Last One Standing

The Cacnio-Mercado residence is the last elegant 19th century “bahay na bato” left in all of Apalit, Pampanga…





  1. Diana Colby said,

    January 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I came across this site while searching for information the Romualdo Espiritu family tree. My dad was Leonilo Romualdo Espiritu married to Veronidia Garcia Valmonte. My mon and dad brought our family to California in 1969-1970. Unfortunately, I never knew much about Dad’s side of the family, but have learned about my Mom’s side. Does anyone know or can give me some insight if they know anything about his ancestors? I truly would appreciate learning more about my family history in the Philippines.

  2. ZAnny Espinosa said,

    December 14, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Hi Vemil, Was trying to call you but to no avail. I suppose you have changed number. We are having a thanksgiving and housewarmng on Saturday. Dec. 18 at No.9 Rodriguez St., Philamlife Subd. , Pamplona, Las Pinas CIty. at the back of Starmall Las Pinas. We will start with a mass at 3p.m. Hope you and Ninang can come. My number is still the same at 09178852063. Kindly give me a ring when you’re free. Regards and Happoy Holidays!

  3. Marilu Dalusong-San Diego said,

    October 27, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Hi! Am Marilu Sta. Rita-Dalusong (now married to a San Diego). I know Tio Noli (Dr. Manuel Soriano) to be the cousin of my late mother Zenaida Sta. Rita-Dalusong. My grandfather was Atty. Emilio Sta. Rita. I think my Lola Isabel Maceo-Tolentino was the first wife of Lolo Milio but I don’t know whether they were ever married before he married Rosario Dayrit. Atty Emilio Sta. Rita had 3 daughters namely: Zenaida, Renee, and Nora (mother is Isabel Maceo (with Cuban blood). Too bad that Tio Noli died while I was in Cambodia. He was trying to call me then. He wanted me to be close to my first cousins since we don’t even get to see each other. The portion written by Tio Noli was copied to me. Thanks a lot for this blog.

  4. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    May 6, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Hi Toto,

    Just in case you were unable to read Tweetums’ column last Saturday, May 3, another Mercado-Gonzalez relative passed away. Jerry Gonzalez, the son of Ardalion “Tito Ardy” Mercado Gonzalez passed away late last month. Wake and burial was in Bacolod where he was based. I think he was married to a Deen.


  5. Connie Cacnio-Kus said,

    May 26, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Reading your blog brings back memories during my growing years in Apalit.
    Here’s sharing some of those moments…
    Often we would gather in “baleng matua” after attending the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in St. Peter’s Church. One of the aunties would prepare a simple breakfast while the younger generations goes and gestures for a “mano” towards the older generations.
    The words that ring through to this day during the process of attaining “mano” is… “ Ika dadagul ka… aku lalati ku…” … were the words spoken to me by a dear aunt as a response to my gesture for my “mano”. It was never “God Bless” you. But it gave me a sense of equality on my part, since I felt that I was on the same playing field with this dear aunt… although she seemed like she was beyond my world of existence at the time. Unbeknownst to me … I would come across this same words written in a different language during my grown up years. They gave me courage and the power to endure the trivial things that builds up one’s character.
    Someone used to nickname me “always” since I wore the same best Sunday outfit for church in one of the several stages of my growing years.
    While others kept me in toe with the technical progress of this world by their sharing and / or demonstrating the up to date gadgets and / or toys that seemed to mesmerize the current society.
    I also experienced some prophetic words spoken by some… such as… “Kagastus nanaman ning planu dang magtalakad a nuclear plant king Bataan… potang kayi kanyan edeman a gamit.”
    When I got to the stage of being a slave to fashion, I was enticed to buy the current fashion in footwear during one of our visits in a mall in Makati. My parents obliging bought me one… life was good at the time… monetarily speaking. I wore them in one of the visits we often had in “baleng matua”… a conversation came about as to where and how much was spent. One comment I lovingly remember was… “Kalupa de reng bakyang sasalwan ku king palengki.”
    I remember the crispy peso(s) given by some during Christmas and a ham and/or the keso de bola given to our side of the family. And my dad telling the young ones not to give the left overs from the ham to the family dog since it was not good for the pet’s health.
    One auntie, I vaguely remember use to pick flowers upon her arrival from church and place them in front of a Divine Mercy picture.
    These are some of the fond memories I have while growing up in Apalit during my visits in “baleng matua”.
    By the way… the words that still ring through to this day is… “Have the courage to stand up and speak and the wisdom to sit down and listen.”… written beside a picture of a young boy standing straight… wearing a jumpsuit and a baseball cap backwards… with his back turned showing both hands behind his back holding the handle of a red wagon… his face looking at his puppy riding the wagon… and the puppy quietly sitting down gazing beyond the horizon.
    Oh! ya …, if my DNA serves me right… I would be related to you through my dad’s Mercado side of the family… making me one of your abominable snowman relatives… smile.
    And by the way…
    When I first read your blog… the word Pascual reminded me of words I use to hear during my growing years in Apalit. Can someone elucidate on what “Asung Pascual” was all about… was it a legend of some sort? Thank you. If not… that’s OK… smile again.

  6. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    April 11, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Toto,
    Mom just came from Apalit to check on the Barbies. According to her, Tita Miding is okay. Her loss of appetite is traced to mere “irritability” of Tita Zon’s “kakulitan.” Luding says she fusses over Tita Zon’s endless questions. And after a while, she gets so irritated that she loses appetite. In other words, psychological. What a funny pair! Mom said they are “contra pelo” in old age! Oh gosh…

    Anyway, Tita Miding shared with me some of the “argellanas” you gave them last Good Friday. They are really good. Thanks!


  7. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    February 28, 2007 at 2:07 am


    Just saw the teasers on your blog. Write them na please…


  8. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    February 23, 2007 at 2:21 am

    Hi Toto,

    Can’t believe that Doris posted a comment. Yes of course, I know Doris Sanchez Cacnio. She is the wife of my first cousin Jocoy. I am glad that she found her way through your blog. You have provided us a great way to trace our roots on the Espiritu-Mercado side and to some extent a bit of the Cacnios. Appreciate this considering that Jocoy’s and Doris’s family have been long-time residents of Canada and their 2 children have not seen much of their grandfather’s relatives except for the immediate ones who are “Canadians” too.

    Thanks Toto!


  9. February 20, 2007 at 3:09 pm


    Thank you for finding your way here. Welcome to the club!!!

    Keep the comments coming!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  10. doris sanchez cacnio said,

    February 19, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    greetings in-laws/relations,

    my husband Jose Cacnio (son of Oscar Cacnio) is a first cousin of Paz (Cacnio Atienza). I have shown him the threads and finds the exchange absolutely interesting. As we are in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. An excellent way to keep in touch. greetings to Vemil.


  11. February 18, 2007 at 6:06 pm


    Of course, it’s the venerable Escaler surname — and money — that will get him that post. The Sainz are from Cebu.

    I’m currently “excavating” all sorts of pictures…

    Toto Gonzalez

  12. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    February 18, 2007 at 4:22 am

    Hi Toto,

    He probably uses the Escaler name instead of Sainz as it definitely rings a bell in old Apalit.

    I’m looking forward to seeing more photos. See ya!


  13. February 16, 2007 at 6:19 am


    Inaki Escaler Sainz. Of course. He is a grandson of Tito Jose “Peping” Ocampo Escaler and Tita Antonia “Nonang” Nakpil-Escaler, the son of “Oying” Nakpil Escaler-Sainz. He is an accomplished equestrian. He has been managing the remaining Escaler spread in Cansinala, Apalit for many years now.

    Another cousin of ours.

    Toto Gonzalez

  14. February 16, 2007 at 6:14 am


    Yes, we have some pixes now. But apart from “About Toto Gonzalez” the only post with pixes is “The Arnedos of Sulipan: nouveau riche in the 19th century, nouveau pauvre in the 20th, nouveau riche in the 21st?”

    Scanning is tedious. I’m going to have the secretaries do it.

    Toto Gonzalez

  15. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    February 16, 2007 at 3:00 am


    Just wanted to ask you. I was in Apalit last Friday to check on the “Barbies” and I saw all of these campaign posters/streamers all over the place. There is one candidate named Inaki Escaler who is running for councilor. According to our dear old reliable Luding, he is a close relative of the Escalers and he has been living in Cansinala for years. Do you know who he is?


  16. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    February 16, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Hi Toto,

    Wow, we are really going hi-tech ha… with photos to match! Can’t wait to see more photos!


  17. February 12, 2007 at 2:39 pm


    I know…

    I’m still waiting for our cousins “Yeti” The Abominable Snowman, The Sasquatch, The Loch Ness Monster, and other beloved family members!!! *lolsz!*


    Toto Gonzalez

  18. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    February 12, 2007 at 2:13 am

    Gosh Toto, we are bumping into long lost relatives everywhere. Keep blogging!


  19. January 25, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Tito Noli:

    Thank you so much for the Carlos [ Sulipan, Apalit ] genealogy. It will serve as the groundwork for tracing their line to Calixto Armayan-Espiritu and Maria Macam.

    I always knew that we were related to the Carlos through the Sioco and the Arnedo. The Arnedo, Escaler, and Gonzalez progenitor, Josef Sioco [ o 1786 – + 1864 ] first married his Sulipan neighbor _____ Carlos [ at the age of 73, he made a second marriage to Matea Rodriguez y Tuason of Bacolor ]. They had a daughter, Maria de la Paz Sioco y Carlos, viuda de Tanjutco, who became the second wife of her late husband’s first cousin, Capitan Joaquin Arnedo Cruz y Tanjutco. Capitan Joaquin Arnedo and Maria Sioco were the parents of Macario Arnedo [ o 1868 – + 1941 ], who became a Governor of Pampanga during the American regime.

    I was not sure of how we were related to the Carlos through the Espiritu line, specifically through Estefania Espiritu de Carlos, because everytime I asked Imang Azon and Imang Miding Cacnio, they would say “retang Carlos carin” [ “those Carloses there” ]. I am so glad that you have given the definitive answer. Thank you so much.

    In our family, Atty. Amado Carlos is famous for an urban legend regarding his “package.”

    Toto Gonzalez

  20. January 24, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Toto, The eldest of the daughters of Lucas Armayan Espiritu y Macam, Victoria married Gabriel Reyes of Malolos, Bulacan. Their only child was Emiliano Armayan Espiritu Reyes married Florentina Maglalang Pangan and their children are Florante P. Reyes, CPA and retired insurance executive, Dr. Eulalia P. Reyes, ret. col. USAF Med Corps, and Emiliano P. Reyes, Jr., retired bank executive.
    The sister of Pedro and Lucas, Estefania Armayan Espiritu y Macam married a Carlos, which you claim that we lost track; their offsprings are still living in Sulipan and Capalangan. There are a lot of Carloses who were 2nd cousins of my mother and Uncle Manong (Emiliano), like Benigno Carlos, the father of Conchita Carlos Pangan, Atty. Amado Carlos (owner of “Toppers”), Atty. Conrado Carlos, Amelia Carlos Paras, also the father of Virginia Carlos Garcia (teacher), Soledad Carlos, Augusto Carlos, the father of Felipe Carlos and Florencia Carlos Sunga, Felicitas Carlos de Guzman, and Guillermo Carlos, father of Mariano and Maria Guadalupe (Gading) Carlos Pangan. These are all offsprings of Carloses who are 2nd cousins of my mother and Tatang Manong, so their grandparents are sisters or brothers. They are the apparent offsprings of Estefania Armayan-Espiritu y Macam.

  21. January 24, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Tito Noli:

    Thank you for finding your way here!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing the genealogy of your side of the Espiritu family, that of Lucas Armayan Espiritu and _____ Yutuc. So generous of you!!! There are so many distinguished relatives on your side of the family.

    I discovered the names of our ancestors Calixto Armayan Espiritu and his wife Maria Macam only last June 2006, when Tita Linda [ Dr. Erlinda Arnedo Sazon-Badenhop ] gave me a very old copy of the Last Will and Testament of Pedro Armayan Espiritu y Macam [ + 1905 ], our Espiritu forebear and the first owner of the image of “Apung Iro” San Pedro / Saint Peter. Pedro mentioned his parents, his three wives [ successive of course ], and his children at the beginning of his declaration, as was the custom of those days. It was quite obvious that his favorite among his children was Lola Orang, Ysidora Espiritu y Dungo, who married Dr. Jesus Lope Gonzalez y Sioco. He really bequeathed the image of “Apung Iro” to her, but as we all know now, she didn’t want it at all because she refused the “fiesta” responsibilities, and that is how the image eventually devolved to the descendants of her eldest sister, Maria “Maruja” Espiritu de Arnedo, the Arnedo-Espiritu, our side of the Espiritu family.

    Keep in touch, Tito Noli!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  22. January 24, 2007 at 3:03 pm


    Yes, Lucas Armayan Espiritu y Macam married _____ Yutuc [ her name was probably Maria, since every woman was named Maria then *lolsz!* ]. If I remember right, Imang Miding mentioned that she was from San Fernando. Quite likely, since Yutuc is a surname I still come across in the San Fernando and Bacolor axis.

    I look forward to Tito Noli Soriano’s visit to this blog. It’s always a pleasure to have relatives around.

    Toto Gonzalez

  23. January 24, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Dear Toto, I’m a 3rd cousin of your father “Beda”. My mother Paciencia is a 2nd cousin of Imang Charing (your Lola). We are all descendants of Calixto Armayan-Espiritu. In the tombstone of my Lola, Ines Armayan-Espiritu, In the tombstone of her elder sister of my Lola, Victoria Yutuc Espiritu de Reyes (your Tito Toy’s Lola), I presumed that there are kins who used Armayan-Espiritu, and some only use Espiritu. Could you enlighten us on these discrepancies? Where did you find the name Calixto Armayan Espiritu? His children were Pedro, Lucas, and Estefania. We come from the lineage of Lucas Armayan Espiritu, who married_____ Yutuc. Their children were Victoria, Ines, Luis, and Maria. Victoria married Gabriel Reyes from Malolos, Bulacan, and had Emiliano Armayan-Espiritu Reyes (Tito Toy’s father). Ines married two times, first to a Sta. Rita with whom she had 2 children, Asuncion E. Sta. Rita (never married), and Atty. Emilio E. Sta. Rita married to Rosario Dayrit of Magalang, Pampanga. Ines was widowed and married the 2nd time to a school teacher, Roque Punsalang Galang, of Apalit too. The 2nd marriage children were Dr. Ricardo E. Galang (an anthropologist), Virginia married to Eleuterio Santos with children Priscilla Manalang (UP Professor in Education) and Adelina S. Rodriquez (mayor of QC 1976-1986). Paciencia (HS Biology and Spanish teacher) married to Engr. Manuel T. Soriano, Sr. with one child, Dr. Manuel G. Soriano, Jr.. The youngest daugher of Ines was Dr. Remedios E. Galang (never married). Luis Armayan-Espiritu married Tiburcia Arnedo with 3 children: Lucas, Jose (Pepe) (UP College of Law, Dean), the father of Dr. Lourdes Espiritu-Campos, married to Dr. Paulo Campos, the founder of the Aguinaldo College of Medicine, now acquired by De La Salle University) and Emilia, who married Benjamin Cruz of San Simon, their children were Godofredo, Benjamin, and Carmen. Yes indeed, Ati Carmen Cruz Sexton was ranked as an ambassador by the time she retired from the service. The youngest of the children of Lucas, Maria “Mariquita” Armayan-Espiritu married Wenceslao Mercado with children: Concha (married of Bibiano Reyes, a teacher, with children Justo, Arnulfo, and Manolo), Maria Paz (married Vicente Cacnio with children Herminia, Corazon, Milagros, Lucing, Wilfredo, Oscar. Esther and Romualdo), Josefa married to Francisco Javier Gonzalez, you probably know them all but those I remember are Cong Dedi, Ardalion, Benjamin, Ati Jo, and Ati Titang. And lastly Domingo, I only know the name but he moved and married in Pangasinan.

  24. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 24, 2007 at 7:26 am


    I was at a dinner last night with Tito Noli Soriano (Dr. Manuel Galang Soriano) and I mentioned your blog. He and my mom were once again tracing their roots. I told him to access your blog so don’t be surprised to read a comment from him one of these days.

    I found out last night that my great grandmother Maria “Mariquita” Espiritu de Mercado’s middle name was Yutuc. Sound familiar? Seems to be a Chinese Capampangan surname too, huh?


  25. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 22, 2007 at 7:11 am


    You are really going places. I mean I’m bumping into long lost relatives like Chingkee in your blog. Hope you are okay. Looks like your post on the “War of the Microwave Ovens” is getting worse. A friend texted me to watch a local showbiz show yesterday and our microwave oven girl was breathing fire again. The saga continues…. I am so glad her lover’s mom is one grand and educated lady of the old school who will not dignify such cheap talk and sugar quotes that still spell nonesense. This is the emerging Manila society for you – ex-starlets cum socialite wannabes…. sad.


  26. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 22, 2007 at 7:06 am

    For EJ through Toto:

    Please email Philippe Abrigo at Please tell him we got in touch via Toto’s blog. Good luck and thanks!


  27. January 18, 2007 at 8:01 am


    You’re exactly the person who can help out EJ Abrigo…!!!

    I am very happy that I am all over the place. Aside from Luxembourg, would you believe that I am also read in Johannesburg, South Africa??? And that aside from Spanish, French, and German, I have also been translated to Italian, Dutch, and Portuguese??? *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  28. January 18, 2007 at 7:58 am


    OK. Let’s see what we can find out about your family, the Abrigos.

    Toto Gonzalez

  29. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 18, 2007 at 5:39 am

    I really do not know anything about the Abrigos as I am only an in-law. Dr. Annie Cacnio-Anicete is our relative. However, I could get in touch with her husband Philippe via email and he may be able to furnish you with some family history. His mother is a Marasigan. Why not email your addie here?

    Hey Toto, hope you don’t mind! You are really all over the place now.

  30. Ej Abrigo said,

    January 18, 2007 at 3:44 am

    hey yall im Ej from Texas..i just googled the last name Abrigo and i was wondering if you can fill me in on some history of the Abrigo family. I was looking at the msg posts and I recognize Dr. Annie Anicete-Abrigo…

    My Abrigo family comes from the Samar area however that is not our origins. My grandfather and his 2 brothers, one of which became Senator of Samar in the early 50′s or 60′s came from the Luzon area. I have been researching some history for a while but I have never landed with anything consistant or helpful other than this article of the Abrigo family being ranchers and tried manipulating local townspeople in some province up in Luzon. According to my father and uncles, and the still surviving Abrigo grandfather the Abrigo family last name is pretty rare and the family small. I haven’t had the opportunity to ask my grandfather about our history when I was younger and now he is in critical condition in a hospital.

    I been looking for any input or knowledge of my family last name, such as origins, relations, etc. My cousin has recently met some members of the clan Abrigo in California which is my 2nd cuzns however I still do not know if Dr. Annies’ husband is a relative.

    Can you plz fill me in with any knowledge on the matter. Much Thanks!

  31. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 5, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Hi Toto,

    Wow that’s a pity. I do hope you will be okay by tomorrow. Hope to see you.


  32. January 5, 2007 at 10:09 am


    Thank you for enjoying my silly blog.

    I met Dr. Annie Anicete-Abrigo last year during the funeral of her mother Luz “Lucing” Cacnio-Anicete in Apalit. She is based in Orange Park, Florida.

    Of course, we’re related: Capitan Joaquin Arnedo Cruz y Tanjutco [ married to Maria de la Paz Sioco y Carlos ] and Juan Mata Arnedo [ married to Elena Dionisio ] were brothers. Capitan Joaquin’s son, Pampanga Governor Macario “Ariong” Arnedo y Sioco and Juan’s son Francisco “Quico” Arnedo y Dionisio and his sisters Casimira “Mirang” and Honorata “Atang” were first cousins. Governor Macario’s daughter, my grandmother Rosario “Charing” Arnedo y Espiritu [ married to Augusto Diosdado Gonzalez y Sioco ] and your mother were second cousins. My father Augusto Beda “Beda” Arnedo Gonzalez and you are third cousins. You’re an uncle!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  33. benigno arceo said,

    January 5, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Toto, i enjoy reading your blog,very educational and amusing.i know dra.nita anicete,we were neighbors in apalit,her uncle,judge fullen anicete is married to my cousin ate nati grandmother is honorata arnedo sister of apung kiko[francisco arnedo] and sister of apung mirang arnedo santos,mother of dr. florentino my grandmother related to you? beny

  34. January 4, 2007 at 10:49 am


    Thank you!!!

    I hope I’ll be better by Saturday. My systems finally broke down after all the holiday partying. *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  35. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 4, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Hi Toto,

    We will be expecting you for lunch this Saturday at the old house. Tweetums and company will be there around 11:30. Merienda will be at Tito Toy’s place in Sulipan. See you.


  36. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 3, 2007 at 5:33 am

    My nickname is a different story. Maraming santo sa calendario ang combination niyan in addition to my first two names! The truth is, I have dropped the two additional names (for obvious reasons) but my close relatives still refer to me as Vemil, the Barbies especially.

  37. January 2, 2007 at 3:28 am


    Wow, that is so far away but only a click on the Internet. I’m shellshocked…

    I’m thrilled that you reconnected through this blog. I am really amazed by its reach day after day…

    I was wondering who Tita Vemil was…???!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  38. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 2, 2007 at 3:11 am

    Hi Toto,

    It seems your blog is now read in Luxembourg as you can see from the email of my niece Chingkee, daughter of Rosevias Cacnio (ex Jacinto) now a widow of Belgian jeweler Charles Ducenne. She chanced upon your blog while looking for the Cacnios. Sorry, I have to email her from here:

    Chingks, you asked about Dr. Jovi Cacnio of California? He is Dr. Jose Vicente Ramirez Cacnio, your Tito Jovi, son of Lolo Do and Lola Belen (Romualdo Cacnio I y Mercado and Belen Ramirez y Suarez). The blog that you chanced upon, is written by your uncle Toto Gonzalez, a relative of your Lolo Wilfrido on his mother’s side (the Espiritu-Mercado side). Small world! Please email me at

    Paz Atienza (Tita Vemil to you)

  39. jeanne cacnio jacinto franccois said,

    December 31, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    hello tita vemil, this is chingkee from luxembourg, was doing some research about the cacnio family tree and seen this, it’s quite interesting yet complex at the same time!! (please send me your email addy so we could keep in touch!!) wanted to ask you (just so as not to change the main topic!!!) how are you related to tito joevi from california?
    hope to hear from you soon!
    I got two little ones now, can’t wait to show you their pics

  40. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    December 18, 2006 at 2:53 am

    Hi Toto,

    Small world! Ivan is Ria’s brother. Well, she emails me regularly. As for XXXX, yes, our cousin Annie lives in a country club area in Orange Park, FL. Her husband, Philippe’s middle name is Marasigan [ and not Malabanan as I wrote you earlier ].

  41. December 17, 2006 at 5:37 am


    There you have it: my dear “Ivan the Terrible” confirms that Ria Henares is his sister.

    Toto Gonzalez

  42. December 17, 2006 at 5:35 am


    Thanks for the confirmation.

    Toto Gonzalez

  43. Ivan Henares said,

    December 17, 2006 at 4:40 am

    Yes, Ria is my sister.

  44. xxxx said,

    December 16, 2006 at 9:19 am

    toto and paz. your prima and i live in the same country club then. they must also attend high mass at saint catherine’s (though i usually don’t attend masses unless it’s the holidays or i’m dragged to by the family…i’m a sinful one you know)

  45. December 15, 2006 at 5:49 am


    Thanks for the confirmation.

    Toto Gonzalez

  46. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    December 15, 2006 at 5:33 am

    Yup, that’s Cousin Annie alright. Dr. Anna Maria A. Abrigo is based in Orange Park, Florida and is married to Philippe Marasigan Abrigo. I think I mentioned that she was in town recently with her husband and youngest daughter, Amelia Therese.

  47. December 14, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    cousin paz:

    I’ll ask my dear “Ivan the Terrible”…

    Toto Gonzalez

  48. December 14, 2006 at 2:20 pm


    If we’re talking about the same Dr. Anna Maria “Annie” Cacnio Anicete-Abrigo based in Florida, the answer is yes. She is a fourth cousin of mine through the Arnedo-Espiritu line. [ Her mother, Luz Mercado Cacnio-Anicete, was a third cousin of my father, Augusto Beda Arnedo Gonzalez; her grandmother, Maria Paz Mercado y Espiritu [ Mrs. Vicente Cacnio ], was a second cousin of my grandmother, Rosario Arnedo y Espiritu [ Mrs. Augusto Gonzalez Sr. ]; her great grandmother Maria “Mariquita” Espiritu [ Mrs. Wenceslao Mercado ] was a first cousin of my great grandmother Maria “Maruja” Espiritu y Dungo [ Mrs. Macario Arnedo ]; her great great grandfather Lucas Armayan-Espiritu y Macam was a younger brother of my great great grandfather Pedro Armayan-Espiritu y Macam [ + 1905 ]. The blood relation is a tad distant, but relatives are relatives.

    Sorry for the long-winded explanation. 😛

    Toto Gonzalez

  49. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    December 14, 2006 at 6:08 am

    Just curious, is Ivan Henares related to Ria Henares who worked at Saatchi about a year ago? She has Capampangan roots too.

  50. xxxx said,

    December 14, 2006 at 3:21 am

    Such a small world indeed.

  51. xxxx said,

    December 14, 2006 at 3:20 am

    You are related to a Dr. Anne Abrigo of Florida? of Orange Park?

  52. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    December 4, 2006 at 6:29 am

    I don’t know if you were able to hear the story of Tita Miding last Saturday regarding the love story of Virgilio Gonzalez and Rosa Cacnio. She said that the link to the supposed union was Virgilio’s brother Francisco Javier Eligio Gonzalez (Tweetums’ lolo). Apparently, Virgilio was so smitten by Osang (her nickname) that he was really bent on marrying her. The courting “style” then, if one may call it, was for the man to come to the house of the lady between 5 to 6 PM (shortly before the Angelus) and it would be her father who would entertain him. In this case, it was my Lolo Romualdo (Romualdo Cacnio y Pascual I). While he was talking to her father, she would be in her room praying! The courtship lasted for 10 years! Gosh… she almost broke the record of Tita Miniang!

    I guess he waited too long until he met his future wife, as you mentioned, Rosario Chiong-Veloso Singson, a native of Cebu (?). According to Tita Miding, even when the engagement of Virgilio to Charing had already been announced, he was still hoping that Osang would change her mind. And this was based on a letter Virgilio sent his brother Javier; the contents of which were addressed to Rosa. There, he said that he was willing to break the engagement if she agreed to marry him. However, she was bent on staying single. Wow! How dramatic and so like a telenovela right?

  53. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 27, 2006 at 4:00 am

    I actually didn’t check out “the original” signature at the back. Yup, all photos just had to have that “original” chuva (!). Anyway, Imang Rosa was probably not allowed to become a nun because of the links of her uncle, Jose I to the “La Liga Filipina” (the roots of Philippine masonry, right?) Jose was one of the founding members of this secret organization. It was said that when Rizal was trying to elude arrest by the Spaniards he was at one time sent to the Cacnio Family estate in San Simon, Pampanga (specifically in the family-owned Barrio San Miguel) to hide. The old chapel still stands up to this day.

    As for the 25-year courtship of Clemente Pangan to my Tita Miniang, it is really one for the books. I only learned about it from my mom’s 1st cousin on her father’s side (Tita Betty Cacnio Tanedo) many years ago. She told us that had Miniang married earlier, she could have had at least 1 child to take care of them. But honestly, she was such a devoted wife to him. They simply enjoyed their togetherness travelling all over the world (even to places other people have never visited). When she died in 1989, he followed after 11 months.

    According to my mom, no one in the family suspected that she was still going to get married. And to Tito Mente pa (God rest his soul; he was actually not liked by the family too as there was some sort of a bias against people from San Simon. You see, Jose Cacnio I, Tita Miniang’s great granduncle was killed by “tulisanes” from San Simon who planned to steal from him) But Clemente had always been waiting in the wings. Matiyaga…

    Tita Miniang was the prettiest among the 5 Cacnio sisters. Mom said that a close relation of yours Rogerio (“Rogie”) Gonzalez courted her and wanted to marry her. At that time, she was so engrossed with her career as a teacher and had been going back to school for her masters and her doctorate. Clemente (or Tito Mente) on the other hand, also went back to school and took law and even a masters in law. Four months before Tito Do (Romualdo II), mom’s youngest brother married in 1963, my mom and my dad got a shocking request from my Tita Miniang for them to arrange for a simple wedding for her and Tito Mente. My dad even had to call the parish priest of Bacoor, Cavite (where he hails from) to solemnize the simple wedding. So in 1963, the Cacnios had their version of “sukob.”

    I was laughing when you mentioned making the practice of “asking for forgiveness” a flourishing business. Well, my mom will be your dutiful ally! (Hahahaha….)

  54. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 27, 2006 at 3:33 am

    Yes, the image of San Romualdo came from my great grandfather. I think it was customary for people to have an image of the saint they were named after. Yes, we are related to the Pascuals of Malabon. The Cacnios were an old Filipino-Chinese/Tagalog family too. It is assumed that they descended from Chinese merchants and Cacnio was a Hispanized name. There is also a link to the Tiangcos and even the controversial Archbishop Oscar Cruz (of Dagupan) who says he is a Cacnio.

    The last recollection of Tita Zon is that we descended from one Alejandro Cacnio, the son of a Chinese merchant. Alejandro was a bamboo trader whose business took him to several towns of Pampanga, one of them Apalit. This was sometime in the late 1700s. He met the ward of the parish priest of the town named Dolores Medina (she was referred to as “Dolores cing cumbintu”). They fell in love. However, the parish priest hated Alejandro because everytime he visited, he refused to kiss the hand of the fraile. So the priest told them to break-up. And they did. However, she was already pregnant with his son. I am not sure if she remarried but what I know is that she did not let the son use the Cacnio surname, but Medina. Many years later, from this Medina descended Florencia Medina Reyes Pangilinan (grandmother of the famous Manny Pangilinan).

    As for Alejandro, he married Brigida Bernardo (we have an old image of Sta. Brigida too but I think it was given to one of the Cacnio sisters already). The union produced Baldomero and Pedro (?). If I am not mistaken, it is the Pedro Cacnio branch where Clementina Elizalde y Cacnio descended from. I think Pedro married Regina Mercado (an aunt of my Lola Paz which makes her a 3rd cousin of her husband).

    Baldomero (who became gobernadorcillo of Bo. Tambobong for many, many years) later married Alejandra Pascual (I think she was a Naval by her mother). Their children were Romualdo I (who married Estefania Garcia y Timbol), Jose (single and who became gobernadorcillo too of the town), and Carmen (who was also single).

    As I mentioned earlier, Romualdo produced Vicente (my mom’s dad), Jose (single), Alfredo (married), Rosa and Rosario.

  55. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 27, 2006 at 3:12 am

    Hi Toto,

    Just a thought… wasn’t Judy Ann actively campaigning for Jamby when she was running for senator? She was all over the place. And people say that Judy Ann was a plus factor for her candidacy. I just remembered…


  56. Ivan Henares said,

    November 26, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    Toto, if you say they are related by blood however distant; my answer there is WE ALL ARE. Right?

    On Henson, I’m not sure. I’ll find out when I get back to Manila.

  57. November 26, 2006 at 4:35 pm


    I strongly suspect that Judy Ann Santos and Ma. Ana “Jamby” Abad Santos Madrigal are related by blood, however distant. The key lies in Judy Ann’s great grandparents Joaquin Dayrit y Singian and Maria Paz Cuyugan y de Leon. The key lies further in her Mexico de Leon antecedents. And in Jamby’s Mexico Hizon antecedents. Both are patrician clans of the town. It is virtually impossible, I daresay, that there were no marriages between those families which resulted in the ancestors of both Judy Ann and Jamby.

    You’re a cousin of Judy Ann Santos too, you know.

    Toto Gonzalez

  58. November 24, 2006 at 1:59 pm


    I pity Clemente Pangan for waiting 25 years to marry his lady love Herminia Cacnio… What substance was he on??? *laughs*

    Your grandfather was Vicente Cacnio y Garcia. His father was Romualdo Cacnio y Pascual of Barrio Tambobong [ Navotas ]. That beautiful image of “San Romualdo” [ Abbot? Hermit? ] must have come from him. If Romualdo Cacnio was a Pascual on his maternal side, then you are related to the Pascuals of Malabon.

    Toto Gonzalez

  59. November 24, 2006 at 1:45 pm


    I just realized that it is logical for the old San Fernando families to trace their lineages to the principal families of the adjacent towns of Bacolor and Mexico as San Fernando itself was created from the barrios of those two older towns in 1754…

    Did the Henson Clan originate in Mexico, Pampanga? Everyone knows that they certainly flourished in Angeles [ and how!!! ], but the Chinese progenitor “Eng Son” / “Son Eng” was not from there…

    Toto Gonzalez

  60. November 24, 2006 at 1:34 pm


    Yes, Lolo Vijing Gonzalez really courted Lola Rosa Cacnio. I was told by Lola Ising [ Elisa Juana Arnedo y Espiritu, Mrs. Fortunato K. Sazon o 1910 – + 1987 ] that she was very pretty in her youth.

    I hope his photograph addressed to your Lola Rosa wasn’t signed as “The Original” [ they were all sooooo unoriginal in those days because they all signed themselves as “The Original”!!! Whatthe*??? ] *lolsz!*

    It must have been quite a courtship then — some 80 years ago — for it to remain in the collective family memories of the Cacnio and the Gonzalez up to the present. I do wonder though, why Lola Rosa’s parents objected to her entering the nunnery. In those days, to have a “religious” in the family was a privilege and a status symbol…

    I am sure that Lola Rosa Cacnio worked with Lola Charing Arnedo-Gonzalez, Lola Charing Valdes-Gonzalez, and Lola Auring Ocampo-Escaler in financing seminarians and in assisting the Apalit Parish Church.

    I never met Lola Rosa. Perhaps she passed away even before I was born in 1967. The way you described her — gracious, conservative, soft-spoken, gentle —- sounded very much like the last Arnedo daughters, Lola Titay [ Maria Ignacia Arnedo y Sioco o 1872 – + 1964 ] and Lola Ines [ Ynes Arnedo y Sioco o 1876 – + 1954 ], the much-loved paternal aunts of Lola Charing.

    Actively asking for forgiveness during the Lenten and Christmas seasons was an old religious practice. Actually, it should still be the case but nobody does it nowadays. It’s a good thing I wasn’t alive then… I would have made “forgiveness” a flourishing business!!! *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  61. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 24, 2006 at 7:33 am

    Herminia Cacnio y Mercado (who later became Mrs. Clemente Pangan) was my mom’s eldest sister. She was childless having married her boyfriend after (believe it or not… this is for the Guiness Book of records) …. 25 years of courtship! The daughters of Vicente and Maria Paz (Mercado) Cacnio were: Herminia, Corazon, Milagros, Luz, and Esther Lucia.

    Imang Rosa was the sister of my Lolo Vicente. Her other siblings were: Jose (single), Atty. Alfredo Baldomero Cacnio y Garcia (who married Gregoria Tejuco), and Rosario (“Charing”) Cacnio (also single). Their mother was a Pampanguena, Estefania Garcia y Timbol. Their father was a Chinese mestizo (Mestizo de Sangley I was told) named Romualdo Cacnio y Pascual who traced his roots actually from Barrio Tambobong (the old name of Navotas).

  62. Ivan Henares said,

    November 24, 2006 at 5:12 am

    Hmmmm, so there you have it. Jamby is a Mexico Hizon since the Hipolito-Hizon branch is from there. Tita Elsie and Evelyn are 2nd cousins of my mom. They are the ones who inherited the Mexico image from their de Leon ancestors. Almost all families in San Fernando trace their lineage to patrician Bacolor or to Mexico, that includes the family of 1902 San Fernando municipal president Mariano Leon Santos y Joven, which is why your good friend is my uncle. Bwahahahaha!

  63. November 23, 2006 at 2:52 pm


    Thank you for the information!!! I’m so glad to get the facts from you, the true Pampanga historian!

    That White House in Barangay Dolores along MacArthur Highway is now the home of my Rodriguez-Dayrit cousins “Ache” Elsie and “Ache” Evelyn Dayrit Rodriguez. I should visit them there some time.

    The de Leon of Mexico, Pampanga. Isn’t that the family of the brothers who engaged each other in a duel PreWar?

    It’s interesting to learn that even the San Fernando Singian trace their lineage to patrician Bacolor…

    It was Louie Dison West who told me that Jamby Madrigal is a Hizon descendant. Maria Ana “Jamby ” Madrigal’s mother Amanda Abad Santos y Teopaco [ Mrs. Antonio Paterno Madrigal ] and aunt Victoria Abad Santos y Teopaco [ Mrs. Jose Paterno Madrigal ] were the daughters of Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos Sr. and Amanda Teopaco y Hizon. Amanda Teopaco y Hizon was the daughter of Pedro Teopaco and Miguela Hizon y Hipolito. Miguela Hizon y Hipolito was the daughter of Atanacio Hizon y David and Aniceta Hipolito. Miguela was a younger sister of General Maximino Hizon y Hipolito.

    Now tell us, are Jamby Madrigal and Judy Ann Santos related by blood???

    Toto Gonzalez

  64. November 23, 2006 at 2:41 pm


    I’m confused [ that’s why it’s taking me so long to reply 😛 ]: I know that Lola Rosa was an aunt of “Imang” Azon, “Imang” Miding, and your Mom. Was she Cacnio or Mercado? She couldn’t be a sister of your grandmother Maria Paz Mercado [ y Espiritu ] de Cacnio because the latter only had two sisters, Concha and Josefa.

    And Herminia Cacnio “Imang” Miniang…???

    Toto Gonzalez

  65. Ivan Henares said,

    November 22, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Toto! Judy Ann Santos is a great-granddaughter of Joaquin Singian Dayrit and Maria Paz de Leon Cuyugan who lived in the white house along MacArthur Highway in Dolores. There are more prominent families in Judy Ann’s blood including the de Leons from Mexico who own the ivory image of Sta. Monica.

    Correction on Singian, Judy Ann’s Singian is not from Sto. Tomas. Only the Cristino Singian de Miranda branch is said to be from Sto. Tomas SIMPLY because he married a Torres from there. But Cristino, together with his sister Victoria Singian de Miranda were from San Fernando, being children of Bernardino Singian de Miranda, a gobernadorcillo of San Fernando. Bernardino’s father was from Bacolor.

    I’m not quite sure about Jamby being a San Fernando Hizon (let me double check but if she is Hizon, maybe it’s Mexico). But for sure, she is a Teopaco and Abad Santos, both prominent families of San Fernando.

  66. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 21, 2006 at 7:06 am

    Yup, your Lolo Vijing courted Imang Rosa (she was known in Apalit as “Dona Rosa” while the unsinkable is addressed as “Madam” by her grandnephews and nieces; to me she’s simply “Barbie No. 2″). I think the photo I will give you even has his dedication to her in Capampangan.

    According to my mom, the Gonzalezes were really looking forward to the union but unfortunately, it fizzled out. Why? She doesn’t know… Well, it could be because Imang Rosa wanted to become a nun but her parents did not want her to.

    Imang Rosa remained single but was so involved with church work even until her death. However, she maintained ties with the Gonzalezes as they collaborated with her in doing charity work, sending so many seminarians to school and helping their parish in Apalit.

    I am not sure if you ever met Imang Rosa when she was alive. She was one gracious lady of the old school, very conservative, soft-spoken and never (and I mean never) angry. She practically prayed the whole day! She was my idea of someone who just got better with age. She was always dressed neatly for Church in her signature “starched” brown saya (she must have been a devotee of San Antonio or the Brown Scapular).

    It’s amazing how she could be so humble as to ask for forgiveness from her “apos” like me especially every time the seasons of Lent or Advent came. According to my mom, that was Imang Rosa’s practice even before when she was a child. However, my mom would “blackmail” her and tell her that she would remain unforgiven if she didn’t give her some money! Hahahaha!

  67. November 20, 2006 at 2:40 pm


    I would appreciate that!!! The more pictures the better!!!

    One of Lolo “Bosto’s” [ Augusto Diosdado Gonzalez y Sioco ] brothers courted your Lola Rosa Cacnio. Was it Lolo “Vijing” [ Dr. Virgilio Rufino Gonzalez y Sioco ] or Lolo “Quio” [ Joaquin Jorge Gonzalez y Sioco ] ? Ask Tita Esther, she would know.

    I will show that photograph of Lolo “Vijing” [ Dr. Virgilio Rufino Gonzalez y Sioco; he married the uberrich Rosario Singson y Chiong Veloso of Cebu ] to his grandchildren Charo Cancio-Yujuico, Dr. Vicki Gonzalez Belo, and David de Padua.

    Toto Gonzalez

  68. November 20, 2006 at 2:31 pm


    I know a little. Certainly not as much as “Imang” Azon and “Imang” Miding. They even know what those people smelled like!!! *lolsz!*

    It’s good to have a hard copy of everything written. One virus can wipe away all files in a click!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  69. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 20, 2006 at 4:30 am

    By the way, I found an old photo of Virgilio Gonzalez in the old family album. He was still single at that time. Would you be interested? I can scan it for you and include it in the CD I prepared.

  70. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 20, 2006 at 3:57 am

    I am so impressed! You really know our family history. I am actually printing your comments and filing them so that I have a hard copy.

  71. November 19, 2006 at 3:10 am


    Yes, the blood relations of the Mercado to the Arnedo, Escaler, and Gonzalez are closer than people know. After all, they all lived next to each other in Sulipan.

    “Imang” Azon and “Imang” Miding remembered everything about the family. I think they still do, barring a few hitches… 😛

    Yes, Lucas Armayan Espiritu y Macam and _____ Yutuc had four children: Maria, Victoria, Ines, and Luis. Luis Espiritu y _____ married Tiburcia Arnedo and had three children: Jose, _____, and Emilia. Jose Espiritu y Arnedo became the Dean of the UP College of Law. He was the father of Lourdes Espiritu-Campos. Emilia Espiritu y Arnedo married Benjamin Cruz [ an Arnedo relative ] of San Simon, Pampanga. She was the mother of Ambassador Carmen Cruz-Sexton.

    Toto Gonzalez

  72. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 17, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Bibiano Reyes who married Concha Espiritu Mercado is not the Tito Toy Reyes connection. I think he was a school teacher. I am not really sure but I think he was not liked by the family.

    It’s good you have your notes (please try to find them). Okay, I think you are right about Basilio Mercado. Tita Zon and Tita Miding knew the family tree by heart then but of course, things are different now. As one cousin commented, “nag-babalikbayan” na ang memories nila!

    My great grandmother Mariquita Espiritu (who married Wenceslao Mercado) was one of three daughters of Lucas Espiritu y Armayan (?). Her other siblings were Victoria Espiritu Reyes (Tito Toy’s grandmother), Inez Espiritu Galang, grandmother of Tito Noli Soriano (a surgeon who was for many years US-based until his retirement) and a brother named Luis Espiritu.

  73. November 16, 2006 at 3:55 pm


    Was Wenceslao Mercado the son of Basilio Mercado and Josefa Arnedo? Years ago, “Imang” Azon and “Imang” Miding told me that there were three Mercado y Sioco brothers: Basilio [ married Josefa Arnedo ], Balbino [ married Paula Arnedo ], and Atanacio [ married Francisca Armayan Espiritu y Arnedo Cruz ]. Their Sioco mother, who married Crisanto Mercado, was a sister of Josef Sioco of Sulipan [ “Joseng Daga” o 22 January 1786 – + 26 December 1864; the progenitor of the Arnedo, Escaler, and Gonzalez Clans ]. They were first cousins of the sisters Maria de la Paz Sioco [ y Carlos ] de Tanjutco de Arnedo, Sabina Sioco [ y Rodriguez ] de Escaler, and Florencia Sioco [ y Rodriguez ] de Gonzalez. That was why Tweetums’ grandparents Francisco Javier Eligio Gonzalez y Sioco and Josefa Mercado y Espiritu were actually uncle and niece — Francisco Javier and Josefa’s father Wenceslao were second cousins.

    I actually have a pile of notes about the Mercado – Arnedo – Espiritu linkages from conversations with “Imang” Azon and “Imang” Miding years ago, but I can’t find them for the time being…

    Thank you for the corrections. Done!

    Toto Gonzalez

  74. November 16, 2006 at 3:38 pm


    Are Concha Mercado and Bibiano Reyes the grandparents of Tito “Toy” Reyes? I was told that those Reyeses are a branch of the prominent Reyes of Malolos, also relatives of the Arnedos of Sulipan. Years ago, I was told by a senior Reyes lady in Canalate, Malolos — the wonderful Candida “Dading” Tanchangco Reyes — that Governor Macario Arnedo used to address her father Ramon Reyes as “Coya Amon.”

    The JDN CKS HAU is a great place for research into all things Kapampangan. The staff is very knowledgeable and very helpful. Have fun!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  75. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 16, 2006 at 6:46 am

    Just a slight correction, my great grandfather Wenceslao was the only child of Basilio Mercado and not Tiburcio as I wrote you earlier. Also, Tita Miding’s real name is Milagros (not Remedios) because she was born on November 29, 2 days after the feast of the Virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa.

  76. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 16, 2006 at 5:34 am

    My grandmother’s mom was Mariquita Espiritu who married Wenceslao Mercado, an only child of Tiburcio (?) Mercado. She had 3 daughters, Concha (who married Bibiano Reyes), Maria Paz (who married my grandfather Vicente Cacnio y Garcia) and Josefa (who married Francisco Javier Gonzalez y Sioco) and a son, Domingo (who relocated to Pangasinan after marrying someone from there).

    Gee, thanks for the address of the JDN Center. I hope to visit it one of these days.

  77. November 14, 2006 at 4:41 pm


    Hmm… you’re right. Calixto Armayan Espiritu of Sitio Alauli, Barrio San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga and Maria Macam of Calumpit, Bulacan had three children: Pedro, Lucas, and Estefania, all surnamed Armayan Espiritu y Macam [ Estefania married a Carlos, but we’ve lost track of them ]. Pedro’s daughter Maria “Maruja” Espiritu y Dungo [ de Arnedo ] and Lucas’ daughter Maria “Mariquita” Espiritu y _____ [ de Mercado ] were first cousins. Maria’s [ “Maruja” ] daughter Rosario Arnedo y Espiritu [ de Gonzalez ] “Lola Charing” and Maria’s [ “Mariquita” ] daughter Maria Paz Mercado y Espiritu [ de Cacnio ] were second cousins. That makes my Dad Augusto Beda Gonzalez y Arnedo and the siblings Corazon, Milagros, Luz, and Esther Cacnio y Mercado third cousins. And we’re fourth cousins!!! Bwahahah!!!

    Pedro Armayan Espiritu y Macam married three times. His first wife was Maxima Santa Rita, whom he described in his Last Will as having had no money. His second wife was the heiress Dorotea Arnedo Cruz, with whom he had a daughter, Francisca Armayan Espiritu y Arnedo Cruz, who married Atanacio Mercado. His third wife was his housekeeper, the peasant Ysabel Dungo y Nocom [ he hid under her voluminous skirt in the “cocina” kitchen when the Spanish officers and the “guardias civil” came looking for him on suspicion of sedition after the “Cavite Mutiny” in 1872; she probably had no underwear as was the practice of that time, only an “enagua” slip; he had to marry her after that to maintain her honor; that or he was just aroused by her pheromones ], with whom he had six children: Eulogio, Maria, Dalmacia, Gregorio, Aurea, and Ysidora, surnamed Espiritu y Dungo. That man had a thing for peasant women… Bwahahah!!! 😛

    The JDN – CKS HAU Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies is at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City. It is a great repository of All Things Pampanga. The staff are all my friends. Look for the Center’s director Robby Tantingco and Arwin Lingat.

    Toto Gonzalez

  78. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 13, 2006 at 10:43 am

    Hi Toto,


    Tita Miding, Tita Zon and my mom are your dad’s cousins. Lola Charing is an aunt from their mother’s (Maria Paz Espiritu Mercado Cacnio) side. A 2nd cousin, I believe.

    Just curious… where is the JDN Center for Capampangan Studies? Would be interesting to do some research.

  79. November 9, 2006 at 4:24 pm


    Judy Ann Santos is a San Fernando Dayrit by descent. How exactly, I don’t know. It was the historian Ivan Henares, a Dayrit descendant himself, who told me. My friends at the JDN Center for Kapampangan Studies at the HAU also know; most Pampango genealogies are filed there.

    I should ask those people — that since Judy Ann Santos is a San Fernando Dayrit descendant, and Jamby Madrigal a Mexico – San Fernando Hizon descendant [ both large clans whose descendants have intermarried several times ] — could it be possible that the two are actually very distant cousins??? It is possible. That would really make the Judy Ann – Jamby political campaign tandem more memorable [ and prophetic? ]!!!

    I really love your aunts “Imang” Miding and “Imang” Azon… They are cousins of Lola Charing and are my surrogate grandmothers. I think it’s wonderful that “they threaten to last forever”!!!

    Try not to laugh so much… as the late Lourdes Jimenez Carvajal a.k.a. “Inday Badiday” said: “‘Careful,’ ‘careful’…Kailangan ay maging ‘careful’…!!!”*lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  80. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 9, 2006 at 8:18 am

    Hi Toto! Yup, I heard that Judy Ann is a Dayrit. What a funny way of describing Tita Miding! Unsinkable! That is soooooo her! Here I am again laughing so loud while everyone’s eyes are on me.

  81. November 8, 2006 at 12:40 pm



    I’m glad that Cousin Dr. Annie found some of the posts amusing. This blog is primarily intended for entertainment!!!

    I’m sure some of the posts will take “Imang” Esther back in time…

    I was just about to ask you about that Gonzalez – Mercado family reunion. I’m so glad that it turned out well!!! I’m happy that you were even able to bring the two “Barbies” [ lolsz! ]!!! How’s Tweetums? I haven’t seen her in a while. My fault though, she has left me all her contact numbers and addresses but I haven’t found the time to get in touch. I hope that you haven’t lent out original photographs as I had warned you… remember what happened to ours!!!

    The forthcoming wedding of Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos will actually bring together four old Pampango families: the Sulipan, Apalit Gonzalez and the Minalin Mercado [ Ryan A.’s ], the San Fernando Dayrit and the San Fernando Singian [ Judy Ann S.’s ].

    Thank you in advance for that CD, I’ll need it!!!

    I am really looking forward to the unsinkable “Imang” Miding’s 89th birthday celebration this late November. It is always such a pleasure to spend a day with your family at your beautiful ancestral home!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  82. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 8, 2006 at 7:58 am

    Hi Toto! Our cousin, Dra. Annie (Cacnio) Anicete-Abrigo, daughter of Tita Lucing (mom’s sister who died last year) was in town for a few weeks and I told her about your blog. She is based in Florida.

    I printed some of the pages on your blog for my mom to read as she is definitely hands-off on this techy “chuva.” Annie saw some of the materials and she was laughing and laughing. She promised to read your blog as soon as she gets to Florida.

    By the way, we had a very interesting and touching reunion with the descendants of Josefa Mercado y Espiritu – Javier Gonzalez y Sioco at the Quezon City Sports Club a few weeks back. I came with my mom and her 2 “Barbies” (Tita Miding and Tita Zon) and brought with us some old photos. It was great to finally meet newfound relatives. Of course Ryan was there with our soon-to-be family member, Juday! They even went to our table to meet their 3 lolas.

    By the way, I promised to send you these old (sepia) photos right? Will give you a CD when we see each other at Tita Miding’s 89th birthday this November.

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