Old Spanish Manila



  1. Paige Sahab said,

    November 6, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I am looking for information on my great grandmother’s parents. We believe her father came to the Philippines from Basque Country in the late 1800’s. His name was Pedro Zabaljauregui. I saw others posting inquiries about that surname as well. He married a woman who I believed was named Maria Ruiz and they had my great grandmother – Petra. On one document she lists a shortened version of the surname – Sabal. That is all the information I have on them. If anyone knows anything about this family please contact me at paigesahab@gmail.com

  2. Manuel Donoso Montero said,

    June 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Very interesting and a great contribution. My great-grandfather was Don Venancio Balbás Ageo and relatives Don Jose Antonio Eugenio Loyzaga and Ageo. I would like to know more about them and certainly will have photos of them ( I do not have any ) and other relatives. Thank you very much . Manuel Donoso Montero.

  3. November 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    am so glad to come into this blog site……been looking or to say exactly trying to trace my family tree ……just saw one name through the thread ….

  4. Elisha Cuneta said,

    May 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Quite honestly, I am wary and hesitant of using my real name as I am a very private person, but I’m taking the ‘risk’ because I wanted to know more about my paternal great-great-grandfather.

    His name was Francisco Aparici. Relatives—as per his children themselves—say he was born in Valencia, Spain. He was a 32nd or 33rd Freemason (I’m not sure about the degree. I just know he was in a higher position), an architect that did stained glass in San Sebastian Church, was part of the renovation project of the Sta. Ana Cabaret, and built some mausoleums as well as old buildings in Manila. He died in Pasay City.

    If you know any information about the Aparici family, and possibly Francisco himself, please let me know! ^^ I’m trying to get as much as information about the family as I am building the family tree.

    Thank you very much!
    [Email: lishacuneta@ymail.com]

  5. Teresa Howes said,

    March 11, 2016 at 7:09 am

    The name O’Farrel rings a bell.  One of my father’s cousins was named Elsa O’Farrel, daughter of my aunt Dolores Garcia-Bosque and a man O’Farrel.  Elsa was involved in espionage during WWII in Manila, taken captive by the Japanese Armed Forces and never heard from again.  She was a beautiful harpist and taught the instrument in the University of the Philippines, then located in Herran Street, Manila.  Would she be any relation to the person you are searching for?

  6. Ryan Murillo said,

    January 25, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Hi If you know any information about Gregorio Fortich and Eustacio Tuason y O’Farrel please let me know! I am stuck in making my family tree and I want to know more about my roots. Thanks!

  7. Jevy Villanueva Fuentes said,

    November 5, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Hi if you have any information for Villanueva-Fuentes history please notify. I’m just really curious to know our family history. thanks.

  8. Florante More said,

    August 17, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Hello. I am not related to any family of Iberian roots but I am just curious about Spaniard in 1880s-1910 Cabadbaran town (Province of Agusan, Mindanao Island) named Don Jose Aenlle. His descendants are now scattered in other communities in the island. I would appreciate if you could supply any information. God bless.

  9. Maria Vallejos said,

    August 14, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I am looking into any information regarding my father’s family tree – VALLEJOS family. I was told the story that the original surname may have been Vallejo and the ‘s’ was added on a few generations back. Please email me on maria.vallejos@outlook.com if you have anything you think may be of any use. Thank you!

  10. Mark Villalva said,

    August 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Hi! Does anyone have any information about a Geronimo sanz that owned the la Fortuna Hacienda in Negros Oriental during the early 1900’s? He was said to have been from Navarra Spain.

  11. Jessica Molina said,

    August 11, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Any Molina in here? Decendants of Vicente Molina?

  12. Jean V. Trebol said,

    July 9, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Paquito de la Cruz. I am doing research on the descendants of Jose Coscolluela y Cassanova. I also am a descendant. Please email me so we can communicate and trace our roots.

  13. amazaola said,

    June 20, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Reblogged this on amazaola's Blog.

  14. Andre Martinez Azaola said,

    June 20, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Dear Toto Gonzalez & Paquito .

    Appreciate very much if you can help me who is the mother of Maria Luisa Gonzalez Azaola, her Inigo Gonzalez de Azaola. I am a descendant of Maria Luisa Gonzalez Azaola.

    Thank you so much.

    Regards / Andre Martinez Azaola

  15. Peachy Caram said,

    June 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Hello! I just saw this blog and this is so interesting! I would like to respond to rafael de larrazabal. I am Peachy Caram and my grandmother is Isabel Sanchez Caram who is the sister of Angela Sanchez Larrazabal! So that makes my father the first cousin of your Grandfather.

  16. ria timoteo sampana said,

    May 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Sir Paquito
    My great grandfather is Bibiano Timoteo who hailed from sampaloc manila. His father is Marcelo Timoteo and his mother`s surname is Seraspe. Can you help me trace my ancestor thanks in advance

  17. Lourdes Lou Ann Fuentebella said,

    April 21, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hi my grand mother is a Carballo from Dumaguete (Lourdes Carballo). I saw in one of the post that you have some pictures and stories regarding German Carballo can u share it please. I am trying to trace our roots. Thanks

  18. rafael de larrazabal said,

    April 17, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    hi there are many larrazabals now but am very interested in tracing the roots of jacinto who was my great grandfather. he married angela sanchez from bacolod and sired 4 sons one of whom was my father oscar who was an Olympic boxer who fought in the berlin olympics. would appreciate any information you can provide about jacinto and his forebears. thank you

  19. John Gallardo said,

    April 14, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Hi I was wondering if anyone can give me details on my great grandfather Tivez Gallardo. He was once a Cabeza de barangay in Tuburan, Cebu, however I cannot trace any information as to where he came from or how he got here. I have unconfirmed details that he came from Spain prior to settling in Cebu. Any details would be appreciated about him. Here’s my email address whiteyow@gmail.com.Thank you very much.

  20. March 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Andre Martinez Azaola said.

    Manuel Azaola, Jr. and Manuel Garcia, I am also Azaola. My grand grand grand father is Vicente Gonzales Azaola, my grand grand father is Manuel Azaola, my grand father is Vicente Azaola. hope we are the same roots. If you want to communicate to me please contact me thru my email (amazaola@yahoo.com)


  21. Mario Yrastorza Hermosilla said,

    March 12, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Hi Fredericka,
    I read your message and might be able to give you a lead and a contact person to your search for the Corrales line. Please e-mail me at myhermosilla@aol.com when you have time. Thanks.

    Mario Yrastorza Hermosilla

  22. Fredericka Karsten said,

    March 7, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Hi my name is Fredericka Karsten. My father Fred Walter Karsten was born in Manila Oct. 25, 1906. His mother was Asuncion Corrales and his father was John Karsten. He also had a brother, Julian Katsten, and a sister, Mary Karsten. Both born after 1906. I am looking for any information as to if my aunt and uncle may still be alive. Also I have conflicting information as to the birthplace of my grandmother (Asuncion Corrales)…whether it was in Sevilla, Spain, or in Manila. It would be wonderful if I could find family both in the Philippines and Spain.

  23. cucufate del prado said,

    November 25, 2014 at 12:19 am

    my husband and i are filipinos and based here in madrid, spain. we want to trace their family roots here in spain, the del prados. his grandfather is cucufate del prado and great grandfather is genaro del prado. can you help us, pls? email address : cucufatedelprado@yahoo.com.

  24. November 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

    An approximation to the biography of Alfredo Chicote Beltrán ( written in Spanish )

  25. November 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Hi, I just happened to stumble upon this page. To Mr. Gonzalo Velasco, yes, there are still Berenguers in this country. My late grandfather was Jose “Pepe” Berenguer y Martinez, a gentleman hacendero from Sorsogon. He was born in Valencia, and he was most definitely Catalan. My father is Silverio Berenguer, and he may have some more information about our roots here. It’s a colorful history, one he wouldn’t mind sharing. He’s 81 but only semi-retired in Sorsogon, and spends most of his time here in Manila. If you ever see this message and would like to speak with him, you can email me at monberenguer@yahoo.com. He’s not internet-savvy. Perhaps you can meet my father who’s actually more mestizo and can still speak Spanish. haha

  26. brad roig said,

    November 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I am trying to find any information I can about my grandmother, Socorro Roig. She was born in San Sebastián, Spain in 1902. Both of her parents died of the flu epidemic and Socorro and her younger sister were sent to live with family friends in or close to Manila. The family’s last name was Basa. Any information on the Basa family would be welcomed.

  27. Sofia Garcia said,

    November 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    My email add is annie_21_a@yahoo.com.tnx

  28. Sofia Garcia said,

    November 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Hello! I just wanna find the family of ramoncito aguado garcia jr, margarita garcia, miguel garcia and ramoncito garcia sr. Can u help me.tnx

  29. Amanda Punzalan said,

    October 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    My email is amanda.punzalan@gmail.com

  30. Amanda Punzalan said,

    October 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    @ronaldo.jacobo — my grandmother was the daughter of Apollono Ayaso Penaranda whom married Modesto Vallejos. And she mentioned that the name Penaranda was a jointed name that stemmed from Pena and Aranda a couple of lineage back. Any word as so in your family?

  31. Marilez Colina Lopez said,

    October 12, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Hi, can you please trace the roots of my Grandfather Vicente Q. Colina of Tanjay, Negros Oriental who is married to my Grandmother Hermogina Ruiz-Colina they are both from Negros Oriental. Please post a photo of them If you can find some. I would appreciate it very much. Hoping to get a reply from you. Liz

  32. Emelyn Acain Ambalong said,

    September 13, 2014 at 7:12 am

    In addition, can you please help me trace the root of Don Victor Miraflor and Dona Mamerta Bea because again, they are my real ancestors from my great grandfather’s side.


  33. Emelyn Acain Ambalong said,

    September 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Hi, can you please help me search my great grandmother’s ancestors and descendants. Her name is Isavera Acain who had a son named Isabelo Acain from Nemesio Valencia Miraflor. But they never got married for some reasons. My great grandmother was married to someone Lomongo. If there is any way you can help me search Ms. Isavera’s origin i would be very happy and grateful. Thanks. Oh by the way i am an illegitimate descendant of Policarpio Valencia thru Nemesio Miraflor Sr. because my grandfather is Isabelo Acain which supposedly be Miraflor.

    I also want to ask you if there is any way you can search for the descendant of Carmen Ambalong Yurong who got married to Nemesio Miraflor Sr. I am just curious if we are also related in some ways.


  34. Noelene O'Dell said,

    July 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Hi! My Great Great Grandfather Marcelo Alonso was a Spanish Soldier based in the Philipines. He married Petrona Tolintino and they had my Great Grandfather Petay Alonso in 1853 in Lucona Manilla Philippines.
    Do you know anything about these families. I have been trying to trace them for years. Petay Alonso was a sailor and he came to Australia and married my Great Grandmother Anna Maria Lovelace Thorne.Thanks.

  35. Joanna Villanueva Raquel said,

    April 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

    hi. my late grandad was a villanueva from bais. he came from the line of hermenigildo “tan bindo” regis villanueva. i was just wondering if, by any chance, you have some old photos of the bais villanuevas, particularly of tan bindo villanueva? that would be highly appreciated. thank you very much.

  36. Jonah Amechazurra said,

    March 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Hi Jesus Oria,

    It’s been awhile since I posted a message here. How are you and Carmenchu.

    I hope to hear from you soon.


    Jonah Amechazurra

  37. Myles Garcia said,

    November 5, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Forget that first group on Facebook that I recommended. Instead go to the other page – The Other, Sexier San Juan Rizal Days Group. It’s far more exclusive than the other Page. They’re just Philistines on that other page. 😉

  38. Jorge L. de la Paz said,

    October 17, 2013 at 3:05 am

    There were very few Spaniards compared to the population. The native population of Puerto Rico practically was eliminated, Spanish was the only culture and language the whole country had before the US occupation.

  39. Felipe Robles Perales said,

    September 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Los norteamericanos quisieron borrar todo rasgo de cultura hispana en Filipinos. Prohibieron el uso del español y así fue la cosa.

  40. Bea Querol said,

    July 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm


    I’ve always wondered where the first Querols settled in the PH. I heard that the Querols have scattered all throughout the archipelago — in Ilocos (Northern Luzon), somewhere in Mindanao, also in the Bicol region (Southern Luzon).

    My dad’s side of the family particularly reigns from Ligao City, Albay. This makes me wonder — was some sort of inland migration involved?

    Any type of response would be gladly appreciated. Would love to learn more about my roots.


  41. Heidi Villaflores said,

    April 13, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Kindly link at my email below my complete is indicated also.
    Heidi Villaflores Chavez Porquis

  42. Heidi Villaflores said,

    April 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    As I read through these pages I find some familiar names mentioned by my late father in his stories of family. The late Dr Vicente G. Sinco is the first degree cousin of my late father Jose Ruben Sinco Chavez. His mother and father ( the late Maria Paz Sinco Chavez and Tiburcio Chavez are mentioned in the details of the copy pasted parenthesis. ( SUPREME COURT Manila. EN … in the Court of First Instance of Oriental Negros by Vicente G. Sinco … that the hacienda Rosario was originally owned by Don Rafael Sinco y Librado …
    lawphil.net/judjuris/juri1928/feb1928/gr_l-27962_1928.html – Cached )

  43. Paul Harding said,

    February 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

    A very interesting website! Perhaps someone may have information on a sugar hacienda owned from the 1920’s to 1940’s by my Great-Uncle Hermann Waelti, a Swiss hacendero? My Uncle Albert Waelti was there during WW2. It was then nationalised and sold to the Philippines Govt. Sadly I have no ther information as to where it was: perhaps Negro Occidente province. Thanks.

  44. Myles Garcia said,

    November 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    For any of you seeking old Manila / San Juan / mestizo-family connections, go to the San Juan, Rizal Days Group in Facebook. A lot of the San Juan mestizos and extended relations reconnect over there. I know some of the names here will surely make some connections there.

  45. Junaz Zaldarriaga said,

    August 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Please give me some information regarding the Familia Zaldarriaga of Iloilo and Negros Occidental. I am the great grand son of Carlos Zaldarriaga y Araneta of Iloilo. Muchas Gracias.

  46. rogie sonza said,

    June 27, 2012 at 6:31 am

    any article on Juan Bautista Gorordo?

  47. miren fuentes said,

    June 25, 2012 at 1:52 am

    buenos dias. esto es para paquito con permiso de toto. yo soy miren erquiaga, nieta de buenaventura. si tiene informacion sobre el, se lo agradeceria! gracias!

  48. Andres Soriano Saavedra said,

    June 21, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Mi nombre es Andres Soriano Saavedra y el hermano de mi abuelo Andres Soriano era Eduardo Soriano y Sanz que se fue a Filipinas. Me gustaría saber algo de el. Creo que se caso con una tal Margarita Rojas. Gracias

  49. Stephanie Zabaljauregui said,

    June 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I was wondering if there is anything else about the Zabaljauregui clan like it’s origin and what not…thank you

  50. Alexander general Umali said,

    June 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

    dear Mr. Sabin arranz,

    My grandfather was a mestizo cuarteron from Camarines Sur and a scholar of the Castillian language in Naga City.

    I have mixed feelings about our Hispanic ties. There are two Spains according to the writer Javier Gomez de la Serna- la Espana NEGRA y la Espana BUENA. The good Spain created our liberal intellectuals- Jose Rizal, Marcelo del Pilar, Cecilio Apostol , Burgos,etc. They fought the medieval inquisitory doctrines of the sacerdotes

    The evil Spain centers on the abusive friar like Padre Jesus Roman of Tiaong, Quezon who killed a cantante inside the sacristy for singing desafinado during a Hueves Santo mass. This was in 1891, three years after Noli me Tangere was published in Berlin. The Augustinian friar San Agustin justified the use of the whip to civilized the “subhuman indios”. Recently, a friar Zabala who tortured a Ilocano priest Padre Dacanay was beatified by the Vatican. !Que lastima!

    The inferiority complex of the Pinoys lingers until now . The crass materialism of North America, in the words of the Uruguayan writer Jose Enrique Rodo, a friend of Cecilio Apostol, added another layer of oppression together with the aristocratic culture imposed by feudal Spain that frowned on practical sense, manual labor and technology.

    Let me tell you a story of pre-war Manila. An original Intramurense, the late Mr. Paulino Capitulo, whose grandmother was a Catalan, remembers how the puros Espanoles of Colegio de San Juan de letran would spit on brown Filipinos passing through the facade of the Dominican school often ending with fist fights.

    I have collected 500 Spanish-oriented words that have changed meaning in the Philippines helping my friend who teaches Filipino in UP Diliman,

  51. Eleanor Pates Sy Templeman said,

    May 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    My maiden name, Sy, is Chinese, yet I was surprise to learn that a lot of people with this surname originated from Germany, Austria and other parts of Europe.

    I’ve always thought of myself as part Filipino-Chinese with a drop of Spanish thrown in. Help.

  52. Eleanor Pates Sy Templeman said,

    May 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Mauricio Bugas, I am of that clan…Bugas, Pates, Romero, Ebasco, Handumon etc and so many other names. My mother is a Pates from Oroquieta City and she has cousins who are from the Bugas side. I didn’t know about the blood connection with the Ozamiz, Berenguel and Bernad clans. I know Bernad is of Spanish stock and I met Estrella Berenguel who was a diplomat assigned for a time in London and yes, she is from Misamis Occidental.

    I now reside in London.

  53. asuncion muehrenberg said,

    April 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    i would like to hear the whereabouts of the galatas family former metro drug owner and live in madrid. i am a relative. lives here in germany.

  54. Ricardo L. Gallaga, Jr. said,

    March 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Librada Gaya Gallaga is my great-grandmother. The first Ricardo Gallaga who came to the Philippines ended up in Ligao, Albay where they were married.
    I never met her. She died in 1946. She survived a stroke and I am not sure if another stroke caused her death. I do hava a picture of her in her old age.
    I would be very interested in any other material you might have on her and her antecedents as I am trying to expand on the Gaya family tree I have presently. These were based on facts I got from my 2 Gaya aunts, Corin, who has since passed away (daughter of Antonio, brother of Librada) and Marilen Mantecon. I think she comes from the line of Manuel, another brother of Librada.
    Please get in touch.
    Ricky (Gallaga)
    P.S. The only reason we are in Bacolod is because my father Ricardo S. Gallaga, transferred here because of work, although my mother who is a Ruiz de Luzuriaga has plenty of family here.

  55. doris olivan said,

    March 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

    i am interested about the life of librada gaya gallaga because i remembered my grandmother who usually talked about one of her half-sister who was married to a certain gallaga somewhere in bacolod…my grandmother’s name was venancia ros gaya..and her father was antonio querol gaya of ligao, albay..according to my grandmother, the original wife of her father was childless and her father sired various children to various women..her accounted number of her brothers and sisters was 17 in all as far as she knew. one of her sisters was the mother-in-law of isagani cruz. i could recall the name of the sister she mentioned was angela..

  56. Justin Bulado said,

    March 16, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Dear Paquito de la Cruz,

    Hello Sir! I’m looking for some historical photos or even write-ups about the Perdices family in Negros Oriental, specifically the former Governor of Negros Oriental, Don Mariano F. Perdices. For the nonce, I’m conducting a research about his political career for my Master’s thesis in Silliman University. Unfortunately, the paucity of sources here in Dumaguete delayed my research, as I wasn’t able to get some write-ups and documents about his political achievements (e.g. annual reports) and to some extent, about his life. Nonetheless, setting that limitation aside, I was wondering if you have any pictures of Don Mariano or Tsila (as he was endearingly called)? If so, please do contact me.

    Here’s my e-mail address: justinbulado89@gmail.com

    Thanks! More Power!

  57. Edward Llanderal said,

    March 6, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Hello. I am Edward Llanderal from Alaska and i am very interested in any information about my Last name and my family tree if anybody has any information. My dad is from Morelia, Michoacan Mexico and His great grandpa is from somewhere in Spain i wish i could give some more information about my great grandparents but thats all i really know.

  58. Mauricio Bugas said,

    March 1, 2012 at 6:41 am


    This is a very informative blog. It illuminates a dimension in Philippine history not TOTALLY from the point of view of university publications, but from descendants, whose lineage are explicitly(?) traceable through personal, family documents.

    Now I’m not mestizo, even though a drop or two of European DNA must’ve been sprinkled in my family history, a blood-line that, no doubt, has cross-pollinated with Chinese and Native blood. Thus, I always pass for Chinese and Korean, and sometimes Filipino.

    I haven’t been back to the Philippines for so many years now. I’m US-based, old, and probably will die here. I’ve been disconnected with most of my family, and don’t have any plans of making contact with them. But thanks to the internet, very private individuals like me still have a way to communicate with others anywhere in the world.

    But many years ago, during gatherings, family members would talk about certain last names in the province where most of family came from: Misamis Occidental. These are the names that came up: OZAMIZ, CASTAGNO OR CASTANO (the n has a tilde, I think), GALINDO, DOLERA, CAYLO, BERNAD, BERENGUEL.

    I know OZAMIS is a known name, through the richest clan in the province, especially Jose Ozamiz. But what about those other names? Anybody have any idea about their origins?

    Thanks so much!

  59. Nona Pimentel said,

    February 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Hello Toto,
    I have been going over some comments here with people asking about the whereabouts of some long lost kins. I too, have lost some connections with the maternal side of my father.
    Some decades ago, my paternal grandmother came to spend some time with us, in the late 60’s. That was the first time I met her, I was already 18 then.. Her name was Consolacion Espina-Verano. She was born in Aug. 1900, the turn of the century. According to her, her forefather (probably her grandfather) was a friar, a French Friar, who came, (in the wake of the French revolution), to Spain. He then changed his French family name to Spanish, for fear of being pursued by the French patriots….Anyway, the young Frenchman, became a Spanish friar and took the galleon and landed in the Philippines. He was first assigned in Bulacan ( I surmised) then was finally sent to Surigao City. He became involved with a lonely woman, who was later on found out to be a muslim princess from Borneo or Brunei, incognito (she was being forced to marry somebody not her choice) but that’s another story. Back to the French Friar, he fathered a son, a love child, with this liaison. Then the Espinas of Surigao City came to being. My grandmother further said that after so many years, the French Friar was found and summoned back to Europe. So, he went back to Europe and after the tedious journey arrived in his motherland, frail and weak. He was able to re-connect with his people and his roots. Unfortunately, he died of natural causes before he could come back to the Philippines. Months followed and a letter came to the mother of his love child, asking that the boy be sent to France to claim his heritage and his dukedom. The French Friar was after all a Duke…my Grandmother said that the letters that came (there were several with the ducal seals) were kept in a baul for the family..alas, the mother did not want to part with the boy….(understandable)…And so it was, that nobody in our long line of descendants really knows what happened next. My problem is, I have no connections with that branch of our family in Surigao, the Espinas….one or two hundred years is a long time. I don’t know if you have some knowledge about the Espinas of Surigao City. I also really would like to take a look at those letters if they are still available…Just for curiosity’s sake….ha,ha….OH my Grandmother during those times never went back to Surigao City after she shared her story, because she was living partly in the U.S. and partly in Manila, while we live here in the Southern Philippines, Davao City. Also I want to know the French equivalent of the family name Espina…Thank you Toto, hope you could help me in this someday….

  60. January 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Dear all,

    I’m back after some time, having finally found most of the ancestors of Íñigo González de Azaola, who was born in 1779. His ancestry can be found here: http://gw5.geneanet.org/umigon?lang=es;pz=gonzalo;nz=velasco+berenguer;ocz=0;p=inigo+maria+del+socorro+gil+juan+bautista+juan+de+ortega;n=gonzalez+de+azaola

    I am now interested in some of his relatives. His parents-in-law, who fathered his wife María Dolores de los Reyes y Monterroso, were Ventura de los Reyes, born around 1740, perhaps in Vigan, Iloco Sur, and Vicenta Monterroso. Ventura was the Filipino diputado sent to the Spanish Cortes of Cádiz in 1811. I’d like to know about him, his life, and his and his wife’s ancestry.

    I’m also very interested in the ancestry of one of Íñigo’s sons-in-law: Fernando de las Cagigas y Fernández, born in Manila. His parents were José de las Cagigas y Ortega, whose ancestry I have been able to trace in Spain, and Atanasia Fernández y Portillo, apparently born in Manila, but whom I know nothing but her name and surnames.

    If anyone would be able to shed some light on these people, it would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you very much in advance.


  61. September 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Oh…sorry. I entered my email, but I never received anything in it. I logged in using my twitter account. If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what else to try.

    Anyways, I’m looking for information on my great, great grandfather and his family. His name was Angel Ortiz. He came over from Spain some time in the 1860s we think. He’s listed as a proprietor of a grocery store on Plaza de Cervantes. The store was established in 1863, but we are not sure he was the original owner. He also owned a shipping company and we found the litigation involving him after his ships sunk.

    His wife name was Maria Franco, also from Spain, most likely the same town since they were first cousins. We know they were from Andalucia.

    We are looking for any information on him and his descendants and spouses.

    Thanks for the help

  62. September 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm


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    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

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  63. Maria Williams said,

    September 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Hi, I’m hoping you can help me with a couple of things.

    First, I’m looking for information on my great, great grandfather, Angel Ortiz. He immigrated from Spain (the Andalusia province) sometime around 1860. He owned a grocery store in the Plaza de Cervantes, which was established around 1863, not sure if he is the one who established it. He also had a shipping company, and we have found many sites listing the litigation from when his ship sank. We are trying to find any information we can on him. This was all we could find on him. We know he and his wife, Maria Franco, had 13 children, who we are also looking for information on. We know Angel and Maria were 1st cousins and most likely came from Palos de la Frontera. If there’s anything you add to that, I’d really appreciate the help.

    The second thing I was wondering about was marriage customs. We have managed to find my grandparents civil marriage license, which is dated a year later than when they were married, and only a few months before my aunt was born (This is around 1934). My uncle in Spain says it may be because the church ceremony and the civil ones were separate instead of together, like we have here in the US. Is this the case? Do you think the cathedral of St. Agustin would still have the marriage records for that time period?

    Thanks in advance.

  64. Asia Urquico said,

    September 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Hi does anyone have more information for Zabaljauregui? My dad is a Zabaljauregui but we don’t have any information about his grandfather, Pedro Zabaljauregui.

  65. Aris Kintanar said,

    September 1, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I’m glad I found this site. My mother is a Corrales from northern mindanao. I recognize some of the family names has having been friends with my grandfather.

  66. July 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    below name of her mother should read PAULA S., not Paul. Sorry.

    Petronila Oriol, born July 17 1900 in Bulacan and died January 9, 1996 in San Antonio, Texas. All I know about her parents is from a copy of her social security ap: Alfonso Oriol and Paul S. (no last name). There is some connection with her and the Oriol Marble Company in Manila.

    Thank you very much,
    Karen Foster Montgomery

  67. July 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    PETRONILA ORIOL, is my step-grandmother who helped raise me. I have slowly been able to find more information about her life before she came to live with us in the 1950’s. I will supply some of her information here, but the main interest at this time is her #2 husband, Adolfo Aenlle Sr, and her parents. If anybody can help supply information about them, I would appreciate it.

    I have read the out of print book, Remembering Mary, A biography of Mary Renner Osmena, by Monina Allarey Mercado and from information in this book have been able to piece together a little more history. But, much is left to know.

    Petronila Oriol, born July 17 1900 in Bulacan and died January 9, 1996 in San Antonio, Texas. All I know about her parents is from a copy of her social security ap: Alfonso Oriol and Paul S. (no last name). There is some connection with her and the Oriol Marble Company in Manila.

    She married #1, in about 1922, in Philippines, somewhere, WILLIAM CARL WANTZ. He was born August 18, 1901, Cagayan and died March 11, 1982 in Rosemead, California. His father, Carl William Wantz, was once postmaster in Iligan.

    Petronila did not like living in USA when they all arrived here in 1928 and returned to the Philippines soon after taking their daughter, my step-mother, with her. (I was raised by my Dad and Step-Mother, Carolyn Oriol Wantz.)

    Petronila married #2, ADOLFO AENLLE Sr. In the 1930 census for her first husband, William Carl Wantz, it reads he is married. That census was taken on April 4, 1930. So, I am presuming, she remarried after that date to Mr. Aenlle.

    Also, I know, Mr. Aenlle was quite some years older than Petronila. He took very good care of her and her daughter and was very kind to both. When he was very ill and dying, there were bombs, etc., nearby and Carolyn was encouraged to leave his bedside, however, she would not leave him.

    Carolyn Oriol Wantz Foster, was born April 23, 1925, in Cebu and died July 13, 1993 in San Antonio, Texas. She and Dad are buried together at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

    Thank you very much,
    Karen Foster Montgomery

  68. Chona Blanco said,

    July 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Hello! I am very much amazed that you know so much about so many family histories in the Philippines. I have been searching for information regarding my dad’s side of the family. We don’t know much about my Lolo because my Lola left him in the early 1950’s. She then came to the United States shortly after with all of her children. My dad & his siblings have no recollection of their father. I have always been curious about a side of my family that I don’t know about. All I know about my grandfather is that his name is Dr. Dominador Reyes Blanco. I believe he resided in Manila around 1940’s where he worked for a hospital there.

    Any information you could provide would be really grateful…Thank you in advance.

    Thank you!
    Chona Blanco

  69. John William Joseph y Xerez-Burgos said,

    July 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I am very grateful for this information. I found some of my roots like Dr. Manuel Xerez-Burgos sr. and Manila Mayor Ramon Felipe Aenlle Burgos. Excellent work!

  70. July 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    how is lola rosa olondriz caram? Don Marino is the brother of my great grand father modesto olondriz..

  71. popo olondriz said,

    July 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    how is lola rosa olondriz caram?

  72. Anne Vargas said,

    July 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Greetings again. Talking about Vargas’ again.
    I’m trying to link Rufina Vargas (my maternal great grandmother) whose father is Bruno Vargas whose father is Alejandro Vargas. We’re trying to rectify how we’re connected to the Vargas of Manila.

    Other names hashed in the mix, Villiareal, Valera, and Alcala. These families are from the Bicol region. If anyone has any information whatsoever, please leave a message?


    Anne V.

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  75. June 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Interesting history about Spanish families in the Philippines.

    Gina Olondriz

  76. Marie Georgette Olondriz said,

    June 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Dear Quito,

    Yes, the Carams are from Lebanon I suppose but the Olondriz are from Navarra.
    The last child of Don Marino Olondriz is my aunty Cookie (Concepcion) Olondriz married to Bolo Tuason and lives in Manila and Vegas.

    Gina Olondriz
    daughter of Tito Olondriz

  77. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 29, 2011 at 10:37 am



    The Karam family traces its origins to a French Colonel who came from Le Mont France and settled in Jerusalem in 1098, and ruled the Sahyouni fortress. In Lebanon, during the 17th century, the Sahyouni family name was replaced to “Karam” as the family was known to be very generous. “Karam” means generosity in Arabic. Their patriarch was known as “Abou Karam”, or “the father of generosity”.

    The rule of the Karam family ended during the Ottoman Invasion. The Karams were forced to leave their homeland as they were being persecuted by the Turks, thus, some of the family members landed here in the Philippines. In the 20th century, the Karam family became members of the Lebanese Parliament from 1920 up to recently. they are the descendant of a Lebanese National Hero, and the “Prince of Lebanon” Youssef Bey Karam, whose naturally preserved remains are venerated by the Lebanese people inside the St. George Church in Ehden, Lebanon up to this day.

    In the Philippines, the Carams made a name for themselves in business and philanthropy through the “Grand Old Man of Iloilo” Gov. Fermin Caram, a doctor; industrialists and Congressman Fermin “Nene” Caram; and Iloilo Mayor and former long-time Forbes Park Subdivision governor Rosa Caram

  78. June 23, 2011 at 3:52 am

    do you know where can i contact Lewis Stonehouse Echarri?
    im Loraine Echarri, from Negros. Im the grandaughter of Lorenzo Echarri. Thanks 🙂

  79. Gian Paolo Zayco said,

    June 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm


    Do you know any history of the Zayco family of Negros Occidental?

  80. Carmen Matthews said,

    May 24, 2011 at 2:51 am

    This is an amazing repository of information!

    I am curious to learn information about my Spanish ancestors in the Philippines, especially in the 19th century, and any descendants who might still be there. There is some background I know, but I would be interested to learn more.

    Paquito mentions a couple of times my grandfather, Manuel Sabater, who was well-known in the Spanish community during the first half of the 20th century. He was born in Cordoba in 1882, raised mostly in Venezuela, went to the Philippines around the time of the Spanish-American War (maybe as a soldier or mercenary for Spain), and remained there until his death in 1962. He was an optician and also was the honorary (i.e., unpaid) consul general for Venezuela and, I think, for many years the dean of the consular corps in Manila. My mother, Amparo (called Totó, which became Toto after she went to the US with my American father) was the middle of three daughters. She died about ten years ago and had Alzheimer’s disease for several years before her death. Like so many others, I now think of all the family history I wish I had written down while she still talked about it.

    It is my grandmother’s and, especially, my great-grandmother’s side of the family that interests me particularly. Before marrying my grandfather my grandmother’s name was Carmen Guzman Basterrechea; she was born in the Philippines of Spanish parents. My great-grandparents were Juan Guzman Cabrera, a Spanish cavalry officer, and Maximiana Basterrechea de Guzman. According to my mother, Maximiana, who lived from 1942-1926, was the oldest of twenty-four girls and one boy; the boy was the youngest. We visited my grandparents in Manila several times during the 1950s but I do not recall ever meeting any relatives beyond the immediate family of my grandparents and my Tita Carmen (another aunt, Josefina, was killed during WWII). So I particularly wonder whether anyone involved in this blog knows of any descendants of the Basterrechea family. In retrospect it surprises me that I didn’t meet dozens of cousins.

    Also, a question particularly for Paquito. You wrote in you 9/6/2008 post that you had written about my grandfather, Manuel Sabater, among many others you listed. Is there somewhere that I could read what you wrote?

    I hope this isn’t too long and rambling! This blog is an amazing repository of information; I look forward to reading and exploring it further. Is there some site where photos are posted?

  81. May 22, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Paquito Dela Cruz:
    I am trying to do some family history on my dad’s side of the family. His mother (my grandmother) was Socorro Roig. Shelived in Manila during the 1920’s, where she met my grandfather (Guy Vancleave). Socorro was born in San Sebastian, Spain appx. 1902. She had a sister named Helen, who was also born in San Sebastian, Spain appx. 1904. Other brothers/sisters may exist as well. I recently found a record for a Lucina Roig, born in San Sebastian, born appx 1905 who lived in Manila at the same time, so she may be a sister as well. Socorro’s mother’s name was Concha Orozco, (short for Concepcion or Consuela?)). (For years, I’ve heard that Concha was born in Madrid or Barcelona, but a 1930 census I have mentions her birthplace as the Philippines). Socorro’s father’s name was Jose Roig, who was rumored to have worked for King Alfonso of Spain. The only Jose Roig I found who worked for the king, was Josep Roig Y Bergada (1864-1937). He served as the Minister of Grace and Justice, was also the Mayor of Barcelona, was a lawyer who specialized in Commercial Law and worked extensively with business owners in Barcelona during some turbulent times, and he was also the Dean of the Barcelona Bar Association, as well as a Senator. At the time he worked for the King, San Sebastian was a popular summer resort for the Royal Family, and it would make sense that Jose Roig Y Bergada may have met Concha Orozco there. Questions I can’t help but think about are, 1)Was he married to Concha Orozco, or was she his mistress. 2)Why were they in Manila in the first place?
    I can’t seem to find, is any history of the Roig’s in Manila. Socorro and her siblings were born in San Sebastian, Spain, but she met my grandfather (an American) in Manila when he was stationed there during the war in the 1920’s. So, sometime between appx 1905 and 1920, they left Spain for Manila…but I have no idea when they got there, or why they were there. Manila is a very long way from Spain! I don’t even know if Concha Orozco stayed in Manila or went back to Spain. I cannot find a record of her anywhere. Socorro died in California in 1972, a year after I was born. I cannot find any information at all regarding her sisters or her mother. I’m up against a wall. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I would gladly pay for your research.
    Thank you so much,
    Brad Van Cleave bradvc@yahoo.com

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  85. Gian Zayco said,

    May 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm


    Do you know any history of the Zayco family of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental?

  86. April 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Attached is my grandfather’s diary…. 🙂

  87. April 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Attached in the posting below is my grandfather’s diary…. 🙂

  88. April 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    To Micaela,

    This is my grandfather’s (Francisco Coronado Avellana) that i would like to share with you, that includes my grandmother’s (Carmen Cala Mendezona) family tree. She was the daughter of Jose Mendezona (who came to Baybay, Leyte from Spain).

    I’m interested also to know more about my ancestors. Do get in touch with me.

    Thanks and best regards.

    Raul Benjamin Avellana Puentespina (raulpuentespina@yahoo.com)


    Micaela said,

    September 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

    To Zoe: Yes, our side of the Cala family is from Baybay, Leyte. Thanks! I am really looking for more extensive information and if you could help me I would appreciate it.

    Hi Maldita,

    I’ve been following your thread for a while now… Just curious if you might be able to trace the Mendezona clan to the Visayas. My grandmother told me that there were only 2 brothers who arrived from Spain: Ignacio and Jose.

    My great-grandmother, Carmen Mendezona, was born in Leyte and lived there most of her life. Through my grandmother I was able to meet a grand-uncle named Isidro Moraza here in Cebu. Other than that I was told that my great grandmother’s brothers were educated in Spain but I don’t know much about them…

    If there is anyone who would be interested in tracing the clan with me, I have a few more stories to tell.

  89. randy molo said,

    April 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    hola! que tal? I’ve read your blog here and a few comments, As you’ve mentioned, you know a lot about families specially spanish decendants here in the philippines do you happen to know Don Wenceslao Molo of romblon coz i need some info bout him, our family was lost after world war 2 so I was retracing our family tree

  90. Javier Arriaga said,

    April 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    In response to Paul Cayzer regarding Mecca Trapaga recordings, is there any chance I can get in touch with Paul? I can send him a CD of my mother’s recordings for his 50th wedding anniversary. I’m having dinner with my mother tomorrow night and I’ll mention your comments here. 🙂

  91. April 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Hola QUITO!Muy buenas! mi querido amigo; estoy encantada de ver a mi abuela y vis abuela en la foto de Pilar Parada Hurtado de Saracho.Tambien yo la tengo.
    Pero estoy curiosa, donde consigues todo esto?
    Quizas podras encontrar algo sobre mi abuelo Francisco Gomes Saiz,governador de Tayabas…. has mencionado algo de los Castelvi viviendo alli……
    Me acuerdo haber conocido a Tita Lolita Reyes de Irureta Goyena durante los anos que pase en la Argentina…
    Por cierto, mi padre, Ignacio, (Boy) Opisso y Bertran de Lis,me contaba que antes de la guerra bailo el tango en el Metropolitan Opera House con Conching Sunico… que dias! que vida! ya nunca volveran…..
    Mil gracias!

  92. Ricardo Luzuriaga Gallaga, Jr. said,

    March 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Quito,

    I sent you another message but I am not sure if you received it, regarding how you would want me to send you the RdeL “books”.
    Please advise.

  93. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    March 23, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Dear Ricardo and Miren:

    I forgot to post the following photograph:

    Ceferino “Pining” Gallaga y Gaya



  94. Ricardo L. Gallaga, Jr. said,

    March 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Ms. Miren Ormaechea-McCarthy,

    T. Sid was married to the younger brother of my paternal grandfather. We used to call him T. Pi or T. Pining, short for Ceferino. My grandfather was Mauricio. So, my father Ricardo or Nene was a first cousin of Arru. I still keep in touch with Arru. In fact, middle of last year, he was in a committee of family members planning a reunion for relatives on T. Sid’s side. We Gallagas are very few. We could probably sit around a table and complete the picture.

    I also have fond memories of T. Sid. She was a lovely lady and always smiling. Thank you for asking.

    Ricky Gallaga

  95. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    March 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Dear Ricardo:

    I would most certainly be interested, as my mother’s family tree overlaps with yours. You may contact me in private by e-mail. Thanks.



  96. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    March 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I just noticed on the photo-blog of Alex Waterhouse-Hayward y de Irureta-Goyena I had mentioned earlier that the Filipina poet María de los Dolores “Dolly” de Irureta-Goyena (de Humphrey) died several weeks ago:


    She was the youngest child of soprano María de los Dolores “Lolita” Reyes de Irureta-Goyena and Atty. Tirso de Irureta-Goyena, the author of “Por el Idioma y Cultura Hispanos” and member of one of Manila’s most distinguished families of architects/engineers:



    Of course, Larry Henares once referenced a poem by Dolly de Irureta-Goyena in one of his articles:

    “Our diplomaticos
    Our politicos,
    Abandoned Juan de la Cruz.
    Not for the first time
    In history.
    The little brown brother
    Was betrayed by
    His little brown brother,
    Deepest betrayal of all.”


  97. Miren Ormaechea said,

    March 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Ricardo,
    How are you related to Isidra del Castillo Gallaga? She was my great aunt, aunt to my abuela, Consuelo Ycsiar. Are you the son of Aru?? If so, my best to your family.

    I have many fond memories of Tita Sid. My Abu and her were only a year apart and great friends.

    Miren Ormaechea-McCarthy

  98. Ricardo Luzuriaga Gallaga, Jr. said,

    March 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Dear Quito,
    First of all, I am sorry if I seemed to rush you into answering my first message. I can imagine that you have a million and one things to attend to. So sorry about that.
    I am amazed at what you have sent me. I have some of those pictures but the rest I do not know where you got them from. Thank you so much. I am excited to show this to my mother, Conchita Luzuriaga de Gallaga. She is alive and well and will be happy to see all of this.
    I did write a manual on the Ruiz de Luzuriagas, starting with the gentleman of the first picture you sent, Eusebio. If you are interested in it, please let me know. My brother, Peque, handled the first part and I finished Part 2. If there is any other information you might have, I would surely appreciate it. And thank you for signing Quito!
    Lo agradezco,

  99. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    March 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Regarding Mindanao, has anyone read Matthias Mendezona’s book “How Sweet The Mango, No?: The Journey of a Hispanic Amerasian,” which is a fictional account based on his own life? I have seen it on Amazon:


    I do plan to assemble a list of books and essays on the Hispanic experience in the Philippines. I’ve stumbled upon numerous essays on the Internet too. Liz Medina and Alejandro “Alex” Waterhouse-Hayward y de Irureta-Goyena have very interesting web pages — they are from South America (Alex Waterhouse-Hayward moved from Argentina to Canada) but write about their Filipino ancestors.



  100. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    March 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Dear Ricardo:

    I do apologize for not replying sooner, but I have been fairly busy as of late. I might have some more free time in the near future to write lengthy articles. In the meantime, I will post some of the photos that I have that are related to the Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Aguado, Franco, Gallaga, and Castillo families:

    Col. Eusebio Ruíz de Luzuriaga

    José Ruíz de Luzuriaga

    Concha Franco y Rodríguez de Aguado

    Claudio A. Ruíz de Luzuriaga, Sr.

    Conchita Aguado y Franco de Ruíz de Luzuriaga

    Claudio Aguado Ruíz de Luzuriaga, Jr.

    Ana “Annie” Ruíz de Luzuriaga Schulze

    Jorge “George” Ruíz de Luzuriaga

    Pilar Parada and Carmen Hurtado de Saracho

    Ricardo Gallaga

    Isidra del Castillo de Gallaga

    Maurício Gallaga y Gaya

    Rosina Sáiz y Parada de Gallaga

    Ricardo Gallaga y Sáiz

    Montano Castillo

    I do appreciate your comments regarding my knowledge of families from the various provinces. This is one of my greatest areas of expertise (in particular, the Visayas and Mindanao). My career has involved me with clients (usually business association, rotary, and commerce chamber/cámara heads) and projects in practically every corner of the country, so I have had ample opportunity to travel and meet a great many people. In fact, I met quite recently a fairly Caucasian-looking fellow from Masbate and immediately asked him whether he was a descendant of Spaniard Don Pedro Ribas, an early 20th century fishing magnate in Ticao (interestingly, the Ribas surname is common in both Catalunya and Portugal). He seemed astonished that I would even know of this (I was correct, of course).

    Anyway, I also have staff in Northern Mindanao (of Spanish descent). They are always amazed at my knowledge of the Fortich, Ozámiz, Paradies, Hyndman, Corrales, Mórtola, Gólez, Neri, Peláez, Zubiri, Mendezona, Sárraga/Zárraga, Montalvan, Azcona, Bernad, Achondoa, Barrica, Garcia, de Lara, Lorenzo, etc. families in Northern Mindanao.



  101. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    March 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Dear Ron Jacob:

    Thank you for posting your message on the Muñoz-Romero clan to which I had referred earlier and the photo links. As I had mentioned, Hon. Jose E. “Peping” Romero y Muñoz, Sr. was one of the most prominent men from Bais in the Philippines during his lifetime. He was born on 3-3-1897 and married Doña Pilar Sinco y Guzmán on 16-6-1923. She was the mother of Director Eddie Romero and died while Eddie was a child (on 7-7-1927). Peping Romero studied at Silliman and later at UP Law. He would later practice law in Manila. In his day, he was known as a first-rate orator, journalist, and poet. I will also share some photos related to your message.

    Dr. Vicente Sinco y Guzmán (brother of Doña Pilar):

    At the left with with U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower (right) and U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (center).

    Gov. Enrique Cayetano Villanueva y Teves of Negros Oriental and Doña Francisca Baena y Gómez:

    I have an extensive collection of historical photos from Negros Oriental (of members of the Teves, Baena, Valdivia, Villanueva, Larena, Montenegro, Arnáiz, Sagarbarría, Barrica, Diago, Vicente, Rotea, del Prado, Diaz, Yoldi, Paras, Serion, Longa, Llanderal, Larrabaster, Romero, Sinco, Muñoz, Sierra, Pastor, Patero, Medina, Tapia, Moras, Ortiz, Aldeguer, Blanco, Carballo, Garcia, Escaño, Miranda, Solana, Villegas, Pastrano, Rosales, Mendieta, Inunciaga/Ynunciaga, Mendez, Bernad, Perdices, Cincunegui, Arcache, Saad, etc. clans, to name just a few) that I will be posting.



  102. Ricardo Luzuriaga Gallaga, Jr. said,

    March 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Any possibility of a reply for my 3/12 comment?

  103. Paul Cayzer said,

    March 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

    In the late ’60’s we were regulars at Mecca’s Nightclub
    Noted she now lives in Sydney (Feb 2008).
    Wondering if any of her recordings still available
    One that come to mind was “yellow bird”
    Was hoping to download some of her recordings for our 50th wedding anniversary

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  105. March 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Dear Mr. Paquito de la Cruz,
    My aunt Ysabel Opisso Campos introduced me to this and I am so fascinated by your knowledge with regards the old families, not only of Manila but even those in the province.
    I have always been fascinated by the family tree and I have worked on the Gallaga – Luzuriaga family for many years now. Any information I would be able to get from you would be great. And if there would be any photographs, that would be the jackpot for my family. The earliest Gallaga in my research is Ricardo Gallaga who married Librada Gaya of Ligao, Albay. He was Spanish. On my mother’s side, the earliest Ruiz de Luzuriaga who arrived here in the Philippines in the 1850s is Eusebio, from Alava, Spain. He settled down in Bacolod and married Juliana Guiquin. I would appreciate any information you could give me.
    Thank you so much for your kindness,
    Ricky Gallaga

  106. Ron Jacob A. Calumpang said,

    March 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Señor Quito:

    The photo I am posting is a portrait of the Muñoz-Romero family of Tanjay in Negros Oriental. Idk if he remembers but I have already shown Señor Toto this photo on my Facebook account, which he so kindly commented on.

    Seated, L-R: Dolores Calumpang de Rodriguez y Muñoz, Don Jose Muñoz y Teves, Candelaria Calumpang de Romero y Muñoz
    Standing, L-R: Antonio Muñoz y Calumpang, Hilarion Rodriguez, Luis Muñoz y Calumpang, Francisco Romero Sr., Mariano Muñoz y Calumpang, Jose Muñoz y Calumpang
    (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada)

    Don Jose Muñoz y Teves, and his wife Doña Aleja Eustaquia Calumpang y Bracamonte, were the parents of Don Francisco Romero’s wives, Josefa and Candelaria.

    Don Francisco “Chochon” Romero — a Spanish trader who was verily involved in the Bais-Tanjay-Pamplona sugar plantations, former mayor of the town of Tanjay and former Provincial Board Member of Negros Oriental— first married Josefa Muñoz y Calumpang, the daughter of Don Jose Muñoz y Teves (son of Don Enrique Muñoz and Doña Liberata Teves y Villamil of the Negros Oriental Teveses) — a long-time gobernadorcillo of Tanjay — and Doña Aleja Eustaquia Calumpang y Bracamonte, a daughter of the “cura parroco” of Tanjay Fr. Pedro Bracamonte (whose other three children include my great-grandfather, a notary and teniente mayor). The union of Francisco Sr. and Josefa bore three children:

    1) Francisco Jr. [married to Gloria Villanueva y Baena — daughter of Negros Oriental Governor Enrique Cayetano Villanueva y Teves and Doña Francisca Baena y Gomez — whose great-grandfather, Don Anatalio Teves y Villamil was the brother of his (Francisco Jr.) great-grandmother Doña Liberata Villamil de Muñoz y Teves; their union bore them a son, Bobby who is the father of Chanda Romero]

    Wedding of Francisco Calumpang-Muñoz Romero, Jr. to Gloria Gomez-Baena Villanueva surrounded by Negros beauties (ca. 1920) (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada).

    Gloria Baena Villanueva-Romero’s birthday party portrait with family and relations (November 6, 1946, Dumaguete City). Front Row: husband Francisco “Paking” Muñoz Romero, Jr., in-law Raymundo “Moding” Villanueva and nephew (future Press Secretary) Hector “Chito” Romero Villanueva (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada).

    2) Jose Sr. “Peping” [Philippine senator then Ambassador to the Court of St. James, he first married Pilar Sinco y Guzman, a schoolteacher and sibling of former University of the Philippines President Dr. Vicente Sinco y Guzman, of which National Artist Edgar “Eddie” is an only child; after Pilar’s death, Peping married Elisa Villanueva y Zuñiga — daughter of cousins Timoteo Villanueva y Zuñiga and Primitiva Zuñiga de Villanueva — whose great-great-grandfather, Don Anatalio Teves y Villamil was a sibling to her husband’s great-grandmother Doña Liberata Villamil de Muñoz y Teves — and their union bore them seven children: the late Maria Luisa “Mary Lou” (married to Pelayo Gabaldon, grandson of the nationalist Isauro Gabaldon), Amb. Jose Jr. “Nonon/Joe” (married to Carmelita Beatriz “Carmel” Corrominas y Espina, daughter of Juan Ignacio Corrominas and Anita Espina de Corrominas), the late Teresita “Tessie” (married to lawyer ‘par excellence’ Ricardo Romulo y Llamas, son of Gen. Carlos Romulo y Peña and Virginia Llamas de Romulo), Atty. Rodolfo “Rudy” (married to Teresita “Tereret” Justiniani), Ernesto “Ernie” (married to Lilia Castillo), Raquel (married to Gary Thomas Smith), and Bertie (married to Catherine Acosta)]

    Don Francisco “Chochon/Kikoy” Romero as a Mayor of the then Town of Tanjay in Negros Oriental

    Philippine Embassy (then a Legation) in London in the early 1950s – Raymundo “Moding” Villanueva (far left) and Ambassador Jose “Peping” Calumpang-Muñoz Romero. (P.A.-Reuter Photo) (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada).

    The then Secretary of Education, Hon. Jose E. Romero as chairman of the Rizal Centennial Commission leads the country in laying the wreath at the Rizal Monument in Luneta. Seen with him is Gen. and Mrs. Douglas MacArhur and other officials of the American and Philippine Governments (Photo from the archives of the late Alexander Calumpang y Miraflor).

    3) Carmen [died single]

    Francisco Sr.’s and Josefa’s happy, married life unexpectedly ended when Josefa died in a stampede when unidentified people alarmed the churchgoers of a certain raid by “pulahanes” while attending Christmas mass at the old Tanjay Church. Acknowledging the need for maternal love and nurturing for his then three young children, Francisco Sr. married the younger sister of Josefa, Candelaria Muñoz y Calumpang, affectionately called “Mama Yayá”. Candelaria tended to the needs of his deceased sister’s children and considered them as they were her own. Francisco Sr.’ and Candelaria’ marriage bore them five children:

    1) Adela “Adeling” [married to Raymundo “Moding” Villanueva, their union bore them three children: former Press Secretary Hector “Chito” (married to Lyn Andrada, and whose children include the late environmentalist-turned-bamboo-bike-builder Dr. Ronald Hector “Hecky” Villanueva y Andrada and lawyer Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada), Italy-based Elsa and Bebet]

    Forever Friends of Negros – The Osmeñas visiting the Romeros in London (circa 1960): Sen. Sergio “Serging” Veloso Osmeña, Jr., Raymundo “Moding” Villanueva, Adela “Adeling” Calumpang-Muñoz Romero-Villanueva, Sen. Sergio “Serge” de la Rama Osmeña, III, Maria Victoria “Minnie” de la Rama Osmeña and Lourdes “Inday” de la Rama-Osmeña (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada).

    2) Ramon [married to Guadalupe “Omping” Sarabia de Romero, their union bore them nine children: George (married to Estela Macias, descendant of Negros Oriental Governor Lamberto Macias y Lajato), Josefina “Pinang” (married to Dr. Felipe V. Remollo, former City Health Officer of Dumaguete), Butch (married to Elena Romero), Cesar (married to Melinda Romero), Carmelita (married to ??? Lo), Rosemarie (married to Rene Sibug), Joselito, Rustom, and Veronica (married to David Rohlings)]

    3) Pantaleon [married to Diana Villanueva y Baena, younger sister of his half-brother’s (Francisco Jr.) wife Gloria Villanueva y Baena; their union bore them five children: Dennis (married to Purificacion Cabristante), Michael (married to Isabel Almario), Luis Luigi (married to Elsie Arce), Maria Carmen (married to Dr. Fortunato Tantengco), and Santiago (married to Marietta Torres); Diana subsequently married Julian Murillo and had three children]

    4) Remedios [married to Dr. Wilfredo de Leon, their union bore them Roderick (married to Gloria de Leon)]

    5) Atty. Luis Miguel “Luising” [married to the former Chairperson of the Department of Spanish at Silliman University Dr. Rosita Robillos y Pastrano, daughter of pre-war Filipino athlete Prof. Pio Robillos y Abierra (won gold medals in 1913 representing the Philippine Islands in the Orient Olympic Games, which was later renamed to as Far East Championships in 1915) and Filomena Pastrano y Villacampa, their marriage bore them four children: Atty. Miguel Luis “Mike” (former member of the House of Representatives; first married to Brenda Barranda, then later to Maria Carmen “Menchu” Grey), Edwina (married to Ruben Claravall), Mary Ann (married to Cenen Orosa; Miss Silliman University 1957), and Catherine “Chinky” (married to Butch Alano)]

    Na hala,


  107. Ron Jacob A. Calumpang said,

    March 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Señor Quito:

    The photo I am posting is a portrait of the Muñoz-Romero family of Tanjay in Negros Oriental. Idk if he remembers but I have already shown Señor Toto this photo on my Facebook account, which he so kindly commented on.

    Seated, L-R: Dolores Calumpang de Rodriguez y Muñoz, Don Jose Muñoz y Teves, Candelaria Calumpang de Romero y Muñoz
    Standing, L-R: Antonio Muñoz y Calumpang, Hilarion Rodriguez, Luis Muñoz y Calumpang, Francisco Romero Sr., Mariano Muñoz y Calumpang, Jose Muñoz y Calumpang
    (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada)

    Don Jose Muñoz y Teves, and his wife Doña Aleja Eustaquia Calumpang y Bracamonte, were the parents of Don Francisco Romero’s wives, Josefa and Candelaria.

    Don Francisco “Chochon” Romero — a Spanish trader who was verily involved in the Bais-Tanjay-Pamplona sugar plantations, former mayor of the town of Tanjay and former Provincial Board Member of Negros Oriental— first married Josefa Muñoz y Calumpang, the daughter of Don Jose Muñoz y Teves (son of Don Enrique Muñoz and Doña Liberata Teves y Villamil of the Negros Oriental Teveses) — a long-time gobernadorcillo of Tanjay — and Doña Aleja Eustaquia Calumpang y Bracamonte, a daughter of the “cura parroco” of Tanjay Fr. Pedro Bracamonte (whose other three children include my great-grandfather, a notary and teniente mayor). The union of Francisco Sr. and Josefa bore three children:

    1) Francisco Jr. [married to Gloria Villanueva y Baena — daughter of Negros Oriental Governor Enrique Cayetano Villanueva y Teves and Doña Francisca Baena y Gomez — whose great-grandfather, Don Anatalio Teves y Villamil was the brother of his (Francisco Jr.) great-grandmother Doña Liberata Villamil de Muñoz y Teves; their union bore them a son, Bobby who is the father of Chanda Romero]

    Wedding of Francisco Calumpang-Muñoz Romero, Jr. to Gloria Gomez-Baena Villanueva surrounded by Negros beauties (ca. 1920) (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada).

    Gloria Baena Villanueva-Romero’s birthday party portrait with family and relations (November 6, 1946, Dumaguete City). Front Row: husband Francisco “Paking” Muñoz Romero, Jr., in-law Raymundo “Moding” Villanueva and nephew (future Press Secretary) Hector “Chito” Romero Villanueva (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada).

    2) Jose Sr. “Peping” [Philippine senator then Ambassador to the Court of St. James, he first married Pilar Sinco y Guzman, a schoolteacher and sibling of former University of the Philippines President Dr. Vicente Sinco y Guzman, of which National Artist Edgar “Eddie” is an only child; after Pilar’s death, Peping married Elisa Villanueva y Zuñiga — daughter of cousins Timoteo Villanueva y Zuñiga and Primitiva Zuñiga de Villanueva — whose great-great-grandfather, Don Anatalio Teves y Villamil was a sibling to her husband’s great-grandmother Doña Liberata Villamil de Muñoz y Teves — and their union bore them seven children: the late Maria Luisa “Mary Lou” (married to Pelayo Gabaldon, grandson of the nationalist Isauro Gabaldon), Amb. Jose Jr. “Nonon/Joe” (married to Carmelita Beatriz “Carmel” Corrominas y Espina, daughter of Juan Ignacio Corrominas and Anita Espina de Corrominas), the late Teresita “Tessie” (married to lawyer ‘par excellence’ Ricardo Romulo y Llamas, son of Gen. Carlos Romulo y Peña and Virginia Llamas de Romulo), Atty. Rodolfo “Rudy” (married to Teresita “Tereret” Justiniani), Ernesto “Ernie” (married to Lilia Castillo), Raquel (married to Gary Thomas Smith), and Bertie (married to Catherine Acosta)]

    Don Francisco “Chochon/Kikoy” Romero as a Mayor of the then Town of Tanjay in Negros Oriental

    Philippine Embassy (then a Legation) in London in the early 1950s – Raymundo “Moding” Villanueva (far left) and Ambassador Jose “Peping” Calumpang-Muñoz Romero. (P.A.-Reuter Photo) (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada).

    The then Secretary of Education, Hon. Jose E. Romero as chairman of the Rizal Centennial Commission leads the country in laying the wreath at the Rizal Monument in Luneta. Seen with him is Gen. and Mrs. Douglas MacArhur and other officials of the American and Philippine Governments (Photo from the archives of the late Alexander Calumpang y Miraflor).

    3) Carmen [died single]

    Francisco Sr.’s and Josefa’s happy, married life unexpectedly ended when Josefa died in a stampede when unidentified people alarmed the churchgoers of a certain raid by “pulahanes” while attending Christmas mass at the old Tanjay Church. Acknowledging the need for maternal love and nurturing for his then three young children, Francisco Sr. married the younger sister of Josefa, Candelaria Muñoz y Calumpang, affectionately called “Mama Yayá”. Candelaria tended to the needs of his deceased sister’s children and considered them as they were her own. Francisco Sr.’ and Candelaria’ marriage bore them five children:

    1) Adela “Adeling” [married to Raymundo “Moding” Villanueva, their union bore them three children: former Press Secretary Hector “Chito” (married to Lyn Andrada, and whose children include the late environmentalist-turned-bamboo-bike-builder Dr. Ronald Hector “Hecky” Villanueva y Andrada and lawyer Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada), Italy-based Elsa and Bebet]

    Forever Friends of Negros – The Osmeñas visiting the Romeros in London (circa 1960): Sen. Sergio “Serging” Veloso Osmeña, Jr., Raymundo “Moding” Villanueva, Adela “Adeling” Calumpang-Muñoz Romero-Villanueva, Sen. Sergio “Serge” de la Rama Osmeña, III, Maria Victoria “Minnie” de la Rama Osmeña and Lourdes “Inday” de la Rama-Osmeña (Photo taken from the archives of the late Adela “Adeling” Muñoz de Villanueva y Romero, courtesy of his grandson Atty. Alexandre “Alex” Villanueva y Andrada).

    2) Ramon [married to Guadalupe “Omping” Sarabia de Romero, their union bore them nine children: George (married to Estela Macias, descendant of Negros Oriental Governor Lamberto Macias y Lajato), Josefina “Pinang” (married to Dr. Felipe V. Remollo, former City Health Officer of Dumaguete), Butch (married to Elena Romero), Cesar (married to Melinda Romero), Carmelita (married to ??? Lo), Rosemarie (married to Rene Sibug), Joselito, Rustom, and Veronica (married to David Rohlings)]

    3) Pantaleon [married to Diana Villanueva y Baena, younger sister of his half-brother’s (Francisco Jr.) wife Gloria Villanueva y Baena; their union bore them five children: Dennis (married to Purificacion Cabristante), Michael (married to Isabel Almario), Luis Luigi (married to Elsie Arce), Maria Carmen (married to Dr. Fortunato Tantengco), and Santiago (married to Marietta Torres); Diana subsequently married Julian Murillo and had three children]

    4) Remedios [married to Dr. Wilfredo de Leon, their union bore them Roderick (married to Gloria de Leon)]

    5) Atty. Luis Miguel “Luising” [married to the former Chairperson of the Department of Spanish at Silliman University Dr. Rosita Robillos y Pastrano, daughter of pre-war Filipino athlete Prof. Pio Robillos y Abierra (won gold medals in 1913 representing the Philippine Islands in the Orient Olympic Games, which was later renamed to as Far East Championships in 1915) and Filomena Pastrano y Villacampa, their marriage bore them four children: Atty. Miguel Luis “Mike” (former member of the House of Representatives; first married to Brenda Barranda, then later to Maria Carmen “Menchu” Grey), Edwina (married to Ruben Claravall), Mary Ann (married to Cenen Orosa; Miss Silliman University 1957), and Catherine “Chinky” (married to Butch Alano)]

    Na hala,


  108. March 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Hola! Paquito,teagradezco mucho por haberme mandado esa foto tan linda de la familia Bertran de Lis. Pienso copiarla y mandar imprimir….
    La pasare a mis primas en Espana, llevan ahora el apellido Torrent.

  109. February 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I am the granddaughter of Alejandro Amechazurra. I lived with him in Bais but he lived in Silay, and his house appears as one of the preserved Heritage Houses there. My grandfather was a 32 Deg Mason and worked for the Tabacalera Filipina for many years and I believe he also worked for the sugar plantation. He was first married to my grandmother Carmen, mother of my mom, Concepcion Amechazurra and Enrique Amechazurra. After my grandmother’s passing he remarried Hotensia Montinola. If anyone has information or if there is anything out there on my grandfather I would sincerely appreciate the sharing. Thank you!

  110. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I shall also publish a number of my responses to private e-mails that I have received (removing private details, of course).



  111. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Dear Ysabel,

    Of course, I meant “Nini” and not “Nina” Bertrán de Lis (I saw another reference online that I somehow propagated). I do apologize for that!

    I will note that I had a most wonderful night out in Makati with a member of the Kierulf clan 2 weeks ago (a descendant of Dr. Vicente Kierulf y Peñero). I shall recount what I revealed to him later and photos from my collection. I will also relate the complete history of my first cousins, the Barretto clan (e.g., the line of Don B.A. Barretto, including entrepreneur Enrique María “E.M.” Barretto y de Ycaza) and a comprehensive list of the Portuguese-descent mestizo clans in the Philippines (e.g., Barretto, da Silva, da Roza, dos Remedios, Álves, D’Almeida, D’Araujo, Meneses, Silva-Netto, Alberto, Botelho, Atayde of Mexico, Braga, Nava, Reyes-Vaño, Veloso, Hernandez-Camins)!



  112. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Dear Ysabel:

    I am so glad that I found YOU. Actually, my aunts had mentioned the Eddie Duchin Story connection numerous times to me (I was waiting for you to mention this!). Of course, the movie was ENORMOUSLY popular here (Tyrone Power became a legend, at the time!), and drew me to the music of Chopin (although, my parents’ Mario Lanza LP collection overtook the “true” classics at home…)! Why doesn’t anyone else write about those days? Thanks, Toto for bringing the good times back to life!



  113. February 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Por favor, puedes darme informacion sobre mi abuelo materno, Francisco Saiz
    Gomez. Fue apuntado por el rey como governador de Tayabas…
    Desde hace unos anos, aun tenia yo un pergamino en donde estaba escrito todo esto y con la firma del Rey de Espana…..se ha perdido….

    Hope you find something….this is the grandfather of the Garcia,Carrion,Godinez

  114. February 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you so much for your very informative and lengthy account of my family
    history…yes,Br. Anthony Opisso was my father’s half brother, son of Judge Antonio Opisso’s second wife Josefina Aguado. I engaged in active correspondence with him….I am glad you wrote about him.
    BDW Isabel Bertran de Lis’ sisters’ name (the radiant beauty) was Nini.
    Her sister, Teresa Bertran de Lis y Pastor married Mr. Parke-Smith and their daughter, “Chiquita” Parke-Smith, married Eddie Duchin, from the Hollywood Movie”The Eddie Duchin Story”.

    On the Opisso side, my great grand parents:
    Sr. Don Antonio Opisso y Vinas .
    Nacido en Terragona ,en1851
    Conocido escritor y critico musical.Director”La Espana Musical” se paso a Filipinas en 1872 con importante cargo de Hacienda.Energico Polemista “La Oceania Espanola” Inspirados trabajos poeticos publicados en la prensa de Manila, se caso con Dna Maria Concepcion de Ycaza y Abraham.A los dos anos regreso a Espana por sudelicada salud, donde fallecio 1880.en Barcelona.
    Info :Enclp. Espasa,pag, 1430.
    En 1930, Dna Maria se caso con Dn Miguel Velasco Cuarteroni.

    I will look for my notes onGenova to trace my Italian roots…..

    I’M GLAD i FOUND YOU!!!Thanks

  115. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Regarding the Caram family of Iloilo (it should be mentioned that the Ysmael family had also settled in Iloilo for a time), Dr. Fermin Caram, Sr. used to be my mother’s physician when she was living in Iloilo before the war. Apart from mentioning his fine bedside manner, her only other comment that I recall was about his dark, hairy arms. Ha!



  116. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Hello Enrique,

    Thank you for the clarification. Quite interesting. By the way, Carmen’s husband is J*** N********* de R********** Peña, Sr., former Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and long-time member of the Casino Español de Manila. The reason I asked is that there is another Olondriz family in the Philippines: the descendants of Don Carlos M. Olondriz of Sorsogon. I have no idea whether they were related to Don Marino, Sr.



  117. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 23, 2011 at 8:01 am


    Yes I am referring to his family,Rosa Olondriz Caram is the daughter of Don Marino Olondriz y Fernandez,
    Don Marino married Rosa Puno their other children are
    Jose Marino married to Matilde Suzara
    Maria del Carmen married to ? Pena
    Alfonso married Ana Ortigas
    Maria del Puy married before to Joey Valdes Stevens he later remarried actress Amalia Fuentes
    Maria Cristina married to Arturo Pertierra

    Don Marino Olondriz family are business partners with the Madrigal family the Olondriz family together with the Madrigal family founded the Consolidated Bank & Trust Co later renamed Solid Bank the Madrigal family has also an investment in Consolidated Mines


  118. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 21, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Dear Enrique:

    To clarify, are you referring to the paternal family of shipping & mining magnate Don Marino Olondriz y Fernandez, Sr. (Cabarrus-Olondriz-Rosado/C.O.R. Shipping, Inc. & Consolidated Mines, Inc./CMI)? I had always thought the Olondriz family roots were from Navarra, Spain. Interesting.



  119. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Rosa Olondriz Caram told me the Olondriz family are originally from Lebanon.

  120. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I had somehow forgotten that the Diago clan of Negros Oriental was also of Aragonese origin (from the province of Zaragoza).



  121. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Hello Ysabel,

    Regarding the Velasco family, are you referring to the family of Don Miguel Velasco y Cuarteroni? Unfortunately, I know little.



  122. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hello Ysabel,

    It appears that a “mea culpa” is in order… Somehow, I was confused when I mentioned the Sephardic connection to the Opisso surname (it was another family name that I was thinking of). The rest of the post is OK (I think). At any rate, I am intrigued by the Italian connection mentioned by you. Please tell more.



  123. Irene Conui Polido said,

    February 16, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Hi, can you please write on the Jureidini clan also? My mom is Lourdes Jureidini and his brother is Dr. JAck Jureidini. thanks and regards

  124. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm


    Yes, I also plan to write more about the Romero clan (I assume that you are referring to ones from Negros Oriental?): the family of the director Eddie Romero and his very prominent father.

    As for the Abrahams, I shall write about the immigrant, merchant families that came from the Near East (mostly from the Ottoman Empire-controlled eastern Mediterranean coast, including modern Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon) to the Philippines in the late 1800s and early 1900s and included the Gorayeb, Hashim, Assad, Awad, Brimo, Joseph, Abraham, Nassr, Caram, Bichara, Yshmael, Adad, Hemady, Ysrael, Gabriel, Majul (scholar Dr. César Adib Majul was a Syrian Orthodox Christian-Spanish mestizo who converted to Islam and was an adherent of Sufism), Chebat, Khouri, Zurayk, Kairuz, Arcache, Picache, Saleeby, Borgaily, Deen, and Jureidini clans. They were predominantly Maronite Catholic and Syrian Orthodox (the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch). Almost all of these families are still very prominent in Philippine society but are mostly thought of as Spanish-mestizo, as most have intermarried with Spanish mestizo (and even some French-Jewish mestizo) families in Manila, Cagayan Province (home of the Abraham, Majul, etc.), Iloilo, Negros, Cebu, and Mindanao.

    Note that there are some Muslim families from various Arab-speaking regions of the Middle East in Mindanao that have been there for generations and have assimilated into the local Muslim society, such as the Bediri, Abubakar, Bajunaid, Samanoden, Samanudi, Shurafa, Soliman, Cozbari, Bagis, and Macmod clans.



  125. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm


    I should also note that the surname Opisso occurred frequently among the Sephardic-descent Crypto-Jews of Catalunya. Interestingly, his descendant the late Br. Antonio María “Anthony” Aguado Opisso, Jr., M.D. was a renowned Catholic scriptural and Jewish rabbinic scholar. You may read about him on this site of the Association of Hebrew Catholics (I wrote an article about him a number of years ago).

    Descendants of the Opisso and Aguado clans (also related to the Ruíz de Luzuriaga family, but the Aguado family is originally from Quiapo and featured a number of renowned figures in law and medicine) continue to reside in Negros and North America. Dr./Br. Anthony Opisso’s uncle Dr. Francisco “Frank” Aguado, a dentist, was married to Carmen Gorricho (of the Gorricho clan mentioned earlier — I will shed some light on this family, as well) and emigrated to California. Another uncle, Dr. Jose “Joe” Aguado, emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio (I wonder whether he had ever crossed paths with someone who I drew to this site, Jesús “Jess” García Oria, who resides in Toledo, Ohio?).

    I had mentioned earlier that the de Ycaza (Icaza) clan was one of the most prominent Mexican merchant families of Manila (of Spanish Basque descent) and produced a number of leading figures in law, business, and the arts. They married into a number of other well-known families in Intramuros/Manila: de Otaduy, Fernandez, Bilbao (of Manila), Rocha, Barretto, Casanovas, and Massip. Family patriarch Juan José de Ycaza, Sr. of Mexico/Méjico, married Trinidad Bilbao, of Manila. Their daughter Trinidad de Ycaza y Bilbao married the merchant Eugenio de Otaduy and had a daughter Adela de Otaduy y de Ycaza, who married Saturnino Fernández. Another daughter, María de los Dolores de Ycaza y Bilbao, married the Portuguese-Goan-Macanese mestizo opium merchant Bartolomé Antonio “B.A.” Barretto. Their son Enrique María Barretto y de Ycaza was the founder of la Fábrica de Cerveza de San Miguel (the forerunner of the San Miguel Corp.). Atty. Juan José de Ycaza, Jr. was elected to the first executive board of el Colegio de Abogados de Filipinas (forerunner of the Philippine Bar Association) and served as Decano (Dean). Atty. Gregorio S. Araneta was an apprentice in his law firm. Atty. Ignacio de Ycaza was one of Manila’s great lawyers of the early 20th century. Painter Don Lorenzo Rocha y de Ycaza was a former Director (apptd. in 1867) of Manila’s prestigious Academia de Dibujo y Pintura, who succeeded the first Director and instructor from Spain, Don Agustín Sáez, and was a contemporary and colleague of Don Lorenzo Guerrero, one of the early teachers of Juan Luna.

    Going back to the Bertrán de Lis family, there is also a Walls-Bertrán de Lis family from the south of Spain. One Manuel Walls y Bertrán de Lis served in the Corps of Engineers in Manila in the mid-1800s.

    I do apologize if you already know much of what I wrote above.

    (to be continued…)

  126. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Dear Ysabel:

    It is a pleasure to write you! Of course, the Bertrán de Lis family was certainly among the most prominent in Manila, and their history is also very well known to me. Members of the line of Sr. Don Vicente Bertrán de Lis (ancestors of the Philippine family and cousins of the House of Borbón) inherited the Marquesado de Bondad Real title in Spain. A descendant, the Madrid-born merchant Don Álvaro Bertrán de Lis, was educated in England and became the patriarch of the Manila line of the family in the late 1800s (he and his family were also associated with members of the British “Manila Club”). His daughters were among the leading socialites in the early 20th century. Daughter Nina Bertrán de Lis was a legendary beauty who served as a maid of honor for the 1908 Manila Carnival “Queen of the Occident” (“Reina del Occidente”) Marjorie Radcliffe Colton (an American from Illinois who was ths sister of Philippine Collector of Customs and future Governor of Puerto Rico, George R. Colton):

    Here is a photo (L-R) of daughter María Teresa Bertrán de Lis (b. 1887) with María Eugenia Rincón-Hawkins (a daughter of noted journalist and hispanicist Don Manuel María Rincón y Albacete, whose tragic death together with daughter Pilar was described in a moving account by Antonio Pérez y de Olaguer-Feliú in his book “el terror amarillo en Filipinas”):

    Her sister, Isabel (Ysabel) Bertrán de Lis (b. 1884) married the renowned jurist and businessman Atty. Antonio María Opisso y de Ycaza (Icaza), Sr. of Manila. As you mention, he would later serve as a judge in Iloilo. The Opisso family suffered terribly during the Second World War at the hands of the Japanese.

    (to be continued…)

  127. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    February 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Ysabel:

    It is a pleasure to write you! Of course, the Bertrán de Lis family was certainly among the most prominent in Manila, and their history is also very well known to me. Members of the line of Sr. Don Vicente Bertrán de Lis (ancestors of the Philippine family and cousins of the House of Borbón) inherited the Marquesado de Bondad Real title in Spain. A descendant, the Madrid-born merchant Don Álvaro Bertrán de Lis, was educated in England and became the patriarch of the Manila line of the family in the late 1800s (he and his family were also associated with members of the British “Manila Club”). His daughters were among the leading socialites in the early 20th century. Daughter Nina Bertrán de Lis was a legendary beauty who served as a maid of honor for the 1908 Manila Carnival “Queen of the Occident” (“Reina del Occidente”) Marjorie Radcliffe Colton (an American from Illinois who was ths sister of Philippine Collector of Customs and future Governor of Puerto Rico, George R. Colton):

    Here is a photo (L-R) of daughter María Teresa Bertrán de Lis (b. 1887) with María Eugenia Rincón-Hawkins (a daughter of noted journalist and hispanicist Don Manuel María Rincón y Albacete, whose tragic death together with daughter Pilar was described in a moving account by Antonio Pérez y de Olaguer-Feliú in his book “el terror amarillo en Filipinas”):

    Her sister, Isabel (Ysabel) Bertrán de Lis (b. 1884) married the renowned jurist and businessman Atty. Antonio María Opisso y de Ycaza (Icaza), Sr. of Manila. As you mention, he would later serve as a judge in Iloilo. The Opisso family suffered terribly during the Second World War at the hands of the Japanese.

    (to be continued…)

  128. February 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

    would like to know why you have left my family out of this whole picture!
    Ycaza, Bertran de Lis,Opisso,Abraham,…. just take a look at your old social register!! not to mention Romero, Velazco etc…..
    Mis abuelos tenian una casa de campo’ que estaba al lado de Malacanan….
    todo lo que es San Beda,Holy Ghost, St Jude hera nuestro….
    Antonio Opisso, mi abuelo fue juez en IloIlo Jaro….Italianos,de Genova..donde se encuentra la famosa Piatza Opisso!!.
    Mi abuela, Ysabel Bertran de Lis (prima segunda de la reina de Espana) vino a filipinas huyendo de los rojos….
    Mi tio Ignacio de Ycaza fue el primer abogado en Manila que ejercio su profecion en Ingles…..

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  130. Mike Gonzalez said,

    December 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I think the answer is quite simple. PR is surrounded by other Spanish-speaking Latin American countries and some Dominicans (from Dom. Rep.) for example, move to PR. The Philippines, if nothing else, is close to other countries where English is one of the primary languages (HK, Singapore) or where it’s spoken as the lingua franca of international trade. My opinion.

    By the way, what happened to all the comments from March 18, 2008 on? They’ve disappeared!

  131. Laarni Elazegui said,

    November 19, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I know this is kind of late but came upon this blog entry while researching my family genealogy. My family last name is Elazegui but I believe that maybe it was originally Eleizegui. From the furthest I can trace back, the family came from Laguna, but can not figure out where we came from before that. It leads me to believe that we may be illegitimate decendants of the Eleizegui clan. I am hoping to find that link. You seem to have a lot of knowledge about the Basque community in the PI. Would you be able to help me? Thanks.

  132. Steve von Maas said,

    November 14, 2010 at 5:27 am

    To the attention of Dr. James Brown, Ms. Consuelo Liquette

    Re: Don Leoncio Gonzales Liquete, member of the Philippine Honorary Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904

    He was, indeed, part of the Commission, but he was among seven members who did not sit for that particular photo posted above.

    Facebook friend me, please, and I can put you in touch with another photo, a good copy of which I have, in which he is present. (My wife’s grandfather was also in this group photo.)

    Steve von Maas

  133. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    November 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Rather silly of me to have missed mentioning two of the most well-known families in the Philippines of Aragonese descent (especially so, since I had mentioned Aragonese cousins of theirs, the Lanuza clan, and mentioned them several times earlier): the Olbés (one of Don Ramón, Sr.’s sons used to attend my group’s events until his retirement at the end of last year) and Ortigas families. Founding patriarch of the Philippine Ortigas family, Capt. Ignacio Ortigas y Blanc, Sr., was born in the town of Naval, Huesca/Uesca/Osca in Aragón. After his arrival in the Philippines, he married Doña Asunción Barcinas y Tuason of Manila. They were the parents of Don Francisco Emilio “Paco” Ortigas, Sr.



  134. Ronaldo del Olmo Kennedy said,

    October 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Señor Quito:

    Glad as I am, after scouring harder over my abuelita’s files, I’ve stumbled upon an old scribbled piece of paper. In it states that my abuelito’s (Narciso Mastache del Olmo) parents were Ignacio del Olmo and Soledad Mastache. Also in it were his siblings which include Emilia Mastache del Olmo-Villegas (who married Telesforo “Puring” Villegas, Sr.), Paulino Mastache del Olmo, Antonio Mastache del Olmo, Natividad Mastache del Olmo and Soledad Mastache del Olmo. When his mama died, his papa re-married and had a son named Joselito. I hope this helps.

    Thanks again.


  135. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 12, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I neglected to mention that the Fuster-Fabra clan members are also direct descendants of Malolos Congress member Don Joaquín González y Mondragón (from the line of Don Francisco “Balbas” González y Reinado of the Gonzálezes of Baliuag, Bulacan): his daughter Doña Francisca González was married to clan patriarch Don Fernando Fuster y Fabra, Sr.



  136. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

    One more family in the Philippines whose surname is originally from Catalunya/Valencia that one could easily confuse for a German name: Fuster (of the prominent Fuster-Fabra clan of Manila — Don Adolfo Fuster y Robles was a partner in the early 20th century trading house Oria Hermanos & Co., and Don Augusto Fuster y Roca was a renowned artist in Manila and professor at the Ateneo de Manila in the early 1900s who had studied under the Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida in Spain). Descendants of this family who are known to me still reside in Greater Metro Manila and also in Madrid. Variants of the name are found throughout France, Germany, and England.



  137. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Dear Teresa:

    I am afraid that I was never able to obtain her contact information. I was also corresponding with her on a another website, but that service changed owners last year, and all of our messages and user accounts were apparently removed by the new owners.



  138. Jacobo del Olmo Kennedy said,

    October 9, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Señor Quito:

    In as much as I want to answer your question, I really do not know. Ever since abuelita died last year, we never knew any other thing about abuelito’s family except that his mother was half-Mexican, half-Spanish and his papa was a Spaniard who came to the country to farm and that when her mama died, his papa remarried into the local aristocracy of San Carlos and greater Negros Oriental. Abuelita also mentioned of the oldest sister of abuelito marrying a certain “Caring” Villegas. Very regrettably, I lost a few years ago a photo from parientes in Spain sent to my abuelito which verily could have helped in solving this mystery. Again, thank you very much Señor Quito for replying to my post.

    Dios te bendigo.

    Ronaldo Jacobo

  139. Teresa Howes said,

    October 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Quito,
    Thanks very much for the info re Juan Garcia-Bosque. I know that he served as Justice of the Peace in Iloilo, where my father Miguel was born. I do have copies of the photos that you posted, but again thank you. Could you possibly put me in contact with the lady who supplied the pictures as she might have some more information? My sister, Elena, was married to Rene Nieto. He was a cousin of the Nietos in Ilagan.

  140. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm


    I managed to locate a photo of Dr. Antonio Gisbert y Obieta:

    The Gisbert family was most certainly of Catalan descent. Interestingly, a number of Catalan, Valencian and Aragonese names look very similar to Germanic names. A few such confusing names in the Philippines: Monfort, Gruet, Moll, Sievert (might actually be German in origin), and Bosch (the old de Bosch clan of Manila).



  141. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Señor Gonzalo Velasco:

    I was not aware of the Azaola clan’s connection to Santander in the early 19th century. Please share more.

    As for the de las Cagigas clan, members are still present in Manila. One line of the family, that of Don Rafael de las Cagigas, has been associated with the Manila Jockey Club since its founding in the 19th century.

    Perhaps not entirely coincidentally, I understand that the de las Cagigas family is also Cantabrian in origin. In addition, I am aware of the following families associated with the Philippines having Cantabrian ancestry: de la Riva, Rubín de Celis, Camus (descendants of Don Manuel Félix Camus y Herrera, Jr., an erstwhile substitute representative for the Philippines in the Spanish Cortes in the mid 19th century), García (descendants of Don Ángel García y Peña, Sr., who worked for Tabacalera in North Luzon), Ocejo (family of Don Tomás Ocejo and Doña Eulalia Sáinz de Ocejo, who operated the Hotel Cantabria in Intramuros before the war), Gutiérrez (family of Don Epifanio Gutiérrez y Muñoz, owner of the old Hotel Del Mónico de Intramuros), and the Roig de la Parra (of Santander — the family figured prominently in the Cádiz-Manila trade of the late 19th century).



  142. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Ronaldo:

    Is the del Olmo family in your inquiry related to the Spanish-descent del Olmo family of Ilagan, Isabela (coincidentally, the Nieto family, who are related to the Garcia-Bosques mentioned by me in the previous message, also owned a hacienda in Ilagan and sought refuge in the province during the Second World War)?



  143. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Dear Teresa:

    It is a pleasure to meet you online. As much as I would like to assist you, I will have to admit that my knowledge of the Garcia-Bosque family is fairly limited. As you mention, Atty. Juan Garcia-Bosque was Aragonese, from Jaca. I understand that he was one of the early instructors at the Iloilo branch of La Escuela Práctica y Profesional de Artes y Oficios and a practicing lawyer in the Philippines during the colonial period. I used to correspond with someone who contributed comments on this page, and she provided me with the following photos:

    Juan and Concepción García-Bosque

    Miguel and Antonia García-Bosque



  144. Jacobo del Olmo Kennedy said,

    October 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Does anybody here know of the del Olmo family of San Carlos in Negros Occidental? I don’t know but this photo might somehow help. It was taken in the 1930s. My grandfather, being the kid on the torn part.


  145. Teresa Howes said,

    October 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Dear Paquito de la Cruz,
    In your article No 411 you mentioned the Garcia-Bosques, from which I am descended. They came from Jaca, a small ski resort town close to the Pyrenees. I have researched as far as I can, but any information you have of them or where I can find it, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Regards, Teresa

  146. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Now for some errata…

    1.) Some corrections for names that I misspelled (often repeatedly), neglected convention, or left incomplete:

    de Ortube
    Martínez de Ubago
    de Oteyza

    2.) The Aenlle family originated in Galicia, as mentioned by Mr. Mike Gonzalez. What had probably caused my earlier confusion was the connection in my mind between Barcelona and Don Ramon Aenlle, proprietor of the famous La Maria Cristina tobacco factory (of R. Aenlle & Co. — Don Matías Sáenz de Vizmanos mentioned earlier was a manager at the company). I have a number of old photos of the factory (they also appeared in one of Don Ramon Ma. “Mon” Rosselló Zaragoza’s historical picture anthologies). I will try to post these at some point and provide the history of the family, including the relationship to Padre Jose Burgos, as documented by Antonio Ma. Regidor y Jurado.

    Since it was mentioned, I also have much to write about the history of the India trade with Manila and China in the early 19th century. I will include the key, Spanish figures in the related opium trade; the connections with the Danish, Portuguese, and British trading houses of Tranquebar, Serampore, Calcutta and China, including Jardine, Matheson & Co.; the descendants from French, Danish, Dutch, and Portuguese India and Macau and British Hong Kong now living in the Philippines; and the intermarriage with the Mexican-descent merchant families in Manila (e.g., the de Ycaza clan).



  147. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Dear Randy B.:

    While I am somewhat familiar with the story of General Izquierdo, I do not have any other details to share.

    However, I am aware of the Torrejón family, another descended from a Spanish military official based in Jolo — the military governor Don Manuel Santiago Torrejón:

    Historical photo of the Torrejón family in the Philippines:

    As you probably know already, members of the Torrejón family also have ties to Negros.

    Thank you also for mentioning the other Negrense families in your earlier message. I also plan to expand on it (I am familiar with all that you have listed). In particular, I plan to include additional entries on the Jewish (mostly French) families of Iloilo and Negros (mostly connected with the Levy Hermanos/La Estrella del Norte firm), including the Levy, Dreyfus, Weill (married into the well-known Rubin [de Celis]-Zayco clan of Kabankalan), etc. families, in addition to other Andalusian, Basque, Catalan, Swiss, German, Portuguese, American (e.g., the “Boston Brahmin” Loring family), Italian (e.g., Ghezzi), and British/Scottish families that settled in the region.



  148. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    The following is a list of families whose origins can be traced to Aragón. I have noted several that are in question: Coscolluela, Monfort, Salas (originally from Asturias?), Cañet, Bernad, Lanuza, Zaragoza, Garcia-Bosque, Royo (possibly from Catalunya?), Fanlo, Sanz, Escaño, Calvo (originally from Ranero, Bizkaia), Diloy (to be verified?).



  149. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Mike:

    My heart sank upon hearing of the passing of Mr. Zaffy (and Atty. Rafa shortly thereafter) last year. I had been finalizing my plans to travel to Iloilo at around that time when the terrible news broke. I understand that they were interested in a discussion surrounding the origins of founding patriarch Capitán Ignacio Ortigas’s wife Doña Asuncion Barcinas de Ortigas (grandmother and namesake of the Doña Asuncion in the photo that I posted above, of course). I am afraid that I would not have been able to shed much light on the subject (beyond what they already knew/suspected).

    Had I been able to meet Mr. Zaffy, I would have had several questions to ask him myself regarding my ancestor Jose Coscolluela y Casanova (the Coscolluela and Casanova families originated in Huesca/Uesca/Osca, Aragon). Most of what I know of the family history is based on past conversations with my mother and her eldest sister, who were the REAL historians of the family. At any rate, I will post a list of Aragonese families in the Philippines, for those interested. Some have been mentioned in this forum already.



  150. Mike Caling said,

    October 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hello Mr. Paquito,

    I am a friend of Zaffy Ledesma, and i was the one who told him about you and I printed up your comment for him to read for he was a technology dinosaur.

    He bugged Toto I know for a while for he wanted to talk with you personally but alas he passed away more than a year ago.

    He had a lot of questions for you to validate and some stories that he knew that he wanted to share.

    He is a great lost to the Villanueva, Lopez, Laguda, and Ledesma families but also to us here in Iloilo and Negros for his intimate knowledge of family genealogy, tales and stories.

    I miss printing up stories for him from this blog for his research and amusement.

    He was really looking forward in meeting you.


  151. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Toto:

    Thank you for the warm welcome.

    I regret to report that I was unable to meet with Messrs. Zaffy and Rafa last year, as I was looking forward to assisting them with their research.

    Coincidentally, a friend and I found and restored a photo of Don Rafael, Sr. and Doña Asuncion and their family (including Don Rafa, Jr.) a short while ago. I did not get a chance to share it with the family yet (it is from my friend’s archives), but I think that this would be a wonderful memento for all knew them:

    I only found out recently of the passing of Don Arturo (brother of Rafael, Sr.) earlier this year. In tribute, Dr. Anding Roces made mention of him in an article on the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Manila back in March.

    Kind regards,


  152. October 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm


    Welcome back!!! How wonderful to have you here in the blog again!!!

    Since you were no longer commenting, I began to think that “Paquito” was actually the deceased Ortigas gentleman who passed away and who spent his last years looking for Ortigas ancestors and other deceased relations.


    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  153. Paquito Dela Cruz said,

    October 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    (Hello Toto:

    I hope that this message finds you well. As you may recall, I used to post under my nickname “Paquito” in 2008 but only supplied a fictitious e-mail address: asdasd@asd.cn. My actual e-mail address, for verification purposes, is my university alumni address: Francisco.DelaCruz.48@alum.dartmouth.org. You may contact me at that one.

    Let me just express how delighted I am to see the impact that your wonderful web site has had in bringing together so many people from around the globe. Thank you so much!)

    Dear Teisha:

    Although I first mentioned the Inunciaga family in one of my messages re. Basque families of the Western Visayas (Negros Oriental, in this case), I do not have much in the way of detailed information to offer about Don Hermogenes Inunciaga (Ynunciaga). You are correct in that the family is originally from Bizkaia. I should also add that members of the family and their cousins, the Mendieta family, are still involved in agribusiness in Bais and Tanjay City. Retired Tabacalera executive and De La Salle basketball legend Don Jose Ma. “Mari/Mendi” Mendieta is one of the most well-known members of the clan:

    Best of luck in researching your ancestors.




    October 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Hi, I had been looking for information about my maternal grandfather HERMOGENES YNUNCIAGA of Hacienda San Jose, Bais, Negros Oriental. I stumbled upon this blog when I googled his name.
    I read thru the comments and there was number 138 from BAT last January 12, 2009, also with the same question. Any information regarding him?
    My sister and I are planning to go to Bilbao in the next year and it will be great if we can find out anything about our grandfather.
    Our mom said that he went home to Spain after WWII and came back for only a short while in the 50’s after which she hasn’t heard from him anymore.

  155. September 18, 2010 at 1:01 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 comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  156. September 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm


    This is a wonderful blog to have found, a treasure trove, thank you to the initiator.

    To refer to the first comment:

    Sabin Arranz said,
    March 17, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I really wonder sometimes why the Philippines didn’t retain more of Spanish culture than what we have now. I mean, sure, we use a lot of Spanish words, eat some Spanish food, and have quite a few customs derived from Spain, but still…

    We were a Spanish colony for over 300 years, and an American one for only around 50. But nowadays we are far more Americanized than Hispanicized. Why are there more English-speaking Filipinos than Spanish-speaking ones? Puerto Rico was another Spanish colony that the Americans took over as a result of the Spanish-American war, but even today they speak Spanish, not English. What’s different about Puerto Rico, compared to the Philippines?

    It’s not that I’m complaining. I’m just wondering…


    It is a valid question, one which I have delved into for some years now. I wil probably offend many here with what I will suggest, which is that the elite of Hispanic-Filipino culture did not know how to preserve our legacy, because they either couldn’t, or wouldn’t. And the chasm between the social classes created the perfect foil for the Americans to turn our country into a territory to be exploited. Cuba and Puerto Rico were luckier, but then they were much smaller territories than the Philippines. There was a race question too — although in Cuba there were blacks but the Cubans never wanted to assimilate into US culture, they had a clear identity and had fought Spain since the 1860s. Not to bore you, but the Philippines and how it was turned into a U.S. colony, not only physically, politically but most of all mentally, culturally, is a dynamite case study.

    Anyway, there is a wound in our national psyche which is the alienation between those who believed (are believed to be) the only inheritors of Hispanic culture, and those who were at the bottom of the social pyramid and still are today except that today they are colonized by their own U.S.-controlled elite, many of whom are the descendants of the creole class, though many of them left the Philippines for other countries too.

    Sin ánimo de entrar en polémicas violentas, solo queriendo aportar un punto de vista. Because even though I was never raised to be part of the Spanish-speaking elite, after 25 years in Chile I have recognized that our Filipino psyche is indeed Hispanic and indigenous, but alienated from itself. And this is a job that behooves us all to put to rights, and you all have a special role, as the descendants of those who — to put it very sadly — did turn their backs on the national project of independence from Spain because it was too much of a mission, and only a minority of them felt at one with the underclasses who, if they ever became the government, threatened them with loss of their privileges.

    Please don’t take any of the above personally, please. It isn’t a personal attack! It’s a historical reflection. A very heavy one, but a genuine one nonetheless.

    Kindest regards,
    Liz Medina

  157. September 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Greetings everyone,

    I found this forum while conducting my genealogical research on my ancestors, GREGORIO YRASTORZA (also spelled as IRASTORZA) and ANA TORRES de YRASTORZA, who were Basque immigrants in the Philppines. They were mentioned in this forum in the string of comments fielded by MALDITA and PAQUITO.

    I am a fifth generation direct descendant of GREGORIO YRASTORZA and ANA TORRES de YRASTORZA.

    In 2002, I had embarked on a genealogical research that spanned over 150 years of family history and traced family lineages to the ninth generation of the present.

    GREGORIO YRASTORZA was born onboard an immigrant ship that was bound to the Philippines from Spain in the early 1800s. His parents were Basque immigrants who were seeking “greener pastures” in the then far flung Spanish colony of “Las Islas Filipinas.” They supposedly came from the Guipuzqua province of the Basque region of northern Spain. The newly arrived immigrant family settled in the then sleepy town of Ormoc in the island of Leyte, Philippines where GREGORIO grew up and married ANA TORRES, a Spanish “mestiza” of Basque ancestry who had recently emigrated to ORMOC from Camiguin as a result of the eruptions of Mt. Hibok-Hibok in the 1860s. From this union sprung a breed that have intermarried with other Spanish/Basque families and produced some of the more prominent names in the Philippines today.

    Although the descendants of GREGORIO and ANA TORRES YRASTORZA are well documented in the Philippines, there is nothing that can be traced to the ancestors of GREGORIO YRASTORZA and ANA TORRES.

    My research had reached a plateau and encountered several obstacles in the following areas:
    1. Finding out the name of the steamer ship where GREGORIO was born. I had tried to find some sort of Spanish shipping manifest of some sort that might have the list of immigrant names.
    2. Finding out the names of GREGORIO’s parents and name of their hometown.
    3. Finding out if there are living relatives in Guipozqua who can trace GREGORIO’s ancestral lineage

    I tried researching in genealogical sites on the Internet and also participated in genealogical societies but not able to get anywhere. Thus, it is my wish to field these questions in this forum in the hope that someone might have a bit of information that can give me the lead to find the answers to my genealogical research.

    Hopefully, MALDITA, PAQUITO, and/or anyone who are knowledgeable in these areas, can possibly contact me either in this forum or by e-mail at myhermosilla@aol.com. Any lead will help and if anyone has any picture of GREGORIO YRASTORZA and/or ANA TORRES YRASTORZA that they can share, that would be most appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.


    Mario YRASTORZA Hermosilla, MBA-TM
    Murrieta, California, USA

  158. David Santiago and Chrys Lacap said,

    August 27, 2010 at 6:57 am

    For post 60 and 126

    Juan Cailles was a General in the 1896 revolution before he became a governor of Laguna. He was half French and half Indian. He had six other siblings, one of whom was married to a Zialcita. Does anyone have an information about Agapito Zialcita?

    Hippolyte Cailles, the father of Juan Kaupama Cailles, was said to have come to the Philippines to do a what seemed like a concert. Could anyone please tell me if indeed a concert was held in the Manila Opera House in 1865?


    Thank you.

    For post # 315

    In 1991, my father bought a painting done by Eduardo Caratalla, we still have it. A few years ago, he visited us and one of his daughters married a Pimentel.


    Thank you

  159. Terry Scheid said,

    August 26, 2010 at 3:19 am

    This site is really interesting.

    I also have family who are named Soriano, as that is my great-grandmothers maiden name. She was Amalia Soriano born in Iba Philippines. I think the last name might have been Soriano Urbano

    Her fathers name seems to have been Rafael Soriano Bernar

    I have located her at EllisIsland.org on these ship manifest:
    Arriving: Oct 12 1909
    Port: Cadiz
    Page: 0367/0368
    Age: 23
    Arriving: June 12 1919
    Port: Cadiz
    Page: 1104/1105
    Listed with Children: Last name Caparros- Rafael, Ricardo, Rodolfo
    Also Listed seems to be her sister Rosario (Soriano) who had a baby (possibly gave birth on the ship) named Amalia. Rosario and baby Amalia were deported after going to the hospital.

  160. August 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm


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    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.

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  161. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    To Jay Peron

    Carlos Fernandez, Jose Fernandez & Luis Fernandez are the Children of Vicente Fernandez & Petra Leyba Vicente is the brother of Ramon Fernandez the former Mayor of Manila he is married to Felisa Hocson another brother of Ramon & Vicente is Luis Fernandez they own the Firm Fernandez Hermanos which owns Compania Maritima and owns major stakes in El Hogar Filipino and San Miguel Corp Luis Fernandez married Asuncion Lacson of Bacolod and Jose Fernandez married Lulu ?

    Petra Leyba belongs to the rich family of Martinez-Leyba of Balayan Batangas she has a sister the equally wealthy unmarried Concepcion Leyba she owns the one hectare lot where the Aristocrat Restaurant in Roxas Blvd stands beside the Malate Church Concepcion Leyba told her heirs to rent the property to Reyeses of Aristocrat Restaurant for a very friendly price because of her friendship with the Dona Engracia Reyes and for as long as her family needs it

  162. Martin del Prado said,

    August 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Hi. I am also trying to obtain more info on my family history (del Prado) in the Philippines. What I do know is that they were from Urdaneta, Pangasinan and originally from Asturias in Spain. Would appreciate any info. Thank you.

  163. Bidang Moreno Orros said,

    August 4, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Dear Montse, your note #199
    I would like to know how Carmen Perez de Tagle is related to Maria de la Paz Perez de Tagle.
    I am related to Rafael Zaragoza y Escalante and his 2nd wife Paz Perez de Tagle, I’m looking for her family tree: Parents and siblings.
    Thank you, all the best Bidang

  164. Bidang Moreno Orros said,

    August 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Dear Chrys,
    I have emailed you on your email address.
    Hope we can help each other, like you I’m doing our Family Tree.
    all the best,

  165. David Santiago and Chrys Lacap said,

    August 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Bidang!

    I have read your post #166. Concepcion Mascunana married Gregorio Cailles who is a son of Leon Cailles. Leon Cailles is the eldest brother of my great grand father Gen. Juan Cailles. Do you have anything about Concepcion Mascunana-Cailles’ descendants? We are doing our family tree. We are now on the 8th generation of 1,400 family members and growing…

  166. Edward Bofill said,

    August 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

    i would like to inquire about the origins of the Bofill clan, family or surname. the Bofill’s of Capiz.

  167. Cliff Mills said,

    August 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Hello, I am interested in finding information about the Rafael Lagasca family. Rafael married Eduviges Gonzel de los Santos in Manila in May 1875 and they had, at least, nine children: Marcario, Maria Carmen, Maria Severina, Manuel, Julia, Rosario Maria, Maria Eugenia, Antonio and Elias. I got to meet Rosario Maria Lagasca Johnson, my grandmother, in Los Angeles in the 1950s, but she died in the Philippines in 1963. I am hoping to eventually make contact with someone in the Lagasca family. Thanks and regards, Cliff Mills, cliff.mills@att.net.

  168. David Santiago and Chrys Lacap said,

    July 29, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Sorry, was in a hurry…I am one of the great granddaughters of Juan Cailles. If you have any info about him especially during the time that he worked for the sugarcane plantation of the Roxas’ in Nasugbu, Batangas, please let me know…

  169. David Santiago and Chrys Lacap said,

    July 29, 2010 at 8:01 am

    hi! I am one of the granddaughters of Juan Cailles. His French father was Hippolyte Cailles and his Indian mother was Maria Kauppama. Would anyone know how I would be able to obtain any info on them?

    Hippolyte probably arrived here in 1865. As per my grandmother’s story, from India, where he met Maria, he went to the Philippines to hold a what seemed like a concert in the Manila Opera House? Maria followed him or probably boarded the same ship. Where can I verify these story? Which French ship arrived in the Philippines in 1860-1865? Thank you.

  170. Bidang Moreno Orros said,

    July 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Chesca Brillantes… There’s a Carmen Perez de Tagle who married Fausto PREYSLER .
    My great great grandmother was Maria Paz Perez de Tagle who married Rafael ZARAGOZA y Escalante. Like you I’m searching for the siblings and parents of my great great grandmother.
    Hope we find the connections.

  171. July 13, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Hi, I just came across this site. I am actually tracking down my ancestors. I wish to know if Manuel Tuason y Bastida, Jr. has a son named Jose L. Bastida, who is my grandfather. Hope somebody could give me an answer.

  172. Lewis Stonehouse said,

    July 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    To Sara Arino Belzunce, Descendant of Francisco Belzunce Arlegui.
    I am also interested in the Lizarraga clan, perhaps we could exchange notes.
    Pleasr contact me—- lewisstonehouse@yahoo.co.uk
    or you can leave your e-mail in this forum.
    Thank you very much

  173. Lewis Stonehouse said,

    July 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    A Maria Antonia Echarri, hija de Lorenzo Echarri.
    Le agradeceria me escribiera a lewisstonehouse@yahoo.co.uk y sino deje su direccion elect. en este foro. Muchas gracias

  174. Robert Elzingre Bachmann said,

    June 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Dear Felix,

    My mother Lourdes is an Elzingre. She married Kurt Bachmann. Are we somehow related? What’s your mother’s name?

    Truly yours,

    Robert Bachmann

  175. Chesca Brillantes said,

    June 14, 2010 at 5:22 am

    While searching for family history and hoping for a coat of arms, I stumbled upon this site. My grandfather is a Perez de Tagle (Rafael Maria, his mother was I think an Andrade) and we hardly know anything about his side of the family save for a few cousins (Tito, Carmen, Juan Jose). I know nothing about his parents or of anyone from older generations. About 2 years ago, there was an attempt to get a hold of every Perez de Tagle and find out about the family via a really small “reunion” of 15 people, with my then my 2-year old son already included in the count. I don’t know what happened after that effort though.

    So anyway, who else here is a Perez de Tagle or knows of one? Why aren’t there many? Are we all related? Btw, I’ve heard that Sylvia La Torre’s husband is actually of Chinese descent and took on the family name when he was naturalized. How true is that?


    Chesca Roces-Brillantes

  176. June 8, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I’m very happy that somebody like created this blog that filled the missing parts of people in this country with mixed ancestry! Muchas gracias! It’s nice to know that we are not the only family whose origin was traced to a philandering friar.

  177. Bidang Moreno Orros said,

    June 5, 2010 at 1:03 am

    dear Mike, My great great grandmother was Paz Perez de Tagle who married Rafael ZARAGOZA y Escalante ( a Spanish Auditor of the Tobacco Monopoly ‘Tabacalera’ ) I’m searching for her family line.
    Thank you if you can help.

  178. Michael Taylor said,

    June 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Cliff, it’s good to know that my grandfather was not alone in his experiences. I am like you, wanting to find out more and trying to glean what I can from where ever bread crumbs might take me.

    Sue, I’ll email your brother and take a look! Thank you.

    As an aside, after some digging I found the names of my paternal great, great grandparents on my father’s side. My father was adopted after my grandmother married an American G.I. ex pat.

    Rafael Ma. de Crame y Gonzales Calderon and Maria Perez de Tagle

    Best wishes,


  179. sue baldassarre said,

    June 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

    @Cliff Mills and Michael Taylor: Do you gentlemen belong to Bayarea Civilians Ex-POWS ( BACEPOW)? My Brother Fred Baldassarre runs the BACEPOW website. He asked that you e-mail him at bacepow.net.

  180. Cliff Mills said,

    June 2, 2010 at 4:23 am

    For Michael Taylor:

    Michael, thanks for your message. My Grandfather, Clinton Floren Carlson, was also very much effected by his time in Santo Tomas Internment Camp (STIC). There are things that I am still hoping to find out about his life, and the lives of my other Philippine family members. I should be posting a listing of all the civilian internees soon, which numbers over 7,000.

    If you find the name of a good family researcher in the Philippines, please let me know. Best regards, Cliff

  181. Teresa Howes said,

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Cristie,
    Were you able to find out anything more about “our” grandmothers? I really would be very interested. Thanks,

  182. Michael Taylor said,

    May 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm


    Thank you very much for that! I hadn’t yet seen a listing of the internees. My grandfather spent the rest of his life affected by his experiences there. Food would never be wasted in his home. He would save everything. It made me wonder what your experience with two grandfathers was like. Thank you very much for the reference to the book by Frederic Stevens.

    My history is split between the deep Spanish roots of my grandmother Rosario Cramé and my father’s biological father who I know very little to nothing about. I know his surname was Ballesteros but that is all.

    I am fortunate that I have a much better understanding of the life that Glenn and Rose made after coming to the U.S. post WWII. But, my grandfather would not speak of any of it and both my grandmother Rose and my father Alfonso past away in 1976.

    Best wishes,

  183. Cliff Mills said,

    May 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Michael, I found your grandfather’s name on the roster of internees at Santo Tomas Internment Camp (STIC). This comes from the book by Frederic H. Stevens. I’ve appended the list of the “Taylors” who were in the various camps in the Philippines. Both my grandfathers, Clinton Floren Carlson and Alvah Eugene Johnson, were also in STIC.



    Taylor, Amy Aleksandrovna
    Taylor, Annie Flossie
    Taylor, Annie Patricia
    Taylor, Arthur Hadley
    Taylor, Betsy Doris
    Taylor, Charles
    Taylor, Donald Mc.
    Taylor, Glenn Earl
    Taylor, Harry James
    Taylor, Harry Mc.
    Taylor, Janice Allaine
    Taylor, John Harris
    Taylor, Katherine Grace
    Taylor, Lillian May
    Taylor, Lindsay Arthur
    Taylor, Malcolm Brown
    Taylor, Miriam Breaden
    Taylor, Myrna
    Taylor, Susan Elizabeth
    Taylor, William
    Taylor, William Leonard
    Taylor, Willis L.

  184. Michael Taylor said,

    May 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I am a descendant of the Cramé and Ballesteros families.

    My grandmother, Rosario Cramé, related to Rafael, had a son with a Ballesteros (though I am not sure of the exact circumstance). My father, who passed away in 1976, was Alfonso Cramé Taylor. I’m also investigating my genealogy.
    My grandmother married an American G.I. named Glenn E. Taylor sometime before WWII and the family was in the P.I. during that time. In fact, my grandfather was interned in Santo Thomas.

  185. Sara Ariño Belzunce said,

    May 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Good Evening,

    I am a descendant from Francisco Belzunce Arlegui and I didn’t know that he and the Lizarragas where related to the Echarri family. I’m doing my family genealogical tree and I’m very interesting in which was this relation exactly. If someone could give me some information, I’d be very thankful. I’m also interested in the relation betwen my ancestor and the Arlegui family. Everybody says they were relatives but I haven’t found what was exactly this relation.

  186. Reggie de Gorostiza said,

    May 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    i would just like to seek your assistance if possible to trace the roots of our family, the de gorostiza (pedro and vicente in particular) who migrated to the philippines sometimes in the 1800 from the basque region of spain d settle in manila and laguna particularly in san pablo city. tnx.

  187. May 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Lord Oraculous:

    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

  188. Josephine Turalba said,

    May 9, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I stumbled upon this site while researching about Murcia. Seems like you know so much about the Spanish descent in the Philippines. I am looking into the connection between the two Murcias, the one in Negros and the one in Spain. Just wondering if you would have information on this. Like how did Murcia, negros get its name aside from the obvious that it was in 1860 founded by an Augustinian recollect priest. I want to get deper into its history and if it has any connection with Murcia in Spain. Thanks lots.

  189. Teresa Howes said,

    May 7, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Hi Cristie, I live in Australia. My grandmother used to say that she only had 3 full sisters – Manuela, Michaela and herself. I don’t really know why she said that Anna was a half-sister. Manuela married a Spaniard (Manzano ??) but didn’t have children. Michaela never married but had a daughter (Barbara??) with an American, friend of my grandfather, out of wedlock. She was adopted by the American and his wife, who couldn’t bear children, went to live in the US and was never heard about again. The name of my grandma’s mother, and presumably your relation as well, was Pascuala Almeida and her husband was Antonino Reyes. I was told that Pacuala had many children, between miscarriages, stillborn and live births – 19. Can you shed some light on names or any other information? Thanks. Teresa

  190. maria cristina aenlle-simons said,

    May 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Teresa,yes I am related to them–Anna-reyes -corral-perez-was my grandmother -my mother’s mother-my grandfather was carlos perez-goffuer-married to loreto perez–you have many distant cousins in the U.S. can you tell me why half-sister?do you know the family names of the other families? i am going to tell my other relatives about your line– thank you— cristie–are you living in the U.S.?

  191. Teresa Howes said,

    May 5, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Further to the above, Anna Corral was my grandmother’s half sister. And was there a Perez-Goffuer who was a solicitor? Are you related to them?

  192. Teresa Howes said,

    May 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    My grandmother’s surname was Pilar Reyes Nelson, and she was related to the Corral’s. I think they were cousins. The names Perez Goffuer and Corral are very familiar to me having heard them in my childhood. Sorry but I don’t know more than that.

  193. maria cristina aenlle-simons said,

    May 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Hi there, my mothers name is Amparo Perez Goffuer Aenlle -the familys i am looking for are the Corral–there was Enrique Corral a great uncle had no children-Paco Corral married to Naty-have children Diana (deceased)-Junior corral–Chiguitina corral and I cant remember the rest- Please let me know if anyone knows the family- thank you -Cristie

  194. Ramon Zaldarriaga said,

    May 3, 2010 at 1:08 am

    What is interesting is that my grandfather was one of 3 brothers and they lived in Iloilo. I am not sure if he was born there. I do have cousins who also came from Iloilo City. My grandfather’s name was also Ramon. If you are interested e-mail me and maybe we can jointly trace family roots.

    Ramon Z

  195. Jack Schnabel said,

    April 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Estimado Don Jaime,

    Usted debe ser familiar de un tal Joaquín (apodado Jack) Garcia, por muchos años radicado en las antípodas, especificamente en el estado de Nueva Gales del Sur. Si mal no me recuerdo, su apellido materno es precisamente Loewinsohn. De hecho, en una novela verídica publicada por el caballero aludido, el apellido alemán surge en su minuscioso y horripilante relato de un baño de sange perpetuado por las tropas castrenses niponas en el barrio manileño de Malate a finales de la segunda guerra mundial.

    Recibe un saludo desde las cercanías de Toronto.

  196. michael martin jiz moya said,

    April 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Hello everyone! I was wondering if anyone can help me shed some light on my heritage. Kind of clueless on my fathers side. My fathers name is Juanito Zaldarriaga Moya son of Manuel Moya Y San Martin and Ludovica Juguan Zaldarriaga. Born in Iloilo City. I’m really interested on my Grandparents. Never had a chance to meet them. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  197. jaime ferrer loewinsohn said,

    April 21, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Hola a todos, soy Jaime ferrer, nieto de Antonio Ferrer y Rosa Torrelles, hijo de su unico hijo varon Miguel Ferrer casado con Margot Loewinsohn. Estoy intentando saber algo mas de mi abuelo “Tono”, como se le conocia en Manila. Mi padre fallecio hace dos años y me quede con muchas preguntas que hacerle… mantengo contacto con los Loewinsohn y Calero y Vazquez-Prada que en su mayoria viven en Australlia pero se poco de mi familia paterna, excepto de la que vive en Madrid.
    gracias de antemano y un saludo a todos.

  198. jaime ferrer loewinsohn said,

    April 21, 2010 at 1:16 am

    conozco tambien a Elizalde, Lizarraga, Gutierrez, Aboitiz, Mate de Lara de Madrid, no a todos , por supuesto. Ernest Loewinsohn, hermano de mi madre tambien vive en España, aunque durante mucho tiempo vivio en Nueva York. Helen loewinsohn, la hermna pequeña de mi madre vive en Canada… Se que tambien tengo Familia en Las Cruces, en Nuevo Mexico. Todos estos estan relacionados con la familia de mi madre y de una forma u otra mantengo un contacto. No ocurre lo mismo con la familia de mi padre de la que mucho…

  199. jaime ferrer loewinsohn said,

    April 21, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Hola a todos, soy Jaime ferrer, nieto de Antonio Ferrer y Rosa Torrelles, hijo de su unico hijo varon Miguel Ferrer casado con Margot Loewinsohn. Estoy intentando saber algo mas de mi abuelo “Tono”, como se le conocia en Manila. Mi padre fallecio hace dos años y me quede con muchas preguntas que hacerle… mantengo contacto con los Loewinsohn y Calero y Vazquez-Prada que en su mayoria viven en Australlia pero se poco de mi familia paterna, excepto de la que vive en Madrid.
    gracias de antemano y un saludo a todos.

  200. April 20, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Hi Mike. I was glad to hear from you-indeed Eliodoro Aenlle was my father and there were 10 children -I knew most of them- there was Edmundo-Engracio-Ernesto-Eloy-Eddy-Erlinda-Emillia Elsa -Ester-Emma there were twins that died at childbirth . I did not know that Marcela Palinawan was a Garcia-I lived in the Phillipines and went to school at la Concordia College then to Phillipine Womans University– Pa told me his Grandma or his great -grandma ‘s name was Maria Flaherty–I went to Gallicia in Sept. of last year and saw the Aenlle’s home it was so exciting-I always hear that the Gallegoes always go back to their home-or long to go back- let me know about your info and we’ll exchange data thanks Christie

  201. Vicente Echeverria said,

    April 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    hi guys any information on echeverria’s in the philippines, our patriarch was Teofilo Zubuelda Echeverria who married a mestiza named Simeona Cao Callada.

  202. pia manguiat said,

    April 5, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Hi, this is the first time that i’ve ever been on this site. On a whim, I decided to do a little bit of searching on my granfather, Manuel J. Marquez, although i have my mom and titas around I wanted to know a little bit more about the family from outsiders/ non family members. If you know more about him/ his family I would love to hear about them.

    (Especially for JMT and Garganta inflamada since you guys were the ones who wrote a little bit about him)


  203. Mary Lou Scott said,

    April 3, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I am looking for information on Evaristo y Hernandez Batlle – Manila – early 1900’s
    Owned property in Manila – from Barcelona. Believe wife’s name Luisa Alvarez. Many thanks.

  204. Mike Gonzalez said,

    March 23, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Hi, Christie. I found your father in my family tree. Only the progression is:
    Bernardo Aenlle Rocha, Juan Antonio Aenlle Rocha, Edmundo Aenlle (indeed married to Marcela P. Garcia) and finally Eliodoro Aenlle, your Dad – one of 12 children? It stops there on my tree. No further branches from him. Best regards, Mike

  205. Darla Edwards-Glibbery said,

    March 23, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Dear Sir,
    I am the great-grandaughter of Paul Wuthrich, through his daughter, Anita Wuthrich-Kinney. Thank You so much for the information posted here. WWII devastated our family, and I have never seen a picture of this man. Seeing his name on this page has really made him real to me. Thank You again.
    Sincerely, Darla Edwards-Glibbery, Great Falls, MT, USA.

  206. María Antonia Echarri said,

    March 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Acabo de conocer este foro porque buscaba datos sobre mi padre Lorenzo Echarri, navarro filipino, que murió en su tierra Negros Occidental. He visto que Paquito y Mr. Lewis Stonehouse han intercambiado datos sobre mi familia al hablar de los navarros que emigraron a Filipinas y cultivaron sus haciendas de caña de azúcar. Pero lo que más me ha llamado la atención es que Mr. Lewis firma Echarri. ¿tendremos algun lazo de parentesco?

  207. Miren Ormaechea said,

    March 17, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Hi Marilyn,

    My great grandfather was also a Zalvidea. He was born in Galicia, Spain. Could he and your great-grandmother be related?

    His name was Manuel, Jose or Juan Manuel Zalvidea, we’re not sure. He married Maria Fernandez 1849 – 1913.


  208. March 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Hi there mike, I have been looking for Aenlle’s in pre world war11 I was born in the Phillippines and or family came to the states in the 60’s my father was Eliodoro De Aenlle married to Amparo Perez Dads father was Edmundo De Aenlle married to Marcela Palinawan from Cagayan. His grandfather was Bernardo Aenlle -Rocha- and Great -Grandfather Juan Antonio Aenlle-Rocha –I know that the Aenlle’s lived in Intramouros– they also had a home in aparri Cagayan–there were 13 children- I would like to have pics of Intramouros and the address of the homesite– Pa told me that Pres. Marcos lived with them for a while when he was going to college, also there is a website www,aenllefamilygroups@yahoo,com my brother Ed Aenlle started the web–hope to hear from you Christie

  209. miguel de vega said,

    March 16, 2010 at 3:43 am

    349. marilyn noonan: marilyn, i knew a lady in san francisco by the name of evangeline oclassen. lost track of her going back to november 1979. i shall always remember her for her kindness during my early years in sanfran. would you happen to be related to evangeline “toto” oclassen, and if so, any news of her?

  210. Marilyn Noonan said,

    March 16, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Dear Sirs or Madames,
    I am looking for information regarding my great-grandfather, Celso Lobregat (1839 – 1914) Birth: October 16, 1839 (74) in Spain and Death: February 8, 1914 in Manila, Philippines. Was he a Spanish general stationed in the Philippines as I have been told?

    His wife was Maria Antonia Asuncion-Zalvidea (1859 – 1942) Place of Burial: Manila, Philippines Birth: 1859 (83) in Nasugbu, Philippines
    Death: April 28, 1942 in Manila, Philippines, Manila, Luzon, Philippines

    My grandmother was Margarita, their daughter, (1888-1933) and my father is Charlie Oclassen, (1907-2001)

    My father was very proud of his Filipino heritage and roots.

    Marilyn Noonan

  211. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    March 15, 2010 at 12:16 am

    hi mike,

    it was so sad about my brother, ramon (we called him cito for ramoncito). we were on our way home to see him and the family and we got there 3 hours before he passed away.

    henry is still in cebu and the same as always. i haven’t talk to him for awhile but when i get to talk to him i will mention you. i am glad you get in touch with isabel. she is a great artist and we love her work. in fact, michael and i have a lot of her work ourselves. have you seen the work of her son, inaki? he is fabulous as well.


  212. Mike Gonzalez said,

    March 13, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Hi, Maryam.

    Yes, it’s me except I was of course only a student then. Hope you’re doing well. I’m sorry to hear about Ramon’s passing a few years ago. Would love to get in touch w/ Henry again. He and I played together in a band I put together just to play at a Disco-Concert at the La Salle Fair in 1971.
    Isabel sent me a message through facebook; I’m very impressed at what she’s been able to do! Seems like your parents are still doing well. Mine are very old and feeble: 89 and 94.

    Best regards

  213. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    March 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    hi techi,

    no, i will not be seeing mama as she will stop and san francisco and stay there until she goes back to cebu but she will call me for sure when she gets in. she has been sick and can’t travel as she used to but needs to get to usa to do some business and then go back home. i will surely tell her and get jasmin’s email address so you can get in touch with her via jasmin.

  214. Teresa Howes said,

    March 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Maryam,
    Not to worry, it happens to all of us. I live in Australia and with the time differences, etc. might be better if your mum and I communicated via email. Mine is tuchi155@yahoo.com.au
    I do remember Jazmin, who used to tag along with Alice and me. Will you be seeing your mum?

  215. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    hi again!

    just wondering… my family used to know a mike gonzalez who used to work in san miguel corp. in mandaue, cebu when i was a young girl. are you him, by the way?

  216. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    March 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    hi tuchi,

    i’m sorry about henry not answering your email. mama will be coming to the states in a week or so and will be staying with my cousin, jasmin majul houwer in san francisco. pls. email me your phone number or i can send you jasmin’s number so you and mama can get in touch with each other when she gets in. sorry again about henry not reading his emails.

    thanks again, maryam

  217. Mike Gonzalez said,

    March 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    W/ all the info. above, someone should write a book. I’m also related to the Teveses from Dumaguete, on my paternal grandfather’s side. Believe they were mentioned. I for one would buy it. Would be an interesting read. Something I can leave behind for my kids so they’ll have some idea from whence they came, esp. living in a foreign country. Will Toto write one?

  218. Mike Gonzalez said,

    March 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm


    Yes; thanks for mentioning your posts. I was too lazy to read, or even scan all the posts, so I just entered “Aenlle” in the search function and it resulted in nothing. So, I concluded that the family name was never mentioned. But last night I started scanning everything and indeed, it was mentioned several times. My apologies.

    Unfortunately, I’m not related to Raul and Loloy. My last name ends in a “z.” Thanks for your contributions, Myles!

  219. Myles Garcia said,

    March 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Mike, I do make mention of the Aenlles in at least 2 posts above. My mother used to treat Balbie (Balbina) Aenlle and her daughter, Malou, in San Juan. Malou is/was the best friend of a first cousin of mine who now lives in Pasadena, CA. I believe Malou still lives in old San Juan.

    If you desperately want to get in touch with Malou, I will contact my cousin in Pasadena for you. Kindly course your request thru Toto (w/ your email) privately…so we can protect people’s privacy.

    BTW, r u related to (the late) Raul and Loloy Gonzales?

  220. Mike Gonzalez said,

    March 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Having consulted the family tree, Ramon Aenlle was my paternal grandmother’s (Elena Aenlle de Gonzalez) grandfather. And Ramon’s grandfather was Marquis Bernardo Aenlle Rocha. One of his sons emigrated to the Philippines. Others from my generation now “returned” to Spain also: Jaime and Jose Mari Alonzo Aenlle. Their mother, Carmen Aenlle de Alonzo, was one of the first flight attendants of PAL in the late 40’s. She also had moved to Madrid from Manila. Clem Aenlle Katigbak, daughter of Carlos Aenlle, who was mentioned by another poster, is another cousin, who now lives in CA. Her younger sister Candy, has a daughter, Carissa Cortez, who I believe, is an actress in Manila. That’s about all I have and it’s about the current generation, not much of the previous generations. Would love to hear from other Aenlles out there, especially about their ancestors.

  221. Mike Gonzalez said,

    March 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Many thanks, Toto, for your excellent blog; recognized a number of people, at least as mentioned in stories from my parents. One surname I didn’t see (through “Search” since I haven’t read the latter two hundred posts or so) was Aenlle, my paternal mother’s surname.

    I have a family tree at home which starts with a marquis (ranked below a duke) in Galicia, where I believe the Aenlles come from and where supposedly the ancestral home with coat of arms still stands, who had three sons. One emigrated to South America (no given country), another to Cuba and the third to the Philippines. This happened some centuries ago.

    There’s a lot I don’t know about the Aenlles, despite the family tree and stories my grandmother, father and a deceased aunt who lived in Madrid, recounted. So it would be nice if anyone who’s contributed to or has read your blog can contribute some more that I could share with other cousins and my children.

    One thing my Dad and aunt told me: that a Ramon Aenlle, one of my ancestors (I’ll have to refer to the tree to see how many generations ago), was a former mayor of Manila, and at one time owned an opium factory – when opium was still legal.

    Today, I just read a clipping from a New York Times article, dated Aug. 4th, 1900, about the passing of Ramon. Let me quote a few lines:

    “The news of the death of one of the foremost Filipinos has just been received. He belonged to a class which those who call themselves anti-imperialists fail to take into account. Mr. Ramon Aenlle was the owner of one of the large cigar fabricos (probaby the opium factory my relatives mentioned) in Manila, employing thousands of work-people. He had also a large fortune in real estate. He was at one time Mayor of Manila and left office with a reputation which endeared him to all the people. If one of these was entrapped by the Spanish authorities, the Mayor fined the offender, but paid the fine himself.

    When we took Manila (American forces in 1898), he was one of our earliest and warmest friends. One of his sons is Gen. MacArthur’s (probably Arthur MacArthur, Douglas’ father) interpreter.”

    It goes on to say that Ramon went to live in Barcelona, after having become sick, and that’s where he probably died.

    Last sentence from the article: “….Mr. Aenlle was a distinguished example, and his loss there will be deeply deplored, both by the Americans who knew him and his own people.”

    Some of the Aenlle descendants (e.g. my cousins Isabel Gonzalez and Cynthia Blanch y Aenlle) went to live in Madrid in the mid-70’s. Some (e.g. cousins Sylvia and Angel Blanch y Aenlle), including myself, and later, one brother and sister, moved to the U.S. in the same period.

    I will contribute more later, as I dig up memories, but will truly appreciate any stories anyone can contribute about the Aenlles who lived in Manila en los ultimos dos siglos.

    Best regards to all contributors,


  222. cora castellvi said,

    February 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Sr. Toto Gonzalez,

    Thank you for the efforts in creating this blog.I enjoy reading the history of many families and I relate to a lot of the Kapampangan stories. Dacal salamat quecayu ngan.
    I was looking for more information on the de Castellvi family. I was trying to fill in the blanks and connect the dots on the history of the older family members. I was hoping to get more info on the early Castellvi’s. I know that they arrived in the Philippines sometime in late 1800’s. This is where I was hoping I can get some background information. I learned that sometime in the late 1800’s there was a Don (or Count) Enrique de Castellvi who lived in Tayabas. Quezon. Possibly my great great grandfather.

    I also know that the Castellvi branch on my side came from Catalan province.

    I know that in my generation – many of the Castellvi’s (the de was
    dropped for unknown reason) became famous in the entertainment industry.
    Again in my generation – many Castellvi families left the Philippines and
    migrated to the U.S. Europe and Canada, including my family.

    My sincere appreciation Sr. Toto Gonzalez for bringing this blog
    together and I apologize for asking a vague question on my family and regret if I interrupted the ongoing dialogue on this blog.

    All the best.

  223. cora castellvi said,

    February 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Kindly provide any info you have on the Castellvi’s — or
    background info, if you have any.

    I am a grandchild of one of the Castellvi’s. I did not know my
    grandfather because he went back to Spain before I was born.

    thank you.

  224. Teresa Howes said,

    February 16, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Dear Maryam,
    I have emailed your brother but have not had a reply. I really would love to communicate with your mum and get an update on all the family. Please urge him to answer. Thanks. Tuchi

  225. gervacio bracamonte said,

    February 11, 2010 at 6:07 am

    hello paquito,
    In an earlier entry (#19)you mentioned the AMADOR clan. Do you know anything about them?they’re relatives… Also you mention the carratala clan my great great grand mother was snra. Merced fernandez she was a neighbor of Enrique Carratala they lived in san nicolas cebu facing the port sea and just walking distance to the fuerza san pedro..sr.carratala lived just down the street(duljo).i was told when the spanish war broke out the spanish settlers like my relatives took shelter in the fort and enrique carratala was caught up and killed in the street…they were a small community back then

  226. Anne Vargas said,

    February 11, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Dear Desiree Bans Guasch,

    I am so sorry to have not answered you, when I saw the comment in my inbox I was so happy and ran to tell my grandmother. 🙂 Sadly, no one immediate knows of Fiscal, but I’ll go take a look see when I get a hold of my uncle. Please do feel free to email me Travelogue88@googlemail.com

    I was hoping if someone could help me with a bit of FILIPPINO History (since I wasn’t taught it formally, or informally for that matter -_-)! I’m looking for

    Governor Vargas of Basilan, who some sources tell me is the father of Doña Julia Vargas y Camus. I have no idea what’s his first name and so I can’t look up any family history or dates for that matter.
    If Doña Julia has any siblings at all. I vaguely remember my mother’s cousin telling me when she was along Ortigas Ave, she saw some monument or something inscripted with families, ties, dates, and etc; too bad she didn’t have a camera. >_<

    Thank you guys so much for help,


  227. gervacio bracamonte said,

    February 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    hello again,
    so far im looking for any info on :from cebu fernandez,nadal,salazar, Ybanez & Bracamonte….And as of last night found out my great grand father on my grandmothers side was a Lagos,son of a pedro Lagos whos father was called “Leno” (short for a longer name????)Lagos who ended up in negros on a boat that was avoiding a typhoon but was originally from duenas….sorry about the frequent posts any help aprreciated=) my regards to all on this board!

  228. Miren Rogers said,

    February 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Toto,

    I apologize, I only saw the requirement after I had posted. I have updated my profile as requested.

    You are very knowledgeable on the Basque families in the Philippines. I was hoping to gain some insight on the Ormaecheas.

    Thank you.

  229. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    February 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Tuchi,

    i just talked to mama and she remembers you very well. my brother, henry’s, email addresses are: henryechevarria@yahoo.com or henryechevarria@gmail.com

    he said he has not checked his email for awhile but will start doing so in case you email him. he is getting older and probably does not have as much patience as he used to…..lol

    mama also told me that rosarito planas gets in touch with her via email but mama is not savy on computers so henry helps her a lot when he has time.

    i told mama about this blog and told her that freddy kaufmann passed away. she will get in touch with my tita purita echevarria y gonzalez (my dad’s sister) as they are related to each other and would want to know about freddy. tita purita had a bad accident and now is home-bound but looooovvvveeeesssss getting in touch via email

    i mentioned to mama about chechu trapaga and she was telling me all the stories of chechu playing the guitar when he used to visit my lolo adib majul when they were young.

    well, this is it for today……though i do not know most of ya’ll, it makes me happy to hear all about what was and has been…..btw, can’t resist this one. WHO Dat!!! Go Saints…..sorry, but just overexcited about the game which i did not watch and not a football fan but love new orleans….lol

    mama was so excited about all her contemporaries in this blog. hopefully henry can help her as this will be good for her as she has been quite sick lately.

  230. gervacio bracamonte said,

    February 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    does anyone know about the Amador clan…the history of this clan in old spanish manila? Any info greatly appreciated.

  231. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    February 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    hi again toto, now i see my post. michael, my husband, said i probably cleared my chache so this may be the problem. just goes to show you how much i know about computer….lol

    muchas gracias, maryam

  232. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    February 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    hi toto,

    i just wanted to check with you if it was ok to post in your blog. i wrote an entry a few days ago in reply to menchu’s last comment. however, i do not see it posted here under menchu’s post. just wanted to make sure i am not doing anything in contrary to your rules, and if so, pls. let me know.

    thanks, maryam

  233. February 7, 2010 at 6:34 am


    Please be reminded:

    Comments with no real names, no verifiable email addresses, and no reliable identity checks, will no longer be allowed.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  234. mirentxu1965 said,

    February 5, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    This is a wonderful blog, thank you for starting it.

    I’ve been reading the earlier comments on Basque families in the Philippines. Does anyone have any information on the Ormaechea’s or the Zalvidea’s?

  235. Zoe Buscato said,

    February 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Hi Everyone! I came across your website and I am sooo captivated, sooo informative. My mother’s maiden name is Rosemary Serion Malahay from Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental. Her grandfather was Primitivo Serion. Since my childhood days, my grandparents told me stories about my great-great grandfather Don Diego de la Vina and his 3 daughters ( I forgot their names. )
    They also told me that we have this family tree. I remember it was with the late Dr. Woodrow Serion. I asked my aunts, but they are not sure where it is now. Could anybody tell me the names of the 3 daughters of Don Diego de la Vina and the whereabouts of this family tree? Thank you and GOD Bless!

  236. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    February 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

    hola menchu,

    thanks so much for your reply. this blog was so interesting i started reading from the first post to the end of it….lol

    someone was looking for vicki costas who used to live in melantic st. in san lorenzo. vicki is my cousin….actually my dad’s first cousin as my grandmother was vicki’s dad (rafael) brother. she lives in chicago with her husband and kid. i talked to her a few years ago so that is all i can say re vicki.

    also, i read the contessa isabelle vacani’s entry. my former husband was ramon picornell whose father was ramon picornell y vacani. daddy picornell passed away 20 yrs ago and he was one of the best men i have ever know…. a good man. his brother, santiago picornell y vacani is still alive in cebu and almost 100 yrs. old. carlos, my second son, has gotten in touch with all the picornells from pedro to the decendants of manuel and antonio. they were four original picornell brothers….bartolome who was married to a vacani and this is the line my children are from. then, the other brothers were pedro whose sons were pedro and jose; manuel whose chiildren are marie-magda anson, enrique and rosemarie who all live in vegas, if i am not mistaken. the last brother, antonio, did not stay in the philipines but returned to spain. carlos, my son, is in contact with antonio’s family in spain and also tito pedro and tita nena garcia, his wife. they now live in manila. i grew up with mari-magda picornell-ansons children in cebu. we went to school together.

    menchu, i was wondering if your dad knew my tito pepet (jose) carpi. he was my tital alice’s (majul) husband. another great man! he passed away a year ago. they lived in new orleans and since your dad lived in baton rouge, he might have known him or his sister, peluchi and her husband, john brock. just a thought. also, guada robbins was a renteria and my dad’s cousin …and the names of freddy kaufmann and the rest are familiar to me, specially raul manglapus. i remember going on a motorcade with the whole family as a child campaigning for him when he ran for president…..lol i was so young then and had no idea what he was running for but the whole thing was so exciting!!!!

    ciao, maryam

  237. Teresa Howes said,

    February 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Dear Maryam,
    I tried the email you mentioned for your brother but unfortunately it failed to connect. I graduated High School with your mother Leonor in St Paul College and I was “best friend” of your Aunt Alice in College. I knew your other aunts and uncles and even your grandmother. Your aunt Alice visited me once in Sydney and I saw your mother in Cebu, both a very long time ago. How can I contact them or get an update of the family, please?
    They will remember me as Tuchi.

  238. Menchu Oria said,

    February 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Hola, Maryam.
    What a small world indeed is(was) the mestizo one in the Phil.! My dad (Jesus Oria) is Freddy Garcia´s first cousin. You also mention Guada Robbins. Well, my dad was a close friend of hers because they were both members of a jazz band in Manila called The Executives (which included Raul Manglapus, Freddie Kaufmann who recently passed away in Nov. and architect Bobby Mañosa).
    I know your comment will be of great interest to my dad.
    Un abrazo desde Santiago de Chile,
    Menchu Oria

  239. roni paterno said,

    February 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    great blog site ! very informative–saludos !

  240. Maryam Echevarria Pepper said,

    February 3, 2010 at 2:04 am


    i just submitted a comment but can’t see it. do i have to sign in at any special place to be able to post in here?

  241. maryam echevarria pepper said,

    February 3, 2010 at 1:02 am

    hello, my father is ramon echevarria y costas. i was reading this site when i realized i am related to many of you. this is what i know..

    1. the garcias…ester, freddy, evan et al.’s mother was tia paquita costas, the sister of my grandmother, teresa costas de echevarria. i met tito freddy when i was a young girl in manila but since the family moved to cebu (where my dad lives) i never saw them again. tita ester, i kept in contact with as she was a good friend of my tita olga majul (my mother is a majul). tita ester was a beauty and was a great swimmer….she married pepito moras but that is another story…..lol now, the other sister of my grandmother (nena) married a llamas.

    2. re the yrezabals…..the sister (tia mari) of my grandfather, fabian echevarria y ejido married an yrezabal and they had 3 kids…..adolfo, bobby and venturing who married a crame and reside in vancouver. my tita purita who is the sister of my dad lives in sydney or melbourne, australia. her name is purita echevarria de gonzalez and she knows all about the yrezabals. if you can find her, she can help you a lot as she knows all about our kin such as the costas, echevarria, crame, galatas, guada robbins, etc. also, the last time i was in manila, i saw tita nene who is tito adolfo’s widow and saw my cousins, marilou (garamendi) and marian, her sister.

    3. the other sisters of fabian echevarria (my granddad) are tia patro (who married an american named parsons) and her daughter, marian, i believe married an italian; and, tia carmen married to santiago abraham and their children, fely, lita, bobby, santi, walter and macamen all live, i believe, in barcelona.

    4. my sister, isabel echevarria rocha lives in spain and you can contact her at: echevarria.isabel@yahoo.com …. she is the only one who has contacts with the yrezabals, the abrahams, costas, etc. they all get together via facebook. she always in touch with marian yrezabal, miguel (mike) costas, etc.

    my husband and i live in colorado and have not really traveled a lot the last few years since we left new orleans after hurricane katrina to move here. my son, carlos picornell, has done a great deal of geneology re the echevarria and costas as well as the picornell’s side. you can contact him at: carlospicornell@hotmail.com he may be able to help out.

    it was nice reading this blog as i am very familiar with all your names though not personally but via listening to my dad and abuelita echevarria when i was a young child telling stories of all the families. your names are all so familiar to me. papa lives in cebu and knows all the aboitiz, morazas, etc. etc. if you want to know much much more, my mother, leonor majul de echevarria knows as much as anyone in this world about all the families. if you want to get in touch with her. maybe henry, my brother can help you get to her……henryechevarria@yahoo.com

    nice talking to y’ll all. maryam

  242. Jesus Oria said,

    January 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Jonah,

    Good to hear from you. Yes, I do know Rocio, her husband Freddie (who is my first cousin and the last I heard of him was that he had entered a monastery somewhere in the California or Nevada. That was many years ago.

    I remember your Granpa very well (we called him Alex) as a little boy swimming in the pool at Patio flamenco in Manila.

    I’d very much like to know the whereabouts of your Grandma Rocio, her children, Rebecca and Basti.

    You are, probably, wondering how old I am and still remember all these details. Well, I”m 86.

    Take care and hope to hear from you soon.

    Jess Oria


  243. Menchu Oria said,

    January 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hello, Jonah.
    I personally knew your Grandma Rocío´s children: Alex, Rebecca (“Bekang”) and Sebastián (Basti). We all used to go to the same sports club (Patio Flamenco) when we were kids.FYI, my father – Jesus García Oria – is a cousin of Freddie García (their father)!
    Best wishes,
    Carmenchu Oria

  244. Jonah Amechazurra said,

    January 29, 2010 at 4:45 am

    hi Jesus Oria,

    My name is Jonah Amechazurra grand child of Alejandro Jose Amechazurra, it seems that you know Grandma Rocio? If i recall it correctly Grandma Rocio and her (marido) Garcia has 3 or 4? siblings namely, Alex, Rebecca and Sebastian? and I think they live in spain now and so are the others.

    Grandma Rocio has 2 sister and 1 brother namely; Purichu, Acacia and my Grandfather Alejandro Jose or commonly called “Josechu” they’re parents are Alejandro Amechazurra and his (esposa) Hortencia Montinola.

    All of direct descendants of my great grandfather currently live here in the Philippines, Metro Manila.


  245. gervacio bracamonte said,

    January 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    searching for any info on the following spanish families from cebu or atleast around cebu during the 1880s-1900:
    and a Mestizo clan Ornopia

  246. gervacio bracamonte said,

    January 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    hello Glenn Paul,

    about your dingal side im not sure but cuando yo estaba en la escuela secondaria yo tenia un companiera de talisay cebu con el apellido Dingal…im still in contact with her…as for the ferrer family…conozco a algunas personas que son ferrers…pero ellos no son el espaniol…a veces hay mas de una familia con el mismo apellido pero no esta relacionada..know what i mean? sorry about my spanish no lo usan mucho mas yo naci en ustados unidos Y grew up in cebu…so i tend to mix my spanish with english as i mentioned my family dosent like it i guess its like how tagalogs mix thiers with english???i duno…i think i need to use my spanish more.Sabe usted donde en cebu su abuela nacio Y cuando?we can check church records…

  247. Glenn Paul Roperos said,

    January 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Estoy buscando una información sobre mis bisabuelas y bisabuelos de Cebu. Mi bisabuela tenía un apellido Ferrer y mi bisabuelo tenía un apellido Dingal. Mi bisabuela era española y mi bisabuelo era filipino. Tenían una hacienda en Cebu pero fue repartido con sus hijos antes de la guerra. Los hijos separaron durante del guerra y vivieron en varios lugares. Solo mi abuela de rodilla (lola sa tuhod) me contaba esos. Murió en 2000. Por eso, no tengo información completa sobre nuestra genealogía.

  248. ferdinand azcarraga said,

    January 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm


    I am ferdinand azcarraga of Dumaguete City. my father is from zamboanga city and he mentioned to me that his grandfather, jose azcarraga originated from bicol.
    about 4 years ago i found out that Jose Azcarraga’s father was Rufino Azcarraga who happened to be the son of Jose Azcarraga( born about 1830 )and Gregoria Bernal of Buhi Camarines Sur. And i have read some of the postings here that mentioned several Azcarrragas and i wanted to know if Jose Azcarraga ( born about 1830 ) was of spanish decent or related to the above mentioned personalities; since no one in our family could anymore provide me with this information. Any information about our family heritage will be helpful. muchas gracias.

  249. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Ronaldo jacobo,
    thanks so much for your replies…as for the bracamonte line im from there where ten children from the bracamonte that ended up in cebu…i know one married into a prominent chinese family,the others into the hispano-filipino montes family,the nadela,rondina, and san diego family from tabogon northern cebu…

  250. Teresa Howes said,

    December 13, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    To Lewis Stonehouse: I entirely agree with your viewpoint. Mabuhay and Ole!

  251. Sue Baldassarre said,

    December 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Lewis Stonehouse:

    If you do not get any other replies to this, you may want to try the University of Nevada Reno. They have a Basque Studies program and have published some papers on the “Basques of the Philippines” and Basque migration in general.

    Good luck,
    Sue Baldassarre

  252. Lewis Stonehouse said,

    December 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Many Filipinos from Cebu, Leyte and Negros are descendants of the many Basque people that came to the Philippine islands in order to work in the sugar business in the first decades of the twentieth century. In the Negros island most of the sugar planters came from the Basque Country, and many prominent people descend from the Elizalde clan, the Luzuriagas, the Acheritogarays, the Elordys,the Lizarragas, the Aboitys, the Vidauzarragas, etc etc.
    Many left the Philippines after Independence and went to the USA, Australia and in the case of my grandfather, to Canada. Many others took Filipino nationality in order to keep their properties and families together; but the large majority of Basque inmigrants are buried in the Philippines,the country they loved.
    I would like to know if any Basque descendant shares the sweet-sour story of their fathers or grandfathers struggles in the sugar plantations.

    Eskerrik Asko,
    Lewis Stonehouse

  253. Lewis Stonehouse said,

    December 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    In every forum there is always some kind of idiotic comment, and unfortunately this is the case of John Aquino. No.277
    This forum is for the people that take pride in their mixed heritage of Filipino-Spanish or vice-versa. Our culture is alive and vibrant in all the 24 countries that at one time or other were under Spanish rule, and the Philippines deep inside still keeps its Spanish ways and traditions, though clashing with the “McDonald’s” culture and the Hollywood trash.
    I am very proud to be a Filipino-Spanish mestizo and my great regret is that the Spanish language is not in use in the Philippines.
    Viva la raza hispano-filipina!

  254. ronaldo.jacobo said,

    December 12, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Señor Gervacio Bracamonte:

    Hola! I am a 7th generation Bracamonte. Our Negrense Bracamonte patriarch was Fray Pedro Bracamonte (a Jesuit of mixed Irish-Spanish descent) who was Parish Priest here in our place (Tanjay, Negros Oriental) from around 1816-1844. He married a native Filipina and bore children. Currently, we bring the Calumpang surname and have intermarried with other Hispano-Filipino families as the Romero-Villanuevas (including Chanda Romero, Rudy Romero, Mike Romero) and Muñoz-Teveses. I would very much appreciate, kind sir, if you have existing data about the family that you can share. The information that we have can barely subsist. We have started filling our family tree and has been progressing impressively but not sufficient though. We have gone to the 1816s but we would like to move backward some more to look deeper into our Bracamonte lineage, just like you. Even until the 1816s. we can only find one Bracamonte in the patrilineal line and that is Fray Pedro (my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather). We would love to know who his parents were and if he had siblings. We have asked a priest-cousin who currently studies in Salamanca (Spain) to try dropping into the archives in Madrid and scour for valuable information. Hopefully, he’ll be home next year. Coincidentally, he also is in the Castille-Leon region, the area once ruled by the Bracamontes, so there might be a slightly larger chance of finding something relevant. I do hope and pray, for the meantime Señor. Btw, so your family name now is Ornopia or is it still Bracamonte? If you try scanning the older posts, you will find Alezzandra Bracamonte’s post (#198) and they hail from San Carlos (Negros Occidental). I really think she is a relative too. Thanks a lot for getting in touch Sir. I will get back at you ASAP. Btw, I read your email towards my old account (ronjacobcal@aim.com) but for faster replies, please send your emails to my new email account: jacobcalumpang@aol.com. ¡Pueda el Corazón Sagrado de Jesús bendice y nos indica todo! Thanks again!

    Ronaldo Jacobo

  255. Myles Garcia said,

    December 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Wow!! It’s truly “miravrilliante” (yes, that’s a new “word” that I have just coined in honor of this thread and blog…meaning “multi-facetedly-marvelous” what the internet has done here: we now have…what? 4th? 5th? generation Hispano-Filipinos (Fil-Hispanos? cual es la forma propia?) seeking their interim-Philippine roots. Whereas my generation–until a few years ago–when we were finally able to trace our clan (the del Fierros) to the town of Betanzos in Galicia.

    And then there was the big diaspora (per recent posts #303) of returning to Spain in the 40s, the trickle to Australia and the US in the 50s and 60s…and now you have the post-war generations who have been raised and live outside R.P. shores, seeking to fill in the gaps of their “interim” Philippine years!! And they are all coming together here to roost; gracias a Toto!! Que muy verdadero miravrilliante!! 🙂

    BTW, folks take note…especially you, Javi, my book, SECRETS OF THE OLYMPIC CEREMONIES (pour moi) is now available on https://www.createspace.com/3396522 (This link strongly recommended for North American orders. There is a limited time Introductory 10% Promotion on that until 31 Dec 2009. The discount code is H7Q2T4BA. You pick your own shipping speed on CreateSpace.) (Javi, you’ll be getting a separate email.. 😉 )


    For those outside North America, I also have a special deal going through 31 Dec 2009 also: you can purchase the book directly from me via my PayPal account (razor323@gmail.com) for 30euros, 28UK-lbs, Aus$49, Can$46 and Phil-2000pesos (so…Global priority shipping included) and you will get a PERSONALLY Autographed copy from me. ETA delivery dates to you if I receive payment by 31 Dec 2009, would be around 20 Jan 2010…just in time for the Opening of the XXIIrd Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada!!

    (The book will be availalbe more widely on amazon.com, come mid-January 2010. Looking forward to sharing a great book–over 100 images of past Olympic ceremonies, Summer AND Winter, Openings and Closings–all in this one volume!!)

    Myles 🙂 🙂

  256. December 10, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Dear all,

    My name is Gonzalo and I am from Madrid, Spain, although I currently live in Antwerp, Belgium. I came accross this webpage in search of my ancestors from the Philippines. One of them was Íñigo González de Azaola. I have seen many messages by Paquito and others with an incredible knowledge on families like Azaola or Cagigas, to which I belong. As it is very difficult to me to do research on these families, I would appreciate any help on the matter to help me in building this part of my family tree. This is what I have:

    My first ancestor from the Philippines was María de la Concepción de las Cagigas y Azaola, born in Manila 1.12.1850 and deceased in Madrid 23.11.1916. She was the daughter of Fernando de las Cagigas y Fernández and Nicolasa de Azaola y Reyes, both born in Manila. Of Fernando I have received the hint that his parents may have been José Ruperto de las Cagigas y Ortega and Atanasia Fernández y Portillo, although I have no more details in this issue. Nicolasa was born to Íñigo González de Azaola and his wife María de los Dolores de los Reyes y Monterroso, who I suspect was the daughter of Ventura de los Reyes and Vicenta Monterroso, although confirmation is also needed. About Íñigo, I only know superficial information about him like that he was arrested and that he had a brother called Gregorio who was prominent in Santander.

    Any help with these names would be highly appreciated.
    Many thanks and, Toto, keep up with the page, it’s brilliant!

  257. anton said,

    December 8, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    many spanish-filipino families also went back to Spain in the late 1940s after World War 2 due to hardships caused by loss of property, valuables, unstable political situation etc this may explain why you dont hear anymore about some of the historic spanish surnames or families.

    Try tracking your spanish ancestor/friends by lastname filtered by the country ‘spain’ in facebook. This is how i was able to track a childhood friend of my dad whose whole family, the Matill* clan, evacuated to spain after world war 2

  258. Teresa Howes said,

    December 5, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Actually, my brother just wrote to the Registrar with all the information we had available, and they replied promptly. Not a case of knowing anyone there.

  259. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    did you just write to santo tomas registrar? or you knew someone there..

  260. Teresa Howes said,

    December 4, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    The University of Santo Tomas still have a lot of records in their archives and they are very obliging. No charge, except the cost of a postage stamp. I was even able to get my grandfather’s scholastic records and he would have been around the 1860’s circa.

  261. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    really?that would be nice…and even better that she is a spanish speaker. yo se hablo poco espaniol por que yo hablo con mi abuelito en espanol pero tenia sies anos cuando mi abuelito murio…and after he died mi abuela y familia emigraron a usatdos unidos.so my spanish is weak heh..a lost part of me…when i do conversate i tend to mix it with english and sometimes bisaya and get in trouble for doing so by my relatives heh.but yes please do if she can help me find out about my bisabuelo more its greatly appreciated my email: happyornopia@yahoo.com
    thanks so much.

  262. Myles Garcia said,

    December 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    They probably do have the archives…but who knows how far back is accessible? If anything, you will probably have to send somebody over there to initiate the proper queries. And then there might be the appropriate fees to dig back over a century’s worth of records. Who knows in what format they have them — and unless already digitized, they could still be in microfilm or microfiche.

    I have a cousin in Manila who is a free-lance researcher and does occasional work for the Philippine National Archives and the Manila Archbishop’s offices…y ella esta una hispano-hablante. So I can put you in touch with her if you are serious.

  263. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    thanks so much… yes, it was santo tomas i believe because i remember it being mentioned and i was only six.. they said my great grandfather attended that school. do you think they would have records of students from around 1860? my grandparents’ brothers and sisters always talked about these relatives and were keen on names and dates and places. i wish i took down notes but now they’re gone. the last one around is the younger and really dosen’t have any much information… one great grandfather kept a journal but his kids lost it so i’m working with what i remember. thanks much.

  264. Myles Garcia said,

    December 3, 2009 at 6:56 am


    Re your post #295. It is UST – Universidad de Santo Tomas that is the one even older than Harvard. As UST will be celebrating its Quadricentennial in 2011; the university was therefore founded in 1611.

    (San Agustin is just a church in the Intramuros area… not a full-fledged educational institution… although it may have had a parochial school at one time or another. I don’t recall that the Augustinians were a big educational order like the Jesuits, Benedictines, Dominicans, La Salle brothers, etc.. They primarily stuck to missionary work and ran religious houses. )

  265. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 2, 2009 at 10:14 am

    san agustin or santo tomas??? hehe i’m referring to one of the oldest schools… i’m forgetting which one it is…

  266. Anne Vargas said,

    December 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Dear Desiree Bans Guasch,

    Forgive me for not replying sooner! I was so excited when I saw your post. :bows: I’m curious about this Fiscal Fidela Vargas. All I know, according to my granduncle, that the Vargas’ have consolidated the family most are together (Manila?) and the Vargas’ in Bicol was my ggggrandfather. I surmise then that Fiscal must be related to my ggggrandfather Bruno since he was sent to Bicol after the death of his father (c.1880’s).

    Also I want to specify: who has extensive landholdings in Bicol? Your mother or Fiscal?

    Is there maybe a way we can get in touch (at a “quicker” pace)? my email is Travelogue88@gmail.com

  267. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    reply to ronaldo. jocobo
    im a direct descendant of the bracamonte clan my great grandfather left san agustine intramoros around 1856-1870

  268. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    i read some entries about the bracamonte clan on entry #191 on here but its a bracamonte during the 16th century my great gandfather was named severo bracamonte and he was around the 1850s…

  269. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    this is my first post im a direct descendant of severo bracamonte hes my great grandfather. as far as i know he attended san agustine and was from intramuros.any info about the bracamonte clan appreciated spanish is fine although my spanish is not great.best regards!

  270. Javier said,

    December 1, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Hi, Jess,

    Just email me on javi.arriaga@optusnet.com.au and I’ll pass on the email details of my parents. My parents said they remember you well and I believe my mother stayed at your place when she went to Singapore many years ago.

    Ah, yes, the pool. We have quite a few home movies shot at Patio Flamenco with the pool and the pelota court. It’s great footage. Plus my parents have lots of pictures taken at Patio Flamenco with all their different friends and guests.

    Myles, you can also contact me directly on my email address above. I am Ignatius’s cousin. I actually don’t have his email address but with Christmas festivities coming up, he might be back in Sydney and I might see him at his sister’s place, which is where we’re spending Christmas this year. Otherwise, I’ll ask the other cousins.

  271. Jesus Oria said,

    November 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm


    Since reading all the posts re the days of Patio Flamenco, I, dimly, remember you as a little boy jumping into the pool.

    I’d like very much to communicate with your parents via e-mail if only to tell them that I’m still alive and kicking.

    Take care and hope to hear from you soon. Time flies!!

    Jess Oria

  272. Myles Garcia said,

    November 30, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Javi (#288),

    Quite a coincidence seeing you post here. Welcome. So, are you a cousin or brother/sister(?) to Iggy (Jones)?

    He doesn’t know me (see post #268) but I’ve heard of him. In connection with (a future edition of) the book I have authored, SECRETS OF THE OLYMPIC CEREMONIES, which will be available on amazon.com in 2 weeks or so, I wrote to Iggy in the hope that he can save me some material (from his work on the Vancouver 2010 Ceremonies) to include in the 2012 edition of the same. (I now live in California.)

    I hope he bothers to reply. Do you think you could put in a good word for me re the same? You can get my email from Toto if you wish. Muchas gracias.

  273. Javi Arriaga said,

    November 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I found this site by accident and was pleased to see references to Patio Flamenco, the club that my parents ran. My mother, Mecca Trapaga, who was a singer, and my dad, Juan Arriaga, a jai alai player, are living in Sydney, Australia. My mother was the daughter of composer Benito Trapaga and her siblings included Gloria, Rubia, Boloy and Chechu.

  274. gervacio bracamonte said,

    November 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    hello i was wondering does anyone know anything about a spanish family in old intramuros with the surname Bracamonte????im a great great grandson of bracamonte now mixed with salazar and the fernandez clans…but i want to know more about my bracamonte roots…any help appreciated

  275. Paul Severien said,

    November 20, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Dear John,

    “Waste basket case” and all, I still love the Philippines.


  276. Myles Garcia said,

    November 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I think Mr. Aquino is entitled to his opinion… after all, it is a free world and an open forum. But one doesn’t have to agree with him. And like everything in life, there are always two sides to ANY story.

    Being a Filipino-Hispanic or Spanish-Filipino, I have really been torn most of my life. Quien soy yo? How did I relate to what is truly Philippine if I were to be honest to my very own soul? Which is why I opted to move to the U.S. Perhaps I will try another path in the future… but that will have to wait for another lifetime.

  277. Jack Schnabel said,

    November 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Los pareceres de nuestro estimado contertulio, Don John Aquino, no me sorprenden para nada. Pues él los comparten con el pinoy promedio.

    A su juicio, los filipinos fueron salvados por los norteamericanos de las garras del los malvanos kastila y punto final. Sobra agregar que lo lamento profundamente. Pero en asuntos de esta índole, la percepción es la realidad.

    De manera que, en la actualidad, el legado hispano en Filipinas se ha degenerado en una frase bien repugnante, a saber (y pido disculpas de antemano por la grosería) ang mga “coño” kids.

    Me alegra haber abandonado por siempre el pais asiático a comienzos de los setenta y asimismo mantenido vivo el último rescoldo de mi hispanidad en el Canadá. ¡Que ironía!

  278. November 17, 2009 at 8:24 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

  279. Sue Baldassarre said,

    November 17, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Mr Aquino: If Spain is in such bad shape, why is your country flooding Spain with OFWs? Why are your government and President begging Spain to take in more domestic workers? Spain left over a hundred years ago. I think it’s time for you to look within and accept responsibility for yourselves. The blame game is over.

  280. Alexander Cabrera Y Ros-Buenagua said,

    November 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Spanish-Filipino (correction), grrrr I cant type when I’m infuriated.

  281. Alexander Cabrera Y Ros-Buenagua said,

    November 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Senor Aquino,

    Aqui podemos celebrar, honrar y homenajear nuestro herencia. Que no sabe razonal. I could say it in English too. I’m an American citizen, who grew up in New Jersey. But in my childhood days in Manila, my maternal side of my family taught me Spanish. I am forever grateful and appreciative of our unique Spanish-Filipino culture, that’s why I frequent this site. I will not condescend by giving consideration for your obvious mediocrity.

  282. Teresa Howes said,

    November 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Dear Mr. Aquino,
    Your comment is so ****** that it doesn’t deserve any attention.
    Sincerely, Teresa Howes

  283. Menchu Oria said,

    November 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Dear Mr. Aquino,
    I take exception (if not umbrage) to your comment about “just look at…South America…”. I happen to live in a South American country (Chile) and I can assure you that the US itself is closely observing reforms implemented in this country (a former Spanish colony but that was never one of the US). You know not whereof you speak. I suggest you get your facts straight before making such a sweeping and totally unfounded generalization.
    Respectfully yours,
    Menchu Oria

  284. John Aquino said,

    November 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Good thing the US came by, or else we would really be a waste basket case in Asia, if we retained too much of the Spanish culture. Spanish culture didn’t do too much good for the world, just look at Central America and South America, and even Spain itself…

  285. Joel Corpus Reyes said,

    November 6, 2009 at 3:48 am


    I’m looking for information about Don Vicente Ferriols born 1820 in Patraix, Spain and married to Lucia Del Feirro – they were my Great Grandparents and I’m trying to create our family tree tracing back to Spain. If you have any information please contact me at alpha_omega416@yahoo.com or call me at 938-2718 (Q.C. Philippines) Thank You.

  286. Jesus Oria said,

    November 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm


    I’m going to go thru the box of photos I have and as soon as I find that photo I have of Gene and I et al at Patio Flamenco, I’ll let you know so you can give me your address and then I’ll do the necessary. Take care and keep in touch.


  287. Sandhya Rani said,

    October 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Praise the lord !

    I am Sandhya. My father is a pastor. We preach word of the god in India. I like to friendship with you. We pray for you and your ministry.


  288. Cliff Mills said,

    October 27, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Hello, I would be very interested in getting any photos of my cousin, Gene Barredo, and his family for a family tree photo album that I am putting together. I have photos of some of his siblings, but none of Gene. Thanks!

  289. Teresa Howes said,

    October 13, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Jess,
    I stand corrected – her name was Evan. Ester was much older. Their mother was known as Paquita? I lived in Malate, and turned 80 last May. Look back at paragraph 232 for my ancestry. My eldest sister was Elena who married Rene Nieto, both now deceased. My brother Pepito married Margarita Palomo, also both deceased. I married a Spaniard surnamed Bertrand and migrated to Australia in 1961. My younger sister Caroline married a Rueda and lives in California, as does my younger brother Guillermo. Since you are very friendly with Freddie Kaufmann, you definitely must have known Jiggie Garcia, who was my first cousin. His sister, Piluchi, is the only surviving member of her family and lives in California.
    Good to “chat” with you.

  290. Jesus Oria said,

    October 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Hello Teresa,

    I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting you. Actually, I really did not associate with Ester ( much older than me and a swimming star ), Priscilla, or Yvonne. Wasn’t her name Evan? If I remember correctly, they all went to the U.S, and married there. At least, this is what Freddy told me. They were first cousins of mine but I hardly knew them nor associated with them. They lived in the Ermita area and I in Quezon City. Freddy and I just got together and became very close after I had gotten married. I’m talking the 1950s here. He was not only a cousin but became a very good friend.

    Many thanks for getting in touch. All the best and take care.

  291. Teresa Howes said,

    October 13, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Hi Jess,
    You mention a cousin by the name of Freddy Garcia. Did he have many siblings, amongst them sisters called Ester, Priscilla and Yvonne? My mother used to play mahjong with their mother, and consequently I played with Priscilla and Yvonne, but yvonne was considerably younger. What happened to that family? Teresa

  292. Jesus Oria said,

    October 12, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Myles,

    Happy to make your acquaintance even if only through this site but, as they say in Singapore, “what to do?”

    Thanks for the up-date and keep in touch.

    Jess Oria

  293. Myles Garcia said,

    October 3, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Hi Sue Bee,

    I think Jess Oria already answered your post #256, otherwise it would be a great shock to me if indeed I were the departed Pichy Garriz. However, I do have a first cousin named Peachy Lorenzo Garcia Goitia.

    Jess Oria, re Fili Monserrat, yes, he owned/ran Yellow Taxicab up to the late 70s or early 80s I think.

    And re the Trapagas, one of their new generation (who goes by the stage name of Iggy “Ignacio” Jones) is the #2 man for the upcoming Ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Games.

  294. Jesus Oria said,

    October 2, 2009 at 11:45 am

    To anyone out there,

    Have you any info on my cousin, Freddy Garcia. Many years ago, he came to the U.S., stayed with a mutual friend of ours in Las Vegas, Tony Vazquez, and then just disappeared. The last I heard was that he had entered a monastery somewhere in California or thereabouts. All this occured in the early 80s.

    In Manila, he was married to Rocio Amechazurra and had two or three children.

  295. Jesus Oria said,

    October 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hi GI, Paquito & Toto

    This is a great site !!! I pray that many more people get on it and find old friends and/or relatives through your medium. Again muchas gracias!!!

    Take care,

    Jess Oria

  296. Jesus Oria said,

    October 1, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Hola Nando,

    Que tal como estas? Me imagino que bien !!!

    Have been living in Toledo, Ohio since 1980 – time flies when you are having fun! I still look back at the good old days playing pelota at Patio with all my good friends. You never get old, just better. Are you in touch with my cousin, Juan Miguel (Johnny Mike as we used to call him) Good to hear from you.Trust all is well with you and your family. Take care !!!

    Un abrazo,


  297. Jesus Oria said,

    October 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Sue Bee,

    Please inform your brother that Pichy Garriz passed away many years ago in Spain. He was the youngest brother of my late wife, Pilar (nicknamed Piluca).

    Take care

  298. Nando Crame said,

    October 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Jess,
    Now that you mention Mecca Trapaga, It brings memories of the Patio Flamenco Sports Club. I remember you, Manolet Villareal(QEPD), Gene Barredo, Juan Miguel Llamas, Pocholo Razon, Tony Garmendia, Honey Muniosguren, some Australian Embassy Staff etc we all played Pelota at the back of the restaurant. That was about the late 60’s. In early 1970, I moved to Sydney and Iworked for PAL as manager, then PAL transfered me to New Zealand till 1984 and moved to Brisbane since then. Now retired and decided to remain here. Saludos and happy to hear from you through this magnificent website that’s making the world look smaller by putting us in touch from all over the world. Many thanks G.I., Paquito & Toto. You’re a great team. Ciao Nando

  299. Nando Crame said,

    October 1, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Henry Trull:
    Greetings Henry,
    It’s been a couple of months since our last correspondence, (Item 224/31Jul09) and we trust all’s well with you and you family. It would be interesting to read about the military career of Felipe de Crame y Noire (Item222/27Jul09)when he started first in the service of Felipe V in 1720. In case it will take too much of your time to translate this information from Spanish to English, don’t worry as we can speak Spanish and could translate it ourselves. Any other information you can supply will be very much appreciated.You may like to email some of these information directly through the kindness of G.I. or Paquito as my email address is registered in this website. Hoping to hear from you at your convenience. Best regards, Nando

  300. Jesus Oria said,

    September 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Some of my friends were from the Barredo family. If I remember correctly, they owned one of the taxi cab companies. Didn’t Fili Monseratt’s family also own a taxi cab company?

    I think I still have a photo of Gene Barredo & others taken at Mecca Trapagas’s nite club on Dewey Blvd.

  301. Jesus Oria said,

    September 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Hi PS,

    Yes, my mother’s maiden name was Garcia. Her younger brother, Adolfo, was the publisher and owner of an old Manila weekly (or maybe monthly magazine) Excelsior. One of his sons, Tony, was a painter of portraits who then moved to Spain.

    As an aside, our group in Manila met almost every day (after work) at the Hunters Club (owned and managed by Pepon Beech) located on M.H del Pilar across from the Gaiety Threater.

  302. Alejandro said,

    September 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Somebody known anything abut Jose Soriano y Reyes?? or her wife Blanca Frutos??

    Soriano´s family is a important family in Manila, must someone know something on them.



  303. SueBee said,

    September 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Hi ********: My brother Basty Baldassarre wants to know if you are Pichy Garriz? If you are he sends you a very big hello!

  304. Jesus Oria said,

    September 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Every Thursday afternoon, I play Scrabble at the Sylvania Senior Center located in Sylvania (suburb of Toledo, Ohio) and one of the persons I play with is a Filipino whose name is Ramon Taroy. Anyone familiar with that name?

    Jesus Oria

  305. Jesus Oria said,

    September 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I remember that. almost every afternoon, we would meet at the Lizares’ home in Makati for beer or whatever. It was always the same group – among them was Freddie Kauffmann, Louie Garcia, Marijo Jereza et al.

    Jess Oria

  306. Jesus Oria said,

    September 30, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    By the way, re Paraluman (the Filipino movie star of old) – her nickname was Mousy.

    Jess Oria

  307. Jesus Oria said,

    September 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    By the way, the Filipina (mestiza) actress someone referred to was an acquaintance from my younger days. She was the sister of one of my friends, Patrick (Pat) von Giese. Her stage name was Paraluman. If I remember correctly, she also had an older brother – Robert???

    WOW !!! Really brings me back!!!

    Jess Oria

  308. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 30, 2009 at 6:03 am

    P.S. to Jess Oria,

    I just realized that your mother’s surname and mine are the same. Also, Fili Monserrat was our neighbor in Greenhills. I believe he also ended up in California, separated from Nati; and last I heard was that one of his sons lives in Antioch, CA.

  309. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 30, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Hey Jess,

    You know some of my cousin’s (who lives in Palo Alto) inlaws live in Toledo. They are the Papa’s from QC. The older Papa matriarch, Joyce, however, retired in Florida. But one of the daughters still lives at their old place there in Toledo.

  310. Jesus Oria said,

    September 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    To anyone out there.

    I just read a comment from a lady named Becky Aranaz and I’d like to know if, by any chance, you are related to an old friend of mine in Manila, Tony Aranaz. If I remember correctly he lived in the suburbs – San Juan. He had a ceramics business and, as a matter of fact, I still have one of planters he gave me. Tony must be my age – mid 80s.

    I left Manila a looong time ago and now live in Toledo, Ohio.

    I would appreciate any info.

    Take care,

    Jess Oria

  311. Jesus Oria said,

    September 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    While surfing the Internet. I came accross your website and read my youngest daughter’s comments about our family and friends.

    Yes, we were all born in the Philippines and educated there in Catholic schools although in their latter years my children also went to school in Singapore, USA and the UK.

    My first wife (who passed away in 1980) and mother of my children was Pilar (also nicknamed Piluca) Garriz. Her four brothers were Jose (Pit), Joaquin (also known by everyone as Koken or McAdoo)), Laurentino (Larry) and Carlos (Pichi). Her older sister, Conchita, married to Irvin (Shorty) Charnock lives in Mobile, Alabama. Her oldest brother, Pit, also now lives in Mobile, AL.

    My present wife, Nettie, and I live in Toledo, OH. She is from Baton Rouge, LA and we met when we both worked for Dana Corp. in Toledo, OH.

    In Manila, we had an amateur band called “The Executives” headed by Raul Manglapus, a former senator. Other guys in the group were Norman Barton, Rudy Topacio, Phil Delfino, Fili Monseratt, Bobby Manosa, Freddy Kaufmann, Bert del Rosario, Sullivan, Wilson. The group perfomed for schools, charity functions, etc. for free.

    I would say that my closest friends in Manila were Freddy Kaufmann (owned an advertising co., Bobby Manosa (architect) and Carlos Aenlle (worked for Elizalde Y Cia).

    I worked for Muller & Phipps (Asia) Ltd. )1953 and then for Dana Corp.who then moved me to Singapore to establish a warehouse operation there and, subsquently to the Toledo, OH offices and retired in 1986.

    Used to play a lot of tennis until my right knee gave out. Lots better right now!! Might go back out and play when the weather warms up a bit. Cold and vey windy as we speak.

    Take care, y’all !!


  312. Maria del Carmen Oria said,

    September 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I just came across this website and, upon reading the comments posted, I saw LOTS of very familiar surnames of people I either knew through my parents or because they are relatives or because I had heard the name before while growing up in Manila. My father is Jesus García Oria and my mother was Pilar Merlo Garriz. She was related to Florencio Garriz of whom I have old photographs. My parents are related to these families: Duarte, Prats, Preysler, Perez de Tagle, among others. My father´s close friends included Raul Manglapus, Bobby Mañosa, Guada Robbins, Freddy Kaufmann, Carlos Aenlle.
    All the comments posted really take me back in time!!
    Best regards,
    Menchu Oria

  313. Micaela said,

    September 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

    To Zoe: Yes, our side of the Cala family is from Baybay, Leyte. Thanks! I am really looking for more extensive information and if you could help me I would appreciate it.

    Hi Maldita,

    I’ve been following your thread for a while now… Just curious if you might be able to trace the Mendezona clan to the Visayas. My grandmother told me that there were only 2 brothers who arrived from Spain: Ignacio and Jose.

    My great-grandmother, Carmen Mendezona, was born in Leyte and lived there most of her life. Through my grandmother I was able to meet a grand-uncle named Isidro Moraza here in Cebu. Other than that I was told that my great grandmother’s brothers were educated in Spain but I don’t know much about them…

    If there is anyone who would be interested in tracing the clan with me, I have a few more stories to tell.

  314. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Felix, see post #34 of this thread for the Elzingre mention.

  315. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 21, 2009 at 6:04 pm


    Somewhere up in this thread is mention of your mother’s family, Elzingre. It turns out you are a descendant of the famous French writing fils et pere team of the Alexandre Dumas’ (The 3 Musketeers, D’Artagnan, Man in the Iron Mask, etc.)

    The one person who might know more, Paquito, unfortunately, no longer posts here.

  316. Felix Pintado y Elzingre said,

    September 20, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I AM TRYING TO TRACT DOWN THE ELZINGRE (my mother’s maiden name) side
    of my family. Would you be able to shed light regarding this surname. Thank

  317. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 19, 2009 at 6:28 am

    So many lost souls. The Diaspora of Hispanic-Filipinos or would it be Fil-Hispanics? Debemos tener una reunion grande!

    Actually, I am from the del Fierro clan (originally from Bilbao, father’s side) and the clan is having its 5th Grand reunion in The Vagues, NEV (that’s Las Vegas for you and me 🙂 ) en el julio proximo — si, durante La Copa Mundial de 2010!! Si algien esta interesado de asistir, me contratar por el senor Gonzalez.


  318. Bat said,

    September 17, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Arriola is from Deba-Gipuzkoa-Spain.

  319. Desiree Bans Guasch said,

    September 17, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Dear Anne,
    My mother, the late Judge Esther Nobels Bans had a good friend, Fiscal Fidela Vargas. Yes, Fiscal Vargas came from Camarines, I don’t have the exact province, ‘though.
    My mother and Fiscal Vargas worked together in Olongapo City from 1982 to 1991 and remained close friends until my mother passed away in 1998. But even before my mother’s stint in Olongapo City, they were well acquainted with each other. Among the many things and friends they shared were a Personal Aide who now runs her very own carinderia in Olongapo.
    She has extensive landholdings in Bicol but she says it’s within NPA areas…

  320. September 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I’m trying to look for a clear picture of the Arriola Samanillo house and Perez Samanillo compound in Calle Gral Luna, Paco, Manila, former Calle Nozaleda (former La Salle, Manila). I’m a descendant of the Arriola Samanillo and Perez Samanillo of Paco Manila.

    Anybody knows of the Luminato family?

  321. Ella said,

    September 14, 2009 at 2:00 am

    May I ask about Cebu and the Perrenoud clan.
    I know my relatives lived there and half of them are in Switzerland and some in the US.

    They did come to Cebu or Manila. I’m confused to the stories I hear.

  322. Marivic Mendieta Pelaez said,

    September 10, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Greetings to all of you, I am so grateful to find this interesting site as informative and educational to all the readers. My grandfather Paulino Ingaran Mendieta was born in Pangasinan year 1924 and he had three brothers ( Juan and Jose ) but they were separated during the world war. I did my research and to mention; only a few Mendietas reside in the Philippines these days. How do I trace our missing ancestors? Did these Ingaran-Mendieta possibly come from the Basque country of Spain?

  323. Alejandro said,

    September 10, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Solo he encontrado un Jose Soriano y Reyes que creo que murio en la Isla de Guam siendo soldado Hispano-filipino de EEUU en la 2º Guerra mundial, siendo un heroe. Pero no se si es mi Tatarabuelo.

    Only I have thought a Jose Soriano y Reyes, that I believe, that he was a Hispano-filipino soldier (USA Army) and he died in Guam’s Island, in 2 º World war, being a hero. But I don´t know if he was my grandgrandfather.

  324. Alejandro said,

    September 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Was Blanca Frutos married with Jose Soriano y Reyes???

    Tengo ya hecha una pregunta sobre mi familia, y creo saber algo de esa pregunta creo que Blanca Frutos se caso con Jose Soriano y Reyes, Michael no tendras algo que ver con nosotros???

    “Yo soy tatatara-nieto de los Soriano de San Miguel Corp. pero hay un eslabón perdido en mi árbol genealógico de mi familia, Jack comentas que tu abuelo era gerente y contable de las empresas de mi tatatar-abuelo, lo que no me coinciden son las fechas.
    ¿Sabéis de algún Soriano que a principios de siglo se casara con Blanca Frutos de Sevilla? Mi bisabuela se llamaba Maria de la Estrella Soriano y Frutos, se caso con Alfonso Cerdeira y ella murió en Tánger en 1962, solo tuvieron una Hija Estrella Cerdeira Soriano.”

  325. Michael Reyes said,

    August 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Hola a todos,

    (va sin signos) estoy haciendo una investigacion sobre mi arbol familiar. alguien sabe sobre la familia alonzo (o alonso) de santa cruz, manila? soy un descendiente de este familia y quisiera saber mas sobre mis antepasados.

    muchas gracias!

    Michael Reyes


    Hello to all,

    i am doing a research on my family tree. does anybody know about the alonzo (or alonso) family of santa cruz, manila? i happen to be a descendant of this family and i would like to know more about my ancestors.

    thanks a lot!

    Michael Reyes

  326. ronaldo.jacobo said,

    August 25, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Mr. John P. Montesa,
    A great ancestor of ours, our late Lola Saling (Rizalina Calumpang) married a Montesa. IDK but I’d still have to ask my grandmother as to where this Montesa was from. She was a contestant of our home province (Negros Oriental) to the 1927 MANILA CARNIVAL. Maybe we could establish connections.
    All the best,
    Ronaldo Jacobo

  327. Vicente Grupe said,

    August 24, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Im searching for my family tree It seems that my greatgrandfather was not
    mention in any of your german list Joe Grupe is my dads uncle my granfathers name is Heirich Von Grupe his brother is Hernan I’ve only heard that they came from Hannover. I wish you can tell me where to trace my family tree any recommendation in what website? I would appreciate it very much. My grandmother is a Teodoro related to the owner of the Ang Tibay show factory in Marikina and she was married to Valderosa I’ve heard they are from Zamboanga coz my grandfathers brother became a mayor there.

  328. Ernest Nierras said,

    August 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I am trying to trace my roots. I am Ernest Nierras Jr. (Nierraz), and my family came from Biliran Leyte. As far back as I can trace, my father is Ernest Sr, Grandfather is Rudolfo Pasana Nierras, GreatGrandfather is Blas Nierras, his father is Manuel Nierras. We are related to the Eugenio Nierras family. Eugenio is my GreatGrandfathers brother. I found out from my Lolo that our name was originally spelled with a “z”, NIERRAZ. I have been trying to find some semblance of geneology of my family. Can you help me please? Any leads will do…


  329. August 20, 2009 at 4:07 am

    I stumbled upon your website while surfing for Philippine history and discovered it to be most interesting for me. From the age of 8 I grew up in Romblon [one year] and in Manila until WWII, after which we evaded the Nipponese for a year and spent the rest of the war years in Santo Tomas and Los Banos Internment Camps.
    Reading the comments on your website brings to mind the Old Manila in which I grew up. I really love to hear about it. Before I continue I want to say that I too am a mestizo. My mother was a ‘gachupine’ from Mexico and my father was from Romblon.
    I really would like to trace my geneology on both parental sides.
    Again, kudos for your site

  330. esmer said,

    August 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    does anyone knows MORTOLA from misamis?

  331. Alejandro said,

    August 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm


    I have a question about my family,
    Yo soy tatatara-nieto de los Soriano de San Miguel Corp. pero hay un eslabón perdido en mi árbol genealógico de mi familia, Jack comentas que tu abuelo era gerente y contable de las empresas de mi tatatar-abuelo, lo que no me coinciden son las fechas.
    ¿Sabéis de algún Soriano que a principios de siglo se casara con Blanca Frutos de Sevilla? Mi bisabuela se llamaba Maria de la Estrella Soriano y Frutos, se caso con Alfonso Cerdeira y ella murió en Tánger en 1962, solo tuvieron una Hija Estrella Cerdeira Soriano.

    I am a Grandgreat-grandson of the Soriano Family of San Miguel Corp., but I´ve a link-lost in my Family´s genealogical tree.
    Jack you comment that your grandfather was manager and book-keeper of the companies of my Grandgreat-grandfather, In my information the dates is wrong.
    Do you know of some Soriano that at the beginning of century he was marrying “Blanca Frutos” Seville´s citizen? My great-grandmother was called “Maria de la Estrella Soriano y Frutos” She was marrying with Alfonso Cerdeira and she died in Tangier (Morocco) in 1962.

    Thank you very much.


    August 10, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I have enjoyed some of the blogs here, but I think we have to retrack and focus on the beauty, elegance, nostalgia and most of all the, distinctiveness of our old beloved and fading Spanish Manila.
    I remember the stories of my late uncle, Jose “Pepe” Chuidian Y Urbano (married my Aunt, Josefa Ros-Buenagua Vda de Chuidian, he was the only and somewhat spoiled (perdon) brother of Corita “Coring” Chuidian Araneta. He shared to me his hey days of Manila, the old Santa Ana Ballroom, the Paco Park, Intramuros, Casino Espanol Tres Reyes/Amontonar.
    I also remember the stories of my late granduncle Antonio Ros, who joined the Espanol-Filipinos Y Mestizos voyage to Spain during “La Guerra Civil” and their ship was turned back from Hong Kong, upon receiving the telegram that
    war was over. The stories of the parties in the ship and when it came back to Manila. It’s all still reverberating in my mind.
    I left Manila for two decades now, I’m an old American citizen, approaching my mid 40’s. To this day, I wish I grew up in the old Manila that they fondly told me. I want to read of more stories of our old Spanish Manila.

    Alexander Cabrera Y Ros-Buenagua

  333. Garganta Inflamada said,

    August 3, 2009 at 6:08 am


    Well…I am hazarding a guess here…you may be related to Conchitina Sevilla Bernardo, the wife of the present Phil ambassador to Spain. Her mother is/was Lina Obieta. I believe Sra. Bernardo has a website of her own.

  334. SopaSecaFan said,

    August 2, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Nice thread! Just stumbled upon this page from a ‘boredom-googling’ of names of people in the family. Older members of my family have been looking into our family ancestry in Spain. All I know is that we are currently the only Gisberts in the Philippines. My grandfather was Dr. Antonio Gisbert y Obieta, his siblings were killed during the war. My older aunts and uncles probably know more.

    Saw this link as well a while ago, subject must’ve been my Lolo’s father (??). I remember seeing a old creepy portrait of a mestizo in military uniform in my Lolo’s library when I was younger. http://images.library.wisc.edu/FRUS/EFacs/1902/reference/frus.frus1902.i0037.pdf

    An uncle found a coat-of-arms/family crest with the name Gisbert on it. He handed printouts for everyone yesterday. I don’t read/speak the language, and have not gotten around yet to ask what it meant. It read in handwriting: “Catalan, que poseyo en la cuidad de Barcelona su casa solariega. Caballeros de la clara estirde de los Gisbert obtuvieron privilegos en Cataluna. Don Joaquin Gisbert y Angli ingroso en la Real y Muy Distinguida Orden de Carlos III en le ano de 1866 (handwriting also looked liked 1844). El apellido Gisbert abunda tanto por Espana como en America Hispana. *Armas* En campo de plata, un aspa de gules, resaltada de una ballesta de oro.”

    I read in this link that ‘Gisbert’ may be of Germanic origin from ‘Küschwert’ in this link: http://www.kisabeth.net/earlyhis.htm

    It would be grand if someone here has more information on the Gisbert ancestry!

  335. bidang said,

    August 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Dear G.I., thank you for your message. I did read somewhere about Slyvia la Torre’s marriage to a Perez de Tagle and her granddaughter, but I’m still empty with my great great grandmother’s families. I’m hoping someone will re-read all the comments already posted. Yes I’m RP based, where did you get my being from US? Actually more coming from Australia.
    always grateful, Bidang

  336. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Was re-reading some of the recent posts…

    Bidang, you must be RP-based rather than US? I think you may have relatives in Sylvia la Torre’s in-laws. Didn’t she marry a Perez de Tagle eye doctor? She has resettled in the U.S. for many years… And her granddaughter appears on that Miley Cyrus TV show.

    Pearl Fontanilla y Quemada…what an impressive name. And what a wonderful treatise that is you posted.

    Miguel de Vega, I would like to get in touch with you…you can request my email from Senor Toto.

    Muchas gracias a todos.


  337. Nando Crame said,

    July 31, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Hello Henry,
    We appreciate your prompt reply and the interesting information you have presented. Some of the names mentioned were given to us through another source and thus confirms any doubts. It appears that the Crame Family Tree had many branches in most spanish colonies spread all over the world. In our case, we could only start our reseach from our grandfather, Gen. Rafael Crame y Perez de Tagle son of Rafael Maria de Crame y Gonzales Calderon from then on, we have missing pieces to the puzzle. To be able to connect with the Crames who first arrived in the Philippines. You or your distant cousin Crispin Ximenez de Sandoval may have the names of the descendants of Rafael Crame Vaquer, who we suspect might be an ancestor closer to our branch, or any other Crame during the period of late 1700’s and mid 1800’s.
    Henry, it would be great to be able to connect our “Philippine” branch to the existing tree as we too have flourished in this part of the world with many families now in Canada, USA, & Australia. We look forward to our continued relations as part of the descendants of the Crame Family. Warmest regards, Nando

  338. Teresa Howes said,

    July 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    To anyone who could help me,
    I am interested in anything I can find out about my ancestry. In the late 1800’s my grandfather, Juan Garcia-Bosque came to the Philippines from Jaca, Aragon. He was a solicitor and together with Jose del-Pan contributed in setting up the Constitution of the Philippines during the Spanish Times.
    He married Concepcion Broadbent, born in Manila, from Guillerma Carls Erquiaga and Walter Broadbent, born in Sydney Australia. Her father was William Carls, originally from the US, and he supposedly was the first horse-drawn carriage manufacturer in Manila. My grandparents Juan Garcia-Bosque and Concepcion Broadbent had 9 children and their offspring have settled in the USA, Spain and Australia.
    I would be very interested for any information on the above ancestors, for which I thank you in advance.

  339. Henry Trull said,

    July 27, 2009 at 6:35 pm


    I don’t know if this is the appropriate place, and I hope our host does not mind, but here are the essential facts in my possession that might be of interest to you and your cousins.

    My great-great grandfather was José Ximénez de Sandoval y Crame. He was born in Vera Cruz in Mexico in 1812, which at the time was the capital of the Spanish Empìre. He was a colonel in the Spanish army and served in Cuba. His son, my great grandmother’s brother, was also a military man and is famous as the one who spoke the oration for his enemy José Martí, the national hero of Cuba, at his funeral in Santiago de Cuba. His father was Juan José Ximénez de Sandoval y Mayorga who was born in Cádiz and who served the crown in the empire (the reason my GGG was born in Mexico) and who was then Intendente for the Spanish crown for the province of Palencia. His mother was Ana de Crame y Guirado, who according to my information was born in Barcelona.

    Ana de Crame y Guirado was the daughter of Felipe de Crame y Gayangos (born in San Sebastián de Guipuzcoa and died in 1812 in Manila) and Ana de Guirado y Bárcena, also born in San Sebastián.

    Felipe de Crame y Gayangos was a Mariscal de Artillería. He was the son of Felipe de Crame y Noire, who was a military engineer, born in Courtrai in Flanders and who died in 1762 in Madrid from typhus, and Josefa Gayangos y Amat, who was born in Ceuta.

    Felipe de Crame y Noire was the son of Juan Crame and María Noire, both of whom were born in Flanders. Josefa Gayangos y Amat was the daughter of Manuel Gayangos, born in Milan and María Teresa de Amat born in Málaga.

    I have some information about the military career of Felipe de Crame y Noire starting in the service of Felipe V in 1720 and also a Pablo Crame, who we assume is Felipe’s brother, and an Antonio Crame and an Agustín Crame. I will try to put this together for you since my original is in Spanish.

    Best wishes


  340. Nando Crame said,

    July 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Hello Henry,
    Many thanks for getting in touch and your kind offer to assist in securing information about our ancestors specially the possibility of our being related. The names you have just mentioned sound very familiar as we too have come across them during our searches. I’ve got two other cousins who are also researching and I’ve just informed them of your message. We will prepare a plan with the information we have and what we need to know to complete the puzzle. What we have are branches of the family tree with dates from the early 1800’s but lack more relations to fill-in as most of the family tree we already have are from the late 1800’s to the present.
    In the meantime, we would appreciate your continued enthusiasm in this regard as we too are very much interested in getting the “Crame Family Tree” from the Philippines completed. Looking forward to hear from you. Warmest regards, Ciao Nando

  341. Henry Trull said,

    July 26, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Message for Nando Crame.

    Although I am English, I am a direct descendant of Ana de Crame y Guirado, the daughter of Felipe de Crame y Gayangos (b. in San Sebastián, died in Manila in 1812) and Ana de Guirado y Bárcena, also born in San Sebastián. A distant cousin of mine, Crispín Ximénez de Sandoval, researched the Crame family in the Archivo de Cuerpo de Ingenieros in the 1950’s. They built roads and fortifications in Spain in the eighteenth century. Get in touch with me and I can provide you with some information. We are probably related.

    Best regards,

    Henry Trull

  342. SueBee said,

    July 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you Garganta for your response. If anyone knows anything, I would really appreciate any info you have.
    This is the last piece of the family puzzle.

    Thanks again,

  343. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    SueBee, unfortunately, I am not a genealogist. It is ‘paquito’ (and Toto) who are the more certified genealogists…with access to actual historical accounts.

    Paquito? Donde estas?

  344. SueBee said,

    July 25, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Garganta: I am researching my family. I am looking for Angeles Olives Gonzalez de la Fuente, who married Eduardo Gutierrez Y Repide. I would like to know about her children and possibly her grandchildren. I only know that her older daughter Amparo married a man named Aute.

    Thanking you in advance,

  345. bidang said,

    July 12, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Maldita, who are the parents of Juan and Ramon Mascunana? My father is a Mascunana. I have a photo of Jose Zaragoza y Aranquizna who has the features of Stalin?. My mother is a Zaragoza.

  346. bidang said,

    July 12, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Good day to everybody. Hoping everyone is feeling good.
    It’s been a month since my search for the Family Tree of the Perez de Tagle’s.
    Would anyone know and share their site?
    Thank you.
    Meanwhile, take care, Bidang

  347. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    JMT, that might’ve been me. Didn’t realize that Manuel J. Marquez was married to a Carballo…because his sister, the very stern, unsmiling Dolores (Bibsy’s mother) was married to a Carballo. So this whole brother-sister married to siser-brother thing.

    Manuel’s other sisters were married to a Gil and an Olivera. Thanks for sharing a little of the Marquezes’ background. Yes, the Marquezes with their Benitez, Gil and Olivera in-laws were a great education-dedicated clan. I know Vicki married a Guidotti and I think that guy, Midas, who acts as a spokesman for the Supreme Court, is also from same clan.

  348. JMT said,

    July 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    In previous posts somebody mentioned the Márquez (sometimes Marqués) clan of San Juan/Manila. This clan is is originally from Lucena, Quezon. The clan was indio principal puro until Spanish blood came into the picture when in the 1800’s Gregorio Márquez married María Nicomedes Jurado, whose father Antonio Jurado was from Magsingal, Ilocos Sur and prior to that Málaga, Spain. Some descendants of Márquez y Jurado are Paz Marquez (de) Benítez and Manuel J Marquez, president of Comtrust Bank, who married Nena Carballo y Escalante.

  349. miguel de vega said,

    June 26, 2009 at 7:00 am

    i was born ,raised and educated in the philippines. i am now 60 years old. ilive with my wife and four grown up kids in houston texas. i loved reading your articles. i was wondering i f you could refer me people with my interest in filipinian,old manila, etc. thank you much. mike de vega

  350. miguel de vega said,

    June 26, 2009 at 6:56 am

    i was born ,raised .and educated in the philippines.i am 60 years old.have not been back to the philippinessince 1984. i loved reading the articles about the old ” la mestizeria de manila”. does anybody still speak spanish in manila? any old families left? can you refer me to sites,books,references that have to do with filipiniana , and anything to do with old manila etc. i would like to connect with people with my interest. thank you, mike de vega, houston texas

  351. pearl fontilla y quemada said,

    June 25, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Dear Folks of Hispanic Descent,

    Your posts makes me cry.

    We Filipinos keep on looking for that FILIPINO SOUL, so elusive and so lost.
    There was no national consciousness before Magellan and the rest. The lottery of our history rolled into the more than 300 years of Hispanic culture. The hatred of the atrocities of the past have been bloated beyond proportions so that our sentiments would lean to anything new, anything different but Spain. Sad.

    The only true and native peoples of these islands are those whose bloodlines were not mixed with Spain – the natives who retained their purity of we may call that purity.

    We know that there are many things people hate like arrrogance and feigned aristocracy. We know that the great masa are wary of the ‘rich’ whom they blame for their poverty and misery. Look at the replay of counter-america sentiments in the streets. This is an unending cycle towards defeat just the same.

    The descendants of the peninsulares and insulares have nobody to cling to and keep the memories and legacies of the past. They have to cling to each other. And mind you, at least no less than 80% to my guess have Hispanic bloodlines.

    The names in your site are holy. There must be the good, the bad, the ugly, but they were people who loved and mattered during their time. Without them and the rest during the Spanish regime, what could have been the Philippines? They loved the country so much that they decided to give up to America than to see the people and structures and treasures of Manila and the rest ruined.

    Looking for Filipino roots? We have no choice but to look at Spain. We were the children of those soldiers and priests and merchants and doctors and pharmacists and engineers and craftsmen who ventured in these islands.

    The year 2021 is worth celebrating. The great great great grandchildren should join the celebrations. A monthly activity would be worthwhile in all parts of the country. More books need to be written fast. More memorabilias. More pictures, more recipes. More letters, ah those letters! Travel accounts in the country. All accounts, good, bad, ugly, holy and sublime! The descendants learn from the experiences and lessons of the past.

    Those who are old and could not reach 2021 should be unselfish in giving their support through their memories to be told, truths to be revealed and of course some money to let the organizing committee do the job. The younger ones could try saving up and raise funds for such a quinticennial celebration. [I hope i got the quinticennial thing right for 500 years!]

    I Am Proud to be Filipino, whatever they say! We are tracing our very own roots from we dont know where yet. Needs a lot of tracing back to the past records of churches and municipios if there are records still preserved. There are many people who are trained to throw away or burn anything old, you know.

    Keep up your work of love through the internet.

    God bless you all.

  352. Garganta Inflamada said,

    June 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    OMG!! 😎 What a mish-mash the posts (and lingo) have become.

    Hinda na ‘mestizong hilaw’ but more ‘lutong makaw” it’s starting to become.

    God, I hope we don’t even lose the elegance of language (whether ingles, espanyol, pilipino, chabakano or chamorro) …as that’s all that we may have left. 😉


  353. June 23, 2009 at 6:08 am

    & by d way! b4 i 4got ….my grandfaders sister i 4got her nym!????……married to padre vicente pinan in nueva caceres oslob cebu a spanish preist who happens to be the parish preist of nuestra seneora basilica nueva caceres oslob de cebu.my late grandma told me b4 she died.

  354. June 23, 2009 at 5:56 am

    tnx! guyz…..im very intrestetd on ur topics coz im lokin also on my grand faders ancestry,my fader is also a mestizo spanyol hes nym is juliano vaflor valle,his fader originated from nueva caceres oslob cebu.victoriano pioquinto valle i recall lokin back his only & old picture. his features is not filipino he got long nose ,big round eyes liked of a spanish filipino mamulamula maputi ang balat i was not lyk my fader i only got the nose & the profile but my eyes r chinito coz my mother is half chinese but pipol says to my son “anak badaw ng americano” kasi diko raw kmukha ang nose lang daw. i met a man from consolacion cebu dey said dat the first don in cebu was don valle.& my late grandma says valle originated in consolacion cebu b4 migrating in caceres oslob south. hope u can help me connec de puzzle tnx! god bless!

  355. bidang said,

    June 21, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Montse, I’ve seen your Family Tree.
    I belong to Rafael Escalante Zaragoza’s 2nd wife: PAZ PEREZ DE TAGLE who had 8 children. Their 8th child (Vicente Perez de Tagle Zaragoza) is my Great,Great Grandfather.
    We have nothing about our Great, Great Grandmother Paz Perez de Tagle, could you help us? Direct us?
    I have been informed that all Perez de Tagle’s would be related.
    Thank you,
    Bidang ….bidangmart@gmail.com

  356. June 9, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    wow ! what . pastilan ginoo ko gayud . mauba! maayu, gyud …..
    H a s t a l l u e g o , p a r y e n t e s , a m i g o s…..

  357. Garganta Inflamada said,

    May 31, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Oops, I missed Paquito’s msg (#195). Welcome back! Me alegra saber que usted está de vuelta y saludable de nuevo. También fui diagnosticado con una condición más debilitante hace dos años. Debemos comparar notas en algien tiempo.

    As Ricky (Ricardo) tells Lucy (“I Love Lucy”) (in his Cuban accent): you’ve got lotsa’xplaining to do!! 🙂 Actually, you have a lot of catching up to do!!

    BTW, whatever happened to Maldita/Manilena’s posts/blog on the Eurasian site? I haven’t been able to access them lately. I know the site was for sale; but I hope it didn’t fall victim to the site’s uncertain status or to the charges that what Manilena was posting wasn’t true to the site…that she was fawning on colonials since she posted what were actually full-blooded Iberians stranded half a world away. 🙂 (Manilena, if you reading this, please don’t be a stranger; tell us you are also alive and well.

    Senor Jack Schnabel, I also owe you a reply. Sorry, have been very busy…but am also on the throes of wrapping up my book on Olympic Ceremonies — which I hope will be available in the market (via Amazon) come November or December.

    Just going back to Maldita/Manilena, thanks to her posting, I discovered that the #2 guy who will be doing the Vancouver Ceremonies come Feb 2010 is actually an ex-compatriota of ours. “Iggy Jones” is actually Ignacio Esteban Trepanga from Manila (but grew up in Australia). “Iggy,” for those of you who saw the Sydney Opening Ceremony was in charge of the choreographed horse number at the very opening. Sadly, because of ‘secrecy’ clauses, Iggy will not be able to share some of the secrets of the Vancouver show before its time. But watch out for my book, I will drop certain reminders here from time to time.

    Oh BTW, Jack, correction on Soriano’s TV network which I knew from its old studio on P. Guevarra Street. It was the InterIsland Broadcasting Network rather than the “Herald” Network I first claimed it was.

    Paquito, si tienes tiempo, puedes sacar mi email addy nueva de Toto, y voy hacer el mismo con el tuyo. Gracias.

    Hasta lluego, amigos…


    P.S., Jack…mi ‘nom de plume’ de ‘Garganta Inflamada’ es un ‘juego de palabras’ del ‘code name’ DEEP THROAT, el misterioso informante que amueblada profunda secretos sobre el gobierno de Richard Nixon y, posteriormente, lo llevaron hacia abajo. Nada mas. 😉

  358. ronaldo.jacobo said,

    May 31, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Hey Alezzandra!

    Indeed, a Spanish revolutionary family or hidalgo are the Bracamontes. We are from Negros too, from the southern tip in Tanjay. I am glad that we have finally met. Maybe you could give me your email address perhaps so we could be able to exchange valuable information. I have already contacted a priest-cousin who’s in Spain for his studies. I have asked him to try visiting the archives of Madrid, Salamanca and Avila for any piece of available information. Hopefully, he’d be home by July. I do hope this lights up a portion of our family’s history that’s been long hidden in the dark. Btw, my email address is: ronjacobcal@aim.com. I do hope we get to exchange infos soon. Do you still bear the Bracamonte surname?

    La beca de dios nosotros ilustración para ver y descubrir de nuevo lo que ha sido perdido. ¡A El, nosotros levantamos nuestros elogios!


  359. Garganta Inflamada said,

    May 30, 2009 at 6:35 am

    The Quezons are/were from Tayabas. His mother was a Molina.

    Cadiz is, well, originally, from Cadiz.. where else?

  360. wandering_chic said,

    May 29, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Hola! may I know where do the Cadiz family & Quezon Family came from? i’ve been trying to connect my ancestry. thank you….

  361. Anne said,

    May 28, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Dear Paquito,

    I am so glad your health has improved, as I am a regular reader/lurker of these posts I was wondering where you were. LOL. I hope the website plans come to fruition. I (a bit embarrassed) would so like to learn more about my mixed ancestry (Malaysian-Japanese-Igorot-Spaniard-Portugese).

    I wonder if you know more information about the Vargas/Alcala branches. My generation’s mixed up with other nationalities, but those mentioned above are my grandmother’s generation. Most notably, my grandmother’s grandfather was a Vargas who was sent to their plantation in Bicol (Camarines Sur). Interesting, yes? There’s a long story about that, and maybe you can help me dissect truth from fiction.

    I know that my grandmother’s grandfather was a Vargas, who quite possibly was related to Julia Vargas y Camus, because my granduncle had contacted her before–something about “ung bahay sa…mga kamaganak natin sila…”

    Forgive me for being so forthright. The Archives in the Philippines are no help.

    Always a pleasure reading your posts,


  362. Montserrat Kierulf Preysler said,

    May 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Hola! I stumbled upon this blog. You can call me Montse.

    My dad has been putting together our family tree for a while now. You might find it interesting.


    The Preyslers of manila started with 2 first-cousins – who married 2 other first-cousins. So the family tree branched out to
    Preysler m. Gonzalez & Preysler m. Perez de Tagle

    The latter is the famous Isabel Preysler-Iglesia’s ascendants.
    I apparently, descended from the former (Preysler-Gonzales)


  363. alezzandra said,

    May 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

    hello ronaldo,

    accidentally stumble in this site too… just now!

    i am from san carlos city and the name of my great grandfather is Andres Bracamonte (http://www.sancarloscity.org/thecathedral.htm).

    during family gatherings, we always asked where we originated.

    some said… from a european pirate.
    others said… our ancestors came from portugal.
    and a lot said… that we came from a revolutionay family in spain.

    from what you wrote i think the third statement is true.

    where are you from? san carlos city?

  364. Jerseyboy said,

    May 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Hello from NJ,

    This blog is very informative. I would like to ask if anybody knows about Domingo Garcia married to Rufina Rodriguez ( Dona Pinang ) of Caloocan ?



  365. May 14, 2009 at 11:51 am

    To whom concern about my family name. The Aenlle from my mother Josefina Labor Aenlle who died in 1990 in Cabadbaran Agusan del Norte, Phils. I am the youngest of her children of Six in the family. I am Ronald Aenlle Forinas. If any could help me searched the name of my grandfather is Pastor Aenlle and my great grandfather is Jose Aenlle pls email me for thier record of our genealogy in the Phils. I hardly find them my great grandfather JOSE AENLLE was involed in service as Phil. Scout around 1880,s and 1900’s was there in Manila and came to MIndanao island get maried and live most of his time there. I do not know her wife there. Please e-mail me if you have know my link to the Aenlle. My e-mail add is ronfordbaptist@yahoo.com
    Thank you friends.

  366. Paquito said,

    May 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Toto, GI, and other loyal readers,

    “I have returned.”

    First, I must apologize for my lengthy (and quite unexpected) absence. What I thought was a minor health problem turned out to be the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Nonetheless, I am quite happy to report that all is finally well again with respect to my health, and I hope to get to answer many of your questions in due time. I do have much to say, and I am back in the Philippines for the foreseeable future.

    Secondly, my website plans have been delayed just a little, so I will be back at work with my relatives and friends for the next few months.

    Lastly, Toto should be able to authenticate me, as I am using the same unique e-mail signature alias to post this message. I will share my real e-mail address with him shortly.

    Kind regards,



    May 10, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Yo visto, su blog, puedo pedir un gran favor. ?Tu conoces Eduardo Rodriguez-Infante? My classmate in Aquinas School (1979), We used to hang out at their house in Bugallon Street in San Juan, their house was the hub of mestizos, mesticillos and meztizos atras. (good old days). Thank you in advance, Soy yo, Alexander Cabrera Y Ros-Buenagua (Long Beach, Ca).

  368. Becky Aranaz said,

    May 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Toto,

    I was doing some reaserch on Felix Roxas and I was led to your blog. My husband, Jose Infante Aranaz is the great grand son of Felix Roxas y Fernandez. His grandmother , Florencia Roxas , was the eldest daughter of Felix Roxas and Carmen Moreno La Calle. Florencia Roxas was married to Alfredo Rodriguez-Infante and they had 9 children- Joaquina Infante Aranaz,
    Antonio Infante, Carlos Infante, Mercedes Infante Lednicky, Teresita Infante,
    Freddie Infante, Ramon Infante , Flossie Infante Diaz and Martin Infante.

    Your story on Felix Roxas was so interesting!!! Thanks for the info.

  369. Carla Avanceña said,

    May 6, 2009 at 3:56 am

    What an informative post, I had a great time reading this. I have been curious for some time now about my lineage. My great grandfather’s name is Benito Razon Jr. born on 22 Jan., 1888 in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, to Benito Razon Sr. and Doña Rosario Escudero he married Isabel Llorente in the early 90’s. He died when my grandmother was a teenager therefore not knowing much about him. Would anyone have any information on the Razon lineage? All I know is that my great grandfather was in the presidential cabinet of Manuel L Quezon and was the brother Enrique E. Razon Sr. Would really appreciate any information about the Razons, where they came from and all.

    Thanks so much and keep up the good work.

  370. ronaldo.jacobo said,

    May 5, 2009 at 12:18 am


    On two things:

    1) Further research has led me to a documents originating from the Ciudad de Santissimo Nombre de Jesus (current day Cebu) of around the 1616-1619 (http://www.philippinehistory.net/1616-1619arcedocuments%202.htm) which mentions a Spanish fiscal of the Royal Audencia, Licentiate Don Juan de Alvarado Bracamonte. This fiscal was one of the pioneering Spanish nobles who were sent lived here in the Philippines particulary in the then newly-found city of Santissimo Nombre de Jesus. He hails from the royal Bracamonte family of the Castile-Leon Region of Spain (I made mention above) and has Don Gaspar de Bracamonte y Guzman; representative of King Philip II at the Council of Westphalia, Viceroy of Naples, and, Chairman of the Council of the Indies; for an uncle. Also, earlier than the dates inclusive of the documents, the Mission of Tanjay was already founded in June 11, 1580 and became the first Archdeacon of Cebu and the first administrative capital of the Province of Negros Oriental. Due then to the proximity and importance of the Mission of Tanjay to the then Capital of the Philippines (before 1595 when Manila became capital), it wouldn’t have been impossible for Spanish Royal Officials to have been able to visit the island. This might be an opposition to some of the family’s knowledge of a conspiracy plot against the Spanish king but this deems more important since it has been recorded, unlike the former, and has a solid foundation for the presence of a Bracamonte in the Visayas in the 16th century.

    Maybe some of you could help me find access to documents from this era and later (especially those of the 18th, 19th and 20th century that include birth/baptismal/death certificates, school records, etc.) if they are available here the Philippines or if they are, in the dear Motherland. I was able to access some books on 15th and 16th century Spain (courtesy of Google Books) and have stumbled upon supporting evidence that the Bracamontes of Spain are only from Castile-Leon and no other Bracamonte family co-existed with them in other parts of the country. All men and women surnamed Bracamonte who came to the Philippines were direct descendants of this noble house.

    2) It might be possible that the COLINA Lineage I referred to in my older post includes then University of San Carlos basketball superstar Vicente Colina since Colinas in the Visayan islands are few and closely related.

    Thank you for your continued understanding of my somewhat, annoying posts, since I have been itching to finally fill out our family’s genealogy and push earlier than the 1900s.

    Puede el brillo de Espíritu Santo en nosotros todo y nos indica todo totalmente con la intercesión del Corazón Sagrado de Jesus.

    ¡Gracias tanto!


  371. ronaldo.jacobo said,

    May 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I was able to stumble upon this site, I suppose, a year ago and have been silently following the wonderful wonderful blog. The information this site has been giving is sensational.

    I finally decided to speak up for many things and maybe, some of you know of our family’s virtually unknown family history not until the 1900s or so.

    1.) Our family’s great ancestor, according to our great grand uncle (a newspaper columnist and socialite), was a Spanish nobleman who was banished here to the Philippines for a plot to overthrow the Spanish king. On a separate family account, they had BRACAMONTE as their family name and had to naturalize themselves to CALUMPANG when then Gov. Gen. Narciso Clavería y Zaldúa isssued the Edict of 1849 stabilizing the naming system of all Philippine families. Incidentally, with the help of the internet and other reliable sources, we have stumbled upon the Counts of Peñaranda who lived in a vast estate known as Peñaranda de Bracamonte in the Castile-Leon region of Spain from the 1300s until the 1600s. This very much coincides well with the conspiracy plot against King Philip of Spain (for whom the Philippines is named after) for it was also a time when the Counts of Peñaranda were in great power and influence over the kings of Spain. This line we believe, is the line our ancestors must have been referring to. As far as we know, we have heard Bracamontes in the Occidental region of Negros but haven’t been able to contact them. As for the Negros Oriental area, there is no known Bracamonte living in this region anymore. According to church records of the Parish of Sr. Santiago Apostol Mayor of the old Tanjay town in Negros Oriental, one of the last living Bracamontes here was Fr. Pedro Bracamonte who became Parish Priest in 1816 until 1844. After 1849, the Bracamontes naturalized themselves and adopted the family name, Calumpang. This also coincides with Baptismal Records of 1869 of the same parish that includes a cabeza de barangay, Don Martin Calumpang. He is one of the earliest people in the family’s history to bear the CALUMPANG surname. Since then, succeeding genera had Calumpang as their family name. I do hope we could find Bracamonte relatives here. Our family’s progeny include: the Romeros (including Sen. Jose E. Romero, National Artist Dir. Eddie Romero, Amb. Jose V. Romero, Jr., etc.), Muñozes (of the Teves-Muñoz lineage), Miraflors (of the Spaniard Don Victor Miraflor who married a Surigaonon Chinese mestiza, Doña Mamerta Bea), and, Valencia (roots unknown).

    2.) My late grand uncle is a member of the old MASTACHE-DEL OLMO Family of San Carlos in Negros Occidental. Maybe some of you know this family’s history.

    3.) I’m also looking for information on the following families/patriarchs: COLINA (Don Vicente Colina), GUZMAN (Don Pedro Guzman), ABRASALDO (Don Ambrosio Abrasaldo).

    Gracias tanto y puede a Dios continuamente le bendice.


  372. James Brown said,

    May 3, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Hello Consuelo,
    I sent a short email to say hello and I am so happy to hear from you. I will look forward to hearing from you and will be happy to send you the letters written to my grandfather Francisco regarding the death of his father Leoncio and his mother Carmen. Feel free to contact me at either jamesb@montcalm.edu or dr.jsbrown@gmail.com (more reliable perhaps). My thanks to this site for so much information and opportunities.
    James Brown

  373. bidang said,

    April 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Shinobi, here is my email: bidangmart@gmail.com. I need a little more info on the Perez de Tagle Zaragoza’s Family
    Thank you. Bidang

  374. consuelo liquete-tecson said,

    April 30, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Hi james Brown,
    I read your write-up regarding our grandfather Leoncio G Liquete.
    I would like to hear more from you. My email is consuelo.tecson@thalesgroup.com.au
    My dad is Ricardo G Liquete who is a brother of your granddad, Paquito.
    Hope to hear from you soon

  375. Jack said,

    April 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Gracias por su respuesta tan pronta, estimado Don Garganta Inflamada.

    A propósito, su nom de plume me intriga sobremanera. Si es que su etiqueta lo describe acertadamente, le sugeriría acudir a un otorrinolaringólogo cuanto antes.

    Con respecto a la obra maestra de Cervantes, de hecho nunca la he leído. Salvo una sola vez en una librería cuando, por pura casualidad, hallé una copia. Hojeando el tomo me fijé que el español es un tanto anacrónico.

    The Spanish employed is somewhat anachronistic. E.g., the use of a distinct future subjunctive, to wit “Quiero que hablaren” rather than the current practice of not distinguishing between the present and future subjunctive, namely “Quiero que hablen”.

    Lamentablemente, no me dispongo del tiempo necesario como para profundizar adecuadamente asuntos de esta índole. Pues mi meta sencilla es tan solamente mantener vivo el último rescoldo de mi hispanidad, la hispanidad manileña que experimenté durante mi crianza y que, en la actualidad, existe solamente en nuestros recuerdos.

    Cambiando de tema, en el año 1998 participé en un fallido proyecto de revivir el ya desaparecido rotative manileño El Debate. He aquí la dirección de la página web en donde tengo almacenado mi humilde aporte al esfuerzo.


    Reciba un cordialísimo saludo, caballero.


  376. Holly said,

    April 22, 2009 at 3:56 am


    I have been researching the Camino/Caminos family line and was wondering if anyone would be able to help fill in some blanks. The furthest back I know of is Augustine Caminos (born abt 1802) who married a Sayetas. They had a son, Jose Caminos, who married a Matia. Their son is Alejandro Caminos (born abt 1888) who married Aquilina. Their children are Henry, Philomena, and Oliva. I do know that Camino/Caminos came from Spain, went to Balamban, Cebu and then some went on to Hawaii (mainly Kauai). Alejandro Caminos is supposed to have a first cousin by the last name of Crail in Cebu. There is also a Maximo Caminos in Balamban who may still be alive and might be Alejandro’s brother?

    I also have been told that Camino/Caminos belong to Las Calastrava (Calatrava) Order and there is supposed to be a Coat of Arms. I know this goes back a long way, but any info would be helpful.

    I am very interested in the names of Augustine’s parents or siblings and any further generations beyond him. Also, any names of siblings to Jose or Alexandro would be wonderful.

    If anyone can assist me in researching this line, please email me at Miriwin@comcast.net

    Your help is very much appreciated!!!

  377. Garganta Inflamada said,

    April 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm


    Bienvenidos a este muy simpatico blog de retazos de los dias filhispanicos pasados.

    Tengo dos commentarios:

    #1 – Aquella empresa de television de Soriano que fue situatada en San Juan era la canal 13. Yo creo que se llamada el Herald Broadcasting Network.

    #2 – La ‘elegancia’ del lenguaje de Cervantes? Si, I agree that Spanish is a beautiful language. However, a very knowledgeable Spanish-speaking friend told me that Cervantes’ masterpiece, “Don Quixote,” in its original Castilian, was written in rather pedestrian tones and really quite difficult to read in its original version. Which only makes sense. Cervantes was at various times in his life a soldier, a purveyor, a purchasing agent, a tax collector, even a valet to a cardinal in Italy — to put food on the table for himself and his family. He never had a formal journalistic education. He wrote as an avocation or during ‘confined’ periods in his life — like when he was held in captivity by the Algerian pirates or twice in a Madrid prison encarcerated due to discrepancies in his records as a tax collector fo the Crown.

    It was only in later versions of Don Quixote’s publications did it come out as a refined, easy read — due to competent editors making it more cogent, stylish and an ‘easier read’ — and with each version better than the previous one since it had now been annointed as a ‘masterpiece’ within the publishing industry. I mean Cervantes’ basic idea for Don Quixote is great…and very seminal — but if one — according to my friend — were to actually read the original, he said “…one’s (modern-day) head would get all turned around.” So I would just say the elegance of the language of olde Castille.

    In any case, how wonderful that you are able to trace the wanderings and peregrinations of your forebears.


  378. Jack said,

    April 20, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Con un poco de desfachatez, me atrevo agregar los siguientes dos nombres con semblanzas correspondientes a la extensa lista de personalidades hispanofilipinas proporcionada anteriormente en este foro.

    Jacques (apodado Jake) Schnabel, mi abuelo paterno y tocayo. Judío, francófono belga, oriundo de Antwerp, emigró a los EEUU a comienzos del siglo pasado y, tras algunos años de permanencia en Milwaukee, decidió probar fortuna en la entonces colonia norteamericana en el sudeste asiático. Era funcionario de mediano rango en el Departamento de Educación de la Mancomunidad Filipina cuando falleció a finales de la década de los treinta.

    Ralph Schnabel, mi amado padre. Por muchos años era contador y gerente financiero en diversas empresas del conglomerado Soriano y Cia, tales como la aerolinea PAL, los diarios Philippine Herald y El Debate, y una emisora televisiva ubicada en el barrio manileño de San Juan, cuyo nombre no se me ocurre al momento. Falleció en el barrio de Parañaque alla por el año 1991.

    Sin ganas de explayarme más me despido con una preguntita retórica, articulada en la lengua anglosajona.

    What better way is there to honor and celebrate the elegance of Spanish Manila then to invoke the language of Cervantes?

  379. Garganta Inflamada said,

    April 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Oops. Correction on “Enrique Beech” on post #182.

    His sport was “Clay Pigeon Shooting” — not Basketball. Mea culpa. It seems the Philippines had rather large Shooting and Swimming contingents at those Games.


  380. Garganta Inflamada said,

    April 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Came across a few interesting items in the Official Report of the Rome 1960 Olympics which should be pertinent to this particular thread. Some of the athletes on the Philippine team that competed in Rome that summer:

    Bachmann, Kurt – Basketball
    Beech, Enrique – Clay Pigeon Shooting
    Elizalde, Freddie – Swimming, 100 m. freestyle, 4 × 100 m. medley
    Preysler, Fausto – Yachting – Dragon Class (birthplace given as Hagonoy, Bulacan)
    Prieto, Mauro – Yachting – Dragon Class
    von Giese, Sandra – Swimming – 100m Butterfly (didn’t she become a movie star afterwards?)
    Yburan, Roberto – Basketball

    and special one for our host, Toto…

    Gonzales, Francisco – Yachting – Dragon Class (relative, Toto?)

    Also, it seems Maldita/Manilena’s very informative threads on the Eurasian website have been taken down. THat website was looking for funds.

    BTW, donde esta Paquito? Muy bien espero.


  381. bidang said,

    April 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Thank you Shinobi….I have found the Araneta Family Tree which connects with the Zaragoza’s and yes, now I see how I’m connected with Francisco Zaragoza (Escalante and Perez de Tagle)
    Thank you again.

  382. maria josefa oteyza said,

    April 15, 2009 at 8:57 am

    i remember a lot of those names from when i was a child and some of them are my relatives. i am particularly looking for a cousin of my mother, remedios “totoy” de oteyza, miguel perez-rubio, i heard he was in spain. hoping i could have his email would like to communicate with him. please mention that he hired my old babysitter pepita to take care of his children when i came to manila in 1959.

  383. Gene said,

    April 6, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Toto,

    I am impressed with the wealth of information here and would like to add that this site is indeed a wonderful discovery for me. I too am trying to figure things out about my family and wondering if you or anyone could offer something on this matter. My grandfather is Jose Arrieta, a chemist of the San Isidro Hacienda in Kabankalan, Negros, who died sometime after WWII. All his children from his first family, except one – my mom, Rita A. Manalo whose memory is failing – have passed. I wish to get some sort of document, e.g. a birth certificate, death certificate or any other record, and perhaps start constructing a family tree. My grandfather’s children are Vicenta Arrieta Advincula, Jose Arrieta Jr.(Pepe), Tony Arrieta, Ramon Arrieta, Carmen Arrieta Navarro (Nena), and Rita Arrieta Manalo – my mother, now 86 yrs old.

    I would appreciate very much and offer my immense gratitude for any information.


  384. Joaquin Loyzaga said,

    April 3, 2009 at 1:30 am

    FYI Jose de Loyzaga y Ageo is Carlos{{ Caloy } Loyzaga’s grand father{look up google books} for more information} If you want History,look up Torre de Loyzaga or Loizaga {Google search} at Sopuerta Pais Vasco.

  385. April 2, 2009 at 3:49 pm


    I am not sure, but this is my two cents’ worth… if you look at how Ms. Paredes wrote it, she said: “Miguel Ignacio Gorricho, an ‘alcalde mayor’ of Capiz, married Rafaela Doyle y Apostol…” If Ignacio was his maternal surname, then she would have been consistent and written “Miguel Gorricho y Ignacio.” So I suppose “Miguel Ignacio” was his first name and “Gorricho” his surname.

    Toto Gonzalez

  386. shinob12 said,

    March 26, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Aloha Nanay Bidang,

    I’m sorry but I lost your email, can you email me again?

    BTW, D. Francisco ZARAGOZA y Carillo’s parents were D. Antonio ZARAGOZA y Perez de Tagle and Da. Trinidad CARILLO. D. Antonio’s parents were D, Rafael ZARAGOZA e Escalante and Da. Paz PEREZ DE TAGLE who were also your great-great-great grandparents. In sum, D. Francisco ZARAGOZA y Carillo was your second cousin, twice removed (2c2r) or in modern terms, your great granduncle.

    The source for the above is from D. Salvador Araneta’s family book [ 1030 R. HIDALGO ] published by MARA, Inc in 1986. Library of Congress: CS676.8 or Asia Reference A73 A25 1986. The family fold-out charts are in the back of the book as “appendices.”

    In any case, hope this helps.


  387. shinob12 said,

    March 26, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Aloha nanay Bidang,

    I’m sorry but I lost your email, can you email me again.

    BTW, D. Francisco ZARAGOZA y Carillo’s parents were D. Antonio ZARAGOZA y Perez de Tagle and Da. Trinidad CARILLO. D. Antonio’s parents were D, Rafael ZARAGOZA e Escalante and Da. Paz PEREZ DE TAGLE who were also your great-great-great grandparents. In brief, D. Francisco ZARAGOZA y Carillo was your second cousin, twice removed (2c2r) or in modern terms, your great granduncle.

    The source for the above is from alvador Araneta’s family book [ 1030 R. HIDALGO ] published by MARA, Inc in 1986. Library of Congress: CS676.8 or Asia Reference A73 A25 1986. The family fold-out charts are in the back of the book as “appendices.”

    In any case, hope this helps.


  388. bidang said,

    March 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    hi again, would anyone know who the parents of Francisco Carillo Zaragoza? and what was he famous for beside being a poet? and won Premio Zobel?
    Thank you. Checked around and I didn’t find anything, am taking a chance here.

  389. bidang said,

    March 20, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Manuel Ravago won the Premio Zobel in 1928.

  390. miguel8088 said,

    March 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    long shot i know, his two names are probably Miguel Ignacio and he only carries his paternal last name


  391. miguel8088 said,

    March 17, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    hola Sr. Toto,

    would you shed more light on reply #81 regarding Don Miguel Ignacio Gorricho in the excerpt…xxx” According to Paredes: Miguel Ignacio Gorricho, an “alcalde mayor” of Capiz, married Rafaela Doyle y Apostol. . . . xxx”

    I would like to know if Ignacio is a second First name of Don Miguel Ignacio or are his last names Ignacio Gorricho.

    I’m a great great Grandson of Don Perpetuo Agoncillo of Taal, Batangas (a cousin of Felipe) and Fidela Marasigan on my maternal’s side and am from a Spanish Mestizo family from Capiz lastnamed Ignacio (a rare but apparently existing last name in Spain that originated either in Italy or Portugal that later branched to Puerto Rico before coming to the Philippines during the Spanish times.)

    Les agradeceria con cualquier informacion que me pueden compartir



  392. laura said,

    March 15, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Hi toto, garganta inflamada and maldita! You are the kings of the knowledge!! Do you know something about Luisa Sánchez Hernández, Rafael Hernández Machado or Anita López Sevilla?
    Please, help me if you can because for me it´s imposible finding anything about them.
    Thank you. God bless!.

  393. joelvrico said,

    March 11, 2009 at 4:01 am

    hi toto, do you know any realtive of the yriarte family?

  394. bidang said,

    March 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, and could you add to another question:
    1. how many siblings did Agustin Perez Samanillo Moreno have?
    I met my grandfather only briefly before he died in 1970??, never met any of his family or known of them. I know that he was a Civil Engineer and he constructed the Azucarera in Batangas, he spoke 5 languages, his passport says he was only 5 4 1/4 in height, a heavy smoker but a quiet man. He was educated in England.
    again am always grateful: bidang

  395. bidang said,

    March 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Like everybody else, I am very delighted to read so much History of the places, events, businesses, Families (of everyone) and it’s like finding ‘an abaol’ full of letters, books and notes.
    Who ever said that the mestizos are reading this site…i believe they should. Am actually going to pass on this site to my sisters in Sydney for my parents: Ernesto Perez-Samanillo Mascunana Moreno and Carmen Perez de Tagle Foz Zaragoza Ravago.

    My dad is a descendant of Juan Mascunana-Palmira Estrella, captain in the Spanish Galleon Trade, who had 4children:
    1. Jose/Ricardo Estrella Mascunana-Clotilde Estrella (Medical Field) had 5kids:
    1. Ricardo Estrella Mascunana-Maria Pacita (Paz) Zamora
    2. Jesus Estrella Mascunana-Alice Bruggman
    3. Ma. Socorro Estrella Mascunana-Agustin Perez Samanillo Moreno
    where my father comes from:
    1. Ernesto Mascunana Moreno-Carmen Zaragoza Ravago had 5kids:
    1. Martha Ravago Moreno-Manuel Ortega Orros from Baguio
    4. Ma. Concepcion Estrella Mascunana-Cailles
    5. Lourdes Estrella Mascunana

    My Mom is a descendant of Francisco Zaragoza-Antonia Canalda, had a son
    Rafael Zaragoza-Maria Sisi, had a son Manuel Zaragoza-Ana Escalante, had a son Rafael Zaragoza-Paz Perez de Tagle, had 8 kids:
    1.Alfredo 2.Ricardo 3. Rosario 4. Rafael 5. Augusto 6. Antonio 7. Ana and my great grandparents: 8. Vicente Zaragoza-Trinidad Felicidad Foz (from Vigan), they had 10kids:
    1. Aurora Zaragoza-Julio Lopez Busto….where lougopal descends
    2. Pacita (Paz) Zaragoza…any relation to one called ‘Mamita?’ of Liza Araneta?
    3. Ernesto Zaragoza-Felipa Cruz
    4. Arturo Zaragoza-Isabel ???
    5. Jose ‘Pepe’ Zaragoza-Miming Concepcion
    6. Roberto Zaragoza-Helen Gaerlach
    7. Adelaida ‘lala’ Zaragoza-Raymond Leyerly
    8. Julio Zaragoza- Nene ?????
    9. Eduardo ‘dongoy’ Zaragoza-Guelay ????
    and lastly my grandparents:
    10. Lourdes Zaragoza-Resurrecion Ravago, his father is Manuel Ravago,Jr who taught at Centro Escolar and Far Eastern University. Centro Escolar still possesses a book my great grandfather wrote Peregrinando, 1927 ???.

    The same way you’ve told a story about the other families, is there anything that can be added to just a Family Tree that I have? I have nothing on my grandfather, The RAVAGO’s except what I’ve mentioned. There is so much information that I need on both sides of my grandparents….for a start.

    Questions like:
    1. how many siblings did Rafael Zaragoza (Paz Perez de Tagle)
    2. how many siblings did Paz Perez de Tagle (Rafael Zaragoza)
    3. how many siblings did Trinidad Felicidad Foz (Vicente Zaragoza)

    for a start, if Senor Toto, Quito, Maldita and Garganta Inflamada could help, direct me to a site…that would help fill some gap or confirm what I have.
    It’s really too much for me to ask, please have ‘un poquito mas’ de pacencia…
    always grateful: bidang

  396. Dr. James Brown said,

    March 2, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    To Consuelo Lequete and Paquito,

    I cannot express my joy at reading of Don Leoncio González Liquete as he was my great grandfather. One of his sons (Francisco Gonzalez daRoza) was my grandfather, who came to the U.S. as a young man. He had two daughters, Francine Gonzalez daRoza (my mother) and Emilia Gonzalez daRoza. I also have a letter written to my mother from 1986 from Consuelo at an Australian address and wonder if it may be you. I used to write to Ricardo Liquete in the Philippines but sadly he passed away in 1990. He was married to Mila.

    I have looked for many years trying to find out more of my family and hope that I can be directed to more information. I have a hand written sketch my grandfather made of the family tree pointing to his father, Leoncio González Liquete and his mother Carmen daRoza y Sanchez del Aquila.

    Consuelo, it would be my joy if you would contact me, and Paquito (this, by the way is how my grandfather is addressed in letters…”Querido Paquito: Creo que ya te has enterado, pro conducto de tia Beatriz, que Mamaito, la pobrecita se ha ido a la gloria…..” from a Sept 16, 1935 letter upon the death of my grandfather’s mother. This is great detail as to the funeral and those who were in attendance. I also have a letter upon the death of Leoncio González Liquete written by Ding, a brother of my grandfather I believe, and Aurin, their sister. I hope to hear from either or both of you and can’t describe the excitement of the discovery of this site.
    Most Sincerely,
    Dr. James Brown
    Michigan, USA.

  397. Dr. James Brown said,

    March 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    My name is James Brown and I am so excited to have found something regarding my great grandfather Leoncio gonzalez Lequete!! I have searched for many years and I hope I can find more information. I also hope I can get in contact with Ms. Consuelo Liquete as we are related. My grandfather was Francisco Gonzalez daRoza (americanized) son of Leoncio. I have letters of correspondence from Ricardo (your father). We would write to each other and planned to meet to start a business until the very sad day I learned that he passed away. My mother, Francine Gonzalez daRoza married a man of Canadian history by the name of Loren Brown.

    My grandfather was referred to as Paquito in letters and I have some that were sent to him at the time of the death of his father and later, his mother. Any additional help regarding the my family would be a blessing.

    Dr. James Brown

  398. Joaquin Loyzaga said,

    March 2, 2009 at 2:47 am

    My name is Joaquin Loyzaga and I wonder if you could could help me with some information:Date and place of birth of the following.Jose de Loyzaga y Ageo; Joaquin de Loyzaga y Gaston. I would really appreciate whatever help I get

  399. shinobi said,

    February 25, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Aloha Monsieur Tirol,

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to ruffle your feathers. Nor was I courting your enmity. In any case, an aunt has already consented to update the Tirol family tree that I already have.

    Again, I wish you well.


  400. LAURA said,

    February 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Hola! Alguien entende el español y puede ayudarme? Estoy buscando información sobre mi tio abuelo Rafael Hernández Machado, sé que estaba en Manila durante la segunda guerra mundial y que se casó con una chica mestiza hija de un gallego llamada Ana López Sevilla.
    Os agradezco vuestra ayuda, escribid en inglés si os resulta más sencillo.
    Thank you very much.

  401. jose mari said,

    February 22, 2009 at 2:53 am


    If your TEVES and VILLANUEVA cousins chose not to pursue the subject, then neither should you.

    If you came here to inquire about the shenanigans of my kin and to read about tantalizing posts, then perhaps you should go… somewhere else.

    Best regards.

  402. Zoe said,

    February 13, 2009 at 10:52 am

    YEah, I know one Cala family in my hometown in Baybay, Leyte.

  403. shinobi said,

    February 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Aloha tata Anton,

    No, I’m not a TIROL descendant; but my TEVES and VILLANUEVA cousins are probably your kin. I’m not sure if it’s their grandfather or great-grandfather who was a TIROL descendant. In any case, their lola was the querida, and after “chatting” with them, they chose not to pursue the subject.

    Funny, I wouldn’t be surprised to find them lurking here at “toto’s blog” just to get more family clues.

    Oh well, thanks for responding and here’s hoping you’ll still post something…tantalizing.


  404. Micaela said,

    February 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Isn’t this fascinating? Where have I been all this time?!!!?

    If anyone has any more information about the Cala and Mendezona clans of Leyte, it would be very much appreciated.

  405. Jose Mari said,

    February 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    popscan / shinobi,

    I am a Tirol. Where are your relatives from? The family originated in Aklan but is now all over the Philippines and beyond.


    Are you a Tirol too?

  406. Manuel Azaola Jr. said,

    February 3, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I came across an enquiry from Manolet Garcia on September 1, 2008 and your ( Pacquito’s )response dated September 6, 2008. Manolet happens to be a first cousin of mine and would very much appreciate getting his e-mail address from you if that is possible, so that I can establish some contact with him being relatives. I now reside in Sydney, Australia and since 1988 and the opportunity to be in contact with surviving relatives is very significant. My father (Manuel Azaola Sr) who passed away in 1989 is the brother of Concepcion Moya de Azaola) who is the mother of Manolet Garcia. Your familiarity with the Gonzalez-Azaola family was quite a revelation and it was a privilege to have read the history and background of my ancestry. I was amazed by your knowledge of my ancestors and would love to learn more about them with your help. Specific links or any other source of information you can provide will be fantastic. For any AZAOLA out there who will stumble into this small piece of writing – please come forward and make contact with me at sincerelyours1@bigpond.com and I would be very happy to correspond with you at the soonest time possible. Looking forward to your response with great anticipation Pacquito. God bless!!

  407. Manuel Azaola Jr. said,

    February 3, 2009 at 11:02 pm


  408. Response to Anton said,

    February 1, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Correction again (abuela). I try to type fast, but can’t.

  409. Response to Anton said,

    February 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Anton asked about Jose Ros , My late grandma, mi abulea querida , Senora Rosario “Charing ” Ros vda de Buenagua passed away. To the my best of recollection she did not mention Jose Ros (MICAA player). Jose might be related to her cousin Amelia Ros (I asked one of my aunt). The Ros residence in Barcelona is in Calle Valencia (the occupants now are grandchildren of Cristina Ros). I lived in the U.S. for aboout 20 yrs. now. here in the U.S., my close friend Mari (fiancee of Carlos Vela, who played for Barceona FC and his best friend Giovanni , current player) frequents Barcelona, I will ask if they could inquire about Jose Ros at the Ros compound in Calle Valencia.

    The best source of info would be Senora Lourdes “Lulu” Eizmendi, she was the beloved manager of Casino Espanol de Manila for many decades. Please sent her our love, if you do so.

    Lo siento, no puedo ayuda mas .Felicidadez en su perseguidar, para conservar la herencia y cultura Espanol en Manila y Filipinas

    Alexander Ros-Buenagua Cabrera

  410. Menchu said,

    February 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm


    I’m trying to get info on my Grandfather (Augusto Yrastorza)… Upon reading this discussion it seems like someone would know something about the Yrastorza family.

    I have been told that his father Don Jose Lopez de Yrastorza was the (Primer Alcalde de Manila).

    I would appreciate any information on my family, if any at all.



  411. popscan said,

    January 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Aloha tata Anton,

    As a TIROL descendant, can you shed some light on the origins and shenanigans of your ancestors and kin. : – O

    I have some TIROL kin, and I’m curious, if they are your kin, too.

    Appreciatively yours,

  412. anton said,

    January 24, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Alexander,

    are you related to the mestiso player, Jose Ros who played for the philippine airlines basketball team that was the MICAA champion , 1951-1952 ? he finished at san beda i think.
    he was my father’s teammate on that team. if you are , I would like to interview you or your relative for a magazine article.


    January 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    correction of previous posting (legal counsel) spelling


    January 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I saw my maternal grandmother’s last name (Ros) in Paquito’s posting. My great grandfater Don Aejandro Ros Y Jube, settled in Camarines Sur and founded Hacienda Ros in Burabod. His father Don Antonio Ros was the leagl counsel of El Rey Alfonso XIII and his mother was famila Jube, the owner of Hacienda Iguerra in Barcelona, where the apparition of Nuestra Senora de Montserrat was . The San Beda priests only allows the Ros family wooden image Lady of Montserrat blessed, beacuse is was documented that Alejandro Ros, brought a wooden image from the tree of the apparition to the Philippines).

  415. Desiree Bans Guasch said,

    January 21, 2009 at 7:26 am

    You have a wealth of information. I will set aside time to contribute which means I’ll have to rummage and encode things I’ve found/discovered. Some loose ends and some that can tie together some notes here.
    Maraming Salamat, po.

  416. Zoe said,

    January 20, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Hi Vip!!! How did you get those information? Is there any way I myself can dig in the records in Carcar? I am so much interested in that too!!!! My father has that typical dark moorish look but in the Castilian way. But oftentimes, he is mistaken for a Pakistani or Middle Eastern…reminds of the marriage of the Sangley women and Hispanic men in your reply…

  417. anton said,

    January 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    let me know if you got hold of your classmate. i also have question for him thats basketball-related.

  418. peninsularthoughts said,

    January 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm


    Suddenly I realized that I was searching with the wrong name. My friend’s name is Ed or Emong. Now I remember that I was confusing him with Luis, Luis Morente.

  419. peninsularthoughts said,

    January 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm


    If I remember correctly his Dad’s name was Eddie (!). I believe he was also a graduate of San Beda College.

  420. anton said,

    January 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm


    ok, I think its best if you join facebook.com , then search for the afzelius last name and narrow it down to ‘philippines’, you should get results for sure

    do you know if the your classmate’s dad was Eddie Afzelius ? let me know

  421. Francis said,

    January 13, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Hello! Thank you for your response. I am looking for an old schoolmate from school named Luis Afzeluis.He graduated from San Beda College and was a year ahead of me.

  422. anton said,

    January 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm


    can you elaborate more on your interest in the afzelius family ? maybe i can help you. whats your aim or purpose?

  423. Bat said,

    January 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    In Filipinas lived Hermogenes Inunciaga in Hacienda San Jose. Do you know something about ?. Do you know a person with the surname Loroño o Lorono in Filipinas?.

    Muchas gracias.

  424. vip said,

    January 10, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Short of direct lineage to the original 25 or so Spanish grandees of the 16th century, the Philippine Spanish families can actually establish their own aristocracy based on when they arrived in the country. A Mayflower-type snobbery of their own.

  425. Francis Navarro said,

    January 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Hello! I am presently residing in Madrid, Spain. I went to the Universidad de Salamanca where I took up my PhD in Archival Management. I am very interested in the Afzeluis family. When I was a student at San Beda College one of my friends was Luis Afzeluis who was a year ahead of me in high school. I am very much interested in getting in touch with him. THanks in advance!

  426. Vip said,

    January 9, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Of the half a dozen-some mestizo-looking Carcar families, two of their genealogies could actually only come up to mestiza Sangley mothers, and a third to an india mother, and all three padres no conocido. So these must have been either Spanish (or mestizo) priests or civil officials.

    Two families, however, through church records, may be said to have legitimate Spanish papers: the del Corro and Silva families. Padre Anastasio del Corro was born in Carcar 1860 and served as parish priest thereof from the 1890s until his death in 1948. Although his great-great-grandfather, Miguel, was said to be already natural de Cebu (City), yet their line were invariably mestizo Español. Miguel married an Opon (now Lapu-Lapu City) india lass. That makes Fr. Del Corro at least a 5th generation mestizo (Miguel — Carlos Nazareno — Custodio Angel — Juan Climaco —and Anastasio).

    Meanwhile, Gregorio Silva married Fr. Del Corro’s widowed mother, Juana Nuñez, mestiza Sangley from Cebu City, in 1866. Gregorio’s grandfather, Pedro Silva, was said to be Español but from where in Spain is not mentioned in the parish records. Gregorio’s parents (mother’s race not mentioned) were married in Carcar in 1812 yet.

    The present members of the first three families are more mestizo-looking than the Silva and del Corro ones, but you cannot argue with the church records. That just shows how long the del Corro and Silva families have transplanted to the country–and Carcar, Cebu, in small particular. Fr. Francisco Silva of the National Electrification Administration is 6th generation.

    Jose Maria Fortich, mestizo Español, natural de Manila, had children baptized in Carcar since the 1850s yet. His wife was a Gonzalez, said to be from Cebu City. Either there were no more records after 1864 or I missed them. But would Jose Maria be an ancestor of the Bukidnon Fortich?

    Demetrio Rodriguez from Valz de Sto. Domingo, Madrid, married a Surigao woman and resided in Cebu but son, Gregorio, married a Carcar lass of indio stock in 1868. Some descendants are still in Carcar and maybe others in Mindanao.

  427. Zoe said,

    January 6, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Wow!!! It’s good to hear from you Cindy M.S. You are very lucky to know your roots. It would be great hearing from you soon!!!!

  428. Cindy M. S. said,

    January 4, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Hello Randy and Zoe,
    I am from the ancestry line of Don Diego de la Vina y de la Rosa. He is my great great grandfather, on my mother’s side. Just this year, May 20, 2008, his statue was erected in the plaza of Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental. He was awarded the Centennial Award by the Phil. Historical (something). I just sat with my grandmother, now 89 years old and she showed me pictures and related to me how he was very much a great part of our history. I am surprised that you are interested in him and many others. There is a book, but of course its out of stock, “The History of Negros Oriental.” I will try to get a copy from my other great Aunt in Negros. God bless you all.

  429. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 29, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Just discovered this interesting bit about philospher George Santayana, per Wikipedia:

    “Born Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruíz de Santayana y Borrás, he spent his early childhood in Ávila, Spain. His mother, Josefina Borrás, was the daughter of a Spanish official in the Philippine Islands. He was the only child of his mother’s second marriage. She had previously been the widow of George Sturgis, a Boston merchant with whom she had five children, two of whom died in infancy. She lived in Boston following her husband’s death in 1857, but in 1861 went with her three surviving children to live in Madrid. There she encountered Agustín Ruíz de Santayana, an old friend from her years in the Philippines, and married him in 1862. Santayana was a colonial civil servant, painter, and minor intellectual.”

    I think the Borras and Sturgis names are mentioned somewhere in the thread above?

    Interesante, no?


  430. maria victoria jugo sanz said,

    December 23, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    hi paquito. i came across your website and it brought back memories of the stories of my parents. some of the names you have mentioned are familiar to me as they were friends of my parents. i am a direct descendant of the jugo,baldolato de azaola rodriguez,sanz clan. my great grandfather on the sanz side ( don pedro sanz) was a captain of a galleon ship that sailed from arragon spain. he became the first governor of romblon and later on palawan. i would like to thank you for coming up with a spectacular website- to be able to learn and trace the roots of my family.

  431. anton said,

    December 17, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    one of the first historical mention of indians(bombay) that i read was when the British occupied manila in the 1700s …. heres an excerpt from the Cainta official govt website ” considerable number of the population of Cainta are descended from Indian soldiers who mutinied against the British Army when the British briefly occupied the Philippines in 1762 to 1763. These Indian soldiers called Sepoy settled in town and intermarried or cohabited with the town’s native women. The Sepoy ancestry of Cainta is very visible today, particularly in Barrio Dayap near Brgy. Sto Nino. ”

    There was an infamous Indian high scoring basketball player from my home province who played in in Ateneo de manila in the 1950s. his name is Ramchand Motomuul, . from what i heard is that, he died in a blaze of gunfire in a hotel in manila because..=)….. anyway, assuming its true.

    ofcourse, many players of indian descent followed after him.

    this is all i know

  432. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 17, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Funny, no mention ng mga Indians. I don’t think too many Indians resettled in the Philippines as they did in Fiji or South Africa or the UK. Although I do have cousins who, strangely from their father’s side are part-Indian and also descended from one of Rizal’s sisters.

    Also, of the madaming white Russians and Eastern European Jews from Shanghai who briefly resettled in the Phil. briefly after WW2, in transit to Canada or the US, we don’t hear too many of those who stayed behind.

    Si A*mi Ku*sela-Hilar*o pala, the Philippines’ first adopted international beauty queen, moved to La Jolla when she remarried. So she must’ve left her Hilar*o kids behind??

  433. Zoe said,

    December 16, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I agree with you Anton. There are a lot of mestizos in the provinces. By the way, Vip Aleonar, can you share with me the genealogies of other Hispanic families in Carcar, Cebu?

  434. anton said,

    December 16, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Ms. Carmen Escalona,

    I do not know if there are many branches of the Echevarria name, but if all Echevarria’s came from the same guy or are related then try contacting the Philippine miltary association of retired generals and admirals also known as AGFO at
    The current AGFO president is General(retired) Jaime Echevarria, one of the few mestizo generals in the armed forces of the Philippines ever. He is married to one of my relatives on my mom’s side so I have seen him up close. he is a certified whitey, and his sons whom i played with as a kid. As far as i can remember his relatives are in Cebu. good luck with your search

  435. anton said,

    December 15, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Gargs,

    Its possible you are related , although Camaras are not rare in spain or latin america. Actually, His name should in contemporary style in the Philippines should be Gaspar Camara Cruz II. I was helping make his obituary at the same time i was posting here the other day, and I was sleepy and used an oldstyle naming , literally, Gaspar Cruz from the Camara(Gaspar Cruz de la Camara). Another oldstyle naming is Gapar Cruz y Camara. BTW, Im not an expert on spanish naming conventions . All I remember is that there are various ways for a Hispanohablante to be named as depending chiefly on the person’s preference and depending on the country, etc. Now you know why the Spanish language is a poetic language.

    nako maraming mestizo sa probinsiya . yung amigo ko sa northern luzon who told me about the new jaialai plan was actually my college clasmate, german tisoy naman yun. his ancestor came to the philippines during spanish times pa.

    meron pa ngang German, Mr. Sch*** whose business was fixing and maintaining the armored vehicles of the philippine marines, well, thats what his son told me kaya Achtung Panzer kayo lahat hehe. meron din akong na-met na cebuana-german who does not know here german roots. she just knows she has a german lolo from the 1930s.

    tatlong clase ang mga german tisoy: the ones who came during spanish times(ito yung mga orig tulad ng Zobel, etc.) tapos the ones that came during the american era such as the German jews who fled Hitler and escaped to the philippines.
    then the last group are Germans who started coming in the 60s till now marrying the local natives usually bisayan women. There are a lot of these contemprary germans in palawan, cebu, Bohol and other resort areas.

    meron naman Filipino-Arabs. The Arabs who came during spanish and american times were pretty much hispanicized , intermarried with the kastilas and spoke spanish fluently.I dont know the prominent ones like Ysmael family(its hispanicized from the original Ismail, if i’m not mistaken), although i did have a Lebanese-cebuana girlfriend when i was in high school whose family has been living in mindanao for many generations. last name is Sa**. lastly, during the lebanese civil war in the 70s, thousands of lebanese fled and settle in the philippines.

    tapos merong mga french filipinos tulad nung binaggit mo na Gaston. in cagayan there was a french family noon, Four***. There was a Mapua basketball player in the 1980s who ancestor was a french sailor who jumped ship in manila and stayed behind. a former governor of laguna yata Gobernador Cailles is part french, etc etc basta maraming mga French fries diyan nakakalat.

    In summary, i do not agree with what some blogsters/authorities say that the mestizos have decreased in numbers in the Philippines unless we are referring only to spanish mestizos, but if we count all the mestizos whose ancestors are from all parts of europe and the US, australia, canada, i have to say that mestizos have actually increased a lot. just look at the percentage composition of the current PBA teams…..and with internet, all those overseas mestizos can now be connected and united with motherland philippine via blogs, forums, emails etc.

  436. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 14, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Anton,

    Thanks for the reply. Interesting responses.

    #1 – “de la Camara” — I/we are related to leading cardiologist, Dr. Augusto Camara, as well as to his very pretty wife, (Tita) Felicing (Pardo), are from Zambales. But he is only ‘Camara.’ If we were to go by Rene Knecht’s story in the Rogue magazine link you posted, then Gaspar Cruz is descended from a frayle.

    Interesting how you keep you with the Hispanic-descended population in the provinces. Being a Manila boy, I never thought there were more outside Manila. But then again, I supposedly had a very fair, blue-eyed grand-uncle (whom I never met)… on the Manjarres side, again from Zambales. So, certainly, your allegation makes sense.

    #2 – Thanks for the link to that maiden issue of Rogue magazine. At first I thought you were being facetious in the “riches-to-rags” story when I say the Bong-Bong story. Oh, OK, Anton is playing a joke. Until much further on is the saga of Rene Knecht. I always wondered what happened to him after I left Manila in 1972. Really quite a sad story. It just goes to show — and history has proven it time and again with the French Revolution, the Czarist overthrow in Russia, etc., — that when the inmates take over the asylum, they will definitely go after those who have had it much better than them before. If Rene, or any of his friends are reading this, please relay to him my commiserations and admiration of his valiant stand in fighting for what is rightfully his!!

    #3 – Re your interest in Philippine basketball teams w/ sizeable ‘mesizo’ contingents, the only 2 that I can think of are the national teams that (a) played in the Berlin Olympics of 1936 (first time men’s basketball was first included in the Olympix), with that “Commonwealth’ team (most prominently being the late Ambrosio Padilla) winning 5th place (out of 7 teams) :-).

    And (b) the 1956 team that played in the Melbourne Games (w/ Campos, Badion, Urra, Barretto, and the legendary Caloy Loyzaga) — which is why I guess a number of them migrated to Australia, having seen it first-hand in 1956.

    Later, G.I.

  437. anton said,

    December 14, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Regarding the Gastons, i recall they are from Negros area but they have cousins/relatives in Cagayan de oro. my older relatives and laws are more familiar with the Gaston branch in cagayan de oro. I recall from my uncle that there was this famous atenean player from Negros named Chole Gaston who was called the “Cagayan Cyclone” because he played first for ateneo de cagayan before playing for ateneo de manila. There was also a cagayan de oro mayor Segundo Gaston. This is all i know.

    There are actually lot more numerous mestizo espanol , mestizo americano, mestizo german and french in the provinces but you often don’t hear even a pipsqueak about them in the newspapers because they are too busy with their back-breaking provincial businesses(usually farms or raising livestock) or are just simply socially shy(or inept) – that includes me hehe (imagine working in the farms in the mountains day in and out =) . The ones in the provinces also intermarry a lot more with the natives even the tribal lumad natives(basta maganda bakit hindi hehe) so their descendants are not as “hispanic looking” as the ones who are in the so-called ‘social circuit'( no offense intended). one of these mestizos died today from old age, Gaspar Cruz de la Camara. You can see his family history here:

    BTW, there were also a whole lot of spanish prayle illicit consumations (this would cover an entire book to write about =)

    you know, someone should write a thick coffee table book with pics about this mestizos but such a book should not be rushed to be published, rather make it as comprehensive as possible. Such as book will not only have immense historical value(most of the Philippines historical documents are in spanish), but also for readers who have a fascination with the foibles , rise and fall of the mestiso rich( there is another really depressing tisoy fall from riches to rags in the Rogue magazine july 2007 issue here

    At the moment, i’m writing a long magazine article during my spare time on philippine basketball from the 30s to the 50s only, and back then there were a lot of spanish mestizo players. most of them are dead from old age or have immigrated to other countries so its taking me a long time to finish the article because of the interviews that are glacially slow to schedule and arrange. once this is published-maybe early next year, i’ll share it with you guys.

  438. anton said,

    December 14, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Hi Garganta,

    The part about the Sweet lines was just told to me by my spouse who is a cousin of the son of one of the owners of sweet lines(I may have misheard the exact shipping line name, but ‘Sweet’ was what i remember). Their last name is Cas*s. This is all I know because when my wife told me what happened I did not want to know more about this unfortunate story. I get depressed listening to this kind of sad story.

    Regarding Jai-Alai, the only things I know are the following:
    1.) After the Fronton on Taft was destroyed during World war 2, a Portuguese Filipino, Arnaldo Da Silva was the architect of the jai-alai building restoration.
    I just happen to know this part because my elder brother is married to a Da Silva. See details on this portugues filipino here:

    2.) Heres a spanish article detailing the names of all the Basque men in the Philippines and where they originally lived:

    5.) I do not know any nationally-known jai-alai Basque players. The only one i know is a Filipino jai alai player, Loren** and itsreally his daughter that i know(socially). What i do know from a northern Luzon friend is that jai-alai may finally make a comeback in Santa Ana town in Cagayan valley. in fact, about 6 or 12 Basque players(forgot the exact number) recently flew into manila to play at the Grand Slam de Manila at the Quezon city Fronton(its amateur in case eyebrows are raised=). These young Baque players will be the vanguard of jai-alai renaisance if the new fronton in Cagayan valley pushes through next year.

  439. Myles Garcia said,

    December 13, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Went back to “Oro Plata Mata” tonight. I couldn’t finish it. Too long and it just dragged forever in the “Mata” stage. Less is more, Peque. Sorry. Plus:

    #1 – There weren’t really many arcs amongst the people one cared about.

    #2 – Too many characters whose relationships and background stories weren’t exactly clear.

    #3 – A lot of the actors looked too much alike. If I had a hard time telling one from the other, what more non-Filipino viewers?

    #4 – Some of the situations were so hokey; half the dialogue was inane; and acting was really on the amateur level. The film’s set-up was good but so many blank stares; phony reactions and just plain doing nothing.

    The great Filipino film STILL has to be made.

  440. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Welcome Anton,

    Sweet Lines – wasn’t that owned by the Chiongb*ans?

    And of course, there are still the Magsaysay Lines. My aunt helped Robert H* ( Tita Anita’s hubby ) and, I believe, the late Ambrosio M*gsaysay set up the Magsaysay Shipping firm right after the war.

    Anyway, about the Fil-Basque population, is there a history of the jai-lai enterprise in Manila ( owned by the Madrigals and managed at one time by their in-law, Bayot )? The fronton was a hotbed of Basque players.

    BTW, am watching “Oro Plata Mata” ( my niece gave me a copy; I stopped in the middle the other night and have to finish it today ), and it seems Peque cast his whole family and their cousins, the Gastons as party guests ( all identified on the IMDB site ). Do you happen to know them? Where’s Ricky? Did he pass away? I ran into Jorge Luzurriaga ( in the SF Bay Area ) a few years ago. They’re all first cousins. He was telling me ( that was about 4 years ago ) that his parents were retiring in Hawaii the following year.


  441. anton said,

    December 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    There are Zabaljaureguis in Manila too. The dad of one of my nephews is a Zabaljauregui. By the way, there are a lot of Filipinos and mestizos siempre in facebook.com so if you’re searching for someone and contact them, it’s a good site to search. you can narrow down the search by country which is significant because without the country filter, you will get hundreds of results.

  442. Jose Mari said,

    December 12, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Hello Paquito,

    Just a little bit of my family history 🙂

    My grandfather is one of the persons you are referring to. His name was Francisco Uriondo (no “de”) and he came to the Philippines sometime in the 1920s to seek greener pastures. He was the youngest in his family, and he said that according to Basque tradition, the eldest child gets to inherit everything from the parents. So he decided to try his luck abroad as an OBW.

    His original plan was to go to the US but then he was recruited (enticed?) by the de Ysasi you mentioned, who still has descendants in Negros. De Ysasi and his half-brother Aldecoa (whom you also mentioned) established Hacienda Manucao in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, and Hacienda Euzkadi in Capiz.

    The brothers de Ysasi/Aldecoa were my grandfather’s townmates in Ceberio/Zeberio, which is near Bilbao. The brothers a total of 14 persons from their town, who all went to the Philippines.

    My grandfather he settled in Capiz and worked with other Basques (among them Juan Idirin who you also mentioned) in Hacienda Rosario. Some of his descendants are still in Capiz, others are in Australia, the US and Canada.
    My grandfather passed away in 1998 at the age of 95 leaving my mother and us 3 grandchildren as his only descendants. As far as we know we are the only Uriondos in the Philippines. But we can never be too sure.

    Oh, and when I was working in the Philippine Congress 4 years ago, a guy from Basilan came to our office. He looked like the typical Basque and his surname was Zabaljauregui.

    Will bookmark this blog. Regards to all.

  443. anton said,

    December 12, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Escano Lines:

  444. anton said,

    December 12, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Another Cebu-based shipping lines is the Escano Lines. That’s another story…

  445. anton said,

    December 12, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Compania Maritima building:

  446. anton said,

    December 12, 2008 at 6:31 am

    I still saw the Compania Maritima advertisements in the phonebooks up to the 70s if I remember correctly. If you can find any old phonebooks in the national library. I’m sure you will see their advertisements in the yellow pages together with Sweet Lines, another shipping company.

    Another shipping lines was the Sweet Lines owned by one of my in-laws. unfortunately, the descendants gambled away the family fortune.

  447. jay peron said,

    December 11, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Hi Toto:

    Thanks for the info on Angelita Leyb*. Meanwhile, any other info on the other Leyb*s?

    Meanwhile, there is no longer Compania Maritima. What happened to the Fern*ndez family that owned it?


  448. December 10, 2008 at 12:01 pm


    It is possible that the Filomena Guerrero and the Quintina Lergarda [ sic ] you mentioned are from the Guerrero and the Legarda families of Manila.

    There are family tree booklets published by those families but only clan members have them. They might be of help to your research.

    Good luck!

    Toto Gonzalez

  449. December 10, 2008 at 11:56 am


    That’s right, the Leyba [ with a “b” ] were an old Spanish mestizo family of Manila. In PreWar Manila, Dona Angelita Leyba was the “Camarera” of the “Santo Rosario” [ “La Naval de Manila” ] at the Santo Domingo Church in Intramuros; that was a sure sign of a social position in the Spanish mestizo community of the city.

    Yes, of course, the prominent Fernandez family of the famous “Compania Maritima.” I’m sure Paquito has more about them.


    Toto Gonzalez

  450. Vip Aleonar said,

    December 10, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Hello. There was a Don Simplicio Mercado in Carcar, Cebu. In the baptism of his children (mid-1890 to 1900s) he was said to be natural de Ermita, and his wife, Filomena Guerrero, natural de Binondo. Don Simplicio’s parents on those baptism records were Petronilo Mercado and Quintina Lergarda [sic]. On the chance that the last surname was actually Legarda, would you recognize these names from Manila genealogy? I am working a genealogy of Carcar families and there were other Mercados–relation to Don Simplicio also undetermined–in Carcar. Thank you very much.

  451. jay peron said,

    December 9, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Hi. Just curious. Does anyone have any info about the family of Carlos P. Fern*ndez (listed in Maldita’s post above). His brothers were Jose and Luis. He was a descendant of the Leyb*-Mart*nez family that owned several buildings and houses in Old Manila. His Fern*ndez side included Ramon J. Fern*ndez who was once mayor of Manila and was an ambassador to the Court of St. James. This Fern*ndez side was related to the Roxases (Roxas-Ayala clan). There is no mention of the Leyb*-Martn*z family in any of the posts here.

  452. anton said,

    December 8, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Below are some of the Yahoo groups that support Spanish language in the Philippines. Please join them and show your support. if your getting too many messages from the group discussions, just set the settings to email digest so you get it once a day or even to no emails so you just check the discussions by going to these groups yahoo page.




  453. anton said,

    December 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I belong to 3 different groups in yahoo whose goal is the preservation and promotion of the Spanish language in the Philippines. Since these groups were founded several years ago, we sometimes felt that we were just spinning our wheels with no progress. However, the recent news that there has been a big demand for call center workers who speak Spanish has apparently boosted enrollment at the Cervantes institute in Manila plus, starting next year, the cervantes institute will open 18 branches in the provinces. Nurses, doctors, and hotel/Casino workers in north america also need to know spanish when dealing with hispanic patients

    I have an idea that maybe one of all of you can implement. I’m sure its not an original idea. Filipinos including Mestizos are now global citizens having moved to the far corners of the earth. In relation to Mestizos this has the practical effect of decreasing the number of spanish speakers in the Philippines mismo. To lessen the negative effects of the mestizo immigration on the Spanish language situation in the Philippines, I suggest that a website be created that will be an online gathering place of mestizos that will also be open to native filipinos(who are not hostile, you know what i mean)

    This will essentially be like a discussion forum divided by topics such as: Family genealogy, history, Business/livelihood discussions and of course a subforum devoted to the Spanish language where mestizos can support and practice their Spanish. This will be a big boost to Spanish language supporters in the Philippines.

    The discussion forum will also give mestizos an opportunity to destroy stereotypes about them that they are ‘malupit’, matapobre , etc. As we all know this traits are universal and can be found also among rich native filipinos as well as chinese-filipinos.

    In addition to these, I was thinking that to support the Cervantes institute’s 18 provincial branches, maybe the prominent citizens/businessmen in the cities where those branches will be put up can be encourage to establish their own new version of the Casino Espanol where spanish language students can socially practice their SPanish. Right now there are only 2 casino espanol in cebu and manila. It would be a big boost and help to the cervantes institute provincial branches if for example there were Casino Espanol clubs in Zamboanga, cagayan de oro, davao, bacolod, iloilo, etc. The local businessmen who will establish such clubs should strive to make it non-elitist and give deep discounts to young spanish language students who wish to join. it can have a gym and dance floor to appeal to the young and old ones and of course a social area with lounges and a room for spanish language classes and/or meetings.

  454. Paquito said,

    December 8, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Hello all,

    It seems that I need to catch up on my correspondence in here! I apologize for not replying in months, but I have been recovering overseas from a small surgical procedure and haven’t been on the computer until lately. I am still overseas (in Spain now, as Toto would be able to figure out), but I promise to write back within a few days.

    I will also post comments (of varying usefulness, I am afraid) on the inquiries related to the Yrezábal, Echevarría, Costas, Pérez de Tagle-Crame, Aenlle, Pérez-Samanillo, Gorricho, Madrigal, Costas, de la Viña, and additional Basque mestizo families not mentioned in here yet.

    I also notice that Maldita has posted a number of my historical photos to the other forum during my absence. Maldita, I have additional, rare photos for you that we scanned several months ago.

    I am also in the process of organizing content for a new, independent website on Intramuros. The first part will contain entries related to the founding of the Iglesia de San Agustín Museum and several of the expositions in Intramuros at around that time (the 1970s). The website will feature related photos, articles, and memorabilia from those events (including rare photos of the royal visit!). Toto, I think that many of your loyal readers will love what we have in store, as much of it has never been mentioned on the internet until now. I will also include portions on some of the key benefactors and Spanish Augustinian scholars who were instrumental in the post-war research and restoration projects in the Philippines. Also, I usually visit Iloilo several times a year, so I might pay Mr. Zafiro Ledesma a visit when I return next year. However, I am afraid that I do not have any information to share about the Barcinas family.

    Kind regards,


  455. randy b said,

    December 5, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Britain, which seems to have been the most benevolent colonizer if we go by the postcolonial state of its ex-possessions, maintains special relations with these territories, made easier by British educational systems in India. Singapore, the Bahamas, etc. A negative side effect seems to be the flood of Engish-speaking immigrants to Britain from its former colonies, who live in ‘ghettoes’ and strain the social welfare and other resources. Maybe our Spanish colonizers had a point in keeping the natives at arm’s length culture-wise.

  456. Ronald Bernardo said,

    December 5, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Hi Paquito,You mentioned one of the old Basque clans of Western Negros, the Amiscarays. Perhaps you could help me on this.

    I’m searching for informations about my great-great grandfather, Jose Leon Amiscaray (Amezkarai, in euskera). He came from the town of Laukiz, Viscaya, Basque Province and migrated in the 1870’s to Negros Island in present day, San Jose, Negros Oriental (eastern part of the island, actually).

    Aside from that, there is very little information I have about my ancestor. He married a local mestiza, sired 3 sons and settled in San Jose until he died. He never returned to his birthplace.


  457. antonio said,

    December 1, 2008 at 5:51 am

    one practical reason the number of spanish speakers decreased is that right after world war 2, Malate and surrounding areas was devastated by Japanese atrocities and american bombing. It was in these areas where thousands of hispanohablantes resided. Thus, the hardships caused several big boatloads of mestiso families to immigrate to Spain after 1945.

    in the 1960s and 70s, more mestisos immigrated to australia, canada and the U.S. for greener pastures. in fact a bunch of mestiso players from the MICAA are now living in australia. can you guess who?

    in any case, Spanish language is being brought back as an option in high school and college due to high demand for spanish-speaking call center employees as well as OFWs who can speak spanish., e.g. Nurses, hotel workers, etc

  458. antonio said,

    December 1, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Whats the origin of the Faustino last name in the philippines? I am talking about the Faustino last name of the Faustino clans in manila and Bulacan.

    I’m wondering about this because , usually, Faustino is a first name in spain , but its a last name among Portuguese and Italians. Muchisimas gracias !

  459. antonio said,

    December 1, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Its now official. Spanish will be taught not only in college but also in high school in the philippines starting in 2009, but this will be optional. Thr optional strategy will be good because since the prominent families will encourage their kids to take it, it will have a bandwagon effect.

    In addition, the Instituto Cervantes of manila will open 18 centers of spanish language in the philippine provinces.

  460. zoe said,

    November 24, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Thanks Randy B.!!!! I guess I do not have that much clue as to where my family name came from….maybe one of my ancestors was assigned to that name when all natives where summoned to take Hispanic names…..

  461. randy b said,

    November 20, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Paquito: Can anyone give details on the intriguing story of Izquierdo, an old Spanish or Mexican general who married into the Tausog royalty of Jolo and whose descendants are still politically prominent ? They usually cause a stir among the gals with their Spanish-Malaysian-Arab bloodline looks.

    The Sagarbarrias originally settled in Bicol (the late Raul Roco’s mother was a Sagarbarria) and one married a Teves from Negros. The Barricas are really from Misamis Oriental, one married a Diago from Negros. Other Negrenses of Spanish origin are the Vicente, Villanueva, Rotea, del Prado, Montenegro (intermarried with the Aboitiz), Diaz, Paras, Serion, Longa, Llanderal, Larrabaster, Sinco, Sierra, Pastor, Patero, Arnaiz, Medina (migrated from Ilocos), Tapia, Moras (also of Cebu), Miranda, Solana, Villegas, Pastrano (forbears of Paquita Roces). Some old German Jew families are the Pflizer and the Pfleider, the Marchand and Furbeyre are originally French and the Wuthrich partly Swiss.

    Victoria: Hispanic culture is fading in the Philippines because there was no mass Spanish migration to these parts as in So. America. For 200 years the islands were administered from Mexico, so much of Hispanic heritage came via Acapulco although family name origins could be traced to Spain. There was no extensive school system propagating the Spanish language because the Spaniards failed to see how that would entrench them. The few writers in Spanish came from the ilustrado class schooled in friar-established colegios.
    The gringos opened a public school system mandating English and to this day, we are a US satellite imagining independence. Then Americans say we have a damaged culture lacking mystery and exoticism, forgetting this is the product of mind control.

  462. randy b said,

    November 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Zoe: Diego de la Vina was born in Binondo of a father from Oviedo (D del la V Sr.) and a mestiza Chinese mother, Damiana de la Rosa. He farmed an hacienda in Negros Oriental and became a hero of the 1896 revolution. His descendants include Congressman Paras and the Serion family of that province. For a complete biography write the author of “Neg. Or. and the Phil. Revolution”, Caridad Rodriguez (address 312 Daro, Dumaguete City) for a copy.

  463. Garganta Inflamada said,

    November 19, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Hmmm. /\ Victoria, I tend to disagree. /\ I think you are going overboard in your justification of the slow death of Spanish culture in the Philippines.

    For one, American culture is ‘pop’ (i.e., popular), therefore, more accessible. The Spanish culture in the Philippines was very aristocratic, class-conscious — therefore ‘inaccessible.’ What were probably minor bureaucrats in Spain suddenyl became big kahunas in the Islands. (And also a ‘hardship’ post I might add…therefore those came over, I’m sure were very grumpy and impatient with having to work in a humid, fetid climate.) I also think there was a greater but finer divide in how the Spaniards viewed the indios vs. how the ‘Kanos saw their Little Brown Brothers. There alone, you can see that one was a condescending, vertical hierarchy, while the latter was definitely on a lateral, fraternal relationship. Altho granted, both viewed the ‘indios’ as a backward, primitive race that needed to be brought up to civilized ‘western’ standards.

    Another factor is, after 1898, with Spain having given up on the Islands, there was no more reason for Madrid to spread her culture and her sons to MORE than halfway around the world. Para que? No hay mas colonias otras en el oriente. It was really the final curtain on the far-flung Spanish empire. Argentina and Mexico had long freed themselves of Spanish rule. So with ties to Europe/Spain becoming thinner, conversely, America was pouring its resources in its new outpost in the Far East — so as a matter of natural course, American culture supplanted the older, stuffier Spanish culture. Of course, Spanish culture has a stronger hold in Latin America because, if you’ll think about it, they are only a rather small ocean away…compared to the Philippines…2 giants oceans away if you go west, and at least 40 days journey (in the 1890s) if you went east.

    You also forget, the 20th century generations of Filipinos are more susceptible to the latest inroads of western (i.e., American) culture. We are ‘sponges’ to it. So don’t entirely blame the overlaying culture. They only did what many other conquering/occupying cultures have done since Day One. The Romans; the Dutch, the British, the Spaniards, the French, tthe Germans/Nazis, the Americans, even the Russians, Portuguese and the Japanese, all try to imprint their culture upon societies they have vanquished. Isn’t that the whole point of conquest? It’s just a fact of history that the Philippine Islands aren’t one of the great marauding nationalities that the aforementioned ones are. We’ve always been one of the ‘trampled’ ones because we have never been a mighty military nation. Not to mention, how do you really safeguard 7000+ islands????

    It could’ve been worse. If the RP stayed an outpost of Spain, RP would trade and identify more with Latin American than with its natural Asian neighbors. A Spanish-speaking RP would be a greater anomaly in 21st century Asia and stuck out like a sore thumb more than the English-speaking one that it is today.

    So it’s all a matter of evolution; and from my POV, there’s no use in crying over spilled milk. Instead, learn and profit from the unique lessons and course of our history I say.


  464. Victoria said,

    November 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    One of the most important reasons that so little of Spanish culture remains in the Philippines is the fact that American occupation and colonialism was complete.

    The intent was not just to establish a presence in the Far East as the British and the Dutch had done.

    In order to firmly defend their position and as a response to the unwillingness of the Filipinos to comply, Complete cultural and linguistic destruction was implemented. First through war. Mark Twain was so incensed and disgusted by the atrocities perpetuated, that he took up the cause of liberation for Filipinos and wrote vociferously about the situation.

    In response to the public outcry, it was later proposed by the Dean at the University of Michigan, that implementing US centric based education would not only displace the languages and the cultures to which the languages were the key, but in time would extinguish all memory of any cultures beyond what was taught in the US based curriculum.

    Take away a language, or languages, and you take away a people’s culture. If a group won’t comply with their bodies, then take away their minds. Maybe better put, take away their memories of who they were, and you have a people ripe for re-construction.

    In the rest of what remains of Latin America, the Spanish culture became assimilated.

  465. Garganta Inflamada said,

    November 15, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Actually, I’m going to try and use this to locate a former girlfriend from our days in NYC, Vicki Costas. V, last time I was in Manila, I tried to look you up (as you said) via your family on Melantic in SanLo. But they were no longer there. If anyone happens to know where to reach Vicki or the Costas,’ kindly get my email addy via Toto. Muchas gracias.

  466. zoe said,

    November 4, 2008 at 10:43 am

    hi!!! May I know who Diego de la Viña y de la Rosa is? Where he is from? I am just curious about my ancestry too…my grandfather’s family name is de la Rosa tooo… and he is from Carcar, Cebu or somewhere along Carcar’s nearby towns….

  467. lewis Stonehouse said,

    October 31, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    The Belzunce came from Muruzabal and Bearin in Navarra

  468. michael jose belzunce said,

    October 19, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Would like info about my grandfather and great grandfather. Both born in Navarra, Spain. Ruperto Belzunce and Alberto Belzunce(my grandfather). Managed and owned a sugar cane land in negros. Before war they migrated to manila because Alberto had tuberculosis. Believe Ruperto became juez de paz.

    I was born in Manila but now live in Spain
    Michael de Jose Belzunce

  469. Santa_Santita said,

    October 10, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Su majestad — did you just say, “me oigas”? Tsk, tsk. Pretty shoddy spanish. Looks like someone hasn’t mastered his tenses. ¡qué barbaridad!

  470. JCdeB said,

    October 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Oye, PaquiTo y chiCos filiPInos,

    Quiero saber TODOS mis parientes ilegimitos de la familia Bourbon — los hijos, hijas (l*ding?) de ‘afuera’ …si sabes lo que lo pienso. 😉

    TODOS — me oigas?

    Muchas gracias.

    “”Su majestad
    “El R*y de Espana
    J.C. de B.””

  471. dolcevitalux said,

    October 9, 2008 at 11:31 am

    yup, i guess that’s all the fun part about history and tradition. when we were young we were always made to believe that adults were serious, methodical, upright…well in other words “conservative”. but behind all that conservativeness lies the gossip which is what makes this type of blog fun to read.
    anyone ever read “hollywood babylon”?

  472. 4btiddy said,

    October 8, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Hola Paquito. Let me say first that I am amazed at the depth of your knowledge about all the old families. I noticed though that you have not mentioned anything about the Aboitizes. I am curious because I remember my mother (who comes from the Torres clan of Ormoc, Leyte) saying that we were distantly related to them but she couldn’t remember the details.

    Toto, thank you for putting up a very interesting blog. I have been lurking here for a while, just quietly reading your articles & the interesting comments that follow. Some may criticize it (e.g. Adolfo) but I am fascinated by it because I have always been interested in history & tradition (not to mention the gossip!).

  473. Nando Crame said,

    October 8, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Hola Paquito,
    I was referred to you by Toto regarding a query I had item # 304 concerning my ancestry pre/post 1835 in which a document was signed by Don Joaquin de Crame y Guirado, Gayangos, Barcena, Le-noir, Monsagratti, Bien-Pica. He was the Spanish Governor General of the day in the year 1835 and held the position for a very short period. We are not certain of the real reasons for his short tenure as there are many versions which are all by word of mouth and we cannot verify any. However, we are certain that the “Philippine family roots” were established by him during that period. We also calculate he was born in the late/late 1700. All other records were lost during the different revolutionary upheavals, the american-spanish war and the second world war. What remains are mostly recounts of family members which have been recorded from the generation comencing with General Rafael Crame y Perez de Tagle, born in Malabon, Rizal, on October 2, 1863. His parents were Joaquin Crame y Calderon and his mother was Maria Perez de Tagle. He became the first Filipino General of the Philippine Constabulary on December 17, 1919 held the position until his death at the age of 64 years on January 1, 1927. From then on all we have are the highlights of his life and military career found in the 74th Anniversary of the Philippine Constabulary book presented to the daughters during that time. The rest of the family tree has been updated from time to time by one of the grand-daughters who is kind enough to copy all of us who are interested in continuing the tradition.
    Paquito, I would appreciate any information you can give us pre/post 1835 covering the family tree up to 1863 as we have assumed that General Rafael Crame y Perez de Tagle is the grandson of Gov. Gen. Joaquin Crame y Guirado. And his father is Joaquin Crame y Calderon.
    I have included my email address in case you would like to ask any additional information. In the meantime, we thank you so much for a wonderful job you guys are doing in helping us reconstruct our family tree.
    Hasta pronto, gracias mil. Nando

  474. October 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm


    The eminent Iloilo historian Mr. Zafiro Ledesma and the staff of Museo Iloilo request your assistance for information on and photographs of the BARCINAS Family of Iloilo circa 1892.

    Please email me ASAP at augustomrgonzaleziii@yahoo.com .

    Many thanks.

    Toto Gonzalez

  475. October 7, 2008 at 2:02 pm


    The eminent Iloilo historian Mr. Zafiro Ledesma and the staff of Museo Iloilo request your assistance for information on the BARCINAS Family of Iloilo ca. 1892.

    Please email me ASAP at augustomrgonzaleziii@yahoo.com .

    Many thanks.

    Toto Gonzalez

  476. dolcevitalux said,

    October 7, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    the only son of manuel somes and catalina gorricho, enrique somes y gorricho, married consuelo schmid y dela riva
    i also wish to trace back the ancestors of consuelo schmid y dela riva

    addressed to anyone who can provide info.

    all the best again!!!

  477. zippo said,

    October 7, 2008 at 6:44 am

    When I was about 9 or 10, my grandmother would often tell me stories about the numerous Filipinos who took sides during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939. In fact, if memory serves me right, the Casino Espanol in Manila has a commemorative plaque of some of the Filipinos who went to Spain to fight in either side.

    My grandmother said that the Spanish Civil War so divided Filipinos of Spanish descent that “brother fought against brother.”

    Would anyone here know which Spanish-Filipino sided with what side of the Civil War (i.e., which ones were Republicanos and which were Nacionales)? As a child, I didn’t care much for these stories but now I am surprised (considering the pro-Catholic sentiments of Filipinos in the 1930s) that there were actually some Spanish-Filipinos who were actually Republicanos!

    Z 🙂

  478. dolcevitalux said,

    October 5, 2008 at 2:48 am

    by the way, in my opinion, with manila being such a compact place before it is not unusual for the affluent to stay together. It is, therefore, without surprise that their children will be wittingly or unwittingly matched, to keep the family fortune or just simply to keep up with reputation. you know how parents are. they only want the best for their kids hmmmmm. tradition or simply necessity.
    until now there are still wealthy families (including royalties) who influence and steer their children’s future for whatever purpose they perceive as necessary.

  479. dolcevitalux said,

    October 5, 2008 at 2:27 am

    i am not aware of the other gorricho siblings except catalina and juliana whose names were scribbled on the notes left by Madam Victoria Miailhe. catalina Gorricho married Manuel Somes and only had one child. the only child, enrique gorricho somes, produced the descendants in which i am part of.
    calalina died a week after giving birth.
    meanwhile manuel somes had a sister, margarita somes who married benjamin butler. their products produced the burke-miailhe descendants.
    the headstones of manuel somes, catalina gorricho, margarita somes and john butler are all at san agustin church.
    several years later the widower, manuel somes, remarried to Angelita Lagoza Leyva. unfortunately their union did not produce any children.
    what i am most interested in the somes line prior manuel somes

    all the best


  480. October 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    In the bibliographical notes of the Paredes essay “The Pardo de Taveras of Manila,” I came across this very interesting fact:

    Note # 67: Before his marriage to Dona Tula, Don Joaquin had had two daughters by a “mestiza” in Albay. One of them married a MADRIGAL and bore a son, VICENTE [ Pardo de Tavera, “Arbol Genealogico” ].

    Read: Before Joaquin Pardo de Tavera’s marriage to Gertrudis “Tula” Gorricho y Santos, he had sired two “hija natural” with a “mestiza” in Albay. One of them married a MADRIGAL and bore a son, VICENTE [ from the “Arbol Genealogico” / Family Tree dictated by Trinidad Hermenegildo Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho to his daughter-in-law Paz Manzano y Lopez ]

    OMG. How “genetic” can Wealth get in Manila??? From Pardo de Tavera, to Gorricho, to Madrigal…!!! 😀

    I’m sure Paquito has more interesting things to share with us…


    Toto Gonzalez

  481. October 4, 2008 at 6:15 pm


    It just happens that I am currently rereading a fascinating history of the Pardo de Tavera and Gorricho families in Ruby R. Paredes’ essay “The Pardo de Taveras of Manila” in the book “An Anarchy of Families” edited by Alfred W. McCoy [ Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1994 ].

    According to Paredes:

    Miguel Ignacio Gorricho, an “alcalde mayor” of Capiz, married Rafaela Doyle y Apostol.

    Jose Damaso Gorricho y Doyle, quartermaster of the Spanish army, married Ciriaca Santos, a very enterprising woman from Imus, Cavite. They waxed very rich from several enterprises and they had seven children:

    Juliana Gorricho y Santos married Felix Pardo de Tavera y Gomez Artucha.

    Gertrudis “Tula” Gorricho y Santos married Joaquin Pardo de Tavera y Gomez Artucha.

    Josefa Gorricho y Santos married Antonio Prieto. Their son Mauro Prieto y Gorricho married Consuelo Legarda.

    And according to you, Catalina Gorricho y Santos married Manuel Somes y Solis.

    Who were the three other Gorricho-Santos children? Were there sons?

    I think that the Gorricho connection to the Burke-Miailhe might be through the family of Dr. Burke of the early 1900s, who laid the foundation of that family’s Manila fortune.

    I’m sure Paquito has more interesting things to share with us…


    Toto Gonzalez

  482. dolcevitalux said,

    October 1, 2008 at 11:36 am

    what a truly fascinating wealth of information this blog is. i am a descendant of catalina gorricho, sister of juliana gorricho, married to manuel somes y solis. i came across their headstones while on a tour of san agustin church with my children.
    my father once told me about an french old lady who visited him many decades ago and left him a note about our family relations. the french lady’s name is madam victoria desbarats miailhe, who at that time lived in bordeux, france. it is only recently that i saw the note and made me embark on a quest to trace my family genealogy.
    i will be most grateful if anyone can share some insights into this.
    thank you so much

  483. cleopatra said,

    September 23, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks Datu. It makes sense that the nobility was abolished when the Americans took over the Philippines. However, I have read somewhere that at one time the Legardas were figthing for their share of the mayorazgo in the 1930s but they lost the case because the provision of the mayorazgo as quoted in the case did not allow the division of the estate. One such estate is the Diliman Estate. I surmise the owner of that estate must be the current lord, if it still exists. I just wonder. This part of the Philippine history is not well documented. Cleo

  484. housebetweenoaks said,

    September 23, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I am sure this isn’t a genealogy search bulletin board but….
    for Maria Carmen, and others into Basque culture and genealogy searches, http://www.irargi.org is a great source of information especially if you have accurate details of names, places, dates of birth, death, marriages. It recently added English version for non-Basque or Castillan speakers. On line information in the Bizkaia Diocese database, the Donostiako Elizbarrutiko Artxibo Historikoa database and other places in Euskadi.

    Maldita was searching for fotos including my great grandfather Pedro Zabarte? Any more information about him will help.
    Eskerrik asko.

  485. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 17, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Maria Carmen,

    Hola. I know you addressed your query to Paquito (and pardon me for butting in…) — but looking at the birthdate of your grandfather, it would appear, or one could deduce, that your abuelo would’ve been born in the Philippines. It was roughly a year after the Americans took over as colonial masters of the islands, and a year since the bandera espanola ceased to fly there officially. So, if anything, there would’ve been more Spaniards returning to Spain rather than a new influx coming the other way.

    Unless of course your grandpaternal side was temporarily in Spain during those years and had all intentions of returning to Las Filipinas regardless of who was adminstering the islands.

    Wouldn’t baptismal records help? I mean a child is usually baptized a month or 2 after birth, so if those exist in Manila — then he would’ve been born there. It is highly improbable that he would’ve been born in Spain and then journeyed half a world away to Manila without being baptized first?

    Of course Paquito will probably have the right, exact answer. The above is just an amateur sleuth’s amateur guess…


  486. Maria Carmen Yrezabal Escalona said,

    September 17, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Hello Paquito,
    I would appreciate any information you can share with me regarding my grandparents. I am confused and need to know if my grandfather was born in Intramuros (as reflected on his marriage certificate) or in Santander ( as reflected on his death certificate). There are no records of his birth here in the Philippines and I hear conflicting stories from relatives. I’m wondering if I should try looking for them in Santander and how I should go about it.
    NAME : Eduardo A. Yrezabal ( grandfather )
    DATE OF BIRTH : August 19, 1899
    FATHER: Adolfo Yrezabal, Madariaga
    MOTHER: Felipa Azpiazu, Elizalde

    NAME: Maria E. Echevarria ( grandmother )
    DATE OF BIRTH : 1902 or 1903 ?
    FATHER : Ramon Echevarria
    MOTHER : Ana Egido

    Any information will be much appreciated.

    Maria Carmen

  487. Datu said,

    September 15, 2008 at 4:01 am

    Thanks Paquito, actually I have an English translation of the Royal grant for the Mayorazgo…and it’s will. I got it from an obscure source which I already forgot 😉

    Cleo, yup correct it’s 1794 that the Mayorazgo was proclaimed. However, I haven’t got an idea who is the primogeniture heir nowadays. Titles of nobility was abolished during the American colonization from 1898.

  488. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Oops. Typo. Meant ‘town’ in place of ‘time’ in previous post.


  489. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 11, 2008 at 6:07 pm


    Someone here mentioned the Gallardos; and I read somewhere about the Semanillas (sp?) — two names I’ve near previously heard of. What do you know about them?

    Also, since you mentioned that you are presently involved in ‘research projects,’ would you be interested in hooking up with a first cousin (a Lorenzo on her mother’s side) who also does scholarly work for the National Archives, as well as for the Archbishop’s office? I am sure the two of you (and/or that other person you mention) could combine forces to produce masterful, definitive works. (And I think you may even reside in the same part of time — if I gathered that right from a previous post of yours.) Or am I sticking my nose in where I shouldn’t? 😉

    In any case, if this offer interests, you can get my email c/o Toto.


  490. cleopatra said,

    September 11, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Datu and Paquito, Yes. How about the tuasons. Whatever happened to their “noble estate” or mayorazgo in modern day Philippines. Does it still exist? Who is the current “lord” of the tuason mayorazgo? I believe the first tuason was a Chinese merchant , Son Tua. His name was hispanized to Tuason when he was awarded a noble status by then King Charkes IV of Spain in 17 94(?) as a reward for helping Spain quell the British invaders. And along with the noble status came a big track of land called “noble estate” or mayorazgo and only the first born male inherits it. I also know that it was the Tuasons that started Quezon City when then Pres Quezon bought thousands of hectares of lands from the Tuason family Did I get that right? Also, the same Tuason family donated the vast track of land that UP now occupies. So, who is now the current “Lord” of the Tuason mayorazgo, if it still exist. I also wonder if the mayorazgo was adversely affected by the land reform programs.
    We also know now that the current First gentleman, Mike Arroyo, is a Tuason on his motherside or the less endowed Tuason. Just FYI.

  491. Paquito said,

    September 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Dear Mr. Lewis Stonehouse Echarri,

    I remember the old “El Civismo” (…and the Civismo Weekly) very well. You are correct, it was one of the region’s leading Spanish-language papers at the time. I seem to recall that it was run by Don Aurelio Lacson Locsin, the father of Raul Locsin. Come to think of it, I’m not sure that I’ve seen archive issues in any of the libraries that I frequent. Perhaps Raul Locsin and his family members would be able to help you here?


    P.S. It appears that WordPress swallowed my responses (were they filtered out?) from the other day. Please accept my apologies should they reappear magically in duplicate…

  492. Paquito said,

    September 9, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Toto G.,

    Thank you once again for your kind words. I would not have found my way here were it not for your wonderful reminiscences from home.

    As for a book, I would like to complete one someday (I have binders full of essays and notes, my old, photo journals, my digitized photo albums, etc.). Currently, I am committed to two other scholarly/research projects (one related to works of St. Augustine and the other related to Intramuros, Manila) with another Spanish figure from the academic world well-known to the mestizo community in the Philippines.


  493. Paquito said,

    September 9, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Before I forget, the book “After the Galleons” also features depictions of some of the famous figures mentioned in this thread (Maldita, take note): José María Tuason, Narciso Padilla, Dr. Paul Proust de la Gironière, Robert MacMicking (father of José McMicking, Sr. — one of my grandfathers was a colleague of his at Warner, Barnes & Co. in Iloilo), etc.

  494. Paquito said,

    September 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm


    While I was aware of Don Joaquín Ortíz, the prominent merchant that had emigrated from Andalucia and established himself in Iloilo in the early 19th century (recall Ortíz St. in Iloilo), I was not aware of his title (just an aside, but if I am not mistaken, the wife of Don Gregorio Yulo, the former Doña Filomena Ortíz y Rubin de Celis, was also a member of the same clan).

    As for your inquiry re. the Tuason family, I believe that this was mentioned in Dr. Benito Justo Fernández Legarda, V’s groundbreaking book on Philippine commercial history: “After the Galleons: Foreign Trade, Economic Change and Entrepreneurship in the Nineteenth-Century Philippines.” This book is one of the seminal texts on the subject and a personal favorite. I don’t have it handy at the moment (I am overseas right now), but you should take a look at the book’s bibliography for guidance.


  495. Paquito said,

    September 9, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Dear Mr. Lewis Stonehouse Echarri,

    I remember the old “El Civismo” (…and the Civismo Weekly) very well. You are correct, it was one of the region’s leading Spanish-language paper at the time. I believe that it was run by Don Aurelio Lacson Locsin, the father of Raul Locsin. Come to think of it, I’m not sure that I’ve seen archive issues in any of the libraries that I frequent. Perhaps Raul Locsin and his family members would be able to help you here?


  496. September 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm


    Thank you very much for your information. I take my hat off… you’re a walking encyclopedia.
    One last request if you please: Is there any archive of the newspaper in Spanish from Negros called “CIVISMO”?This newspaper was very popular in the Visayas during the 30’s and 40’s. I would love to know.

    yours faithfully,
    Lewis Stonehouse

  497. Datu said,

    September 8, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Paquito, yes the Tuasons. I have dug up some old files but I cannot validate this info. It is said that the Tuasons were elevated to nobility in 1782 and in 1784 their property was elevated to Mayorazgo with succession based on male primogeniture. This property was the first and only known Noble estate in the Philippines. Will appreciate any correction on this info.

  498. Datu said,

    September 8, 2008 at 3:29 am

    Thanks for the list Paquito,

    By the way, there is also a pioneer businessman in Iloilo Don Joaquin Ortiz who holds the title Marque de Luna.

    I also stumbled this German family “Zobel von Giebelstadt zu Darstadt” who holds a German Princely title and Graf (count). Big possibilities that the Zobel-Hinsch is a branch. Zobel family is not that widespread in Germany.

    Toto- I was drawn on this site when the name of my greatgrandpa appeared on earlier blog. Congrats for this great site !

  499. September 6, 2008 at 1:43 pm


    Thank you so much for your erudite contributions!!! Fantastic!!!

    A dear Spanish mestizo friend told me that the remaining Spanish mestizo community in the Philippines is being drawn online to this blog, to this post “The Elegance of Old Spanish Manila” and its comments in particular, because of YOU. Bravo!!!

    You must think of sharing all this marvelous knowledge in the form of a book.


    Toto Gonzalez

  500. Paquito said,

    September 6, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Oh, I just realized an error I made in response #59: please substitute the word “brother” for “uncle” in that message. Oops…

  501. Paquito said,

    September 6, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Getting back to Toto’s original article, the vignette that he cites from “The World of Felix Roxas” is also included in the wonderful book “The Governor-General’s Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Period Recipes 1521-1935” by Felice Prudente Santa Maria — I recommend this one highly!


    I spotted copies at the various National Bookstore branches and at Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street, near Serendra, when I was there last month.


  502. Paquito said,

    September 6, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Oh, and the most famous figure in Philippine history of French descent: Juan Cailles, of course…


  503. Paquito said,

    September 6, 2008 at 6:58 am


    I contributed a number of the photos posted by Maldita to that website (many from my family archives), as well as a number of corrections. It seems that she has updated it recently based on my feedback.

    I have also provided her with small biographical articles for practically all of the figures listed on this website and in this article (and many more not even listed anywhere), as they are almost all known to me. Hopefully, she will be able to post them at some point in the future.

    I have written plenty of articles on many nearly-forgotten Filipino figures from our past. Some examples: Gen. Marcelo and Manuel de Azcárraga y Palmero; cartoonist/illustrator Luís Lasa; poet Manuel B. Verdugo; writer Manuel Lorenzo D’Ayot; businessman Joaquín Santa Marina; merchant Miguel Alonso y Gutiérrez; banker Eugenio del Saz-Orozco; marble industry figure Ramón Oriol; philanthropist Buenaventura de Erquiaga; architect Ramón de Irureta-Goyena; hispanicist Tirso de Irureta-Goyena; poet José de Vergara; scientist Cristóbal Regidor; novelist José Camino y Nessi; Iloilo real estate magnates Félix and Antonio Rubin de Celis, Manila real estate magnates Rafael and Luís Pérez y Samanillo; poet Lorenzo Pérez Tüells; stage actresses Emilia Rius and Praxedes Fernández; pre-war violin prodigy Ernesto Vallejo; piano virtuoso Julio Esteban y Anguita; coloratura soprano and “First Diva of the Philippines” Consuelo Salazar; journalist Hugo Salazar; newspaper magnates Joaquín de Loyzaga and Francisco Díaz Puertas; El Comercio editor José de Loyzaga y Ageo; Baguio’s Hotel Vallejo founder Salvador Vallejo; pioneering optician Dr. Manuel Sabater; bishop Monseñor Juan P. Bautista Gorordo y Garces of Cebu; bishop Monseñor Miguel Lino de Espeleta of Cebu; hispanicist José María Castañer; college football stars Joaquín “Chacho” López y Ramírez de Arellano, Ildefonso “Ponching” Tronqued, Sr., and Marcelino Gálatas y Rentería; historian Alfonso Lizárraga Félix, Jr.; author Antonio Pérez y de Olaguer-Feliú; sharpshooting champion Felipe R. Caballero; artist Félix Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho, Jr.; pioneering aviators Antonio S. Arnáiz and Juan L. Calvo, Jr.; Fr. Pedro Pablo Sebastián Peláez; etc.


  504. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 6, 2008 at 6:23 am


    Hello there. I know Marilou (Aenlle) and her mother, Balbie (Balbina). They were patients of my mother; and Marilou was the best friend of my cousin (who now lives in Pasadena, CA).

    She may still reside in San Juan but I no longer know her married name. (Marilou was probably the first blue-eyed Filipina I ever knew.)

  505. Paquito said,

    September 6, 2008 at 5:38 am


    A few more to add to your list (some already mentioned by Maldita):

    Don Martín de Ursúa y Arizmendi, el conde de Lizárraga (descendants are still living in the Bicol Region and Manila, I believe)

    Don Pedro de Govantes y de Azcárraga, el conde de Albay (the famous advocate for economic reform in the Philippines)

    Don José Vicente de Avilés y de la Dehesa, el conde de Avilés (a major landowner, originally of Binondo, Manila)

    Don Antonio Melián y Pavía, el conde de Peracamps (the title passed to Don Enrique Melián y Ugarte, uncle of M**** Melián-O******, if I’m not mistaken)

    Doña Inés Cabarrús, la condesa de Cabarrús

    Of course, there are a few additional families of noble lineage that came to the Philippines: Pardo de Tavera, Rocha, de Ayala, de Sequera, de Castellví, etc. In fact, the family of Don Carlos Fernández-Maquieira y Oyanguren and Doña María de Borbón y de Castellví, daughter of Enrique María Fernando de Borbón, duque de Sevilla, lived in Manila had several children there in the late 19th century. Of course, one shouldn’t leave out the Tuason family in this sort of discussion.

    Anyhow, just take a look at any of the old peerage books from Spain and compare with the late 19th century expat directories from the Philippines…


  506. Paquito said,

    September 6, 2008 at 5:01 am


    It only now occurred to me that in your previous message regarding French mestizos in the Philippines, you were probably referring to the prominent Miailhe family from Bordeaux, France. Of course, William Alain Burke-Miailhe, the French-Filipino publishing magnate, was the most famous figure to hail from this family in the Philippines.


  507. Paquito said,

    September 6, 2008 at 4:47 am

    Dear Mr. Lewis Stonehouse Echarri,

    Ha sido un placer.

    Although I was aware of the Lizárraga family’s relation to the Belzunce family, I did not know that the Echarri family was also related (incidentally, the Lizárraga and Belzunce families came from the neighboring village of Bearin in Navarra). Doña Atanasia Lizárraga e Inza, sister of the original “Lizárraga Hermanos” Don Severiano, Don Tirso, and Don Mónico Lizárraga e Inza, was married to Don Francisco Belzunce y Arlegui, whose descendants were planters in Negros and were part of Sociedad Lizárraga Hermanos in Iloilo, for a time. I should mention in passing that it is also possible that Don Francisco Belzunce y Arlegui was a close relative of the Arlegui clan of Manila, which I believe died out as a result of the tragic events that had occurred during the Second World War (their remains are among those interred in the pantheon of de Profundis Hall in San Agustín Church in Intramuros — I made my most recent, regular pilgrimage to there, a little over a month ago). Anyhow, the Lizárraga clan has a special connection to my mother’s, as they were one of several fellow Spanish immigrant hacendero families to establish sugar centrals in the Kabankalan region of Negros Occidental before the war.

    Given that your Echarri family relatives were close associates of the Lizárraga-Belzunce clan, you might have some luck tracking down their Lizárraga, Belzunce, Bofill, Maldonado, and Chillida descendants/relatives in Spain.


  508. Paquito said,

    September 6, 2008 at 4:01 am

    Dear Mr. Manolet Garcia,

    I am quite familiar with the González-Azaola family.The family history is very well-known in the Philippines. The most famous member was Don Iñigo González-Azaola. A so-called liberal Filipino, he was one of the delegates elected to the Spanish Cortes in 1813. He was of Spanish-Basque descent (quite possibly by way of Mexico). Along with Don Domingo Roxas y Ureta, Don Iñigo González-Azaola was one of the early 19th century planters who followed in the wake of the success of award-winning physician-planter Dr. Paul P. Gironiere, a French medical officer in one of the Manila regiments who began his plantation venture in Laguna.

    Your grandfather, Don Federico González-Azaola, was the son of Don José María González-Azaola (b. 23 Jan 1861).

    Don José María’s oldest brother Don Vicente (b. 1853) is the father of Pacita “Paz” Azaola, who married Don Joaquín Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho, Jr. (a first cousin of Dr. T.H. Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho). Their son Don Joaquín “Joaquinito” Pardo de Tavera y Azaola, III was the first Director of the NBI (the Philippines’ “J. Edgar Hoover”). Incidentally, I know the entire Pardo de Tavera “Arbol Genealogico” as well as the modern offshoots in the Philippines, Argentina, U.S., Canada, Australia, and Spain. Don Vicente is also an ancestor of members of the Cacho, Castillejo, Araneta, Cojuangco clans, etc.

    Don José María’s sister Doña Zoila Dolores (b. 27 Jun 1857) is an ancestor of members of the de las Cajigas and de Oglou clans, etc.

    Their sister Doña Carmen (b. 17 Apr 1859) is an ancestor of members of the Badolato, Jugo, de las Cajigas, Rodríguez, Sanz, Yulo, and Perrenoud clans, etc.

    I am not sure how much more information you would like — this is just off of the top of my head. I hope this helps you.


  509. ronald Aenlle Forinas said,

    September 5, 2008 at 12:37 am

    i’m looking the aenlle’s clan

  510. ronald Aenlle Forinas said,

    September 5, 2008 at 12:35 am

    great” i appreciate history and art enthusiast in Dipolog city.

  511. La Viuda Loca said,

    September 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Interesting. What about?

    Muse of Manila: Created by Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson on April 1, 1953 solely for Imelda Romualdez because she had lost the legitimate Miss Manila title.

    Miss Movie-Star Philippines: Created by Kislap Graphic magazine in July 1969 for Susan Sonora Roces on behalf of a nationwide mail-in vote for the title; pre-cell phone text-in votes!!

    “Empress of the Universe”: Created by Imelda Romualdez Marcos on April 1, 1983 for Imelda Romualdez Marcos after she found out about her husband’s affair with movie starlet Dovie Beams. “I am far above her!! I am in the clouds compared to Dovie!””

  512. Datu said,

    September 2, 2008 at 7:45 am


    Pasted here some old Spanish nobility titles in P.I.

    Count of Jolo: Created by Don Alfonso XII in 1877 to Don Jose Malcampo y Monge, Marques de San Rafael.

    Marques de Camarines: Created in May, 1872 to Don Manuel Alvarez de Estrada y Campos, alcalde mayor of Camarines,

    Marques de la Solana: Created in March 4, 1872, to Lieutenant General Don Antonio de Urbistondo y Eguia, Knight Order of Isabel of the Catholic

    Count of Batanes: Created by Don Carlos IV in July 15, 1789 to Don Jose Vasco, Governor of the Philippine islands and conqueror of Batanes.

    Count of Aviles: Created by Don Carlos III in April 2, 1761 to Don Jose Fructouso de Aviles y Maon, Knight Order of Santiago.

    Conde de Filipino: Created by Don Carlos IV in February 10, 1795 to Don Luis Rodriguez Varela, Knight Order of Carlos III, Regidor Perpetua, City of Manila.

    Count of Manila: Created by Queen Isabel II in 1848 to Don Narciso de Claveria y Zaldua, Governor and Captain General of the Philippine Islands, Senator for life, Knight Grand Cross Order of Isabel of the Catholic, San Fernando & San Hemergildo; Married to Dona Ana de Berreoeta y de Villar, Dame Order of Maria Luisa.

  513. Manuel A. Garcia said,

    September 1, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Would very much appreciate any info on my family ties? My mother’s maiden name was Concepcion Moya de Azaola, (her father was Federico Azaola, mother was Antolina Moya) married to my father, Manuel Blanco Garcia, son of Matias Garcia, and brothers to Antonio, Matias, Jr., Pepin, Fito, Montse and Piluchi (Urbina). Muchisimas gracias por alguna informacion, Manuel “Manolet” Garcia

  514. August 22, 2008 at 7:45 pm


    How very kind of you to go to the trouble of replying to my questions.
    I fully appreciate the inmense value of your knowledge of a bygone era in the Philippines, and your unselfish replies to requests in the forum.
    All the Echarris emigrated from Tierra Estella to Negros in the first decade of the XX century, in order to work for distant relatives, the Belzunce and
    Lizarraga Bros.
    Toribio Echarri,another cousin ,who owned the Hacienda Lizarra in Murcia (NEG.occ.)and some members of the family were killed by the Filipino guerrillas during the Japanese occupation .

    Once again muchas gracias por su informacion, aprovecho esta oportunidad para saludarle muy atte.

    Lewis Stonehouse Echarri
    of the island.

  515. Paquito said,

    August 17, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Dear Mr. Lewis Stonehouse,

    I am afraid that I do not have very much information about the Echarri clan beyond what you have already mentioned. I believe that Don Ricardo was considered the founding family patriarch in Negros and had emigrated from Navarra, Spain to the Philippines. Unfortunately, I don’t have any precise dates. As for his cousins, I have no further information. However, I do recall hearing about a case surrounding the murder of some members of the Echarri clan during the Second World War by Filipino partisans. My family, including all of my aunts and uncles, were already settled in Manila before the war, so my recollection of pre-War Negros and Iloilo is unfortunately pretty spotty (of my relatives, my late, eldest aunt might have known the older Echarris, as she traveled several times between Manila and the Western Visayas before the war, but I cannot seem to recall any mention of them). There were books written by members of the Bilbao and Uriarte clans about this period in Negros, so you might want to take a look at these. You might also want to contact authors Marciano de Borja, Ricardo Larrabeiti, and José Javier Azanza y López, as they have researched the Navarrese in the Philippines. The Basque Studies Program at the University of Nevada and the Eusko Ikaskuntza (Basque Studies Society) are other good resources for research. Of course, there are probably members of the Echarri clan still living in Negros…

    As for the other persons that you mentioned (I believe that you meant Vicente Ormarementería, by the way), I am afraid that I have nothing significant to contribute. While I have heard mention of the Esquerra family (they are still living in Negros), I don’t recall ever hearing anything about the Razquins.


  516. August 3, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Does anyone out there know anything about the following sugar planters in North Negros Island?
    Vincent Omaerrementeria, Primitivo Esquerra, Francisco Razquin, Ricardo Echarri and his cousins Lorenzo and Evaristo Echarri.

  517. August 3, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Is there anybody who knows anything about the haciendas “URBASA” and “SAN CRISTOBAL” both were situated in the Escalante region of Northern Negros. I would appreciate any information

  518. August 3, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Do you know anything about the Echarris from Navarre, Ricardo, Lorenzo, Evaristo, Modesto,
    I would be delighted to hear from you

  519. Paquito said,

    July 31, 2008 at 1:09 pm


    Many German names also end in ‘-ius’ (e.g., Delius, Gropius, etc.). The name appears in Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, etc.). What I am certain of is that they have been in Manila since before the Second World War, at least.

    I cannot say that I have ever met (or heard of) the Bernusconi family in the Philippines.

    As for the American families in the Philippines, an interesting, related historical website is “Victims of Circumstance: Santo Tomás Internment Camp” and the websites to which it links:



  520. Paquito said,

    July 31, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Dear Ms. Consuelo Liquete,

    It is distinct pleasure to correspond with you. I shall share with you what little I do know. Please accept my apologies if you already know much of what I wrote in this space.

    Your grandfather, Don Leoncio González Liquete, was indeed a central figure among the Ilustrados of his day. According to an interview transcript printed in the Sept. 1931 edition of “Philippine Magazine,” he was born on May 11, 1877 in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija to a Spanish father, who was in the military service, and a Spanish-Filipina mestiza mother (Toto has already written extensively on the González/Gonzáles families of Luzon). While he was still an infant, his father was furloughed to the reserve corps, and the family relocated back to Barcelona, Spain. It was there that he received his early education prior returning to the Philippines to complete his higher education at the Colegio de San Juan de Letrán in Intramuros, Manila. He would later become an accountant and journalist. During the American period, he would also serve as a Philippine liaison and translator to the Governor-General.

    It should also be noted that he was among the prominent Filipinos appointed to the Honorary Board of Filipino Commissioners to the 1904 World’s Fair: The Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. Among the other members were the Philippine Commission members Benito Legarda y Tuason, José Ruíz de Luzuriaga, and Dr. T.H. Pardo de Tavera, as well as many of the other influential Ilustrados of the era: Drs. José and Alejandro Albert, Gregorio Araneta, Cayetano Arellano, Tomás Argüelles, Manuel de Yriarte (Iriarte), José de Loyzaga y Ageo, Victorino Mapa, Ruperto Montinola, Vicente Nepomuceno, Alejandro Roces y Gonzáles, Baldomero Roxas, and Mariano Trias. You can read further about this event in the book “1904 World’s Fair: The Filipino Experience” by José D. Femin. I spotted a copy of it at the Popular Bookstore in Timog, Quezon City last month. Please take note that the book refers erroneously to your grandfather as “Leoncio Gonzales Liquet” [sic]. His biography is also included in the old Philippine Commission’s “Brief Biography of the Members of the Honorary Board of Filipino Commissioners to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.” I’ve seen this (in its various forms) in numerous libraries in America and the Philippines.

    Here is the group photo of the Honorary Board of Filipino Commissioners to the 1904 World’s Fair:

    An account of his accomplishments in the fields of journalism and historical writing may be found in the book “81 Years of Premio Zóbel: A Legacy of Philippine Literature in Spanish” by Lourdes Castrillo Brillantes, for he won First Prize in the 1930 Premio Zóbel competition. He was elected to La Academia Filipina, Correspondiente de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua the following year.

    Here is a picture of Don Leoncio González Liquete:

    Don Leoncio González Liquete (at the far left) and the other Académicos with members of the Zóbel-de Ayala at the 1933 Premio Zóbel award ceremony held in the Casino Español de Manila:

    To his left, stands Don Manuel María Rincón, key figure in the establishment of the La Academia Filipina. Don Manuel María Rincón (born in Sevilla, Spain in 1859) was one of the most prominent Spanish-language writers and journalists in the Philippines. He was editor of the Diario de Manila and a member of the Banco Español-Filipino’s first Board of Directors (a photo of them can be found on the site to which Maldita linked earlier).

    Meeting of La Academia Filipina, Correspondiente de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua at its offices in the Casino Español de Manila on 23 July, 1924 (Seated L-R: Guillermo W. Gómez, Sen. Juan B. Alegre, Claro M. Recto, Enrique Zóbel y de Ayala, Rafael Palma, Manuel María Rincón, Luís Calderón, Ramón Torres, Epifanio de los Santos, and Spanish Vice-Consul Ricardo Muñiz; Standing L-R: Ignacio Villamin and Manuel Rávago):

    Don Enrique Zóbel y de Ayala’s acceptance speech at his induction into La Academia Filipina, Correspondiente de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua (L-R: Jaime de Veyra, Manuel María Rincón, Enrique Zóbel y de Ayala, and Guillermo Gómez):

    P.S., I just realized that Toto’s article “The Quiapo of Old” omitted several well-known families that resided in Old Quiapo: the Rincón and de Yriarte (Iriarte) families were two others of which I am aware.


  521. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 30, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Hi Consuelo,

    Hello. I am now wondering if your father (Ricardo) was my classmate in the Ateneo de Manila high school. I was not close to the Liquete fellow (and we were only classmates for 2 years) — and I no longer have my Yearbook, so I really can’t recall his first name. Other than that, I believe he was the only Liquete I’ve met and known.


    Great reminisences. Are you making some sort of oral or written history on this? Maybe you can collaborate with Maldita’s picture trove? I am sure it would be totally fascinating. I pointed a Spanish friend’s way to Maldita’s site, and he was flabberghasted. He said he had never known the depth of the Spanish presence in the Philippines.

    Re ‘Afzelius’ — that sounds like a Lithuanian (or more distantly, Swedish) name. Lithuanian surnames end in ‘-ius’ or ‘-as.’

    Also, a niece happened to mention a name I’ve never heard before: Bernusconi (NOT Berlusconi) — something about having a beach house in Batangas or something. Heard of them?

    And of course, another marvelous chapter would be the American families who became part of the fabric of the Republic of the Phil’s society.


  522. consuelo liquete said,

    July 29, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I am a granddaughter of Don Leoncio Gonzalez Liquete. I am really interested on how I can get more info on his writings and all about him. My father Ricardo Gonzalez Liquete died when I was 9 yrs and we have nothing
    about my grandpa. So pls if you have any info that you can share w/me, his writings or anything about him pls let me know.thank you.

  523. Paquito said,

    July 27, 2008 at 5:07 pm


    Yes, the Kierulfs were also in San Juan. As mentioned earlier, they are relatives of the Preyslers (and everyone to whom that line of the Preyslers is somehow related: the Gonzáles, Zaragoza, Caballero, Godínez, Muñoz, Sánchez, Pimentel, Garrido, Orozco, Ynsausti, Pacheco, Gárriz, Montserrat, Ayesa, Trillo, etc. families).

    And another mixed Spanish-northern European mestizo Manila family that I just recalled is the Afzelius family. I cannot recall whether they were also Danish or northern German or Swedish, etc.

    …My own observations of the Europeans in the resort areas are largely similar to yours. I agree that they are not comparable to the ambitious European merchants who came to these shores in the days of yore to compete and eventually mingle (i.e., joining the various social institutions/clubs, intermarrying, etc.) with the established merchant class of the country in the hopes of joining their ranks one day. The former sort that you describe are decidedly middle-class small-businessmen (some just barely) who are merely looking for any opportunity to spend more of their time enjoying the balmy weather over here while earning a modest income, at best. The latter sort that you describe are also increasing in number…


  524. Paquito said,

    July 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm


    Thank you for your kind words. Actually, my memory is not what it used to be. One case in point is my memory lapse re. the prominent Félix clan that you had mentioned earlier. I had completely forgotten about the family of former Manila City Fiscal and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Hon. Alfonso Félix y Gil, Sr.:

    Don Alfonso Félix was also one of the founders of “La Solidaridad Filipino-Hispana” (along with Amb. José María Delgado — father of Don Francisco “Paco” Delgado, Don Francisco “Paquito” Vargas Ortigas, Jr., Dr. Agustín Pérez-Lizano y Pérez, et al.).

    His wife, Doña Andrea, was a member of the very prominent Lizárraga clan. Their son (who I just recalled several days ago) was Don Alfonso Félix, Jr., the eminent Philippine historian and hispanicist, of course.


  525. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 20, 2008 at 2:54 am


    …and Bachmann. (I forgot about the Kierulfs. Some of them also used to be from San Juan.)

    God, what an encyclopaedic memory you possess.

    Yes, speaking of the German-Swiss (or Swiss-German) community in the RP, it’s worth noting that quite a few Swiss (and some Frenchmen) have also settled in Boracay, opening up hostelries there — an observation from my last visit there a few years ago. Of course, these newer expats have not married into the more illustrious Spanish families as their predecessors did.

    As a matter of fact, I remember chatting up to one of these new island innkeepers in that he was very happy with his life and small business in Boracay, had his young mestiza daughter helping him; but his local Filipina wife had opted for her own life in Europe. One will also note that some of these Euro-Aklan marriages were made so that the Europeans could buy some land there and spend their retirement years in those balmy shores.

    Definitely gives Boracay a more international flavor.


  526. Paquito said,

    July 19, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    …And Eigenmann.


  527. Paquito said,

    July 19, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Of course, what discussion of Swiss in the Philippines is complete without mentioning Gen. Hans M. Menzi and Rene de la Riva Knecht?


  528. Paquito said,

    July 19, 2008 at 1:38 pm


    Actually, I was mentioning Spanish mestizo families of French descent that came by way of Spain (e.g., Prieto — Mauro St. was named in honor of Don Mauro Prieto y Gorricho, by the way). It seems that the families you mentioned above are descended from immigrants from France (or French colonies)… Henry Lhuillier (Henri L’Huillier) was an immigrant from France who had also lived in Vietnam, which is where his son Michel was born. The Gaston family of Negros is descended from French agronomist Yves Leopold Germain Gaston, who was brought over to the Philippines by Don Domingo Roxas from Mauritius (at the time, Mauritius was producing 10x the amount of sugar produced in the entire Philippine Islands!). Kahn family patriarch Leopoldo Kahn was actually an immigrant from France (an Alsatian). The old, prominent Perrenoud and Elzingre (who left France for Switzerland before coming to the Philippines and are relatives of the famous French Dumas family) clans are other well-known families in the Philippines of French ancestry. The Spanish-French Arcellier family members are cousins of the Roxas family. I know nothing about the Maihler family…

    BTW, the old Pellicer family is originally of Catalán descent — not French.

    The Lammoglia family was Italian. It is likely that the old Spanish mestizo Aldanese (one of the genuine, older Spanish mestizo families of Cebu), Guidotti (not to be confused with the Guidote Spanish mestizo family), and Piccio families trace their ancestry to Italy. Of course, the famous Badolato family (cousins of the old Gonzáles-Azaola-de Oglou-Pardo de Tavera-Cacho-Castillejo-Araneta-Cojuangco, de las Cagigas-Jugo, Rodríguez, Sanz, etc. clans) immigrated to Spain from Calabria, Italy before setting sail for the Philippines during the colonial period. Although it is certainly possible, the very old Borromeo clan of the Visayas is unlikely Italian. Actually, it’s somewhat of a mystery as to whether they were originally from Spain (though they would later marry into many prominent Spanish mestizo clans from the Visayas and Manila). Of course, De la Rama Steamship Co. President and General Manager Enrico Pirovano was Italian (he was also murdered by the Kempetei at Ft. Santiago during the Second World War for his involvement in the Philippine resistance).

    Actually, several of the German mestizo families that you mention were actually German-American or German-Swiss, if I recall correctly. Among the old German mestizo families one finds the Roensch (proprietors of A. Roensch y Cía, whose famous Spanish-German member Adolfo Roensch was a long-time A. Soriano & Co. executive), Richter (proprietors of A. Richter y Cía, which was later taken over along with A. Roensch y Cía by Brías Roxas y Cía), Faustmann, Oppen, Koch, von Kauffmann (Fritz von Kauffmann was a Managing Partner of Elizalde and Company — they would even intermarry), Loewinsohn-Mohr, Ganz, Kummer, Karuth, Mossesgeld, etc. clans. Actually, the early Zóbels were the business partners of Gustav Grupe and Julius Nohr in the Philippines. Actually, they were part of a significant group of German immgrant who came to the Philippines in the 19th century to enter the pharmacy business: http://www.karl-prokop.de/Botica_Boie/botica_boie.html. Incidentally, the Zóbels had relatives in both Germany and Denmark. There were also a number of families descended from 19th century Danish merchants in Manila and Iloilo who married into the Spanish mestizo families there: Klar, the far-flung Kierulf clan (relatives of the de Carlès, Aldeguer, Preysler, etc. families), etc. Of course, Manila not only had an active German Club (located beside the Casino Español), but also an active Swiss Club. There were also a number of Swiss in Iloilo in the late 1800s: Frederick Luchsinger, Charles and Samuel Bischoff, Paul Wuthrich, and the Jeanjaquet brothers ran businesses there. The firms Kuenzle & Streiff, Inc. and A.C. Lutz & Co. (later Lutz & Zuellig and then F.E. Zuellig, Inc.) also had offices in Iloilo. The Ayala Foundation’s Filipinas Heritage Foundation published “Meine Lieben: Swiss Letters from the Philippines” not too long ago. Of course, the famous Alhambra brand cigars were from a Swiss (not Spanish!) cigar company founded in Manila in 1898. Recent Swiss and German expats seem to still be involved in the Philippine Cigar retail business…

    …And I could go on and on about the British, Scottish, American, and even older Portuguese mestizo families in the Philippines.

    As for the Manila/San Juan families mentioned above, the Aenlle clan is also one of the old Catalán families in Manila. The others were either mentioned by Maldita or myself already (Campos, Delgado, García, Fernández, González, Rodríguez, Goitia, Muñoz, Vaca) or are not well enough known to me to be able to comment historically on their origin: Asensio, Eloriaga (a prominent Manila family for sure, but I don’t know whether they were actually Basque), Félix, Marquez, Melendrez, Papa, Quemuel, Salcedo, Santos (Gatas), Serrano, Silos.

    I don’t think that anyone has mentioned the old Basque mestizo de Marcaida clan of Manila yet (the descendents of merchant Don Ángel de Marcaida).

    Ibarra is too common a name in the Philippines for me to comment. As for the Liquete clan, the father of former family patriarch Don Leoncio González Liquete (the famous journalist, historian, and Filipinologist) was definitely a Spaniard. I cannot comment about the others mentioned (del Fierro, Manjarres, Bitanga, Braganza, Llorza, Rialp, Sabido).

    I assure you that the Arrastia clan is very much alive (well, in Spain and Australia, in particular). Actually, there are quite a few in Pampanga still who trace their lineage to the sons of Valentín Arrastia y Roncal — regardless of their official family history, if you know what I mean…


  529. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm


    Some others with French connections: Bayot, Bonnevie, Gaston, Kahn, Lhuillier, Maihler, Pellicer?

    What about those with an Italian connection? Aldanese, Ansaldo?, Borromeo, Guidotti, Lammoglia.

    German-mestizo families: Gaskell, Hagedorn, Huenefeld, Muhlach, Schneider, Whittaker, (of course, Zobel, originally).

    More from the Manila/San Juan area: Aenlle; Asensio; Campos; Campos-Rueda; Eloriaga; Felix; various Delgados, Garcias, Fernandezes, Gonzalezes, Rodrguezes; Goitia, Marquez, Melendrez, Munoz, Papa, Quemuel, Salcedo, Santos (Gatas), Serrano, Silos, Vaca.

    Two from Zambales: del Fierro and Manjarres.

    Used to have 2 classmates in high school — and now that I look back on it; the definitely looked very Iberian: an Ibarra and a Liquete. As a matter of fact, the Liquete guy was almost green-eyed. There was also a very good-looking Herrera boy (who passed away 2 years ago) from Manila/QC vs. certain Herreras from Cebu who really aren’t Spanish but are Chinese and just took on a Hispanic-sounding name.

    How about Bitanga, Braganza, Llorza, Rialp, Sabido?

    Also, many family names seem to have died out. Like you no longer hear of a male Arrastia line.

    Others will come to me later.


  530. Fernando said,

    July 16, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Thankyou for your information. i didn’ t know all information you tell. Do you speak spanish? Can you write me by e-mail to fsr314 arroba gmail punto com?

  531. Paquito said,

    July 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Correction: Doña Isabel Palet Ibáñez de Aldecoa was the wife of Aldecoa y Compañía founder and managing director Don Zoilo Ibáñez de Aldecoa:


  532. Paquito said,

    July 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Earlier, I had mentioned several names of well-known mestizo families that may originate in France. Actually, one of the most prominent, old Spanish Manila families, the Prieto family, likely traces its ancestry to France, as well. I should mention that they are also related to the Basque Gorricho clan (founding patriarch Don Miguel Ignacio Gorricho was born in Navarra, Spain, in the 18th century) — 19th century patriarch Don Antonio Prieto was married to Doña Josefa Gorricho, an aunt of Dr. Trinidad Hermenegildo “T.H.” Pardo de Tavera y Gorricho. Businessman Don Mauro Prieto y Gorricho, Sr. was their son, of course.


  533. Paquito said,

    July 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    When travelling around Manila, it is interesting to note that the many street names correspond to surnames from the Basque Country of Spain. I already mentioned Churruca St. above. Of course, Arlegui St. was named after the Arlegui clan to whom belonged the Treasurer of the Manila Cathedral Don Joaquín Arlegui and his merchant brother Don Cristóbol Arlegui (Negros hacendero Don Francisco Belzunce y Arlegui was also likely related). Aldecoa St. in Malate was named in honor of Doña Isabel Palet Ibáñez de Aldecoa, wife of Aldecoa y Compañía partner Don José Ibáñez de Aldecoa. Arnáiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Rd.) was named in honor of Don Antonio S. Arnáiz. Garrido St. was named after Don José Garrido y Saiz (UST ’12), professor at UST and City Engineer of Manila before the Second World War — of course, the prominent Garrido mestizo clan is related to a number of well-known Manila families: Saiz, Ortigas (I believe that this is the line descended from Dr. Ignacio Ortigas y Barcinas, Jr. — relatives of the de Ynchausti, de Yriarte/Iriarte, Gorricho-Pardo de Tavera, Miranda, etc. families), Aguirre, Pimentel (who are related to the Godinez, Muñoz, Gonzáles, Orozco, etc. families), and so-on. Vergara St., in what is now Quiapo, was named after pioneering Filipino poet (in the Spanish language) and delegate to the Spanish Cortes, Don José de Vergara. The list could go on and on…

    A few more well-known Basque mestizo families in the Philippines: Eguaras (Manila), Ynsausti (Bicol), and Zarraga (relatives of the Ozámiz clan),


  534. Paquito said,

    July 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Oh, and one more very famous Filipino of Catalán descent:

    Rev. Fr. Jesús María Cavanna y Mansó, C.M., the author of “Rizal’s Unfading Glory,” which settled the debate about Dr. José Rizal’s Catholic faith, in the eyes of most of the public.

    Regards and thanks,

  535. Paquito said,

    July 9, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    As a follow-up to my previous comment, I would like to make mention of the book “Basques in the Philippines” by Marciano R. de Borja. Although it contains numerous small errors, it is still the definitive source on the subject and one of the most informative books on Philippine colonial and commercial history in recent memory. I also recommend visiting the sites http://www.euskonews.com and http://www.euskomedia.org for more information on Basques in the Philippines — these sites contain many resources from the de Ynchausti archives and even interviews and other information related to Filipinos of Basque descent (e.g., an interview with a son of Don Marino de Gamboa of San Carlos, Negros Occidental). Many thanks to Antonio “Tony” de Ynchausti y Larrauri for all of his efforts!

    Incidentally, I recall a few more well-known families/figures of Basque descent in the Philippines: Ormaechea, Navascués, Leguizamón, Arregui, Arriola, and Pascual. Another famous figure of Basque descent in the Philippines was Don Alejandro Churruca, captain of the Port of Manila in the late 19th century. Churruca St. in Ermita was named after him, of course.


  536. July 9, 2008 at 12:50 pm


    Thank you so much for your erudite yet delightful commentaries!!!

    These are exactly the kind of comments which I and our preferred readers wish to see!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  537. Paquito said,

    July 9, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Periphery and G.I.:

    Yes, as you observed, quite a few in the business community in the Philippines (commerce, shipping, banking, real estate, agriculture, media, etc.) are descended from families from northern Spain (mostly Basque).

    Quite a few are from Navarra (Navarre) and established themselves among the merchant elite in Manila and the sugar barons of the Visayas: Elizalde, Legarda, Arrieta, Arlegui, Lizárraga, Belzunce, Echarri, Arrastia, Arraiza, Echegoyen, Oquiñena.

    In Manila, many of the old merchant families and civil servants were from the Basque Country of northern Spain. Many were also recruited to work in the Filipino-Basque, Navarrese, and Spanish-owned businesses, such as Ynchausti y Compañía, Elizalde and Company, Aldecoa y Compañía, Sociedad Lizárraga Hermanos, the Jai-Alai Frontón, Compañía General de Tabacos de Filipinas, the San Miguel Corporation, etc.: de Azcárraga, Azaola, Gorostiza, Irastorza (Yrastorza), de Ynchausti, Yrisarry, Teus, Zabarte, de Ayala, Zangróniz, Aguirre, Menchatorre, de Otadui, Gorricho, de Larrañaga, Mondragón, de Irureta-Goyena, Salazar, Arando, Vergara, de Zuzuarregui, de Zulueta, de Yriarte (Iriarte), de Gárriz, de Ubago, Olondriz, Tamayo, Oteyza, Echevarría, Yrezábal, Costas, de Azparren, Iturralde, de Rotaeche, de Egozcue, Aurrecoechea, de Tellechea, de Zaracondegui, de Barainka, Larrabeiti, de Egurrola, de Eiguren, de Amusategui, de Erenchun, de Jauregui, de Leguina, Gamegoicoechea, Dampierre, Urra, Daudén, de Loyzaga, de Ibazeta, Eizmendi, Eleizegui, de Larrazábal, Ibañez de Aldecoa, Trápaga, Matute, Artadi, Goitia, Got, Mendieta, Maldonado, de Sarasola, Loinaz, García, Malluquiza, de Argarate, de Garteiz, Guixasola, Guerrero.

    In the Bicol Region, many immigrants from northern Spain joined the trading firms (originally abaca and copra) operating there or established their own haciendas: de Ursúa, Garchitorena, Barrenechea, Zuluaga, Alegría, Oturbe, Larrauri, Achával, Michelena, Anduiza, Barainca, Espinosa, Zubeldia, Goitisolo, de Madarieta, Anzorandia, del Gallego.

    In the Western Visayas, one finds some very old Basque mestizo clans in Iloilo (e.g., Araneta), in addition to 19th and 20th century immigrants from the Basque Country who established a great many of the modern sugar plantations on the island of Negros (most of these families are still fixtures in Negrense society): Araneta, Zaldarriaga, Gonzaga, Ruíz de Luzuriaga, Gallaga, Gálatas, Echauz, Aldecoa, Arnáiz, Arrieta, Amiscaray, Baena, Larena, de Ugalde, Ballesteros, de Salutregui, Azcona, de Ysasi, de Elordi, Bilbao, Callejo, Sagarbarría, Goñi, Barrica, Gurrea, Zabaljauregui, de Gamboa, Llantada, Arteabarro, Gamboa, Uriarte, Erquiaga, Zamacona, Barrena, Sangróniz, Azarloza, Rotaeche, Muñoa, Bengoechea, Zabaleta, Zubiri, Idirin, de Uriondo, de Telleria, Zabala, Arteta, Larrabeiti, Vidaurrazaga, Gurrucharri, Aburto, Sarasola, Ormarementería, Imaz, Flamarique, de Sagastasola, Anchustegui, Echano-Jauregui, Inchausti, Inunciaga, Mendiola, Escalante, Menchaca, Urquijo, Cincunigui (Zincunigui).

    In the Eastern and Central Visayas, many Basque immigrants became involved in the abaca trade and shipping industries. The epicenter of this society would eventually shift from Samar and Leyte to Cebu, where most are still found among the region’s business leaders: Yrastorza, Aboitiz, Moraza, Mendieta, Mendezona, Garamendi, Ugarte, Uriarte, Arizaleta, Muertegui, Gorordo, Larrazábal, Herranz, Gárriz, Urrutia, Losada, Ayesa, Antúnez, Guibelondo, Garavilla, Aberasturi, Pando, Ibarlucea, Larrañaga.

    In Mindanao, one also finds several well-known Basque families: Ozámiz, Iruasegui, Urquiaga, Achondoa.

    And then there are the Asturian families in the Philippines: Roces, Balmori, de la Riva.

    Lastly, some families that are descended from immigrants from Spain might actually trace their ancestry to regions in France: Cabarrús, Cuisia, Duterte, de Oglou.


  538. Paquito said,

    July 9, 2008 at 6:39 am

    …And I meant Balaguer (not Belaguer) in my previous message, of course.

  539. Paquito said,

    July 9, 2008 at 6:28 am

    I somehow neglected to mention some of the most well-known Catalán families in the Philippines (mentioned in the link from Maldita): Alemany, Mórtola, Grüet, Cramé, Brugueras, Camahort, and Serra (descended from a Mallorcan immigrant to Negros). Of course, Don Antonio Melián y Pavía, husband of Doña Margarita Zóbel y de Ayala and founder of the modern Philippine insurance industry and El Hogar Filipino, inherited a title of nobility from Catalunya, el conde de Peracamps (though he was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).

  540. Paquito said,

    July 9, 2008 at 6:16 am

    With all of the discussion of Filipinos of Spanish descent from the northern and eastern regions of Spain, I should point out that a great many are descended from immigrants from the south of Spain. The Pérez-Rubio family is a one prominent example. The aforementioned founding patriarch Don José María Pérez-Rubio was born in Sevilla (Seville), Spain in 1835. Attorney Don Alfredo Chicote y Beltrán (married to a member of the Lalana clan mentioned earlier), who was the partner of Don Antonio de la Riva y Díaz in the Sulucan Development Company, Ltd., was born in Marbella, Malaga, Spain in 1871. A founder of the prominent Reyes clan (of the Visayas) Don Andrés Reyes y Navales and the brothers José, Jorge, and Carlos Sievert y Barriere, his sons-in-law, all traced thier origins to the port city of Cádiz in Andalucía, Spain. The Mascuñana hacendero family of the Western Visayas and the Rivero clan of Luzon are also Andalusian in origin.

  541. Paquito said,

    July 8, 2008 at 9:35 am


    I am somewhat familiar with the subjects of your query. Forgive me if you already know most of this.

    Actually, “Presència catalana a les Filipines” by Joan Garrabou lists one government official named Joan (Juan) Soldevila i Borràs as having resided in Manila. I am also aware of a Dr. Francisco Anastasio Soldevila i Borràs (a brother?), who lived and died in the Philippines. He was married to a sister, Carmen, of José María Pérez-Rubio y Valeriano. I believe that members of the Soldevila family repatriated to Spain in the following generation.

    Incidentally, Borràs family members, their relatives, were also very prominent in the Philippines. Josefina Borràs, daughter of another civil servant in the Philippines, was actually married to Boston merchant George Sturgis, of the famed firm Russell & Sturgis of Manila, until his death. She would later marry a colonial official that she met in the Philippines, Agustín Ruíz de Santayana. They later moved from Spain, where they eventually wed, with their children to Boston (home to the Sturgis family), where their sons would attend the area schools (Boston Latin School and Harvard University). Harvard philosopher Jorge “George” Ruíz de Santayana was their son.

    As for José María Pérez-Rubio, he was a well-known liberal lawyer who emigrated from Spain to the Philippines and was an editor and publisher involved with “El Foro Jurídico.” He founded the fifth, and most important publication of “El Foro Jurídico,” the “Revista de Legislación y Jurisprudencia.” I believe that I saw a compilation of his work at the López Library at the López Memorial Museum in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila last year. At the time, they were in the process of digitizing their collection. I wonder whether the digital collection will be made available online someday…


  542. Paquito said,

    July 8, 2008 at 6:18 am

    I should have also mentioned the Fargas, Vidal, Vargas, Camus, Palet, and Soler families as well.

  543. Paquito said,

    July 8, 2008 at 4:41 am

    It should also be noted that there has always been a sizeable Catalán and Murcian presence in the Philippines. Many prominent families from Manila (including old Intramuros), Iloilo, Negros, Leyte, Cebu, and Mindanao trace their origins to Catalunya, Mallorca, Valencia, and Murcia. Off of the top of my head, here is a partial listing of some of the more famous families that fall under the categories of Murcian and Catalán and the closely-related Valencian, Mallorcan, and Xueta groups in the Philippines:

    In Manila and Luzon: Gisbert, Sabater, Montserrat, Pons, Battle, Argüelles, Oriol, Chofré, Amador, Lalana, Anguita, Riusech, Esteban, Lobregat, Ros, Ayllón, d’Ayot, Ferriols, d’Urgell, Marcó, Barri, Camps, Blardony, Llano, Pueo, Porta, Riu, Prats, Picornell, Martí, Puig, de Castellví, Morató, Pou, Sansó, Ortoll, Celdrán, Berenguer, Escat, Esteva, Belaguer, Freixas, Tüells, Ripoll, Roig, Taberné, Rius, Peypoch, Aute, Boquer, Claravall, Madrigal, Roco, Fàbregas, Moll, Torall, Jordana, Font, Centenera, Llora, and Lluch

    In the Visayas and Mindanao: de Carlès, Aldeguer, Alcántara, Riestra, Rosselló, Claparols, Balcells, Bonnín, Canet, Fortich, Diago, Teves, Palou, Carratala, Lasala, Llorente, Ràfols, Royo, and Sala

    As far as I know, the one book that is concerned with the Catalán presence in the Philippines is “Presència catalana a les Filipines” by Joan Garrabou. As you can tell by the title, it is written in Catalán, but you might be able to follow it if you understand Spanish.

  544. Maldita said,

    July 8, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Thanks to all who responded!

    Dear Garganta Inflamada, I will respond to your message. Thank you so much!

  545. Garganta Inflamada said,

    June 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    baigorry, yes, my geographic sense is sometimes dylsexic. I realized that shortly thereafter — but there is no self-edit function in this blog.

  546. baigorry said,

    June 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Bilbao is in Bizkaia (Euskadi). Not in Galicia.

  547. Fernando said,

    June 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Hello. Someone have information about member of soldevila’s family in Manila about 1874-1898

  548. Fernando said,

    June 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm


    I’m loking for information about Jose Maria Perez Rubio (the father from my grand grand father) and I see that you also looking for things about him.
    Have you something about him?
    thank you from Spain.

  549. Garganta Inflamada said,

    June 6, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Sabin Arranz asked:

    Ever notice how a roll-call of old Philippine society sounds a tiny bit like a Basque “book of names”?


    I, too, periphery was astounded (but not surprised) by the preponderance of the Basque family names. But amongst my Filipino-Basque acquaintances, I never heard them speak Euskera. I guess even that died out with the many years outside Iberia and intermarrying.

    The strange thing is I/we can trace our lineage to Spain to this man from Bilbao in Galicia. However, it is not a Basque name; it is a more traditional Castilian name. (And same thing on my grandmother’s side.)



  550. Garganta Inflamada said,

    June 6, 2008 at 7:18 am


    As Paquito said, what a great collection you were able to put together. I left you a PM on that site but you have not responded.

    You have an uncle of mine there. I would like to send you another photo or two of his family. Either please get my email from Toto or can I get yours from him?

    Many thanks.


  551. Paquito said,

    June 3, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Maldita and Toto:

    The lists and the corresponding website are quite remarkable. Had I not seen the website photo gallery with my own two eyes, I would have never believed such a thing to be humanly possible. It is quite astounding really.

    Maldita, I am familiar with practically all of names listed above and on the website. Photos exist for the 20th century figures listed above in just about every case. Unless you know family members willing to share photos, you are more likely to encounter photos of them in the old pre-war newpapers and a number of periodicals, such as the Philippine Sugar Association’s “Sugar News” and the old editions of “Excelsior” and “Philippine Magazine,” among others. I should note that the Ayala Museum archive fire at the old Insular Life building years ago consumed quite a few of the original portraits of a number of the people listed above and on the website.

    As for the 19th century personalities, that would be a bit more problematic. I have never seen portraits of many of the early 19th century figures listed above. As you know, disasters, both natural and wartime, caused great destruction in old Intramuros, Manila at various times. A friend (well-known to historians and Filipiniana experts in the Philippines) and I are in the process of having an old collection of early Filipino photographs archived to digital media. Most were from archives in Spain and have never been available to the general public. I may come back to post further details when this happens.

    Incidentally, I am aware that there was a Felix R. Hidalgo portrait of Don Felino Gil of Pampanga. I’m not sure whether it has survived. Perhaps someone else can comment.

    Maldita, you also left out several well-known figures, such as the original managers of El Banco Español Filipino de Isabel II, merchants Don José María Tuason and Don Fernando Aguirre. Also, there were the members of the Real Sociedad Económica Filipina de Amigos del País, including Luís Barredo, José Nicolás Irastorza (alt. sp. Yrastorza) and Tiburcio Gorostiza, among others (e.g., the de Azcárraga men). I also noticed mention of Don José María Pueo but not Antonio, Francisco and Joaquín — not to mention their partner Don Antonio Porta in the family firm Porta, Pueo y Cía, which still operates in the Philippines to this very day.


  552. Sabin Arranz said,

    May 27, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Ever notice how a roll-call of old Philippine society sounds a tiny bit like a Basque “book of names”? 😉

  553. Maldita said,

    May 19, 2008 at 12:11 am


    Thanks for your reply!

    Ha ha. Yes, that list is a bit lengthy.

    There are many famous personalities not on that list,
    as I had already made mention of those on the website.
    And as you point out later, it also includes several from
    regions outside of Manila.

    In answer to your question, it is because he was listed
    among the other prominent figures from Pampanga, of course.

    It seems that I forgot to mention the following:

    Luís Rocha
    Ignacio Rocha
    Pedro Pérez de Tagle
    Luís Pérez de Tagle
    José de Azcárraga
    María Palmero de Azcárraga
    Manuel de Azcárraga y Palmero
    Fr. Vicente Infante
    Andrés Nieto
    Ángel and Andrés Garchitorena
    José Cañas
    Gregorio Yrastorza
    Ana Torres de Yrastorza

    Yes, I should have mentioned Los Tamaraos
    and the Wack Wack Golf Club too,
    but I already have photos. Ha ha!


  554. May 17, 2008 at 7:58 pm


    WOW. THAT is a roll call of Spanish mestizo Manila if I ever saw one!!!

    There is a photograph of Ricardo Claparols y Deig at the Lacson-Araneta mansion [ also known as the Claparols-Lacson ] in Talisay, Negros Occidental.

    There is an 1884 Felix Martinez portrait of Placido Escudero y de Leon at the “Big House” of the Villa Escudero in San Pablo, Laguna.

    There is a Fernando Amorsolo portrait of the first Agustin Montilla at the “Balay Dako” at the Montilla hacienda in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental.

    The one who has a lot of photographs of Old Manila is a dear friend of mine, the architect Ramon Zaragoza y Rossello; however, I am not sure if he has photographs of people as well. But he must have a photograph of his great grandfather Jose Zaragoza y Aranquizna.

    There is also a photograph of Jose Zaragoza y Aranquizna among the papers of another grandson, Salvador Araneta y Zaragoza. Salvador Araneta’s daughter Regina Araneta-Teodoro says that he resembled Josef Stalin in the photograph.

    [ If I may ask, what exactly is Lino Cardenas y Reyes doing in your list? He was my maternal great great grandfather. He married Raymunda Soriano of Malabon and settled in Arayat, Pampanga. He became very prosperous, owned an imposing “bahay-na-bato” and several “haciendas,” and became “Capitan Municipal” of the town. But upon his death in 1895 his widow and his sons gambled it all away. His gravestone is still in the Arayat Church. A grandaunt still had a large, framed photograph of him up to 1972 but has since lost it. It is the story in the family that he was a pure Spaniard but no one believes it because his descendants are all Oriental-looking. ]

    I’m sure you will get responses from some of the readers.

    About all those clubs, didn’t you forget the Elizaldes’ “Los Tamaraos” in Pasay?


    Toto Gonzalez

  555. Maldita said,

    May 17, 2008 at 2:12 am

    I am also looking for historical portraits and/or photos of the following:

    Capt. Andrés Novales
    Capts. José, Manuel, and Joaquín Bayot
    Martín de Ursúa y Arizmendi, el conde de Lizárraga
    Vicente and Miguel Palmero
    Pedro de Govantes y de Azcárraga, el conde de Albay
    Matías Sáenz de Vizmanos
    Iñigo Gonzáles Azaola
    Eugenio de Otadui
    José Dámaso Gorricho
    Francisco Rodríguez
    José Ortega
    José María Jugo
    Regino Mijares
    Luís Rodríguez Varela, el conde de Filipinas
    Ignacio Cagigas Varela
    Joaquín and Cristobal Arlegui
    Ana María Zangróniz y Arrieta
    José Zabarte
    Pedro Zabarte
    Ceferino Llorente
    Julio Llorente
    Evaristo Aguirre
    Francisco Esquivel
    Juan Atayde
    Carlos “Caloy” Atayde
    Pedro Grüet y Atayde
    Blás Echegoyen
    Rafael Zaragoza y Escalante
    Severo and Gonzálo Tuason y Patiño
    Gonzálo, Jr., José María, and Dr. Manuel Nemesio Tuason y Gil de Sola, Sr.
    Manuel Tuason y Bastida, Jr.
    José María Pérez-Rubio
    Leoncio González Liquete
    José Zaragoza y Aranquizna
    Tomás Argüelles
    Dr. Manuel Xerez y Burgos, Sr.
    Federico Calero y Ortíz, Jr.
    Elías Menchatorre
    José Joaquín de Ynchausti y Gurruchategui
    Joaquín José and Rafael C. de Ynchausti y González
    Juan Yrisarry y Bautista
    Joaquín Marcelino Elizalde e Yrisarry
    Joaquín José, Tiburcio, and Santiago Elizalde y Aiciñena
    Jaime Venutia e Yrisarry
    Valentín Teus e Yrisarry, Sr.
    Valentín Teus, Jr.
    José de Azparren
    Carmen “Carmenchu” Díaz-Moreu Elizalde de Jiménez
    José María Pueo
    Emilio Marcó
    Elías Marcó y Ramírez
    José Luís Marcó y García
    Francisco Gonzáles
    Marcelino de Santos
    Plácido Escudero y de León, Sr.
    Felino Gil
    Roberto Toledo, Sr.
    Benigno Toda y Toledo, Sr.
    Francisco Puig
    Lino Cárdenas y Reyes
    Alfonso de Castellví
    Dr. Ignacio Ortigas y Barcinas, Jr.
    Maria de la Consolación “Consuelo” de Ynchausti y Rico de Ortigas
    Joaquín Ramírez, Sr.
    Joaquín Ramírez y Basañez, Jr.
    Salvador Chofré y Olea
    Rafael Pérez y Samanillo
    Vicente, José F. “Pepe,” and Ramón Fernández y Castro
    Carlos P. Fernández
    Antonio Correa y Pomar
    Adrián Got
    Patricio Llano
    Felipe Ysmael, Sr.
    Juan “Johnny” C. Ysmael
    Carlos Pérez-Rubio, Sr.
    Adolfo García
    Antonio de la Riva
    Alfredo Chicote, Sr.
    Enrique Vázquez-Prada, Sr.
    Jesús Cacho
    Juan and Joaquín Riu
    Santiago, Alfredo and Joaquín Carrión
    Francisco Prats
    Virgilio Lobregat, Sr.
    Jaime “Jimmy,” Pedro, Santiago, and José Picornell y Martí
    Pingoy de Oglou
    Alfonso R. Dampierre
    Antonio Roxas y Gargollo, Jr.
    Leopoldo Melián y Zóbel
    Manuel Hidalgo Nieto, Jr.
    José María de Montemar Soriano
    Enrique “Pocholo” Muñoz Razón, Jr.
    Federico “Pipo” Calero y de Mendicuti, III
    Santiago Freixas
    Juan “Johnny” de Ibazeta
    Alfredo Villa-Abrille
    Francisco Eizmendi, Sr.
    Ramón Manzano
    Pilar Tuason-Manzano
    Benito “Bibelo” Prieto
    Antonio C. Delgado
    Francisco “Paco” C. Delgado
    Jesús S. Cabarrús, Sr.
    Lorenzo Pérez Tüells
    Miguel and Rafael S. Ripoll
    José María Castañer
    María Teresa Abad Taberne
    José María “Mari” Mendieta
    Sen. Juan B. Alegre
    Fermín Barrenechea
    Pedro “Pedring” Alegría
    José María de Carlès
    Emilio de Carlès
    Joaquín Ortíz
    Juan and Ramón Mascuñana
    José Coscolluela y Casanova
    Severiano and Mónico Lizárraga e Inza
    José Camino y Nessi
    Sen. José María Arroyo y Pidal
    Gov. Mariano Arroyo y Pidal
    Julio Ledesma, Sr.
    Dr. Ramón Campos, Sr.
    Agustín Montilla, Sr.
    José Álvarez y Sotomayor
    Diego de la Viña y de la Rosa
    Eusebio Uriarte
    Higinio Uriarte
    Ricardo Echarri
    José Arnáiz
    Ricardo Claparols
    Antonio Balcells
    Juan S. Bonnín
    Aquiles Ruíz de Luzuriaga
    Claudio Ruíz de Luzuriaga
    Andoni Achával Aguirre
    Ángel Moraza
    José Muertegui
    Secundino Mendezona y Mendezona
    Juan Ormaechea
    Florencio Garriz
    Estanislao Garavilla
    Justo Ortíz, Sr.
    Manuel “Manolo” Fortich

    Pictures from:

    The old Casino Español de Manila
    The old Casino Español de Ilo-Ilo
    The old Casino Español de Cebú
    The old Manila Jockey Club
    The old Sociedad del Tiro al Blanco de Manila
    The old Club Náutico de Manila
    The old Manila Polo Club
    The old Jai-Alai Frontón de Manila


  556. Maldita said,

    May 17, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Toto and other readers,

    Please see these photos from the past:


    Also please my articles on the Philippines by viewing ALL of my recent posts here:



  557. Garganta Inflamada said,

    April 29, 2008 at 5:44 pm


    I can no longer find it, but the “Tita” you previously wrote of who lived in a penthouse overlooking a sea and a park — is she G*orgina Padil*a [ Zob*l ] de Macro*on?

    BTW, look at 2 clips on YouTube re the “Premio Zobel”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf31h-tj58M ( Part I ); then there is a part II.


  558. Garganta Inflamada said,

    April 20, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Somebody pointed out in another forum that there was this Paulino Alcantara Riestra, born of a Spanish father and an Ilongga mother (the Alcantara) in Iloilo in 1896 (2 years before Spain ceded the ‘Pines to Uncle Sam).

    Riestra apparently became a famous sport figure, playing for both the Commonwealth of the Philippines and for professional football in Barcelona. Really quite an interesting history.

    Here’s the link for his bio: http://www.answers.com/topic/paulino-alc-ntara

    Too bad I haven’t found an existing photo of him as a young sportsman.


  559. Myles Garcia said,

    March 17, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Hmmm… interesting observation.

    The other thing is, Puerto Rico has/had a lot of neighbors/trading partners, etc., descended from the same Spanish culture — so obviously, that helped reinforce keeping the Spanish language.

    Whereas with the Philippines, it was the American period that vaulted that distant country into the 20th century of electricity, automobiles, running water, modern medicine and scientific thinking, western music and American films. It was good to be part of a newer, more liberal, more enlightened, more modern, less class-conscious empire. Spain was on its way out; and Uncle Sam was in.

    And even among the leading families who were atop the social and economic ladder during the days of the Crown, they quickly adapted. Their daughters intermarried with the new American rulers; and the sons now went across the Pacific for higher education instead of to the 1 or 2 snooty institutions in olde Castille.

    And with English, the Philippines could communicate with its neighbors, also one-time colonies of countries that could speak English, rather than Spanish. (I guess the only other nearby states that Spanish Filipinas could communicate in Spanish with were the Portuguese colonies of Macao, Goa, East Timor. Otherwise, it had to be English with HKG, Dutch Indonesia, Chiang kai-Shek’s Taiwan, English Malaysia and Singapore, Oz — and of course, Thailand, since Mrs. Anna introduced English into the Royal Thai household.

    Now, Shall We Dance?


  560. March 17, 2008 at 6:08 am


    I think it has something to do with the native Filipino psyche.

    Toto Gonzalez

  561. Sabin Arranz said,

    March 17, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I really wonder sometimes why the Philippines didn’t retain more of Spanish culture than what we have now. I mean, sure, we use a lot of Spanish words, eat some Spanish food, and have quite a few customs derived from Spain, but still…

    We were a Spanish colony for over 300 years, and an American one for only around 50. But nowadays we are far more Americanized than Hispanicized. Why are there more English-speaking Filipinos than Spanish-speaking ones? Puerto Rico was another Spanish colony that the Americans took over as a result of the Spanish-American war, but even today they speak Spanish, not English. What’s different about Puerto Rico, compared to the Philippines?

    It’s not that I’m complaining. I’m just wondering…

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