At the train station

My grandfather, Augusto Diosdado Gonzalez y Sioco [ “Bosto” o 1887 – + 1939 ] was left a widower in 1928 when his first wife, and first cousin, Marina Escaler y Sioco [ “Maring” o 18__ + 1928 ], passed away from severe asthma.  It had been an unexpectedly happy marriage and they had many children.  He became a lonely man despite his immense wealth.

Although very rich and highly successful, he was a frugal man.  He would oftentimes take the train from Apalit to San Fernando, where the PASUDECO Pampanga Sugar Development Company offices were located.  At the San Fernando train station, he would encounter women vendors — some of them pretty, some of them loose, some of them conveniently pretty and loose — and he would proceed to have a different sort of afternoon “merienda” with them.  It became his new interesting pastime.

And as one research study discovered, rich and powerful men usually have heightened sexual drives…

His aunt, Gorgonia Rodriguez y Yabut “Tia Oniang” of Bacolor found out about his hormonal adventures [ she was the half first cousin of his mother, Florencia Sioco y Rodriguez “Imang Eciang” o 1860 – + 1925 ].  She confronted and admonished her nephew “Bosto” to find a “suitable lady” on whom to express his masculine desires.

He courted his dusky but attractive niece by his [ half ] first cousin, Pampanga Governor Macario Arnedo [ “Ariong” o 1868 – + 1941 ], Rosario Lucia Arnedo y Espiritu [ “Charing” o 1903 – + 1977 ].  She had already fallen in love with ____ Dizon, but her parents had disapproved of him because he was not rich.  She had no romantic feelings for her uncle Augusto but her parents pressed the match because they owed their very rich industrialist cousin hundreds of thousands of pesos which had been spent on politics.

He also courted Aurea Ocampo y Hizon [ “Auring” ], the widow of his first cousin, Jose Escaler y Sioco [ “Pepe” o 1881 – + 1927 ].  But he was warned by his Jesuit confessor that because he already had several children [ Rogerio Arsenio, Edgardo Patricio, Octavio, Wilfrido Carlos, Elsa Antonia Brigida, Amelia Silvia, and Cristeto Florencio ], and she also had several children [ Ernesto, Alicia, Elisa, Jose, Manuel, Wivinia, and Federico ], and that they would inevitably also have children of their own [ !!! ], there would be problems in the eventual distribution of their estates.   He nevertheless persisted in his courtship.

Rosario Lucia Arnedo y Espiritu finally gave her assent in early January 1930.  And it so happened that Aurea Ocampo viuda de Escaler also gave her assent the very next day, but it was already too late.  Augusto forthwith made arrangements with his Arnedo relatives for his wedding to his niece Rosario.

And so they married on 22 February 1930 and expectedly enough, had many children [ seven ]:  Marina Arsenia, Augusto Beda, Ermelo Efren, Hector Argeo, Heraclio Julio, Macario Domingo, and Macario Diosdado.

Happily enough, the hormonal adventures at the train station came to an end.   😛



  1. joey villareal said,

    July 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Hi, my mother , a Mercado- Hizon, was a cousin of Pedro Espiritu ( Cong Iro ) of Sulipan, Apalit, I know they are related to the Arnedos, but i do not know so much as to how.

  2. Christian Palma said,

    March 25, 2011 at 7:09 am


    Hi there I read that you are related to Elisa Escaler Puno the wife of Clamente Puno. I am working on a family tree and my great grandmother was Genoveva Puno-Palma who had a sister Fortunata Puno, both born Late 1870’s Wondering if we may be related. Could you tell me anything about Clamente Puno? Any information from would be usefull. I was told that Eugenio Puno father of Clemente Puno might be my great grandmothers older brother.


    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Christian Palma

  3. August 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Can you give me more details on the sister or brother of
    Jose Leoncio de Leon?

    Thank you.

  4. July 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm


    You’re Tita Elisita’s granddaughter… I had the privilege of getting to know her better during her last years, even if she could not hear me. How wonderful to meet you, cousin, even just online!!!

    Just click the widget “Escaler de Sulipan” and you’ll see everything I have written about your side of the family. However, the “latest” I have about your side is from postwar!!! Ha ha ha!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  5. sunny puno said,

    July 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

    i love your blog. please write more about the escalers. i am elisa escaler-puno’s grand-daughter. and it’s really wonderful to read about the family’s old history.

    thank you very much!

  6. Mila Thompson said,

    March 4, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Hi, I am a Eurasian living in the United Arab Emirates. I met Mr. Manuel Escaler in Balabak Oil office happened to be opposite our office building in Makati. I heard of his passing away in 1992. I just wish meet new friends from the Philippines, since I might again live there one day. I am practicing herbology, aromatherapy and palliative care at the moment. From my experience..all kinds of diseases can be treated naturally. I am here to help anytime. May God the Almighty bless us all.

    Your friend from the UAE
    Mila Thompson

  7. Blackwolf said,

    August 11, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Hi Cousin Toto (hehe, if you prefer cousin instead of tito)!

    Yup, you’re right. It was more of an assassination. Gunning down an old man, his young and sexually vibrant business partner and a cop who was just trying to keep the peace – jeez. Funny, years later, I eventually became a classmate of one of the great grandnephews of Gregorio Timbol. He was a very nice guy. Oh well, 76 years is a very long time.

    Wow, I didn’t know the Gonzalez-de Leon relationship stretched back as far as Lolo Joaquin and Lolo Pitong. Lolo Pitong must’ve had hair back then. I have no idea what he looked like during that time.

    By the way, here’s a shameless plug: please visit my wife’s new blog. It’s and it’s a really great site.

  8. August 9, 2007 at 4:52 pm


    Hi Rich Cousin!!! Great to see you here!!!

    I know exactly who you are. 😀

    Yes, of course, my grandfather Augusto Gonzalez y Sioco [ o 1887 – + 1939 ] was a younger brother of your great grandfather Emilio Cosme Gonzalez y Sioco [ o 1886 – + 1925 ], who married Rosario Valdes y Liongson of Bacolor. They were among the ten sons of Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez de los Angeles y Lopez [ o 1854 – + 1900 ] and Florencia Sioco y Rodriguez [ o 1860 – + 1925 ] of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga.

    Did you know that Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez de los Angeles y Lopez was a principal sponsor during the wedding of Jose Leoncio de Leon y Hizon and his first wife Regina Joven y Gutierrez in the early 1900s??? The de Leon-Gonzalez connection stretches that far back in time.

    Of course I know about that PASUDECO shooting of 12 July 1939. It irrevocably changed the lives of everyone involved!!! It really wasn’t a “gunfight,” it was planned with precision by the antagonists as proven by all the legal records — piles of them — which we still have in the Gonzalez family archives.

    Of course, you know that the Gonzalez de Sulipan are a very colorful, very sexually-oriented family. It’s no secret.

    Have you read the post “Tito Jorge, Jorge Jose Leoncio de Leon y Lichauco, the aristocratic gentleman of the Old World”??? The Comments section is lengthy and very interesting; it does not talk about Tito Jorge but about the Hizons [ from whom the de Leon of Bacolor are descended: Graciana Hizon y David ] and the other families of Old Pampanga. A must read!!!

    Well, I’m the one looking forward to juicy tidbits about your family, the de Leon of Bacolor, Pampanga.


    Toto Gonzalez

  9. Blackwolf said,

    August 8, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Hi Uncle Toto,

    I love your blog. That little anecdote you have of Lolo Augusto blew me away! I cross-referenced it with my old notes and realized that this is the same Augusto Gonzalez who was shot on July 12, 1939 with my great-great-grandfather, Jose Leoncio “Lolo Pitong” de Leon by the three Timbol brothers. You probably know about that old PASUDECO gunfight. Lolo Augusto’s name stuck in my head when I read your naughty tale so I checked out my resource materials (the Doble Zeta Family Tree Book and some clippings of the PASUDECO shootout) and put two and two together.

    Looking forward to more juicy tidbits. 😀

    PS. If you’re wondering who this is, ask Rocelle. I saw her last week at Salcedo Market.

  10. January 20, 2007 at 5:17 am


    Of course. My paternal grandfather’s family, the Gonzalez-Sioco of Sulipan, Apalit, are descended from the Rodriguez-Tuason-Bautista of Santa Ines, Bacolor, Pampanga. From there, they are related to practically all of Pampanga.

    One branch of the Rodriguez married the Yabut, also an old Bacolor family. They were the grandparents of the late Gerry Hizon Rodriguez, a very successful businessman. The affluent Tito Gerry resided at the very well-maintained, palatial 1870s “Bale Tisa” [ “Tile Roofed House” ] in San Fernando inherited from his maternal Hizon-Singian side. His son and daughter now use it as their country house.

    Toto Gonzalez

  11. January 20, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Nice to hear about a Yabut, my dear Toto.

  12. December 20, 2006 at 10:02 am


    There are still many Siocos in Barrio Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga.

    The Sioco ancestor of the Arnedo, Escaler, and Gonzalez, Josef Sioco [ o 22 January 1786 – + 26 December 1864 ], who had settled in Barrio Sulipan in the 1820s had come from Bocaue, Bulacan. But his family had come from Hermosa, Bataan and were originally from Lingayen, Pangasinan.

    Josef Sioco first married _____ Carlos and they had one daughter, Maria de la Paz Sioco y Carlos, who first married _____ Tanjutco. After he passed away, she married her husband’s first cousin, the widower Joaquin Arnedo Cruz y Tanjutco.

    When he was 73, Josef Sioco married [ the 29 year old ] Matea Rodriguez y Tuason of Bacolor, Pampanga. They had three daughters: Francisca Sioco y Rodriguez, Sabina Sioco y Rodriguez [ o 1858 – + 1950, married her first cousin Manuel Escaler y Rodriguez of Balanga, Bataan ], and Florencia Sioco y Rodriguez [ o 1860 – + 1925, married Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez de los Angeles y Lopez of Baliuag, Bulacan ].

    Josef Sioco had a [ younger ] sister who married Crisanto Mercado. They had three sons: Basilio Mercado y Sioco [ married Josefa Arnedo ], Balbino Mercado y Sioco [ married Paula Arnedo ], and Atanacio Mercado y Sioco [ married Francisca Espiritu y Arnedo ].

    The older Sioco descendants still living in Barrio Sulipan speak of their ancestor Pedro Sioco, whom they say was a younger brother of our ancestor Josef Sioco.

    I have an early Sioco family history in a comment on the post: “Brother Andrew invented breakdancing when he was six years old”…

    I remember the eminent Dr. Mariano Bayani of Barrio San Juan [ “poblacion” / “cabalenan” ], Apalit, Pampanga. He was a wellspring of memories of Old Apalit.

    Good luck in your search…

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. Benjamin P. Bayani said,

    December 19, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    Dear Sir:

    I have been searching my Philippine roots for sometime. I believe you can help me find connections to my grandmother the late Narcisa Sioco of Sulipan, married to Domingo Bayani. My grandfather Domingo was the Gonzalez family’s caretaker of their vast farmlands ( “personero” ). I appreciate if you can help me or can tell me of anybody who knows of them.


  14. December 14, 2006 at 4:20 pm


    Hi!!! I’m glad to hear from you!!! It’s been sooooo long since we last saw each other!!!

    The last I heard was that you were at prestigious Duke University in South Carolina. That’s a great place!!! Are you still there???

    I will tell Tita Nena and Ate Elsie that we have reestablished contact. I’m sure that they will be thrilled!!!

    Warmest regards to the family.

    Toto Gonzalez

  15. Amy Franco Tizon said,

    December 14, 2006 at 6:16 am

    Toto, It’s Amy. I just want you to know that you are doing an awesome job! This is really a good read. I’ll be waiting for more and more.

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