Chichi Bacolod

We wouldn’t have had it any other way…  We had to be guided by a genuine Bacolodnon “peaches-and-cream” beauty on our first visit to Bacolod City in Negros Occidental.  And it had to be our dear friend, Alexandra “Alexie” Javellana Claparols, of that legendary Talisay family, the Claparols-Lacson Araneta, who brought us around.

The Claparols-Javellana residence, Bacolod City.

Tito Eddie Lacson Claparols’ soaring den / library / study was one of the most elegant I had ever seen here in the Philippines…

The frankly palatial Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma mansion, Talisay.

Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma married Rosario Araneta [ Cabunsol ] y Emilia.

Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma had declared himself the “King of Negros” and it was his “Chateau de Versailles”…

I thought that it was the “Chateau de Versailles” at “Talisailles”…!!!  Sounds chic, doesn’t it???

The man had an ego the size of planet Earth.

It was every bit as unbelievably grand as Martin “Sonny” Imperial Tinio Jr. had long described it to be…

The mansion devolved to Aniceto’s and Rosario’s daughter, Carmen Lacson y Araneta, who married Ricardo Claparols y Deig.

And yes, the controversial and fabulous Rose Lacson Hancock Porteous of Australia is a real granddaughter of the controversial and fabulous Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma!

The Balcells-Claparols residence, Talisay.  Tita Carmita Lacson Claparols-Balcells.

Sprinkled around Tita Carmita Claparols-Balcells’ living room was the original suite of [ imported ] 1880s Renaissance Revival-style furniture from the family mansion… still upholstered in the original rose-colored silk!

But what struck us — the visitors from Manila — the most was the sight of a large, motionless “tuko” gecko posing outside one of Tita Carmita’s living room windows.  It was the size of a small alligator!

Tita Carmita had built an entirely new bedroom just to house the famous 1880s, “Ah Tay” style Lacson-Araneta “cama de medio cielo” and the “aparador de tres lunas” from the family mansion… The bed and the “aparador” were justifiably magnificent aside from their sterling provenance and were understandably highly-desired pieces by top Manila antique collectors.

With the aristocratic Tita Carmita at a distance, the gays in the group waxed nostalgic as they reminisced a half-naked Philip Salvador, in all his nubile glory, lounging on that very “cama de medio cielo” in Lino Brocka’s “Gumising Ka, Maruja.”  They thought that the only thing lacking was Kris Aquino.

The Rossello-Claparols residence, Talisay.  Tita Layette Lacson Claparols-Rossello.

Tita Layette liked to make pasta.  And newly-made pasta in all its delightful incarnations wound sinuously around her dining table, dining chairs, settees, side chairs, coffee table, and side tables…

She had some pieces of extravagant 1880s Chinese Ch’ing Dynasty mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture from the family mansion — a chess table among them — casually tossed about in her entrance hall.

Tita Layette had inherited the entire “Ah Tay”-style dining room suite of the family mansion.  They were exquisite pieces guaranteed to provoke uninhibited collecting lust among top Manila antique collectors.   She had the long sectional dining table, the dining chairs, and the two corner cabinets with display shelves where some of the Lacson-Araneta china and silver had been stored.  The two corner cabinets with their display shelves were too tall for her dining room, so she dismantled these and used the shelves independently.  Her friends commented that they had never seen prettier pieces.

When we asked the practical Tita Layette if she missed living in their ancestral mansion, she grimaced and frankly complained:  “I hated supervising the cleaning in that house!  Too big!  Too dusty!  No, no, no… I’ll never live there again!”

The Claparols-Medina residence, Talisay.

The Gaston Hacienda Santa Rosalia, Manapla.

It was the mansion used in director Peque Gallaga’s magnum opus “Oro, Plata, Mata.”

We saw the big concrete shoe where the character played by Joel Torre lost his virginity in the film…

Tita Mila Gaston.  She was an elegant lady…

All the girls in the group had a crush on Jomi Gaston.  The gays too.

It was unfortunate that the very charming and very witty Monsignor Guillermo “GG” Gaston was not around at the time…

“The Chapel of the Cartwheels.”  It was utterly chic and redolent of the French heritage and sensibilities of the Gaston family, in particular of Monsignor GG…

The Lizares-Alunan [ Efigenio Lizares y Treyes and Enrica Alunan y Labayen ] mansion, Talisay.  It was well-maintained, high Negrense elegance as Sonny Tinio had always raved about.

At the turn of the “escalera principal” [ principal stairway ], a big picture hung of the powerful Lizares matriarch “Capitana Dicang,” Enrica Alunan de Lizares, seated on a settee and flanked by President Manuel Quezon and by Vice-President Sergio Osmena.  A friend quipped:  “Says it All!!!”

What was fun was that very loud rock music was booming from a bedroom of that 19th century house, causing everything to jiggle and wiggle… including the termites I thought.

The Simplicio Lizares y Alunan mansion, Talisay.  A masterpiece of Art Deco interior design and decoration by the architect Juan Nakpil.  Everything about the house was extraordinary; the architectural detailing was superb.

The Lizares-Villasor residence [ originally the Panlilio-Lizares ], Talisay.  A nice 1950s house.  There was a luminous Fernando Amorsolo portrait of the Panlilio-Lizares matriarch, Encarnacion Lizares de Panlilio [ daughter of “Tana Dicang” Enrica Alunan de Lizares ], who married Adriano Panlilio y Tizon from faraway Mexico, Pampanga.

“Balay Negrense,” the Gaston mansion, Silay.

Bernardino Jalandoni mansion, Silay.

“Panciteria Ideal,” Silay.  We ate the famous “lumpia”…

“Pendy’s.”  We had their famous “yema” cake…

Suarez residence, Bacolod City.  Boy Suarez was an affable gentleman.  There was a very unusual and rare tall 1870s “aparador” entirely of Chinese-style piercework.  It had been used as a prop in the 1982 film “Oro, Plata, Mata” by Peque Gallaga.  It had been damaged during transport but had been lovingly restored.

One morning, a dear, tall male friend finally succumbed to a long-held temptation and gathered the bedsheets in the masters’ bedroom and created draped couture “gowns” for him to pose before the magnificent, 1880s, “Ah Tay”-style “tremor” mirrored dresser of Rosario Araneta de Lacson, the wife of Aniceto Lacson.  It was the only piece of furniture that Eduardo “Eddie” Lacson Claparols had requested from the family mansion, only because his mother, Carmen Lacson de Claparols, used to comb her hair before it.  It had also been used by his wife, Celia Javellana-Claparols.

“Casa Grande” Antiques, Bacolod City.  Ernest Baker.  After chatting up a storm while looking at all the delightful antiques in stock, Ernest was very insistent that we meet his business partner, Herbert “Herbie” Montilla Tomkins:  “He will love you two!!!”

And so we were introduced to an American / Spanish mestizo gentleman who sat leisurely fanning himself on a wrought iron armchair in an airy “lanai.”  He was cordial, pleasant, and distant.  However, he soon became visibly amused with our conversation, a prattle of style.  Somehow, the talk veered to the English style of decoration…  And he recalled:  “I remember, there was this Hollywood hostess who dipped her chair covers in tea, so that they would not look new…”

Sounded like the Colefax & Fowler doyenne Nancy Perkins Lancaster.  But Hollywood???  Nooooo…

“Her name is at the tip of my tongue… I will remember in a while…”  insisted a concentrating, close-eyed Joey Panlilio, who was no stranger to the international set — having seen so much of it because of his grandaunt the international jeweller Fe S. Panlilio, during the Marcos era and afterwards —  and who knew his international social history very well.

The ice was stylishly broken when Joey Panlilio finally remembered the name of the Hollywood hostess:  “Edith Meyer-Guest!!!  That’s the name, Herbie!!!”

“You lovely people!!!”  Herbie exclaimed with a big smile, opening his arms in amazement to embrace us.

And voila!!!  We were instantly Herbie Montilla Tomkins’ newest dear friends!!!  *LOLSZ!!!*

“Balay Dako,” Hacienda Montilla-Veraguth, Ubay, Pulupandan.  It was a large “bahay na bato,” older and even larger in floor area than the palatial Lacson-Araneta [ Claparols ] mansion in Talisay town.

Herbie Montilla Tomkins and Ernest Baker.

‘L’ Fisher Hotel.


It was almost too chic…

And to our incredible surprise, The grand gentleman Herbie Montilla Tomkins sent his uniformed chauffeur and vintage limousine to bring us in authentic “Kahirup” style to the airport…!!!

That was a very memorable first time in Bacolod City!!!   🙂   🙂   🙂


*”Ah Tay” was a Chinese cabinetmaker from Binondo who made the most beautifully carved furniture with the most elegant lines in the late 19th century.  Actually, he sought to reproduce the elegance of Spanish and French furniture, and he succeeded to a remarkable degree.  The splendid architectural details and exquisite furniture of the Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma mansion are described as “Ah Tay” in style because they exhibit the crisp carving and the elegant lines which were trademarks of the renowned Chinese cabinetmaker.  Lacson-Araneta family tradition says that “a Chinese furnituremaker and his entire team from Manila were recruited by Aniceto Lacson to produce all the carved woodwork of his intended residence and that it took them three years to finish the project.”  For all we know, it may have been the redoubtable “Ah Tay”  himself and his team who worked on the monumental Lacson-Araneta mansion.

*Of all the Victorian-style furniture in various Philippine collections claiming to have been produced by “Ah Tay,” only two pieces — I repeat, only two — can be certified to have come directly from him:  a pair of elegant “narra” wood “vajillera” [ china ] cabinets with crests of stylized Prince of Wales feathers which are now in the dining room of the “Big House” [ the main house ] at the Villa Escudero in San Pablo, Laguna.  Arsenio and Rosario Escudero had purchased them directly from the aging “Ah Tay” himself during the 1920s!


  1. Noel Torrontegui said,

    March 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for that wonderful information about our family history! You are such a magnificent historian!

  2. risa kerr said,

    February 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Hello Toto, Can you tell me more about the person you mentioned John Stuart Kerr?…I would like to know if he is my great great grandfather.

  3. February 18, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Dear Noel Torrontegui:

    Your bisabuelo, Don Manuel de Torrontegui y Cembrano, was the son of Don Francisco de Torrontegui y Morales de los Ríos, who was born in Cádiz and later served in the Spanish military in the Philippines. He married Doña María de la Trinidad Cembrano y Kerr (sister of Doña Josefa Cembrano y Kerr de Ossorio, who was the mother of Don Miguel Ossorio y Cembrano, Sr. and grandmother of Victorias Milling Co.’s/VMC’s founder and President Don Miguel J. Ossorio y Lapuente, Jr.) in Binondo on 1 Aug, 1847. Doña María de la Trinidad Cembrano y Kerr de Torrontegui was the daughter of Spanish Lieutenant Officer (Teniente) Don Francisco de Paula Cembrano y Gutíerrez of Jérez de la Frontera, Andalucía and Doña María de la Concepción Kerr y Coll of Manila. Doña María de la Concepción Kerr y Coll de Cembrano was the daughter of Doña Gertrudes Coll and the early American merchant and U.S. Consul John Stuart Kerr, Esq., a member of the prominent merchant Kerr clan of Philadelphia (the papers of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson contain John Stuart Kerr’s correspondence with the President). He was among the first American merchants in the Philippines — he traded sugar, abaca/Manila hemp, and spices. He was responsible for the first recorded shipment of sugar from the Philippines to the United States: 375 tons shipped from Manila to the port of Salem, Massachusetts. (By the way, I had one stupid typo in my earlier blog post on the Cembrano, Torrontegui, Ossorio, Kerr, Barredo, González-Calderón, and Pardo de Tavera histories, as it was from something transcribed from an erroneous reference — I corrected it here).

    I also recommend getting a copy of “Los Sucesos de 1872” by the great Filipino historian Don Manuel Artigas y Cuerva, as it contains mention of Don Francisco de Torrontegui y Morales de los Ríos in connection with his military service during the Mutiny of 1872.


  4. Noel Torrontegui said,

    December 2, 2013 at 2:17 am


    Our great grandfather is Manuel Torrontegui Cembrano her mother is the “aunt” you mentioned in your post. My grandfather is Francisco Torrontegui y Calvo, his uncle is The famous Juan Calvo who navigate a flight from Manila to Madrid.

    I’m so blessed to share your post to our family. Fermions Montojo Torrontegui is my father’s cousin.

  5. rari agustin said,

    July 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

    nice blog… ive been searching for don manuel javellana. f u cud feed sum info, my family wud greatly appreciate it.. tnx…

  6. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 18, 2011 at 6:53 am

    The grandfather of Patty Cojuangco is Pepito Gonzales his other siblings are 1.Pilar G.Singson married to a cousin of Governor Chavit Singson she is a good friend of Ising Madrigal-Vazquez 2.Annie G.Lim wife of stock market wizard Eddie Lim she is a very good friend of Chito Madrigal-Collantes one of their cousin is Marcos Blue Lady Offie Recto.

  7. Martin Villarante said,

    May 6, 2010 at 4:46 am

    hi toto,

    i’ve been reading your blogs all the time. i think you can help me find history about my family, laguda – villarante. my mother is a laguda, their ancestors were said to be from mambusao, capiz. thanks.

  8. Agnes Cacho said,

    February 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Hi! I was hoping to get in touch with Alexie Claparols.

  9. September 22, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    hi Toto happened to view your blog i was interested to know about information regarding jose coscolluela thats why im here emailing you my father is agustin alunan coscolluela sr. his father is jose and his mother is segundina my father is fondly called tuting my mother is his second wife the first wife is gloria granada im living in san pedro laguna married to lito meriño and have 5 kids one recently died last june 29 lang he was 15 yrs old my eldest are twins (boys) siguro nga they are the first twins in the coscolluela family just correct me if im wrong i’ve been trying for ages na to get some information about my family tree and i would very much like to chat with any coscolluela in spain if it is not a bother to you can you help me? ito na lang ang libangan ko pagkatapos mamatay ang anak ko i’m just a plain housewife so to keep my mind busy eto trying hard to use the computer. Thank you for any help tht you can extend to me. Take care and God bless.

  10. Iyoy Manalo said,

    September 22, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    There is no such thing as a “master’s bedroom”. The proper way is ‘master bedroom’, the way one would say ‘master key’.

  11. Paquito said,

    July 17, 2008 at 8:03 am


    I assumed that the Ruíz de Luzuriaga association is what had probably created the confusion (which is why I mentioned it). Actually, the Ruíz de Luzuriaga family has straddled both Negrense and Manila society ever since the days of Col. Eusebio’s children (Don Josè, being the most prominent) and especially during Don Claudio’s time.

    As for your observation regarding Patricia’s mother (Bingbing, I take it), you are most certainly correct. I tend to avoid writing in detail about current figures of Philippine society, out of consideration for privacy (especially well-known figures, such as Tonyboy).

    …As most already know, there are those who believe that there is some evidence (weak) that the line of her father is descended from Gen. Antonio Luna (actually, one still-living columnist over here became obsessed with trying to prove this years back, if you recall)…


  12. July 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm


    On a side note: Marie Theresa “Bebe” Lammoglia-Virata once told me that Ramon and Imelda Cojuangco’s granddaughter Patricia Gonzales Cojuangco also had a considerable legacy as a Gonzales-Calderon granddaughter on her maternal side.

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. July 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm


    Mea culpa! I apologize for the error. It’s just that I grew up knowing that Ossorio + de Luzuriaga = Victorias Milling Corporation.

    As always, your comment is much appreciated. Thank you for that explanation on the linkages of the prominent Ossorio, Cembrano y Kerr, Gonzalez Calderon, Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho, Torrontegui, and Yangco families. You should know that your comments are read and affirmed by the most distinguished readers of this blog.


    Toto Gonzalez

  14. Paquito said,

    July 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Toto and Menggay:

    I don’t think that it is quite accurate to characterize the family of Don Miguel J. Lapuente Ossorio, Jr. and Doña María Paz Yangco de Ossorio as being “from Negros,” let alone Ilonggo, as you did in your respective comments. In spite of the fact that Don Miguel established the Victorias Milling Co. in Negros Occidental (along with Don Claudio Ruíz de Luzuriaga, Sr. — from a genuine, Negrense mestizo clan), the Ossorios were very much true Manileños. They were from Manila originally, lived there, and even raised their children in Manila until they were ready to be sent to Europe and/or the U.S. to continue their educations. In fact, Don Miguel, Jr. came from several generations of Manileños.

    One might recall that his father, Consul Miguel Ossorio y Cembrano, Sr. was not only an Ossorio from Manila but also a Cembrano. His mother was Doña Donna “Kukang” Cembrano y Kerr de Ossorio. An uncle of Don Miguel Ossorio, Sr., Don Vicente Cembrano y Kerr, was married to the former Doña Carolina Gonzáles-Calderón y Barredo, daughter of a Banco Español-Filipino founder, Don Ramón Gonzáles-Calderón, and Doña Carmen Barredo de Gonzáles-Calderón, of the prominent Barredo clan of Manila. Don Vicente and Doña Carolina Cembrano (who I should mention was a cousin of Don Felipe Gonzáles-Calderón y Roca) were the parents of the fair, blue-eyed, Manileña beauty Doña Concepción “Concha” Cembrano y Gonzáles-Calderón, the legendary heiress for whom Dr. Trinidad Hermenegildo “T.H.” Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho returned to Manila to marry in 1887. Their son Don Alfredo Cembrano Pardo de Tavera was the father of the late Dr. Mita López-Manzano Pardo de Tavera de Loinaz. Another Cembrano aunt of Miguel Ossorio, Sr. married a Torrontegui of Spain. Their daughter Doña Matilde Torrontegui y Cembrano married a brother of Almirante Patrício Montojo y Pasarón and had a daughter named Fermina Montojo y Torrontegui, who married Don Enrique Zóbel y de Ayala following the death of his first wife and cousin Doña Consuelo Roxas y de Ayala de Zóbel. Doña Fermina Montojo Zóbel-de Ayala was the mother of artist Don Fernando Zóbel-de Ayala y Montojo.

    Don Miguel J. Ossorio, Jr.’s wife Doña María Paz Yangco belonged to the very wealthy Chinese-Spanish mestizo Yangco clan of Luzon. Several well-known businessmen were members of this family, including a Resident Commisioner and former Insular Life President Teodoro R. Argüelles Yangco (half-brother of Paz Yangco Ossorio). Incidentally, I think that I saw a photo of Don Miguel and Doña Paz Ossorio’s family (including a young Alfonso Yangco Ossorio) on the webpage link posted by Maldita earlier in the comment area of Toto’s “The Elegance of Old Spanish Manila” article. A photo of an older Alfonso Ossorio was also there.


  15. JLB said,

    July 11, 2008 at 3:19 am

    There is an old “senora” in Bacolod who has become even more famous because of the “dentures incident.” This old “senora” is a Lacson of the Silay branch, not from the Talisay branch. This “senora” appeared and was featured in Philip*ine T*tler’s “10 people you should meet in Bacolod” last 2005. This “senora” is known to enjoy ballroom dancing so much. One night, while she was dancing with her D.I. in one the hotspots of the city, her dentures fell to the dance floor. The “senora” casually picked it up the dance floor and hurriedly placed it back inside her mouth, as if nothing happened, then continued dancing the night away. What a real trouper, this “senora”!!!

  16. February 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm


    The great abstractionist painter Alfonso Ossorio was a scion of the very rich Spanish mestizo Ossorio clan of Negros Occidental { sic } [ note the double “s”; the OSSorio are from Negros Occidental { sic } while the OSorio are from Cavite ]. The family controlled the lucrative Victorias Sugar Mills — among so many other assets — during their heyday.

    Toto Gonzalez

    [ 14 July 2008: Please refer to Comment # 20 by Paquito for an accurate history of the Ossorio clan. ]

  17. menggay said,

    February 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Toto,
    I really enjoy your posts, great stories! I do have a question about another famous (although not in his home country) Ilonggo, an artist named Alfonso Ossorio. What Ilonggo dynasty is he from? His middle name is listed as Yangco. He used to own The Creeks estate in Southampton, now the home of Ronald Perelman. I was so surprised to read about him in Vanity Fair many years ago, I have never heard of him.

  18. Juancho L. Baylon said,

    January 14, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    dear toto,

    as promised here is an article about Enrica Alunan Lizares. i hope you can make a single post about her in your blog. i have a picture of Enrica Lizares at the head of the dining table in her house in Talisay with President Manuel Quezon and Vice-President Sergio Osmena in 1938. I can email you the pic so u can post it in the blog about Enrica Alunan Lizares. i have other info and articles about her. Below is one article about her. Thank you very much for your interest about her.

    History of Negros
    by Francisco Varona
    Chapter VI, pages 7-9

    The Alunans-Capitana Dicang

    While many great haciendas was being founded in the different towns of Negros in 1850, Capitan Bartolome Alunan, married to Dona Agata Labayen, was already a prominenet haciendero of Talisay (Minuluan).This marriage bore ten children, an ordinary average of offspring today as it was then in a province so rich, it lands its own fecundiy to its women. Of these, only four were male; the rest were female.One of the males was Raymundo, father of Rafael Alunan I, one of the most distinguished sugar leaders not only of Negros but of the country as well. Among the daughters, the first born was called Enrica; the last was Segundina, mother of Alfonso Coscolluela, grandson by his paternal lineage of the brave Don Jose Coscolluela, who setteled in Negros with his wife, a native of Cabatu-an, Iloilo. Alfonso Alunan Coscolluela is one of the most important financiers of Negros. A provincial treasurer for many years, he started his public career as a modest clerk with a salary of twenty pesos a month.

    But let us go back to speak of the first daughter of Don Bartolome Alunan, Enrica by name. She is the mother of many sons, all of them great hacienderos and capitalists, and grandmother of many children, among them the brilliant and young financier, Placido Lizares Mapa. She married Efigenio Lizares in 1872 and upon being widowed, continued caring for their haciendas of Matab-ang, Minuluan and Cabi-ayan. Until now, at the age of 80 and after giving birth to seventeen children, twelve of whom are living, she continues to be the unifying inspiration and supreme authority of this great family which, aside from its numerous haciendas, also manages and supervises over the great Sugar Centrals of Talisy-Silay and Bacolod-Murcia and the small Central Danao.She is to sum it up, an extraordinary woman. At an age when she should be serene and happy after having lived a fruitful life, she does not feel contented if she cannot personally attend to her trees and plants in the garden of her manorial house in Talisay; or if she cannot inspect a cane plantation or other properties of one of her children. This admirable ancient is called with love and respect, Capitana Dicang.

    A Strong Woman

    Dona Enrica exclusively administered the hacienda of Matab-ang and those later on acquired as communal property. She lived in Talisay and had to inspect the work being done, give out the wages, etc. carried on an Orimon (chair carried by four men) to the hacienda. She covered the trip in more than half a day and returned about three or four days later.

    Aside from attending to her haciendas, Dona Enrica also occupied herself with the manufacture of delicious confectionaries for sale, maintained loans, rolled cigars and engaged in other means of making a living. To this day, and inspite of the burden of her 80 years (she was born 15 July 1855), Dona Enrica attends to all these herself. Asked why, she answers: “I have nothing to do.”

    But this is not all. It is also well known that Dona Enrica knows as she does her little fingers all that passes and all that is done or left undone in all and each of the haciendas of her children. She has time to occupy herself with how these haciendas are going along. If one son is absent, she goes to the hacienda without being asked, to personally watch over encargados. She always has counsel or some advice over the works of her sons.

    Austere by nature and firm in her judgement, Dona Enrica maintains severe discipline in the family, Her sons already rich in their own right and themselves sporting white hair, respect her and believe in her as if she were a god. She intervenes in the social activities and even politics of her sons, not so much to impose her point of view than to maintain the unity of her family which is one of the most ancient and respected throughout Negros. So old that Dona Enrica herself declares that not only her parents , Bartolome Alunan and Agata Labayen, but also her grandfather, Vicente Alunan, had been born in Negros.

  19. Joan claparols said,

    November 14, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Hello from Catalonia ( Spain – Europa). I am very happy to see Claparols in Filipinas. Our name is Catalan, and in Olot town are the first house of Claparols Nissage, near of the Vulvano Claparols. Very happy!!!

  20. Gracie Dijkhuyzen said,

    July 22, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    She can’t do anything about that, being of the family of the famous Lacson y Ledesma Araneta, lucky isn’t it she??? Just being honest about it, i think most Pinoys are quite envious if someone got lucky in a foreign country… or you could also get raped, that’s Life!!!

    From Gracie from Europe.

  21. July 2, 2007 at 12:30 pm


    Well, Rose Lacson was never poor to begin with… She is a Lacson, a Ledesma, and an Araneta by descent. One cannot get any grander than that in Negros Occidental.

    Going to work for the Australian multimillionaire Lang Hancock was just that… Work.

    Toto Gonzalez

  22. Gracie Dijkhuyzen said,

    July 2, 2007 at 9:56 am

    I am oh-so-delighted for the wealthy future of a once Filipina [ maid ] in Australia by the name of Rose Hancock Porteous. Bravo Rose Lacson of Negros!

  23. Allie said,

    May 9, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    The Locsin house in Silay, was it Marla Locsin who was around at that time?
    Grandmother of Micmic Golez grew up in that Locsin household. Reminded me of how simple was their life style. They always wanted to help the poor. A privilege life but had shared it with the needy. If only we can have a hundred more of their kind.

  24. Alexie Claparols said,

    February 28, 2007 at 1:25 am

    Upon consulting a member of the Cacho family who confirmed that their grandfather settled in Iloilo and not Negros… There is only Manolo Cacho who settled there to run a farm he owned. None of his children live or work there either. Regards.

  25. Alexie Claparols said,

    February 26, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Just for the record, Rosario Araneta is the wife of Gen. Aniceto Ledesma Lacson. His daughter Carmen Lacson is the wife of Ricardo Deig Claparols. Eduardo Claparols is the eldest son.

    If I recall correctly the Cachos are more of an Iloilo Family. The family owns Panay Electric. There are just some who settled in Negros. I will check on this fact.

  26. January 3, 2007 at 9:31 am


    Thanks a lot!!! I was waiting for a correction from Tita Alexie but she hasn’t gotten around to it. I did see the name Ricardo Claparols in an online Araneta genealogy but I wasn’t sure how accurate it was. Somehow, the name [ Eduardo ] had stuck in my mind…

    Happy New Year!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  27. Aldo said,

    January 3, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Hey Toto,

    I just stumbled upon this section. Carmen Lacson y Araneta married Ricardo Claparols y Deig (not Eduardo Claparols Sr.).


  28. October 5, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Cousin Gia:

    I am embarrassed that such an accomplished writer like you is reading my silly blog. It’s so badly written, isn’t it???

    Yes, I know that the Cachos are a prominent Ilonggo / Negrense family, but we meet so many grand people in Bacolod [ and in Iloilo ] that one almost needs a secretary to keep track of who is who, what is what, and which is which…

    You must absolutely write [ when your schedule permits! ] a long comment on my post about our dearest Lola Gely Lopez. After all, you’re her actual granddaughter and I’m just the grandson of her best friend. You have far better memories of her than I do. Besides, you’re older than I am… *winks*

    I’ve been told by friends that this blog has a chichi following… I’ve also been told that the readers’ comments are far more interesting than the actual posts: more gossipy, more controversial! *laughs*

    Are you in Manila or in Shanghai? New York or Paris? How’s Nico?

    Toto Gonzalez

  29. October 5, 2006 at 2:37 pm


    Ngek. You mean to tell me that Rose Lacson Hancock Porteous is a granddaughter of Don Aniceto Lacson? Not a great granddaughter? That would mean that her father is a son of Don Aniceto… Are father and daughter that old??? *winks*

    Thank you for Don Aniceto Lacson’s wife’s name: Dona Rosario Araneta de Lacson. She’s the link to General Juan Araneta of Bago, right?

    Toto Gonzalez

  30. October 5, 2006 at 2:28 pm


    *jumps for joy*

    Thank you for the information!

    I had completely forgotten that Tita Carmita was Mrs. Balcells and that Tita Layette was Mrs. Rossello… All I could remember was Rossello so I was wondering what Tita Layette’s married surname was… Duh.

    Tita Terry Lacson was so much fun and so hip to boot!

    Of course, I can’t forget how your brother Michael and I demolished platefuls of scallops at the market that night!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  31. gianna lopez gonzalez said,

    October 5, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    hello coz,

    congratulations on your very interesting website. just want to comment that your bacolod feature (bacolodian high society) is not complete without any mention of the cacho family.

  32. Alexie Claparols said,

    October 5, 2006 at 6:43 am

    Rose Lacson is a granddaughter and not a great-granddaughter of Aniceto Ledesma Lacson.
    The wife of Aniceto L. Lacson is Rosario Araneta Lacson, not Concepcion.

  33. Alexie Claparols said,

    October 5, 2006 at 3:55 am

    Hi there, Toto. Wow you have gotten so high tech. Just have to straighten some facts. My Tita Carmita Claparols is a Balcells. She was the one who built the room around the furniture of Aniceto Lacson. Tita Layette Rossello is the one who treated us in Chicken house with Tita Terry Lacson.
    You must not forget our incredibly cheap scallop meat in the pola-pala market for 40 pesos for 2 serving platter, not platitos.
    More power to you.
    Rose Lacson is the granddaughter of Aniceto Lacson, not great grand.

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