LGBT, Espiritu style

We had our own version of the lesbian-oriented movie “Imagine Me and You” [ starring Piper Perabo, Lena Headley, and Matthew Goode ] about 100 years ago…

My Espiritu great great grandfather Pedro Armayan Espiritu y Macam [ + 1905 ] married three times.  His first wife was Maxima Santa Rita, whom he derisively described in his Last Will and Testament as having had no money.  His second wife was the heiress Dorotea Arnedo Cruz, with whom he had a daughter, Francisca Armayan Espiritu y Arnedo Cruz.  His third wife was his housekeeper, Ysabel Dungo y Nocom, under whose voluminous skirt he hid [ and promptly smelled her arousing pheromones!!! ] when the Spanish authorities had come to arrest him on suspicion of sedition in 1872.  They had six children:  Eulogio, Maria [ my great grandmother, the dotty “Maruja” married to Pampanga Governor Macario Arnedo y Sioco ], Dalmacia, Gregorio, Aurea, and Ysidora.

My great grandaunt Aurea “Ondeng” Espiritu y Dungo [ + 1926 ] and her second cousin Leonarda “Anday” Macam [ of Calumpit ] were very close.  As in extremely close.  Much too close, actually…

Leonarda “Anday” had left her home in Calumpit town to join her second cousin Aurea “Ondeng” at the Espiritu mansion in Sitio Alauli, Barrio San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga.  They lived together contentedly.

They were “beaut” [ pronounced “bee-yoot”; wheretheh*ll that term came from I don’t know ], or what is known in contemporary terms as “on.”

When Aurea “Ondeng” died at the young age of 42 [ most probably because she did not have great sex with a man yet ], she left her jarful of gold and diamond jewelry to her “beaut” Leonarda “Anday.”

“Anday” was disconsolate.   She composed a poem written in brass letters that was mounted on “Ondeng’s” gravestone at the Espiritu Mausoleum at the Apalit Catholic Cemetery.  Unfortunately through the decades, the elements have dismembered the brass letters of the poem and all one can see now is “Ondeng!  Ondeng!” of the original “mushy” sentimental verses…  Oh well…

“Anday” died just a few years later to join her beloved “Ondeng.”

Wasn’t that Romantic???!!!

It just shows how We’re always at the forefront of things, even Sexual Ones.

Bwahahah!!!   😛   😛   😛

*LGBT = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community



  1. May 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm


    Sure. It’s a Macam story as well. 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  2. jj macam said,

    May 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

    dear toto,
    can i publish this story in facebook? the macam are gathering all things macam… thanks


  3. jj macam said,

    May 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

    the story was rather unconventional and sad,

    is anday a great aunt of one lady whom her name ( ? macam ferrer ramos) I forgot. she posted vintage pictures of macams from calumpit. she posted pictures of big houses with camareras, their family portraits and parties too… their house was built by the bridge that connect the two municipalities apalit and calumpit. i’ve read on her blog that it was the macams who built the bridge for their personal use. her ancestors were dona concha macam who married a mendoza from batangas who became a mayor of calumpit, luis macam , a municipal war hero and manolo macam, an artista of lvn were her lolos. i went back to her site at, but unfortunately the site was gone. as of today, my contact in calumpit is one hershey macam who told me the descendants of luis macam are still around in calumpit. two ancestral houses remain with lion statues as markers…

    jj macam – bacolod city
    son of alfonso macam- rosales, pangasinan
    son of felixberto macam- guagua, pampanga
    son of—— macam – calumpit, bulacan is brother of andres macam
    father of leonida macam (still living) and is currently living in bulacan.

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