I’m not going to make new posts for a while…  So it will look as if there’s nothing going on here.  On the contrary.  I will be working on those posts with titles but no contents.  So keep commenting:  the ghastlier the comments, the better!!!

Publishers are hounding me.  But my only obligation is to myself:  to complete the stories I have started.  In the first place, I began this blog for I, Me, and Myself. 




  1. Janice L. Singson said,

    January 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    hi guys!!! I justb wanted to add that according to the stories I have heard from my grandfather and mother I do believe that the mother of Doña Modesta Singson Gaisano is my late great grandmother Natividad Singson Gandionco,as what they told me the filipiniana costume that Doña Modesta is wearing belongs to the old Natividad Singson Gandionco.

  2. Tessa Perez de Tagle said,

    October 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    to Randy Bugarin: We had a Perez de Tagle reunion about two years ago at the house of Candy Perez de Tagle, the sister of Jerry Perez de Tagle. If I remember correctly, the brother of Edith Perez de Tagle, who was married to that Marcelo, was there but his name escapes me now. Please get in touch with Jerry Perez de Tagle, who is trying to construct a family tree. We still haven’t figured out how we are related because our parents have passed and we have no source but they are also familiar with the family coat of arms depicting a knight slaying a dragon, who was given the title marquis of las salinas

  3. talagang tsismoso said,

    October 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Who Is The Father of Sergio Osmena

    The most memorable love stories do not always have happy endings. And this is true in old Cebu. One may be surprised to know that this rather conservative insular city, where Christianity saw its first converts in the archipelago, was a worthy setting for to the highs and lows of love.

    One of the most intriguing stories involves the former Philippine president, Don Sergio Osmen – a. Curiously, the story does not concern Don Sergio’s courtship and marriage to each of his two wives (one after the other, of course), but his parents’ furtive love affair.

    Don Sergio was born out of wedlock, and though this fact has not hindered anyone in his social milieu from gaining success in later life, his parentage was kept secret till the day of his death.

    The backdrop
    Don Sergio was born in the port of Cebu to the wealthy and consequential Osme – a family, who were principales enrolled at the prestigious Gremio de Mestizos de la Ciudad de Cebu. These Chinese mestizos until recently had a church of their own, the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Parian, and prior to 1850 enjoyed autonomy in their own municipal body.

    In 1878, at the time of Don Sergio’s birth, the Osme – as had the run of the profitable family corporation, Osme – a-Rita y Cia. Their affluence clearly came from their many enterprises, which included agriculture, shipping, trading, and warehousing.

    An uncle, Don Guillermo, was one of Cebu’s first lawyers, who distinguished himself by defending the parian church from suppression by the bishop of Cebu. The case was lost only after a long drawn-out legal battle, and at the cost of dismantling not only the church edifice but also of the parian’s municipal character. Don Guillermo is best remembered posthumously as the teacher of Andres Bonifacio in Binondo, Manila.

    But more importantly, Don Sergio’s grandfather was no less than Don Severino Osme – a, founder of the family firm along with his first wife Do – a Vicenta Rita. Don Severino occupied a lofty position in the Cebu parian at a time when practically all of Cebu’s trade was controlled from there.

    Humble beginnings
    Don Severino took a second wife after the death of Do – a Vicenta. The lady was Do – a Paula Suico, a member of another prominent Cebu family based in the parian. Don Severino had three children (as far as can be traced) by Do – a Paula before he drew his last breath.

    The untimely demise of Don Severino left Do – a Paula to fend for her children, Lazaro, Juana, and Filomena (who were, in most probability, no more than teenagers at that time). As second wife, she got only the house and lot on what is now Lapulapu Street in the district of Pampango, Cebu City.

    Do – a Paula probably understood her position early on; she was not, after all, a Vicenta Rita, co-founder of the family firm, and quickly busied herself in a bakery operation at the ground floor of her house and the gambling den within, away from prying eyes.

    The income from such businesses may have been pretty decentÑthe bread, for one, was a favorite of the Spanish provincial governor. But in the light of the Osme – a fortune now in the hands of Don Severino’s children by his first wife, it must have been paltry, indeed.

    The industrious Do – a Paula was ably assisted by her daughter, Juana, in the many tasks involved in running the household’s day-to-night commercial activities. The young Juana soon became acquainted with the mostly rich clientele of her mother’s establishments, including, of course, the swains of gentle birth, with the lucre to match.

    If Don Sergio were born full-term, then the pregnancy of Juana must have caught her mother’s attention around Christmas of 1877. This must have struck fear in the heart of Do – a Paula, but the course of action she took was rather uncharacteristic of the parian mothers of her class.

    Whereas no stigma was attached to illegitimate births at that time, a trait peculiar to the Cebu parian and of old Cebu in general, Do – a Paula packed her daughter up, to live with relatives in the neighboring town of Mandaue, and await the birth of her child.

    Was the reason pragmatic? Were Do – a Paula’s hands too full to care for a pregnant daughter and her resources too meager to hire a servant? Or was she mindful of her daughter’s shame, as people are wont to think today?

    Or did Do – a Paula fear a misalliance, to a man who would do her daughter more harm than good, and destroy her future beyond repair?

    A breath of scandal
    Do – a Juana emerged from Mandaue with a son, Sergio, who would bear her name, “Osme – a,” as his own. Plausibly, in the registries, his father was entered in records as “PNC,” padre no conocido. But the old-timers of Cebu knew, or thought they knew, and tattled.

    Not surprisingly, given the secrecy of her confinement, Do – a Juana became an increasingly shadowy figure in the drama. Her mother clearly had a hand in separating her from her lover. But the nature of her seclusion until her death before WWII had a sacrificial quality: that of mourning for a lost love.

    At first, this might not have mattered much, for little Sergio was only marginal in the Osme – a world of pomp and circumstance. But as his star roseÑSergio was a brilliant boyÑso did the gossip spread.

    Two names made the rounds, both men of prominenceÑone foreign and self-made, the other, of the parian and the traditional elite.

    Real father
    Don Pedro Singson Gotiaoco was the first candidate. He came to Cebu after the opening of its port to international trade in 1860 as a penniless immigrant from Kei-tang, part of present-day Fujian Province in China, with the name Go Bon Tiao. His coming to Cebu was said to have been precipitated not only by economic want like many of his countrymen, but also by his accidental manslaughter of a cousin.

    Baptized into Roman Catholicism with the hieratic Chinese mestizo of the parian, Don Mariano Singson, as baptismal sponsor or padrino, Go Bon Tiao became known as Pedro Singson Gotiaoco.

    His initial economic activity began with a small soap-and-candle manufacturing business. He later made a killing in rice trading, and the money gave him ascendancy in the Chinese community, whose interests he served later as an official of the Chinese tax ward or gremio.

    That service was crowned by the Spanish honorific title of “don,” and it was not long before Don Pedro hobnobbed with the lower reaches of the local aristocracy. He must have met Do – a Juana in one of his paseos to the neighborhood, perhaps to partake of Dona Paula’s delicious breads (the Osme – a house was “just a few blocks away” from his own).

    The other
    Don Antonio Sanson also came to know Do – a Juana at her mother’s house. He was said to have frequented the monte and mahjong parlor of Do – a Paula, without doubt as one of the high-rollers.

    Although born in Surigao, Don Antonio was descended from a family long-entrenched in the Cebu parian, from among a select few who maintained surnames before the Claveria Decree of 1849. The Sansons appeared in the earliest official 19th century documents (the very first available) as “de Sansons”Ñwith the aristocratic “de” either as a marker of rank, or an affectation of Spanish-ness.

    Don Antonio’s appearance in Cebu coincided with the increased demand for its goods in the burgeoning market for plantation crops around 1860. He began to acquire lands in Lugo (in today’s Borbon, Northern Cebu) in 1864. By the 1880s, already a permanent resident of that place, he was appointed as the juez de paz and also gobernadorcillo of the newly-minted town of Borbon after it was separated from su matriz, Sogod.

    (His 588-ha hacienda was unique at a time when such exact geodetic surveys were rare. Land at that time was often measured not by area, but by the number of heads of cattle or coconut trees they support.)

    A rich and entitled man, Don Antonio had a penchant for gaming and womanizing, a reputation that surely preceded him when he met Do – a Juana.

    The dilemma
    So who is Don Sergio’s real father? The answer seems more difficult to come by with each passing year, even in the age of DNA testing. And despite the revelation of one of Don Sergio’s grandsons, the realtor and engineer Antonio Osme – a, in a 1999 newspaper interview that Don Antonio Sanson is Don Sergio’s father, many still believe otherwise.

    The scholar and author Dr. Resil Mojares concedes that the “most popular theory is that he (Don Sergio) was the son of the wealthy Chinese merchant Don Pedro GotiaocoÉ. It is said Gotiaoco (who came to own the Lapulapu house in which Osmen – a grew up) contributed to the young Don Sergio’s educational expenses in Manila.”

    The Osme – a-Gotiaoco connection offers a win-win situation in that Don Pedro’s descendants include not only the Gos or Gotianuys of the University of Cebu, but also the Gokongweis of Robinsons and Cebu Pacific Air, the Gaisanos of the Gaisano and Metro department store chain, and such related families as the Gotianuns of Filinvest. It has been suggested that what is good for business is also good for politics, an area in which a number of Osmen – as seem to have a franchise.

    Dr. Mojares, however, advances that the “more plausible theory is that Don Sergio’s father was Don Antonio Sanson (nicknamed Biyongkog), a Chinese mestizo É.” Prominently-placed for decades before the Osmen – as even had a formal family name, the Sansons were on their way down in the 1880s, a victim of high living, vice, and the sugar debacle of the era. A Sanson association would have done no good to the rising and ambitious Don Sergio.

    Neither Don Pedro nor Don Antonio could marry Do – a Juana anyway, even if they wanted to, and even if Do – a Paula had wanted that to happen. Both were married men Don Pedro to a wife in China, allowing him to entertain only concubines, and Don Antonio to the mother of his only legal heir, Do – a Concepcion.

    This must have been the reason why Do – a Paula did what she did, carting Do – a Juana away to hide in Mandaue until the smoke had cleared. And when it did in her mind, Do – a Paula chose to ally her grandson to the Osmen – as of her husband’s first family, accomplished and affluent members of Cebu society, rather than to the arriviste Gotiaocos and the waning Sansons.

    In his old age, Don Sergio had wanted to reveal his real father’s name to a public that had by then regarded him as the “Grand Old Man.” His second wife, Do – a Esperanza, was said to have dissuaded him. For the most part, Don Sergio’s parentage remains a romantic ornament to the Osmen – a family history, a saga of a fatherless patriarch who by that same token is both underdog and winner

  4. randy bugarin said,

    October 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Bidang, which of these Perez de Tagles sired the Miss P de T who married the late industrialist Marcelo (Marcelo Rubber, Steel, Fiberglass, tiles)?

    Toto, can you ask Bidang if you can give me her email add?

  5. Z.R. Qiu said,

    May 25, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Does anybody know the name of Dona Modesta Singson Gaisano’s mother? I heard that she’s a Chinese-Italian mestiza but there are no other information about her.

  6. bidang said,

    March 21, 2009 at 4:11 am

    my own input re: Rafael Escalante Zaragoza married 1st wife Gregoria Aranquizna and they had 5kids: 1.Miguel (Painter) married (2nd wife Pepita?), 2.Carmen 3. Adelaida 4. Manuel married (1st Juliana del Valle y Pimentel) (2nd Obdulia Felin – 1child), 5. Jose a Josef Stalin look a like and a publicist/founder of La Illustracion Filipina married (1st Bernardina Moreno-no kids) (2nd Rosa Arce Roxas-6kids: 1.Salvador married Carolina Tuason, 2. Elias (Inventor) married Rosario Velez y Rodriguez Ynfanta, 3. Ramon married 1st Trinidad Matute, 2nd Juanita Marin, 4. Natividad married Demetrio Tuason, 5. Margarita married Carlos Preysler 6. Carmen married Gregorio Araneta y Soriano and had 7kids: Vicente, Consuelo, Margarita, Jose, Teresa, JAntonio,Concepcion
    …….a total of 13

    Rosa Vicenta Arroyo y Gomez de Arce Roxas married Jose Aranquizna Zaragoza

    Rosa’s parents were Don Mariano Leon Arroyo Roxas married Carmen Gomez Arce.

    Rafael Escalante Zaragoza married 2nd wife Paz Perez de Tagle and they had 8kids
    Alfredo..Ricardo..Rosario..Rafael..Aususto..Antonio..Ana..Vicente marrying Trinidad Felicidad Foz and had 10kids.

    So what’s there about the Perez de Tagle Zaragoza kids???

  7. bing_a_abad said,

    February 23, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Re: Araneta Cubao Branch

    if the only son Jo*rge has no children, sayang naman that their line will no longer go further, kasi nga the other 2 lines is Rox*s and For*s na, no?

  8. bing_a_abad said,

    February 23, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Re: Araneta Cubao Branch

    if the only son Jo*rge has no children, sayang naman that their line will no longer go further, kasi nga the other 2 lines is Roxas and Fores na, no?

  9. November 6, 2008 at 9:21 am

    minsan innaproach ko si cong.iggy arroyo 22o kinausap nya ako sa plenario sa congress at tlgang mbaet & he reminded me 2 c him again in his office if i need help…nun c mikey A. nman ang nkta ko at lumapit ako sa knya eh kinausap nman ako kso dhl kongresita eh mdyo ngmamadali thats why dko npo nkausap but i understand d good gentleman frm pampanga..nun c FG nman ang hinaap ko sa whitehaus eh ang sbi saken ay tinanggal na ang kanyang opisina kse he’s still recovering sa kanyang heart operation haaay sayang noh d man lng ako nakapagmano k unang ginoo! kse ang sbi saken ng aking tita INES VALDES(former Usec) married to REY SYLVESTRE na related k gov.YNARES naks hah!!! na ang tita INES ay mrn sister na c tita ELENA VALDES na 1st wife ni BOBBY ORTEGA(Markang Bungo) at bro.EDUARDO’BIMBO’VALDES former DWIZ stn manager atbp mga auntie ko 2lad nila tita ENCARNACION’ENCARNITA’VALDES na classmate ni PGMA sa Assumption eh wg ako mahiya pgnkta ko ang mga KASTILALOY na relativ nman dw tlga nmin 2lad ng mga PRIMO’S sa mga TUASON ng ARMSCOR mga PRIETO ng Pizza mga LEGARDA,TODA,NIETO,PICA,SANCHEZ,SALVADOR,LESACA,VACANI,PICORRNEL,ELIZALDE de AYALA,ARANETA,ROXAS ETC. kse po si TOTO RAMON SALVADOR VALDES na great gr8 grandlolo ko at Dr.BENITO SALVADOR VALDES na married to FILOMENA PICA na anak c GEN.BASILIO J. VALDES y PICA ay legally adopted daughter c TATA ROSARIO LLORA MATUTE na galing din sa kanilang clan na it so happen na ATE ni JOSE MIGUEL’mike’ T.ARROYO & CONG.IGGY…hop i contributed and also i hope that we will be part of the clan which where we truly belong GODSPEED!

  10. November 6, 2008 at 8:21 am

    minsan sana hanapin nyo nman or pansinin din ang mga kamag-ankan nyo nawawala o naghirap sna wg din kyo pumayag na maapi kme at kung mrn chance xtend nyo din ang generosity nyo samen dhl gs2 din namin ibalik ang pride ng aming familia… after all ksma tlg kme sa so called EURASIANS at u cnnot deny na minsan ay naging miyembro din kme ng mga ALTA SA CIUDAD!!! LEGARDA TUASON PRIETO VALDES CLAN po bow!

  11. cool said,

    March 22, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Please, can anyone tell me about Daniel Z. Romualdez — the names of his children and their whereabouts? Please let me know about this matter as soon as possible.



  12. March 14, 2008 at 5:56 pm


    FEATI University was established by Eugenio Lopez, his first cousin Victoria Lopez de Araneta, and other investors as a small school to supply the airplane mechanics for Eugenio Lopez’s Far East Air Transport.

    FEATI University is still owned by several members of the Lopez and Araneta families along with other investors. One of the principal stockholders is Carmen Araneta-Segovia, the eldest daughter of Salvador Araneta and Victoria Lopez.

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. bing_a_abad said,

    March 14, 2008 at 10:28 am

    May I know where the Araneta-Villasor branch of the Araneta Clan comes in? I think they own FEATI University, don’t they?

  14. aileen angeles said,

    March 9, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    who is the daughter of Daniel Z. Romualdez, couisn of Imelda Romualdez Marcos?

    Is she the only daughter?

  15. jasper said,

    December 20, 2007 at 9:29 am


    The pleasure is all mine, I assure you. I warmly accept your welcome; the journey to get here was long and trying. I again beg the audience’s indulgence but due to the powerful, intricate, and, at the risk of sounding indiscreet, well-planned, inter-connections between these families the legendary and profound Sugar Aristocracy was born. I would like to thank you for devoting so much time and effort in keeping up this blog site. This is a treasure trove of nostalgic memorabilia which keeps a certain pride alive to those who understand and appreciate the grandeur of the Philippine elite(and in there persons made manifest the grandeur of our beloved Philippines.) I do not mean this in any condescending way where the word elite does not apply but instead refer to the Elite as a cultural icon that is part and parcel weaved in the fabric of our national heritage. Thank you for your sublime endeavor; a grand tribute to a unique past in the digital age.

  16. December 19, 2007 at 5:41 pm


    Thank you for finding your way here.

    OhmyGod. Everybody who is Anybody in the Iloilo-Negros axis is related!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  17. jasper said,

    December 19, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Akin to Jules, I just happened to traipse over this blog while doing some research and was very impressed with the exhaustive content. The degree of detail is simply remarkable. How you found out about Mar*ter Jalandoni is simply amazing. Ironically, she is also related to the Aranetas in a roundabout way. She has a first cousin who is an Araneta from the Visayan clans. On top of this, an exploration of the Ledesma-Lacson-Jalandoni-Lopez family clans from the Negros-Iloilo areas will undoubtedly uncover an Araneta connection… but then again, I could stand humbly corrected.

  18. Garganta Inflamada said,

    November 5, 2007 at 3:08 am

    Is the actress Daisy Romualdez related to THOSE Romualdezes?


  19. socialclimber said,

    November 3, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    But Dul*e R*mual*ez and Chi*ui Gonzalez have long separated.

  20. November 3, 2007 at 2:35 pm



  21. bestbudd said,

    November 1, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    this blog is so informative about my complex family interconnections! hope to read more about the aranetas and other families from negros and ilo-ilo! keep up the good work! 🙂

  22. betty mahmoudy said,

    October 31, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, that was a history lesson in itself!

    Did you know that my mom and j*s* m*r* g*nz*l*z dated once upon a time? Yikes!

    One of his brothers married d*lce r*m*ald*ez. the two clans were linked once more when cr*st*na married alfr*d r*m*ald*ez.

    Six degrees of separation to the 100th degree is played out on a daily basis in the Philippines…

  23. Garganta Inflamada said,

    October 31, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    TT wrote: may i respectfully ask what catalogs of the marcos antiques you have because i have a small collection and there are a few catalogs in my collection that i dont have specifically the christies catalogs


    TT, sorry if I misinformed you & the other readers, but when I said “…I have a lengthy catalgue,” I DON”T actually have the Christie’s catalogue per se (of said Marcos holdings); what I was referring to was a very detailed listing of the MARCOS LOOT (artwork, jewelry, etc.) as catalogued in Ricardo Manapat’s definitive book on the years of the wholesale M*rcos Looting of the Philippine Islands, called: SOME ARE SMARTER THAN OTHERS.

    However, I believe one can find certain Christies/Sotheby’s catalogues in question, on eBay. They show up from time to time. (I’m waiting for some of the ‘missing’ French Impressionist canvases from the robber baron & baroness’ cache to show up on eBay. Maybe I could get a Renoir for US$300. 🙂 🙂 ) May eBay ba diyan sa RP?

    (Also, I was clearing up some old files a few days ago, and I came upon the court brief of the Rogelio Roxas estate (the finder of the Golden Buddha) vs. Ferdinand & Imelda M*rcos, as filed with the Honolulu Superior Court. Most interesting; but kinda long. Didn’t finish it, but filed it away again. 🙂 )

    TT, interesting clarifications; thanks. Isn’t the 3rd branch of the Aranetas, the GAMI (the Gregorio Araneta branch?) of Araneta University? (My folks used to be very close to one of the discreet, refined, low-key ladies of old Manila society before — Corit* Ar*neta K*law, a lady in every sense of the word. I really admired Tita Corit*. ) (Toto, C*rito was the wife of Haji Kalaw who was president of the former Bank of Asia, whose mansion on Roxas Blvd. u wrote very fondly of in another of your chapters.)

    TT, I hope that answers your question. If u want to communicate further in private, kindly have our host forward your email address to me. Thanks.


  24. October 31, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    talagang tsismoso:

    OHMYGOD. You know Everybody!!! *amazed*

    And so do zippo, Garganta Inflamada, taitai, and betty mahmoudy…


    Toto Gonzalez

  25. talagang tsismoso said,

    October 31, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    to Garganta Inflamada may i respectfully ask what catalogs of the marcos antiques you have because i have a small collection and there are a few catalogs in my collection that i dont have specifically the christies catalogs

  26. talagang tsismoso said,

    October 31, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    I would just like correct and add some more twist on the article of Luis Teodoro:
    The Dynasties RP Politics: Family Affair Genealogy, Politics and History
    Published in Cebu Daily News on June 2003

    From the article “Also, due to his dalliance with Juanita McIlvain, former Miss Universe Margarita “Margie” Moran Floirendo just happens to be President Roxas’ granddaughter”.

    Margie Moran is also the grand daughter of former chief justice of the supreme court manuel moran
    The daughter of president roxas married the son of chief justice moran
    a son of president roxas from this lineage married a rufino the eldest sister of marixi rufino prieto.

    From the article President Osmeña’s half-sister was Doña Modesta Singson-Gaisano, the matriarch of the affluent Gaisano family of Cebu City.

    1.In an article in metro society magazine i forgot what month titled who is the father of sergio osmena it concluded their that pedro gotiaoco is not the father of sergio osmena. and in the recently published biography of john gokonwei titled path to entreprenuership mr gokonwei said there there is no proof that his great grand father pedro gotiaoco is father of sergio osmena.. pedro gotiaoco is the ancestors of many of our current business tycoons pedro gotioaco first wife is lih ah kiet their sons are go chion wei the grand father of john gokonwei and go tian wie who took up the name manuel gotianuy. a daughter from a filipina mestiza is modesta gaisano of the gaisano department store chain in the south. a brother of pedro gotiaoco
    Goquiaco grand son is andrew gotianun of filinvest corporation and another heir coming from their line is augusto go owner of university of cebu

    Two branches of the Araneta family further married presidential daughters; the first one being Juan Miguel Arroyo, whose second cousins are Aranetas.
    He married then Ms. Gloria M. Macapagal, daughter of President Diosdado Macapagal. Of course, GMA is now the country’s Chief Executive. The second to marry a presidential daughter was Greggy Araneta who married Irene Romualdez Marcos, the youngest child of Ferdinand Edralin Marcos and Imelda Romualdez.

    2.The first gentleman name is Jose Miguel T. Arroyo not Juan Miguel he is related to the Araneta’s thru his maternal grand mother natividad zaragoza who married demetrio tuason .natividad zaragoza sister is carmen zaragoza who married gregorio araneta so the connection between the first gentleman with the araneta’s is with his zaragoza lineage not with the araneta’s

    Some of the minor branches of the Zobel de Ayala family married into the other aristocratic families of Manila. The Aranetas, Ayalas, Elizaldes, Prietos, and more. Through the Roxas family’s connection with the Aranetas, former Tourism Secretary and beauty queen Gemma Cruz-Araneta is also related to Pres. Roxas.
    Further, another scion of the Roxas family was Margarita Roxas, whose marriage to Antonio de Ayala produced Trinidad de Ayala. Trinidad later married Jacobo Zobel and started the legendary Zobel De Ayala
    Through the Roxas family’s connection with the Aranetas, former Tourism Secretary and beauty queen, Gemma Cruz-Araneta is also related to Pres. Roxas.
    Let me elaborate, Gemma’s husband Antonio Sebastian Araneta’s grandmother, Carmen Roxas Zaragoza, was the daughter of Rosa Roxas a relatives of Pres. Manuel Roxas.

    3 while it is true that roxas family are related with the different roxas branches but their relationship with each other’s branch is very very distant already the roxas family of carmen roxas zaragoza came from the branch of Antonio Roxas while the Zobel de Ayala’s Roxas branch came from Domingo Roxas who live in the years 1782-1843. Antonio & Domingo are brothers their parents are mariano roxas who live in the years 1758-1807. Mariano Roxas brother Cayetano Roxas who settled in Capiz is the great grand father of President Manuel Roxas see how distant their relationship with each other

    4 the araneta’s are also the same with the roxas family the relationship with the araneta branch of J Amado Araneta Jorge father with the branch of Luis Araneta the father of Greggy is also very very distant already the J Amado Branch are from negros occidental while Luis Araneta branch are from iloilo but they are all related because they all come from the same ancestors

    Marean Romualdez, daughter of her brother Gov. Alfredo Romualdez, married Thomas Pompidou, the grandson of the French President Georges Pompidou.

    marean romualdez is the daughter of former leyte governor benjamin “kokoy”romualdez her mother is juliet gomez of the old rich gomez family of pampanga

    Cristina Gonzalez. Christina’s mum is an Araneta

    Cristina Gonzalez mom is charito marclay her dad is jose mari gonzalez who is related to connie gonzalez araneta her husband is linggoy araneta the owner of LBC

    the merging of the families by marital infinity Rustia (of Baliuag) – Tantoco (Sn. Rafael) of the famed RusTan’s Store. Furthermore, the marriage of a Tantoco scion to a Lopez

    Glecy Dimaano Rustia grew up in lipa batangas because her mother is from lipa .she married bienvenido rufino tantoco together they established the rustans conglomorate the tantoco scion who married a lopez is menchu who married a son of eduardo lopez the brother of victoria lopez araneta who owns republic flour mills and the araneta university

  27. Jules said,

    October 25, 2007 at 3:13 am


    Funny, but lemme tell you something about “Chichay” Moya. She was a not-so-distant relative of Jose Vicente Moya, otherwise known as the former “Jovit” Moya in tinsel town, apparently, from Jovit’s dad’s side. I’m a bit indefinite about the idea but Chichay passed away in the 90s. Jovit has already migrated to Southern California. Unbelievably but Jovit came from a family of politicians from Zambales ( his mother’s side ) and Masbate.

  28. zippo said,

    October 25, 2007 at 12:59 am

    talagang tsismoso is correct. As I stated earlier, Liza’s father is the 1st cousin of Judy Ar*neta-R*xas and Baby Ar*neta-F*res.

    Z 🙂

  29. Garganta Inflamada said,

    October 24, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Now I’m interested in the lineage of Aruray, Chichay and Patsy. Anyone?

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  30. zippo said,

    October 24, 2007 at 11:11 am

    And it goes on…..

    As stated earlier, one of the Buencamino heiresses, Dona Narcisa “Sisang” Buencamino – de Leon, founded the most illustrious movie companies in the 1930s: LVN Pictures.

    LVN Pictures’ ( and Philippine entertainment’s ) greatest star from the 1930s to the late 1950s was none other than the great Rogelio de la Rosa — the real King of Philippine Movies ( way ahead of FPJ ).

    Rogelio de la Rosa had a sister named Purita. The beautiful Purita married a poor boy from Lubao, Pampanga named Diosdado Macapagal who eventually became a lawyer and then Congressman.

    Diosdado and Purita had 2 children: Cielo ( now Salgado ) and Arturo ( married to Mariter Jalandoni of the famed sugar family ).

    Unfortunately Purita died at a young age and Diosdado married Evangelina Macaraeg ( another face that could not even launch a banca ). Of course everyone knows that that marriage resulted in a “tiyanak” who now lives in a Palace by the Pasig River.

    During the 1961 Presidential Elections, Vice President Macapagal [ LP ] ran against re-electionist President Carlos Garcia [ NP ]and Manuel Manahan [ PPP ]. However, all 3 weren’t really that popular. Enter the most popular man in the Philippines: Rogelio de la Rosa.

    Rogelio de la Rosa filed his certificate of candidacy and was considered the clear favorite. Vice-President Macapagal, however, was able to convince his erstwhile brother-in-law to drop out and support his ( Macapagal’s ) candidacy.

  31. talagang tsismoso said,

    October 24, 2007 at 3:52 am

    benedicto yuj*ico is the son of jesus yuj*ico, owner of general textile. the former factory of gentex in libis is now the eastwood complex. it is a joint venture between gentex and megaworld. they also own the abandoned uniwide mall on roxas blvd.. the owner of yuj*ico transit is alejandro yuj*ico, whose daughter trina yuj*ico-k*law is the past chairperson of the philippine stock exchange; another brother clar*ncio was the owner of general bank, bought by tycoon lucio tan in the 1970s. it is now allied bank. his son aderito yuj*ico is the president of the company that constructed the skyway in the south luzon expressway.

  32. talagang tsismoso said,

    October 24, 2007 at 3:11 am

    liza ar*neta-m*rcos is not the great granddaughter of j. amado ar*neta & ester ar*neta. they only have one son, jorge, who married former miss international stella marq*ez. they have no children. but they have nephews & nieces who are like children to them from jorge’s sisters judy ar*neta-r*xas & baby ar*neta-f*res. they all live in the ar*neta compound in cubao “ba*ay na p*ti.” liza c*cho ar*neta is the daughter of one of our basketball hall of fame member manuel “manolet” ar*neta who played for the philippine team in the 1948 london olympics. he married maria milagros c*cho of the old rich c*cho family of ilolio. her sisters are: mariles c*cho who married carlos romulo jr., rosario c*cho whose husband pedro coj*angco is the brother of former president cory aquino, and maria lourdes c*cho who married actor nestor de vil*a.

  33. Jules said,

    October 23, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Bust of Felipe Buencamino:

  34. Jules said,

    October 23, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Related Photo of: Dr. A. Vergel de Dios, Ramon Abarca, Felipe Agoncillo, Juan Luna at

  35. Jules said,

    October 23, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Mr. Toto, et al.
    Concede me to relay my own short genealogy in connection with the one I had posted earlier. I am quoting: “Capitan Joaquin’s daughter Dona Juana “Juanita” Arnedo, who married Don Felipe “Ipe” Buencamino y Siojo [ Sr. ], slipped into a ditch in her garden while pregnant with her sixth child and died of internal hemorrhage in 1883, ” from the 19th of August (2006) blog: “The Arnedos of Sulipan: nouveau riche in the 19th century, nouveau pauvre in the 20th century, nouveau riche again in the 21st?”
    The connection:
    During the late 1800s, several Filipino propagandists (Hispanic ancestry, yet Filipino by heart) that included: D. Felipe Agoncillo – from the “First Filipino Diplomat” book by Esteban de Ocampo; D. Felix Roxas; D. Ramon Abarca; & D. Juan Luna were based in France and would meet up at № 6 Rue de Chantilly in the French capital. The Mason was rented (if not owned) by the French-based Filipino dentist, Dr. Antonino Vergel de Dios – who was the host to the aforementioned Filipino Patriots. Sñr. Dr. Antonino V.d. Dios was the son of Don Benito V.d. Dios, purportedly was, “one of the wealthiest proprietors of Baliuag (The Commonwealth Directory of the Philippines – 1939 Encyclopaedic Edition by Cornejo. Sñr. Dr. A. V.d. Dios stood as a father to the rest of his younger siblings, one of whom was Fernando “El Capitan” V.d. Dios who was in public service for many years including being a “Teniente Mayor”  “Capitan Municipal” in 1897. El Capitan, was made a political prisoner during the revolution against Spain. He served the Philippine Army under General Aguinaldo and, when the war with the United States was over, he engaged himself in farming, and had since been one of the biggest rice producers of Bulacan. Three years after that write-up, El Kapitan passed away months after being brutally apprehended by soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army. The family was in evacuation in San Rafael, Bulacan. They stuck a bayonet by his neck and asked for money and food. Fernando by the way studied at Ateneo (an intern at that time) when Sñr. Dn. Jose Rizal was still a student there. Fernando, a Cabeza de Barangay at 18 years old, married Carmen Fausta DE LEON, a young Bulakeña lass at 16. Fernando became a teniente mayor at 30 years old & before the breakout of Philippine revolution against Spain, he became the Capitan Municipal at 33.
    A marriage was made between another Vergel de Dios and a lady Buencamino after the Filipino – Hispanic War, thus linking the Buencamino clan to the de Leon because the two latter families are cousins. Thus, “Aurora Aragon was the widow of Manuel Luis Quezon, elected first President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in 1935, and re-elected in 1941. The Quezons had three children, Maria Aurora (Baby), Zeneida (Nini) and Manuel, Jr. (Nonong).
    Mrs. Quezon, her daughter Baby, and Philip Buencamino III were ambushed and murdered by the Huks (Communist-led peasant partisans) on a trip to the Quezon’s native village of Baler. (from: ). Felipe Buencamino, not sure if the serniour, was the ex-secretary of state in the Aguinaldo cabinet. The grandfather of Philip Buencamino III was D. Felipe “Ipe” Buencamino y Siojo [Sr.] Furthermore, a not-so-distant relative, by whose name, was the Bulakeño composer of “Mayon” and “Larawan,” Francisco Buencamino was likewise closely associated to the family of the late President Quezon and his family. The Buencaminos as we know are musical geniuses producing great performing world-class artists in the persona of Cecil BUENCAMINO Licad, the recipient of the Leventritt Gold Medal at age 19, the “Rolls Royce of Musical Awards.” The Leventritt Foundation would not dare give the award even for years if no one deserves it and that is what happened in the history of Cecil who bagged the Gold Medal after 11 years of “no-recipient.” We are all aware that Cecil is I.M.R’s protégée. Cecil’s mother, Rosario Buencamino – Licad is a pianist-teacher as well. The Buencamino clan had also produced dynamic people in the showbizlandia like: Willy BUENCAMINO Cruz, musical composition, one of the most sought-after composers for movie theme songs. Nonong Buencamino, music arranger. The actor Noni Buencamino. Not only that, the father of Cecil, the late Dr. Jesus V. Licad played piano as well, and if I perfectly recall the history, the “V” stands for Vitug (a Capampangan). Remembering too that according to the book: “My Daughter Cecile” (by Rosario B. Licad), in July of 1967, Dr. J.V.Licad bought for Cecile a pre-owned Steinway medium grand piano for their Q.C. home. Cecile’s first piano teacher was the namesake of the pianist’s mum, Rosario Picazo, half-sister of former Pres. Manuel Acuña Roxas. Rosario Buencamino Licad’s parents were likewise music-oriented: Gumercindo “Cindong” and Marcelino Buencamion and all of them were from San Miguel, Bulacan.
    The surname “Siojo” appeared once again, apparently a family from San Miguel, Bulacan too. Thus, uniting the surname Siojo – Lim came up former Manila Mayor Alfredo Siojo Lim, born 21. December 1929 in Sn. Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan.
    There was also in inter-marriage that happened during the Hispanic times thus connecting all of the families mentioned in this article: Dr. D. Jose Rizal’s wealthy financer of his novel(s): Dr. Don Maximo Viola (died: 03. September 1933) of San Miguel, Bulacan. Both gentlemen traveled around Europe. Historically, Sñr. Jose stayed with Viola in Barcelona, Spain around June or July of 1886 when the latter was preparing for his medical boards – thus forcing Sñr. Jose to go around town all by himself.

  36. Garganta Inflamada said,

    October 23, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Whew! Kinda exhausting to read thru all that (altho I know most of that already).

    So, are Cachupoy and Nora Aunor related to Jaime Zobel de Ayala? Well, it also turns out that (in the U.S.) Senator Barack Obama is somehow related to Dick Cheney (or is it his wife)? Small world, huh.

    With all that inbreeding, it’s a wonder that there aren’t more idiots and loose screws running around. Altho, of course, it also means that there are probably more skeletons in the closets to be unearthed.

    Well, what do they say? You can choose your friends but not your relatives. 🙂 🙂


  37. zippo said,

    October 23, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Speaking of Senator Almend*as, he was considered by Senate President Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez as the “treacherous vote that broke the camel’s back.” In the 1960s, neophyte Senator Ferdinand Marcos could NOT find enough votes to unseat Senate President Rodriguez — that was until he was able to convince Senator Almend*as to turn his back on Senate President Rodriguez and vote for Marcos as Senate President. It was Senator Almend*as’ surprise vote that tilted the Senate Presidency in Marcos’ favor.

    Now, Senate President Rodriguez could always count on the vote of his son-in-law, Senator *enaro Magsaysay, as Senator Magsaysay just happened to be married to B*by Rodrig*ez — daughter of Senate President “Amang” Rodriguez.

    Unfortunately, even after the treachery of Senator Almend*as against her father, B*by Rodrig*ez-M*gsaysay fell very hard for Senator Almend*as! She scandalized society by leaving Senator Magsaysay for Senator Almend*as! Senator Almend*as, in turn, left his wife and family and shacked up with B*by Rodrig*ez! The two were such a loving and inseparable couple until the death of Senator Almend*as in the 1990s.

  38. zippo said,

    October 23, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Speaking of Liza C*cho Ar*neta who is married to Ferdinand “B*ngbong” M*rcos, Jr., Liza’s father is a 1st cousin of Judy Ar*neta, wife of Senator Gerardo Roxas who is the son of Pres. Manuel Roxas and Dona Trinidad de Leon-Roxas. I still remember Mar Roxas and his aunt, Baby Ar*neta-F*res, giving their all-out support to their Marcos in-law in his failed attempt to run for senator in 1995. Of course, this was promptly repaid when Mar Roxas won handiy in Ilocos Norte when it was his turn to run for Senator in 2004.

    Of course the fact that Baby Ar*neta-F*res supported B*ngbong is not surprising given the fact that there used to be talk that *** and *** were, reportedly “an item” in the 70s and 80s.

    The maternal line of Liza Ar*neta-M*rcos yields even more surprising family connections. Liza’s mother is the sister of Rosario “S*ri” C*cho-Coj*angco who is the wife of Don Pedro S. Coj*angco — the kuya of Cory Aquino and the “padre-de-familia” of the Don Jose Coj*angco line! This makes Liza M*rcos the 1st cousin of N*ndo Coj*angco — now head of “Hacienda Luisita”! In fact, Liza M*rcos’ sister was one of Cory Aquino’s appointments secretaries when Cory was President!

  39. Jules said,

    October 23, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Dear Mr. Toto:

    Good day! I spent 12 hours reading your blog and I found it rompish & entertaining. People here are certainly right – this is all brought about by the wonders of modern technology, the search engine. Admittingly, I eavesdropped and learnt a lot of things. Apparently, I had heard of these names from a late uncle, who was a hotelier cum society columnist during the 90s until his untimely demise. I had read over times in your blog familiar surnames like: the Vergel de Dioses & Reyeses of Malolos (& Baliuag, Bulacan) and the Buencaminos (Sn. Miguel de Mayumo). Both my parents are from those clan. I would like to hit it directly that, some people who expressed their abhorrence for Im*lda might find my own “re-search,” even more engrossing, …that you might even be & the other people who’d regularly contribute in this blog could be indirectly related to her. So much so, we know for the fact that her late mother, Rem*dios Trinidad was a Bulakeña and indeed, in some twist of fate, her clan (and that is, Imelda’s for that matter) extended to some prominent families in the entire province of Bulacan, like the Viol*gos of Sn. Rafael, Trinidad clan. Also, the merging of the families by marital infinity Rustia (of Baliuag) – Tantoco (Sn. Rafael) of the famed RusTan’s Store. Furthermore, the marriage of a Tantoco scion to a Lopez, and etc. May I say a li’l more? Even the old time clans of Lim-Tuaco (thus, Limtuaco) & Arce family; Palanca – Araneta – Elizalde inter-marriages. Marriages within the Reyeses – Cojuangcos – Montinolas, thus establishing Far Eastern University. You see, it is not simply all about the idea of “friendship,” thus creating the word “blue ladies” or “cronies.” But, there could really have been a deeper meaning into it. And to prove my statement, I am appending an article made by Luis Teodoro, indeed, another credible write-up. Kindly take some time to get the analogy. Thanks and more power!

    PS: The bottom line is, I enjoy reading the articles posted. You are such a stupendous jigsaw expert – keep it up dude!

    Luis Teodoro:

    The Dynasties
    RP Politics: Family Affair
    Genealogy, Politics and History

    Published in Cebu Daily News on June 2003

    In 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo declared the Philippines an independent and sovereign state and became this nation’s first president.

    A century plus three years later, his cousin, Gloria M. Arroyo, rose to the same position when Joseph Ejercito Estrada was toppled from power through the event known as People Power II. As it happened, Erap, too, was Gloria’s relative. In fact, in a complicated and Byzantine manner, almost all of our former leaders were related to one another, in one way or the other. Allow me to extrapolate.

    Emilio Aguinaldo’s sister’s grandson was Cesar E.A. Virata, the first and only Prime Minster of the Republic of the Philippines.
    The Virata family, through marriage, is connected with the Acuna family. One Acuna married a scion of the Roxas family. The product of this marriage was former President Manuel A. Roxas, whose son Gerry Roxas was a former Senator and whose grandson, Mar Roxas III is currently DTI secretary.

    Also, due to his dalliance with Juanita McIlvain, former Miss Universe Margarita “Margie” Moran Floirendo just happens to be President Roxas’ granddaughter.

    President Manuel Roxas’s wife, Trinidad de Leon, was the daughter of former Senator Ceferino de Leon. Sen. De Leon’s brother, Jose, Married Dona Narcisa “Sisang” Buencamino, one of the most successful movie magnates in her time. Narcisa’s first cousin’s son was Philip Buencamino, who married Nene Quezon, daughter of President Manuel Luis Quezon.

    Further, another scion of the Roxas family was Margarita Roxas, whose marriage to Antonio de Ayala produced Trinidad de Ayala. Trinidad later married Jacobo Zobel and started the legendary Zobel De Ayala family.


    Some of the minor branches of the Zobel de Ayala family married into the other aristocratic families of Manila. The Aranetas, Ayalas, Elizaldes, Prietos, and more. Through the Roxas family’s connection with the Aranetas, former Tourism Secretary and beauty queen Gemma Cruz-Araneta is also related to Pres. Roxas.

    It must also be remembered that Gemma Cruz’s paternal great-grandmother was Doña Maria Rizal, the sister of our national hero, Jose P. Rizal.

    Gemma Cruz’s mother, Carmen, remarried Mr. Angel Nakpil, the nephew of Julio Nakpil, composer of the Philippine National Anthem, who in turn was the husband of Gregoria De Jesus, the “Muse of the Katipunan.”

    Gregoria de Jesus was also the widow of Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio. Similarly, two of Gemma’s first cousins, Paz and Maria Cruz Banaad, married Bienvenido and Roberto Laurel, respectively, relatives of former Vice-President Salvador “Doy” Laurel, son of President Jose P. Laurel.

    Two branches of the Araneta family further married presidential daughters; the first one being Juan Miguel Arroyo, whose second cousins are Aranetas.

    He married then Ms. Gloria M. Macapagal, daughter of President Diosdado Macapagal. Of course, GMA is now the country’s Chief Executive. The second to marry a presidential daughter was Greggy Araneta who married Irene Romualdez Marcos, the youngest child of Ferdinand Edralin Marcos and Imelda Romualdez. The Araneta-Marcos marriage further stretches our already complicated family connections.

    Ferdinand Marcos’ grandfather’s sister, Crispina Marcos, married Hilario Valdez. Their daughter, Angela Valdez, married Ambassador Narciso Ramos, father of Fidel V. Ramos, also a President of the Republic. Narciso Ramos, after becoming a widower, married Alfonsita Lucero, whose father’s maternal family, the Birondos of Argao, Cebu, married into the Almendras family of Cebu and Davao.


    Alfonsita’s fourth cousin, William Birondo, married Kukit Tecala, whose uncle, Pedro Tecala Sr., married Sofrina Almendras. Two of Sofrina’s siblings married into political families. Her brother, Paulo Almendras, married Elisea, Durano, the daughter of Demetrio Durano and progenitor of the Durano family that has ruled Danao and Sogod, Cebu for many years.

    A son of Paulo was former Senator Alejandro Almendras, whose marriage to a Bendigo of Davao City connected them to the ruling families of Davao: the Banggoys, Palma Gils, Lizadas, Nograleses and others. Senator Almendras’ brother, Josefino, married Rosita Dimataga, the sister of Leonila Dimataga, who in turn was the wife of President Carlos P. Garcia.

    One of Sofronia’s sisters was married to an Osmeña, thus linking them to the family of President Sergio Osmeña. Most of President Osmeña’s male descendants have become senator, governor, mayor, Representative, and councilor at various points in time and his family remains the premier political dynasty of Cebu.

    President Osmeña’s half-sister was Doña Modesta Singson-Gaisano, the matriarch of the affluent Gaisano family of Cebu City.

    Imelda Romualdez’s marriage to Marcos also brought in many famous personalities.

    Her own niece, Marean Romualdez, daughter of her brother Gov. Alfredo Romualdez, married Thomas Pompidou, the grandson of the French President Georges Pompidou.

    Imelda’s first cousin, Senator Danieling Romualdez, married Pacita Gueco of Tarlac. In an ironic twist of fate, Pacita Gueco happened to be the first cousin of the late Sentor Benigno Aquino Jr.

    Of couse, the Aquinos themselves have allied with many political families, and a scion of the Aquino clan was Senator Eva Estrada Kalaw, one of the Philippines’ very first female senators.

    Ninoy’s marriage to the heiress Corazon Cojuanco also allied his family to another political dynasty. Corazon Aquino, after her husband’s heroic death in 1983, later became the country’s first female Chief Executive. Her maternal family, the Sumulongs, have also produced several lawmakers. The Cojuangco family, on the other hand, owns one of the oldest-existing haciendas in the country today, and the Cojuangcos control many of the country’s business enterprises.

    Cory’s niece, equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco, married Dodot Jaworski, son of basketball legend and Sen. Robert Jaworski. Senator Jaworski, on the other hand, married Susan Bautista Revilla, daughter of Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr., whose son Bong Revilla was a former governor. This connection, no doubt, extends this family tree to most of the country’s movie personalities.
    Clearly, this Byzantine illustration of family connection is proof of the intricacies of Philippine politics. In this short presentation we have already linked no less than 12 of our 14 Presidents, one Prime Minister, one former Miss Universe, several senators and many other personalities, political or otherwise. We have even connected our “Philippine Family Tree” to a former French President! Imagine what further research into the other family trees could reveal?

    Philippine politics, undoubtedly, is a family affair.

    on 06 Aug 2007 at 7:51 am RV Araneta

    Just want to make some correction on your articles – RP Politics: Family Affair

    The Virata family, through marriage, is connected with the Acuna family. Rosario Acuna married Gerardo Roxas. The product of this marriage was the former President Manuel A. Roxas. His son Gerry Roxas, married to Judy Araneta, was a former Senator. Their son, Mar Araneta Roxas III, is formerly DTI secretary and now a Senator.

    Through the Roxas family’s connection with the Aranetas, former Tourism Secretary and beauty queen, Gemma Cruz-Araneta is also related to Pres. Roxas.

    Let me elaborate, Gemma’s husband Antonio Sebastian Araneta’s grandmother, Carmen Roxas Zaragoza, was the daughter of Rosa Roxas a relatives of Pres. Manuel Roxas.

    Two branches of the Araneta family further married presidential children; the first one was Greggy Araneta married to Irene Romualdez Marcos, the youngest child of Ferdinand Edralin Marcos and Imelda Romualdez. Greggy was the grandson of Gregorio Soriano Araneta and Carmen Roxas Zaragoza. Gregorio served his country and people under three regimes. He was a delegate to the Malolos Republic, and was the first Secretary of Justice of the Philippine Republic.

    The second to marry was Liza Araneta, great grandaughter of business tycoon, J Amado Araneta. She married Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, the only son of Pres. Marcos and Imelda Marcos.

    Juan Miguel Arroyo, a second cousin of the Aranetas, married Ms. Gloria M. Macapagal, daughter of President Diosdado Macapagal and now the president herself.


    Imelda Marcos’ nephew, Alfred Romualdez, is married to doll-face ( now a city councilor from Leyte ) Cristina Gonzalez. Christina’s mum is an Araneta. The father of Cristina, Jose Mari Gonzalez, is a politician from San Juan, Manila. Alfred’s father is a Mayor of Tacloban. Alfred’s ( uncle? ) is Dr. Alberto Romualdez – former Secretary of Health under Ex President J.Estrada. Other Romualdezes and Trinidads ( the Trinidads are relatives of Imelda from her mother’s side ) became prominent figure in society and politics way back in the early 1900s.

  40. Blackwolf said,

    October 21, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Uncle Toto!

    We didn’t see you at the “La Naval” book launch. We also didn’t see you at the “La Naval” procession and “fiesta” afterwards. How’ve ya been?

  41. Garganta Inflamada said,

    October 19, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Speaking of which, the California Franchise Tax Board just released the names of the biggest tax cheats ( to CA’s treasury ). Look at the 4th name on the list:

    A Ben*dicto and Ter*sita Yuj*ico of Incline Village, NV — 4th on the list — owing more than $8 million in PERSONAL INCOME TAXES. Aren’t the Yuj*icos of Manila a big busing company?

    This couple must earn mucho $$ to have held back and NOT paid that much in taxes.


    I wonder when they will pay up.

  42. taitai said,

    October 19, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Richest Filipinos (2007)

    Forbes Asia’s Philippine rich list is featured on its October 29 issue now available on newsstands.

    The top 10 richest in the Philippines:

    1) Jaime Zobel de Ayala (US$2 billion)

    2) Henry Sy ($1.7 billion)

    3) Lucio Tan ($1.6 billion)

    4) Andrew Tan ($1.1 billion)

    5) Manuel Villar ($940 million)

    6) George Ty ($870 million)

    7) Andrew Gotianun ($860 million)

    8) Enrique Razon Jr. ($820 million)

    9) Tony Tan Caktiong ($790 million)

    10) Oscar Lopez ($775 million)

  43. fthtnfthbdgv said,

    October 18, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Yes it is, Paz. She with the three daughters conceived without sin!

  44. zippo said,

    October 17, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    I remember my lola telling me about this story. She says that Ninoy was really smitten with Meldy ( and, in fairness, in the 1950s, which man wouldn’t be smitten with the “Rose of Tacloban” ).

    The story goes that Ninoy used to send her flowers at the Central Bank but Ninoy’s sisters ( especially the elder ones ) were against the union because the “Rose of Tacloban” had no money. I was told that it was only Lupita who liked Imelda for Ninoy ( apparently Lupita already had a sense of PR at that time and could see that Imelda would have been the ultimate politician’s wife ). The Aquino sisters really pushed Ninoy to go for Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco instead.

  45. Garganta Inflamada said,

    October 17, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Re Zippo’s posting of “A Summer that might’ve been.” — about as improbable as… Adolf Hitler having shacked up with Mother Teresa or… Princess Diana.

    Nope. We are all predestined creatures. The Philippines’ arc was not destined to be an uneventful one.

    Let me throw in my 2 other ‘what-might’ve-been thoughts’ here too.

    My family often discussed that the fate of the last 30 years of the Philippines was decided when, in the 50s, as the Great Misguided Ilokano was casting his national ambitions, and his new wife, who almost suffered a nervous breakdown then, could not cope with her new mate’s political ambitions in hyper-drive, the then-uncorrupted Imelda was sent to a New York psychiatrist. This shrink counseled the Leytena maiden that if she wanted her union with the overly ambitious Ilocano to succeed, she had to sublimate her own apprehensions and go with the master. In other words, “…go with the flow, Meldy.” Sure enough, such fateful advice opened up the floodgates of avarice, greed and grand delusion of another kind.

    Had this shrink chapter not happened, perhaps we might still have had the broken-down but innocent and uncorrupted “Rose of Tacloban.”

    2nd episode: one time, early 60s, Imelda was either having a slight cold or some case of insomnia. They called my mom, a doctor in San Juan. So mom made a house call to Ortega Street and shot a hypodermic up the Waray *** of the Tacloban lass.

    We only knew about this years later — and we would say, Mom, if you had only used ‘carbolic acid’ or something similarly effective, you would have spared the country such grief. ( But of course, that would no longer have been ‘treatment’ and my mother would’ve gone back on her Hippocratic oath. )

    ( I too had a similar brush with then-mad, mad Madame IRM many years later in NYC — but let’s save that story for another day. )

    Anywho… indeed it’s nice to ponder the what-might’ve-beens.


  46. cousin paz said,

    October 17, 2007 at 2:48 am


    Speaker Danieling Romualdez was a first cousin of Imelda and he was married to Paz Gueco of Pampanga. Not Luz. I know so because Paz Gueco Romualdez was a frequent visitor to the old house in Apalit – a guest of my lola Rosa Cacnio, and mom had interesting stories about her.


  47. zippo said,

    October 16, 2007 at 12:08 pm


    Guys, I just came across a really interesting article published in today’s Sun-Star newspaper about how such a mundane thing — one dance one summer, almost changed the course of Philippine History. Of course I already heard this from my ever-chismosa lola but this part of Ninoy and Imelda’s life never fails to interest me and posit the question: “what if…?”

    You can read the article at

    The piece is about how Ninoy Aquino almost had a romance with Imelda Romualdez. Very interesting.

    This is the text of the article by Robby Tantingco:

    By Robby Tantingco
    Peanut Gallery

    Had that summer lingered a bit longer and led to a love affair, who knows where this nation would be now?

    THERE is a barrio along the Parua River in Magalang town in Tarlac where the stars nearly constellated to alter the destiny of an entire nation.

    The barrio, called Navaling, is among the most remote in Magalang town, near the border with Tarlac Province. When I visited the place many years ago, I met a group of old women who told me about a beautiful bakasyonista way back in the 1950s, who bathed with them in the river in the afternoons. The river, called Parua in those parts, is actually the Sacobia River—the same river which, in the 1850s, forced the old town of San Bartolome to split in half (Concepcion and Magalang) and which, in the 1990s, buried vast areas in Pampanga and Tarlac with lahar. Between these two cataclysms, in the 1950s, the river was beautiful and serene enough for the beautiful lass from Manila to swim in, along with the brown-skinned local girls.

    That lass was a cousin of the then Speaker of the House, Daniel Z. Romualdez of Leyte, who was married to a resident of that barrio, a Luz Gueco. Her name: Imelda Romualdez, future First Lady of the Philippines.

    One starry evening, the story goes, the Guecos threw a party for Imelda who was ending her summer vacation with them. The guest of honor was a dashing young man from a prominent family across the river, in Concepcion. He took Imelda in his arms and the two danced the night away. The old folks of Navaling told me that Imelda was clearly smitten with him, but summer was quickly over and she had to go back to Manila to continue her studies and meet the Ilocano she was destined to marry. The young man from Concepcion, too, went on to chase his own destiny. His name: Ninoy Aquino.

    Had that summer lingered a bit and that dance led to a love affair, who knows where this nation would be now?

    I’m sure that without Imelda, Ferdinand Marcos would not have become President, and the succeeding chain of national events would have been erased -— no martial law, no assassination at the tarmac, no EDSA, no Cory Aquino (no Kris Aquino, too!), no FVR, no Erap, no GMA —- and all our small, individual lives and loves would also have been altered, all because of one romance that never was.

    The National Historical Institute should put up a marker in Navaling, Magalang to commemorate what may have been the most fateful dance in Philippine history.

    That’s the story I heard a long time ago; subsequent interviews with other people corroborated it but unless I ask the principal players, I could never be sure how to separate fact from fiction. Ninoy is long gone and Imelda is, well, let me see, I actually had a one-on-one talk with her a few years ago, at the launching of a travel book on Ilocos, held at the Filipinas Heritage Museum. I was with my son and several staffers from the HAU Center for Kapampangan Studies; we had been invited by the book’s author, our friend Prof. Regalado Trota Jose, who wanted us to meet the Marcoses, the book’s publisher.

    There we were, champagne glasses in hand, hobnobbing with Bongbong, Irene and the rest of Ferdinand Marcos’ surviving family. You can imagine how lost and underdressed we felt in the company of the rich and famous. Bongbong at least made us comfortable by discussing joint projects with the Ilocos Studies Center and by complimenting our Singsing magazine.

    All of a sudden, the room fell quiet, and all eyes turned to Imelda Marcos, who had just walked in. Everyone surrounded her, and my lost, underdressed group somehow managed to gravitate towards the heavily laden buffet table, which was now all ours. As I heaped food on my plate, I became conscious of a looming figure waiting for her turn behind me. It was Imelda; she had left behind the crowd of familiar faces and decided to eat instead—and talk to me. She didn’t care who I was; she just needed an audience and I was the most unfamiliar face in the crowd with the most worshipful look—and therefore her target and willing victim for her monologue.

    My staff as well as my son joined me as Imelda Marcos, glass in one hand and plate on the other, breathlessly proceeded with her routine on the hole in the universe and the energy passing through it towards the Philippines, the glass and the plate swaying across my face and spilling their contents as she described the geometric patterns that ruled the cosmos. We were literally in the palm of her hand—here was the Imelda Marcos of history and legend, the Imelda Marcos of our dreams and nightmares during the martial law years, larger than life, right now all ours, and ours alone. She could have read to me both Old and New Testaments plus all the Canterbury Tales and the entire Rubaiyyat and I still would have stood there to listen—if only to freeze the magical moment for eternity and prolong the honor and privilege of being alone with Imelda Marcos.

    Obviously my staff were no fans of hers, because one by one they walked away, until it was only me and Imelda—well, my son thankfully stayed with me, but he was down there sitting on my shoes, bored to tears and twiddling with the hem of Imelda’s dress. Imelda went on and on for more than one hour, and I studied and memorized every detail of her face, recalled all those years I lived under her iron rule, shifted my body weight on my left foot and right then back again, mightily stifling a yawn and trying to focus on what she was saying, even if she had lost me half an hour ago. Not one of the guests, her friends and family dared to interrupt her speech; in the corner of my eye I could see them avoiding us, walking past and throwing glances from a safe distance, dreading to be sucked into the black hole of Imelda’s rambling.

    And then, as suddenly as it had begun, it was over. Imelda did not wait for my questions; she was gone in a flash. My staff emerged from their hiding places and started asking how it went. I was speechless and weightless, like Saint Bernadette at the conclusion of Our Lady’s apparition, all aglow with reflected resplendence from the lady clothed with the sun.

    My only regret was, I did not get the chance to ask Imelda Marcos about her dance with Ninoy Aquino under a starry sky in that tiny village in Magalang.

  48. abcdefg said,

    October 14, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    The recent finding of the award winning painting of the late Vicente Alvarez Dizon is another reason for Angelenos to be proud of.

  49. Mike V. Jugo said,

    October 13, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Hi Toto! 🙂

    I’m looking forward to your new posts.

    I hope to see you next time I drop by your house. I pass by once in awhile since one of our clients is near your house.

    God bless!

  50. Garganta Inflamada said,

    October 10, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Zippo, I no longer have your email address either.

    M. Toto, can u kindly facilitate?


  51. zippo said,

    October 10, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Hi GI. Kindly send me a private e-mail. I lost your e-mail address.

    No, GI, Pacquiao isn’t a La Salle alumnus. It’s just that last Sunday, the Philippines was witness to 2 great sporting events: the Pacquiao fight and the UAAP Basketball Championships which the La Salle team ( the clear underdog ) won.

    Toto and I cheered Pacquiao’s win because we’re Filipinos and we cheered La Salle’s win because we’re alumni of La Salle ( plus the fact that Toto’s uncle was one of the greatest President’s La Salle ever had ).

    Z 🙂

  52. October 9, 2007 at 4:03 am


    Yes, Monique Siguion-Reyna Villonco is such a wonderful lady. And as I have always maintained, she is definitely one of Manila’s most beautiful ladies, if not the most naturally beautiful — without maquillage, without Dr. Vicki Belo, without scientific intervention — and with great brains at that!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  53. taitai said,

    October 9, 2007 at 3:03 am

    Hi Toto,

    In its latest issue, with Bea Valdes on the cover, “Town & Country” Editor-in-Chief Monique Villonco quotes you on FSP: “When Fe S. Panlilio wore jewelry to a gala, it was the gala itself!!!”



  54. Garganta Inflamada said,

    October 7, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Is/Was Pacquiao a La Sallite?

    Well then Efren Reyes (the billiards champ) must be a Don Bosconian!!

    Zips, I haven’t heard from u — that’s like months ago.

    BTW, did u see that article in INQ7 about the long-lost, prize-winning Vicente Alvarez Dizon painting? If not, here’s the link: It’s OK, but kinda stiff and turgid. Anyway, it beat out a Dali ( 2nd prize – entry from Spain ) and a 3rd one from the US. Utrillo did not even place. The painting was bought by IBM ( who had sponsored the competition at the Golden Gate Int’l Exposition of 1939 in San Francisco ) and then got lost for years ( displayed I am sure in their hqrts in Armonk, NY ); until it was found recently in the possession of a New Jersey-based Filipino cardiologist, a Dr. Rogelio Pine, who bought it from a dealer who had purchased it when IBM was deaccessioning its art properties. Interesting story.

    Toto, r u still making plans?


  55. October 7, 2007 at 6:16 pm



    Toto Gonzalez

  56. October 7, 2007 at 6:15 pm


    Toto Gonzalez

  57. zippo said,

    October 7, 2007 at 11:57 am

    I know this is soooo off-topic but, kindly indulge me.

    ANIMO LA SALLE!!!!!!

    Boy, this is the sweetest Championship ever!!!!

    Z 🙂

  58. Garganta Inflamada said,

    October 7, 2007 at 6:50 am

    OK. This is great but unrelated to this topic.

    Check it out. Of course, the winner just died a month or so ago. So, I guess the good die young and the evil ones live longer, huh? BWAAAAHHHHH!

    Do you guys want a listing of all the art work, lost and found, baubles, etc. of the loser? I have a lengthy catalogue of it; but it’ll take time to post here.



  59. overtureph said,

    October 3, 2007 at 4:51 am

    Looking forwards to reading your posts again. Great blog.

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