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. 😛