Reunion runs

We are having clan reunions left and right and it is becoming quite maddening… specially if one [ like I ] belongs to several!!!

According to the Western astrologers, in recent years there has been a “planetary alignment” of some sort in the universe which is causing people to gather in family / clan reunions.  I don’t take planetary alignments seriously but it must serve as an explanation to all these ever-increasing family and clan reunions… !!!

Last November 2008, the Hizon-Singian clan of San Fernando, Pampanga had its bi-annual reunion at the residence of Pilar “Piluchi” Luciano Ocampo-Fernandez at the old Fernandez [ Fernandez de “Compania Maritima” ] compound in San Juan.

Last 13 December 2008, a Saturday, the Cacnio family of Apalit, Pampanga celebrated the 80th birthday of their doyenne, Esther Mercado Cacnio-Atienza, with a joyous clan reunion.  They were so generous to invite their Gonzalez, Arnedo, Espiritu, and Mercado relations as well.  It was amazing to see a senior relative, former Quezon City mayor Adelina Santos-Rodriguez “Imang Daling” still so attractive and fit even in her 80s!!!

On 14 December 2008, a Sunday, the descendants of Augusto Diosdado Sioco Gonzalez [ 1887 – 1939 ] of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of his only surviving daughter, Natividad “Naty” B Gonzalez-Palanca [ born 14 December 1918 ].  The holy mass was celebrated by [ Cubao ] Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, D.D. and her second cousin, Bishop Federico “Freddie” Escaler.  Tita Naty was a senior Gonzalez family member beloved for her kindness, uprightness, and generosity and was revered, but most importantly loved, by the whole family.  It was a wonderful occasion with an almost complete attendance by that particular branch of the “Gonzalez de Sulipan” clan.

The Ongsiako and the de Santos clans had a reunion in Makati.

On 11 January 2009, the Coronel clan of Santa Rita, Pampanga [ cousins of the Valdes de Pampanga clan;  the clan owns the classic prewar house where the tearjerker classic “Tanging Yaman” was filmed ] had their reunion 2009.

Last Sunday, 18 January 2009, we had the annual “Valdes de Pampanga” Clan reunion  [ as differentiated from the ValdeS [ with an “s” ] de Manila of the Tuason- Legarda-Prieto-Valdes clan and the ValdeZ with a “z” clan from Ilocos Norte ].  We did have some pretty Spanish mestiza members of the Valdes de Manila clan because it’s slowly turning out that there are actually blood relations between the two Valdes with an “s” clans.  The Valdes de Pampanga clan has _____ branches:  the Ignacio Valdes [ yellow group ] — the Camilo Quiasons, the Edgardo Yaps, and the Sergio Naguiats;  [ blue group ] the Armand Fabellas, the Bates, the Africa Reynosos, and the Ely Narcisos;  [ red group ] the Guanzons, the Florencia Coronels, and the Lita Lilleses; and the Roman Valdes [ green group;  Valdes de Bacolor, Pampanga ] the Carlos J. Valdeses, the Erlinda Gonzalez-Rodriguezes, and the Raquel Gonzalez-de Leons.  It was held at the new gym of the Fabellas’ Jose Rizal University “JRU” along Shaw Boulevard.  We honored our Valdes relatives who had passed away in the past year 2008:  Remedios “Remy” Valdes-Panlilio, Carlos “Charlie” J. Valdes, Armand V. Fabella, Milagros ___, and Mandy ____.  There was a nice lunch followed by a great set of games conducted by Justa Yap Bautista and Martin Reynoso which got everybody going!!!  It was completely easygoing and needless to say was a lot of fun!!!

On Sunday, 25 January 2009, there will be the annual “Rodriguez de Bacolor” reunion.  It will be held in a Sibal building in Quezon City.  I received the reunion menu of homestyle Kapampangan dishes by text from R cousins Evelyn Dayrit Rodriguez and Vita Rodriguez-Laki and it sounds really good!!!

(On 28 February 2009, Saturday, there will be a “Gonzalez de Sulipan” / “Gonzalez de Baliuag” [ descendants of Fray Fausto Lopez, O.S.A. and Maria Amparo “Mariquita” Gonzalez y de los Angeles ] reunion on the occasion of the 69th birth anniversary of Brother Andrew Gonzalez, F.S.C. at Gene Gonzalez’s “Cafe Ysabel,” # 455 P Guevarra Street, San Juan.  It is being organized by the Dr Virgilio Sioco Gonzalez branch of the clan [ the Cebu branch ], and that means Arch. Jackie Gonzalez Cancio – Vega, Charo Gonzalez Cancio – Yujuico, Dr. Vicki Gonzalez Belo, David Gonzalez de Padua, Dr. Donna Gonzalez de Padua, et. al..  Entrance fee is Php 1,500.00/xx per person so that the food will be “suitably Gonzalez” and also to raise some funds for the “Gonzalez Doble Zeta” organization.  Gene Gonzalez will recreate “Cocina Sulipena” [ old Sulipan cooking ] for his Gonzalez cousins.  Since “Cafe Ysabel” only has a seating capacity of 120 persons, attendance will be limited to 20 persons for the “Gonzalez de Baliuag” [ the Soledad Gonzalez -Mariano Gonzales, Jose Gonzalez – Francisca Carrillo, and Francisco Gonzalez – Maria Lloret branches of the clan ], and 90 persons for the “Gonzalez de Sulipan” [ the Joaquin Gonzalez – Florencia Sioco branch ], only ten descendants each for the ten Gonzalez – Sioco brothers Dr. Fernando, Dr. Jesus, Dr. Emilio, Atty. Augusto, Octavio [ died young; no issue ], Dr. Virgilio, Atty. Francisco Javier, Dr. Bienvenido, Dr. Joaquin, and Congressman Fausto.  So let this be an announcement to our cousins!!!)

This is the Philippines after all, where everyone is related!!!   😀   😀   😀



  1. Vanessa Covarrubias Cabato said,

    March 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you so much for your reply..We are very proud to be part of the Valdes clan.I am relating to my mother now your reply…Yes, my mother remembers now that de Jesus is the supposed family name instead of Valdes as narrated by her father..My grandfather Jose was the eldest brother of Milagros Covarrubias-Jamir(Architect).I have their family photo..It’s so nice to meet relatives even on blog only….Relatives we have never met because of distance..I hope someday Valdes-Covarrubias of Zamboanga City would

    meet Valdes Clan of Pampanga. We are very much interested to get a copy of the Valdes Clan Family Tree Book..Is there any

    way?Our copy got lost..Thank you V cousin..God bless

  2. Vanessa Covarrubias Cabato said,

    March 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Thank you so much for your reply..We are very proud to be part of the Valdes clan.I am relating to my mother now your reply…Yes, my mother remembers now that de Jesus is the supposed family name instead of Valdes as narrated by her father..My grandfather Jose was the eldest brother of Milagros Covarrubias-Jamir(Architect).I have their family photo..It’s so nice to meet relatives even on blog only….Relatives we have never met because of distance..I hope someday Valdes-Covarrubias of Zamboanga City would meet Valdes Clan of Pampanga. 🙂 We are very much interested to get a copy of the Valdes Clan Family Tree Book..Is there any way?Our copy got lost..Thank you V cousin 🙂 God bless!

  3. March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am


    Hello V cousin!!! Yes, you definitely are a VALDES (Pampanga). Agueda Valdes, who married Jose Covarrubias, belongs to the Francisca Valdes married to Sisenando de Jesus branch, which is assigned the blue color during V reunions. It is the “blue branch” where Milagros Covarrubias-Jamir and her son, lighting designer Nap Jamir Jr, belong. Other “blue branch” members are Armand Fabella & family, Africa Valdes-Reynoso and family, and Susie Tinio-Arroyo & family.

    I belong to the “yellow branch” — Ignacio Valdes married to Maxima Arceo — of the Valdes clan.

    We all descend from Pedro Angeles and Anacleta Valdes Juico and our original surname was DE JESUS and we came from Bacolor, Pampanga.

    Great to meet you V cousin, even just online!!! Actually, I know the V reunion organizers — Bunny K Fabella, Aye C Yap-Azurin, Mia V Reynoso-Laws, Susie Tinio Arroyo, Lulu Valdes-Posadas, et al — have been trying to contact the Covarrubias-Valdes family members for the annual reunions every January.


    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  4. Vanessa Covarrubias Cabato said,

    March 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I am Vanessa Covarrubias Cabato, 29yo, great-grandchild of Agueda Valdes from Pampanga married to Jose Covarrubias. I am from Zamboanga city. I have heard of the Valdes clan since I was a little girl which my grandfather Jose Covarrubias Jr, son of Agueda and Jose, had been relating about our relatives in Pampanga, the VALDES….I remember there was a book about the Valdes clan which was sent to my grandfather during the 1990’s and we usually received an invitation before for the grand reunion. I don’t know anymore the names of the parents of my great-grandmother Agueda Valdes, who was a pharmacist accordingly. And if we are related to the Valdes clan in this blog… God bless!

  5. Teri Matsubara said,

    July 11, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Hi Toto,

    I’ve been enjoying reading your blog for sometime now. Thank you for taking the time to share about the Rodriguez family. I’m 6th generation from the green line (my grandmother is Gloria Rodriguez Guanzon).

    Please keep the blogs coming. And if you’re ever in Vancouver, Canada, we’ll have to meet up.

    Best regards,
    Teri 🙂

  6. February 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Looking for Rosemarie Pineda, Graduate of Notre Dame High School NY 1951. Went home to Manila and attended Santo Tomas Univ. I think became a Professor., married and had children.

  7. Diego Jurado said,

    August 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I’m both a Dayrit (from Carmen) and a Henson (from Don Pepe) but I don’t recall ever having gone to a reunion for either one of those names, at least not any of a scope wide enough to have included anybody mentioned in this blog.

  8. paquita dayrit said,

    April 18, 2009 at 5:29 am

    hello all im also dayrit from canada

  9. delma dayrit said,

    April 18, 2009 at 5:26 am

    hi dayrit family
    just saying hello to everybody,I’m Delma Dayrit from Toronto,Canada
    my grandfather is capt. Francisco Dayrit. my father is Paquito Dayrit and he lives in
    Jeminez, Mindanao.if u know the relatives of my grand father originally from pampanga let us know so that we can have a contact.thank u godbless all

  10. February 9, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Hi Toto,

    Executive Class host David Celdran was here at Historic Camalig Restaurant last week to feature the restaurant and our core product, Armando’s Pizza: “Ang Pambansang Pizza.” Of course we got to talking about old Pampanga families, including yours, since he is a La Salle alumnus. It turns out you were classmates at La Salle. Anyway, he sends his regards.

    The episode of Executive Class that includes Camalig will be aired on Sunday, Feb 15, on ANC. Showtimes are at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Please watch.

    Also, those giant ensaymadas I purchased last Christmas really got rave reviews.

    Best regards,

  11. Ipe Nazareno said,

    January 23, 2009 at 4:44 am

    How about including the “Gonzalez Doble Zeta” families of Cavite City? The branch traces its roots from Lorenzo “Encho” Gonzalez and his wife, Josefa, who, unfortunately, only had prolific daughters and a son who never had an heir. This branch includes the Cacha-Montano ( the branch of the infamous DJ ), Cacha-Arca, Basa-Torres, Basa-Garamendi, Basa-Puyat, Tirona, Gonzalez-Lim, Cuyegkeng-Nazareno, and Crisologo-Nazareno families, to name a few.

  12. Larry Leviste said,

    January 23, 2009 at 3:21 am

    TAKE TWO : I attended the Marcelino de Santos re-union last January 5 at the Makati Sports Club. I am a descendant of Mariano de Santos and Angela Viana, my grandparents were Dr. Casto Pineda and Carmen de Santos, my parents are Judge Oscar Leviste and Rosemarie Pineda.

    Indeed, it was an honour and a blast to find out more of this ever-growing family tree who owned 22,000 hectares in Nueva Ecija before Marcoses land reform took over.

    Legend has it that it took 7 days on horseback to traverse this fiefdom. Today we have scholarship foundations for the offpring of the tenants of this land.

    I do remember spending unforgettable summers in these haciendas too many years ago.

    There were swimming holes, fruit orchards and the liquid languid sun that baked us into ginger bread cookies. Catching dragon flies and tadpoles as the sun was swallowed by twilight.

    Such incredible memories. I am reaching out to my Moreno, de Leon, Barcelona branches to please visit our brand new website www. de Santos Clan. com

  13. Larry Leviste said,

    January 23, 2009 at 2:39 am

    I am

  14. Myles Garcia said,

    January 23, 2009 at 1:24 am

    You can choose your friends but not your relatives. 😦

  15. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 22, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Toto,

    You are related to the late Tita Menchu Fabella-Bate? She was a friend of my mom. We do see her hubby (Tito Celso) occasionally at Villa San Miguel for mass. You are right, her brother Armand died a year later. Wow, small world!

    Cousin Paz

  16. Andres Maduro said,

    January 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm


    Happy Birthday! Now I understand too why you haven’t been around; I for one have missed your witty comments very much.

    You all in the Philippines are very lucky to have family clans, even if at times the reunions can be exhausting. Here in Europe you only see it sometimes in mediterranean societies and the same counts for Latin America.

    We may complain of our families often, but I am very grateful that we too have a very tightly knit clan. When push comes to shove, more often than not, it’s the family that puts differences aside and joins forces for its survival.

    Yes, we admire the culture and civilization of the developed world, i.e. Europe, but they do not have our sense of Faith and Family in the same way we do. Perhaps that’s why I, as a foreigner, admire and identify with the Filipino character, rich or poor

  17. Cousin of my Cousin said,

    January 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm


    Kindly clarify how you are related to the Valdes line and how all the Valdeses you mention above are related. I fall under one of those lines, but don’t know how they all are related. Too bad my elder relations passed away before I could ask and my mother has no idea. I only know we are invited and saw you at one 😉 a long time ago.

    Cousin of my Cousin

  18. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    January 21, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Hi Toto,

    No wonder the new posts to your blog were being missed. Yes, reunions can really be exhausting. Thanks for including my mom’s celebration in this post. By the way, aren’t you January born too? Happy birthday (belated? advance?)! Whatever the date, hope it’s a good one cause you deserve it.

    Cousin Paz

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