Slurping Soup

Our family had the usual Sunday lunches in Lola Charing’s house, presided by the paterfamilias, Brother Andrew*.  We did not have lunches in the dining room [ entirely furnished by JAO ] which had a big round table, but in the library [ entirely furnished by Gonzalo Puyat ], where there was a long table with many chairs and we could all fit in one sitting.

Brother Andrew did not sit at the head of the table.  His elder brother, Tito Hector, a large, towering man, sat there, before passing away in April 1988.  Afterwards, my eldest brother Eugenio sat there; he always had full Saturday nights so he always arrived for Sunday lunch at 1:30 p.m..  Brother Andrew sat to his right, where the lady guest of honor was always seated at elegant dinner parties.  On Brother Andrew’s right sat my younger brother Adolfo, Brother Andrew’s godson and acknowledged favorite among the five nephews and four nieces [ We were nine grandchildren.  The Gonzalez – Reyes:  Eugenio, Augusto III { me }, Adolfo, and Rosario.  The Gonzalez – Gala:  Maria Paz, Felix + , Monina + , Claudette, and Peter Paul. ]  Brother Andrew mentored my younger brother in all ways, not least his table manners.  My younger brother, like all normal children, liked to slurp his soup and chomp his food, and Brother Andrew, ever the educator, would immediately express his disapproval by staring comically at him and imitating his gestures.  Adolfo would then shrink in embarrassment and smile his trademark sly smile.

Brother Andrew often related, and mimicked, these lines — about slurping soup — of a grand Manila heiress towards her “pendejo” wimp of a “politico” husband, which he had witnessed on at least three social occasions…

“Honey!!!  How many times do I have to remind you not to slurp your soup… especially in public???!!!”

“If not for MY MONEY, you would have never amounted to anything!!!”  she declared.

Well said.

*Brother Andrew was Macario Diosdado Arnedo Gonzalez [ o 29 February 1940 – + 29 January 2006 ] who became Brother Andrew Benjamin Gonzalez F.S.C., a member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools [ the De La Salle Brothers ], and was the visionary president of the De La Salle University for a total of some twenty years.



  1. alfredo gonzalez anguita y de oglou said,

    December 20, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Toto, please tell me how to contact you privately. i have a personal request. thanks and abrazos, Alfred

  2. alfredo gonzalez anguita y de oglou said,

    December 20, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Toto, is there a way to contact you privately? I have a personal request.. Thank you and warmest regards, Alfred

  3. John Cabarrus said,

    December 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Many thanks Toto for the prompt reply. I think that this may possibly be the link. Perhaps one of their children married my great aunt. Do you know their children’s names, spouses names, and any descendants? I don’t even know if the family stayed in the Philippines.
    Warm regards,

  4. December 9, 2013 at 9:57 am


    Yes, there is a Francisco Gonzalez who married a Maria Lloret in our Gonzalez de Baliuag (“Gonzalez Doble Zeta”) family tree. But I am not sure if we are talking about the same Francisco Gonzalez since there are several of them in some 3 separate Gonzalez family trees from Baliuag, Bulacan, San Rafael, Bulacan, and Bayambang-Bautista, Pangasinan.

    Our clan’s progenitor, Fray Fausto Lopez OSA of Valladolid, Spain became the “cura parroco” parish priest of Baliuag, Bulacan in the 1840s and he had a relationship with Maria Amparo “Mariquita” de los Angeles Gonzalez, a Spanish mestiza of the town. They had 6 children: Soledad married Mariano Gonzales; Jose married Francisca Arriola Carrillo (daughter of a Fray Arriola who was assigned to Nueva Ecija & Bulacan); Dr Joaquin married Florencia Rodriguez Sioco (from bo Sulipan, Apalit & Bacolor, Pampanga); Rita married Jose Llora and they lived in Spain; Carmen became a spinster; Francisco married Maria Lloret.

    Francisco Lopez Gonzalez married Maria Lloret, the 14 year-old daughter of a Spanish ship captain. They had several children. And their children had many children as well. As far as I know, Francisco Gonzalez and Maria Lloret have many descendants. I will have to look for the “Gonzalez Doble Zeta” family tree so I can share more information with you.


    Toto Gonzalez

  5. John Cabarrus said,

    December 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Dear Toto,
    This forum is very interesting. I am looking for the descendants of Francisco Gonzalez who married a Lloret. I have just found out that a great aunt of mine, named ‘Fely’ Torres married a Gonzalez-Lloret. They would’ve married sometime in the 1920’s. Do you have any information on this family and any living descendants? Many thanks,

  6. March 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Alfred & Cess:

    Great to hear from you both!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  7. Alfredo Gonzalez Anguita y de Oglou said,

    March 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Also, Toto, am thinking I should wait for your approval before transferring the posts I mentioned…
    Warm recuerdos.

  8. Alfredo Gonzalez Anguita y de Oglou said,

    March 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I wanted to add that the news of our marriage was incorrectly posted in the Families of Old Binan section, when I think it should be here…I will copy and repost here if you don’t mind…my wife, Cess Abad Gonzalez, is herself a Cuevas Gonzalez, great granddaughter of Guadalupe’s union with Agustin Cuevas, first husband, who later married Luis Gomez, grandfather of Maita, Cita, Patty, et al.(and also Dupi Gomez Cogan, who posted in the same Old Binan section) They are all part of the Pangasinan Gonzalez clan, and thankfully, not from my line of Gonzalez’ except now, by my marriage to Cess (aka Cecilia).
    “Oh what a tangled web we weave…”LOL!

  9. Alfredo Gonzalez Anguita y de Oglou said,

    March 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm


    Wow…it’s now 2012, almost six years since I first posted, and you are still going strong!! My wife , Cess Abad(y Cuevas Gonzalez) de Gonzalez (how’s that for a doubly GONZALEZ name??LOL) and I just wanted to pop in and say hello…wishing you all the best in the year ahead…Abrazos, primo, from the two of us!!!Continued success in this most enjoyable blog site!!!!


  10. ivy marjorie cusi said,

    December 14, 2011 at 5:40 am

    how about in cusi clan in batangas?

  11. Maria Elena Valencia said,

    September 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Toto,

    My lola is Guia Gonzalez Balmori (married to Jose Avelino Jr.), daughter of Rosario Gonzalez Balmori and Joaquin Balmori. Lola Chito (Rosario) was one of the daughters of Joaquin Gonzalez Mondragon and Rosario Gonzalez Leon (the first wife) and I am doing research on our family tree. I missed the big Gonzalez reunion in Alabang a few years back but heard we were 600 Gonzalezes strong. Amazing. My lola Guia I think is from the “Balbas” line based on your information. I forgot what color shirt they wore to the reunion but saw many pictures. In any case I was wondering if you could shed any light on Joaquin Balmori and his ancestors. Lola Guia only ever mentioned Ermita and Old Manila – I had no idea the Balmoris were from Pampanga prior to that. Many thanks, Maria Elena Valencia

  12. August 22, 2011 at 11:28 am


    Hi cousin!!!

    We have transferred your comment to the post “The Families of Old Binan, Laguna” where it belongs. You will find the information and the knowledgeable Binanenses you are looking for there.

    Thank you and warmest regards.

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. jessa jean said,

    May 4, 2011 at 2:45 am

    hi,im jessa jean bonilla tare…i was hoping that u guys could help me.i am looking for a guy named jessie gonsalez,who happens to be my mother met him at the naval base of olongapo city,but my mother says that his family lives at mothers name is jennifer bonilla,50 years old.i just wanted to see my father thats why im doin anything that could help me in finding him.i tried to start looking for him at olongapo but the shoe shop that owns by his uncle was not there already…hope you could help me,…

  14. February 17, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Tito Gerry:

    Hi there!!! How nice to see you here!!!

    As far as the “official” Gonzalez de Sulipan / de Baliuag [ “Doble Zeta” ] family tree is concerned, we have not updated since 1988. We have not had a big family reunion in years. With the untimely passing of our “main family man,” [ my uncle and your first cousin ] Brother Andrew Benjamin Gonzalez, F.S.C. in January 2006, we lost the principal engine of Gonzalez clan unity. So we will have to wait until the younger clan members get their act together. Perhaps your children can help?

    Yes, your son Yves Gonzalez is popular. The whole clan sees him on TV.

    I’m great friends with your Alava-Gala first cousins — Maritess Yong, Eugene A., Vina Pelaez, & Itchay Cuenca — because they’re the maternal first cousins of my paternal Gonzalez-Gala first cousins. I’m also a good friend of your Alava-Rivera cousin, Cora Relova.

    Warmest regards,

    Toto Gonzalez, your nephew 🙂

  15. Gerry Gonzalez said,

    February 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Hello Toto,
    I am one of the sons of Fausto Gonzalez ( Gonzalez-Sioco clan of Apalit ) from Belen Alava of Pila Laguna and would like to contribute my share of Gonzalezes.I have 9 children of my own 6 boys & 3 girls , grandchildren of Fausto Sr. One of them is Yves Gonzalez who is the current spokesperson of MMDA & was a former actor and emcee known as Ivan Gonzalez.
    Let me know where I can post their names to add to your family tree. I am now living in Las Vegas .
    Keep up the good work keeping our clan alive & updated.

    Gerry Gonzalez
    (Brother of Amparito & Fausto Jr.)

  16. Ana Angeles said,

    November 15, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Hi- My father was Gaudencio Soriano-Tamayo of Calasiao, Pangasinan. When I was small my father would often refer to the Gonzales of Pantranco. My father worked for Pantranco when he was 20 till his retirement. Nice to read about this site.

  17. Junior Martinez said,

    October 27, 2010 at 4:52 am

    hi i just want to know if you know someone name Gonzalez of pangasinan who is a lawyer that time around 1850,s or 1860’s onwards? My grandmother dont know his complete name. She told me that this gonzalez is the lawyer of our great great ancestor named Ramon Gota Moras y Beltran from Spain.

  18. August 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm


    Our condolences and prayers. Had we known Mary Esteban was still alive and conscious, we would have made an effort to contact her for an interview.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  19. Javier Arriaga said,

    August 30, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Sadly, Mary Case Esteban, couturier and also great cook, passed away two weeks ago here in Australia. She was 102 years old.

  20. Gerald Yap Cruz said,

    July 26, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Thanks Toto.

    I just have some more questions. How are you related with senator Ralph Gonzalez Recto? Mam Maita ( she was my economics teacher in UP Manila) told me that the senator was part of the extensive Gonzalez de Pangasinan clan. I want to know how exactly is he related to them.

    anyways, during my college days ( UP Manila campus is just few metres away from the Ramona Building where some Gonzalez-Favis descendants are living) I frequently visited Mam Maita’s unit and ther I met the rest to the family-their only brother ( I forgot the name), Tita Ditas, Lola Betty ( during his finals days) and the spanish-speaking ever Lola Cecing (though I have not talked to her since she always masungit for reasons I do not know why).

    Can you give me more information on Manuel Ernesto Gonzalez (the only full-blood brother of Dona Ramona) . what happened to him? Who are his descendants ( i would love to see some names).

    My curiosity keeps me alive.


  21. July 23, 2010 at 7:46 am


    It’s all in the Comments section of this blog post.

    Happy reading!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  22. Gerald Yap Cruz said,

    July 23, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Hi Toto,

    Are you related to Margarita “Maita” Gomez who is a granddaughter of Dona Ramona Gonzalez de Favis, a daughter of Don Francisco Gonzalez of Bautista, Pangasinan? She is a sister of Senorita Ditas. I have been to the old house in Bautista sometime in 2006 with Senorita Maita’s son, Michael Beltran. I was told that the original house was 5x the one standing today. The one standing by my standard is big, with many rooms, many comfort rooms, and so much more. There are also pictures ( scary at times ) of Senor Francisco Balbas, Senor Asterio Favis, and more. I also remember that Senora Monay had a brother named Ernesto who was addicted to cockfighting. I was told that that Ernesto Gonzalez had children with different women in different areas. And I was also told that the Gonzalezes had given up their lands to the government’s agrarian reform program. Can you tell me exactly what happened to the landholdings of the Gonzalez de Pangasinan and their history?

  23. J.Antonio Mendoza y González said,

    July 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Gracias! See you soon 🙂

  24. June 29, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Hi primo!

    Great to hear from you!

    A listing of Intramuros residents from the 18th and the 19th centuries? Perhaps you can ask for leads from Ramon Villegas, Ambeth Ocampo, or Sonny Tinio. Sonny Tinio has done a lot of research on extant 18th century documents at the National Archives.

    Good luck!

    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  25. J.Antonio Mendoza y González said,

    June 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I just found out through family records that our Gonzalez family had always lived in Intramuros until the moved to La Ermita in the early part of the 1900’s. We came across baptismal records indicating spanish citizenry and that they lived on Calle Cabildo in Intramuros, Manila, Islas Filipinas. Would you know where I can get some sort of record or a list of the residents of Intramuros from the 18th to the 19th century?

  26. April 8, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Hi there, I remember Julio Esteban Anguita–as a child I saw him sing -with my mother Amparito-Perez-Aenlle and lulu Razon=they did an opera together==La Boheme= Ma was Musetta–Lulu was Mimi===I think Anguita as my mother called him was Rodolfo -He was a very nice man as far as I can remember-they rehearsed their parts-sometimes in the home of a gentelman names Jose-Mari– I remember that Anguita was tall -had dark hair and a spickey Mustache- a strong voice and he was definitely a spaniard–I went with my mom every where she sang -I was so lucky because got to go to Concerts-and Churches-San Agustin I went up to where the organs were-My parents were spanish-Aenlle’s from Intramouros andAparri and Perez-Gouefour from Manila were related to Goldenberg’s Godinez’-Corral’s-Ortigas’- if anyone knows anything about these old families please contact me at

  27. Titas Gonzalez-Gayoso said,

    September 25, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Hello there Toto. Funny you have the very same name of my cousin’s ex husband. Can’t we think of new names..(hahaha). I belong to the Gonzalez-Gallegos Clan. My father is the youngest of brood of 13 of which only 8 survived the Japanse war, where Joaquin’s mom had a traumatic experience in the hands of the Japs. Papa’s name is Vicente Ma. (Sept 1914 to 1998) married Carmela Hernandez y Garcia; they had 7 children: Angustias (Titas), Milagros (Millie), Vicente Jr (Jun); Sylvia (Tammy); Carmelita (Melitte); Jose Antonio (Tony) and Christina (Tina). Preceeding papa is his only surviving sister Rosario Gonzalez-Gallegos who married the late Justice Querube Makalintal of Batangas. They had 3 children: Eduardo (Poch) the lawyer; Ma. Socorro (Nenuca); and Ambrosio (Bobby). Before her came Roque married to Carmen Chacarrategui (I am going backwards, cuz you did not mention the last two). Also not mentioned was the eldest of the brothers Jose Ma. married Aurora Roxas. This is just to complete the list of the Gonzalez-Gallegos clan.

    Anton is re-doing the family tree 2010 for our reunion. I hope all goies well. Thanks. Titas Gonzalez-Gayoso

  28. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    May 20, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    My dad Pricillano B. Gonzales was born in Bulacan, Bulacan in 1913.
    He had an only sister, Paciencia Gonzales de Asuncion born 1910.
    Their mother, Dona Leonora Meneses de Belen died of childbirth in 1915.
    Orphaned, their father Don Juan Silva Gonzales and paternal spinster aunt, Dona Cipriana Silva Gonzales sent them to La Salle and Assumption as internos since grade one.
    They grew up without a first cousin Gonzales, their father being the only adult Gonzales to survive and their paternal grandfather was an only child.
    So we never had to bother about relatives.
    And tracing the Gonzales lineage, there was no Chinese line mentioned.
    In that town of Bulacan, some adults would be baptized adopting the godfather’s family name. Hence, a lot of Gonzales but no blood relation.
    I chanced upon the family name Escoto in our line and i was surprised to see that name in Bacolor too.

  29. gary gonzalez ignacio said,

    January 14, 2009 at 3:48 am

    hi again i was going thru some of the comments i was wondering y no mentiom of alejandro gonzalez as a son of fransisco balbas gonzalez on your history of the gonzalezez was he an illegitamate son ? sorry i am one of the younger generation fascinated with the history of our family hope you can send me the history and family tree thanks more power

  30. gary gonzalez ignacio said,

    January 14, 2009 at 3:22 am

    hi im a gonzalez from the alejandro side my mom is rebecca gonzalez daughter of manuel gonzalez son of alejandro gonzalez i sing for a band called alamid and im fascinated by our family tree and history can u send my the whole history and our family tree thanks ,i hope i met you on our reunion last sunday at alabang it was fun and we played a couple of songs hope to hear from u soon god bless mabuhay ang mga gonzalez

  31. ley reinares said,

    November 1, 2008 at 1:25 am

    wow finally a real relative, thanks kuya benjie, i hope u can send me a copy of our tree

  32. ley reinares said,

    October 30, 2008 at 7:40 am

    thanks benjie,
    i added you in friendster, i will also send u an email

  33. Benjamin Peter Gonzalez Ventivingo II said,

    October 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    hi ley,

    you can reach me through my email address, through my friendster account, and in ym.… thanks.

  34. Benjamin Peter Gonzalez Ventivingo II said,

    October 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    hi ley reinares,

    i’m also a descendant of Don Martin Gonzalez… he’s my maternal grandfather… my mother Victorina “Nina” is his daughter from my maternal grandmother Constantina “Concha” de los Santos [ she’s 1 ( one ) of the 3 ( three ) wives of our lolo ]… we’re now based in manila. I know because i have a copy of the family tree prepared by uncle Tomas Gonzalez, another son… i’m hoping i may be of help to you in a small way…

  35. ley reinares said,

    August 16, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    thanks in advance, coz i still have to trace my reinares side. masteral degree is is harder than i imagine, hehehe

  36. ley reinares said,

    August 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    hi, my dad is a gonzales…and my great grandfathers name is don martin gonzales, he is now buried in guagua pampanga, in our family he the don martin gonzales that u are talking about..if so,,,c,an u please give me more details about him 😦 i need it for school..and i am having a hard time getting informations in the internet..tracing family tree is difficult…oldies are not much help.. my dad never saw my dad can barely give me infor.thank you very much i will really appreciate it.

  37. Cecilia "Cess" Abad said,

    May 22, 2008 at 8:09 am

    (SORRY THIS COULD BE A REPEAT)My name is Cess(get ready for another intricate thread in the Gonzalez tapestry), my mom is Nena Cuevas, her father, Carlos Cuevas Gonzalez, born of the first marriage of Guadalupe Gonzalez, while the lovely Gomez girls, Maita, Cita, Patty, Ditas and Naty( et al-the boys) are children of Pepe Gomez, Guadalupe’s son from her second marriage. This leads to Tita Betty and Tita Cecing daughters of Guadalupe’s sister, Ramona “Monay” Gonzalez de Favis. Tita Cecing was married to her first cousin, Tito Pepe Gomez, by special dispensation…I assume.

    I mention this for Libby’s benefit…to inform her that sadly, Tita Betty very recently passed away in her nineties. She was loved and will be missed by many of us. She was a Gonzalez on her Mom’s side and a Mrs. Gonzalez, by virtue of her marriage to dear Tito Beda Gonzalez. May she rest with the angels in the company of Tito Beda and all our departed Gonzalez family members…

  38. Cecilia "Cess" Abad said,

    May 22, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Hello, I’m Cess…(get ready for a long thread in the intricate Gonzalez tapestry)…my Mom is Nena Cuevas, daughter of Carlos Cuevas Gonzalez, son of Guadalupe Gonzalez who was the sister of Ramona (Monay) Gonzalez de Favis, who happens to be Tita Betty Favis de Gonzalez’ mother.
    Tita Betty was a Gonzalez on her Mom’s side and Mrs. Gonzalez by virtue of her marriage to Tito Beda.
    I am mentioning all of this because one of my favorite Gonzalez relatives, my Mom’s first cousin, Naty Gomez, whose father, Tito Pepe Gomez (born of Guadalupe Gonzalez’ second marriage, my own grandfather, from her first) told me that sadly,Tita Betty very recently passed away in her nineties, I believe. She was loved by so many of us and will be sorely missed.
    (I thought Libby would like to know…)

  39. Libby said,

    May 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Beda Juan Medina Gonzalez was my uncle (Uncle Chong). He raised me for a short while and he lived with our family in California and we lived with him and Tita Betty in Makati when my first son was born. Uncle Chong was my favorite uncle. When I lived in Olongapo, he would often stop by and tell us the best stories. He is sorely missed! This is a great website. Thank you so much!

  40. April 17, 2008 at 8:11 pm



    The Story of the three Francisco GonzaleZes — “Balbas,” “Bungo,” and “Pugot” — of Bayambang / Bautista, Pangasinan came directly from Tita Beatriz “Betty” Gonzalez Favis-Gonzalez during her sharper days some 15 years ago [ She tells me that she can no longer remember those diminutives now. ]. Therefore, it must have come from her mother, Ramona “Monay” Gonzalez de Favis and the latter’s sisters.

    Our cousin Betsy Rohling-Malca also asked me about the parents of Francisco “Balbas” Gonzalez y Reinado. I told her that they were surely mentioned in the Last Will and Testament of “Balbas,” of which Ters Favis-Diokno has a copy which she will share with the “Gonzalez de Pangasinan” relatives.

    A “Gonzalez de Sulipan” cousin, Carlo Lopez Gonzalez, had spoken with the eminent Filipino genealogist Dr. Luciano Santiago and it was from him we got the information that the parents of our “Gonzalez de Baliuag” ancestress Maria Amparo “Mariquita” Gonzalez y de los Angeles were Vicente Gonzalez and Venancia de los Angeles. If our “Gonzalez de Pangasinan” cousins came up with the same information then we are getting nearer to the exact blood relations of the “Gonzalez de Sulipan” to the mother clan “Gonzalez de Pangasinan”!!!

    Of course, I would be very interested in the CD of the “Gonzalez de Baliuag” Family Tree. But only if it will be no trouble to you. The best way for it to reach me would be through my brother’s law office:

    Augusto M.R. Gonzalez III [ Me ]
    c/o Atty. Adolfo M. Gonzalez
    Rualo Gonzalez Romero Law Office
    Atlanta Center Bldg., Annapolis Street,
    Greenhills, San Juan

    Your father, Dindo Tuason Gonzalez, was a popular character in the “Gonzalez de Pangasinan” Clan. His name was mentioned every now and then by my uncle Bro. Andrew Gonzalez F.S.C. during Sunday after-dinner conversations. He was also mentioned occasionally by Tita Betty Favis-Gonzalez.

    Give my regards to your sister, Rica Gonzalez-Gabaldon. We first met at a small wedding of one of Patis Tesoro’s assistants years, perhaps even a decade, ago.


    Toto Gonzalez

  41. ricky gonzalez said,

    April 17, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Dear Toto,

    I too am a descendant of Francisco “barba” Gonzalez originally from Baliuag, Bulacan but subsequently settled in Bautista, Pangasinan. Always been fascinated by the life of Mariquita Gonzalez de los Angeles who I suspect was the sister of Francisco Gonzalez. She was said to be very beautiful and spoiled– and got away with having six children with the parish priest of Baliuag!! Can you imagine what sermons father Fausto Lopez would give? And going to him for confession? By the way, he is reported to have arrived in the Philippines from Spain as a fully ordained priest, at the ripe old age of 16 (overflowing with hormones, no doubt). He did come from an aristocratic family who in those days considered it fashionable to field at least one of their children to become a member of the clergy.

    Could you please inform me where you got the information about three “half brothers” by the same names respectively identified as Balbas, Bungo and Pugot? Also, would you have any information about the parents of Francisco Balbas? According to our information (from other Gonzalez elders) his parents were Vicente Gonzalez and Venancia de los Angeles Reinado? We are unable to confirm this or trace Franciso Balbas’ lineage back to where his parents came from originally.

    By the way, I have the family tree of the Gonzalez de Baliuag family in a CD. It contains almost a thousand names and was painstakingly constructed by Mike Gonzalez. If you are interested I can send you a copy via Courier.
    Enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks, cousin.

    Ricardo “ricky” Gonzalez
    son of Dindo Gonzalez and Nelly Lacson of Silay
    grandson of Manoling Gonzalez married to Pacita Tuason of Mariquina
    Great grandson of Matias Gonzalez married to Carmen de la Concha of Sibul, Bulacan
    Great great grandson of Francisco “Barba” Gonzalez y Reinado married to Feliciana Esperanza Mondragon.

  42. April 14, 2008 at 1:00 am


    As you can see in these comments, the Gonzalez Anguita married into the Araullo Family.

    Let’s hope that we see more comments from Alfredo Anguita Gonzalez and Manuel de la Torre Gonzalez…


    Toto Gonzalez

  43. Gilbert Cruz said,

    April 13, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Sorry for the wrong spelling of Maria Araullo’s maiden name. Correct spelling is Maria Conde GUEVARA.


  44. Gilbert Cruz said,

    April 13, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I am not a GonzaleZ / S descendant but I am related to some via the Barretto clan. Don Manuel Araullo’s wife Maria Conde Guevara was a Barretto descendant. Her maternal grandmother was Emilia Nogaret Barretto. For this, could anyone could tell me how many children Manuel and Maria Araullo had?

    Someone mentioned the Mondragons. Does anyone here know if these Mondragons are related to the Barrettos? A sister of my great-great-grandfather, Antonia Enriquez Barretto, was married to a Pedro Mondragon. They had 5 daughters namely: Patrocinio, Paciencia, Dolores, Remedios, and Eladia, all surnamed Barretto-Mondragon.

    Any information will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Gilbert Cruz ( )
    Manila, Philippines

  45. April 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm


    As long as you trace yourself to the “GonzaleZ de Baliuag” who transferred to Pangasinan — to Bayambang and environs to be exact — then we are related.

    According to the 95 year-old Tita Beatriz “Betty” Gonzalez Favis-Gonzalez, it was her mother, Ramona “Monay” Gonzalez de Favis — a daughter of the “GonzaleZ de Pangasinan” Patriarch Francisco “Balbas” Gonzalez y Reinado — who declared that the “GonzaleZ de Sulipan” / “GonzaleZ de Pampanga” were her “primos.” How exactly, no one remembers. It is the theory in the “GonzaleZ de Sulipan” Clan that our ancestress Maria Amparo “Mariquita” Gonzalez y de los Angeles — who had a relationship and six children with Fray Fausto Lopez OSA of Valladolid, Spain — was a sister of the three “GonzaleZ de Baliuag” brothers who transferred to Pangasinan and became the patriarchs of the family there, all named Francisco Gonzalez but with different diminutives: “Francisco Balbas,” “Francisco Bungo,” and “Francisco Pugot.”

    Yes, the Mondragon and the Moran families are descendants of the extensive “GonzaleZ de Pangasinan” Clan.

    Of course, you’ve seen the Comments section of the post “Slurping Soup.” We GonzaleZes and GonzaleSes are All There.

    Brian, I am a researcher on classical Filipino furniture. Please share with us pixes of your beautiful heirlooms. You can email me at .


    Toto Gonzalez

  46. Brian Concepcion said,

    April 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I think we might be related based on the things I’ve read on your blog. I am a descendant of the Gonzalez Clan originally from Baliuag, Bulacan. They relocated to Umingan and Urdaneta, Pangasinan during the turn of the last century. The Gonzalez Clan recently had a reunion about two years ago and it consisted of the Mondragon-Moran-Gonzalez family. Please let me know if you are familiar with these surnames as we might be long-lost cousins.

    My father is also from Baliuag, Bulacan from the Nunez de la Concepcion or simply Concepcion Clan. They were a working class family that produced Portuguese “narra” wood inlaid furniture with the cane backing that was popular 100 years ago. The house I grew up in is filled with this ancestral furniture that clearly shows the changing styles due to the passage of time. We don’t need too many pictures since our furniture holds the memories of the great uncles or grandfather that created the beds and chairs that we use everyday throughout the good and bad times it has seen in the last century. Most of the PreWar pictures were lost in WWII.

  47. March 17, 2008 at 1:45 pm


    It seems we are all getting nearer to that One GONZALEZ Ancestor, if indeed there is only one. Judging from the dark / “olive” complexions, the Iberian features, the “raccoon eyes,” and the very sharp noses of the various descendants, The Ancestor was probably a dark Spaniard from the Andalucia region in Spain. Probably even an Ottoman Arab from North Africa, from Morocco perhaps.

    If only we could all go back in time…


    Toto Gonzalez

  48. fgd said,

    February 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm

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    Hello Everybody,

    It’s been six months since my last post and tracing genealogies is very interesting (especially if your just starting .. there’s no family historian in my case). Anyway, I found my misplaced copy of family tree and I want to share it. Others may have some leads that will help fill the tree.

    My grandfather is the 7th of 8 siblings born under the union of Dalmacio Mangle Gonzalez and Florencia Luza Mercado. These are the siblings: Emiliano, Ana, Pastor, Dorothea, Buenaventura, Januaria, Pedro (my gramps), and Victoriana. They were born at Southern Leyte.

    Dalmacio was the son of a Spanish mestizo – I’m not sure if he comes from Manila – this is the missing link that I can’t trace and Eustaquia [middle name] Mangle.

    Florencia was the daughter of “Imo” [middle name] Mercado and [first name] [middle name] Luza. “Imo” have two other siblings “Acoy” and Juana, there’s a certain Antonio [middle name] Marqueda in my record that I can’t link with.

    This ends my record, if you have any information about these names please feel free to contact me.

    Toto, I hope your blog will have more posts. I enjoy reading it. Until next time.

  49. J.Antonio Mendoza y González said,

    February 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Primo, thanks for the wonderful introduction! As I read this today, I just darted to the nearest mirror and cringed at the thought that if someone saw me now, they would wonder what the hell you were talking about. 🙂

    Hope we can find the missing links to complete the whole cycle. Could it be that we all descended from the same man?

  50. February 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm


    Hi there!!! Great to see you here!!!

    Thank you for enlightening us on the Gonzalez de Manila. It certainly completes the circle. Now, it’s time to connect the various Gonzalezes from everywhere!!!

    You guys are lucky to have preserved your Spanish mestizo good looks. We guys look straight from Shanghai!!! *LOLSZ!!!*

    Friends and Cousins, this is my friend Anton Gonzalez Mendoza, one of Manila’s best interior designers. He has a sharp, sleek, urbane style very popular with the uberrich. Aside from being very talented, he also happens to be one of Manila’s best-looking and best-dressed gentlemen. 🙂

    Cheers, Primo!!!

    Toto Gonzalez 😀

  51. J.Antonio Mendoza y González said,

    February 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Our serendipitous meeting this afternoon ignited a curiosity in me to know more about your “slurping soup”. It’s fascinating to know that there are so many with the same surname. Family tradition has led us to believe though that the González with a “Z” are not related to the Gonzales with an “S”.

    Our González family is from Manila. An uncle of mine, Joaquin González founded the Casa de España. We are descended from the lines of González Gallegos, González Fabie, González Chacarrategui, González de San Agustin, González Rada de Antiocha, González Ferrer, González Hueso and more and more, all descended from Antonio González Gordoncillo whose parents hailed from Valladolid and Alicante, Spain. Almost always did they marry first or second cousins up until my mother’s generation as started by an ancestor Magdalena González y González de González of Valladolid, Spain.

  52. November 18, 2007 at 3:00 am


    Thank you for finding your way here.

    I will certainly ask around.

    Toto Gonzalez

  53. Rene Abad said,

    November 17, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    do you have any info on the gonzales of macabebe?

    my maternal grandpa is one of them.


  54. November 8, 2007 at 2:30 pm


    Great to see you here!!!

    I couldn’t place you at once because my generation of Gonzalez-Sioco is already at +- 750 second cousins so I can only imagine how many you are in the following generation: thousands!!!

    Yes, of course, dear Tito Quincho, Joaquin Gonzalez y Salgado, was Brother Andrew’s and my father Beda’s first cousin [ among +- 125 first cousins “in and out” ]. He was the eldest son of Joaquin Jorge Gonzalez y Sioco of Sulipan, Apalit and Julia Salgado y Mendoza of San Fernando [ Pampanga ]. He was also the “alaga” ward of his very rich grandaunt, Teodora “Dora” Salgado de Ullmann [ who later married the Spaniard Dr. Saa ]. The story in our family is that he became a really fat boy because Lola Dora would not allow him to leave the dining table without consuming everything on his plate, and then some more!!! Yes, he was married to dear Tita Betty, Beatriz Mejia.

    Of course, I remember Coya Jessie, Jesus Mejia Gonzalez. He would visit Brother Andrew at the family house every now and then. He was a good businessman.

    Yes, it’s been a while since the last “Gonzalez Doble Zeta” Reunion [ The Gonzalez of Baliuag, Bulacan and Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga ]. A number of our generation are pressing for a reunion soon but the logistics have to be ironed out.

    Warmest regards to your family.

    Toto Gonzalez 😀

  55. Chimmy Gonzalez said,

    November 8, 2007 at 2:20 am

    Hi Tito Toto,

    I chanced upon that message wherein someone was asking if we were related, and im pretty sure we are.. 🙂 My grandfather was Joaquin Gonzalez III, or “Quincho”, and I think he was Brother Andrew’s first cousin, while my grandmother was Betty Mejia Gonzalez… I believe my grandfather’s middle name was Salgado. He passed away in 1993, while Lola Betty passed in 1987. My late dad was Jesus Mejia Gonzalez; he passed away last 2000. Anyways, it’s been a while since our family attended a Doble Zeta reunion, is it still an annual occasion for the Doble Zeta Clan? 🙂

    Jaime Gonzalez, or just Chimmy

  56. August 24, 2007 at 11:13 am


    Hi there!!! It’s so nice to hear from you!!!

    Of course I remember you. You, Connie Yuchengco-Gonzalez, and I were in Brother Andrew’s hospital room at the De La Salle University Hospital in Dasmarinas, Cavite in the morning of 11 January 2006. I remember the date very well because that was the last time I saw Brother Andrew alive.

    Judging from the picture of “Francisco Balbas” Francisco Gonzalez y Reinado, it is obvious that he was of Spanish extraction, but of dark Spanish extraction, mixed with Moorish / North African blood like the Andalucians. Note the “raccoon eyes” which are the “Gonzalez trademark.” But I wouldn’t be surprised if he had Chinese blood, as Most Everyone of economic consequence during the Spanish Era did.

    You will most probably find the names of Francisco Gonzalez y Reinado’s parents in his Last Will and Testament as it was the custom of those times to declare one’s lineage and legitimacy in the first paragraph. Teresa “Ters” Favis Olbes has a copy of it. I’m sure She will share it with you.

    Warmest regards to Everyone. Do keep us updated on “Gonzalez de Pangasinan” doings.

    Toto Gonzalez

  57. Betsy (Rohling-Davis-Gonzalez) Malca said,

    August 23, 2007 at 3:10 am

    Hi Toto! I don’t know if you remember me, we met when Bro. Andrew, may he rest in peace, was quite ill at the hospital… I accompanied Connie Yuchengco-Gonzalez. I come from the Pangasinan Gonzalezes ( via Francisco “Balbas” through daughter Victorina “Vitoo” Gonzalez de Davis). My cousin Roger is on a quest, trying to figure out who the parents of Don Francisco were, and if there was actually Spanish and/or Chinese blood or are we indeed “truly pinoy”! Would you have any idea what the names of the parents of the three Gonzalez brothers, all named Francisco, were and where they came from? If you have any idea of generations further back than that, we would love to hear of it as well. Many thanks!

  58. Christina said,

    July 17, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Hi- I am doing research on my family history and you have some of the information. This is what I read on your website that talks about my family:

    “3 ] The Lopez-GonzaleZ of Baliuag, Bulacan: Around 1850, Fray Fausto Lopez, O.S.A., an Augustinian friar of aristocratic descent [ Borbon de Orleans? ] from Valladolid, Spain had a relationship with the affluent and beautiful Spanish mestiza Maria Amparo “Mariquita” Gonzalez y de los Angeles of Baliuag, Bulacan.”

    Can you tell me more about where I can find this information? Thank you.

  59. June 10, 2007 at 7:34 am


    Hi cousin!!! I’m glad to hear from you!!!

    Tell your CPA that I am a Gonzalez second cousin of yours, one of 750 “immaculate conceptions and devils incarnate”!!! *lolsz!*

    [ Your mother Imelda Concepcion “Conchita” Singson Gonzalez-Cancio and my father Augusto Beda “Beda” Arnedo Gonzalez were first cousins; their fathers Virgilio Rufino Sioco Gonzalez and Augusto Diosdado Sioco Gonzalez were among ten Gonzalez-Sioco brothers from Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga. ]

    I’m glad that you’re enjoying this silly blog. Yes, it does have some of our collective memories as the “Gonzalez de Sulipan.”

    Have you read the post “The Gonzalez-Chiong Veloso Singson: livin’ la dolce vita”??? Just type “la dolce vita” on the blog’s search window. It has a nice picture of your mother, Tita Conchita, on her wedding day. My Lola Charing [ Arnedo-Gonzalez ] was a principal sponsor.

    I’m so glad to see you, David and Janine de Padua, and Marianne de Leon-Hudson here. I’m told that many of our Gonzalez cousins are also logged on. Keep the comments coming!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  60. Sylvia Gonzalez Cancio-Campos said,

    June 9, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Toto,
    My CPA here in NY told me she read my name on this website and wanted to know how I was related to the one who writes it.
    Knowing very little about blogs and anything computer related, it took time to get here – but now that I am here – how fun and delightful it is!
    I hope this site is still up many years down the line – because it is only then that I feel I will have time to appreciate all the details! It is so rich and well researched. Brother Andrew did well in entrusting the family history to you.
    Looking forward to more updates!
    Sylvia (now Campos)

  61. May 11, 2007 at 12:56 pm


    Rosario Clemencia “Rocelle” Reyes Gonzalez is now Mrs. Nicanor Narciso Damaso “Danny” Padilla Lizares.

    Toto Gonzalez

  62. Ann Yuson said,

    May 11, 2007 at 4:51 am


    I went to DLSU with Rosario Gonzalez back in 1991. I have not seen her in ages. How is she? Who did she end up marrying?

  63. March 9, 2007 at 3:42 pm


    Thank you for finding your way here.

    Technically speaking, we may not be related to the Gonzalez y Ledesma of Iloilo [ I am told that they are a Spanish mestizo family as well ]. But then, who really knows???

    As far as I’m concerned, All GonzaleZes and GonzaleSes are related!!!

    Welcome to our small world!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  64. Bong Gonzalez said,

    March 8, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    HI Toto, just wondering. how are you guys related to the Gonzalez Y Ledesma de Iloilo ????

  65. January 3, 2007 at 9:26 am


    O Primo!!! Happy New Year!!!

    I’m not sure if we’re talking about the same Betsy Gonzalez. I met a tall, beautiful, and vivacious Betsy Gonzalez last 11 January 2006 in, of all places, my uncle Brother Andrew’s hospital room at the De La Salle University Hospital in Dasmarinas, Cavite. Connie Yuchengco-Gonzalez [ married to Jimmy Gonzalez of the San Rafael, Bulacan, GonzaleZes ], a good friend of my uncle’s, had brought Betsy G. along so she could meet Brother Andrew, who was nearing his final days due to severe diabetes but was nonetheless in good humor [ he passed away 29 January 2006 ]. Betsy thought that Brother Andrew would know more about the GonzaleZes but he simply pointed to me as the one who knew the most.

    According to my friend Teresa “Ters” Favis Olbes-Diokno, The “Gonzalez de Pangasinan,” of which she and Betsy G. are a part, do have a website, but it is password-protected. Also, Ters has a copy of the Last Will and Testament of the uberrich Francisco “Balbas” Gonzalez y Reinado — who owned ++ 39,000 hectares of Pangasinan, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija land — which should be interesting reading. I will visit her soon. I’ll send you the details.

    Keep in touch!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  66. Alfredo Gonzalez Anguita y De Oglou said,

    January 3, 2007 at 6:14 am

    Hello again Toto, I hope this finds you well and in high spirits for the new year. I met Betsy Gonzalez(s) at a New Year’ Eve party in San Francisco.
    She is married to Simon Malca who happens to be an old friend of mine. We weren’t able to talk much as the party was raging around us but we did plan on getting together soon. I did mention this site and she told me she was involved with it from day one. She also told me she was at your last reunion. How are you related? Needless to say, everytime we bumped into each other in the course of the evening we would address each other as “O primo! / O prima!”. It was hilarious. I’m looking forward to getting together with her and Simon. I will certainly let you know how it goes. I hope the holidays were as grand and as festive as i remember them. We had fun here but we always pine for the way it’s celebrated back home. Till next time, be well “primo”.


  67. December 24, 2006 at 6:53 pm


    Is that you, ubersuccessful banker cousin??? I’m glad to hear from you!!!

    I hear about you every now and then from Stanley and Abby.

    Warmest regards to Tito Mundie, Tita Sylvia, and Sarah and family too. And if you see our other cousins of Lolo Fausto’s branch, please relay my best regards.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  68. Liel said,

    December 24, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Toto! Fascinating. : ) Hope to see you someday somewhere.


  69. December 12, 2006 at 4:10 am


    As you can see from the comments of Alfred Gonzalez and Manolet Gonzalez above, Emilia Araullo, the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Manuel Araullo, married Florencio Gonzalez [ y ] Diez Sr., a lawyer from Cadiz, Spain. They had three children: Florencio Jr., Manuel, and Asuncion, surnamed Gonzalez y Araullo.

    Perhaps you can get in touch with Alfred Gonzalez and Manolet Gonzalez.

    Toto Gonzalez

  70. w.araullo said,

    December 11, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    hello i am unknown to everybody i just wanna ask if anybody knows the history or ancestry of manuel araullo the supreme court justice of the philippines and his eldest daughter emilia araullo coz i am curious and my last name is araullo i am interested in knowing family history just like everybody else in here email me please by all means my email address is

  71. December 7, 2006 at 5:30 pm


    Hi cousin!!! I’m glad to hear from you!!!

    Thank you for enjoying my silly blog.

    In one comment in the post “Slurping Soup,” I mentioned the various GonzaleZ and GonzaleS families in the Philippines. Not all of them are related by blood but what is interesting is that they all know each other socially. I’m so tired of having to make all those distinctions so I just suppose that the GonzaleZ and the GonzaleS [ of a certain kind ] are related.

    Of course, you know that the Gonzalez-Singson y Chiong Veloso [ your branch ] and the Gonzalez-Arnedo and Gonzalez-Escaler [ our branch ] belong to the GonzaleZ-Sioco of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga, and consequently to the Lopez-GonzaleZ of Baliuag, Bulacan, who proceed from the GonzaleZ of Baliuag, Bulacan. We are supposed to be related to the GonzaleZ of Pangasinan [ who also proceed from the GonzaleZ of Baliuag, Bulacan ] — the Gonzalez-Tuason, the Ysmael-Gonzalez, the Margie Moran-Floirendo and the Maita Gomez crowd — but we don’t know exactly how. Their ancestors looked exactly like ours: dark Spaniards with “raccoon” eyes, probably Andalucians of Moorish ancestry.

    Hmm… I’ll see what I can do about a family tree. We actually have them in those family books distributed during our previous reunions. I’ll construct a more interesting and more relevant one.

    The unnamed characters are all real and you and David know all of them. They are all part of the chichi Makati set. It would be vicious fun to name them outright, but I don’t want lawsuits!!!

    Read the chichi comments on the posts “Sarrat, Ilocos Norte 1983,” “One memorable afternoon with ‘The Jeweller’,” and “Lola Gely Lopez, the cosmopolitan grande dame.” Read about old Pampanga in the 44 comments of “Tito Jorge, Jorge Jose Leoncio de Leon y Lichauco, the aristocratic gentleman of the Old World.”

    Have you fabulous Gonzalez-Singson y Chiong Veloso grandchildren read the post “The Gonzalez-Chiong Veloso Singson: livin’ la dolce vita”??? I want your comments on that one!!!

    How’s Charo??? I miss her!!!

    Best regards to David. Donna too.

    Toto Gonzalez

  72. Janine Taylor de Padua said,

    December 7, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    Dearest Toto,

    David sent me the link and have since been totally engrossed by your stories. Thanks for explaining the interrelations, as an in-law, I have always found the Gonzalez reunions daunting, so many people I didn’t know! But am dying for you to do a diagram of a family tree, easier for us mere mortals to comprehend!

    I especially enjoyed the tales with the unnamed characters, have to sit with you one day to figure out who’s who.

    I did mention to Charo to log on and read this fascinating site!


  73. Alfredo Gonzalez Anguita y De Oglou said,

    December 1, 2006 at 3:38 am


    Thank you so much for taking us orphans in. Your family tree and tributaries is soooo fascinating. I’ve always been curious about all the Gonzalez’ and Gonzales’ clans that permeate Manila society. I’ve met quite a few and the conversation almost always begins with the fact that both have the same surname. The differences are investigated with the usual, “w/ an S or with a Z”. I usually say 2 Zs. When the other Gonzales/z discovers that they are speaking to a Z and they happen to be an S, that usually terminates any further desire to determine a relation. However, I’ve heard it said that S’ hail from Portugal and Z’ from Spain. True? Please enlighten us on that legend.

    On the subject of “dark spaniard w/the racoon eyes” I have given up on trying to determine how that manifests itself. Of the 4 siblings, My eldest sister Margarita(Margie), Myself (3rd) and youngest brother Fernando are light skinned and fair haired (although at this age we’re all faired haired now). Age, the great equalizer. The 2nd, my sister AnaMari is dark haired and very”morena”. As kids we used to be so jealous of the fact that while the rest of us suffered bad sunburn from our excursions to Lido beach. My sister would be resplendent in her”suntan”. And indeed the protection from the suns rays (sunglasses) gave her the racoon eyes effect. On the other hand, we move on to my official and bonefied Gonzalez relation (as far as we know at least). I shall skip the 1st set of cousins. But to be fair (pardon the pun) they are fair . The Gonzalez/ DeLa Torre branch have their situation reversed from the Gonzalez/ De Oglou side wherein Manolet, Stella, and Gonzalo, have dark complexion. Joselu, and Nadette are fair. Fascinating no?

    In the case of my own 2 sons the difference is even, My eldest, Christian inherited his mothers olive skin, (why do they refer to it as such? Olives are green no? Laughs….) and Alfredo jr. is fair. Go figure. Be that as it may, I tend to agree with you. Whether w/an S or with a Z, Related is, as related does. Dave and I go way back…. to elementary school and beyond> the beyond confirmed that no matter which way you cut it, we always have and we always will, consider ourselves family. Thanks again for letting your parientes, kahit man sa paa lamang gatecrash your party. Regards to all.


    ps, yes Mary Esteban (Case) is a relative and so is Dr. Anguita. Mabuhay.

  74. November 30, 2006 at 6:03 am


    Thank you for finding your way here…

    I have to point out that our kind of Gonzalez — the GonzaleZ-Sioco of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga which is a branch of the Lopez-GonzaleZ of Baliuag, Bulacan — is technically not Gonzalez anymore. We should be carrying Lopez, but early on it was decided that we should retain the maternal Gonzalez surname because of our “interesting” and “ecclesiastical” [ actually embarrassing ] origins!!! *laughs*

    Thank you for your Gonzalez genealogy. You are the Spanish mestizo Gonzalezes in Manila that the rest of us from Central Luzon have not yet linked with…

    I’m sure you still look like Spanish mestizos, unlike so many of us who already look like the children of the Celestial Kingdom!!! *laughs* Actually, our GonzaleZ antecedents in Baliuag — and those of the GonzaleZ de Pangasinan too — were dark Spaniards with “raccoon eyes,” probably Andalucians of Moorish / North African ancestry.

    Yes, there are Spanish mestizo Gonzalezes in Iloilo. Yet another branch of the family!!!

    At this point, We have practically given up on determining which Gonzalez and Gonzales is or isn’t related. Since we all seem to have a distinct family culture and a certain way of life anyway, We are just delighted to meet other Gonzalezes and Gonzaleses, whatever their origins!!! As far as We are concerned, All of us Gonzalezes and Gonzaleses are related!!!

    As I told Alfred, welcome to our small world!!!

    No, Beda Juan Gonzalez y Medina was not my father. He and “Tita” Beatriz “Betty” Favis y Gonzalez did not have children, although he had two daughters by his first marriage, Nancy and Maribel. My father was Augusto Beda Arnedo Gonzalez [ o 1932 – + 1990 ] from Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga. “Tita” “Betty” [ Favis de Gonzalez ] likes to say that her husband Beda Juan and my Dad Augusto Beda were “the only known Beda Gonzalezes.” *laughs* She is a great friend of mine, along with her younger sister “Tita” Cecilia “Cecing” Favis de Gomez, and her daughters Margarita “Maita” and Mercedes “Ditas” Gomez.

    Toto Gonzalez

  75. November 28, 2006 at 2:56 pm


    Thank you for finding your way here…

    It’s basically the same families who marry each other in Manila. It’s not incest, just endogamy. *laughs*

    There are several other GonzaleZes and GonzaleSes that I was not able to mention in that comment. For example, there are Spanish mestizo Gonzalezes in Iloilo and Spanish mestizo Gonzalezes in Manila [ ! ] that we have not been able to link to the Central Luzon Gonzalezes [ Baliuag, Bulacan / Bayambang – Bautista, Pangasinan / Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga / Guagua, Pampanga ].

    The Araullos and the Estebans certainly are prominent old Manila families.

    Was the prewar high society couturier Mary Esteban — a full-blooded Spaniard by all accounts — related to your Esteban? She was a favorite couturier of the affluent Spanish mestizo community prewar along with Matilde de Olmos.

    Was the eminent music professor Dr. Anguita — also a full-blooded Spaniard by all accounts — related to your Anguita?

    Welcome to our small world!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  76. Manuel V. Gonzalez y de la Torre said,

    November 28, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    The title ” Slurping Soup” caught my eye, so I clicked the link and lo and behold… Gonzalezes galore! Thanks for the connection, David (you never told me you were one)!
    And at the bottom of it all, my true blue pinsan…. kumusta na Pidoy?!
    I must confess to being so inggit with all the kapangalans here and only one of them a blood relative. I’ve always wanted more cousins.
    From my dad’s musings, I’ve gathered this geneaolgy:
    Two brothers, Florencio Gonzalez Diez Sr. and Julio Gonzalez Diez Sr. left their parents and only sister, Asuncion in Cadiz, Spain at the turn of the century to seek their fortune in our country. Arriving here in their 30s, they practiced their professions (Florencio a lawyer, Julio an accountant) and married two local mestizas. Florencio married Emilia Araullo (eldest daughter of Chief Justice Manuel Araullo) and Julio married Anita Anguita.
    Both brothers had three children (both sets being 2 boys and a girl).
    Florencio Sr. had Florencio Jr.(my dad), Manuel (both La Salle and Notre Dame alumni and classmates and lifetime friends of Antonio Gonzalez Sr. of the Mondragon branch) and Asuncion (who married and settled in Venezuela with one son, Javierito Bonet).
    Julio Sr. had Trinita, Julito Jr. and Cuchis (Alfredo Jr., Alfred’s dad).
    Only three of these six Gonzalez cousins had kids. And only two passed on their family names (Florencio Jr. and Alfredo, my dad and Alfred’s dad).
    Florencio Gonzalez Jr. had three children by his first wife, Della McClure. Florencio III (+), Emilia (Baby, who also moved to and married in Venezuela), and Anthony (who married Veronica Santos). Florencio was widowed in the war and subsequently remarried my mother, Carmen de la Torre.
    He then had five children with my mother, three boys and two girls. (Manuel, Stella, Gonzalo, Nadette and Joselu).
    Of Florencio’s seven surviving children, only Manuel (moi), married to Connie Cusi y Araneta, has (2) male children, Xavier and Lorenzo and one daughter, Amaya.
    Alfredo Gonzalez had two sons and two daughters (Margie, Anamari, Alfredo and Fernando). Of these four, only Alfred, has male children through his first wife Terry Razon y Klar (2, Cristian and Alfredo Jr.)
    Thus, we find our small Gonzalez subtribe overwhelmed by and slightly envious of our surrounding kapangalans who have given their children so many pinsans to play and grow up with
    Lastly, my wife Connie asks: what of the Iloilo Gonzalezes (to which her mother, Milagros Cusi nee Araneta y Gonzalez belongs.

    Mabuhay mga Gonzales at Gonzalez!

    Manolet Gonzalez

    PS. I spent many memorable vacations on Potipot Island, Zambales which belonged to Beda Gonzalez (Tito Beda and his wife Tita Betty always took care to make ours stays on Potipot comfortable and great fun!) Was he your dad? Truly a gentleman and scholar.

  77. Alfredo Gonzalez Anguita y De Oglou said,

    November 28, 2006 at 7:37 am

    no wonder my 2nd wife Robin gave up on trying to make heads or tails out of my relations and my friends. Unfortunately she ended up lumping the connections into one unflaterring and unfair word. Incestuous. Meant as a joke of course and untrue as a matter of fact.

    Although, I don’t think I am directly related to the Gonzalez’ mentioned above (who knows) I was/am related to the Araullos(educators) and the Estebans(musicians/artisans) on the Anguita side. My late and 1st wife Terry Razon y Klar, whos grandaddy Joe Klar owned and ran The Pantranco bus line had a sister who married a Gonzalez from Pangasinan. Lolo Joes wife was Minerva McClure, known as Ava, who had a sister that married Cuchi Gonzalez Anguita’s(my dad) cousin Florencio Gonzalez. That in itself is a story that could go on forever. Thanks for the lovely and very well written history of your Gonzalez relations.


  78. November 20, 2006 at 4:53 am


    Hi cousin!!! I’m glad to hear from you!!!

    I’m glad to know that you Gonzalez-Singson cousins are all very close. That can’t be said for the rest of us — what with the family feuds going on in the various branches. Bwahahah!

    There are no plans for a Gonzalez reunion this year 2006. Nobody seems to be “in the mood.” The last one was held at Club Filipino in October 2004.

    Best regards to Janine. Donna too.

    Toto Gonzalez

  79. David Gonzalez de Padua said,

    November 20, 2006 at 3:22 am

    Hi Toto,

    I stumbled on to this quite by chance and was totally fascinated by all these inter-relationships. I never understood how we were all related. The family reunions every year only confused me further.

    The first cousins from the Virgilio (Cebu) branch are all very close but the second cousins I know well are only the ones I see socially like Noli, Leony, Tweetums, Ging, Gene, Jessie, the Escalers, de Leons, etc.

    Where is this year’s reunion going to be held, and on what date? I missed the last few because the invites only arrive the day before.


  80. October 16, 2006 at 12:31 pm


    Jaime Gonzalez. Hmm. The one I know is Jimmy Gonzalez married to Connie Yuchengco. He is a GonzaleZ from San Rafael, Bulacan.

    It has been a longstanding [ private? ] joke in our family that a slightly askew mental state — sometimes eccentric, oftentimes genius — is the proof of being our kind of “Gonzalez.” So if your friend is a bit “nuts,” then chances are we’re related!

    Toto Gonzalez

  81. vgfzdv said,

    October 15, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    Jaime Gonzalez.

  82. October 11, 2006 at 9:55 am

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    Chimmy Gonzalez. I wish you had given me his real first name. Also his parents. And Gonzalez grandparents.

    There are several kinds of Filipino GonzaleZes, and GonzaleSes:

    1 ]  The GonzaleZ of Pangasinan:  In the 1800s, three Spaniard / Spanish mestizo half-brothers from Baliuag, Bulacan — all named Francisco Gonzalez but differentiated by their diminutives: Francisco “Balbas,” Francisco “Bungo,” and Francisco “Pugot” — migrated to Bayambang, Pangasinan when they acquired vast portions of the former “hacienda” plantation of a Spanish corporation along with vast lands sold by the religious orders.  The first plantation was formerly a part of the spectacular 55,000 hectare “Hacienda Esperanza,” which contiguously crossed through the three provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija.  The Gonzalez Brothers became even richer in their new Pangasinan base.

    Francisco “Balbas” Gonzalez y Reinado married twice and had many children. He first married Feliciana Mondragon with whom he had two sons: Matias Gonzalez y Mondragon [ married Carmen de la Concha ] and Joaquin Gonzalez y Mondragon [ married Rosario Gonzalez y Leon ]. After Feliciana passed away, he married Juana Morales y Mamaril with whom he had five daughters and one son: Guadalupe “Upeng” [ married Agustin Cuevas; married Luis Gomez y Alvarez ], Victorina “Vitoo” [ married Ira Lee Davis ], Aurea “Pipang” [ married Mauricio Ilagan ], Cristina “Neneng” [ married Ernest Schenkel ], Ramona “Monay” [ married Asterio Favis y Flandes of Vigan, Ilocos Sur ], and Manuel Ernesto “Ernesting” [ married Esperanza Fernandez of Manila { Intramuros } ]. He became the progenitor of such affluent “hacendero” families like the Gonzalez, Mondragon, Cuevas, Gomez, Davis, Ilagan, Schenkel, Favis, Tuason, and Ysmael families.  They have interesting descendants like the brothers Dindo and Chito Tuason Gonzalez, Rica Gonzalez-Gabaldon, singer Isabella Francesca Ledesma Gonzalez, Tony Gonzalez, Anton Gonzalez, Ed Quimson [ Gonzalez-de la Concha ], Ricky Ysmael, Rosary Ysmael-Palanca, 1973 Miss Universe Margie Moran-Floirendo [ Gonzalez-Gonzalez ], high society model-turned rebel-turned intellectual Margarita Juana “Maita” Gonzalez-Favis Gomez [ Favis-Gonzalez ], and the actresses Janice de Belen and Gelli de Belen [ Ilagan-Gonzalez ].

    2 ]  The GonzaleZ of Baliuag, Bulacan:  The Gonzalez of Pangasinan, the Lopez-Gonzalez of Baliuag, and the Gonzalez-Sioco of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga, all trace their roots to the Spaniard / Spanish mestizo Gonzalez family of Baliuag, Bulacan.

    According to archival documents, the Gonzalez have been prominent in Baliuag, Bulacan since 1700. There have been Gonzalez “gobernadorcillos” since 1700.

    3 ]  The Lopez-GonzaleZ of Baliuag, Bulacan:  Around 1850, Fray Fausto Lopez, O.S.A., an Augustinian friar of aristocratic descent [ Borbon de Orleans? ] from Valladolid, Spain had a relationship with the affluent and beautiful Spanish mestiza Maria Amparo “Mariquita” Gonzalez y de los Angeles of Baliuag, Bulacan.  They had six children:  Soledad [ married Mariano Gonzales ], Jose [ married Francisca Carrillo y Arriola ], Joaquin [ married Florencia Sioco y Rodriguez ], Rita [ married to Jose Llora ], Carmen, and Francisco [ married to Maria Lloret ].   

    According to archival documents, the Gonzalez and the de los Angeles have been prominent in Baliuag, Bulacan since 1700. There have been Gonzalez and de los Angeles “gobernadorcillos” since 1700.

    4 ]  The GonzaleZ-Sioco of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga:  Dr. Joaquin [ Lopez ] Gonzalez y de los Angeles of Baliuag, Bulacan married Florencia Sioco y Rodriguez of Sulipan, Apalit and Bacolor, Pampanga.  They had ten sons, nine of whom lived to maturity:  Fernando [ married Clementina Elizalde y Cacnio ], Jesus [ married Ysidora Espiritu y Dungo; married Mercedes Veloso ], Emilio [ married Rosario Valdes y Liongson ], Augusto [ married Marina Escaler y Sioco; married Rosario Arnedo y Espiritu ] Octavio [ died at 10 years old ], Virgilio [ married Rosario Singson y Chiong Veloso ], Francisco Javier [ married Josefa Mercado y Espiritu ], Bienvenido [ married Concepcion Rafols y Miravalles ], Joaquin [ married Julia Salgado y Mendoza; married Luz Manankil y Elizalde ], and Fausto [ married Amparo de la Rama; married Pastora Cordero y Gomez ]. 

    5 ]  The Martin Bravo-GonzaleZ of Guagua, Pampanga: Martin Bravo came directly from Spain in the late 1800s.  He settled in Guagua, Pampanga and became a prosperous sugar planter. However, he changed his surname from Bravo to Gonzalez at the height of the Philippine Revolution in 1898 because the Katipuneros, then called “Mambubulu” [ Bolo Wielders ] by the Capampangans, were after him and his family as they were considered “Castila” Spaniards.  His mansion is now the Saint Mary’s Academy.

    6 ]  The GonzaleZ of Bulacan:  There are the GonzaleZ from Barrio Caingin, San Rafael, Bulacan [ Jimmy GonzaleZ married to Connie Yuchengco ]. They married into the Spanish mestizo Carballo and Marquez families. 

    7 ] There are Chinese mestizo GonzaleS from Bulacan, Bulacan [ Pricillano de Belen Gonzales married to Atty. Emiliana “Diding” Angeles Buyson of Bacolor, Pampanga ]. 

    8 ]  The GonzaleS of Tarlac:  A branch of the Tarlac Gonzales married into the Tanedo, one of the most prominent of Tarlaqueno families.

    9 ] The GonzaleZ of Manila: There is a Spanish mestizo González Clan in Manila. Joaquin González founded the Casa de España. They are descended from the lines of González Gallegos, González Fabie, González Chacarrategui, González de San Agustin, González Rada de Antiocha, González Ferrer, González Hueso and more, all descended from Antonio González Gordoncillo whose parents hailed from Valladolid and Alicante, Spain. Almost always, they married first or second cousins up until the recent generation as started by an ancestor, Magdalena González y González de González of Valladolid, Spain.


    At the turn of the century, two well-educated brothers, Florencio and Julio Gonzalez Diez from Cadiz, Spain arrived in Manila. Florencio married Emilia Araullo and Julio married Anita Anguita.

    9 ] The GonzaleS of Binan, Laguna: the family of Don Jacobo Gonzales; allied to the affluent Yaptinchay, Yatco, Gana, Mercado, Potenciano, Almeda, Casas families of the town.

    10 ] The GonzaleS of Victoria, Laguna: the family of top Filipino Arts & Antiques authority Pacifico “Pico” Gonzales. They are descended from the old and prominent Rivera family of Pila, Laguna.

    11 ] The GonzaleZ of Iloilo: There are Spanish mestizo Gonzalez in Iloilo who have married into the province’s principal families.


    The Gonzalez have been part of the “principalia” [ ruling class ] of Baliuag, Bulacan since 1700.  They have been “gobernadorcillos” of the town since the beginning of the eighteenth century [ early 1700s ].

    Around 1850, Fray Fausto Lopez, O.S.A., an Augustinian friar of aristocratic descent [ Borbon de Orleans? ] from Valladolid, Spain had a relationship with the rich, influential, and beautiful Spanish mestiza Maria Amparo “Mariquita” Gonzalez y de los Angeles, reputedly the daughter of another Spanish friar.  They had six children:  Soledad, Jose, Joaquin, Rita, Carmen, and Francisco.  

    The Gonzalez-Sioco of Sulipan are a branch of the Lopez-Gonzalez Clan of Baliuag, Bulacan.

    Dr. Joaquin [ Lopez ] Gonzalez de los Angeles, educated at the Universidad Central de Madrid and at the Universite de Paris, was an ophthalmologist who had apprenticed with the famed Parisian eye specialist Dr. Louis de Wecker, with whom Dr. Jose Rizal would also apprentice with a decade later.  He was one of only two Pampango representatives to the Malolos Congress, the other being Jose Rodriguez Infante.  He was an embodiment of the “ilustrado.”  He married the Chinese mestiza heiress Florencia Sioco y Rodriguez, of Sulipan, Apalit, and Bacolor, Pampanga.  They had ten sons, nine of whom lived to maturity:  Fernando, Jesus, Emilio, Augusto, Octavio, Virgilio, Francisco Javier, Bienvenido, Joaquin, and Fausto.  In the best “Ilustrado” tradition,  all nine Gonzalez-Sioco sons were educated extensively in the best colleges here — Ateneo Municipal, Universidad de Santo Tomas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran [ this was in the 1890s:  no University of the Philippines and no De La Salle College yet ] — and in universities abroad — Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Universite de Paris, Universidad Central de Madrid — and became outstanding professionals.  

    My father, Augusto Beda Arnedo Gonzalez, was one of 125 Gonzalez-Sioco first cousins, legitimate and illegitimate.  The first cousins were educator Eglantine Elizalde Gonzalez-Franco, Atty. Joaquin Tomas de Aquino “Jake” Valdes Gonzalez, civic leader Raquel Valdes Gonzalez-de Leon, hacendero and businessman Rogerio Escaler Gonzalez, Macario Diosdado Arnedo Gonzalez [ the legendary educator Brother Andrew Benjamin Gonzalez F.S.C. of the De La Salle Brothers ], businesswoman Florencia Singson Gonzalez-Belo, businesswoman Imelda Concepcion Singson Gonzalez-Cancio, real estate developer Leticia Singson Gonzalez-de Padua, Atty. Gonzalo Walfrido Rafols Gonzalez, educator Eva Beatriz Rafols Gonzalez, businessman Joaquin Salgado Gonzalez, businessman Fausto de la Rama Gonzalez.

    We are about 750 Gonzalez-Sioco second cousins, legitimate and illegitimate, immaculate conceptions and devils incarnate. The disparate list includes real estate developer Eloisa Gonzalez Franco-Diaz, technocrat Cecilia Gonzalez-Soriano, Rev. Fr. Gabby Gonzalez, S.J., philanthropist Annie de la Rama Gonzalez-Chanco, banker Romy Gonzalez Rodriguez, culinary experts Rosemarie Gonzalez Rodriguez-Lopez, Marianne Gonzalez de Leon, Bambina Gonzalez de Leon-Herbosa, industrialist Tony Gonzalez de Leon, Atty. Chico Lopez Gonzalez, writer Gia Lopez Gonzalez, ballerina Toni Lopez Gonzalez, businessman Renato Gonzalez, technocrat Leony Gonzalez, restaurateur Jerry Gonzalez, crafts exporter Ina Gonzalez-Dizon, businesswoman Chiqui Gonzalez Liongson, socialite Minnie Gonzalez Blanco-Abdallah, real estate developer Josie Gonzalez Palanca-Velasco, Chef Gene Gonzalez, Duke University-educated Atty. Adolfo Gonzalez, businesswoman Rosario Gonzalez-Lizares, Dr. Shoda Gonzalez-Pascual, insurance executive Claudette Gonzalez-Klein, socialite Charo Gonzalez Cancio-Yujuico, culinary expert Sylvia Gonzalez Cancio-Campos [ formerly Lim ], restaurateur Mark Gonzalez Cancio, famous dermatologist Dr. Vicki Gonzalez Belo, hotelier David Gonzalez de Padua, writer Barbara “Tweetums” Gonzalez, travel executive Jessie Gonzalez, banker Gig Gimenez Gonzalez, banker Noli Gonzalez, Harvard University-educated Atty. Gizela “Ging” Madrigal Gonzalez-Montinola, businessman BG Gonzalez, Dr. Jake Gonzalez Jison, businessman Mark Gonzalez Lesaca, banker Liel Montinola Gonzalez, among so many others.

    That doesn’t even count our Baliuag Gonzalez third cousins.

    The Gonzalez-Sioco of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga are also cousins of the Escaler-Sioco, also of Sulipan, and that is an entire Clan all its own.

    Toto Gonzalez

  83. October 11, 2006 at 2:18 am

    If you don’t mind me asking…do you count Chimmy Gonzalez as one of your family? Just wondering if you knew him.

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