Diego de la Vina Land

“May Don Diego visit you both.  Tonight.”

Text message from Jules Ledesma, 06 September 2009, Sunday, 06:39:36 p.m.

It was Congressman Jules Ledesma’s comic way of saying “Good Evening” to me and to his “Manang” Tess Lopez but the name of Diego de la Vina casts a long shadow in the history of Negros Oriental…

Decades after his death, Diego de la Vina, a Chinese mestizo originally of Binondo, Manila, remains Negros Oriental’s most mythical, yet historical figure.



  1. January 6, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I have been searching for my father’s lineage for many years. His name was Ramon de la Vina Igpuara from Guimaras. His parents were Luisa de la Vina of Iloilo and Jose Igpuara of Guimaras. Papa had one unmarried brother who died with my Lolo during the war. Lola Luisa had siblings but I can’t remember their names. Papa was related to the Ang and Perez families. I know there are more, but I don’t know them. Papa was very mestizo and he spoke fluent Spanish with my mother, Criste Gustilo Igpuara, of Manapla, Negros Occidental. I am an only child. I will join the Clan de la Vina FB. If there is anyone there who has knowledge of my Papa’s heritage, I would be so grateful to hear from you. Thank you!

  2. Lourdes Serion Jurkeit Koester said,

    June 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Ja, Don Diego de la Vina, is the most famous in our place, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental.

  3. marissa manalo uy said,

    January 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    im marisa m.uy wife of adrian serion uy youngest chld of laura serion uy and romulo tui uy.they rciding in mateo serion st.vallehermoso neg.or.Accrdg.to my mother in law maria dela vina byuda de serion youngest daugher of don diego dela vina is wife of mateo serion.god bless

  4. Lina Perez Calvento said,

    January 12, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I am the eldest daugther of Pablo dela Vina Perez, the youngest son of Saturnina dela Vina de Perez married to Juan Gonzales Perez , her sisters are Lina dela Vina de Valmayor married to Don Ramon Valmayor, and Amalia dela Vina de Fernandez, married to Prodencio Fernandez . they are the three daugthers of Don Diego dela Vina with his second wife Lola Sisa. they lived while young in the Casa Hacienda in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental the best way for you is to get in touch with Franco , the most recent organizer of the Diego dela Vina= la Familia es Sagrada clan group .He is in Dumaguete, City, Negros Oriental Philippines. And we are on Facebook. I hope we can become facebook friends…

  5. Penn Larena said,

    October 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    The Diego Vina y Balbin Letras Y Figuras Painting by Jose Honorato Lozano now owned by Butch Campos is the father of Diego de la Vina Y de la Rosa of Negros Oriental his father is a Spaniard Diego Vina Y Balbin he married a Filipina Mestiza Damiana dela Rosa

    d first wife of Don Diego and second wife s d first cousin Timotia Geopano Jungoy Hermoso

  6. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

    The Diego Vina y Balbin Letras Y Figuras Painting by Jose Honorato Lozano now owned by Butch Campos is the father of Diego de la Vina Y de la Rosa of Negros Oriental his father is a Spaniard Diego Vina Y Balbin he married a Filipina Mestiza Damiana dela Rosa

  7. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 11, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Is Diego Vina y Balbin the same as Diego de la Vina because there is a Painting by Jose Honorato Lozano a Letras Y Figuras owned by Butch Campos by the name Diego Vina y Balbin with a view of the Pasig River and Intramuros and Manila Bay in the background

  8. Penn Larena said,

    May 31, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Hi! I would like to ask about my family history from Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental. My grandmother is Agapita “LOLA PITA” Hermoso Tulabing from Puan, related to almost all the old families in the town including Don Diego de la Vina, Ollandas family, Vernos family, and more. I want to know the connections, please send a family tree or any historical information about my family. My great grandfather was Cirilio Hermoso, a Spanish sugar planter at that time.

    More Power.

    Sir Penn Tulabing-Larena
    Tourism / HRM Dept.,
    St. Paul University, Dumaguete

  9. March 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I’m Lourdes Serion Jurkeit, living now in Hamburg, Germany, Ja, I remember my grandfather, Don Anastacio Serion, saying that our grand-grand father, (Ur-ur Grössvater ( i. German ) was Don Diego de la Vina, and I want to know/whereabouts of this family tree ( de la Vina ) thanks for sharing. GOD BLESS US.

  10. joy geronimo said,

    March 23, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Hello Zoe,
    Excited to come across your comment & meet family. My grandmother is Natividad de la Vina Bautista of Canlaon. Some of us in the de la Vina family are trying to construct a family tree. Apparently, there are many that have been started by the different branches of this huge family & we just need to get them consolidated into one. If you are on facebook, please join the group “The de la Vina Family….La familia es sagrada!”
    Thank you Toto for sharing your insightful blog on your sojourn along the Negros Or coastal towns. I feel nostalgic.

  11. Zoe Buscato said,

    February 8, 2010 at 4:17 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!

  12. September 23, 2009 at 5:09 am


    Yes, Diego de la Vina was supposed to have been both a Spanish and a Chinese mestizo. But I saw an actual photograph of his and anybody would say that he was much more a Chinese mestizo than anything else. Also, his business acumen — acquiring all those vast sugar haciendas — was more Chinese than Spanish.

    While Diego de la Vina established his seat in his vast hacienda at Vallehermoso [ his large, 1900s “casa hacienda” is still extant and intact, well-maintained by the current owners of the hacienda, the family of Lilia Lopez-Jison ], he owned extensive lands — in the thousands of hectares — radiating in all directions from there. Among his many descendants are the affluent Valmayor, Paras, Serion, Ollandas, et. al. families who, to this day, still control the political, economic, and social life of northern Negros Oriental.

    Yes, the influential Congressman Jacinto “Jing” Paras is a descendant of Diego de la Vina.

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. fatima153 said,

    September 23, 2009 at 4:34 am

    An old post from your blog said his father was from Oviedo, Spain and his mother was from Binondo. I believe the ex-Congressman Jacinto “Best-dressed Rep” Paras, now a gov’t energy corp exec, is a descendant.

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