The celebrated Quiason portrait

“Senor Don Cirilo Quiason y Cunanan y su esposa Senora Dona Ceferina Henson y David con sus dos mejores hijos Aureo y Jose, pintado por Senor Don Simon Flores y de la Rosa, ano de 1875, San Fernando, Pampanga.”


The obviously old portrait of considerable size [ now in the “Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas” collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila ] shows a reasonably goodlooking gentleman standing by his seated, quietly pretty wife holding their baby boy, with an older son [ often mistaken by observers for a girl ] standing by her holding a prayer book.  They seem to be in their elegant “sala” living room:  a seemingly American Victorian gasolier hangs behind them and a silk bouquet of flowers under a glass cloche [ “virina” ] on a pedestal table stands between husband and wife.  The “capiz” windows behind them are open and there is a view of greenery.


The 33 year-old gentleman was Cirilo Quiason y Cunanan of San Fernando town, Pampanga.  He was a Chinese mestizo and was a prosperous rice and sugar planter. His parents were Modesto Quiason of San Fernando and Maria Cunanan of Mexico, Pampanga.   He lived in a large house on the site where the 1920s Lazatin-Singian mansion now stands.  In 1896, he joined the Pampanga branch of the revolutionary Katipunan movement and served under General Nepomuceno, his Henson wife’s relative.


The 28 year-old wife was Ceferina Henson y David of Angeles and Guagua, Pampanga.  On her paternal side, she was a great-granddaughter of the founders of Angeles, Angel Pantaleon de Miranda [ o 1765 – + 1835 ]  and Rosalia de Jesus [ o 1765 – + 1840 ].  Her parents were Jose Henson y Miranda of Angeles and Gertrudes David of Guagua, Pampanga.  Jose Henson y Miranda was the son of Mariano Henson y Paras of San Fernando, Pampanga and Juana Ildefonsa de Miranda y de Jesus, the only daughter of Angel Pantaleon de Miranda and Rosalia de Jesus, the founders of Angeles.

Mariano Henson y Paras [ o 1798 – + 1848 ]  was the son of Severino Henson and Placida Paras [ o 1777 – + 1840 ].  Severino Henson was a son of “Eng Son,” the Chinese patriarch of the clan.

Ceferina was known to be a beautiful woman with pale, translucent skin; she washed her face with Chinese jasmine tea everyday.

The couple were ardent music lovers and were competent performers.  Cirilo “Ilong” could play the violin and the cello well.  Ceferina “Bari” could play the piano with proficiency.

Their passions for music became ingrained on their children, and the happy result was that all of their sons and daughters could play at least one musical instrument very well.


The older son holding the prayer book was Aureo Quiason y Henson.  His diminutive was “Aure.”  He was actually the second son of the couple.  The eldest son, Pedro, had died as an infant.  Aureo Quiason y Henson married Florentina Gueco y _____, of the wealthy Chinese mestizo Gwekoh family of Magalang.


The baby boy was Jose Maria Quiason y Henson.  He was, oddly enough, called “Yayang” by everybody. He was actually the third son of the couple.  He was originally depicted by Simon Flores partially naked, with his rather endowed genitals in full view.  The story in our Quiason family has it that, after so many years, “Yayang” finally became exasperated with the jocose comments of friends and relatives about his “endowed” genitals that he decisively poked his cigar directly onto his painted genitals and eradicated them forever!!!  In old age, he recounted to his oldest grandsons that, as a young man, he had read Jose Rizal’s subversive novel “Noli Me Tangere” in the seclusion and safety of their outhouse bathroom, which was connected to their house by a wooden bridge.


Cirilo “Ilong” and Ceferina “Bari” had six more children after the portrait had been painted in 1875.  They had nine children all in all:  Pedro, Aureo “Aure,” Jose “Yayang,” Ceferino “Parino,” Catalina “Tali,” Rosario “Charing,” Maria “Biang,” Cesario “Sariong,” and Emiliano “Miliong.”  Ceferino Quiason y Henson, “Parino,” played the organ beautifully during Sunday masses at the Angeles church.  [ The Quiason-Cruz aunts were the daughters of the fifth son, Cesario Quiason y Henson, “Sariong,” who married Gabina Cruz y Paras. ]

Pedro died as a child; Aureo married Florentina Gueco y _____; Jose Maria married Marcela Aguilar y Valdes; Ceferino married Maria Lacson y _____; Catalina married Pablo / Pablito “Litong” del Rosario y _____; Rosario married Gemiliano Cruz y _____; Maria married Francisco Ferraz y Ducuco; Cesario married Gabina Cruz y Paras; and Emiliano married Gabina Cruz’s sister Joaquina Cruz y Paras.


One would expect that a handsome and affluent gentleman, his beautiful and equally affluent wife, and their delightful children would have lived happily ever after.  But unfortunately, they did not.  According to the Ferraz-Quiason aunts [ daughters of Maria Quiason y Henson { the youngest daughter of the Quiason couple } and Francisco Ferraz y Ducuco ], in the 1890s the Spanish “cura parroco” [ parish priest ] of San Fernando town took an improper, although not unusual, romantic interest in Cirilo’s most beautiful daughter, Rosario “Charing.”  The prominent gentleman expectedly became upset and tried to prevent the friar’s advances on his hapless daughter.  The friar became frustrated and in retaliation implicated Cirilo in seditious activities.  The accusations could have been true because Cirilo was a known liberal and a reformist.  Cirilo was forthwith thrown into prison and tortured.  He passed away soon after.  Fortunately, his properties were not confiscated by the Spaniards as he was never tried in court nor sentenced.

Ceferina was left a rich widow by her industrious and prosperous husband.  She was an extremely kind and very charitable woman who helped many people in real need.  However, unscrupulous relatives and friends descended on her like vultures, took advantage of her known kindness, and borrowed properties, jewelry, and cash which they never returned.  She gradually slid into penury.  Their big house in San Fernando was sold and she and her impoverished family retreated to Angeles, to a smaller house two properties away from the Henson ancestral house.  In Manila, she maintained an “accessoria” apartment along O’Donnell Street in Santa Cruz.  Her children had to start from scratch:  her sons worked their way to become successful entrepreneurs while her daughters made good marriages to prosperous businessmen.


Jose Maria Quiason y Henson [ “Yayang” o 12 January 1874 – + 12 September 1951 ] became a rice and sugar planter like his father.  He also became a successful businessman with a famous music store in Quiapo which sold expensive German musical instruments.  He married his Henson second cousin Marcela Aguilar y Valdes, also of Angeles.

Marcela “Celang” was a hardworking entrepreneur who dealt in textiles and garments.  She established a flourishing store in the Divisoria entrepot.  Her parents were Policarpio Aguilar y Henson [ o 1858? ] and Paula Valdes y Arceo [ a daughter of Ignacio Valdes, the eldest son of Pedro Angeles and Anacleta Valdes [ y ] Juico, progenitors of the Pampanga Valdes clan ].  Policarpio Aguilar y Henson was the son of Dionisio Aguilar y Hipolito [ + 1887 ] and Juana Petrona Henson y Miranda [ o 1834 – + 1860 ]. Juana Petrona Henson y Miranda was the daughter of Mariano Henson y Paras of San Fernando, Pampanga and Juana Ildefonsa de Miranda y de Jesus, the only daughter of Angel Pantaleon de Miranda and Rosalia de Jesus, the founders of Angeles.  Thus, Jose Maria “Yayang” Quiason and Marcela “Celang” Aguilar were Henson second cousins.

Marcela Aguilar y Valdes was a paternal first cousin of General Servillano Aquino y Aguilar, the father of Benigno Aquino Sr. “Cong Igno,” who was the father of National Hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr..

Jose Maria Quiason and Marcela Aguilar had five children:  Paz [ “Pacing” ], who married Emilio Reyes y Pangan of Arayat; Pamela [ “Paming” ] who married Benjamin Cruz y Espiritu of San Simon; Serafin [ “Serafin” ], who married Teofista Danganan y Henson also of Angeles; Rogerio [ “Eriong” ], who married Diana Flandes y _____ of Samar, and Lydia [ “Liding” ], who married the affluent Chinese entrepreneur Jose Yap y Lao of Angeles and Bacolor.  In later life, “Yayang” had a stroke which left him a paralytic.  But he remained active by crafting interesting wooden toys for his grandchildren.


For all the vaunted accolades accorded to this important 19th century family portrait by Filipiniana scholars, art collectors, and connoisseurs, I have only the most mundane memories…   😛

As a child in the 1970s, I used to see it in the living room of my Quiason-Cruz grandaunts — Rosa Hermosa Erza [ “Ersing” ], Natividad [ “Naty” ], Flocerfina [ “Flocer” ], Angeles Rosario / Presentacion [ “Prising” ], and Florencia [ “Floring” ] — during family gatherings at their nice house on Simoun Street in Santa Mesa heights, at the back of the Santo Domingo church.  It hung, somewhat casually, over the upright piano in their living room.  It was big enough to be seen at a distance, you could see it from the foyer and from the dining room.

Its singular claim to fame for us uberignorant children [ who were actually direct descendants of the sitters ] was that there was a gaping hole where the baby’s “birdy” should have been…!!!   😛

The painting must have been so old because it was so darkened and its lower right side had torn off from the frame and curled outwards.

My smug 8 year old self, already possessed of some “taste,” was [ stupidly enough ] certainly not impressed with it.  It simply did not look as radiant, as impressive, and as well-kept as the 1940s – 50s Fernando Amorsolo portraits in my Lola Charing Arnedo-Gonzalez’s splendid house.  Because it was not an “Amorsolo,” I didn’t think it was worth my while and certainly did not even think of it as valuable…!!!   😛   😛   😛

Mommy [ Pilar Quiason Reyes-Gonzalez ] would look at it occasionally, with searching eyes, while her Quiason-Paras aunts, the far younger first cousins of her mother Paz, reminisced about family…  They called the gentleman “Apung Ilong,” the lady “Impung Bari,” the elder son “Apung Aure,” and the baby simply as “Yayang.”  I ignorantly thought that their diminutives were so provincial [ like mine 😛 ]!  “Yayang” became Mommy’s maternal grandfather.  The first time I heard the nickname “Yayang,” I wondered stupidly how that baby could have been a “yaya”… how could he possibly have taken care of anybody???  I thought that was weird!!!   😛

Mommy recalled that the portrait used to hang in an apartment on O’Donnell Street in Santa Cruz, Manila before the war [ She used to say “Calle Odonel” and pronounced it “O-do-nel’ ” { accent on the last syllable }, so I naturally thought that it was some Spanish street name until I came across the Anglo-sounding “O’Donnell Street” in some Manila heritage article several years later.  It turned out that “O’Donnell” was actually the surname of a prominent Spanish-Irish official during the Spanish era, so my mother was right:  it was indeed “Calle Odonel” pronounced “O-do-nel” with the accent on the last syllable, Spanish-style.  😛 ]  “Impung Bari” had passed away there at the age of 89 in 1936.  Yayang had also stayed there for a while.



  1. Nazairus Lao said,

    November 24, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Hi Mr. Gonzalez I came across your very informative article. My Father is Nestor Aurelio Quiason Lao he knew most of the names you mention, His Inkong is Aureo . The portrait used to be at their old house at Santo Rosario until it was transferred to Mang Prising who is my Ninang I haven’t heard from them for a long time.
    Thank You for tracing the ancestry…..

  2. She Quiazon said,

    August 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    thank you to whoever posted and who took time to trace the Quiason/Quiazon ancestry, I am currently trying to trace my roots.. and wow, I was flabbergasted to find out so much about the Quiazon/Quiason ancestry.. from Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda up to Cirilo Quiason y Cunanan.. uhmm.. guess that’s the reason why most of our relatives live in Angeles City and nearby towns/provinces.. I guess that’s also the reason behind my chinese facial features.. you might also want to find out more about our great great great(not sure how many greats though) grandfather Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda — the founder of Barrio Culiat, San Fernando, Pampanga(later known as Angeles City of Pampanga)–– .. btw, would really love to have a copy of the “The celebrated Quiason portrait” 🙂

  3. May 5, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I am Ernesto (Ernie) Martinez y Fernandez, husband of Ma. del Carmen (Coty) Ferraz y Quiason. To complete the family tree, following are my children: Ernesto, Jr. (Punch), father of Paolo; Ma. del Carmen, wife of Mark Patterson, and mother of Angela Dy; Michael; Gerardo, father of Raquel and Jeremy; Eduardo (Doits), husband of Clare and parents of Ninabel, Matthew and John; Guillermo (Pochit), husband of Elizabeth, and father of Kevin, Brian, Megan and Angeli; Maria Cielo, wife of Robert Mankos and parents of Christopher and Michael; Gretel; Hansel; Jacqueline, wife of Dennis Henley and parents of Avery and Wesley; In~aqui; and Stephanie, wife of Peter Tioseco and parents of Alique and Mikel.

  4. September 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Toto, there were two Catalina Quiasons:

    Catalina Quiason y Henson m Pablo del Rosario y Tuazon
    Catalina Quiason y Galang m Eugenio del Rosario y Tuazon

    They were second cousins on the Henson side and their husbands were siblings.

    Catalina H Quiason’s grandfather was Jose Ma. Henson
    Catalina G Quiason’s grandmother was Francisca Henson, sister of Jose Ma. Henson.

    The descendants of Francisca Henson-Quiason used “z” while the descendants of Cirilo Quiason use “s”.

    I don’t know how Cirilo Quiason y Cunanan is related to Jose Quiason y Dionisio, the husband of Francisca Henson, but they were probably relatives.

  5. June 5, 2012 at 6:29 am

    To whom it may concern…… I am just curious although, I am not in any way related to your illustrous clan for there is so many said and done concerning this famous huge painting commissioned by Simoun Flores. I wonder if one of you can download the copy for all of us to appreciate.Thanks…Art Flores

  6. June 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Mary Rose & Louis:

    Hi Q cousins!!! How nice to meet you… even just online. You’re really Qs as you spell Quiazon with a Z, the Hispanized way my mother Pilar Quiason Reyes-Gonzalez and my grandmother Paz Aguilar Quiason-Reyes were taught to spell it. However, I just spell Quiason with an S because our antecedents were obviously Chinese, probably Son-Quia or So-Quia. 🙂

    We would appreciate it if you could provide us a family tree starting from Catalina Quiason y Henson and Pablo del Rosario [ what was his maternal surname? ] and on to your father Marcelino del Rosario and his siblings and their families, along with corresponding dates if possible. Do add family anecdotes if you wish. We’re trying to gather and document “everything Quiason.”


    your Q cousin,

    Toto Gonzalez

  7. Mary Rose Lapid Del Rosario said,

    June 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    It’s so delightful to remember the times when my Dad, the late Marcelino Quiazon Del Rosario(son of Catalina Quiazon y Henson, known to us as “Lola Tali” ) would tell us stories about the portrait when he drove us to Biak na Bato St. in Quezon City to visit Lolo Milio’s house where I saw the painting as a young girl. I have to correct that my grandfather’s name was Pablito (Lolo Litong) Del Rosario, not Carmelito. I have the fondest memories of the portrait because it looked so gigantic and my Dad would proudly tell us about our heritage. My son Louis Gerard Del Rosario left a comment because he is very delighted as well to learn that he is part of the legacy. And so do I most especially that my Dad join his Creator only last December 30, 2010.

  8. June 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I can’t believe that the painting (my uncle has a copy in his house) is that of my ancestors! My grandfather, Marcelino Del Rosario y Quiason, was a son of Catalina and Pablo (I think I saw his name as Pablo in my grandpa’s funeral log sheet?). Sadly, he and his brother and sister were orphaned early… he died December last year. Anyway, glad to find some distant relatives here 🙂

  9. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 26, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Gretchen Oppen-Cojuangco’s house in Hacienda Balbina, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental has a painting by Simon Flores. It was painted in the 1880’s and it is a portrait of her great grandmother with her grandmother. If i am not mistaken their names are Maria Santos Lichauco and Timotea Lichauco Cuyugan.

  10. March 21, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Hi cousin Mita!!! Great to see you here!!!

    Best regards to Tito Jun and Tita Sonia.

    your Q cousin,

    Toto G. 🙂

  11. Sonia Quiason said,

    March 21, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Hi Cousins!
    Dad ( Serafin D . Quiason) has the detailed story of this painting which he submitted to some historical group in Manila. I hope everyone can get a copy of that since Dad is a national historian…

    Mita ( Sonia ) Quiason

  12. February 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm


    Hi cousin!!!

    Of course, I remember Imang Celi, Ida, Alma, and Coty very well. They were all Spanish mestizas, pretty, and nice. We would see them at Quiason gatherings and they would come to the house occasionally for an old-fashioned afternoon of piano playing, singing, and “merienda.” Some parts of this blog post “The celebrated Quiason portrait” actually came from their memories.


    your Q cousin,

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. Lulu Ferraz Nabor said,

    February 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Very sorry to hear the demise of Tita Lily..our sincerest condolences, Rey.

  14. Lulu Ferraz Nabor said,

    February 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I’m Lulu, daughter of Ida Ferraz-Nabor, daughter of Maria Quiason and Francisco Ferraz. Paul Ferraz is my first cousin being the son of Pablo (brother of my mom Ida). My grandparents Francisco Ferraz and Maria Quiason had ten children, one of them died as a child: Cecilia, the eldest who later married Ding Arce, Ida (my mother married to Rafael Nabor), Alma, Antonio and Francisco, the twins; Pablo (married to Chona Barretto-parents of Paul), Josefina (my lovable aunt fondly called Pina or Josie); Maria del Carmen (equally lovable and better known as Coty), married to a wonderful person, Ernesto Martinez, parents to cousin Inaki Martinez; and Carlota, the youngest, a Franciscan nun. I remember seeing this portrait at Tita Floreng’s and sisters’ house at Simoun St when I was much younger since I used to go with my aunts Josefina (Josie) and Alma on some occasions there. I remember gatherings being held with aunts Floreng, Flocer, Erzing, Prising and I distinctly remember the happy times seeing Imang Liding and Imang Paming dancing, the dancing sisters, flowing with so much energy!!

  15. February 24, 2009 at 9:21 am


    I am sorry to learn of the passing of dear Imang Lily. Our condolences to our Quiason cousins.


    your Q cousin,

    Toto Gonzalez

  16. Rey Quiason said,

    February 24, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Hi there!

    I’d just like to inform you that Lola Lily, the wife of Lolo Arming, passed away last Thursday. She’s currently interred at the Chapel 5 of La Funeraria Paz, Araneta Ave., QC. The burial will be on Thursday, starting with a requiem mass @ 9 a.m..

  17. January 6, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Donna and Bobby:

    Hi cousins!!!

    Of course I know “Tatang Arming,” Armando Paras Quiason, and his wife “Imang Lily.” Tatang Arming is a first cousin of my maternal grandmother, Paz “Pacing” Aguilar Quiason-Reyes.

    Tatang Arming certainly made up for his being an only son!!! 🙂


    your Q cousin,

    Toto Gonzalez

  18. Bobby & Donna (nee Gonzalez) Quiason said,

    January 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Same here, just passing the time. My husband is one of Armando Quiason’s 8 sons (1 daughter). Bobby said, while he was growing up, this painting was just behind a door. The Titas (of Q bakeshop) then hang it when they moved to Simoun St and the rest is history. Thanks for a piece of history for my daughters to keep.

  19. March 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm


    Hi cousin!!! Thank you so much for the additional information. Please feel free to add anything more about our Quiason-Henson ancestors.

    How is everybody in your camp? The only cousin I know is “Inaki” Ferraz Martinez, who was my 1984 batchmate at La Salle Greenhills High School.


    your Q cousin,

    Toto Gonzalez 😀

  20. Paul Ferraz said,

    March 10, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Great blog! Just to help you fill in some blanks – Maria Quiason married my grandfather Francisco Ferraz y DUCUCO.

  21. September 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm


    Hi cousin!!! I’m glad you found your way here.

    We were just with your Dad, Tito Josel, and Mom, Tita Erling, during the lunch we held for my Mom [ the 5th anniversary of her 2002 passing ], a sort of Quiason reunion, at my brother Gene’s Cafe Ysabel last 05 September 2007, Wednesday.

    Actually, the post isn’t finished yet, but better something written than nothing at all… !!! [ I still have to include Cousin Aye Yap-Azurin’s input. ]

    The baby is our great grandfather Jose “Yayang” Quiason y Henson. He and his wife Marcela Aguilar y Valdes had five children: Paz, Serafin, Pamela, Rogerio, and Lydia. Paz Quiason y Aguilar was my [ maternal ] grandmother; she married Emilio Reyes y Pangan. Her youngest sister Lydia Quiason y Aguilar was your [ paternal ] grandmother; she married the Chinese businessman Jose Yap y Lao. Lydia Quiason-Yap “Imang Liding” was the richest of the Quiason-Aguilar siblings — thanks to her enterprising and successful husband as well as her own ventures — and she enjoyed affluence throughout her long life, in contrast to her four siblings [ her eldest sister Paz led a life of genteel penury and suffering, dying of cancer of the sinus at only 48 y.o. in 1949; brothers Serafin and Rogerio died of cerebral aneurysms in their 30s ]. My mother, Pilar Quiason Reyes-Gonzalez [ 1933 – 2002 ], was as energetic and as industrious as her “Imang Liding.” In fact, she always said that “Imang Liding” was one of her role models.

    I’m sure you’re learning a lot in that jewelry course at Firenze!!!


    your Q cousin,

    Toto Gonzalez

  22. Tin Yap said,

    September 13, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Hi Toto, I don’t know if you remember me, I’m your cousin Tin, the daughter of Tito Josel (sister of Mos….). Anyway, it’s 2 am and I can’t sleep. I decided to go on the net and I Googled “Quiason.” I came across your article and I wanted to thank you for writing it. I have a copy of the painting ( a wee little picture compared to the original ) with me here in Florence. I never was sure whom among the children in the painting is our great-grandparent. Now I do :). I’m really glad that there are people in our family who care about its history. Ciao!

  23. May 22, 2007 at 10:47 am


    Thank you for finding your way here.

    That is an interesting story about Don Crisostomo Soto — “Crissot” — the poet laureate of Old Pampanga.

    I had no idea that “Crissot” was related to the old and prominent Malig family. That is good information to have.

    The 1750s Malig mansion was one of the most important “bahay-na-bato” in pre-lahar Bacolor. It was untouched by modernity. I vividly remember its incredible atmosphere: it was as if the “Castilas” and the “indios” would materialize at any moment!!! Its destruction by lahar was truly a loss to Filipino culture.

    Toto Gonzalez

  24. carmela malig llarinas said,

    May 21, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Proud of my heritage being a descendant of the great Crisostomo Soto. Thank you for the mention of his name but would like to add some interesting trivias about his release from prison which was negotiated by his ten year old daughter (my paternal grandmother). Losing their mother at an early age and being the eldest among the brood; the thought of being orphaned from a father again since he was at prison; my lola at a tender age of 10 with her yaya in tow, boldly came to see the governor and pleaded for his freedom. Seeing the angelic and beautiful face of my lola in copious tears, his heart melted and promised her he will soon join his family and true enough, my great, great lolo reunited with his family that evening. It was also at the Malig Mansion where Crissot hid Rizal when the latter was being hounded by the Spaniards and held clandestine meets with the revolutionaries.

  25. March 30, 2007 at 7:19 am


    Thank you very much!!! 😀

    Toto Gonzalez

  26. Adrian Lizares said,

    March 30, 2007 at 12:00 am

    Thank you dearest Toto for sharing with us all this history, culture, and the juiciest news (even if it happened decades ago!) this side of town!

    Your story on the portrait has given “a face to a name (and a story too)” so to speak!

    Keep up the fabulous work!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂



  27. March 28, 2007 at 3:20 pm


    I’m glad that you now know the human sides of the subjects in that celebrated 1875 portrait by Maestro Simon Flores y de la Rosa. 🙂


    Toto Gonzalez

  28. March 28, 2007 at 3:19 pm


    Unfortunately, there are no extant pictures of that elegant Quiason-Henson residence. It used to be on the property where the 1920s Lazatin-Singian mansion now stands in Barrio Santo Rosario, San Fernando, Pampanga. However, based on the several existing 19th century “bahay na bato” in San Fernando — the Hizon-Pamintuan mansion [ now Panlilio-Dayrit ], the Santos mansion [ now the “Pampanga Hotel” ], and most notably the 1870 Hizon-Singian mansion [ now Rodriguez-Hizon ] — it must have been a solidly-built, tile-roofed, stately, and commodious structure.

    Your family’s fabled mansion in Talisay, Negros Occidental, the Lizares-Alunan “Tana Dicang,” also gives me a very good idea of the great elegance of late 19th century “Filipinas”… 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  29. robby said,

    March 28, 2007 at 8:09 am

    now i know who those people are… hehehe i had a digital copy of that portrait from the Harry Harnish Photocollection… that pic was used to compare portraits and pictures from the past….

  30. Adrian Lizares said,

    February 5, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Toto, I have seen this magnificent Portrait of A Filipino Family several times at the Met and have always wondered or imagined what the subjects’ lives had been like (of course it was obvious by the depicted environment that they were very well to do). Are there any pictures of the original home where the painting was first hung? It must have been a large home considering the size of this painting! And surely there were other paintings to be reckoned with.

    Thank you for filling in the blanks where once I could simply stop and stare, it never occurred to me to ask Ino Manalo about this and now there is absolutely no need to…

    your big fan!


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