The Families of Old Cebu



Chiong Tuy.

As was the practice in those days, upon Christian baptism Chiong Tuy took the name of his Veloso godfather and his surname became Chiong Veloso.

Nicasio Chiong Veloso.

Nicasio Chiong Veloso married Genoveva Rosales and they had thirteen children.

The eldest daughter, Eleuteria Chiong Veloso y Rosales, married Segundo Singson y _____.

The youngest daughter, Estefania “Pepang” Chiong Veloso y Rosales, married Sergio Osmena Sr..

Genoveva Singson [ y Chiong Veloso ] de Villalon.


Fernando Escano, the clan progenitor, was born in Bolinao, [ Pangasinan? ].

Angelita Jones [y Escano] de Lhuillier.





Severo Osmena.

Juana Osmena y Suico.

Sergio Osmena Sr..



Segundo Singson.



CUENCO.  (by Antonio C. Cuyegkeng)  

Mariano Albao Cuenco was born on December 8, 1861 in Kalibo, Capiz.  During this period, Aklan was part of the political-military province of Capiz established on May 31, 1837.  Nothing is known about the ancestry of Mariano Albao Cuenco.

Mariano Albao Cuenco attended the Escuela Normal de Manila run by the Jesuits and taught in public schools in Sogod and Catmon, Cebu.

In 1883, Mariano Albao Cuenco married Remedios Lopez Diosomito and settled in Carmen, Cebu.

The grandparents of Remedios Lopez Diosomito belonged to the Lopez family of Naic, Cavite.  Her mother Juana Lopez was born in Naic around 1850 and married a Spaniard, surnamed Diosomito.   Juana Lopez Diosomito had two daughters, Remedios, who was born around 1870, and Concepcion, born prior to her migrating to the Visayas with Remedios.

Concepcion Lopez Diosomito stayed behind and got married to a Fojas, also from Naic.  She later moved the family to Tondo were she, Concepcion, owned and rented out houses and apartments.

Remedios Lopez Diosomito attended the old Immaculada Collegio run by the Sister of Charity in Cebu.

Juana Lopez Diosomito, a successful businesswoman, was married a second time to Domingo Veloso from Leyte.  They had two sons, Feodor and Domingo Veloso.

Domingo Veloso was the second son of Maximo Veloso, the grandson of an adventurous Portuguese trader who established a profitable business in China and the Philippines in the mid-1700′s. He sired five children in the Philippines, most of whom settled in Cebu’s Parian district.

In addition to her great and lucrative business in Baybay, Leyte, Juana Lopez Diosomito also invested in Cebu City.  In 1896, she purchased two houses on Calle de Prim, one of which was facing Plaza de General Loño, in Barrio of Maloco, Cebu City, from Prudencio Sanson Camara. 

In 1899, Mariano moved the family to Baybay, Leyte, where his mother-in-law, Juana Lopez Diosomito Veloso had a successful business.  After a short stay in Baybay, the family moved to Malitbog, Leyte upon invitation of Don Fernando Escaño.  Mariano worked at the Hijos F. Escaño as accountant, private secretary and counselor. 

After the outbreak of the Philippine–American War, Mariano became an adviser and speech writer to General Ambrosio Mojica, commander of the Filipino army in Leyte.  After the surrender of the Leyte forces to the Americans, Mariano, to avoid American persecution for his war activities, took his family to first to Camotes Island, then to Cebu City.

Mariano Albao Cuenco settled the family at the Parian district in the heart Cebu City, where he built an imposing house located on Colon Street near the corner of D. Jakosalem Street.

Mariano Albao Cuenco was appointed by Governor Don Julio Llorente as Clerk of Court to the American Judge Layman Carlock in Cebu City.

While working as Clerk of Court, he became a journalist, writing for various papers, as well as being the editor of several local newspapers, using the pseudonym “Asuang.”. 

His constant reading and study of Spanish literature made Mariano Albao Cuenco one of the best Spanish writers of his time.  He wrote and published “EJERCICIOS PRACTICOS DE GRAMATICA CASTELLANA” in Spanish and Cebuano.

As publisher-editor of the pioneering Catholic newspaper in Cebu “ANG KAMATUORAN” (1902-1911), he established the Cuenco newspaper dynasty.

In 1907, he founded IMPRENTA ROSARIO housed in the ground floor of their residence along Calle Colon.

Mariano Albao Cuenco tried to enter politics by running for governor of Cebu, but lost. He died on July 9, 1909 after a lingering sickness.

His early death at the age of 48, caused his widow, Remedios Lopez Diosomito to take over the management of the IMPRENTA ROSARIO that published the tri-weekly Spanish-Cebuano “EL PRECURSOR, ANG MAG UUMA” (1907 – 1941) edited by second son, Mariano Jesus Cuenco.  It also published the Cebu Catholic all Spanish weekly newspaper “EL BOLITIN CATOLICO” (1915-1930) founded and edited by eldest son, Jose Maria Cuenco.  Being the youngest, Miguel Cuenco contributed articles, both in Spanish and in English, to the family’s daily and weekly newspapers as well as being the editor of “LA JUVENTUD”.

The contributions of the brothers Mariano Jesus and Miguel to the Spanish language and culture were recognized with Mariano Jesus being elected member of Academia Filipina Correspondiente de la Real Academia Española, while Miguel was elected member of the prestigious Real Academia Filipina and Real Academia Española, literary organizations for the preservation and promotion of the Spanish language and culture.

This trio of talented brothers – all trilingual writers – were among the pillars of Philippine journalism.

Remedios Lopez Diosomito’s assumption of the job of running the family printing press, IMPRENTA ROSARIO established her as the first woman publisher of Cebu in 1909 at the age of 39.

The “EL PRECURSOR, ANG MAG UUMA” (1907 – 1941) evolved into the English “REPUBLIC NEWS” in 1947. 

Nyora Medios, as she was fondly called, died on July 29, 1945 at the age of 75. 

Mariano Albao Cuenco and Remedios Lopez Diosomito had 16 children, of which only 4 survived to adulthood.  The eldest was Jose Maria, then Mariano Jesus, followed by Jaime, born in 1889, and Dolores, born in 1893, who both died at a young age, then Remedios, and finally, the youngest, Miguel. 

Jose Maria Cuenco was born on May 19, 1885 in Carmen, Cebu and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colegio Seminario San Carlos de Cebu in 1903.  Upon the advice of Judge Carlock, he pursued his law degree in the United States.  He enrolled at Santa Clara College in California, but later transferred to Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

It was after attending a three week mission given by the Paulist Fathers at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington D.C. that Jose Maria decided to become a priest.  He graduated with a Bachelors Degree and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in law from Georgetown in 1907, after which he returned to the Philippines.

With the blessing of Nyora Medios, Jose Maria entered the Cebu Seminary in June 1909. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Juan P. Gorordo on June 11, 1914.  He became Vicar general of the Diocese of Cebu in 1925.  Father Jose Maria Cuenco was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro and Titular Bishop of Hemeria on November 22, 1941 and Bishop of Jaro in November 24, 1945 following the death of Bishop James P. McClosky on April 9, 1944.

On June 29, 1951 Bishop Jose Maria Cuenco was appointed Archbishop of Jaro and stayed on till his death on October 8, 1972, at the age of 87.

Mariano Jesus Cuenco was born on January 16, 1888 also in Carmen, Cebu and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colegio de San Carlos of Cebu in 1904.  He finished law in 1911 at the Escuela de Derecho (later became the Manila Law School) and passed the bar examinations in 1913.

Mariano Jesus entered politics in 1912 as a member of the 2nd Philippine Legislature, which started on October 16, 2012, representing the Fifth District of Cebu. He held the position till the end of the 7th Philippine Legislature on November 9, 1927

Mariano Jesus was Governor of Cebu from 1931 to 1934, when he got elected on July 10, 1934 as delegate to the 1934 Constitutional Convention presided over by the Honorable Claro M. Recto.

On November 25, 1938, he was appointed Secretary of Public Works and Communication by President Manuel L. Quezon.

Mariano Jesus was first elected senator in 1941, but the Second World War prevented that Senate from going into session. He was reelected Senator in 1946 and served as Senate President from 1949 to 1951.  Except for the later part of the 2nd Congress, Mariano Jesus continued to be a Senator until his death in February 25, 1964, around the age of 76.

Mariano Jesus was honored by the Spanish government with the decoration Gran Cruz de Isabela la Catolica and by the Holy See with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award.

Mariano Jesus Cuenco married Filomena Alesna-Barcenilla and they had son, Manual, and seven daughters, Lourdes, Carmen, Concepcion, Consuelo, Teresita, and Maria.  Filomena had a stroke and died during the war. 

Filomena Alesna-Barcenilla was the daughter of Evaristo Barcenilla Alesna and Cresencia Ynosencia Sanchez Villarosa.  Evaristo belonged to the prominent Carcar native Alesna and Barcenilla families, as differentiated from the families that migrated to Carcar from the Parian district of Cebu,

After the death of Filomena, Mariano Jesus married Rosa Cayetano.  They had two sons, Mariano and Jesus.

Of the sons of Mariano Jesus, it was only Manuel that entered politics. 

Manuel, who graduated with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas, was Governor of Cebu from 1946 to 1951.  He was appointed Secretary of Health from 1964 to 1965 by President Diosdado P. Macapagal.

Manuel married Milagros Veloso and had seven children.

Milagros Veloso belonged to the same Veloso clan as her grandfather-in-law, Domingo Veloso.  Milagros was a descendant of Gabino Veloso, the younger brother of Maximo Veloso, the father of Domingo Veloso, the stepfather of Nyora Medios.

Remedios Cuenco married Teofilo Borromeo y Pulaire.  Teofilo Borromeo, was the son of Pantaleon Borromeo y Galan married to Remigia Pulaire and the grandson of Maximo Borromeo y Feliz and Hermenegilda Galan de Borromeo.  Teofilo and Remedios Borromeo had only one child, José Cuenco Borromeo who married Filomena Rusiana and they had five children.

Remedios was an accomplished pianist and acclaimed writer. She also wrote so many stories in the VERITAS.  Remedios’ sense of humor showed when she was quoted “It’s a good thing many of their siblings died, otherwise the Philippines would be in a revolution because of the Cuencos.” – referring to their volatile nature. Aside from her literary talent, not much is known about Remedios Cuenco Borromeo, her mother’s namesake.

It is told that in 1920, while Remedios had an acute abdominal disorder, her mother, Nyora Medyos went to the shrine of the Nuestra Señora Virgen De Regla (Our Lady of the Rule) in parish of Opon (now Lapu-Lapu City) and promised Our Lady a substantial donation should her daughter get healed.  Remedios got cured and her mother donated pair of diamond earrings that has become part of Our Lady’s standard decorations.

Remedios Cuenco Borromeo must have been born in the early 1900’s when the family was already staying at the Parian.  She died a widow at the age of 62.

Miguel Cuenco was born in Cebu City on December 15, 1904.  He graduated from the Colegio de San Carlos with a Liberal Arts degree at the age of 14, and a Bachelor of Laws Degree, Meritissimus, from the University of Santo Tomas at the age of 18, passing the bar examinations that same year with a grade of 100 % in Commercial law and placing 4th in Criminal Law, a record that has not yet been surpassed.  He passed the Bar in 1923 together with Carlos P. Garcia and Cipriano P. Primicias. 

As he was too young to practice, Miguel Cuenco was packed off to Europe and the United States for further studies.  He completec postgraduate courses in Diplomacy and International Relations at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 1925 with a thesis on the Chinese Government.   He also took postgraduate law courses at the Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. 

Miguel entered politics in 1931 when he got elected a member of the 9th Philippine Legislature, which begun on July 16, 1931, representing the Fifth District of Cebu, the district once represented his older brother, Mariano.  The 5th Cebu District then covered the towns on the Southern tip of Cebu: Alcantara, Moalboal, Badian, Alegria, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, Samboan, Boljo-on, Oslob and Santander.

Miguel represented the Fifth District of Cebu till the end of the 10th Philippine Legislature on November 11, 1935.  

On March 23, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved the 1934 Constitutional Convention, which was ratified May 14, 1935, thereby, establishing the Commonwealth of the Philippines.  Miguel was elected representative to the 1st National Assembly for the Fifth District of Cebu on September 17, 1935, the first election of under the Commonwealth. 

The end of 10th Philippine Legislature on November 11, 1935 was also the start of the 1st National Assembly, which ended on July 15, 1938.

On March 1, 1939, Miguel delivered a privilege speech at the National Assembly presenting  his assessment of the developing Japanese expansion policy, which, he said, did not warrant the continued retention of US military Bases in the Philippines, and pushed for the increase to 80,000 men, from 40,000, those undergoing Scout training in the Philippine Army.

Miguel was representative of the 5th District of Cebu in all the three National Assemblies of the Commonwealth.

After a few years of absence, Miguel was elected Congressman for the 5th District of Cebu to the 2nd Philippine Congress in 1949.  He was an elected member of the House of Representative till December 17, 1965, the end of the 5th Philippine Congress.  Miguel retired from politics two days after his 60th birthday.

During his stint in Congress, Miguel authored several important bills, notably, the extension of the Right to Suffrage to women, The Blue Sunday Law, the Law on Deportation of aliens who willfully evade taxes, the law advocating the teaching of the life and works of Rizal, Mabini and other Filipino patriots, and the optional Religious Instruction for Elementary and High School students in all public schools.

Perhaps, the most controversial bill sponsored by Miguel Cuenco, at least for the students of the 1950’s and 60’s, was RA No. 709 “An Act Declaring Obligatory the Teaching of Spanish in All Courses of Public and Private Universities and Colleges in the Philippines” which was passed by Congress on June 5, 1952.  This law was later repealed by RA 5182 on September 8, 1967.

An acknowledged expert on Foreign Policy and World Affairs, he served as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, representing the Philippines in various Parliamentary Congresses, notably, the 1954 Political Conference on Indo-China in Geneva, Switzerland.

He was also a member of the Philippine Panel which negotiated the Phil-Japanese Reparation Treaty, as well as the Philippine Panel for the Revision of the US-Philippine Military Bases Agreement of 1947 in 1956, headed by Vice-President and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Carlos P. Garcia.  The other members from Congress were Senators Emmanuel N. Pelaez and Francisco A. Delgado, and Congressman   Numeriano U. Babao of the 2nd District of Batangas.  The US panel was headed by Army Undersecretary Karl R. Bendetsen. 

In 1956, while Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representative, President Ramon Magsaysay wanted Congressman Cuenco removed from the chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs Committee as Congressman Cuenco’s Pro-Filipino Foreign Policy stand on the presence of US military bases was contrary to that of the Executive Department.  The move to make Cuenco resign was initiated by Congressman Pedro Lopez of the 2nd District of Cebu and was to be done during a special session of Congress to be called by Speaker Jose P. Laurel, upon the request of President Magsaysay.  The previous year, Senator Claro M. Recto was removed from the Chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee for his nationalistic views on the bases in a similar manner.

However, Congressman Arturo M. Tolentino, the Majority Floor Leader of the House and Chairman of the Special Lower House Committee for Re-examination of Philippine – United States Military Agreement, defended Congressman Cuenco’s continued stay as committee chairman. The special session of Congress was also never called.

Miguel Cuenco believed that the presence of US military bases in the country made the constitutional mandate of Congress to declare war illusory as their mere presence leaves the Philippines with no choice in the matter of neutrality.  Therefore, he proposed, among others,  the shortening of the 99 year lease period of US Military Bases in the Philippines granted under the 1947 Bases Agreement; deny the request to re-activate the US Military Base in Mactan, thus, limiting American military presence to Clark, Fort Stotsenberg, and Subic; and recover the 58,000 hectares of agricultural and mineral areas in Tarlac and Zambales that was being claimed by the US as being part of the 65,000 hectares Fort Stotsenberg Military Reserve  provided for in President Theodore Roosevelt’s Executive Order of 1908 on military bases in the Philippines.   His proposals which were adopted, among others, by Special Lower House Committee and by the Philippine Panel, could have been a factor in the collapse of the re-negotiation talks on the eve of December 5, 1956.

Miguel Cuenco’s long and illustrious career in public service earned him various awards, among which were the House of Representatives Congressional Press Club Certificate of Merit during the 2nd Congress.  On May 23, 1957, during the 3rd Congress, he received the Philippines Congressional Bulletin Certificate of Merit.  He also received The Outstanding Legislator Award by the League of Women Voters of the Philippines and the 1953 Most Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of San Carlos Alumni Association.  For outstanding service to the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican awarded Miguel Cuenco the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontificae medal, the highest medal awarded to the laity by the Papacy.

Miguel Cuenco passed away on June 30, 1990 at the age of 86.

Due to his dedication to public service, Miguel did not get married till past the age of 43.  With Jaro Bishop Jose Maria Cuenco acting as match maker, Miguel married Fara Remia Jalbuena Ledesma on May 27, 1948.  Miguel and Remia had three children, Marietta, Juan Miguel, and Maria. Only the eldest child, Marietta, lived to adulthood.  Marietta Ledesma Cuenco married Antonio Casas Cuyegkeng II and they have four children.

Remia, born on Aug 13, 1913 in Jaro, Iloilo, was the eldest daughter of Juan Villalobos Ledesma and Purification Ireneo Jalbuena.  On her father’s side, Remia was a 5th generation Ledesma of prominent family of Fernando Ledesma and Anastasia Melliza of Jaro, Iloilo, through their eldest son, Domingo, who married Ynes Petrona Lopez.  However, as her, Remia’s, grandfather Simeon Lopez Ledesma, married to Tomasa Gonzales Villalobos, moved to Silay, Negros Occidental in 1860 and, together with Juan Hilado, established haciendas at the Bagacay, Silay area.  Due to Simeon Lopez Ledesma’s success in Negros, the family has been identified more as the Ledesma’s of Silay rather than from Jaro. 

On her mother’s side, she was a fifth generation Lopez of the distinguished clan of Basilio Lopez and Maria Sabina Jaranilla Jalandoni of Jaro, Iloilo, through their daughter Gregoria married to Mariano Jalbuena. 

Despite ill health, Remia learned Cebuano and helped her husband campaign in the far flung towns of the 5th District, as well as attended to the numerous constituents who flocked daily to their house on Mango Ave., now Gen. Maxilom Ave.  An intelligent and resourceful woman, she invested wisely to augment the family income, kept a simple but comfortable home in Cebu City and rented an apartment in Manila for the use of the family when Congress was in session. Remia Ledesma Cuenco died on September 2, 1983, at the age of 70.



Veloso, the Portuguese trader.

Gabino Veloso.

Mariano Veloso.

Damiana Veloso.

Melchor Veloso.

Buenaventura Veloso.

Rafael Veloso.




  1. October 29, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Things are coming together nicely. 🙂

  2. Marco Roa said,

    November 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Is this still active?? Who was looking for Roa blood lines here? Maybe they know Governor Manuel Roa? And the other Roa(s) here in Cebu?

  3. October 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Hello everyone, I would like to know if anyone here knows about the Paduano-Nario-Gomera. According to my mother, her ancestors originated from Africa, migrated to America, to Europe, and then to the Philippines long ago before the civil wars.

  4. Susan Pommerat said,

    June 30, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Is Raul del Mar still the congressman of Cebu’s 1st district?

    del Mar’s mother, Charing, was indeed a Chiong Veloso although they were not the fabulously wealthy Chiong Velosos. Definitely not in the same league as their other Chiong Veloso relations like the Chiong Veloso-Singsons or the Chiong Veloso-Osmeñas.

  5. Christopher Casas said,

    January 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

    What about Casas?

  6. James Roa said,

    August 30, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I’m interested with the ancestry of Remberto Alburo Roa Sr. who married Segunda Duterte (1861-1940).

  7. Rowell Colina said,

    June 10, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I am from the bloodline of Francisco Colina married to Luisa Ouano. Any information about this couple? They owned a hacienda somewhere in Cebu.

  8. Irma B. Ancheta said,

    March 13, 2015 at 4:37 am

    I would like to add a short history of the Blanco, Ramos, Del Villar, Jayme Families of Cebu City.

    My father was the late Dr. Ramon Blanco, General Surgeon and owner of Blanco Hospital in Sepulveda Street, Cebu City. He was married to his first wife, Natividad Pelaez, the sister of the late Senator Pelaez. He was pre-deceased by his four children, namely: Dr. Ramon Blanco Jr (Monching), the Neurosurgeon from Indiana, IL. Norma Blanco Ramos, married to Benjamin (Ben) Ramos; Elsa Blanco y Del Villar, married to Willy Del Villar ( from Iligan City) and Ben Blanco.

    Dr. Ramon Blanco’s mother was Pia Lira and he’s father was Blanco. He is survived by his sister, Caridad Blanco Fernandez married to Enrique Fernandez of Bogo, Cebu. He’s brother was the late Atty. Fidel Blanco, Dr. Petronio Blanco married to a Barrica, sister Pancing Blanco married to Atty Veloso, sister Nonong.

    Dr. Ramon Blanco married my mother, Sofia Jayme, an Operating Room Nurse. Sofia’s mother, Augustina Reynes was from Asturias, Cebu and her father was Teodorico Jayme from Polomolok, Soth Cotabato. They have three chidren namely; Ramona Margarita Blanco Wilson, Irma Blanco Ancheta, and Ramon Blanco III.

  9. Theresa Veloso said,

    November 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    There is another book I read years ago, Casa Gorordo in Cebu by Resil B. Mojares of Cebuano Studies Center. It is about Urban Living during 18th century. It mentioned the big 5 of old Cebu were the Velosos, Osmeñas, Avilas, Climacos and Suico. I want to have a copy of that book.

  10. November 4, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Who are the Siblings of Severo Duterte and Felisa Ypil aside from the mentioned Beatriz?

  11. Peter Huey said,

    October 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    @Emma & Jean Jakosalem Campbell:

    I read there’s a Teves in your comment.
    My great-great-grand mother was a Teves too! Her dad was Germán Teh and her mum was Torribia* de Bilbao.

    We must be distant relatives.

    I know we have Teves relatives in Cebú, Bacólod, Iloílo and some have even reached Manila! 😀

  12. Peter Huey said,

    October 14, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    The Solon family of Cebú & Negros Island are one and the same. They are said to originally hail from Northern Negros Oriental. The matriarch was the pioneer manufacturer of Biscocho de Caña while the patriarch was a small-trade Chinaman. Chances are your Chinese clan name is So.

    The rest, I don’t know. 🙂

  13. Ringo Solon said,

    October 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    any information on the Solon family in Cebu?

  14. David Rama said,

    August 21, 2014 at 11:46 am


    My name is David and I live in South Africa. My father is Artur Rama, his father was Delfim Rama – they come from Portugal. I remember someone long ago saying that our family came from Macau? I am having difficulty tracing my family line in Portugal and would like to gather as much information as possible on this. Anyone interested in swapping info please email me!

  15. Kevin de Arca said,

    April 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Lino Juan Roa: do you know someone named Lucena Roa from Cagayan de Oro? she’s the sister of my great great grand mother Maxima Roa-Pepito.

  16. Kevin de Arca said,

    April 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    any information about the Sotto and Roa from Cebu?

  17. Peter Huey said,

    February 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Are there any (authentic) Spaniards here in Cebú descended from López, González and Rodríguez?

    I know that I am descended from the López clan originating from Niñodaguía, Galicia, Spain, the Rodríguez clan originating from Uviéu (Oviedo), Principality of Asturias, Spain and the González clan originating from somewhere within the Leonese area (Galicia, Asturias and NW Castile) – the thing is, I don´t know about data in between.

    I had a great-great-great-grandfather named Pelagio López-González who became municipal president in Tanjay, Negros Oriental. He was born in Cebú around mid-1800s to two Spaniards (López is the surname of the father and González is the surname of the mother) who resided here. Do you know where I could find viable church records here in Cebú?

  18. Indigo Chu said,

    January 17, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    My motherside is Manipis but Chiong was there chinese last name. My mom’s grandfather is Kao Ko Chiong who lived in danao cebu and is a first degree cousin of pepang chiong. She said that their migration from china to pinas was because of communist regime that all men should become a soldier or be killed. So on that note made chiongs left china I guess because they were very business oriented. I heard stories from my mom that his grandfather were wrapped in a bag on the train together with relatives and other people just to get to the nearest dock. My great grand father Kao Ko Chiong came from Amoy China, which is now known as Xiamen China. I just wanted to post and share what I can given by the memories from my mother to me.

  19. Emma Jakosalem Campbell said,

    January 9, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I believe their may also be a connection with my grandfather Prudencio Teves Alaura with the Rama family. If my Mother Cayetana De la Victoria Alaura was still alive, she would have known. But we are all still guessing and trying to connect the missing areas of our family tree. My Mother would mention our relationship with Don Vicente Rama, Osmundo Rama, Annabella Rama and Ruffa Guiteress. It is still a mystery we are trying to solve

  20. Emma Jakosalem Campbell said,

    December 30, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Hi I am Emma Jakosalem. My Mother is Cayetana De La Victoria Alaura (Tanay). She mentioned if any of the brothers of Osmundo Rama are still alive, their is a possibility they could tell how we are related. I heard Tio Dario Rama had passed away. I believe maybe the youngest brother of Osmundo Rama may know.

  21. Jean Campbell said,

    December 30, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Hello! My Mum is Emma Jakosalem and her Mother is Cayetana Dela Victoria Alaura (Tanay) who said we were related to the Rama’s. But I am finding it difficult to find a connection and all the old family members have died, who knew the family line very well. Tracing our family tree has been difficult, especially in finding Filipino records. I know from my Grandmother she said she was cousin and that Osmundo Rama was the sweet heart of my Auntie Lydia Jakosalem and was staying with Tanay during the Japanese period, looking after my Mother Emma and her young brothers Eddie, Ruben (Boy) and George. The known family line starts Cayetana Dela Victoria daughter of Prudencio Teves Alaura (1882 – 1949) husband of Maria Burgoss De La Victoria (1896 – 1969). Maria’s late parents were Antonia Fernandes Burgoss and Eustaquio De La Victoria. Their children are Maria, Alejandro, Crecensio, Josefina and Monday De La Victoria. I’m not sure which family line they are connected to and wondering. Is it the De La Victoria, Teves, Alaura, Fernandes or Burgoss. Unfortunately the Teves line has been difficult to trace.

  22. Richard Corominas said,

    May 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Fernando Escano had a daughter named Paz who married to Jose Corominas.

  23. Antonio C. Cuyegkeng said,

    April 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Toto,

    Attached is the story of the Cuenco family of Cebu. The information contained in the story were based on the recollections of Marietta and culled from printed materials and web postings on the family.



  24. Lucy Urgello Miller said,

    March 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I would also like to comment on the Sarmiento line. The original Sarmiento of Balay na Tisa was Don Roman Sarmiento who married to Ana Canarias. They built the Balay na Tisa in Carcar. They had four children namely Gregorio Sarmiento, Telesfora Sarmiento, Manuela Sarmiento and Licerio Sarmiento. Telesfora married Francisco Urgello Senior and they had 2 children, Vicente Urgello and Francisco Urgello, Jr. Vicente married Visitacion Veloso Espina. Vicente became a lawyer and was a congressman in 1915 representing Carcar.

    Manuela Sarmiento married Jose Osmena and they had one child, Catalina Osmena, who married Dr. Pio Valencia. This is the family who now owns the Balay na Tisa.

    Vicente Urgello was my grandfather.

  25. Lucy Urgello Miller said,

    March 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I would like to comment on Jose Veloso, the fifth son of Maximo Veloso. Jose Veloso married Florentina Faller Climaco, who was a widow of Bernabe Climaco. (Bernabe and Florentina Faller had one son, Juan Climaco, the first Filipino governor of Cebu.) Jose Veloso and Florentina had 2 children. One of them was Vicenta Faller Veloso who married Harriolfo Osmena Espina. (Harriolfo’s mother was the half sister of Juana Osmena.) Harriolfo and Vicenta Veloso had 8 children and one of them was my grandmother, Visitacion Espina who married Atty. Vicente Urgello, who became a congressman in 1915, and who started the subdivision in what was then known as Urgello Private Road.

  26. Antonio C. Cuyegkeng said,

    March 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Toto,

    Advance Happy Easter.

    Last 24 February 2013, on the 76th Charter Day of the City of Cebu, the City Government, though City Mayor Michael L. Rama, awarded plaques of recognition to 75 Families of Distinction of the City of Cebu.

    The City Government, as part of the celebration for the 75th Charter Day of the city, conducted a search of the 75 families with a legacy of service and made significant contributions to the city’s history and remarkable growth.

    Each family was requested to prepare a short family history, with pictures. These family vignettes were printed on sintra boards and put on displayed, a different set of families for each month, in various schools and malls in the city from March 2012 to January 2013. All the family boards were on displayed in the lobby of the Waterfront Hotel during the day of the awards.

    The 75 families were:


    You might like to talk to your Cebuano friends and get copies of their family story for the Old Family of Cebu web site. The Cui family had an extensive write-up.

    I will send you the story of the Cuenco family when I finish putting one together.

    Best regards.


  27. carlos jose s. borromeo said,

    November 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    how to register? im a borromeo from bacolod

  28. Claire Aredidon said,

    June 28, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Hi Sir!
    have you heard about the ” Aredidon” family history in Sogod?
    My connections are: Aredidon, Pacultad, Bracero, Monsanto, Ostanilla, Mondejar.

    Looking forward to any responses regarding of my searching the roots.
    Thank you and God bless:)

  29. February 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    i am a gandionco,proud to be one,i know in my heart i am an inheritor of a glorius pass.i shall never do anything that dishonor my family name.i am a illegitimate son of the late roberto reynes gandionco as what they have said? but very proud to be one.

  30. terry Abaca said,

    February 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Mr. Enrique Bustos, I just completed reading your very exhaustive documentation on the lineage of prominent families of Cebu. Initially, I did not intend to read it but after the first line I was hooked. The information I got out of your reporting is so meaningful to me because these people in your report were my classmates, neighbors, or people whom in one way or another I came upon growing up, some of whom I know quite well. It feels good to know the social history of my birth place. Thank you for your hard work.

  31. Jensai said,

    January 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi there…
    my mom was originally from carcar and she is from the Alesna lineage.. They have so much story to tell and a bit “magulo” I havent been to cebu .. but when I heard the story behind their family I really want to go…

  32. jasmine gandionco sarmiento said,

    January 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Dear Sir,


    I am Jasmine Gandionco Sarmiento from Cagayan de Oro City.

    I would just like to inquire if you have come over a name of the family of Tomas Gandionco from Mandaue and Mambaling.

    I am so much interested to know the family lineage of my grandfather.

    Thank you.

    Jasmine Gandionco Sarmiento

  33. November 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Jesse Roy:

    The only materials I have on the Chiong Veloso are in this blog post and in the “Gonzalez-Singson Chiong Veloso: livin’ la dolce vita.”

    You should look for the scholar Gavin Sanson Bagares, he is a leading proponent of Cebuano Heritage Studies and he is based at the San Carlos University. He knows a lot about old Cebu.

    Good luck.

    Toto Gonzalez

  34. Jesse Roy R. Sayson said,

    November 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Hello Sir, I’m Jesse Roy Roa Sayon, an Econ major of USC, and a descendant of the Chiong Veloso. I would appreciate if you could give me more details about my family. I hope you can give as many articles you have there.



  35. Leo Patrick Godinez said,

    September 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Hello sir

    my name is leo patrick godinez, i am the grandson of Diogenes Godinez from lapu-lapu, cebu. My grandfather was an eligitimate son of one Rufo Godinez, who is said to be a Judge in the town of Medellin. It would be a great help if you could help me trace back my roots. Thank you and i am so happy to have found your website…thank you in advance

  36. Rica Marie Gandionco Conci said,

    August 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Hi Enrique,

    I am Rica Marie Gandionco Conci from Melbourne, Australia. I am a descendant of the Filomeno Gandiongco’s from Parian. I would appreciate it if you could tell me who my ancestors were and where they came from.

    Thank you,

  37. keith gandiongco said,

    July 28, 2011 at 3:55 am

    helo good day kindly direct me to the history of ties of how villalon is connected with the GANDIONCO FAMILY…Iam from a gandionco clan .i want to know more about this especially connected with mr.luis villalon whom my family and me would like to meet soon for some pertinent details…thank you pls. email me as soon as possible

  38. keith gandiongco said,

    July 28, 2011 at 3:50 am

    helo how are they related with vicente gandionco sr.? and

  39. May 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm


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  40. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

    The Fabella and Gaston families belonged to what was considered the royal family of Cagayan de Oro this so called royal family had the Neris at its core the Neris in turn had intermarried with the Chaveses,Roa’s,Velezes and San Joses who constituted the founding families of Cagayan de Oro and therefore dictated the tone and direction of Politics and Business in Misamis

  41. Elaine Marzo said,

    April 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Hi there. I stumbled across your blog while google searching on the “Marzo” family of old Cebu. I am interested in finding out more about the history of my family – tackling dad’s side first. I don’t know very much about my family beyond my Lolo and Lola and one grand Lola.

    My Tito came across some very old pictures at my Lola’s wake.

    You can view them in my blog (most recent entry) –

    I really enjoyed reading some of your posts. I left the Philippines when I was 11 and have not yet returned (I’m turning 36 this year). I am aching to go back.

  42. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Lino Juan Roa

    Please write the history of the famous Roa family of Cagayan de Oro it would be interesting to know the history of famous members of your family like the late Governor Pedro”Oloy”Roa Emeterio Roa the first Filipino actuary Alfredo “Buddy”Roa and Francis Roa de Borja

    Other elite families of Cagayan de Oro- Neris,Chaveses, and in the nearby Camiguin island- Borromeos and Reyeses

  43. Lino Juan Roa said,

    March 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Hello everyone! Pardon me for any amount of intrusion. I am from Cagayan de Oro and I belong to a huge migrant family here, the Roa. The Roa of Cagayan are said to come from Cebu then migrated to Cagayan de Misamis (now Cagayan de Oro) in 1780. It is said there were three Roa who migrated from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro during that time: Pio, Francisco and Marcelo.

    Please allow me to post a few queries;
    1) Can anybody please help me in knowing whether the Roa of Cebu before 1780 were of mestizo-español or mestizo-sangley origin or both?

    2) Whether the Roa of Cebu have origins other than that previously mentioned?

    3) Whether the Roa of Cebu before or after 1780 lived in Parian or some place else in Cebu?

    4) Can anybody please tell me of any website or any information regarding the migrants Pio Roa, Francisco Roa and Marcelo Roa?

    Those are just my general questions with regard to the Roa roots in Cebu. The genealogy of the Roa family here in Cagayan de Oro is extensive and it spans more than 200 years & more than 10 generations now. The Roa have left their mark in this part of the country and are still continuing to do so. Another prominent family here in Cagayan de Oro is the Velez which is closely related to the Roa and which also have its roots in Cebu. Any reply or information about the Roa of Cebu prior to 1780 or even after will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much and may all your families prosper more. God bless you all.

  44. March 30, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Grandson of Pantaleon Borromeo y Galan and son of Francisco Borromeo y Good ,Theobaldo Borromeo married Corazon Balabag-Borromeo. Have 7 children”

    1. Erma Borromeo-Wooten – married to Michael Wooten
    2. Amythest Borromeo-Alferez – married to John “Boyet” Alferez
    3. Antonnette Borromeo
    4. Theobaldo Borromeo Jr. – married to Florian Segundo-Borromeo
    5. Corazon Borromeo-Canoy –
    6. Trig Borromeo – married to Armi Leilani Chua-Borromeo
    7. Basilisa Borromeo

  45. samantha borromeo said,

    February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am


  46. Millette Veloso said,

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I am the granddaughter of The Late Ismael Laurente Veloso Sr.

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  48. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 24, 2010 at 4:57 am

    The Rama legacy
    By Ricky Poca

    Don Vicente Rama, a Cebuano who had the foresight to establish Cebu as a chartered city. The struggle of Don Vicente to author the bill was horrendous. The bill was met with stiff objection from politicians and nearly all sectors of the Municipality of Cebu. The reasons were basically political envy and fear of additional taxes that may be collected with a city status.

    But unknown to many, the change of status brought so much benefits to the city, starting with autonomy from the national government. What we are today is a consequence of the act establishing the City of Cebu. Who is Don Vicente Rama? As a grandson had the golden opportunity of going through voluminous documents of Don Vicente, stashed in the second floor of the ancestral house at the Rama Compound. I knew him as a strict man, who got angry at lazy people who had nothing to do. My grandfather loved the Cebuano language so much he started the newspaper Ang Bag-ong Kusog, where Cebuano was used in many literary works.

    It was one of the most popular Cebuano newspapers and circulated as far as Guam and the US mainland. Don Vicente may have been a strict parent but was thoughtful to his children. I read many of his letters to his children full of love especially when he was away in Manila working as member of Congress. But there was one occasion when he got so mad at his family in Cebu because my grandfather did not receive any letter from them. He sent a telegram asking if everybody was okay because if not, he would offer a requiem mass for them at the Manila Cathedral.

    My grandfather was the first non-Luzon legislator who advocated that the works of Jose Rizal in Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo be made required reading for students. His bill mandating the reading of both Rizal books in school was opposed and failed to pass in the First Assembly because of the aggressive lobby of Spanish authorities in Congress.

    My grandfather was the son of Gabriel Raffinan and Engelberta Rama, who was a child of Laurente Rama and Juana Enguio of Naga, Cebu. Don Vicente was married to Catalina (Aquilana) Genson and had 13 children, who included the late Cebu governor Osmundo Rama (the father of former vice governor Enric Rama), the late Councilor Fernando Rama who is the father of the late Agusan Del Norte governor and congressman Eduardo Rama — who is the father of Cebu City Councilor Edu Rama), the late Councilor Clemente Rama, former Manila Bulletin publisher and Con-con delegate Napoleon Rama, the late Jesus Rama, who died with President Ramon Magsaysay in Mt. Manunggal, the late Capt. Laurente Rama (who is the father of barangay captain George Rama and Annabelle Rama) and of course my mother, Reynalda Rama Poca. The Rama family has two branches in terms career path, one in politics and the other in media.

    Today we continue to practice the traditions started by Don Vicente Rama – in politics, through Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama and in media, by this writer. We continue to uphold the principle of honesty in our chosen career paths. I’d like to believe that no one can point a dirty finger at us and accuse us of dishonesty, graft or corruption in politics or in the practice of media.

    Our uncles and aunties, including my late mother, often told us the story of how my grandfather nearly sent a Fil-Chinese compadre to jail for attempted bribery when he gave my grandfather, who was then mayor of Cebu City, a blank check in exchange for a favor to grant him a permit to open a lumberyard within the city, a business that was then prohibited. My grandfather was so angry that he nearly sent his compadre to jail. My grandfather tore the check into pieces in front of his shocked friend.

    The story was repeated to us as a reminder to all Don Vicente’s children and grandchildren, that it pays to be honest in everything we do especially in politics and in media.

    Today, Cebu City residents celebrate and it is indeed fitting that the top official, Michael Rama, as acting mayor in the absence of Mayor Tomas Osmeña, is a grandson of a great and illustrious Cebuano, the Father of the Cebu City Charter. It is a proud moment for the Rama family to see the legacy of our grandfather being appreciated and remembered by Cebuanos in the continuing celebration of Charter Day.

    In behalf of the Rama family, allow me to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Cebu City government for continuing the tradition of celebrating Charter Day and to all who in one way or the other continue to live the legacy of my grandfather of honesty, integrity and good governance.

  49. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 12, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Dona Esperanza Paulin married Don Juan Velez y Climaco she is the daughter of Don Juan Paulin Cong Que one of the biggest opium trader in Cebu their children are 1.Carmen Velez married Vicente Torres they are the grand parents of Lucy Torres Gomez
    6.Angustias married Eduardo Palacios

  50. October 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    senior busto,thanks for this history information you post but i would like to know more about the valle family clan of old cebu .if still you have more history to share i would like to hear some more. G-D BLESS!,SHALOM.

  51. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    From the Borromeo family website The Borromeo Family of the Philippines by Marc Evan Borromeo Nonnenkamp Borromeo: Part of the Fabric of the Philippines These elders told me that we Borromeos of Cebu Province (and Island) are related to other Borromeos in the Philippines going back even further in time. The father of Carlos Borromeo IV y Felis (born 1795) was Carlos Borromeo III (born 1770). We believe that Carlos Borromeo IV y Felis was born in Bacolod, Negros in 1795 and that he settled in Cebu. Negros and Cebu are neighboring islands in the Visayas region of the Philippine archipelago. The father of Carlos Borromeo III was Carlos Borromeo II (born circa 1745). Carlos Borromeo III is believed to have been born in Iloilo, Panay (yet another island within the Visayas region) in 1770 and to have settled in Bacolod, Negros. His father Carlos Borromeo II was born in Cavite on Luzon (not part of the Visayas) in 1745 and is believed to have settled in Iloilo, Panay. We believe that the father of Carlos Borromeo II was Carlos Capitan Aro Borromeo I who was born in 1720 and eventually settled his family in Cavite on the island of Luzon. Among the Borromeo family of Negros Oriental, there is a legend that their Borromeo ancestors migrated from Northern Italy to Spain, and then to the Philippines. My own Tito Tomas Cabrera Borromeo (my mother’s second degree cousin) once told me that his father (Lolo Marcial Borromeo y Guerrero) believed that our ancestor Carlos “Capitan Aro” Borromeo came from Canton (China) to Cavite (on the island of Luzon in the Philippines). Based upon what we know today, it is possible that members of the Borromeo family migrated from Lombardy in northern Italy to Spain, France (specifically Corsica where the surname is spelled in Latin as “Borromei”), the New World (Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Chile), to China (Canton) and finally to the Philippines and even to India. In Brazil, the surname is spelled in Portuguese as “Borromeu.” The Philippines were part of the vast global Spanish Empire from 1521 until 1898. The Portuguese-born explorer Ferdinand Magellan claimed the Philippines (initially named the “Islands of Lazarus”) for Spain in 1521. He and his remaining 3 sailing ships (out of an original 5 which had departed from Spain) landed in what is today Cebu City. At the time, Cebu was comprised of a mere 300 or so bamboo huts built upon stilts. Magellan and his 3 remaining wooden sailing vessels were manned by about 150 Europeans (Spaniards, Portuguese, Italians, Greeks and Germans) and one Malay slave who acted as their interpreter. Each ship ranged in size from a mere 75 to 125 tons total displacement – good for their time, but tiny by today’s standards. Magellan had left Seville, Spain with 270 men aboard 5 sailing ships. 2 ships were lost around Cape Horn (at the Southern tip of South America, which is the most dangerous sea passage on earth due to its rough waters and extreme weather). One ship was scuttled damaged in the Philippines, while another (the “Trinidad”) was left in the Moluccas, Indonesia as no longer seaworthy. Merely one ship (the “Vittoria”) and 18 Europeans made it back to Seville alive 3 years after their original departure from Spain. Carlos Borromeo I’s eventual title of Capitan was due to being a Gobernadorcillo, or Departmental Administrator of Cavite on Luzon. His salary in the 1740s was 30 Pesos per year, a large sum of money in those days. The Gobernadorcillos were chosen by an elite corps of so-called “Principalia,” also known by the titles of either “Alcalde Mayor” or “Gobernador.” This higher official was like a combined Provincial Governor and State Supreme Court Justice, who was in turn appointed by the Spanish Governor-General of the Philippine Islands. The Gobernadorcillos in turn appointed “Cabezas,” (or Filipino Chiefs) who served as Parish (town) Justices. The Gobernadorcillo enforced the law, judged petty disputes and generally ran the community in which he lived. The first Chinese settled in the Philippines in 1401, when their Emperor made an attempt to colonize the islands. The first Spaniards came in 1521. The first Italian not under the Spanish flag came to the Philippines in the 17th century; his name was Gemelli Careri. The first American who settled in the Philippines was actually one John Stuart Kerr, who settled in Manila between 1786 and 1796. Manila had a population of 45,000 souls in 1680, 90,000 by 1780, 150,000 by 1860 and 270,000 by 1880. In 1780, 4,000 of Manila’s inhabitants were white Spaniards and another 15,000 were Chinese. In the old days, metropolitan Manila consisted of the walled city, and of Binondo. Most of the people lived in Binondo (140,000 out of 150,000 in 1860). What follows is a newspaper article written upon the death of my maternal great-grandfather José Maria Borromeo y Galan in 1930 (translated into English by my aunt Maria Benita Borromeo Atega): The Venerable and Respected “Pepe” Borromeo has died Last Sunday at 7:00 AM (March 16, 1930) Mr. José Maria Borromeo y Galan of Cebu City died. He had been afflicted by a severe and sudden illness, which claimed the life of this highly respected and well-known patriarch of the city of Cebu. Mr. José Maria Borromeo y Galan was known to his friends and family by the name of “Señor Iyo Pepe.” The news of his death immediately spread throughout the entire city last Sunday. Within a few hours of his passing, countless friends and relatives converged upon the Borromeo home on North America Street. The burial took place on Monday. A Mass was offered with the body of the deceased lying in state at the Cebu Cathedral that morning. Many people attended the final rites at the Cebu Cathedral, after which they joined the funeral procession and the rites at the Roman Catholic Cemetery. We can say that the funeral service was an expression of sympathy by the Cebuano people for the entire Borromeo family. Iyo Pepe Borromeo was the father of the late Judge Andrés Borromeo, Captain José Ubaldo Borromeo (former Head of the Detectives of Manila Customs Bureau), Dr. Maximo Borromeo, Pharmacist Exequiel Borromeo and Engineer Canuto Octavio Borromeo. He was an exemplary man because he sacrificed much so that his children would achieve the professions which now are know their own. He was also respected and loved as an exemplary public citizen and as a wonderful individual due to his cordial personality, helpfulness and golden character. May he rest in peace, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family from the entire staff and readership of the “New Strength” newspaper. The nine children of my great-grandparents were my maternal grandfather (the eldest of the nine siblings) and my great aunts and uncles: 1. Judge Andrés Borromeo y Reynes (1880-1923) 2. Captain José Ubaldo Borromeo y Reynes (1881-1949) 3. Matilde Borromeo y Reynes (1883-1946) 4. Dr. Maximo Borromeo y Reynes (1887-1948) 5. Pharmacist Exequiel Borromeo y Reynes (1889-1949) 6. Engineer Canuto Octavio Borromeo y Reynes (1891-1959) 7. Venustiano Borromeo y Reynes (1891-1891) 8. Patrocinio Reynes Borromeo de Uy Herrera (1892-1984) 9. Salud Borromeo y Reynes (1898-1969) The grandchildren of my maternal grandfather’s siblings are thus my second degree cousins. Second Cousins It was from the estate of my maternal great-grandparents (Don José Maria Borromeo y Galan and Doña Margarita Sy Reynes de Borromeo) that the modern Borromeo Business Group was formed. The group was incorporated on February 8, 1933 but was already well-known as a manufacturer of “Tartanilla” horse-drawn carts since 1879. Here is a nice Cebu-based website page on the history of the “Tartanilla” (from Cebu and the Visayas region) and the “Calesa” horse-drawn cart (from Manila and the Luzon region): Origin of the Name “Tartanilla” “Tartanilla” is Spanish for the Italian “Tartanella.” The latter word is derived from the Italian word “Tartana,” which refers to a type of small sailing vessel used for fishing in the Adriatic Sea. They use both sails and oars for propulsion, and can range from 10 to 100 tons full load. A “Tartanella” is merely a smaller “Tartana,” whereas a “Tartanone” is the larger version. The family branches of the younger siblings of my maternal grandfather Judge Andrés Borromeo y Reynes (November 10, 1880 – January 3, 1923) are as follows: 2. Captain José Ubaldo Borromeo y Reynes (1881-1949) Captain José Ubaldo Borromeo y Reynes (October 21, 1881 – May 8, 1949) was married to Remedios Rodriga de Borromeo (December 27, 1891 – September 25, 1935). Lolo José served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. from its inception in 1933 until his death in 1949. They had one child, who was my “Tita Pepa” Josefa Borromeo Capistrano (born in 1911). She was married to my “Tito Nick” Nicolas Castañeda Capistrano. Tita Pepa was a personal friend of US General Douglas MacArthur, and in fact started & lead the Womens’ Auxiliary Corps (WACS) of the Philippines in World War Two. Tita Pepa also served as honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. from 1949 until her death in 2004. Before he retired, Tito Nick was a successful logging company owner in Northern Mindanao. My Tita Pepa and Tito Nick had two children, my second cousins Remedios Capistrano Dovas and Mario Borromeo Capistrano. Remedios (my cousin “Didi”) resides in Chicago, Illinois and Mario lives in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao in the Philippines. Didi is married to Christos Dovas and they have three children named Lara, Tom and Peter. Mario is married to Elsie Musni Capistrano and they have 8 children named Joseph Nicholas, Mario Jr., Marielle Cecille, Maria Theresa, Martin José, Maria Christina Victoria, Marcus Antonio Maria and Marinella Isabelle. My second cousin Mario was a Director of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. from the death of Tita Pepa in 2004 until he voluntarily passed the position onto his eldest daughter Marielle, who lives and works in Manila as an interior decorator. 3. Matilde Borromeo y Reynes (1883-1946) Matilde Borromeo y Reynes (March 14, 1883 – August 4, 1946) never married and thus remained a spinster until she died. 4. Dr. Maximo Borromeo y Reynes (1887-1948) Dr. Maximo Borromeo y Reynes (my “Lolo Max” who lived from August 27, 1887 until July 31, 1948) was one of the most prominent Cebu City medical doctors of his time. He had three children, being my aunt Carolina Mercado Borromeo Ocampo, my aunt Sophie Gossinitser Borromeo and my uncle John “Johnny” Cairo Borromeo. Sophie Gossinitser Borromeo is believed to be in Austria today, while the descendants of Johnny Cairo Borromeo are in the Philippines. Lolo Max was a Director of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. from its inception in 1933 until his death in 1948. Tita Carol was married to my “Tito Ledo” Leandro Ocampo, who was a very successful engineer. His company (Alltech Contractors) once employed up to 3,400 employees engaged in power plant construction throughout the Philippines and the Middle East. Alltech was part of an alliance with the Mitsubishi Group of Japan, and was sold by its owners in 2004. It had been in independent existence since 1939. Tito Ledo and Tita Carol Ocampo had three children, being my second cousins Ramon Borromeo Ocampo, Andrés “Andy” Leandro Borromeo Ocampo and Judith “Judy” Borromeo Ocampo Soriano. Ramon’s wife is Angeles Agrujo Ocampo, and they have four children named Pauline, Maria Isabel (“Maribel”), Anne and Reynaldo (“Ray”). Pauline is married to Doctor John Wong, and they have 3 children. Maribel is married to Roly Paterno and they have two children named Beatriz and Geo. Andrés is married to Carmen Polive Ocampo and they have three children named Michael, Gualberto and Virgil. Judy is married to Alberto M. “Bobby” Soriano and they have four children named Joey, Maria Isabel, Maria Christina and Robert. Bobby Soriano is very successful in the world of business, with large (20,000 acres in size) agribusiness subsidiaries in Southern Mindanao. These include Crown Fruit (the largest pineapple grower in the Philippines after Dole of the USA), AMS Farming Corporation, AMJR Holdings, Soriano Fruits Corporation and Cabadbaran Fruits Corporation (global leaders in the output of both bananas and papayas). Wholly-owned companies providing sales and transportation support include JOS Trading Corporation, Redwood Logistics Corporation and DTI Overland Transport Corporation. Yet another company (AMSIA Management) owns numerous retail Shell gasoline stations in Northern California. The companies lead by Bobby employ yet another 3,000 employees in the Philippines and in the USA. Bobby has since turned over the day-to-day leadership of his companies to his eldest son Joey Ocampo Soriano. A different branch of the Soriano family is of course famous for their ownership of San Miguel Corporation, one of the largest corporations in the Philippines. San Miguel today is a vast food conglomerate very well known for “San Miguel” beer. 5. Pharmacist Exequiel Borromeo y Reynes (1889-1949) Pharmacist Exequiel Borromeo y Reynes (April 10, 1889 – December 29, 1949, known as my “Lolo Euqin”) was married to Josefa Neri de Borromeo (March 11, 1892 – September 10, 1974). They had seven children including Dr. Venustiano Heraclio José Neri Borromeo Sr., Flora Neri Borromeo Roa, Dr. José Cecilio Neri Borromeo, Mario Odon “Lilly” Neri Borromeo (died as an infant), Mario Francisco Neri Borromeo, Sr., Deutelino Neri Borromeo and finally Carmen Borromeo Mercado. Lolo Equin was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. from its inception in 1933 until his death in 1949. Dr. Venustiano Heraclio José Neri Borromeo, Sr. was married twice. His first wife Ester Valencia Borromeo (February 14, 1920 – June 23, 1953) died young due to cancer. They had three children, being my second cousins Victor Valencia Borromeo, Bimbo Neri Borromeo and Anna Marie Neri Borromeo. Bimbo is married to Mally Barrica Borromeo, and they have three children being Chantal Barrica Borromeo, Christine Barrica Borromeo and Charity Barrica Borromeo. The second wife of Dr. Venustiano Heraclio José Neri Borromeo was Leonarda Estelle Samsel Borromeo. They had four children, being my second cousins Alexander Joseph Samsel Borromeo (born in 1958 and now living in Louisville, Kentucky), Venustiano Heraclio (“Vence”) Samsel Borromeo, Jr. (born in 1959), Paul Vincent Samsel Borromeo (born in 1963), and Karah Nicole Samsel Borromeo. My aunt Tita Flora Borromeo Roa was married to Pio Roa, and they had no children. Both of them have since passed away. Dr. José Cecilio (known as “Doc Joe” to his cousins & friends) Neri Borromeo (1923-1998) was married to Emilia (my “Tita Melit”) Artadi La’O Borromeo. They had six children, being my second cousins Maximo (“Maxcy”) Francisco José La’O Borromeo, Marissa Borromeo Diego, Dr. Julian La’O Borromeo, Dr. Maria Carmen (“Maricar”) Josefa Borromeo Antigua, Francisco La’O Borromeo and Dr. Rogelio (“Rogie”) La’O Borromeo. My Tito “Doc Joe” was President and CEO of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. from the death of Lolo Equin in 1949 until his death in 1998. Maxcy is married to Maria Victoria (“Marivic”) Rodriguez Borromeo from the island of Negros, which is next to Cebu. Since 1987, he has been the group head and General Manager of the Borromeo Business Group of the Philippines (he has been a Director of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. since 1985). He owns additional interests in Caltex (ChevonTexaco retail gasoline under Astron-Gestus, Inc. and Cebu Maxi Management Corporation) and a Sumitomo-Sime Darby tire warehouse. He and Marivic have five sons, being José Daniel (“Jonel”) Rodriguez Borromeo, Maximo (“Chippy”) Rodriguez Borromeo, Paolo Martin Gerardo Rodriguez Borromeo, André Rafael Rodriguez Borromeo and Marco Gabriel Borromeo. Jonel is married to Olive Beltran Borromeo and they have one daughter named Sophia Danielle Borromeo. His younger brother Chippy is married to Priscilla Gochuico Borromeo and they have one son named Gustavo Maximo Borromeo. Chippy manages the large Honda Motorworld franchise, which sells motorcycles, motor-scooters and power equipment throughout the Philippines. André manages the Caltex Service Stations (two of them), parking garage and Sumitomo-Sime Darby / Yokohama tire warehouse on Gorordo Avenue in Cebu City. Jonel, Paolo and Marco have all emigrated to metropolitan Sydney, Australia with their families. Maxcy and Marivic now divide their time between Cebu City, the Philippines and Wollongong, metro Sydney, New South Wales (Australia). Marissa Borromeo is married to Felipe Diego and they have five children being José Borromeo Diego, Emilia Borromeo Diego, Julian Felipe Borromeo Diego, Miguel Borromeo Diego and Margarita Borromeo Diego. Dr. Julian Mark Simon La’O Borromeo was a medical doctor by profession who was born on October 7, 1953 and who passed away on April 11, 1998. He emigrated to the United States and settled in the state of Texas, where his widow and surviving family reside today. He was married to Rosario (“Charito”) Santa Cruz Borromeo (1953), and they have five children named Luis Exequiel “Lui” Santa Cruz Borromeo (1977), Emily Claire Santa Cruz Borromeo Medina (born 1978 and now married to Carlos Medina), Mark Dominic Santa Cruz Borromeo (1981), Robert Joseph “B.J.” Santa Cruz Borromeo (1986) and Elissa Marie “Lissa” Santa Cruz Borromeo (1992). Dr. Maria Carmen (“Maricar”) Josefa Borromeo Antigua is also a medical doctor who lives and works in Boca Raton, Florida. She is married to Teodoro Antigua and they have three children named Monica “Nikki” Borromeo Antigua, Adrian Borromeo Antigua and Angela Borromeo Antigua. Francisco (“Frankie”) La’O Borromeo is married to Emiliana Fernan Borromeo and they have two children named Marcelo José “Mio” Fernan Borromeo and Melissa Fernan Borromeo. Dr. Rogelio (“Rogie”) La’O Borromeo is a dentist who emigrated to the United States and settled in Texas like his late brother Julian. He is married to Edith Enad Borromeo and they have three children named Racquel “Raqui” Enad Borromeo, Tiffany “Tini” Enad Borromeo and Gabrielle “Gail” Enad Borromeo. Mario Odon (“Lily”) Neri Borromeo died as an infant. Mario Francisco Neri Borromeo (April 19, 1922 – August 7, 2002) was my “Tito Mar.” He was married to Carolina Mendiola Borromeo (1921-2010) in 1944. They emigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco, California where they purchased a home on 48th Avenue and Tito Mar worked for United Airlines until he retired. They had twelve children, being my second cousins Exequiel José Antonio (“Jake”) Mediola Borromeo, Margarita Lourdes (“Mardi”) Borromeo Drew, Mario (“Mardo”) Borromeo, Jr. (born in 1950 and died in 1994), Concepcion (“Connie”) Borromeo Showalter, Pedro (“Peter”) Mediola Borromeo, Teodoro (“Ted”) Mediola Borromeo, Carlos (“Charles”) Mendiola Borromeo, Gerardo (“Jerry”) Mendiola Borromeo, Glenn J. Mendiola Borromeo, Mary Mendiola Borromeo, Thomas (“Tom”) Mendiola Borromeo and finally John Mendiola Borromeo. They all reside in the San Francisco Bay Area unless noted otherwise below. Jake has two children, being Jennifer Borromeo and Jason Borromeo. Mardi is married to Richard Drew. They reside in Alamo, California and have no children. Connie is married to Dennis Showalter and has two children, being Sara Borromeo Showalter and Daniel Borromeo Showalter. Peter is married and works as a Baptist Minister; he and wife Linda have no children. Ted is also married; he and wife Angie have two children named Emily Borromeo and Brian Borromeo. Charles is married and he and his wife Bong have two sons named Paul Borromeo and Martin Borromeo. Jerry is married to Cheri and they have no children. Glenn is married to Lisa and they have three children named Ramon Borromeo, Alicia Borromeo and Enrique Borromeo. Glenn is a lawyer and resides with his family in Alamo, California. Mary is married to Dean and they have two daughters named Malia and Jenna. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tom is married to Minette and works as a cartoonist; they have no children. John is married and lives in Portland, Oregon. My uncle Deutelino Neri Borromeo (born in 1929 and died on November 9, 1993) had no children. My aunt “Tita” Carmen Borromeo Mercado is married to Gregorio Mercado and they have four children being my second cousins Jocelyn Borromeo Mercado, Dr. Antonio Borromeo Mercado, Benedict Borromeo Mercado and Irene Borromeo Mercado. Jocelyn is married and has two children. Antonio is also married and has three children. Benedict is married to a registered nurse and they have one child. Tita Carmen is both a Director and the Treasurer & CFO of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. Her son / my second cousin Benedict was elected to fill the Director’s seat vacated upon the death of my Tita Maria (“Biyay”) Benita Rallos Borromeo Atega. 6. Engineer Canuto Octavio Borromeo y Reynes (1891-1959) Engineer Canuto Octavio Borromeo y Reynes (my “Lolo Canuto”) co-founded Rockgas Inter-Island Gas Service with my uncle Andrés Rallos Borromeo, Jr. (my “Tito Diding”). He was born on January 19, 1891 and died on December 31, 1959. He was married to Pilar Noel de Borromeo (May 19, 1897 – June 12, 1977). Lolo Canuto was both a Director and the General Manager of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. from its inception in 1933 until his death in 1959. Lolo Canuto and his wife had five children, being my aunt Maria Soledad (“Tita Marisol”) Borromeo Putong, my uncle Federico (“Tito Nene”) Noel Borromeo, my uncle José (“Tito Joseling”) Noel Borromeo, my aunt Consuelo (“Tita Connie”) Borromeo Morales and finally my uncle Canuto (“Tito Gigi”) Noel Borromeo. Tita Marisol was married to Cecilio Putong. They had one daughter, being my second cousin Maria Cecilia Putong Hermann. She is married to Richard Hermann and they have one son named José Miguel Putong Hermann. Tito Nene is married to Josefina Vasquez Borromeo (my “Tita Nena”) and they have two children, being my second cousins Gerardo A. (“Dito”) Borromeo and Ana Maria Vasquez Borromeo. Dito is married to Ines Prieto Borromeo. They have four children, being Sophia Prieto Borromeo, Andrés Prieto Borromeo, Carlos Prieto Borromeo and Ines Prieto Borromeo. Tito Nene lead Rockgas Inter-Island Gas Service from the death of Lolo Canuto in 1959 until the company was sold to the Philippine government in 1980. My cousin Dito was a Director of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. from 1987 until 1995. Since then, he has lead a firm named “Borromeo Technology Holdings, Inc.” and its subsidiary “Smartpark.” They are based in Manila and are active in computer software applications used in commercial office buildings. More recently, he was named Vice Chairman, and finally President and Chief Operating Officer of Philippine Transcarriers, Inc., a placement firm for senior shipping personnel. His company places more than 12,000 marine industry professionals worldwide every year. One-quarter of all ship-based marine industry professionals worldwide now come from the Philippines. Total global employment for onboard shipping personnel exceeds one million persons. My uncle José Noel Borromeo is single. Consuelo Noel Borromeo (my “Tita Connie”) was married to Ernesto Morales. They had five children, being my second cousins Alfonso Borromeo Morales, Maria Lourdes Borromeo Morales, Maria Asuncion Morales Cajulis, José Maria Borromeo Morales and Luis Maria Ernesto Borromeo Morales. Maria Asuncion Morales is married to Ding Cajulis, and they have two children named Isabel Morales Cajulis and Cristina Morales Cajulis. Tita Connie was a Professor of the Spanish Language at the University of the Philippines until her retirement. She resides in Ayala Alabang, located outside of Manila. Canuto Noel Borromeo, Jr. (my “Tito Gigi”) was born on February 14, 1935 and died on March 20, 1977. He was married to Barbara Anne Scher Harvey Borromeo. They had six children, being my second cousins Bernadette Marie Borromeo Gallego, Marie Pilar Borromeo Miranda, Angela Maria Borromeo Almario, Susana Marie Borromeo Milne, Christina Marie Borromeo Gaston and Canuto Benjamin Borromeo (known as “Benji”). Bernadette (“Dette”) Marie Harvey Borromeo is married to Eduardo (“Ed”) Borromeo Gallego, who is her (and my) fourth degree cousin from the “thin Borromeo” branch of the Cebuano Borromeo family. She has been a Director of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. since 1995 and Ed works as an architect. They have two children, being Mirella Isabel Borromeo Gallego and Eduardo Martin Borromeo Gallego. Ed and Dette also own coffee shops in Cebu under the name “La Marea.” Their daughter Mirella is now in Sydney, Australia studying architecture. Marie Pilar Harvey Borromeo is married to Eduardo Martinez Miranda. Their four children include Cecilia Angela Borromeo Miranda, Sebastian Borromeo Miranda, Ainara Borromeo Miranda and finally Paloma Borromeo Miranda. Marie Pilar is a partner in a company called “Elements” which deals with high end upholstery in Manila. The company sells quality European and American textiles. Eduardo heads the investing arm of Macquarie Bank, an Australian firm, in Manila. Angela “Angie” Maria Harvey Borromeo is married to Hector Almario. Their two children include Angela Pilar Borromeo Almario and Lorenzo Javier Borromeo Almario. Hector and Angie own gasoline stations in Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao (the latter two cities are on the island of Mindanao). They also market Liquified Petroleum Gas as an alternative fuel for automobiles and are thus in partnership with Petronas, a Malaysian firm. Susanna Marie Harvey Borromeo is married to Timothy Milne, and they have one daughter named Margarita Pilar Borromeo Milne. Timothy Milne is a British-born engineer in the sugar business in Cebu City. He owns a company called “Sugar Technology International” ( which specializes in design technology for the global sugar industry. The local Philippine business entity is known as “Sugar Technology International Philippines, Inc.” STI is based in the United States. Christina Marie (“Ina”) Harvey Borromeo is married to José Maria D. Gaston, who owns a sugar plantation on Negros. They reside in the city of Bacolod on the island of Negros (which neighbors the island of Cebu) and they have four children named Marianna Ines Borromeo Gaston, José Maria Canuto Borromeo Gaston, Enrique Miguel Borromeo Gaston and Sabina Teresa Borromeo Gaston. Ina has a firm called “Hacienda Crafts” which makes home accessories for export. José Maria is a direct descendant of Yves Leopold Germain Gaston, a Frenchman who settled in Negros in 1840. He left his native Normandy for the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, which used to belong to France before Britain annexed it during the Napoleonic Wars. It was in Mauritius that Yves Leopold learned the rudiments of the then-young sugar industry. He left for the Philippines at the age of 30, initially working as a foreman on a Spanish-owned sugar estate in Batangas on Luzon. He then moved on to Negros and established his own sugar plantation, where he married a local Spanish woman. Canuto Benjamin (“Benji”) Harvey Borromeo is married to Maria Tomei and lives in New York. They have one daughter named Thalia. Benji runs the IT department for a law firm that he has worked for since he graduated from American University. His wife Maria is Italian and works in the fashion industry. 7. Venustiano Borromeo y Reynes (1891-1891) Venustiano Borromeo Borromeo y Reynes was born and died as an infant in 1891. 8. Patrocinio Reynes Borromeo de Uy Herrera (1892-1984) Patrocinio Reynes Borromeo de Uy Herrera was born on November 13, 1892 and died on August 5, 1984. She was married to José Uy Herrera, who was the son of the Chinese Consul in Cebu City. He was born with the Chinese surname Uy but eventually took the new Hispanic surname of Herrera. They had seven children, being my aunts and uncles (first cousins of my mother). These include Helene Borromeo Herrera, Milagros Borromeo Herrera (my “Tita Milagring”), Jesus Borromeo Herrera, Eterio Borromeo Herrera, Lisinio Borromeo Herrera (my “Tito Nene”), Dr. Rodolfo Borromeo Herrera (my “Tito Rudy” and the President & CEO of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc.) and Caridad Borromeo Herrera (my “Tita Caring”). Helene Borromeo Herrera (my “Tita Nena” who died on March 17, 2007) was married to Constantino C. Navarro, Sr. (my “Tito Oging” who died on May 11, 1998). Tito Oging was a Congressman in the lower house of the Philippine national legislature, representing his home district of Surigao in Northeastern Mindanao (the same region where my maternal grandfather Judge Andrés Borromeo was a Judge of the Court of First Instance). They had five children, being my second cousins Constantino (“Baby”) Herrera Navarro, Marlene Herrera Navarro, Conshele Herrera Navarro, Rora Herrera Navarro and Antonio Herrera Navarro. Constantino (“Baby”) Herrera Navarro was once the Mayor of Surigao City. He is married to Guia Antionette Legaspi and has four children named Constantino “Banjo” Legaspi Navarro III, Elizabeth Navarro Arguelles, Edward Vincent Legaspi Navarro and Maria Helena Navarro Okol. Banjo is married to Grace Anabelle Such Navarro and they have four children named Audrynne Castles Such Navarro, Cesar Constantino Such Navarro V, Cedric Constantine Such Navarro and Nelly Felyz Such Navarro. Elizabeth is married to Augusto Arguelles and they have two children named Aliza Lianne Navarro Arguelles and Maria Aira Kharizza Navarro Arguelles. Edward Vincent in married to Malaika Elena Navarro and they have one child named Yaggy Eunice Navarro. Maria Helena is married to Miko Okol and they in turn have six children named Cyrene Alexis Navarro Okol, Sarah Nikolai Navarro Okol, Ryanne Antoinette Navarro Okol, Michele Angela Navarro Okol, Marie Ernestine Navarro Okol and Megan Navarro Okol. Marlene Herrera Navarro is married to Gil Garcia Moreno, and they have three children named Maria Margarita Gillene Navarro Moreno, Maria Rosario Helena Navarro Moreno and Gil Maria Gerardo Navarro Moreno. Conshele Herrera Navarro (born in 1945 and died in 2005) was married to Dr. Antonio Garcia and they had two children. Rora Herrera Navarro is married to Abelardo Tolentino. She works for the Philippine State Department and has served as the Philippine Ambassador to both Thailand and France. They have three children named Kara Alexandra Navarro Tolentino, Farah Karmela Navarro Tolentino and Abelardo Constantino Navarro Tolentino. Kara Alexandra has one son with her first husband Louie Talan named Joaquin Luis Tolentino Talan. Kara Alexandra is now married to Virgil Prieto, and they have two daughters named Rocio Ines Tolentino Prieto and Paloma Lucia Tolentino Prieto. Farah Karmela is married to Eric Ylagan, and they have two children named Mia Lara Celino Tolentino Ylagan and Cristiana Emmanuelle Tolentino Ylagan. Abelardo Constantino Navarro Tolentino is single. Their uncle Antonio Herrera Navarro is also single. Milagros Borromeo Herrera (my “Tita Milagring”) was married to Alfredo B. Cañares, and they had one son named Eduardo (my second cousin “Ed”) Herrera Cañares, married to Henedina Lopez Cui Cañares. Tita Milagring is a Director of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. Before Ed died in 2002, he was the Manager of Margarita Agro-Industrial Corporation (MAIC), the agribusiness subsidiary of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. MAIC consists of agricultural properties on Cebu, Leyte and Mindanao. Ed and his late wife Henedina had 4 sons, 3 of whom are now married and with children of their own. Their first son Jonathan Cui Cañares is married to Zeny Billiones Gabunada Cañares, and they have one daughter named Sheila Mae Gabunada Cañares. Their second son Stephen Cui Cañares is married to Janine Batobalonos Cañoneo Cañares, and they in turn have two children named Jannie Thea Cañoneo Cañares and Steven Marc Cañoneo Cañares. Their third son Emmanuel Cui Cañares is not married, while their fourth son Donald Cui Cañares is married to Chandel Isidro Ramos Cañares. Donald and Chandel have one son named Don Lorenz Ramos Cañares. Jesus Borromeo Herrera was single. Eterio Borromeo Herrera (deceased young in a plane crash) was married to the late Marina Teves, thereafter remarried as Marina Teves Herrera McCarthy in Australia. They had five children, being my second cousins May Teves Herrera, Evangeline Teves Herrera, Menelio Teves Herrera, Laurente Teves Herrera and Eterio (“Terry”) Teves Herrera. May Teves Herrera is married to Adam Brand, and they reside in New South Wales, Australia. Evangeline (“Eve”) Teves Herrera is married to her (and my) fourth cousin Horacio Palou Borromeo, Jr. and they have one son named Michael Brian Herrera Borromeo, who is currently studying architecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Their family also resides in New South Wales, Australia. The same holds true for the family of Terry Teves Herrera, who reside in metropolitan Sydney, Australia. Menelio Teves Herrera is married to Milagros Sendo, and they have three children named Marlon Sendo Herrera, Mark Sendo Herrera and Melissa Sendo Herrera. Laurente Teves Herrera is married to Evangeline Lucino, and they have four children named Osline Lucino Herrera, Josephine Lucino Herrera, James John Lucino Herrera and Andrew Lucino Herrera. Eterio “Terry” Teves Herrera, Jr. is married to Myrthel Brandes, and they have three children named Jerrold Brandes Herrera, James Allen Brandes Herrera and Nicholus “Nikki” Brandes Herrera. They reside in metro Sydney, Australia since 1987. Jerrold is a computer science graduate from Maquarie University in Sydney, and now works as a Sales Manager for Shiriro Australia. James Allen works for Datacom, which is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (of Seattle, Washington, USA). Nikki is still in college at Hornsby Tafe. My uncle Lisinio (“Tito Nene”) Borromeo Herrera is married to Tetang del Rio. They have eight children, being my second cousins Ernesto Borromeo Herrera, Marie Angeline Borromeo Herrera, Marie Susan Borromeo Herrera, Maria Asuncion Borromeo Herrera, Anthony Borromeo Herrera, Catherine Borromeo Herrera, Rosemarie Borromeo Herrera and Gerardo Ronnie Borromeo Herrera. Marie Angeline Borromeo is married and has one child. My uncle Dr. Rodolfo (“Tito Rudy”) Borromeo Herrera is married to my “Tita” Monina Garcia Herbosa, who is a direct descendant of the very famous José Rizal. Tito Rudy is one of the most prominent medical doctors in the Philippines, and he has served as both a Director and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. since 1998. He is also a Director of Makati Finance Corporation, which is partially owned by the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. He practices medicine at the Makati Medical Center outside of Manila, and they reside in Ayala Alabang. Tita Monina is the owner of Global Cruises, Inc. (a cruise ship travel agency) based in Bronxville, New York (USA). Tito Rudy and Tita Monina have three children, being my second cousins Ana Marie Herbosa Herrera, Robertino (“Robby”) Herbosa Herrera and Margarita Herbosa Herrera. Ana Marie Herbosa Herrera is married to Anton Huang, heir to the large “Rustan’s” retail chain in the Philippines. Robbie owns and operates a restaurant in Boracay (a famous beach resort in the Philippines) and a bar in Makati, Metro Manila. Margarita is married to Michael Brady and she works for the financial firm of Jardine in Hong Kong. My aunt Caridad (“Tita Caring”) Borromeo Herrera was married to my godfather John Harriett Suchman. She worked as a certified public accountant in New York City prior to her retirement. Uncle John graduated from Columbia University (Tita Caring’s alma mater as well) with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.). They have two daughters, being my second cousins Rachel Herrera Suchman and Deborah (“Debbie”) Herrera Suchman. Rachel was married to Ernest (“Ernie”) Czak, who works as a Trader on the floor of the famous New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. They have three children, being Veronica Marie Suchman Csak, Natalie Rose Suchman Csak and Gregory Suchman Csak. Rachel resides in upstate New York, not far from the West Point Military Academy. Debbie is married to George Zeolla. They reside in Manhattan and have two sons, named Paolo Alessandro Suchman Zeolla and Luca Pietro Suchman Zeolla. George works as a fundraiser for a major private university in Manhattan and Debbie was a professional photographer before she became a full time mother. 9. Salud Borromeo y Reynes (1898-1969) The estate of Salud Borromeo y Reynes (the youngest sibling of my maternal grandfather known as my “Lola Saling”) is today the Salud Borromeo Memorial Charity Clinic and Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations on the island of Leyte. It is located in the city of San Isidro, the headquarters of our agribusiness subsidiary. This company is known as “Margarita Agro-Industrial Corporation,” being named after my great-grandmother Margarita Sy Reynes de Borromeo (my “Nanay Titay”). She purchased this large tract of land in the 1880s with profits from her husband’s horse-carriage (“Tartanilla”) manufacturing business and from her own business of trading in salt at the Cebu City wharf. Salud Borromeo y Reynes was born on September 7, 1898 and died on November 30, 1969 with no legal will. This completes all of the Borromean lines of my second cousins. Third Cousins My great-grandfather José Maria Borromeo y Galan (my “Tatay Pepe” who lived from 1847-1930) was the second of 11 children of my great-great grandparents Maximo Borromeo y Feliz (1820-1892) and Hermenegilda Galan de Borromeo (1825-1894). My mother was named after Maximo’s wife, who was known as “Nanay Binda.” In an urban population that numbered 10,078 in 1834 (when Tatay Maximo Borromeo y Feliz was just 14 years old), the Parian-Lutaos parish incorporated slightly more than two-thirds (67%) of the inhabitants of Cebu. For these “Ciudadnons” (city dwellers) the Parian was the central focus of their religious and social life. A group of approximately 30 wealthy “Mestizo” families appears to have monopolized the elite of Parian and its parish. These families represented a close-knit, socially inter-related group that tended to confine its marriages if not strictly within the principal families, then almost always within the larger mestizo community. The records of the Philippine National Archives show 28 families that composed Parian’s elite in the early 19th century: Alo, Borromeo, de Castro, Climaco, Cuico (Cuyco), Espina, Gandiongco, Gantuangco, Garces, Janson, Limcaco, del Mar, Narvios, Noel, Osmeña, Regis, Reynes, Rodis, Rubi, Sanson (Samson), Singson, Sison, Solon, Suico, Valle, Velez, Veloso and Villa. The elder sister of my great-grandfather José Maria Borromeo y Galan never married and had no offspring. The 11 children of Tatay Maximo and Nanay Binda were: 1. Leoncia Borromeo y Galan (no issue) 2. José Maria Borromeo y Galan 3. Julian Borromeo y Galan (no issue) 4. Florentina Borromeo y Galan (no issue) 5. Aniceta Galan Borromeo de Ocampo 6. Pantaleon Borromeo y Galan 7. Cosme Borromeo y Galan 8. Vito Borromeo y Galan 9. Quirino Borromeo y Galan (no issue) 10. Trinidad Borromeo y Galan (no issue) 11. Paolo Borromeo y Galan Their great-grand children are thus my third degree cousins. The estate (home) of Maximo Borromeo y Feliz and Hermenegilda Galan de Borromeo was located in Banawa, Cebu, was purchased in 1844 and was only sold in 1990 (146 years later). Vito Borromeo y Galan’s estate still exists today as a corporate entity, and it in turn has a seat upon the Board of Directors of the Salud Borromeo Foundation. As can be seen in the list above, Julian Borromeo y Galan was single and had no issue (offspring). Florentina Borromeo y Galan was in the same situation, with no issue. Aniceta Borromeo y Galan married Francisco Ocampo, and they had one daughter named Aurora Borromeo y Ocampo. Aurora was single and had no issue, so this line of the family died out as well. Pantaleon Borromeo y Galan married Remigia Pulaire de Borromeo (this was the first of his two wives), and they had three children named Ismaela Borromeo y Pulaire, Crispin Borromeo y Pulaire and Teofilo Borromeo y Pulaire. Ismaela Borromeo y Pulaire married Escolastico Morre. They had seven children, named Lilia Borromeo Morre, Patricia Borromeo Morre, Aurora Borromeo Morre, Rosario Borromeo Morre, Isagani Borromeo Morre, Lamberto Borromeo Morre and Floro Borromeo Morre. Lilia Borromeo Morre married Teopisto Tabotabo, and they had five children, being my third degree cousins Dr. Armando Morre Tabotabo, Merardo Morre Tabotabo, Cesar Morre Tabotabo, Lorena Morre Tabotabo and Evelyn Morre Tabotabo. Patricia Borromeo Morre married a man with the surname of Ranario (I do not know his first or given / Christian names) and moved to Stockton, California. They had five children (at least one of whom lives in New Jersey), being my third cousins Napoleon Morre Ranario, Alexander Morre Ranario, Maria Ofelia Morre Ranario, Chester Morre Ranario and Marian Morre Ranario. Aurora Borromeo Morre married her cousin Manuel Infante Borromeo. They had two children, being my third cousins Norma Morre Borromeo and Josephine Morre Borromeo. Norma passed away on January 9, 2008. She was married to Dionisio Guevarra Venzon, Jr. from Batangas, and they have three children named Jennifer Borromeo Venzon, Dionisio Borromeo Venzon III and Mary Ann Borromeo Venzon. Jennifer is married to Elmer Enerio Aque from Aloran in Misamis Occidental, and they have two children named Edman Josh Venzon Aque and Beatriz Faith Venzon Aque. Dionisio Borromeo Venzon III (who kindly shared this information with our site) is married to Princess Abrigo Austria from Indang (Cavite on Luzon), and they have three children named Harold Efrain Austria Venzon, Thomas Harvey Austria Venzon and Norman Hill Austria Venzon. Mary Ann Borromeo Venzon is married to Vergel Elacion Misola from Santa Cruz (Zambales), and they have one daughter named Jazmine Aubrey Venzon Misola. My late third degree cousin Josephine Morre Borromeo was married to Attorney Leonardo Palicte III, and they have three children named Leo Jamal Borromeo Palicte, Joshua Borromeo Palicte and Jessamine Faith Borromeo Palicte. Rosario Borromeo Morre married Alfredo Gatchalian, Sr. They had two children, being my third cousins Rodolfo Morre Gatchalian and Alfredo Morre Gatchalian, Jr. Isagani Borromeo Morre did not marry and had no issue (offspring). Lamberto Borromeo Morre was in the same situation, with no marriage and no issue. Ditto with Floro Borromeo Morre, so these three lines will eventually or have already died out. Crispin Borromeo y Pulaire (who became a municipal judge in Cebu) married Petra Ozaraga. They have one son named José Ozaraga Borromeo who married Sela Quijano; both of them moved to Houston, Texas where they worked and eventually retired from ChevronTexaco. José and Sela have three children named Joesel Quijano Borromeo, Martonette Quijano Borromeo and Marjoe Quijano Borromeo. Joesel is married to Cyd Therese Acosta, and they have two children named JoThecha Acosta Borromeo and SelsyMae Acosta Borromeo. Martonette is single. Marjoe is married to Maria Stella Tonggao Borromeo and they have two children named Steony Tonggao Borromeo and Anthony Tonggao Borromeo. Teofilo Borromeo y Pulaire married Remedios Cuenco de Borromeo, and they had one son named José Cuenco Borromeo. José Cuenco Borromeo married Filomena Rusiana, and they had five children. These are my third degree cousins named Rosario Rusiana Borromeo, Victor Emmanuel Rusiana Borromeo Sr., Fatima Rusiana Borromeo, Grace Rusiana Borromeo and Angelica Rusiana Borromeo. Rosario Rusiana Borromeo is married to Melvin Gonzaga, and they have two children named Maria Christina Borromeo Gonzaga and Rommel Borromeo Gonzaga. Maria Christina now has the married name of Maria Christina Borromeo Gonzaga Hamilton. Victor Emmanuel Rusiana Borromeo, Sr. is married to an Araneta, and they have five children named 1) Maria Emmalyn Araneta Borromeo, Emmanuelle Remie Borromeo, Karen Lynn Pineda Borromeo, Victor Emmanuel Borromeo Jr. and Katherine Borromeo (who kindly shared this information). Maria Emmalyn Araneta Borromeo is married to Romy Boquilla, and they have two children named Romy Borromeo Boquilla, Jr. and Raehna Elexis Borromeo Boquila. Emmanuelle Remie Borromeo is married to a Barcelona, and they have one child named Adrian Borromeo Barcelona. Fatima Rusiana Borromeo is married to Noli Tindoc, and they have no children. Grace Rusiana Borromeo is married to Vic Cruz, and they have two daughters named Jennifer Borromeo Cruz and Elizabeth Borromeo Cruz. Jennifer Borromeo Cruz is married to Kevin Dougherty, and they have no children. Angelica Rusiana Borromeo is divorced from a Wrobel, and they have one son named Andrew Borromeo Wrobel. The second wife of Pantaleon Borromeo y Galan (Pantaleon was of course a younger brother of my great-grandfather José Maria Borromeo y Galan) was named Francisca Good de Borromeo. They had two sons, named Francisco Borromeo y Good and Patricio Borromeo y Good. Francisco Borromeo y Good married, but I do not know the name of his wife. They had one son named Teobaldo Borromeo who did not marry and had no issue (offspring). Patricio Borromeo y Good also married, but I do not know the name of his wife either. Patricio and his wife had two children, named Ananias Borromeo and Basilia Borromeo. Ananias Borromeo married Eleuteria Mendoza, and they have ten children (my third degree cousins) named Antonio Mendoza Borromeo, Wilfredo Mendoza Borromeo, Jennifer Mendoza Borromeo, Rory Yul Mendoza Borromeo, Joni Mendoza Borromeo, Judith Mendoza Borromeo, Jacqueline Mendoza Borromeo, Joan Mendoza Borromeo, Jocelyn Mendoza Borromeo and Victor Mendoza Borromeo. Antonio is married to Raquel, and they have two children named Tonyquiel Borromeo and Antonet Borromeo. Wilfredo is married to Marisa, and they have eight children named Wilnor Borromeo-Giles (in Houston, Texas), Wilma Borromeo, Fredymar Borromeo, Maricris Borromeo, Wilfredo Borromeo Jr., Warly Borromeo, Jovie Borromeo and Lanie Borromeo. Jennifer is married to Ismael Cano, and they have three children named Marian Celeste Borromeo Cano, Marie Stella Borromeo Cano and Melvin Borromeo Cano. Marian Celeste has four children named Chelsea Ann Shanice Cano-Ticsay, Christien Kyle Cano-Ticsay, Chadrick Rawnsley Cano-Ticsay and Najla Kirsten Cano-Ticsay. Melvin is married to Ruth Malabanan, and they have one son named Dustyn Kurt Malabanan Cano. Rory Yul Mendoza Borromeo (who kindly provided the genealogical information for his branch of the family) is married to Grace Garcia, and they have two children named Diorelle Concepcion Garcia Borromeo and Ryal Grae Garcia Borromeo. Diorelle is married to Faustino Salvan. Joni Mendoza Borromeo is married and has one daughter named Kirsten May Borromeo Menosa. Judith Mendoza Borromeo is married to Pedro Calabocal, Sr., and they have three children named Pedro Borromeo Calabocal, Jr., Patricia Nichole Borromeo Calabocal and Patrick Borromeo Calabocal. Jacqueline Mendoza Borromeo has two children named Rachel Borromeo and Ralph Borromeo. Rachel is married to Rocky Villanueva, and they have one daughter named Grace Borromeo Villanueva. Joan Mendoza Borromeo is married to Cliff Grant, and they live in California with their three children named Brandon Borromeo Grant, Tyler Borromeo Grant and Lailanie Borromeo Grant. Jocelyn Mendoza Borromeo has three children named Jerel Borromeo, Jekrey Borromeo and Mia Borromeo. Victor Mendoza Borromeo is married to Joan and they have five children named Nina Gavrieljh Borromeo, Vien Carlo Borromeo, Tyron Troy Borromeo, Wyeth Ken Borromeo and John Victor Borromeo. Avanias’ sister Basilia is single and has no issue. Cosme Borromeo y Galan was the next youngest sibling of Pantaleon Borromeo y Galan. Cosme Borromeo y Galan married Petronila Guerrero de Borromeo. They had seven children, being Marcial Borromeo y Guerrero, José Borromeo y Guerrero, Carlos Borromeo y Guerrero, Carmen Borromeo y Guerrero, Asuncion Borromeo y Guerrero, Florentina Borromeo y Guerrero and Emilio Borromeo y Guerrero. These children were thus first cousins to my maternal grandfather Judge Andrés Borromeo y Reynes. Marcial Borromeo y Guerrero also happened to be my grandfather’s best friend – the two men especially enjoyed horseback riding with one another. My grandfather’s last horse was a beautiful white stallion named “Quaranto” – after one of his successful court cases. In fact, “Quaranto” survived his famous master to provide companionship and transportation (pulling a Borromeo “Tartanilla” horse-drawn cart) to my grandmother and her surviving six children. Marcial Borromeo y Guerrero married Rosario Cabrera de Borromeo, and they had seven children named Cosme Cabrera Borromeo, Tomas Luis Cabrera Borromeo, Angelita Cabrera Borromeo, Josefina Borromeo Neri, Maria Borromeo Reunilla, Prescillano Cabrera Borromeo and Domingo Cabrera Borromeo. These children are of course second degree cousins to my mother, Hermenegilda Amor Victoria Borromeo Nonnenkamp. Cosme (my “Tito Cosme”) Cabrera Borromeo married Corazon de Jesus Borromeo, and they had two children. These are my third cousins Celeste (“Gemma”) Borromeo Olavides and Reneirio (“Rene”) de Jesus Borromeo. My Tito Cosme worked for San Miguel Corporation (the famous beer brewer owned by the Soriano family) prior to his retirement, which is one of the Philippines’ oldest and largest corporations. After their divorce, my Tita Corazon moved to the United States and married William (“Bill”) Pasley. They had one son named William (“Bill”) de Jesus Pasley, Jr. He resides in rural Northern California and is divorced from his German-born wife Sonja. They have a son and a daughter who reside with their father Bill Jr. Gemma is married to Eliseo (“Lee”) Olavides, Sr. and they have three children. These are my third cousins once removed (i.e., one generation removed from my third cousins) Lee Martin Borromeo Olavides, Michael Celestine Borromeo Olavides and Kara (“Kay”) Angela Borromeo Olavides. When I was a child growing up in Northern California, these three children were among my playmates. Lee Martin Borromeo Olavides is married to Michele Kint Olavides and they have three sons named Nicholas Andrew Kint Olavides, Alexander Lee Kint Olavides and Christian Michael Kint Olavides. Lee Martin and his family reside in suburban Los Angeles, California. Michael Celestine Borromeo Olavides is married to Sarah Jane Vanderslice Olavides, and they have three daughters. Michael works as an Occupational Therapist. Kara (“Kay”) Angela Borromeo Olavides was married and is now divorced from Mark Gustetich. They have one daughter named Kiana Angela Olavides Gustetich. Kara works as a registered nurse with John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California. Gemma and Lee reside in Northern California as well. The younger brother of Celeste (“Gemma”) Borromeo Olavides is Reneirio (“Rene”) de Jesus Borromeo. He is now divorced from his ex-wife Norma Abad Borromeo, and resides in Arizona. René and Norma have two children, including son Lance Garrett Borromeo. Lance resides in Pittsburg, California and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and served as an IT and Webmaster in a US Naval Construction Battalion in combat operations on Basilan Island (the Philippines) in 2002 and in the liberation of Iraq in 2003. He is currently studying to become an automobile mechanic, lives with his girlfriend (a nurse), her two children and their new baby boy Dante Henry Borromeo (born in December 2008). The next sibling of Cosme Cabrera Borromeo was Tomas Luis Cabrera Borromeo. My “Tito Tomas” was a lawyer by trade and was also the best friend of his second cousin and my uncle “Tito Diding” (Andrés Rallos Borromeo). Many who knew them said they looked very similar as well. Tito Tomas was married to one of the wealthiest women in the Philippines named Carmen Fargas Barredo Borromeo. My “Tita Carmen” came from an old Spanish colonial family in the Philippines. I had the privilege of seeing her shortly before she passed away at their home in Mandaluyong (part of metropolitan Manila). Tita Carmen’s parents had three children. When her father Fausto Barredo passed away in 1937, the same year she married my Tito Tomas, the Barredo estate was valued at 400 million Pesos ($200 million at the exchange rate of the time). This was one of the largest fortunes in the entire Philippines, and the holdings of the family included much of the real estate in old Manila. This was granted to them by the Spanish Crown (the Philippines were a Spanish Crown Colony from 1521 until 1898), just as modern Makati was granted to the Zobel de Ayala family (an old Basque Spanish family in the Philippines who now own the oldest incorporated and largest business group in the country). In the case of Tita Carmen’s family, both the Fargas family (her mother’s family) and the Barredo family (her father’s family) were wealthy old Spanish families in the Philippines. They formed a company named “Fabar” (a combination of the name of “Fausto Barredo,” who was the patriarch of the Barredo family FABAR fortune), which became the first company to assemble (not manufacture) motor vehicles in the Philippines after World War Two. They began with the Austin franchise in 1945. Fausto Barredo had something very much in common with my own great-grandfather José Maria Borromeo y Galan (1847-1930). Both men made their fortunes by manufacturing horse-drawn carriages. In the case of my great-grandfather, it was the Cebuano “Tartanilla.” In the case of Fausto Barredo, it was the famous “Karatela” of Luzon. In both cases, they were instrumental in starting the Philippine vehicle industry. My great-grandfather’s company built and sold the “Tartanilla” from 1879 until 1933. In the case of Fausto Barredo, I believe his company built and marketed the “Karatela” from about 1890 until 1945. Austin was an English brand of motor vehicle that eventually became part of the B.M.C. or “British Motor Corporation” in 1952. This huge conglomerate included most remaining British motor vehicle marques that were not part of either General Motors (Vauxhall and Bedford), Ford or the Rootes Group. After the Second World War, the British vehicle makers had the largest market share worldwide after the Americans, and the British were number one in parts of Asia (the Philippines included), Australia, Oceania, Africa and the Middle East. By 1953, Fabar had exchanged the old Austin franchise for the Philippine Studebaker franchise. Studebaker was based in the old Catholic city of South Bend, Indiana. It was the largest vehicle maker in the world from 1861 until 1908, when it was surpassed by the Ford Motor Company. Studebaker was founded by German immigrants to the USA from Solingen in the Catholic Rhineland region. Their original name of “Stutenbecker” was changed to Studebaker when they settled in the Pennsylvania Dutch (German) country in the 18th century. They eventually migrated to Ohio and finally to Indiana. Studebaker became very large due to contracts to manufacture and sell horse-drawn wagons to the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861 to 1865). In 1954, Studebaker merged with Packard of Michigan to form the Studebaker-Packard Corporation. They continued to manufacture passenger cars until 1966, when the old South Bend factory was sold to Chrysler. Production of the high performance Avanti Coupé continues to this very day, albeit at a very low volume from a plant located outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Fabar thus owned the Philippine Austin franchise from 1945 to 1953 and the Philippine Studebaker franchise from 1953 to 1966. They then exchanged Studebaker for Toyota of Japan, a franchise which the maintained until 1984. My Tito Tomas Luis Cabrera Borromeo and my Tita Carmen Barredo Borromeo had ten children, being my third cousins Maria Pilar (“Piluchi”) Barredo Borromeo, Gabriela (“Bingo”) Maria Cristina Barredo Borromeo Berenguer, Maria Juliana (“Julie”) Irene Barredo Borromeo, Maria Rosa (“Rosie”) Redenta Barredo Borromeo Rieth, José Vito (“Pocholo”) Miguel Francisco Barredo Borromeo, Marcial Alfonso (“Lito”) Barredo Borromeo, Maria Cecilia (“Cibbie”) Barredo Borromeo, Tomas (“Tom-Tom”) Clemente Barredo Borromeo, Miguelangelo (“Mike”) Valentino Barredo Borromeo and Maria Victoria Paz (“Toy-Toy”) Barredo Borromeo. My mother lived with this warm and wonderful family in Mandaluyong for two years from 1955 to 1957. Maria Pilar Barredo Borromeo was married to the late Carl Garmsen. Carl was born in Mindanao, but his father emigrated to the Philippines from Germany. Pilar and Carl have two children named Patricia Borromeo Garmsen and Carl (“Cali”) Borromeo Garmsen. Patricia is married and has three children. She and her family reside near Manila in the Philippines. Cali is single and works in Frankfurt, Germany. Gabriela (“Bingo”) Maria Cristina Barredo Borromeo is married to Silverio Berenguer and has three children named Tomas “Tom” Borromeo Berenguer, Ramon Borromeo Berenguer and Maria Elena Borromeo Berenguer. Tom is married to Bernice Gamboa of the Gamboa family from Negros Occidental. Tom and Bernice have a baby girl named Isabella Marie Gamboa Berenguer. They also reside near Manila, where Tom is a practicing lawyer and owns a firm that does outplacing consultancy for American companies. Maria Elena and her husband now reside in Toronto, Canada. Maria Juliana (“Julie”) Irene Barredo Borromeo is one of the most famous professional dancers in the Philippines, complete with her own school for dance, a studio and her own television program. Thousands of successful graduates have been trained by her school. Today, Julie also owns a small beachfront resort in Batangas on Luzon. Julie Borromeo’s first husband was Marcos Aragon, Sr. He and Julie have five children named Maria Del Carmen (“Maricar”) Borromeo Aragon, Ana Maria Milagros (“Anamarie”) Borromeo Aragon, Maria Delos Angeles (“Gigi”) Borromeo Aragon, Marcos (“Kits”) Borromeo Aragon, Jr. and Francisco (“Cocoy”) Borromeo Aragon. Maricar is married to Jaime Andrada, and they have no children. Anamarie is married to Poncy Quirino, and they have two sons named Justin Aragon Quirino and Miguel Aragon Quirino. Gigi is married to “Peanuts” Agcaoili and they have two daughters named Nicole Aragon Agcaoili and Francine Aragon Agcaoili. Marcos’ wife is named Joanne and they have two sons and two daughters. Francisco is married and has one daughter. Julie Barredo Borromeo’s second husband was David Roche, who was from England. They have one daughter named Valerie Borromeo Roche, who is married to Guillano Ungaro. Valerie and her husband now reside in Hong Kong, where he works as a an assistant food and beverage manager for a large hotel. Maria Rosa (“Rosie”) Redenta Barredo Borromeo is also a professional dancer just like her elder sister Julie. Rosie lives and works in both Mandaluyong (Manila) and in Singapore. Her ex-husband Hans Peter Rieth is from Switzerland. Their only son Julius Anthony Khalil (“Jaky”) lives and works in Manila, after having spent 7 years in Geneva, Switzerland. He is not married. José Vito (“Pocholo”) Miguel Francisco Barredo Borromeo and his wife Mary Anne Luis Borromeo have three sons and one daughter. They reside on the Borromeo Compound in Mandaluyong along with his elder sisters Pilar Barredo Borromeo Garmsen and Rosie Barredo Borromeo Reith. Pocholo and Mary Anne own and operate a GNC (“General Nutrition Center”) franchise with 41 stores throughout the Philippines. They are also the Philippine franchisee for OSIM, a retailer for luxury massage chairs (OSIM International is based in Singapore). Before they owned this franchise, my third cousin Pocholo was a Vice President with the Bank of America in Makati. Their eldest son José Vito Nicholas (“JV”) Borromeo, Jr. is married to Maria Victoria (“Marivic”) Ortigas, they have three children named Arianna Ortigas Borromeo, Francisco Ortigas Borromeo and Anna Mireya (“Amber”) Ortigas Borromeo. My nephew JV owns a clothing and beach-wear store called “Stoked,” which is located in a number of high-end shopping malls in Metro Manila. The younger children of my cousin Pocholo and his wife Mary Anne, including sons Ricardo (“Ricky”) Borromeo, Alexander (“Aly”) Borromeo and daughter Ana Marie Borromeo are all single. Marcial Alfonso (“Lito”) Barredo Borromeo is single and without children. Lito and his younger brother Tom-Tom Borromeo own a theater lighting business, and both of them reside in Mandaluyong. Maria Cecilia (“Cibbie”) Barredo Borromeo is married to Servais Lutz and has one daughter and three sons named Marie Madelen (“Iyay”) Borromeo Lutz, Paul-Alexandre (“Pauli”) Borromeo Lutz, Charles André (“Cacoy”) Borromeo Lutz and Jean Philippe (“Pipoy”) Borromeo Lutz. Marie Madelen’s husband is named Tomas and they have two sons. Pauli and his wife Sabrine Vicente (Swiss of Portuguese descent) reside in Hong Kong where he works for Pitcet & Compagnie – a large private bank with more than US $365 Billion in total assests. Cibbie and her family reside in metro Manila. Tomas Clemente (“Tom-Tom”) Barredo Borromeo is married to Gina Berkenkotter and operates a theater lighting business in Mandaluyong. They have one son named Joseph Berkenkotter Borromeo. Miguel Angelo (“Mike”) Valentino Barredo Borromeo (born on February 14, 1954 and died of cancer on June 24, 2004) was married to Maria Corazon (“Cora”) Manal Borromeo (born on August 25, 1951 and died on September 28, 2009 of breast cancer) and has one daughter named Karen Kate Manal Borromeo. My cousin Mike also lived in Mandaluyong. Maria Victoria Paz (“Toy-Toy”) Barredo Borromeo is the tenth and youngest child of my Tito Tomas and Tita Carmen. She is married to José (“Joey”) Sanchez, Jr. and they have two children named Rafael (“Archie”) Borromeo Sanchez and Maria Cristina Borromeo Sanchez. They also reside near Manila, and are in the process of migrating to New Zealand. My “Tita Day” Angelita Cabrera Borromeo (born on August 24, 1911) is the eldest living member of the Borromeo family at age 96 in 2007. She has remained single her entire life, and used to reside in an old home on Sikatuna Street in Cebu City, from where she operated a successful catering business. She now lives in Wireless, on the outskirts of Cebu City. She was the person who actually raised my third cousins Celeste (“Gemma”) Borromeo Olavides and her younger brother Reneirio (“René”) de Jesus Borromeo after their mother emigrated to the United States. Tita Day knows the most about the genealogy and history of the Borromeo family, something she of course learned from her father Marcial Borromeo y Guerrero. He was the one who completed an extensive genealogy of the Borromeo family, which was unfortunately destroyed during World War Two. Josefina Cabrera Borromeo was married to Graciano Neri, Sr.. Their four children are my third cousins Victoria Borromeo Neri, Graciano Borromeo Neri, Jr., Ramon Borromeo Neri and Maria Teresa Borromeo Neri. Maria Cabrera Borromeo was married to José Reunilla, Jr. Their five children are my third cousins Jorge Borromeo Reunilla, José Borromeo Reunilla, Luis Borromeo Reunilla, Antonio Marie Borromeo Reunilla and Miguel Borromeo Reunilla. Jorge Borromeo Reunilla is divorced from his wife Nina Lorenzo Borromeo, a
  52. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 13, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Don Francisco Jose Medalle, an influential Spanish mestizo in Cebu, married Dona Vicenta Ramas and their daughters are Filomena, Remedios, and Francisca who joined the congregation of the Daughters of Charity.

  53. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 13, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Juana Osmena was the daughter of Don Victoriano Osmena, an elder half-brother of Dona Juana Osmena, mother of Don Sergio Osmena Sr..

    Juana Osmena married Arsenio Veloso Climaco, former Governor of Cebu.

    Don Tomas Osmena, an uncle of Sergio Osmena Sr., was a business tycoon in Cebu. It was he who carefully nurtured the career of his nephew who was a brilliant student and a promising leader of Cebu and the country as well.

    Don Tomas Osmena married Dona Agustina Rafols. Their daughter was Vicenta Osmena; she became a Dominican nun named Madre Catalina de la Visitacion; she founded the “Colegio de Santa Catalina de Matsuyama” in Shikoku, Japan by donating the entire edifice.

  54. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 12, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Jose Valeriano Veloso and his wife Liceria Veloso son is Arsenio Climaco Veloso he married Juana Osmena

    Cebu’s famous doctor Jose Borromeo married Margarita Padriga

  55. October 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    how about my great grandfather, DON ISIDRO VALLE AND DONA SERGIA VALLE families from consolascion cebu in the 1800 s, who donated the land for the catholic church and the municipio also with a sum of money amounting to 10,000 pesos given. valle family where neighbors of cuenco political clans.

  56. eduardo mercado santiago said,

    September 13, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    correction: Manuel Carratala instead of Luis.

  57. eduardo mercado santiago said,

    September 13, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Don Enrique Carratala was a civil engineer from Barcelona Spain assigned in cebu by the Spanish gov’t. in the late 1800. His wife was Feliciana Enriquez & they lived in Pardo, Cebu. They had 4 children-Concepcion who married Luis Fernandez Sidebottom, Consuelo who married Mariano Veloso, Carmen who married V. Gandionco and Luis who married Quintillana Samson.

    Don Enrique Carratala was killed by the Katipuneros when he failed to evacuate to Fort San Pedro at the height of the Filipino revolution against Spain.

    Carmen Carratala Gandionco was the mother of my grandmother, Lourdes Gandionco Santiago whose son, the late Atty. Alfredo Gandionco Santiago was my father.

  58. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 11, 2010 at 3:54 am

    From Philippine Daily Inquirer Carcar fights back for its historic houses By Gavin Bagares and

    The elite of Carcar Cebu is a blend of the native and the in-migrant, mostly from Cebu City’s Parian. The Aleonars, Alesnas, Alfafaras and Barcenillas are among the natives, while the Alcorcons, Avilas, Cuis, Cuicos, Floridos, Gantuangcos, Garceses, Mercados, Noels, Osmeñas, Regises, Rodises, Sarmientos and Velezes are from those of Parian

    At first, the encounter of Carcar’s native elite with those of Parian was traumatic. In the 1880s, Don Pedro Cui of Parian foreclosed on the loan of Carcar’s Don Timoteo Barcenilla and seized the latter’s lands.

    Don Pedro Cui’s descendant, a Sanson, married a son of the founder of Cebu Southwestern University, Doña Anunciacion Barcenilla vda de Aznar, in a marriage blessed with great-grandchildren. These Aznars run a local bank along with their Marfori cousins on the Cui side.

    A daughter of an Alesna-Barcenilla union, Filomena, married Mariano Jesus Cuenco, the prominent politician and newspaper publisher from Carmen town in Cebu and Cebu City. Her eldest sister, Placida, also had an aristocratic match with Carcar presidente (mayor) Don Mateo Noel, older brother of the longest-serving congressman in Philippine history to date, Don Maximino Noel.the youngest brother of Don Mateo Noel and Don Maximino Noel married to Lucila Florido Cuico, Don Vicente Noel, would have an Alfafara as a son-in-law. The Alfafaras have produced a town mayor and two cabezas de barangay, and have married into the Cui family. The child of this Alfafara-Noel union is now the steward of the coral stone mansion built in the 1870s known as Ang Dakong Balay.Farther down Santa Catalina, from the main Noel house, is the Balay na Tisa. This 1859 abode with a clay-tile roof (hence the name) is owned by the descendants of Doña Ana Canarias and Don Roman Sarmiento of Parian district, whose daughter Manuela would marry Don Jose Osmeña of the Parian.a son Don Gregorio Sarmiento the eldest child married Getrudes Villanueva his line now includes Alegarbes, Alfeche, Cacafranca, Orcullo, Urgello who is also of his sister Telesfora’s line Varga and other families Don Roman’s daughters Telesfora Sarmiento married Francisco Base Urgello and Licerio Sarmiento married to Severa Ybañez The Sarmiento-Osmeña daughter would marry a Valencia from Bulacan, and the many offspring of this union would ally themselves in marriage with the other old families like the Noels.

    Roman Sarmiento had a brother, Severo, who also raised his family in Carcar and his descendants can still be traced in the town. Roman and Severos’s relation can be established by records that point to the two’s being sons of Antonio and Dorotea Maria of Cebu City

    A descendant of Regis-Osmena clan Cipriana Maria Regis married Don Aniceto Villanueva of Negros Oriental

    Carcar’s golden age from the American colonial to the Commonwealth periods marked its rise as “cradle of Cebuano culture.” It was a period that fine-tuned the culture of Old Parian and manifested in the sturdy, elegant homes of the Mercados, Noels and Sarmientos, in the colorful linambay (moro-moro) productions of the Avilas, Gantuangcos and Regises

    Jose Leon Avila

    (18-Nov-1884 –

    Son of Filomena Mercado Avila;


    Family admits to Carcar parish priest Fr. Manuel Fernandez as Don Jose Avila’s father; thus, it is hardly surprising that Avila was educated abroad (St. Joseph’s College, a secondary school in Hong Kong) and that his descendants have mestizo looks; brought Imprenta Avila and published The Advertiser and Tigmantala; with Cine Ideal started moviehouse business and family owned string of moviehouses in Colon and Mango Avenue uptown; Don Jose Avila street in Cebu City named after him

  59. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Angelita Escano married Henri Lhuillier, a former executive of “La Estrella del Norte.”

  60. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 7, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Philippine Star Columnist Bobbit Avila comes from the Avila family known for their chain of cinema houses in Cebu, including the historic Oriente Theater originally Teatro Junquera in the city’s equally historic Colon district and prime properties, particularly around the Juana Osmeña-Gen. Maxilom area

  61. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 7, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Former Senator Rene Espina is also a former Governor of Cebu

  62. C.D. Reyes said,

    August 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for posting something on the Veloso family. I am a descendent of Manuel Veloso and Paz Rono and I hardly know anything about my family history. If you do have more to share about them, I’d appreciate it if you could share it with me.

  63. jose l. veloso, m.d. said,

    August 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

    so glad to read the history of my ancestors.thank you.aug.20, 2010

  64. August 18, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you, Enrique.

  65. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 18, 2010 at 2:44 am

    “Escano: A Family Portrait” by Dr. Resil Mojares.

  66. August 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I faintly recall hearing Cebuano seniors pronounce the surname in the Spanish manner: “Seeh-deh-bot-tohm.” 🙂

  67. August 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm


    Please do not forget your sources.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  68. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 12, 2010 at 4:53 am

    The First Escano that came to the Philippines is Fernando Escano from Ecija,Seville Spain he arrive in 1670 via Mexico he became an auditor to the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines. Fernando Escano had six children two son entered the Dominican Order one son entered the Agustinian Order another son Fernando Died a Daughter Maria married Francisco de Moya y Torres who is the chief constable of the holy office of the inquisistion a son Juan Escano became a big trader during the Spanish Galleon Trade their family settled in the Zambales,Pangasinan area

    In April 24 1838 Marcos Escano married Jacoba Villareal of Bonilao Pangasinan their son Fernando Escano y Villareal went to Leyte to learn the abaca trade.From Tacloban in the north, he moved to Maasin in the south. He sired a few children before his marriage to Agustina Faelnar whose family originally came from the Parian district of Cebu, with whom he had 16 children but only 11 survived into adulthood,Fernando Escano died in April 11 1900 his wife and their children set up Viuda e hijos de F Escano a Shipping firm and afterward his family settled in Cebu and invested in the Visayan Electric Co

    Among Fernando Escano children are the FF

    1.Mamerto married to Mena Fortich their children Carmen Mueng,Boloy,Tinta,Pilaring,Pepito,Esuy,Unding
    2.Lorenzo married Pilar Vano their children Dodong,Juaning,Titay,Tete,Matoy,Inday,Bingo
    3.Agustin married Margarita Javier their son is Emeterio
    4.Nemesio married Antonina Arellano their children are Fernando,José,Carmen,Fermin
    5.Teresa marreid Gil Garcia their children are Antonio,Ramon,Cheling
    6.Justina married Bruno Aberasturi their children are Jacinto,Josechu,Emiling
    7.Edilberto married Elena Ogilvie their daughter is Charing
    8.Victoria married Manuel Gonzalez y Pérez de Villaamil their children are Eduardo,Manolo,Isabel
    9.Bernabela married Juan Sala their children are,Laura,Caridad,Maria Luisa,Fernando, Badong,Esper,Pepito,Millie,Maggy,Juanita,Fe,Choy,Olive 10.Marciana married Arthur Walkin Jones

  69. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 11, 2010 at 3:30 am

    The wife of Don Ramon Aboitiz family the Sidebottoms are related to other prominent families in Cebu Dolores Sidebottoms parents are John Nowell Sidebottom an executive of British trading firm Smith,Bell & Co and her mother is Hernandez a son Luis Sidebottom married Concepcion Carratala daughter of Don Enrique Carratala and Dona Feliciana Carratala their daughters Consuelo married Tycoon Mariano Veloso, Carmen married a Gandionco another son Luis married Quintallana Sanson whose brother Miguel Sanson Co-Founded the University of Southern Philippines they are related to the Araneta’s Hizon’s Paterno’s Madrigal’s and Rufino’s

  70. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

    The owner of Julie’s Bakeshop which has 475 branches and outlets nationwide is owned by Rodrigo Gandionco and his wife Julia Ramon Gandionco

  71. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    The wife of former Quezon City Mayor Ismael Mathay, Sonia G. Mathay is a Gandionco. Is she from Cebu? Sonia Mathay is a very good friend and a business partner of Teyet Pascual.

  72. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 24, 2010 at 7:23 am

    The Patriarch of the Cuenco family is Mariano Cuenco he used to work with the Hijos F.Escano Mariano became a prominent leader of the conservative pro catholic that attacked free thinking politician like Senator Vicente Sotto Sr the grandfather of newly elected Senator Vicente “Tito Sotto III Mariano Cuenco Married Remedios Lopez they had two sons who became important Provincial and National politicians Mariano Jesus Cuenco he became Senate President from 1949 to1951 another son Miguel Cuenco became Congressman he served a record nine terms as Congressman of Cebu the current Cebu Congressman Antonio Veloso Cuneco is the grandson of Mariano Jesus Cuenco

  73. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 24, 2010 at 4:30 am

    The Patriarch of the Cuenco family is Mariano Cuneco he used to work with the Hijos F.Escano Mariano became a prominent leader of the conservative pro catholic that attacked free thinking politician like Senator Vicente Sotto Sr the grandfather of newly elected Senator Vicente “Tito Sotto III Mariano Cuenco Married Remedios Lopez they had two sons who became important Provincial and National politicians Mariano Jesus Cuenco he became Senate President from 1949 to1951 another Miguel Cuenco became Congressman he served a record nine terms as Congressman of Cebu the current Cebu Congressman Antonio Veloso Cuneco is the grandson of Mariano Jesus Cuenco

  74. Raquel Fatima Tech Veloso said,

    June 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I came from the lineage of Jose Veloso and Catalina Costas. My grandfather is the late Antonio Costas Veloso, eldest child of Jose and Catalina. My Dad is Arturo Mantua Veloso who married Dr. Maria Eliza San Agustin Tech of Pasig City. If any relatives are out there, please send me updates on clan activities. My contact was Lolo Cirilo and since his passing I was out of touch with everything. I have Facebook. Thank you for this opportunity. God bless.

  75. Raquel Fatima Tech Veloso said,

    June 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I attended a Veloso clan reunion a few years ago and met Cirilo Veloso. Lolo Cirilo, btw, passed away some 2 years ago, if I am not mistaken. I still have the “red book” the Veloso geneaology. Veloso, in Portuguese, means “the hairy one.”

    I love this read. Thank you for the very informative and fun exchange.

  76. chuchi constantino said,

    June 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    The following families also make up old Cebu:

    Avila (one of the original families residing in Cebu’s parian with the Osmenas, Chiong Velosos, Medalles, Climacos, Espinas, Gandioncos, big real estate owners)

    Urgello (Cong Vicente Espina Urgello) Sarmiento-Urgello family rooted in Carcar, Cebu. Ancestors built the “Balay nga Tisa.”

  77. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

    from the PDI Philippine Daily Inquirer
    by Jaime Picornell
    7 February 2010

    IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 19TH CENTURY, a young man from Zambales went to Leyte to learn the abaca trade. Thus began the saga of Don Fernando Escaño. From Tacloban in the north, he moved to Maasin in the south. He sired a few children before his marriage to Agustina Faelnar, with whom he had 16.

    Doña Agustina came from the small municipality of Malitbog on the shores of Sogod Bay. This town flourished when the Escaño couple made it the capital of their expanding business empire—abaca, shipping, real estate, coconut plantations,

    They built Casa Escaño facing the bay. It was a huge house with numerous rooms, furnished with the elegance of the period. There they lived with children, their spouses, grandchildren and guests who came to attend family celebrations. The guests were brought from Cebu onboard the Escaño ships, which also served as lodging when there were many visitors.

    The feasting was ever highlighted by theatricals and musicals. Don Agustin Escaño, who had studied art in Europe, took charge of the backdrops with his oil-on-canvas paintings. His brother Don Lorenzo and wife Doña Piling took care of the music, maintaining a band for the purpose.

    Thus was Southern Leyte exposed to “La Viuda Alegre,” “Gigantes y Cabezudos,” “Molinos de Viento,” “El Conde de Luxemburge,” La Rosa del Azafran” and other zarzuelas, including “La Geisha.” The Spanish dialogues of these musicals were translated to Cebuano, but the songs all remained in Spanish.

    In 1929, Don Agustin built his own Villa Margarita named in honor of his wife, in the style of an Italian palazzo. The ceilings and walls were painted in Art Noveau style by Don Agustin himself. In front of the house was a formal garden with hedges and fountains. A wonderland of every fruit tree imaginable was at the back portion.

    Casa Escaño, Villa Margarita, other grand homes, Malitbog and its surrounding areas figure prominently in the book “American Guerrilla in the Philippines,” later made into a movie starring Tyrone Power in the title role. Micheline Presle was the love interest Curly (in real life surnamed Corominas). Infrastructure in the 1950s, being what it was, Malitbog was out of the question as location site.

    World War II, with its carnage, intrigue and treachery, which are all depicted in the book, changed the life of Malitboganons, specially the Escaño family. The celebrations continued, the zarzuelas, too, but something had gone, and it would never return.

    In January 1957, Casa Escaño mysteriously burned on a particularly hot afternoon. There was no water to fight the fire. Family members, too stunned to say a word, just watched the blaze, tears streaming from their eyes.

    It was duly reported in the New York Times not just for its fame in the novel but because the Escaño international abaca trading office was located on its ground floor. What remains today are the brick walls of the ground floor.

    PDI 02/07/2010

  78. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 6, 2010 at 5:14 am

    The 9 of the 13 children of Nicasio Chiong Veloso and Genoveva Rosales:

    1. Hermenigilda married Teodoro Climaco Velez
    2. Cayetana
    3. Tomasa married Pedro Lasala Rodriquez
    4. Eleuteria married Segundo Singson [ parents of Genoveva Singson-Villalon, Rosario Singson-Gonzalez, and Paz Singson-Hernaez ]
    5. Constancia
    6. Estefania married Sergio Osmena Sr.
    7. Corazon married Antonio Torres [ if i am not mistaken they were the great grandparents of newly-elected Leyte Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez ]
    8. Maxima married Manuel Tiocuana Martinez
    9. Bartolome Veloso [ grandfather of Cebu Representative Raul Veloso del Mar ]

  79. Alicia Perez said,

    June 6, 2010 at 5:00 am


    The Aboitizes started out in Ormoc, Leyte. But of course now they are fully established in Cebu.

    The old L’Huilier was a French Jew. He married the Spanish mestiza Cebuana heiress Angelita Escano. He started the Lhuillier pawnshop business which now dominates the microlending business in the Philippines.

    Yes, the Mendezonas are Old Cebu.

    Ditto the Picornells.

    Alicia Perez

  80. Myles Garcia said,

    June 6, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Don’t the Aboitizes, Lhuilliers, Mendezonas, and Picornells count as “Old Cebu”?

  81. Myles Garcia said,

    June 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    My father told me that in the early ’30s, his oldest brother, my uncle Totoy (Arturo, Jr.), embarked on a trip to Cebu specifically to court one of the Escano young ladies. My father recalled that she was as pretty as a primrose in spring.

    However, due to distance, the relationship didn’t bloom and that uncle ended up marrying one of the Geronimo gals of old Caloocan instead.

  82. June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm


    Thank you so much for your fantastic contributions to this blog.

    Thank you for your authoritative and interesting insights. But when quoting articles from elsewhere, please do not forget to acknowledge the sources. We want to avoid copyright problems in the future.

    Many thanks and cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  83. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

    by Todd Lucero Sales
    Southwall magazine

    What do the GO (owners of the University of Cebu and Elizabeth Mall), the SY-GAISANO (owners of the veritable Gaisano group of companies), the GOKONGWEI (owners of Robinson’s Mall, JG Summit, Cebu Pacific, and Sun Cellular), the GOTIANUN (owners of FILINVEST Group and East-West Bank), and if rumors are true, the OSMEÑA families have in common, other than being five of the richest and most influential families of Cebu City? They also happen to be descendants of the GO family of Kei-tang, Fukien, China, who came to the city of Cebu in the late nineteenth century and established a wealth that continues to this very day.

    From a humble origin in the Fukien province of China, the enterprising young man Go Bon Tiao, known more commonly today as Don Pedro Singson Gotiaoco, went on to become known as one of the 19th-century Cebu wealthiest taipans. His story is not unlike those of many prominent Filipino-Chinese businessmen with their quite literally rags to riches story. But what sets Pedro Gotiaoco apart from the rest of his Chinese brethren is not only the continuation of the family wealth to the present generation, but also the diversification of the business enterprises in not one, two, or even just three families but in 5 financially entrenched families in the country today with their influence stretching in all corners of society. Truly, the rise to wealth of the Go family and their contribution to the economy of the Philippines is indeed a story worth telling.

    Humble Origins

    In an interview with Atty. Augusto Go, the President of the University of Cebu and the Honorary Consul of South Korea to Cebu, he depicts his grandfather Don Pedro Gotiaoco as a pioneering man who left his feudal homeland to search for the proverbial greener pastures here in Cebu City. Late nineteenth century China was still pretty much feudal, with the lords living prosperously while the peasants barely able to make ends meet. The Go family was one of those who had to toil the land for survival, and, added to this dismal poverty, Pedro Gotiaoco’s life was further burdened by his step-mother, who always managed to find fault in the young Chinese man. Thus, with all these happening, the young Gotiaoco decided to leave China and seek his fortune elsewhere.

    But there was also a more pressing reason why he had to flee his hometown, and it was this reason, above all, that precipitated the young Gotiaoco’s escape from China. According to Atty. Go, who is the considered the best authority regarding the history of the family, Pedro Gotiaoco had accidentally shot a cousin and wanted to escape prosecution by running away. Indeed, if Pedro Gotiaoco had been arrested in Kei-tang, he would most probably have languished in jail and the Go dynasty of Cebu would never have been created. Thus, with barely anything to his name, Gotiaoco ventured the unknown and arrived in Cebu City during the late nineteenth century.

    Start in Cebu

    Like most of the Chinese population in the country, Pedro Gotiaoco started in the lowest wrung of the social ladder. The Chinese were already considered second-class citizens in late Spanish-colonial Philippines, and it must have indeed been difficult for a newcomer such as Gotiaoco to establish himself in the already crowded market of Cebu City. Displaying ingenuity and patience, Gotiaoco started from peddling oil and upgraded to selling rice which was consigned to him by a Vietnamese merchant. Upon the return of the Vietnamese, Gotiaoco informed the merchant that he was unable to sell all sacks of rice but, instead of getting mad, the Vietnamese instead gave the remaining sacks of rice to Gotiaoco as commission and even further consigned to him more sacks to be sold. This arrangement suited Gotiaoco, and, pretty soon, he was a trusted vendor for the Vietnamese merchant. At one point, Gotiaoco casually asked the merchant what made him trust Gotiaoco with his goods. The Vietnamese said that one night, as Gotiaoco was sleeping, he noticed that he had his hand on his heart, and, to the Vietnamese people, those who sleep with their hand upon their chest is an indication of honesty. Indeed, Pedro Gotiaoco remained an honest businessman, and pretty soon, with enough capital, he began to sell his own rice and, even when the selling of opium was legalized, he refused to sell it because of its addictive and negative effects. Thus was his business started in Cebu. He later called his products “JO”, in allusion to the hook-and-ring which he used to carry his sacks of rice when he still peddled.

    Rags to Riches

    Pretty soon, Pedro Gotiaoco decided to assimilate with mainstream Chinese-Filipino communities by being baptized in the Christian faith. According to American culture historian on the Philippines, Michael Cullinane, Don Pedro Gotiaoco was baptized with Don Mariano Singson, from the prominent Chinese mestizo family of the Parian, as a sponsor. Thus Don Pedro was also known as Don Pedro Singson Go Tiaoco, with his influential baptismal sponsor’s name incorporated with his own, after the fashion of the times. A “padrino” was deemed a necessary protector for an immigrant like Don Pedro. The sponsor’s son, Don Segundo Singson, was later on the brother-in-law of the late Philippine president, Don Sergio Osmeña. Singson’s second wife Eleuteria Chiong-Veloso was the sister of Osmeña’s first, Estefania. A Singson lady also became a mistress of Pedro Gotiaoco and conceived his only daughter, Modesta.

    Similarly, the ennobling title of “Don” soon became attached to Gotiaco’s name. Don Pedro Go Tiaoco, according Southwall magazine’s Arts and Culture Editor Gavin Sanson Bagares, was a “Chino Cristiano” or Christianized Chinese who got his honorific title of “don” from some form of service to the Spanish Crown, most probably as a”teniente” or an adjutant of the Chinese “gremio” or tax ward. In the available list, he does not appear to have been a “capitan” or “gobernadorcillo” (a position equivalent to that of mayor today) of the said ward. The “co” on his adopted Hispanized surname also appears to indicate some form of influence; although the word “CO” is also a Chinese last surname, when it appears as part of a three-syllable Chinese-Filipino surname it then corresponds to a title or distinction given to affluent citizens, similar to the “DON/DONA” titles used by Spanish aristocratic mestizos. Says Hector Santos, an expert on indigenous Filipino/Chinese-Filipino names, “co was a title of respect given to someone like an elder, or an older brother. However, Co was also a valid name so that it would be hard to say whether the “Co” in the name was part of the original Chinese name or was an honorific. Generally speaking, if it is at the end it would have been an honorific.”

    Progeny and Prodigy

    It would seem that after becoming prosperous in the Philippines, Don Pedro Gotiaoco repeatedly returned to China and there married a woman whose name we know only today as “Disy”. Go Disy was the mother of four children, three boys and a girl. The girl, however, died young. The three sons were Go Chong Tut, Go Tian Uy, and Go Chong An. It would also seem that Don Pedro also had other children outside marriage. The first and verifiable child was Doña Modesta Singson, whose mother was believed to have been a Chinese-Italiana mestiza who bore Don Pedro a daughter. When she was 13 years of age, Doña Modesta was taken by Don Pedro to China to be adopted by Disy, who was grief-stricken over the death of her daughter and who was lonely as all three of her sons decided to seek their own fortune in the Philippines. The other alleged child of Don Pedro was Don Sergio Osmeña. Although Atty. Augusto Go categorically denies having proof that former President Osmeña is another Don Pedro son, it cannot be denied that Atty. Go’s father, Don Manuel Gotianuy, was very close to Don Sergio and they treated each other like brothers. Up to today, the parentage of Don Sergio Osmeña remains a controversy, with some historian claiming that he was a son of Don Pedro Gotiaoco, while others claiming that his father was another prominent Chino-Christiano.

    Whatever the truth about Don Sergio, Don Pedro Gotiaoco and his brother Go Kiam Co (who later followed his brother to Cebu City) have left many descendants who are well-known in Philippine society. Prominent among these are Atty. Augusto Go, grandson of Don Pedro Gotiaoco and the President of the University of Cebu; John Gokongwei, Jr., a great-grandson of Don Pedro Gotiaoco and the owner of Cebu Pacific, Robinson’s Mall, JG Summit, and many more; and the Sy-Gaisano family, who operate chains of shopping malls all over Visayas and Mindanao. A grandson of the brother of Don Pedro is Andrew Gotianun, who owns FILINVEST Group and East West Bank.

    Indeed, the family of Don Pedro Gotiaoco has gone a long way. From humble origins the enterprising and honest Don Pedro Gotiaoco ventured the unknown to become one of the pillars of the Chinese community in Cebu and has left men and women who are similarly respected in their own fields.

  84. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    The Velosos Hundred Years of Politics
    by Cirilo Veloso

    Some political families have grown so big and extensive that they have established family associations to organize reunions and keep in touch with each other the Veloso Association of the Philippines whose members count many important politicians

    The Veloso family traces its roots to an adventurous Portuguese trader who established a profitable business in China & the Philippines in the mid 1700’s.He sired five children in the Philippines most of whom settled in Cebu’s Parian district.He had other children in China who later on migrated to Cebu and become wealthy and politically prominent

    Maximo Veloso a grandson of the Portuguese Veloso had 12 children. His second son Domingo married Juana Lopez they had a daughter who took the name Rosario Lopez who married Mariano Cuenco in the latter half of the 1800’s from this marriage came the the Cuenco political family of Cebu Manuel Cuneco married Milagros Veloso. Milagros is a descendants of Gabino Veloso the younger brother of Maximo one of the wealthiest Cebuanos during his time.

    Domingo and Juana Veloso’s other son Jose Married Catalina Costas they had ten children the second of whom married Anastacio Loreto. Anastacio and Juanita’s eldest son is former Leyte Congressman Eriberto Loreto their third child is Baybay Mayor Carmen Loreto who married Feipe Cari a fourth child is Remedios Petilla former Congresswoman of Leyte who married former Governor Leopoldo Petilla

    Maximo Veloso fourth son was Mariano who in turn named a son Maximo nicknamed Baliting.Baliting had seven children by his first marriage to Manuela Laurente their first child was Vicente Veloso who became Leyte Vice Governor.Vicente married Salud Sanico and their fourth child is Alberto Veloso a Congressman Vicente’s younger brother was Ismael Veloso who migrated to Davao where be became three term congressman from 1949 to 1957 and from 1961 to 1965.

    Maximo Veloso’s tenth son by a second wife surnamed Duterte was Isabelo Veleso y Duterte he had four children who took the name duterte his eldest son Facundo Duterte who married Zoila Gonzalez and had five children one one of Facundo’s grandson Ronald Duterte who opposed Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena

    Isabelo’s second child was Severo Duterte who married Felisa Ypil had seven children their third child was Beatriz Duterte who married Ramon Durano Sr one of Cebu’s top politician and business leader in the post war period this marriage established the Durano political dynasty in Danao Ramon and Beatriz had seven children the eldest was also named Beatriz she married Cebu Congressman Emerito Calderon. The fifth child Rosemarie married another Cebu Congressman Celestino Sybico The Durano sons have also become top Cebuano politicians

    Another grandson of the original Portuguese Veloso was Gabino Veloso according to Cebu historian Michael Culliane Gabino was the wealthiest mestizo merchant in Cebu in the 1870’s he was so powerful that he even won in a conflict with a Spanish Governor when he died in 1881 his influence in Cebu and Manila was all encompassing Gabino had 13 children his sixth was Rafael Veloso who married Josefina dela Cerna one of their grandchild was Aniceta Veloso who married Potenciano Larrazabal a political kingpin in Leyte their second child Emeterio married Adelina Yrastorza who became Leyte Governor their sixth child is Victoria who became mayor of Ormoc she married Carmelo Locsin a Leyte Congressman who comes from a political clan in Iloilo

    Gabino youngest brother was Catalino the first lawyer of Cebu Catalino’s second child was Lazaro Veloso who had a daughter Dolores Veloso who married Jose Ayala from this marriage came the wealthy Ayala family of Davao.

    Catalino’s fifth child was Manuel Veloso. Manuel’s eldest was Jose Ma. the most important Veloso politician 1912 to 1946 he served various post as Leyte Governor, Congressman, Senator, Constitutional Convention Delegate

    Manuel second son was also named Manuel he became Leyte Congressman from 1916 to 1919 and married Paz Rono of another political family in Samar their eldest son Fernando Veloso a former Samar Congressman and Governor their second son Marcelino was the pre-martial law House Majority Floor Leader

    The elder Manuel Veloso had two daughters who married prominent politicians Soledad married Esteban Singson a Senator from 1916 to 1922 Consolacion Married Pastor Salazar a Senator from 1925 to 1928 another child Juan Veloso congressman of Leyte’s 1st district from 1925 to 1928

    Catalino Veloso’s seventh child Benito married Gliceria Reutires their fifth child was Antonio who married Brigida Jopson and had a daughter named Lourdes who is married to Muslim Politician Rep Michael Mastura of Maguindanao

    Catalino’s third child was Paulina Veloso who married Juan Borromeo they had 16 children the 14th of whom was Antonio Borromeo. Antonio first marriage to Consuelo Roxas produced three children the eldest Miguel married Felisa Chan and had a daughter Melanie who married Deputy Speaker Raul Del Mar. Raul Del Mar his himself a Veloso his mother Rosario Chiong Veloso who belong to the Chinese side of the Veloso family tree she is a grand daughter of Nicasio Chiong Veloso described as one of the wealthiest Chinese resident during the 1900’s one of Nicasio’s daughters Estefania married a lawyer named Sergio Osmena who rose to become President of the Philippines and established his own political family in Cebu
    Sergio and Estefania son was the first Emilio Osmena a medical doctor killed by the Japanese during World War II he married Mary Renner and had a son John who became a Senator.John youngest brother Emlio was elected Cebu Governor

    There are many other members of the Veleso Family who became wealthy and politically prominent in their respective provinces where they acquired vast landholdings many intermarried with other prominent families establishing through several generations intertwined family and business ties that extend from central and eastern Visayas to some parts of Mindanao.

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