzalez y Morales married Mauricio Ilagan. Ernesto “Ernesting” married Esperanza Fernandez of Manila. Victorina “Vitoo” Gonzalez y Morales married Ira Lee Davis. Cristina “Neneng” Gonzalez y Morales married Ernest Schenkel from Switzerland [ she was the jetsetter who once took a taxi from Switzerland to Paris ]. Ramona “Monay” Gonzalez y Morales married Asterio Favis y Flandes of Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
According to the senior Gonzalezes, the famous Atty. Alfonso Ponce Enrile was also of Gonzalez descent through his mother.
Maria Amparo Gonzalez y de los Angeles [ Mariquita ] was a beautiful, strong-willed woman. She would ride on her horse and survey her lands alone. She was adept with rifles; she was a sharpshooter. She was an astute businesswoman, and could outsmart her male peers in the businesses of agriculture and trading.
She met her match in 1845: Fray Fausto Lopez.
Fray Fausto Lopez was born of a noble family in 1811 in Valladolid, Espana [ his sister became principal lady-in-waiting to Queen Isabella II of Spain, a position strictly reserved for ladies of aristocratic birth ]. He finished his studies in the College of Valladolid in 1828. He arrived in the Philippine islands on October 3, 1829. He was assigned to Cebu. In 1837, he was elected ” Secretario de Provincia ” [ Secretary of the Province ] and returned to Manila. He was assigned to be the ” cura parroco ” [ parish priest ] of Quingua town [ now Plaridel ], Bulacan in 1841 and was transferred to Baliuag town in 1845.
Fray Fausto Lopez and Maria Amparo Gonzalez y de los Angeles had six children: Soledad, Jose [ “Pepeng Mariquita” ], Joaquin, Rita, Carmen, and Francisco.
Soledad Gonzalez y Lopez married Mariano Gonzales. Jose Gonzalez y Lopez married Francisca Carrillo [ daughter of Fray Arriola ]. Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez y Lopez married Florencia Sioco y Rodriguez of Sulipan, Apalit [ Sioco ], and Bacolor [ Rodriguez ], Pampanga. Rita Gonzalez y Lopez married Jose Llora and settled in Spain. Carmen Gonzalez y Lopez died a spinster. Francisco Gonzalez y Lopez married the 14 year old Maria Lloret y _______.
Fray Fausto Lopez died in the San Agustin monastery in Intramuros on 17 April 1866.
Maria Amparo Gonzalez y de los Angeles died in 189_.
Soledad Gonzalez y Lopez married Mariano Gonzales and had __ children:
Jose Gonzalez y Lopez ( Pepeng Mariquita ) married Francisca Carrillo y Arriola and had __ children:
Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez y Lopez married Florencia Sioco y Rodriguez and had ten children: Fernando Leonardo, Jesus Lope, Emilio Cosme, Augusto Diosdado, Octavio Florencio, Virgilio Rufino, Francisco Javier Eligio, Bienvenido Maria, Joaquin Jorge, and Fausto Felix.
Rita Gonzalez y Lopez married Jose Llora and had two children: Ramon and Araceli. They settled in Spain.
Carmen Gonzalez y Lopez died a spinster.
Francisco Gonzalez y Lopez married the 14 year old Maria Lloret and had __ children:
Augusto Marcelino Gonzalez y Reyes and Macario Diosdado Gonzalez y Arnedo [ Brother Andrew Benjamin Gonzalez, F.S.C. ]
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