To the sugarcane born: the Lopezes of Iloilo

To be a Lopez of Iloilo in the year 2007 means Wealth, Style, and Society with the requisite “Capital S.”  But all of that harks back to the simple beginnings of one of the most venerable of Filipino clans some two hundred years ago…

So here we have a transcription of the oral history, a collection of the affectionate recollections of several, knowledgeable members of the affluent and patrician Lopez clan of Iloilo, coming from the four corners of the world…

As stated in the family crest embellished with sugarcane commissioned by the tycoon Eugenio Hofilena Lopez Sr.:  “Honor, Riquezas, Gloria”…  the story of the Lopezes of Iloilo is indeed mostly of honor, riches, and glory…


“The progenitors of the Lopez clan of Iloilo were one Basilio Lopez [ ca. 1800 – 1875 ] and one Maria Sabina Jalandoni y Jaranilla [ 1816 – 1882 ].”


“Basilio Lopez and Sabina Jalandoni had sixteen children:  Eulalia, Clara, Eulogia, Eugenio, Gregoria, Estanislao, Marcelo, Claudio, Simon, Agripino, Francisco, Cipriana, Agripino, Eusebio, Ysidora, and Maria, all surnamed Lopez y Jalandoni.”

“Among their sixteen children were Eugenio and Marcelo.  Eugenio Lopez y Jalandoni [ 1839 – 1906 ] married Marcela Villanueva y Felipe .  Marcelo Lopez y Jalandoni [ 1843 – 1882 ] married Julita Villanueva y Felipe.  Two Lopez brothers from Jaro married two Villanueva sisters [ and heiresses ] from Parian [ Molo, Iloilo ].”

“The Villanuevas were already rich when the Lopezes were emergent businessmen.   The parents of Marcela and Julita were Eusebio Villanueva and Maria Felipe [ of Malinao ], whom they fondly called “Lala.”  They had made a fortune in the shipping business.”


“Eugenio Lopez and Marcela Villanueva had sixteen children [ Paz Lopez de Laguda maintained that they were sixteen siblings; various genealogies list only fifteen children ].  Unfortunately, Marcela died young.  So the elder daughters like Maria “Bibing” helped their father Eugenio raise the younger children.  Although rich, the family lived frugally, and an austere way of life was instilled on the children.”

The sixteen children of Eugenio Lopez y Jalandoni and Marcela Villanueva y Felipe were Maria “Bibing” [ 1866 – 1945 ];  Pacifico [ 1867 ];  Eusebio “Sebio” [ 1868 – 1932 ] who married Ana Ledesma y Villalobos [ the parents of Victoria “Vic” Lopez de Araneta ];  Gil “Tan Gil”  [ 1870 – 1946 ] who married Albina “Albin” Hofilena [ the owners of the famous “Hacienda Faraon” in Cadiz, Negros; the parents of the sisters Marcela Lopez de Kabayao, Benita, Honey Lopez de Panganiban, Lawaan, and Fe Lopez de Facultad ];  Eugenio who married Magdalena Ledesma;  Rosario “Sayong” who married Francisco “Paco” Santos;  Basilio;  Jose Ma.;  Benito [ 1877 – 1908 ] who married Presentacion Hofilena y Javelona [ the parents of the tycoon Eugenio “Ening” Lopez and Vice-President Fernando “Nanding” Lopez ];  Vicente “Cente” [ 1879 – 1963 ] who married Elena Hofilena y Javelona [ sister of Presentacion; the couple built the elegant “Nelly Gardens” mansion in Jaro, Iloilo in 1928 ];  Carmen [ 1880 – 1911 ] who married Atty. Salvador Laguda;  Ramon who married Amalia Hernaez; Paz [ 1883 – 1955 ] who became the second wife of Atty. Salvador Laguda [ the parents of Congresswoman Hortensia Laguda-Starke ];  Remedios who married Delfin Mahinay;  Carlos who married Jovita Deles.

In those olden, and old-fashioned days, great fortunes were built on sheer frugality.   The Iloilo Lopezes, already affluent by the 1860s,  lived austerely so as to efficiently manage and expand their businesses, which were the purchase and operations of sugar “haciendas” plantations as well as sugar trading.  Sheer frugality and exceptional business acumen allowed the family’s continuous purchases of vast tracts of sugar lands in the neighboring islands of Panay and Negros.

Thus, one of the greatest, and enduring, of Filipino fortunes was born…

According to Victoria Lopez de Araneta [ 1907 – 1988 ]:  “Of all the houses in the square, the two that my grandparents [  Eugenio Lopez y Jalandoni and Marcela Villanueva y Felipe — ed. ] owned were the ugliest.  They must have been more than 150 years old.  While other houses were short and squat, ours were three stories high.  These were made from unpolished wood.  They marred the uniformity of the plaza’s housing.  They were on the first side of the square so that anyone coming into town had the monstrosity as their first impression of the plaza.”

“The posts were tree trunks just as they had been felled from the forest.  They were very tall trees because they seemed to have no joints and our houses were three stories high.  Grandfather did not have his houses painted.  He counted his pennies to be able to send my uncle Carlos to America to study engineering.  Grandfather had fourteen children [ sic; sixteen children — ed. ].  Grandfather had Chinese blood, I suppose.  He had money but spent it sparingly; just look at his unpainted houses.”

“After my birth, my grandparents moved to another building further from the square.  Again it was another old house.  Uncovered raw posts, unpainted:  Grandfather’s mark.  This house was only two stories high with the stairs that led down to the street.  Below the stairs was a little barber stand with one or two barber chairs.”

“I think the floor was just plain earth.  Can’t be certain.  But knowing Grandfather, I can say it.”  [ from “VLA” by Bettina Araneta Teodoro, 2007; quoted with permission from the author ]


The apogee of the Lopez family of Iloilo was reached with the life of the extremely accomplished and extraordinarily successful tycoon Eugenio “Ening” Lopez y Hofilena.  During the prime of his fortunes, he was the most powerful man in the Philippines.

According to Eugenio’s first cousin, Victoria Lopez de Araneta:  “Ening was the oldest [ ] and the most popular young man in Manila.  He had brains and a very shrewd mind and became one of the richest men in Manila, owning the Manila Electric Company in later times. He was my most important cousin because he was mother’s favorite nephew and could get me permission to go to parties.  His younger brother, Nanding, was a happy jolly person who had the knack for making friends, a born politician.”  [ “VLA” by Bettina Araneta Teodoro, 2007 ]

While Eugenio Lopez, Vice President Fernando Lopez, Victoria Lopez de Araneta, and Congresswoman Hortensia Laguda-Starke represented the popular achievers of the fourth generation of Iloilo Lopezes, there was another variety to them — the dreamy, poetic, and lyrical kind — represented by their first cousins the Lopez-Hofilena ladies of “Hacienda Faraon” in Cadiz, Negros:  Marcela Lopez de Kabayao, Benita, Honey Lopez de Panganiban, Lawaan, and Fe Lopez de Facultad.


Maria “Bibing” Lopez y Villanueva was a financial force within the Lopez-Villanueva clan.  She only wore the color red, for prosperity or to drive away evil spirits we will never know.  But despite all the wealth, she had a passing that was less than grand:  As she was dying of old age during the American Liberation of 1945, an unusually gallant Japanese soldier took pity on her and carried her on his shoulders to the PGH Philippine General Hospital along Taft Avenue.  The irrepressible “Bibing,” who was already blind, mistook the soldier for a Lopez nephew and frankly complained that he reeked of “body odor.”  A doctor at the PGH recognized her and contacted the doctors at the White Cross Orphanage [ of which her niece Victoria Lopez de Araneta was the major benefactress; daughter of her brother Eusebio Villanueva Lopez ] — to fetch her.  She died at the White Cross and was buried in a black dress borrowed from her niece Mrs. Araneta.  [ Victoria Lopez de Araneta memoirs, through Regina Araneta-Teodoro, 2008 ]

In the memories of Lilia Lopez de Jison [ 1912 – 2000 ], her first cousin “Manang Benita” [ 1897 – 1974 ] was the one character of their generation of Lopezes whose delightfully dotty doings were worthy of a whole book…

Benita, having been raised by artistic and musical parents at the bucolic Hacienda Faraon in Cadiz, was of artistic temperament and had a deep appreciation of nature.  She had no qualms about putting pretty flowers on her hair or interesting leaves around her waist.  During several big parties at her Tio Cente’s Nelly Gardens villa, she would pick flowers, fruits, and leaves from the gardens and the ponds and insert these on to her hair and pin them on her “terno” evening gown, to the puzzlement, embarrassment, or even delight of her Lopez cousins, notably Lilia.

On the day of Benita’s wedding, the bridal party descended from the Nelly Gardens mansion where the bridal trousseau had been prepared and where the bride had dressed.  Lilia graciously lent her brand new Cadillac topdown sportscar as the bridal car.  Benita suddenly decided she did not want to proceed with the wedding.  That was definitely not acceptable so Lilia & Co. had to drag, pull, and push Benita who adamantly refused to enter the car.  Lilia recalled that it was like a Laurel & Hardy comedy scene with a horizontal Benita being pulled and pushed by Lilia & Co. into the sportscar!  Finally, it took an irate Lilia to practically stuff and squeeze the wailing and flailing Benita into the Cadillac sportscar and proceed to the church for the marriage ceremony.

To the shock of the Lopez clan, the affluent Benita died, of all things, from malnutrition.




  1. Florante More said,

    October 6, 2017 at 7:54 am

    A barangay in Agusan del Norte is named Doña Rosario after Rosario Jalandoni whose husband Francisco Guzman Soriano of Capiz was fiscal of Surigao and Misamis and later on Senator of the Philippines. Is this Rosario Jalandoni Soriano related in one way or another to the Lopezes of Iloilo. Another thing, Juana Acuña and Rafael Acuña who was former Fiscal of Capiz and later Governor of Agusan 1n 1917 – 1920 were staying with the Sorianos at Tubay, Agusan province from 1916 to 1920. Are they also related to the Roxas of Iloilo?

  2. Terry Madrid said,

    February 4, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Mr Philippe Wagner,

    Enmanuel López is actually living in París. If you like, give me your email to contact you.

    Terry Madrid

  3. Terry Madrid said,

    February 4, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Hello Mr Philippe Wagner,

    I just happened to read this notice, and I must say Enmanuel López is also a good friend of mine. Enmanuel is actually living in París, give me your email, please, so I shall give you a reply.

    Terry Madrid

  4. Michael Vasquez said,

    June 4, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Maayong Adlaw! This blog is amazing. I am so curious about about the Villanueva- Lopez clan story. I am not a Lopez or Villanueva but my grandmother from my mother is a Villanueva from Jaro. She married a Vasquez outside of Iloilo district and they moved to Pontevedra , Negros Occidental. I used to see my great grandfather called Pacho Villanueva . He came from Jaro too. I have no idea about him but I saw him several times before he died . Maybe my great grand father was one of the not so well off Villanueva that is why he moved to Bago city to establish himself. My greatgandfather died in bago at the age of 92. He was born in 1890 in district of Jaro.I would like to say that I am proud of my Villanueva ilonggo heritage. I just wish we have a family tree but we are not that rich. Thanks for reading…

  5. Martin George Aquino said,

    April 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for the informative history on the Lopez family.
    Does anyone knows what is the first of Chipper Lopez?
    We met through Joe Tan of Roxas City, Capiz.

  6. Cathyjean Ablanque said,

    October 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Hello po may senorita corazon po ba dito na may pinakamalaking tubuhan noon sa iloilo? Salamat po sana po masagot

  7. Tom Javelona said,

    October 22, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I am a Javelona, reside now in Atlanta, GA and know that many Javelonas migrated from Iloilo to south of Davao near Digos City. My grandfather was Rosendo Javelona. Does anyone have information about Javelonas in Iloilo? The above piece shows that some Javelonas married into the Lopez family.

  8. Eve Yap said,

    July 13, 2014 at 5:30 am

    On another thread– I am the granddaughter of Jose Lopez-Lizo former Judge at Manila Court of Appeals– who authored the Codigo Civil -Civil Code Law Book in Spanish –Proloque by Norberto Romualdez–available in UST Library Archive. Jose Lopez-Lizo was also a professor in Ateneo de Manila during his tenure in court and defended multiple cases during the American Regime. He is also related to Ening and Fernando Lopez Jr. –Ening (was VP of Philippines at the time) attended my grandfather’s funeral in 1962 and they were cousins. Does anyone know my late grandfather ? –I am curious to know from the side of Nanding and Ening as Lolo was very close to them. He is also brother to Dr. Leonides Lopez (former Director of San Juan de Dios Hospital) and they were from Ermita Manila.

  9. Eve Yap said,

    July 13, 2014 at 5:16 am

    There was an inquiry from Bernard Lopez regarding
    Manolo Verdejo Lopez and I would like to connect with Bernard about it .

    Bernard Lopez please send me email –I also want to ask you if you are related to Manolo–

  10. Terence John Jalandoni said,

    July 11, 2014 at 4:07 am

    I am glad to know aome roots of my Lolo is somewhat nearly linked to this… His mother is a Deles Lopez, and his Father is a Miranda Jalandoni,.. I am going to ask my grand pa if he knows Carlos Lopez and Jovita Deles… =)

  11. margarita villanueva sy said,

    March 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Glad to know i came from villanueva clan of iloilo & bacolod…but sad to say i haven’t had a chance to know my great great grand villanuevas parents…

  12. Victor "Atomic" U. Lopez said,

    March 4, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Manang Chayong’s husband name was ARTHUR COOPER, father of Sonny and Mary Ann as well.

  13. Victor "Atomic" U. Lopez said,

    March 4, 2014 at 1:50 am

    We’re proud of who we are.

  14. November 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Just a question who is the husband of Rosario “Chayong” Lopez-Cooper, his full name pls. 🙂

  15. virginia lopez handang said,

    October 8, 2013 at 9:17 am

    is here anyone knows about corazon garcia lopez?

  16. Alicia Perez said,

    October 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Mike Lopez:

    Of course, Mayo Lopez Carillo IS a Lopez de Iloilo. He is the son of Marcela Hofilena Lopez ( Celay ), daughter of Gil Villanueva Lopez and Albina Hofilena ( Gil was the son of Eugenio Jalandoni Lopez and Marcela Felipe Villanueva and was a brother of Maria, Eusebio, Rosario, Benito, Vicente, and Paz Lopez, et. al. ). Mayo is the son of Marcela Hofilena Lopez from her first marriage to a landed, handsome, Spanish mestizo Bulaqueno ( whose paternal and maternal grandfathers were both Spanish Augustinian friars ). Marcela married for a second time to Mr. Kabayao.

    Alicia Perez

  17. Mike Lopez said,

    October 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Can anyone confirm if one Mayo Lopez Carillo who managed one of the biggest sugar centrals in Panay during the 1960s is related to the Lopezes mentioned here?

  18. September 23, 2013 at 5:38 am

    may nakakakilala ba kay Ana Lopez na ipinanganak sa Jaro,iloilo at tumungo sa Guadalupe, Makati mga noong 1937. May 5 siyang anak na sina Salvacion, Efren, Josefina, Jose na mga ipinanganak sa Jaro, illoilo at Rolando sa Guadalupe. Bago namatay ang Lola ko ay bumisita sa kaniyang bahay si Mr. Ferdinand Lopez ‘Nanding’.
    Sino kaya ang mga kapatid ng lola ko?
    Family Tree namin
    Ana Lopez (Jaro-iloilo) asawa ni Florencio Manzano
    1Salvacion Lopez 7 anak
    2Efren Looez 6 anak
    3Josefina 5 anak
    4Jose 7 anak
    5Rolando 3 anak
    paki email lang mga kamaganak

  19. September 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm


    Go ahead. Kindly acknowledge this blog in your list of sources.

    Good luck.

    Toto Gonzalez

  20. punky brillantes said,

    September 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Goodevening po author! 🙂 Sir/Maam mawalang galang na po, puede po bang kumuha ng mga paragraph sa articles mo about sa Lopezes Of Iloilo kasi po gagawin naming magazine in our Group Project in History? Kung puede po, dadalhin ko po to ang site niyo sa reference namin dahil kung hindi dahil sa blog mo hindi po namin to matatapos! Maraming salamat po 🙂

  21. JOHN WILLIAMS said,

    March 25, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Looking for some infomation – my wife’s great grand father passed away on 2/25/2013 (at age 93) and a veteran of WW II and was also stationed in the south pacific. We live in Philadelphia Pa. U.S.A. while cleaning out the house found a box with poker chips. Inside a note that reads “This chip set and carved box was given to me on July 4, 1945 by Bentio Lopez in a small town outside Manila.Phillippines as a token of friendship.Bentio graduated from the University of Michigan.Bentio father owned some island for sugar cane.Benito father inlaws was one of the signers for the phillippines independece georcan perfecto,” Again any info would be helpful.

  22. January 28, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Hi I want to contact the author of this comment.
    Lito Manalo said,
    October 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Does anyone know about JAIME LOPEZ LEDESMA from Ilo-Ilo? His father is Oscar Ledesma and Ma. Lourdes Ledesma is the mother? Thanks

    I am inquiring about him also.

  23. Ma. Theresa Doronila said,

    November 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I belong to Gregoria Lopez clan but I only knew few of my cousins please let me know more about them…

  24. Lito Manalo said,

    October 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Does anyone know about JAIME LOPEZ LEDESMA from Ilo-Ilo? His father is Oscar Ledesma and Ma. Lourdes Ledesma is the mother? Thanks 🙂

  25. armilyn lopez said,

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    i am from Lopez great grandfather name is Facundo Lopez..we just knew he was from iloilo and we know nothing about his siblings…our family will be having a reunion tgis coming November 10,,i am really searching or looking for any chances to trace where my great grandfather come from and who are his siblings..

    my name is armilyn lopez from Puerto Galera,oriental Mindoro

  26. Mike Tiongco said,

    July 1, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Hi binky,
    I remember my aunties telling me the same stories about the Villanueva & lopez =) my great grandparents kids name dr. Carlos benedicto Villanueva. Montserrat b. Villanueva. Maria Luz b. Villanueva. Maria Alice b. Villanueva. Aurora b. Villanueva. Mercedes b. Villanueva. Hudet b. Villanueva…
    My email address

  27. Mary Lopez said,

    July 1, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Hi toto Mark!. My lolo’s name is Emilio Lopez Sr “Miling” and his brothers were Paquito”Paking” and Carlos.From which branch of the family did they come from?

  28. Binky Salas Malundo-Saquian said,

    June 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm


    I only know that Maria and Pura Garcia Villanueva had one other sibling, a half-sister from another mother. Her name was Alegria Villanueva, married to Mariano Diolosa, and they owned the now defunct Diolosa Publishing House along Bonifacio Drive in Iloilo City and Villa Alegre Subdivision in Jaro. Some of my mother’s school years were in Iloilo and she lived with the Diolosas, commuting between Dalusan and Iloilo during those years. Mom went to school with the Diolosa’s only daughter, Anita (I call her Maninay Gingging), and both ladies grew up like sisters and became each other’s bestfriend. Maninay Gingging has a half-sister from the same mother. Her name is Angeles Villanueva (Tita Lily) and is married to Alfonso Zayco from Negros.

    I will ask my Mom if she knows about your great grandfather when I see her in August. My parents are currently residing in Sagay while we are here in New Jersey.


  29. Mike Tiongco said,

    June 29, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Hi binky aquian,
    My great grandparents from molo & jaro, Iloilo…

    Mike Tiongco

  30. Mike Tiongco said,

    June 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Hi ms binky aquian,
    I’m mike Tiongco from san Francisco ca. My great grandfather name Felix Garcia Villanueva married to josefina de paula benedicto…mybe u could help me to trace my Mom’s side =) thanks
    God blessed us…
    Mike Tiongco

  31. Binky Salas Malundo-Saquian said,

    June 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hi there,

    I’m the daughter of the former Emilia “Kakay” Manalo Salas. My mother is the grandaugter of Senora Maria (Maring) Garcia Villanueva Salas, who was the sister of Pura Garcia Villanueva Kalaw. My great-great grandfather was Emilio Felipe Villanueva, the brother of Marcela and Julita Villanueva, both sisters married the Lopez brothers, Eugenio and Marcelo. My mother grew up with her Abuelita Maring in Dalusan (now Sagay) and used to tag along with her in many Lopez gatherings because according to Mom, the Villanueva-Lopez cousins were very close and meet frequently even for informal get-togethers.

    Although I’ve always been told by my mother, aunts, uncles and grandparents about our roots in Molo, this is the very first time that I’ve ever got interested into digging deeper into our family genealogy. Just very recently, I came across some old stuff that I’ve been carrying around with me all these years, move after move, from one country to another. I only happened to open the bunch of letters still tied with a plastic string recently and was surprised to see some handwritten letters between the sisters Maria and Pura. There was one signed by “Loling” and when I asked my Mom who Loling was, she said it’s Loling Lopez Jison, the first cousin of my great grandmother. One other letter was from Don Emilio Villanueva addressed to my great grandmother as Senora Maria Villanueva de Salas that was writtten in 1924. There are also a number of IOU notes from people that owed money to my great grandmother. Most letters were in Spanish.

    I’m not sure how to proceed from here but it will be great to touch base with the rest of the clan.

  32. Jose Ramon "Monching" Villanueva said,

    June 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    If anyone has information in regard to the Basiliso Villanueva genealogy from Mandurriao, Iloilo (who migrated to Bacolod City in the late 1800’s) and whose son is Don Generoso Villanueva of Bacolod City, kindly email me your information to:

    Thank you,

    Monching Villanueva

  33. June 15, 2012 at 6:21 am

    My father, Pedro Tecson Lopez died (52 yrs,of age)on Dec.1972 in Silay City, Negros occidental. He married Florentina Reloj(my mother) a native of Banga, Aklan (still living). My grandfather was Mariano Lopez of Iloilo and grandmother was Juliana Tecson of Zamboanga. Father was not interested to introduce his children to his brothers & sisters and even to his parents..we grew up with no contact to our Lopez relatives even until now…As told by my mother, father had 6 siblings, father was the youngest..Father told us that he had a niece named Evelyn, studying in Cebu in a medical school in the late 60’s..His oldest brother was a teacher and fondly called by the “locals”(Zamboanga) as MAESTRO LOPEZ….

  34. corazon medina guarino said,

    May 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

    mark I’m cora from cadiz city. My mother Maria Clara ledesma is a the daughter of Catalino Lopez Ledesma in his second wife , carolina benedicto of cadiz city. I haven’t attended a lopez reunion before but my cousins did in jaro. i want to meet my relatives on ledesma’s side. is it possible that i could meet your family?

  35. December 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    is anyone here know Manolo or Manuel Verdejo Lopez…long time deceased. ? thank you

  36. November 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    My mother was born in Negros Occ and her mother’s maiden name is Ofelia Ledesma Lopez and have an Hacienda in Victorias, Neg. Occ. Does anyone here from the roots of Paquito Lopez and Rizalina Ledesma?

    PM me at

    Looking forward 🙂

  37. November 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    To Mr. Warner Philippe, can I ask for your email address? Thanks!

  38. Gio Lopez said,

    September 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    My great-grandfather was from iloilo, i dont have extensive knowledge about my family’s background because i was born and grew up in zamboanga city due to my fathers work as a school teacher, years back when i had the chance to visit my parents hometown in Kalibo, Aklan where I met all my relatives, my older cousin told me stories about our families background, it was said that our grandfather, Apolonio Lopez, was an illegitimate child of a Lopez scion who came to Aklan just to engage in cockfighting (sabong), and met my great grandmother and bore a son, which is my grandfather. My grandfather grew up in Aklan got married and have 11 children, including my father, the youngest, Pelagio Lopez. One thing puzzled me is how my grandfather aqcuired huge hectares of land in which he divided within his 11 children. My cousin tells me that even when my grandfather was an ilegitimate son of a Lopez scion, he was still being supported financially and was given this large portions of land in Aklan. Im still skeptical about what my cousin told me, that is why, after i finish my contract here in abroad working as a milling engineer, i will going to plan for a vacation in iloilo and go the Lopez museum to find out more about my great grandfather, but first i will need to ask my father the name of his lolo. My parents had now returned to Aklan, their hometown.I hope ill have a great time touring iloilo and learning more about my families history.

    Pelagio Sabino Lopez Jr.

  39. August 19, 2011 at 5:40 am


    I’ve been looking for the genealogy book for the Lopez-Ledesma clan.

    I think it’s for the Lopez families from Iloilo City. It’s been updated recently I guess because people keep telling me I’m in it, as well as my nieces and nephews. I’m really curious about the family tree and I wanted to get one for my Dad and for my sister who lives in the US. I was wondering if anyone has it and where can I get it.

    I’d be grateful for any help. 🙂

  40. July 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm


    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comments again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  41. Roger Barcenas said,

    May 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    @Joselito Barcenas Villanueva.

    Do you know anyone of them? I’m tracing the Barcenas genealogy.I hope you can help me expand our family tree.

    Vicente Villanueva- Alejandra Alcuizar
    Flora Villanueva
    Myrna Villanueva-_____ Noel
    Nilo Villanueva-Merly Regis
    Rodolfo Villanueva-_____ Varga
    Thelma Villanueva
    Edith Villanueva
    Efren Villanueva
    Raul Villanueva-Deling _____
    Jimmy Villanueva

  42. florentino ledesma vazquez, III said,

    March 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    we have a lopez and a ledesma genealogy book somewhere.
    i stop at jaro cathedral whenever i am in iloilo to bring flowers to clara jalandoni lopez and anastacio lopez ledesma. clara is the eldest of basilio and sabina.
    i am hoping for a lopez reunion again as the first and last i attended was way back april 1982 in jaro.

  43. Denise Payne said,

    February 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Is there anyone that I can talk to in regards to Lopez that were disowned, if any. My mother is a Lopez and I am trying to create a family tree for my family. Any website or information is helpful. Thank you.

  44. leo dumago said,

    December 30, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I,m just looking for an information pertinent to my previous friends last 1997. Her name was Ma.Agnes de AyalaLopez with brother Boyet. Her mother was Emily Lopez living in the U.S. She was a classmate of Kiko Pangilinan in Harvard University. The last info that I had with her was that she was confined in Australia and must undergo a heart surgery. I did not knowhow she is right if she’s still existing or not. I miss her so much.

  45. Joe Gamboa said,

    December 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I am researching the beginnings of my former school Baguio Military Institute, whom the Lopezes, or Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lopez Jison owned then. Any info would be much appreciated, thank you in advance

  46. Warner Philippe said,

    December 14, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I would be Glad to have news of my very good friend and english teatcher, Emanuele Lopez, son of Vice President of Philippines Fernando Lopez from Iloilo.
    If I could be told how to join him it would be wonderfull.
    I knew him very well in Paris between 1972 and 1980 when he was living Boulevard de Courcelles and rue Corvisart.
    Philippe Warner

  47. Warner Philippe said,

    December 14, 2010 at 3:13 am

    I would like to have some news of my very good friend and english teatcher Emanuele Lopez de Javellana, hijo de Fernando Lopez, from Iloilo, that I knew very well in Paris bettween 1972 and 1980
    I would be glad to find his address, phone number, or and Email address

  48. reynaldo j. de guzman said,

    November 27, 2010 at 1:56 am

    im looking BENITA L0PEZ who i first met when i a child, now im 42 years old. My father is her tenant that land located in Tagaytay City Cavite .During my early childhood she visit regularly bringing fruit bearing para itanim sa land.

  49. m j ledesma said,

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    to consuelo jalbuena:
    you’d be better off buying a lopez book, in bacolod i think it’s maria lourdes ledesma or in iloilo with gina lopez or the lopez museum infront of casa plaza.
    jalbuenas intermarried with the lopezes.
    one of my favorite maninays is myrna jalbuena servando, who passed on a few years back. she was my mom’s playmate in jaro.
    you can also purchase a ledesma genealogy book with a severino-conlu of talisay, negros occidental as the ledesma book covers a much a bigger spectrum.

  50. m j ledesma said,

    October 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    the author must done extensive research on the subject but my chief complaint is the storyline is centered just on the eugenio clan from where the shield of arms was conceived, honor, riqueza and gloria, he just happens to be one of the sixteen children, 8 producing decendants and as prolific as the lopezes are, only a handful are rich today, much to the dismay of living in the past.

  51. rizza toledanes said,

    September 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    my grandmother is lopez. according to my lola, her father was from iloilo, pito silang magkapatid, isang babae.

  52. August 26, 2010 at 4:09 am

    then i have a sister named hilda lopez, according to this.

  53. Mike Tiongco said,

    August 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    @ Joselito Villanueva,
    u could email me the info @ .

    Mike Tiongco

  54. Joselito Barcenas Villanueva said,

    August 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I was only trying to trace a relative from Iloilo when i came across this site. My grandfather was the late Vicente Llenos Villanueva who hails from Oton, Iloilo. He got married to my grandmother, Crisanta Barcenas from Cebu. I know very little of my grandfather’s roots but if you’re interested to know more i’l do what i can to gather more info. Thank You.

  55. June 3, 2010 at 9:06 am


    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  56. May 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm


    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  57. consuelo jalbuena said,

    March 13, 2010 at 1:56 am

    hello, my grandfather is fernando jalbuena from jaro, iloilo. he migrated to negros occidental when he was in his teens. he was then living with the family of benito lopez in jaro. my grandfather then was reluctant to share his story in iloilo. any information about the jalbuenas and how they are connected with the lopezes? thanks

  58. Camille Lopez said,

    January 9, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I remember now! Don Benito Lopez married my grandmother first, Elena and then my great aunt Azucena. My grandmother was the eldest daughter and had quite an amazing personality which did fit her because of her dancing. Every time i asked her about her first marriage she would not exactly say much but only about how her sister married her ex right after her.
    Crazy noh?!

  59. Camille Lopez said,

    January 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I just like to comment on Don Benito Lopez marriages.
    He did marry my grandmother, Elena Perfecto who was an amazing dancer back in the 30’s in Manila and was the eldest daughter of the Justice Gregorio Perfecto who help write and sign the Philippine constitution.
    What I didn’t know was that he was married 3 time and that my grandmother was the third wife and then they divorced.

  60. danilo p. lopez jr. said,

    December 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    do you know the name of fidel lopez? he was my great grandfather. i think he came from iloilo or bacolod?

  61. December 4, 2009 at 8:30 am

    How wonderful to come upon this blog! I was a Rotary Exchange student in Iloilo in 1973 and lived with Manang Fe Lopez de Facultad and her family. Fe’s sisters were Benita and Lawaan. The family was very musical and I remember going to various Lopez mansions around Iloilo to attend music recitals organised by the “Iloilo Music Circle”. Manang Fe’s son was Victor Facultad as was his son who was called Vi-Vic (I think). Victor junior turned 1 on July 18 I think, and my 19th birthday was the following day. I still have photos of the party with various Lopez cousins in attendance. They lived in a beautiful Spanish style mansion on the waterfront opposite Guimaras Island. I have lots of stories of Fe and her sisters, including WWII stories when their mansion was occupied by the Japanese. As I recall one of the sisters, it may have been Lawaan had three suitors, all of which she rejected, and she remained a spinster. She planted three trees in remembrance .. or so the story was related to me!

    All three sisters had the most spectacular jewellery I have ever seen in my life. Massive rubies and diamonds of every colour.

    I would love to catch up with them again, though no doubt the three Lopez sisters have passed on by now.

  62. Rex Ladao said,

    August 6, 2009 at 5:57 am

    My grandparents roots is from Iloilo, My late grandma says she and her mother had occassionally drop by the house of Fernando Lopez the vice president cause they were their nephew and she was known to his kin called Nanay Ofing .Since my grandmas death I’ve never try a chance to ask about my roots. Shes a Lopez married to a Pedrosa in Cabatuan,Iloilo .Presently we are now in Cagayan de Oro City. Although I have a different family name now but I’ve never deny i have Lopez line
    in my blood

  63. Jinky said,

    July 24, 2009 at 1:46 am

    what about the jalbuena family? aren’t they part of the Lopez clan also?

  64. mike said,

    June 13, 2009 at 7:28 am


    100% right about lopez clan & villanueva clan… i ask my mom she said they are related to the lopez clan and they used to go party back then =) with my grandparents…

    thank you,

  65. mike tiongco said,

    May 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    my great lolo’s from villanueva clan from jaro & molo iloilo…
    im jst doin a family tree …his name felix garcia villanueva & my great lola’s pura garcia villanueva kalaw …any related to my lolo’s & lola’s

    mike tiongco

  66. tisoy said,

    April 15, 2009 at 1:44 am

    where and when will be the next lopez reunion? looking forward to see the relatives not only from the industrial/business, politics, or high society but also from the the arts and culture like the highly esteemed international violin virtouso gilopez kabayao and his equally talented wife pianist corazon pineda and thier children sicilienne, farida, and gilberto; audie gemora, etc.

    gilopez kabayao trully brought pride and honor to the lopez family….an honoris causa in humanities from UP, a ramon magsaysay award in public service, a presidential medal of honor, etc. looking forward the national artist award bestowed on him very soon!…that will be the first in the long line of lopezes.

    missed audie gemora on repertory and trumpet’s productions also! last saw him in the man of la mancha directed by baby barredo.

    i always appreciate the efforts of gina lopez in bantay bata, bantay kalikasan, and now with pasig river. i do hope she will also do something to keep the towering acacia trees in katipunan and the balara area. those are wonderful sights to see on my way home.

  67. aruray said,

    April 2, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Miss Sotto,

    I am neither Visayan nor a Lopez, I am Aruray of Pasig.

    In my lifetime, I have come across dignified Visayans and you remind me so much of the character of Cherie Gil in Peque Gallaga’s movie “Oro, Plata, Mata.”

    An aunt of mine from San Miguel, Manila always said that: “riches are never equated with material wealth but dignity, compassion to your fellow man, and warmth of the heart.”

    “Look at the birds in the sky, they neither sow nor reap but God takes care of them.”

  68. Alexandra Laguda Sotto said,

    March 31, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Central Lopez was founded by Eusebio Villanueva Lopez, Atty. Salvador Laguda, et. al.. My grandfather’s shares were inherited by my late aunt Sara Montilla, who sold it back to the Central.

    As I mentioned before, the papal blessing was for the Lopezes who had Villanueva grandmothers. The blessing was for the Villanuevas ( A*a Ledesma-M*bilangan included ).

    Not all the Lopezes are rich especially those from the other branches. The rich and prominent ones descend from the more prosperous children of Eugenio Jalandoni Lopez and Marcela Felipe Villanueva: Maria “Bibing” [ a spinster who left her fortune to selected nieces ], Eusebio “Sebio,” Gil “Tan Gil,” Rosario “Sayong” Lopez-Santos [ childless; left her fortune to selected nieces and nephews ], Benito, Vicente “Cente,” and Paz Lopez-Laguda.

    So the commenter’s premise is already wrong as he presumes that all the Iloilo Lopezes are rich. Not true.

  69. A-LL-S said,

    March 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Yes, her mother was a “lavandera” but as my cousin says they are acknowledged within the family as true Lopezes. As a matter of fact, Rosario “Chayong” Lopez-Cooper was adopted by Mama “Bibing” and she inherited her fortune. The Lopezes of that generation didn’t care if one was born outside or inside. The aunts were with them so long as their fathers acknowledged them.

    This is where the problem of the Celis family lay. All the time they thought that their grandmother was a Lopez. But, it turned out, her supposed father ( Eugenio Jalandoni Lopez — father of Benito Villanueva Lopez, grandfather of Eugenio “Ening” Hofilena Lopez Sr. ) didn’t claim her. So, nada. They were all hurt when Tita Lil ( Lilia Hofilena Lopez-Jison — daughter of Vicente Villanueva Lopez ) told them that they were NOT Lopezes and therefore excluded from the reunions.

    Another case — the Arenases always claimed they were Lopezes. But they had no blood. Presentacion Hofilena-Lopez took Julieta in because she was from Guimaras ( “Roca Encantada” ), the daughter of a peon plus an American / foreigner and looked so pretty, and was taken in. No “sangre de Lopez” – and that is why they are not included in the family tree.

    With the Lopezes, it is all about BLOOD!

  70. toto gonzalez said,

    March 29, 2009 at 7:37 am


    You said: “it’s nice to have rich and famous relatives but if i were to reach out to them they may think i’m a social climber or worse, think i’ll be asking for money.”

    Usually in family reunions, the affluent branches — oftentimes the organizers and financiers themselves — should take the initiative to greet and meet the less affluent relatives. After all, it is the purpose of a clan reunion for family members to see each other, and enjoy one another’s company, whether they are rich, middle-class, or poor.

    I speak from experience.

  71. Regina Lopez Araneta-Teodoro said,

    March 29, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Who their mothers were, whether a “costurera,” “cocinera,” or “lavandera,” Rosario “Chayong” Lopez-Cooper, Albina Lopez-Santos, Asuncion Lopez-Lizares, Teodoro Lopez, Trinidad Lopez-Gonzaga, et. al. were TRUE LOPEZES, mothers’ backgrounds being totally immaterial. They inherited
    wealth equal to or oftentimes more than those of the legitimate children of their fathers. That was the Lopez way. So what, who cares?
    But for all intents and purposes, they were Lopezes, real and bona fide. Their progeny carry on the mantle and they do so with the
    grace and courage befitting their forebears. They are hardworking, unpretentious, and ever mindful of their duty to preserve their patrimony.

    A Foundation’s purpose is not to give or dole out money to the poor relations, but rather to support the cause/causes for which it
    was mandated. The founding fathers of that foundation had their established purpose for which no one can begrudge them for.

    Am not going to add on what Jesus said: “The poor you will always have with you…..” as in this era loaded with Schadenfreude
    at the misery of others, that would just be more “gatong” to the pyre. But who says it is the duty of the better-off members of the family to dole out to the rest?

  72. mark teves said,

    March 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    must be nice to be born rich! how the other half lives! anyhow with regards to exclusion, some folks shouldn’t be included by virtue of not being a real lopez, right?
    let’s take the case of chayong lopez-cooper, the daughter of a “lavandera” who formed part and parcel of central lopez. so the coopers and the pernas should have been excluded.
    how about loreto de la paz lopez-gonzaga?
    for the most part, the majority of present-day lopezes are far from being rich. the lopez foundation instead of doling out money to “bantay bata” should be doling it out to its less fortunate relatives who cannot even attend a reunion because they don’t have the fare, a ride, a decent place to stay, or even just a dress for the occasion.

  73. mark ledesma said,

    March 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    the first and only lopez reunion i attended was way back april 1982 in jaro.
    upon reading the genealogy book i thought: “oh my gosh, i’m related to shane cooper and jun-jun gonzaga, both of central lopez.”
    mom did tell me at one time that her grandfather was catalino lopez ledesma but she didn’t have a clue as to who were his relatives and he passed on when she was only 6 years old.

  74. mark said,

    March 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    a lopez family reunion generally makes a top story. for the most part, people generally mingle or chat with those they know. it would be nice to see oscar lopez on the podium as i saw manong nanding once in jaro, but to mingle and chat with them is way out of my league unless they would come in our direction to shake our hands.
    i am proud to be a lopez but i also know my place in society. it’s nice to have rich and famous relatives but if i am to reach out to them they may think i’m a social climber or worse, think i’ll be asking for money.

  75. Ma. Theresa Lopez-Almarza said,

    September 20, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    … I’m happy that my surname is Lopez… I’m the daughter of Benito Deles Lopez Sr. and Loreta Zerrodo Daquil… from Lambonao, Iloilo…I’m proud, even though we are not rich and famous as they are…

  76. September 18, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    zippo is so good with gossip…

  77. May 5, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    […] of open war against one of the Philippines’ wealthiest and most influential families, the Lopezes of Iloilo province, sugar barons who built a public utilities and media empire across the […]

  78. Gianna Lopez Gonzalez said,

    July 24, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    omigosh toto, you know more about my family tree than i do. no matter how many lopez reunions i’ve attended, i still can’t remember the different branches and who comes from where. you make me feel so ashamed. i’m from the marcelo branch. the lopezes have a truly colorful family tree which i’m sure you’re well aware of — for example a recently deceased fruity uncle who was known for wearing fur coats regardless of iloilo’s heat and humidity, not to mention the experience of riding his extra-stretched limo. perhaps a chapter on what most lopezes have in common — that would really make for lengthy and interesting reading but i’ll probably be disowned so just stick to the funny stuff for example did i ever make you kwento about the funeral of my lolo paquito and after that, the funeral of lola gely. there was this robust woman named amal*a laz*tin and she used to “make balot” food to take home with her during all the nine days of prayer. in the beginning, she would ask for used grocery bags to pack the food in but during the last days of prayer when she noticed the staff would avoid providing her with more than one grocery bag, she brought her own bayongs. on 3 or 4 nights she took home the entire lechon head. the proper ladies of manila society would joke about it aloud “parinig” but deadma si madame bayong. bwahahahaha!!! anyway, i have an interesting story for your “marijuana” chapter so check it out.

  79. afaceinthecrowd... said,

    July 17, 2007 at 7:26 pm


    Oh yes. I believe Benito was quite the ladies’ man. Isn’t Elena Perfecto also known as Aurea? Was she not the sister of Azucena Perfecto? It was the talk of the town before… And Who was the close friend of the Italian actress Sophia Loren, was it Leonor de la Rama herself or was it her daughter?

  80. zippo said,

    July 17, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Heard from the grapevine that Gab*y is secretly dating Toni Gonz*ga (notice how Toni kind of reminds someone of a younger Panje*?). This is, of course, unverified.

    Of course, Celin* Lopez is dating the son of “Eminence Gris” himself.

    What is interesting, though, is what Vic Agustin wrote in his column yesterday about one of Celin*’s best friends, W*ndy P*yat ( married to Tony H*tung — son of a well-respected Hong Kong industrialist ). Seems like W*ndy H*tung was pictured getting out of the flat, not the gym, of her “gweilo personal trainer.”

    Z 🙂

  81. July 17, 2007 at 12:32 am


    According to a Lopez lady, Benito Lopez, onetime Mayor of Baguio, was the son of Vicente Lopez and Elena Hofilena, the couple who built the elegant “Nelly Gardens” mansion in Iloilo.

    “”Yes, he was the son of Vicente Lopez and Elena Hofilena. He was the brother of Tita Lil, Elen’s mother.”

    “He married three times: Leonor de la Rama, Azucena Perfecto, and Elena Perfecto.”

    “He is the father of Hilda Lopez.””

    Toto Gonzalez

  82. afaceinthecrowd... said,

    July 15, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Hello Toto and to all the readers,

    From which branch of the family did Benito Lopez (Baguio City mayor in the late 40s or early 50s) come from? The Lopezes were among the most prominent families in the city before but sadly, none of them live here anymore. They used to have the best parties and musicals in “Villa Azucena,” their well-appointed South drive house.

  83. csodchsldcn said,

    July 14, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    The marked frugality reminds me of Ilocano “pinakbet.” How much is the Lopez wealth now? Conservatively around half a billion dollars I think.

    I’m more interested as to who Gab*y is dating now. It’s all over the papers that Panje*’s selling their house on the hills.

    Does anybody know who received some inheritance from the flamboyant Fernando Javellana Lopez Jr.? He who liked cockfighting?

  84. July 13, 2007 at 7:58 am


    Naughty you!!!

    I’ll tell you a story: Years ago, when I was compiling the histories of our ancestors under the direction of my uncle Brother Andrew [ who was a very modern, forward-thinking person ], I did not use the terms “Don” and “Dona,” finding them unnecessary and cumbersome. I thought Brother Andrew would agree with my “modern thinking.” Unexpectedly, he did not. He told me that while not everyone during the Spanish era was a “Don” and “Dona,” those who were addressed as such were truly ranking persons in the community, and the fact must not be trivialized in any modern history, nor the concept corrupted by an “American” frame of mind. I was really surprised.

    So unlike your sworn enemies: the M*rcoses and the Rom*aldezes. *lolsz!*

    In justice to my Lopez sources, none of them ever used “Don” and “Dona” in referring to members of their family. As you can see, it is my text which refers to them as such, which they really were anyway: Filipino patricians of the first order.

    We are fortunate that a private version of their history is being shared. I certainly know that you are enjoying this every bit as I am. After all, you come from similar antecedents, don’t you???

    Toto Gonzalez

  85. Myles Garcia said,

    July 13, 2007 at 7:24 am

    How ’bout Don Procopio and Dona Matutina Encarnacion Vda. de Baldeguer Encomienda Zuza-Budarauiz?

    I think there should be set quotas to the Don & Dona title(s) per family. Look at the M*rcos-Rom*aldez coven. Why, they’ve got only 1 – old lady Josefa, and that was purely an honorific.

    Webster defines a “Don” (and I guess, by extension, a Dona) as title of a Spanish grandee. Therefore, in my book, you should at least have an oil portrait of you mounted on a horse (or vice-versa 🙂 🙂 ) hanging in your living room (or stables) to merit the “Don” title!! Of course, if the wife looked like a horse, then she could qualify, too!! LOL!! LOL!!


  86. July 7, 2007 at 4:03 pm


    Well said!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  87. Nena said,

    July 7, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Indeed! We’re proud of who we are and what we’d been doing.

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