Lacson de Talisay, Negros Occidental

[ According to her youngest daughter Regina Araneta-Teodoro, the brilliant industrialist and diarist Victoria Lopez [ y Ledesma ] de Araneta [ 1907 – 1988 ] used to say that the reason why the heiress socialite Celine Lacson-Heras was so beautiful, elegant, and graceful was that she was a granddaughter of Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma [ 1857 – 1931 ], the England-educated sugar baron who, in his lifetime, reigned supreme over Negros Occidental.

Their story began there…  ]

THE FAMILY

Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma married Rosario Araneta [ Cabunsol ] y Emilia [ a direct descendant of the Kabunsuan royal Muslim line of Mindanao;  a fact long denied and forgotten by the family until recently reminded by scholarly research ].  They had eleven children:  Jesusa, Emilio, Clotilde, Carmen, Enriqueta, Isaac, Mariano, Perfecta, Jose, Aniceto, and Dominador.

Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma and his second wife, the Spanish mestiza Magdalena Torres had ten children:  Resurreccion, Margarita, Leonila, Leoncia, Nicolas, Juan, Lucio, Luis, Consuelo, and Jose.

When the Catalan Ricardo Claparols first met Carmen Lacson, he gushed: “Una mujer tan dulce!” However, three days after their wedding, she revealed her temper by throwing a bunch of keys at him. Carmen was a jealous wife: she would send a spy, a farm laborer, to inform her of her husband’s activities at the sugarcane haciendas.

Carmen, like several rich Negrense girls of her generation, was carried everywhere; she was even carried up and down the stairs of the old house. However, Ricardo detested her leisurely ways; he made sure that his two daughters Carmita and Eulalia would grow up efficient homemakers and trained them himself.

Carmen was a big woman and she was quite the character. She had a majordomo / butler, Emiliano, and a talented chef, Domeng. She would order Domeng to make her “chocolate” and after drinking it, her blood pressure would rise, and then she would scold Domeng for making her “chocolate” in the first place!!!

Carmen even brought her car when she traveled to Europe.

The Japanese soldiers tried to burn the house three times during the war. On one of those occasions, the soldiers were on the roof torching everything while Carmen was hiding under the grand “cama de medio cielo,” eating well!!!

It was the story in the family that Jesusa Lacson de Arroyo [ the paternal grandmother of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo ], the eldest sister of Carmen, used to be so elegant and refined [ like the archetypal Lacson lady rhapsodized in Negrense society ] until she married her second cousin Jose Ma. Arroyo y Pidal, a “politico.” She eventually became a “politico’s” wife: brusque, careless, and loud; she didn’t care if her half-slip showed below her dress by as long as one “takal.”

Jesusa liked to make frequent “paseos” everywhere. She liked to visit her sister Carmen frequently at the old house. She always carried a little bag with her overnight provisions since she liked to “sleep over.” She had two daughters: Teresita and Mary. Teresita died young and Mary [ Lacson Arroyo ] married Enrique Montilla, who became a major sugar industrialist [ “BISCOM” ].

Postwar summers brought all the Claparols grandchildren to the old house: The Javellana, Balcells, Medina, and Rossello branches as well as the other Lacson cousins. It was always a “war” between the girls and the boys: whoever cried first lost!!! They even had “spies” in each other’s camps. There were bicycle races around the “balcon.” There were plenty of quarrels: it was a real “bakbakan.” The “war” got so bad that Carmen the grandmother got a seminarian to play referee between the girls and the boys: the children promptly led him to the middle of the sugarcane fields and then they scampered in 20 different directions!!!

A swimming pool was constructed by the four Claparols-Lacson siblings for their children. However, the girls and the boys were never allowed to swim together lest they develop attractions to each other and lead to intrafamily marriages, which happened occasionally during their grandparents’ and parents’ generations.

Carmen Lacson and Ricardo Claparols had four children: Eduardo, Jaime, Carmita, and Eulalia.

THE MANSION

The house was constructed by Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma and his wife Rosario Araneta [ Cabunsol ] y Emilia in 1880. It was set in the middle of the vast Lacson sugar ‘hacienda’ in Matabang, Talisay, Negros Occidental [ a former property of the Swiss Mr. Luchinger and before that of the Englishman Nicholas Loney ].

Aniceto Lacson was one of Negros’ biggest sugar planters and he wanted a palatial residence to reflect his high financial and social position.  At the height of his fortunes, Aniceto’s sugar ‘haciendas’ stretched contiguously for thousands of hectares from Talisay town all the way to Cadiz town.

The architecture is in what the Filipiniana scholars Martin Imperial Tinio and Fernando Nakpil Zialcita describe as the “Floral style” of the Post-1870 Filipino colonial “bahay-na-bato”: meaning the interior spaces are less defined and more fluid, and there is more applied decoration. There are many Neo-Gothic architectural details which became fashionable following the 1875 reconstruction of the Santo Domingo Church in Intramuros.

The ground floor is made of rare “coquina” coral stone and bricks coated with lime plaster, while the upper floor is entirely of “tindalo” / “balayong” and “molave” Philippine hardwoods.

A Chinese craftsman and his team from Manila, probably the redoubtable “Ah Tay,” were recruited by Aniceto to execute the architectural details and the furniture of the house. It took them three years to complete the project.

Initially, Aniceto Lacson had given the house to his son and namesake.   But the son was irresponsible and fell into financial straits.  Aniceto, fearing its loss, requested his daughter Carmen and son-in-law Ricardo Claparols y Deig to purchase the house.  The Claparols couple ceded a lucrative sugar “hacienda,”  the Hacienda Christina in La Carlota town, and additional cash in exchange for the paternal home.

The house was left as “comunidad” property to the four Claparols-Lacson siblings and their descendants.

Acknowledgments:  Carmen “Carmita” Claparols-Balcells, Eulalia “Layette” Claparols-Rossello, Alexandra “Alexie” Javellana Claparols, Javier Medina Claparols, Carmen “Nena” Claparols Rossello, “Gigi” Lacson Lacson, “Baba” Montilla Araneta-Escudero, Alejandro “Aldo” Panlilio Claparols, et. al..

33 Comments

  1. Tina E. Alix said,

    January 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Is it true that the Emilias are related to the Ledesmas and the Segovias?

  2. March 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    My message is address to Jojo Lacson of Cavite, my grandmother died young when my mom was 4yrs old and lost so much of her history lucky a kind relatives of her gave us her wedding photo taken in 1929, also my grandfather Felix Estanol of Patnongon Antique always told us that my grandmother Plasida Lacson’s family came from Manila not Iloilo. Plasida’s parents are Flaviano Lacson (fr. Manila) and an Juliana Maniba, and the parents of Flaviano are Antonio Lacson and Isabel Delgado. I was also told that the former governor of Antique with a family name of Cadiao was a relative because the mother or grandmother ? Is a Lacson too. I just want to ask Jojo Lacson if he came across Antonio’s name in the Lacson of Cavite.

  3. Sofia Lacson said,

    October 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Hi im sofia lacson…my grandfather is cesar lacson.originally from bayawan negros.i dont know he’s family background.i dont even know if he has a siblings.im so curious about our family history but i dont know,who i can ask.coz my father and he’s siblings dont want to talk about it.

  4. John Earle said,

    September 21, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I don’t know if this is the right place to post this but it is worth a try.

    I am a university researcher from the UK and I am currently (July to October 2013) in Bacolod City. The focus of my research is Nicholas Loney and his contribution to the early development of sugar in Negros between 1856 and 1869. Between these dates, he was British Vice-Consul in Iloilo and he was a major figure in the development of the sugar industry in Negros in the 19th century. He is sometimes referred to as ‘The Father of the Sugar Industry’ in Panay and Negros.

    My Masters’ degree dissertation was written on the subject of Nicholas Loney and his work as British Vice-Consul and so I have already a reasonably good knowledge of the overall picture. [There is a copy of my dissertation in the Negros Museum in Bacolod City if anyone wishes to consult it.] However, there are many aspects which need to be explored further and many points of detail which need to be verified. I am putting out this message in the hope that someone I have not spoken to already might have information about or documents from that period or slightly later which would be relevant to my research. Usually, in this type of research, someone somewhere does indeed have useful information which they assume is widely known but which, in fact, is not well known at all.

    My work is solely in the interests of greater understanding of history and heritage. I can assure anyone that I have no commercial interest in any aspect of this and I would be happy to establish my UK university credentials if necessary.

    We know that Loney was part-owner of a hacienda in Talisay. I have been in contact with one member of the Lizares family already and expect to meet someone from the Lacson family next week. Their helpful and positive response has been very gratifying. However, all information from any source helps to build a stronger and more accurate picture so if anyone else does have anything that they would be willing to share with me, I would be delighted to follow this up.

    Incidentally, my wife is from Bacolod City so I have a strong connection with this area.

    John Earle

  5. axel lacson frondosa said,

    July 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

    our roots: great grandmother dona marciana ledesma lacson and his son is roberto ledesma lacson and his brother bautista ledesma lacson.

  6. Siegfred Tejeros said,

    April 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hello! My great great great-grandmother was Doña Diday Ledesma (not sure of the spelling). Do you have some information about her?

  7. Alfredo V. Tondo Jr. said,

    February 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Hi,

    My father passed away without giving us enough information about our roots but he used to entertain me with a story about my grandpa working at the Lacson’s hacienda in the Talisay Cadiz area. He carried the family name Bagomboy but he was of Indian descent. He told me that his pa was good at engines and was even sent by the family to a school or seminar to learn maintenance and repair of their Cadillac that was the first of its kind in the province that time.

    Do you have records or knowledge of this? I want to know more about my family roots because i am almost a senior citizen myself.

    I will be waiting anxiously for your reply.

    Thanks,

    Fred Tondo Jr.

  8. Lia Belardo said,

    November 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Hi,
    I’m doing research on the Lacson family from Bacolod for my father in law. His mother’s name is Amalia Alvarez Lacson (married to a Belardo). Her sister’s name is Josefa. Their parents were Vitorio Lacson and Concolacion Alvarez. The parents of Vitorio is Lucio Lacson. I have no other information on who Lucio married or who his parents were. Any info on Lucio will be very helpful. Thank you.

  9. jollie kho said,

    September 27, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Hi! My great grandfather was Severino Cabahug-Lacson who became a mayor of Monkayo (formerly part of Davao), Compostela Valley c. 1957. My father shared that Lolo Severino came from Cebu City. Lolo’s siblings were Antera, Paterno, and Pedro. Most of his relatives that he brought to Mindanao were from Masbate.

  10. Yolanda Nazario-Mathias said,

    February 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I was wondering if I can find Victoria Claparols. I googled on FB and this was the webpage I found. Victoria used to be my classmate in college at the College of Holy Spirit in 1971-73. She was a classmate in few of my subjects while taking Psychology course. I went by Yolanda Nazario back then. My married name is now “Mathias” now leaving in the U.S. I am semi-retired and having ample time to reminisce my younger years and her name happened to be one of those that I recalled. If anyone in your family know who I am talking about please give my deepest regards and I would love to communicate with her to see how’s she’s doing now.

  11. Javier M. Claparols said,

    February 19, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Joseph Mogel – Isaac Lacson was the governor of Negros Occidental and the President of the Rehabilitation Finance Corporation (RFC) which was created after the war to help in the rehabilitation of the country. RFC is now the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). I have no knowledge of where Tita Lulu family is but her sister Tita Inday Lacson Fernandez family used to live in San Juan, New Manila. I am sorry i do not have the contact numbers.

  12. Joseph Mogel said,

    February 17, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I am not a Lacson, but befriended Isaac Lacson the former gov of Negros Island during the War. He resided at 917 R Hidalgo St. In Manila. He had a daughter Lulu. I am now 93 years old and I am curious as to what happened to the Lacso family after the war. I heard from Lulu in 1947. Does any one have any info?

  13. February 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    […] Republic President Aniceto Lacson, is just nearby. Though it is also a famous heritage house dubbed Malacañang of Negros for being the Negros President’s residence, access is limited to those joining scheduled […]

  14. Linda Corazon Arimas Gutierrez said,

    January 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    My grandmother was Socorro Lacson. She was a daughter of a Lacson. Later she was adopted by a Nolan. Her father was while whose last name could be a Learner. The portrait or painting of her mother was in one of the Philippine readers series of Camilo Osias. Anyone who who could inform me who she was?

    Linda Corazon Arimas Gutierrez
    manlalaban1@hotmail.com

  15. artie lacson said,

    October 22, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Cassandra Gumban, there is a Thelma Yorac Lacson listed in the Lacsons of Molo genealogy book which is available here in Bacolod City (Php5000). She must be the Thelma Gumban you are searching for. If so, she lives in Bacolod City, Las Palmas Subdividision.

    Justin Lacson, Aniceto is an older brother of Mariano Lacson, who was the youngest son of Lucio with his first wife Clara Ledesma.

  16. Nena Rossello said,

    October 21, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Hi tonnyboy glasm, Herman is my second cousin. He is a great grand son of Aniceto Lacson of Talisay. I am glad to hear they are considered with good mind and heart.

  17. Nena Rossello said,

    October 21, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Hi Tonnyboy, Herman is my second cousin. He is a great grand son of Aniceto Lacson…

  18. jojo lacson said,

    September 15, 2011 at 3:30 am

    the first Lacson in Imus was born in 1811 Claudio, son of Theodoro Laxon eldest of the twelve children of Carlos Son Lac c. 1748 Amoy Fujian China and Juana Bautista/Tan Mei Li c. 1771, they were traders to and from Molo and Manila Cavite, first group of Theodoro’s siblings were brought to Imus in 1801 then the family finally settled there between 1817 and 1820 with the second group of siblings, Carlos and Juana had 12 children

  19. jojo lacson said,

    September 15, 2011 at 3:24 am

    the friars wrote our surname in the registry of the Imus Cathedral as Laxon if they were of Catalan/Eastern-Basque Spain origin, if Castillian / rest of Spain they wrote it as Laczon, in the American Era it became more of its original Lacson

  20. jojo lacson said,

    September 15, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Jojo Lacson
    The Lacsons of Imus, Cavite are indebted to its Molo, Iloilo Roots, we came from Molo, then migrated to Imus in 1801 as Laxon’s then Laczon’s and finally Lacson’s

  21. luis christopher jude lacson baring said,

    September 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    my grandfather, luis dela flor lacson, is the youngest son of rosendo lacson by his second wife. he is the architect of one of cebu’s rather known tourist spots, the taoist temple in beverly hills, lahug, cebu city. i would be happy to get in touch with my relatives in talisay and bacolod city

  22. Allan Lascon said,

    April 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Any of you who is familiar with a certain Lourdes Hechanova who married a certain Ben Lacson? They are the parents of a certain Rudy Hechanova Lacson born on October 24, 1938.

  23. Allan Lascon said,

    April 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Hi my father’s name was Rudy Hechanova Lacson, he was from Talisay, Negros Occidental. He finished his study of Fine Arts in Siliman University. He was born October 24, 1938. I don’t know much regarding my father’s family as he decided not to discuss it much with my mother & me. All we know is that he has a brother (unnamed) and a sister who was abroad during the 70’s & 80’s. He also used to visit a relative at Sta. Mesa Manila during late 70’s he said.

  24. Pinky Kusuanco-Abad said,

    March 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hello. My grandfather used to work at Hda. Claparols. His name is Jose Alvarez Kusuanco. I wonder if the Claparols Family kept any records of their former workers in the 1800-1900 circa. Please let me know if you do. I am searching any information that connects me to my grandfather. I appreciate all the help. So much history I need to uncover. Thank you.

  25. Cassandra Mae Gumban said,

    March 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    hi!do you know Thelma Lacson Gumban? she is my gradmother…

  26. August 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Javier:

    Thank you!

    Best regards to Tony and Ricky.

    Toto Gonzalez

  27. Javier M. Claparols said,

    August 11, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Mariano and Rosendo are brothers of Aniceto, all children of Lucio Lacson. Toto, there is a site in Facebook of Familia Lacson which can help trace the roots as Lucio had many children and so did the children.

    Javier

  28. Olga Lacson said,

    January 11, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Do you have any history regarding Rosendo Lacson? He was a brother of Aniceto. My grandfather was his son named Asterio Lacson.

  29. Justin Lacson said,

    December 31, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Was Aniceto also known as Mariano? There are conflicting dates of his birth and death…..Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson on other sites states he was born 1865, deceased 1948.

  30. December 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    cutiepagong:

    PLEASE BE REMINDED:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no return email addresses, nor reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  31. June 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Javier:

    Thank you for the correction. Much appreciated.

    Best regards to your brothers Tony and Ricky.

    Toto Gonzalez

  32. Javier Medina Claparols said,

    June 9, 2009 at 7:11 am

    My grandfather, Ricardo Deig Claparols and grandmother, Carmen Araneta Lacson-Claparols gave up their farm Hacienda Christina in La Carlota. It was not in Cadiz City. It is now owned by the Jalandoni Family.

  33. tonnyboy galsm said,

    May 17, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I’m not a Lacson, but we have our neighbors back home in Bayawan city-Tolong, Negros who were known to be “rich and famous in all times with good hearts and minds!” They are the children of Don Antonio Lacson; his eldest son Herman Lacson who enjoys most of his time making friends!!!


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