Seen in action

The Yale University-educated Don Francisco Javier Eligio Gonzalez y Sioco and his wife Dona Josefa Mercado y Espiritu passed away within a few years of each other in the 1920s and their nine young and attractive children — Ardalion, Aristides, Vladimir, Benjamin, Florencia, Horacio, Josephine, Teresita, and Javiera — were parceled out to Don Javier’s eight surviving brothers.  

It was almost like the movie “All Mine to Give.”

One of the boys was sent to live with his uncle and aunt.  It was all well and good.  Until one literally sweltering afternoon when the young boy accidentally saw his uncle and a younger woman, not his aunt, in “flagrante delicto.”

The boy was immediately sent away by the uncle on the pretext of misbehavior just in case he would tell the aunt what he saw.

Poor boy…   😛




  1. Elizabeth "Ging" Gonzalez Pacana-Ricafort said,

    January 23, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I was actually searching for something else and I accidentally landed here. I guess it must be fate. I am one of the daughters of Josephine Mercado Gonzalez. This is really very interesting. Would you please tell me more about the family. Thanks.

  2. September 3, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    arantxa maloles:

    One of Don Francisco Javier Gonzalez’s and Dona Josefa Mercado’s [ the Gonzalez-Mercado ] daughters — I don’t remember who, for the moment — married Bismarck Maloles.

    Toto Gonzalez

  3. arantxa maloles said,

    September 3, 2008 at 5:38 am

    excuse me, do you know wilfredo maloles sr.?

  4. May 18, 2007 at 9:46 am


    Thank you for finding your way here.

    Regarding Brother Andrew’s numerous legacies, you could inquire with the DLSU SF De La Salle University Science Foundation headed by Mr. Boni Fuentes, which, even during Brother Andrew’s lifetime, handled the financial aspects of his philanthropies. Within the family, Rosario Reyes Gonzalez, Mrs. Nicanor Padilla Lizares, was assigned by Brother Andrew to maintain his remaining legacies.

    The immediate branch of Brother Andrew’s family, the Gonzalez-Arnedo, have split into two factions following his passing. One side remains loyal to his memory and to his charitable causes, the other resents him deeply for completely mishandling the ancestral legacies and other family matters. I belong to the latter side. I absolutely refuse to have anything to do with his memory and his “legacies.” He is “toast” as far as I am concerned.

    You are a respected Pampango historian. I am so honored that you visit this silly blog of mine.

    Toto Gonzalez

  5. May 14, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Toto,
    I enjoy reading what you write. Very interesting and informative! Could you possibly help me in my search for information about the Apalit Small Christian Community Hospital (ASCCOM) in Apalit, Pampanga? I want to know of what happened to the hospital after the death of Bro. Andrew Gonzalez? If it is still operational, is it a charity hospital or does it charge for its medical services and medicines? Was ASCCOM a registered foundation or a part of the Estate of Bro. Andrew Gonzalez? I used to exchange emails with your brother, Gene Gonzalez and cousins Elsie Franco-Diaz and Freddy Gonzalez pertaining to the Gonzalez families.
    Thank you so much and best regards.
    Andro Camiling

  6. February 5, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    cousin paz:

    It was sad to say goodbye to yet another cousin, Benjie Gonzalez. But I’m glad that he had the chance to reconnect happily with our Gonzalez and Mercado relatives before he passed on.

    Toto Gonzalez

  7. cousin paz said,

    February 5, 2007 at 6:02 am

    Hi Toto!
    I chanced upon the name of “Sandy Gonzalez” last week at the wake of his brother Benjie. It was Nina Gonzalez-Agoncillo who cleared us on the “links” re his children.

    Hi Almay,
    I am a long lost relative of your dad on your Lola Josefa’s side (Espiritu-Mercado). My mother Esther is the daughter of Ma. Paz Mercado y Espiritu de Cacnio, the sister of your Lola Josefa. Which makes my mom, a 1st cousin of your grandfather, Benjamin. We met members of your branch of the family last October 2006 in that Mercado-Gonzalez reunion.


  8. January 24, 2007 at 11:44 am


    Hi Cousin!!!

    Yes, your grandfather Benjamin “Ben” Mercado Gonzalez and my father Augusto Beda “Beda” Arnedo Gonzalez were first cousins. They were two among 125 first cousins, legitimate and illegitimate [ see my long comment on the post “Slurping Soup” ].

    Tito Ben’s father Don Francisco Javier Eligio Gonzalez y Sioco was a younger brother of my grandfather Don Augusto Diosdado Gonzalez y Sioco. Also, Don Javier’s wife Dona Josefa Mercado y Espiritu was a second cousin of Don Augusto’s second wife Dona Rosario Arnedo y Espiritu. They were all from the best families of Barrio Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga.

    Your Lolo Ben had to be one of the most colorful, and one of the best-looking, characters in the family. Do tell us more about him.

    Keep in touch!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  9. Almay said,

    January 24, 2007 at 7:32 am

    Hello again =)
    I think my dad (Abel “Sandy” Gonzalez- son of Benjamin Mercado Gonzalez and Virgen “Virgie” Gordillo Polintan) would more likely be your cousin, so that makes me a niece to you. I grew-up in Sto. Tomas, Pampanga but now based in North Vancouver, BC

  10. January 20, 2007 at 5:22 am


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

    Yes, Don Francisco Javier Eligio Gonzalez y Sioco was a graduate of Yale University.

    Tell us more about yourself, your parents, and your grandparents.

    Keep in touch!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  11. Almay Gonzalez said,

    January 9, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Hello =)
    Someone from our yahoo egroup (GonzalezClan_Doble_Zeta) linked your blog so I decided to visit your page.
    Never knew that Lolo Javier was Yale University-educated. Our information only goes as far back as where the 9 children were sent/educated and some bits and pieces.

  12. December 14, 2006 at 1:30 pm


    Apologies for that. I keep on forgetting that “Gabby” Lopez is Eugenio L. Lopez III. Duh!!!

    You’re right.

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. xxxx said,

    December 14, 2006 at 2:55 am

    You mean Mrs. Eugenio LaO’ Lopez III?

    I know she’s the second wife.

    And that Eugenio IV lives out his days here in the States or in Paris with Roberta, his aunt… I wonder who his mother was.

  14. December 8, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    Francisco Javier Eligio Gonzalez y Sioco and Josefa Mercado y Espiritu, both of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga, were the paternal grandparents of Barbara “Tweetums” Cruz Gonzalez [ the only daughter of Vladimir Mercado Gonzalez and Fe Arguelles Cruz ], and the great grandparents of Panjee Gonzalez Tapales-Lopez [ Mrs. Eugenio “Gabby” LaO’ Lopez III ] and the actor Ryan Agoncillo.

    Toto Gonzalez

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