All There

I have just come back from a GIBO fundraiser evening…

It seemed that practically All of Manila had turned out to show support to the presidential aspirant seen by many as the most capable and the most qualified of the several presidentiables.

I found the onstage Gibo Teodoro highly intelligent, articulate, magnetic [ another word for charismatic? ], inspiring, and commanding with an uncanny ability to silence the madding crowd, make them listen, and want even more.

What I liked was that, unlike the other presidentiable aspirants, he did not speak a single word against his fellow contenders [ however godawful some of them are, in my opinion ].  True gentleman, I thought.

After a short speech, Gibo Teodoro left for two hours of meetings and then returned to the gathering…

I found the offstage Gibo Teodoro highly intelligent, articulate, incisive, tactful, an interested listener, unexpectedly warm [ given all those accomplishments ], charming and disarming, and fortunately gifted with the ability to connect and empathize with the various people he encounters.  There is a lot to like in the man.

Not surprisingly, I found his wife Nikki Prieto-Teodoro very beautiful in person.  If, as First Lady, she follows the egalitarian and populist but elegant styles of Sofia of Spain, Rania of Jordan, and the late Diana and negate that of Imelda Marcos & Co., she will be most memorable at Malacanang:  A young, beautiful, sophisticated, and completely contemporary First Lady.  Perhaps the Filipina equivalent of Jackie Kennedy.

On the lighter side, Gibo Teodoro is as tall and imposing as Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is short and dumpy.  Nikki Prieto-Teodoro is as beautiful and effortlessly elegant as Mike Arroyo is big and slow.  That’s a good change.  As I always say, and as Diana Vreeland always said, never underestimate the power of appearances.

All There.  No need to look for anything else.


  1. February 12, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Noy is no JOY,

    The latest chismax is that the Noy-Mar camp is imploding due to a 4-sided war within the ranks:

    Butch Abad against Maria Montelibano, Judy Araneta-Roxas against Kris Aquino.

  2. February 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm



    C-5 at TAGA.

  3. Janina Teodoro said,

    February 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    @Marco, that’s not a fair thing to say. Don’t be a bigot. I support Gilbert because I am convinced he is the best person to lead our country, plain and simple. There are many who feel the same way I do and it doesn’t make them any less righteous than those who choose to support Noy-Mar or other candidates. Let’s be reasonable.

  4. marco philippe araneta said,

    February 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

    People just choose Gilbert because their family histories and personal values are not sterling enough to give them the righteousness needed to be with Noy and Mar. They’re not comfortable with Villar either because they don’t want to be in the company of the super crass and corrupt new rich ( whose massive debts far outweigh their assets anyway, making them actually – the poorest of the poor).

  5. Janina Teodoro said,

    February 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I believe Gibo is the best person to lead our country at this most crucial juncture..He is his own man .. What he said ( that family matters should not interfere with state affairs) is a very apropos statement and one that deserves praise. AS my sister said: “The patronage and utang na loob mentality is so entrenched and has gotten the Philippines in such a deep mess.This has to end! Gilbert should be commended for his stand on this.

  6. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Anybody but Gibo, says Danding’s wife
    Relationship between uncle, nephew still strained

    MANILA, Philippines – The wife of business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. said they are dismayed with their nephew, Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr..

    Gretchen Cojuangco said that her husband Danding, who is chairman emeritus of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), would support a candidate, but not Teodoro.

    Teodoro was formerly a member of the NPC, but switched to the administration party where he became its standard bearer.

    Mrs. Cojuangco made the statement in an interview during a visit to the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City on Saturday.

    “Anybody but Gibo. Anybody,” she told reporters, after being asked who her husband would support between Teodoro and their other nephew, Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

    “I’m just a wife that’s why ga lain ang buot ko (sumasama ang loob ko) for my husband,” she said in Ilonggo.

    Mrs. Cojuangco said that Danding helped Teodoro for 9 years, but he failed to thank his uncle and then suddenly left their party.

    “My husband had the biggest plans and belief for him, being so intelligent,” she said.

    She also said that Teodoro did not ask permission from his uncle when he left NPC for Lakas.

    “We felt very bad for him,” she said.

    She also belied reports that Teodoro and her husband are okay with each other.

    “He tells everybody everything’s right with him and his uncle. Sala eh (mali eh). Maybe with him, but his conscience tells him otherwise. I don’t know what kind of conscience that is,” she said.

    When pressed on who her husband will support in the elections, she said “anyone, that means anyone.”

    Mrs. Cojuangco was guest speaker during the graduation of policemen who took up masters’ degrees at the university, through a scholarship program funded by Cojuangco.

    Danding, meanwhile, is reportedly back in the hospital due to a heart-related health concern. Report from Mark Salanga, ABS-CBN News Bacolod

  7. Gina Garcia said,

    January 31, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    thanks larry- i am always an optimist…
    but i also back up my optimism with FACTS….
    Fact checking – not jumping to conclusions…

  8. January 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm


  9. January 28, 2010 at 10:05 am


    YES. You have to log in with your real name and a verifiable email address. 🙂

    To publish a comment with a pseudonym would not be fair to all the other brave souls here. 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  10. Gina Garcia said,

    January 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Gibo is his own man- I don’t think the mole or the uncle can interfere.
    I believe in him.
    He’s forward looking – someone we need right now. Enough of showbiz, rhetoric, revenge, screaming banshee sister….
    Let’s all brave the 21st century with Gibo….

  11. January 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I would bring home Edu and Gibo, Adel and Bongget, my parents DO wanna meet them up close and personal. I’ll stay in the kitchen with Gordon and, cashless but so sterling in record and rhetoric.

  12. Bing Abad said,

    January 27, 2010 at 8:40 am

    sayang si Gibo – what with those 2 heavy baggage: the mole and the uncle

  13. Sabin Arranz said,

    January 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Meet the parents? Not Erap (goes without saying). Not Villar, either (too rough around the edges).

  14. Jules B. Vergel de Dios said,

    January 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

    The Cojuangco Wars
    22 September 2009
    PerryScope by Perry Diaz

    For the past three generations, the Cojuangcos have been at war among themselves. First the sons, then their grandchildren, and now their great grandchildren. It all started about money and now it’s all about power and the ultimate political plum — the nation’s presidency.

    It all began when Ko Guiok Huang, an ethnic Hakka from Fukien, China, emigrated to the Philippines in 1871. He converted to Catholicism and Hispanized his name to “Cojuangco” adopting Jose as his first name. The newly minted Jose I Cojuangco then moved to Paniqui, Tarlac where he started his businesses. He prospered as a rice merchant, sugar mills owner, and money lender.

    He married Antera Estrella from a wealthy family in Malolos, Bulacan. They had three children: Ysidra, Melecio (Melencio), and Trinidad. Ysidra and Trinidad were spinsters; however, Ysidra had a love child, Felicidad, reputedly with the revolutionary Gen. Antonio Luna.

    Melecio Cojuangco

    Melecio entered politics and became town president of Paniqui and was eventually elected as a representative in the National Assembly in 1907. He was married to Tecla Chichioco and they had four children: Jose “Pepe” Sr, Juan, Antonio, and Eduardo “Endeng” Sr. Melecio died in 1909.

    Melecio’s four sons went into business with their aunt Ysidra and established the Paniqui Sugar Mills in 1928. A few years later, they ventured into stock brokering and established the Finance and Mining Investments Corp., in partnership with the Jacinto and Rufino families. By the 1930s, the Cojuangcos were the biggest land-owners — tens of thousands of hectares — in Central Luzon. In 1938, the Cojuangco, Jacinto, and Rufino families founded the Philippine Bank of Commerce, the first bank in the country wholly owned by Filipinos.

    Jose “Pepe” Cojuangco Sr.

    Pepe entered politics and was elected to the Philippine Commonwealth Legislature. In 1938, he bought the 6,453-hectare Hacienda Luisita, a sugar plantation and golf course complex, from the Spanish company Tabacalera. The vast hacienda — second largest in Central Luzon — encompasses 11 barrios in three towns in Tarlac. Pepe was married to Demetria Sumulong, daughter of Sen. Juan Marquez Sumulong. They had20eight children: Ceferino, Pedro, Josephine, Teresita, Carmen, Corazon “Cory,” Jose “Peping” Jr, and Maria Paz.
    Cory was married to Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr who was the son of Sen. Benigno Aquino Sr from Concepcion, Tarlac. In 1983, Ninoy was murdered by military assassins as he stepped down from an airplane at the Manila International Airport upon his arrival from self-exile in the U.S. Cory went home to pick up the pieces and led the opposition against Marcos. She was elected president in a “snap election” against Marcos but was denied the presidency. In 1986, a “people power” revolution erupted, the Marcos dictatorship was toppled, and Cory was installed president.

    Cory passed away on August 1, 2009. Her passing ignited the people’s desire for change and a clamor for her son Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to run for president engulfed the nation. Noynoy accepted the call and is now the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate in the 2010 elections.

    Cory’s younger brother Peping also entered politics and was elected mayor of Paniqui in 1959. In 1961, he was elected to Congress and served until 1969. After Marcos was ousted, he ran again in 1987 and served until 1998. He is currently the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee.. In 1992, his wife Margarita “Tingting” de los Reyes Cojuangco was elected governor of Tarlac. She served until 1998 .

    Eduardo “Endeng” Cojuangco Sr.

    Melecio’s fourth and youngest son Endeng was married to Josephine Murphy. They had six children: Eduardo “Danding” Jr, Mercedes, Aurora, Isabel, Enrique “Henry,” and Manuel. Danding entered politics and became congressman and governor of Tarlac.
    Danding was nicknamed “Pacman” and “King of Cronies” because of his ability for gobbling up companies. During the Marcos regime, he controlled $1.5 billion in corporate assets which was estimated to equal 25% of the Philippines’ GNP.

    When Marcos fled to the U.S. after his ouster, Danding went with him and settled in Los Angeles. Eventually, he went back to the Philippines. In 1992, he founded the Nationalist People’s Coalition and used it as his vehicle to run for president. He lost. He is now the Chairman of the San Miguel Corporation.

    Danding’s sister Mercedes was married to Gilberto Teodoro Sr. He served as Social Security Administrator from 1966 to 1986. In 1978, during the Marcos dictatorship, she was elected member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa (National Legislature) . Their only son Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr, a bar topnotcher, is now the Lakas-Kampi- CMD’s presidential candidate in the 2010 elections.

    The rivalry among the Cojuangcos started between Melecio’s sons, Jose “Pepe” Sr an d Eduardo “Endeng” Sr. Pepe was successful in politics as well as in business. Endeng was said to be resentful of his brother’s success and felt that he was ill-treated.

    Political Rivalry

    Their political rivalry reached fever pitch in the 1960s when Pepe’s son, “Peping,” ran for Congress against his first cousin Danding, Eduardo’s son. Peping beat Danding twice, in 1965 and 1969. In 1987, when Cory came to power, Peping defeated Mercedes Cojuangco Teodoro, Danding’s sister, for a congressional seat and Peping’s wife Tingting defeated Henry, Danding’s brother, for governor of Tarlac.

    In the 1990s, the rivalry continued. In 1998, Gibo Teodoro succeeded Peping who was termed out of his congressional seat in Tarlac’s 1st district. In 2007, Gibo termed out also and was succeeded by his wife Monica Prieto-Teodoro. Consequently, Gibo left his Uncle Danding’s Nationalist People’s Coalition and accepted an appointment by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Secretary of Defense.

    In 1998, Noynoy ran for the congressional seat in Tarlac’s 2nd district and won. He was reelected in 2001 and again in 2004. He served the House as Deputy Speaker from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, Noynoy was elected to the Senate for a six-year term. Noynoy held several leadership positions with the Liberal Party. He served the party as Secretary General from 1999 to 2002,=2 0Vice-President of the Luzon Liberal Party from 2002 to 2004, Secretary General again from 2004 to 2006, and Vice Chairman of the party from 2006 to the present.
    Battle Royale.

    Now, a battle royale looms between the Cojuangcos — Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III vs. Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr — for the highest position in the land, the presidency. While there are other candidates in the 2010 presidential race, Noynoy and Gibo represent not only their feuding families but also rival political forces as well as competing economic interests. The stakes are high.

    Never before in the history of Philippine politics had two presidential candidates attracted worldwide attention. The United States and China take close tab on the forthcoming elections. The 10-million strong global Filipinos in more than 200 countries are watching the two fifth-generation cousins, Noynoy and Gibo, slug it out in the largest — and possibly, final — battle of the Cojuangco wars.

    * + * + *

  15. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 26, 2010 at 6:22 am

    I believe Gilbert Teodoro is the most qualified among all the presidential candidates but I wonder why most of his relatives in the Murphy-Cojuangco side support the candidacy of Sen. Noynoy Aquino except for one sister of his mother who is all out for him. Yes, Nikki Prieto-Teodoro is really a beauty like her mother, the controversial Marybeth Lopez-de Leon, one of the legendary and beautiful Lopez sisters of Balayan, Batangas.

    She was charged with the death of Belma Abella, a private nurse of her husband, Jose Vicente Madrigal de Leon. The case against Marybeth Lopez-de Leon ended up in a settlement, according to state prosecutor Mario Mangrobang, after the family of victim Belma Abella filed an affidavit of desistance. Mangrobang then stated that a huge payoff was given to the Abella family to drop the charges against de Leon.

  16. Josh Moya said,

    January 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Re:Gina Garcia said,

    Put it this way-
    who among the presidentiables would you bring home to meet your parents?

    **** Money Villar who else. He’s handsome, educated and very, very rich. im not so sure if i’ll vote for him though.

  17. Alicia Perez said,

    January 25, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Noynoy, Gibo, Edu: All in the family
    A COMMITMENT By Tingting Cojuangco (The Philippine Star) Updated January 24, 2010 12:00 AM

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    We are all related: Nonoy Aquino, Gibo Teodoro and Edu Manzano

    Of what significance are ancestral lines and family trees? To know our ancestors whose blood flows through our veins. What else? Because in the beginning and end of our days, relatives are always near and care for kin, although most of us were brought together more by fate than by choice. We love, honor and revere our parents and ancestors who, without their foresight and care, we would not be here today. And then, if by God’s will we have been blessed with loving relationships with our kin, we have even more reason to thank God.

    To adhere to family tradition, as our family does, is yet another reason to take interest in our ancestors. Isn’t it a reward to bring every child along on a trip even if he is 10 years old, as my in-laws Jose Chichioco Cojuangco and Demetria Sumulong y Sumulong used to do? That rule has since changed. It’s now as Mommy requests, with the exception of the adults such as the single China. Another family tradition by which we honor our family’s elders is the Sunday reunion, during which our family members regale us with stories of adventures, misadventures of the past week. Often, our descendants’ stories remind us of our ancestors who had similar experiences or character streaks. Then we conclude, “No wonder we’re like that!” It’s so easy to lay claim to the positive attributes we possess, as if we had acquired these all our own, and to attribute the negatives to our ancestors! The trend to trace one’s genealogy to find our genetic links underscores the importance of knowing more about our ascendants. By knowing our ancestors and family history, we can better understand ourselves and know our place in the world.

    In the 1870s, my paternal great-great-grandfather, Crisanto Mendoza de los Reyes y Mendoza, was a patriot involved in shaping minds, as was my maternal great-great-grandfather General Adriano Dayot Hernandez. Crisanto was a mestizo Sangley from Binondo; Adriano was of the Creole class from Iloilo. Both were engaged in the libertarian movements. Crisanto was a freemason who was involved in the Cavite Mutiny of 1872; Adriano, in the Battle of Cry of Barrio Lincud of October 28, 1898, was chief of staff of the Liberating Army, otherwise known as Ejercito Libertador of 1898. He was also later the first governor of Iloilo (1902-1904) and the first director of the Department of Agriculture.

    As I was discussing our family tree with my cousins, Carmela de los Reyes Abas and others, I remarked that a bride and groom marry, take in new relatives and expand the branches of the family tree. I found that my marriage to Peping, and other relatives’ marriages further reinforced our family tree. As my Tita Teresing, my dad’s sister, has often said of our family tree, “Ours is not an oak tree but a balete tree with many lateral roots and unending expansion.” This, it seems, is how a family tree is for every Filipino.

    I have the distinction of being related by marriage to presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino; by blood and marriage to presidential candidate Gilbert C. Teodoro; and by blood to vice-presidential candidate Edu Manzano. First, everyone knows Noynoy is Peping’s nephew from his elder sister Cory; Noy is the only son of Ninoy, a national hero, and Cory, the mother of Philippine Democracy. Gilbert is the only child of former SSS administrator Gilberto de los Reyes Ortiz Teodoro and former Batasang Pambansa representative Atty. Mercedes “Ditas” Murphy Cojuangco-Teodoro. Edu is the son of the brother of my mother Adriano “Adi” Manzano y Hernandez and Nenita Barrios. I am truly proud to have them as my kin.

    My paternal great-great-grandfather Crisanto de los Reyes y Mendoza was born in 1806 to a mestizo Sangley lawyer named Don Gregorio de los Reyes y Antonio and Doña Dominga de Mendoza y Sebastiana of Spanish descent. Crisanto was married to Dorotea de los Reyes y Silverio. They had four children: Juana, Escolastica, Manuel and Teodoro.

    Crisanto’s eldest daughter Juana took the reins of the family businesses when her father was arrested in 1872. She latter married Atty. Tomas del Rosario of Bataan, a judge in Manila, and was involved in the Revolution. Nevertheless, Crisanto was not in favor of Tomas as a son-in-law and took the entire clan on vacation to a seaside town to effectively boycott Juana’s wedding to Tomas. In 1898, during the Malolos Congress, Tomas distinguished himself for his lengthy five-hour speech about the Separation of Church and State. There exists a photograph of Emilio Aguinaldo and Tomas, seated in a horsedrawn carriage on their way to the Malolos Church.

    Crisanto’s second daughter, Escolastica, married Mariano Ocampo y de Leon. They had two children but a daughter died in infancy. Only their son, Jose “Peping” de los Reyes Ocampo, survived. He married a mestiza German-Filipina named Louisa “Nena” Mueller y Reyes. They had several children: Leonardo, Trinidad “Trina” O. Cañiza, Filomena “Mimi” O. Barrera, Blesilda “Bessie” O. Buencamino, Lucina “Lulu” O. Teodoro and Gloria “Dodit” O. Reyes. Incidentally, architect Blesilda Ocampo Buencamino was the family De los Reyes’s second Miss Philippines. The first was Pacita “Ting” Ongsiako T. de los Reyes, she of the Manila Carnival Queen fame of 1929. The third and fourth Misses Philippines in our family were sisters Yvonne Berenguer de los Reyes (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe of 1955) and Simonette Berenguer de los Reyes (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe of 1970).

    Crisanto’s elder son, Manuel, was a very mestizo Chinese with a handsome oval face. He married the mestiza Sangley Sergia Tanquintin. He died when he was only in his 20s and left Sergia with two infants, Manuel Jr. and Trinidad. Of these children, Manuel Jr. (“Lolo Maning”) married Paz “Nena” Ongsiako. They had two children: Victor and Pacita. Victor married the beautiful Emiliana Miranda and had two children, Victor Jr. and Atty. Vicky de los Reyes (we both work for The Baguio Country Club). Atty. Paz “Pacita” Ongsiako de los Reyes-Philips or “Tita Ting” married Dr. Ralph Philips of Ohio. Both Victor and Ting are first cousins of Imelda Ongsiako-Cojuangco, the second wife of Ramon Cojuangco, who is first cousin of Peping and Danding.

    Lolo Maning’s daughter, Atty. Pacita or “Tita Ting,” was a Far Eastern University law professor, who met Dr. Philips in Caloocan in 1945. She acceded to his request that residents provide his medical team with clean water as they were nag-iigib ng malinis na tubig. After the wedding, Tita Ting found that Dr. Philips suffered from shellshock. Tita Ting would often tell us that Dr. Philips was a highly-decorated war surgeon in WWII in the Philippines.

    Manuel Sr.’s daughter, Trinidad, our “Lola Trining,” married Generoso Reyes, a relative of Nicanor Mendoza Reyes Sr.; Nicanor Sr.’s son, Nicanor “Noring” Reyes Jr., married Josephine Sumulong Cojuangco-Reyes, the eldest sister of Pedro, Cory, Passy and Peping. Nicanor Reyes Sr., together with his first cousin Mendoza-Roces (their mothers were sisters), founded Far Eastern University.

    Generoso’s and Lola Trining’s daughter, Maria Trinidad de los Reyes Reyes (“Tita Neneching”) married Jaime Valera in 1937. Jaime was a brother of the designer Ramon Valera. Whenever Ramon would design a wedding gown, he would ask Tita Neneching to execute all the dresses of the members of the entourage, and even design the gowns of the bridesmaids, mother of the bride and sponsors, following the wedding theme as envisioned by Ramon. Tita Neneching made a name for herself as a designer of beautiful outfits with the finest handiwork. That tradition is carried on by her daughter Paching Valera-de la Fuente.

    Generoso’s and Trinidad’s daughter, Carmen de los Reyes Reyes de Reyes (“Tita Menggay”) married Vicente Reyes, an accountant. Tita Menggay has the great honor and privilege of serving as the camarera of the Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval). She carried the image of the Virgen and placed her in the vault, so that the Virgen survived the bombing and fire at Sto. Domingo Church in December 1941. The union of Generoso and Tita Menggay has been blessed with many children. To this day, Tita Menggay’s family is in charge of the Reyes’s family accounting firm. For some reason, their family could never get away from the “Reyes” surname — my cousin Vicky Reyes y Reyes married surname is King.

    Crisanto’s fourth child was Teodoro de los Reyes. He married Margarita Sandoval of Taguig. They had four children: Carmen, Dominga, Crisanto and Geronimo. Carmen de los Reyes married Atty. Marcelo Arabiran of Bulacan, was widowed, then married Felino Abas of Batanes; Dominga de los Reyes married Sabino Padilla who became a Supreme Court Justice, and their son, Teodoro de los Reyes Padilla also became a Supreme Court Justice who married Tita Lou Ellen Belling. They had several children including Dr. Minguita Padilla. Crisanto was the father of the two Misses Philippines, Yvonne of 1955 and Simonette of 1970. Geronimo Sr. was my grandfather. The two brothers, Crisanto and Geronimo married two sisters from the Linares Berenguer family of Arayat, Pampanga. Crisanto married Marietta, and Geronimo married Lutgarda “Gloria.” I am descended from the line of Geronimo and Lutgarda “Gloria” Berenguer-de los Reyes.

    Crisanto de los Reyes y Mendoza had a fifth child, a son born of an “unknown mestiza.” He was Ramon Ortiz, born in August 1872, about six months after Crisanto was sentenced to exile and deported to Cartagena, Spain for his complicity in the Cavite Mutiny of 1872. The “unknown mestiza” left Manila and settled in Baliuag, Bulacan where it is said that she married an Ortiz and gave birth to Ramon. According to Geronimo (“Lolo Moy”) and, later on, my Tita Teresing and cousin Carmela, who, many years ago, along with Tita Trina Ocampo-Cañiza interviewed Lola Fe Ortiz-Teodoro at the Teodoro-de Asis home in new Manila, Lola Fe could not recall the name of Ramon Ortiz’s mother. Thus, everyone referred to her as the “unknown mestiza.”

    Lola Fe, however, was certain that, sometime after August 1872, the unknown mestiza brought her infant Ramon Ortiz to his older half-sister Escolastica “Caching” de los Reyes and “inentrega siya ng nanay niya kay Lola Caching sa Calle Mendoza, Quiapo.” Tita Fe said that Ramon grew up in the care of his eldest half-sister, Lola Caching, who was like a mother to Ramon. The unknown mestiza had another son, Juancho Ortiz whom Ramon and family used to visit in Baliuag and Sta. Mesa. The siblings, Lola Caching and Lolo Teodoro de los Reyes cared for their half-brother Ramon as if he were a sibling of full blood. By 1895, Ramon Ortiz then about 23 years old was employed as the right hand man of his elder half-brother Teodoro at the latter’s shop, La Industria, on Plaza Cervantes, Quiapo. Lolo Moy used to tell his children that Ramon was his half-uncle but more like an elder cousin to him.

    My dad, Desi and his siblings used to call Ramon Ortiz “Tio Onching,” but he was technically their granduncle, Lolo Onching. Lolo Moy helped Ramon and partner, Arcadio Arellano, to set up the La Higiene sanitary plumbing works at 54 Caller Orozco and at 337 Carriedo, Sta. Cruz, Manila. La Higiene imported American plumbing materials. When Lolo Moy built his “GSR Building” on Plaza Cervantes around 1928-29, all the plumbing materials were supplied by Tio Onching to the exact specifications of Architect Juan Nakpil.

    Ramon Ortiz married Nicolasa Concepcion. They lived on Calle Vergara near Ayala Bridge. They had several children: Fe Ortiz (born around 1903), Victorio, Caridad, Esperanza, Lope who married a Da Roza, Ramon II and Ernesto. When wife Nicolasa passed away, Ramon had other children, including Ciro and Nena. The Ramon Ortiz family remained close to the de los Reyes family, particularly the Peping de los Reyes Ocampo branch.

    Ramon Ortiz’s daughter, Lola Fe Ortiz, married Judge Jose Teodoro Sr. y de la Paz. They had nine children: Nena, Jose Jr., Alfonso, Lily, Lourdes, Ramon, Clarissa, Gilbert and Rosita. Gilberto Ortiz Teodoro was “Tito Bert” whom my dad, Desi and his brothers Benny, Ding, Bot and Tony called “primo” (cousin). Gilberto married Atty. Mercedes “Ditas” Murphy Cojuangco, a first cousin of Peping. Gilberto and Ditas had a child, Atty. Gilbert Cojuangco Teodoro (“Gibo”). By blood relationship through my and Gibo’s paternal lines, Gibo is my cousin. By my marriage and through his maternal line, he is my nephew.

    Tita Lulu Mueller Ocampo (a second cousin of my dad, being a daughter of Lolo Moy’s first cousin, Jose “Peping” de los Reyes Ocampo and Louisa “Nena” Mueller-Ocampo) married Felix Teodoro Jr. y de la Fuente, a grandson of Lola Fe Ortiz-Teodoro. In brief, Tita Lulu Ocampo (great granddaughter of Crisanto de los Reyes) married a relative belonging to a younger generation (great great grandson of Crisanto). Such inter-generational marriages could make genealogists’ heads spin.

    Lolo Peping’s daughter, Mimi Mueller Ocampo-Barrera had several children including Aissa Ocampo Barrera and Miguel Enrique Ocampo Berrera. Aissa married Atty. Fernando Ignacio “Nando” cacho Cojuangco, a son of Peping’s eldest brother, Pedro, and Sari Cacho-Cojuangco. That places Aissa, who is my third cousin in our de los Reyes line, at the level of my niece by her marriage to my nephew, Nando. Thita Mimi’s son, Miguel Enrique Ocampo Barrera married Margarita “Tina” Oppen Cojuangco, a daughter of Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco and Gretchen Oppen-Cojuangco. Tina, who is Peping’s and my niece is placed at the level of my cousin be her marriage to my third cousin, Miguel Enrique Ocampo Barrera. Tina also happens to be one of the ninangs at the wedding of my third daughter, Mikee. Such relationships make our family balete tree so interesting and intriguing.

    All this family information doesn’t end yet. Gilbert’s running mate is Edu, my first cousin. Edu’s father was Adriano “Adi” Manzano y Hernandez named after our great great grandfather earlier mentioned, General Adriano Dayot Hernandez of Dingle, Iloilo who married Carmen Gavira y Mapa of Jaro, Iloilo. Their daughter, Lucia, married Angel Lopez-Manzano from Asturias and Taverga, Spain and Atimonan, Quezon. Angel’s mother was Josefa Samson y San Pedro a Chinese-Filipina who married Narciso Lopez-Manzano. The Manzanos of Atimonan, dealt in tobacco with ships coming to and fro. Family memorabilia exhibits a picture of Lola Josefa “Pepay’s” grandfather, a Chinese dressed in a Mandarin robe.

    Josefa Samson Manzano bore Narciso seven children. The eldest Angel was my grandfather as well as many more first cousins including Edu, Raul and Rene. Angel our Pappy studied in Spain and graduated from a business course. The second was a daughter Matilde, named after her grandmother Doña Matilde Garcia de Hedrada who never married. The next child was Paz. She married a Pardo de Tavera and had a daughter, Dr. Mita Pardo de Tavera. Paz is the grandmother of Josine Manzano Pardo de Tavera Elizalde, my cousin. Then, there were Jose, Narciso, Soledad and Carmelo. Jose married Ninay Lopez, grandaunt of Marybeth and Deanna Jean Lopez. Marybeth is the mother of Monica “Nikki” Prieto-Teodoro and mother-in-law of Gilbert.

    In this generation, two Guingonas are married to two Cojuangcos: Ben Guingona’s daughter married Peping’s nephew, Martin Cacho Cojuangco. Ben’s twin brother, Joe from his marriage to Marilou Tuason Paterno’s produced a son, Francisco “Jojo” who married my second daughter, Josephine.

    My mother, Angelita, and Adi, father of Edu, had a younger brother, Ramon Hernandez Manzano, who married Pilar Lim Tuason. As it turns out, Tita Pil is a cousin of Marilou Tuason Paterno Guingona, mom of my son-in-law, Jojo.

    I used to think marriages brought together persons not otherwise related. Not for me! Just think, these marriages were not arranged.

    Truly, wherever they may be, only two degrees maximum separate a Pinoy from a kababayan. My balete tree and your own make ours an interesting, interrelated and ever-expanding or contracting world.

  18. January 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm


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    Toto Gonzalez

  19. Myles Garcia said,

    January 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    If so-called ‘literate’ Filipinos of the year 2010 of our Lord can text in their sleep and master the “sim” card intricacies without a PhD but simply CANNOT avail themselves of the wide array of future leadership choices and make rather simple but obvious ones which will redound to their own benefit, then the 500+ years that the so-called Pearl of the Orient Seas had vaulted from a ‘beknighted” land to an “enlightened” one under two western, colonial overlords will have been for naught.

    It would seem that the islanders never departed from those no-choice years and still persist in their primal (rather than intelligent) decision-making ability– talagang “tanga at tula-lala” for another 500 years, The brain-rot seems to have metastasized deeper. Never learn from his/herstory. No learn; no avance. Nobody’s fault but their own.

  20. marco philippe araneta said,

    January 24, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Suma-total gilbert teodoro and GMA are playing on the same team hence cut from the same cloth. He would be the first to agree with that, he has to.

  21. Gina Garcia said,

    January 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Put it this way-
    who among the presidentiables would you bring home to meet your parents?

  22. Myles Garcia said,

    January 23, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Josh Moya wrote: “Meldy style a lot more “imperial” like that of the late Dowager-Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia & Queen Alexandra of England. Ha ha ha!”


    I never thought of it that way…please spare the Danish princesses. But in some ways you are right. Mierdy really likes to go for the very ornate, baroque, rococco-style trappings. Well, she really is more Herodias x’ed with Marie Antoinette.

  23. Rina Santos said,

    January 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I’m also a Gibo convert!

  24. January 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    AS Diana Vreeland said to me when Maning Obregon introduced us in the basement of the New York Metropolitan Museum where she was preparing still another tour-de-force costume exhibit, ” Lorenzo, if your long legs don’t get them, your Miss Witty Verse will ! “

  25. January 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    EDU on the other hand gets my vote for VEEP if the erections… I mean the elections were held tomorrow.

  26. January 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    For the record….. I have not yet chosen a candidate…………. from my last SWS survey inside my sexy body, my mind telegraphs GORDON but my vagina bleeds for GIBO……..

  27. January 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    GIBO will be BIGO.

    It will be Noy or Money Villar ! BUT I will refrain from MY usual bashing. So this is a TEODORO page, notice the green format. Toto, Myles and the majority have cast their VOTE this EARLY. So I will not hatch anymore RANTS. I’m SO over it.

    Nikki will be LIKE Jackie, only the passage of time will tell. Her husband was assassinated.

    She went to milk Onassis like a geisha ( that’s what Truman Capote called her and her sister LEE ) Then she was squired by Maurice Templesman who managed her money. She died early of cancer. Jackie will be like Nikki.

    I should hope not.

    But as a last request, I dare to venture, ALL YOU GIBO voters, will you PUT your MONEY where your MOUTH IS ?

    I will wager any amount that GIBO will be BIGO.

    Why ? Why not ? It will be a landslide windfall of easy cash.

    Like taking candy from babies. LOL

  28. Gina Garcia said,

    January 22, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I thought he didn’t have a chance in hell until I heard him talk about his plans. He has vision and integrity- now I’m a convert.

  29. Josh Moya said,

    January 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Nikki Prieto-Teodoro would really look good as first lady. Indeed she’ll have the elegant styles of Sofia of Spain but in fairness to Imelda Marcos & Co. Meldy style is a lot more “imperial” like that of the late Dowager-Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia & Queen Alexandra of England. Ha ha ha!

  30. Toffee Tionko said,

    January 21, 2010 at 6:25 am

    I am also impressed with Gibo as a candidate. He speaks in English, Pilipino, and Ilocano with so much class. His academic achievements are superb. Track record in Public Service seems excellent.

    However, I’d like to know if he can step out of PGMA’s shadow if he is elected. What will the relationship be like between him as President and PGMA as Congresswoman. How does he propose to increase his ratings in the survey?


  31. Myles Garcia said,

    January 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Calling Larry Leviste…

    Larry, do you need some smelling salts, Larry??

  32. Presy Guevara said,

    January 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Toto, that was enlightening and encouraging. I hope for the best for the Philippines. May it elect the president that can win internatioanl respect and trust to bring back various investments. Villar’s cronies have just manifested their loyalty to a patron not for the country when they concertedly reclused themselves to postpone the reprimand by Congress. Such ploy may just backfire on Villar. Would it not be easier for the voters if only 3 candidates remain?

  33. Maritess Alava said,

    January 20, 2010 at 5:29 am

    hmmm Toto, I wonder what all your Gibo-bashing readers will have to say about this latest post of yours….

  34. January 20, 2010 at 4:13 am

    cool. you gave me a better perspective with your blog. since i live here in the south, my firsthand knowledge of the candidates are quite limited. thanks for your blog.

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