The Families of Old Jaro, Iloilo

[ I wonder if I can resurrect dear ol’ Zaffy Ledesma and Tita Lil Lopez-Jison to help me with this… ? ]





LEDESMA.  The first aristocrats of Old Jaro; known intellectuals.

Capitan Simeon Ledesma.

Ana Ledesma de Lopez.

Isabel Ledesma de Jalandoni.

Paz Ledesma de Jalandoni.

Juan Ledesma.

Celso Ledesma.

Julio Ledesma.

Zafiro Ledesma.

Rep. Julio Arenas Ledesma.

LOPEZ.  Certainly the most famous and the most hallowed name to emerge from Old Jaro.

Eugenio Lopez y Jalandoni.

Maria Lopez y Villanueva.

Rosario Lopez de Santos.

Paz Lopez de Laguda.

Eusebio Lopez y Villanueva.

Vicente Lopez y Villanueva.

Benito Lopez y Villanueva.

Eugenio Lopez y Hofilena.

Fernando Lopez y Hofilena.

Victoria Lopez de Araneta.

Hortensia Laguda-Starke.


Ruperto Montinola.

ROCES.  Alejandro Roces migrated from Gijon, Asturias, Spain to the Philippines.  He settled in Iloilo where he established a sugar hacienda.  Alejandro Roces married Francisca Ortizo and they had eight children:  Nicolas, Alejandro, Benito, Roberto, Maria, Carmen, Isabel, and Maria Luz.

The Jalbuenas, Syjucos, Brimos, and Lobregats are all cousins through the Roces de Iloilo line.

[ There was another Alejandro Rozes y Gonzalez from Gijon, Asturias, Spain who settled in Manila and married Florentina de Leon;  after she passed away, he married Severa Mauricio y de Jesus.  Alejandro Rozes y Gonzalez was the progenitor of the Roces de Manila. ]






  1. J.Jalbuena said,

    February 6, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Jalbuena in Lucena and Tayabas Quezon Province how they are related with Jalbuenas in Iloilo, they are also prominent in the province.

  2. Mitch Jalandoni said,

    October 29, 2017 at 2:40 am

    To all, I am in my 70s. After this generation you may have a hard time get info of old Iloilo. Most old residence of old are gone and data’s during their time and before they took it with them. As you know, there was no Facebook or Blog to help them. May I suggest a Wikipedia type media for the young people so that you can add or correct info of your Iloilo family so that later generation can be keep inform of our history and our cities and town. Thanks for listening.

  3. Mitch Jalandoni said,

    October 29, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Lara Pineda, if you are a Ledesma you be happy to know that the clan had a reunion early this year in Iloilo. Email me and I’ll give you a contact no.

  4. Lara Pineda said,

    October 2, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Hello! My great-grandfather was Simon Ledesma. Our family descended from his daughter, Fortunata Ledesma, who married Lino Pineda. My grandfather, Antipaz Pineda, is one of the children of Fortunata Ledesma. I’ve always been interested in learning my ancestors since I was a kid and I’m looking for other relatives who descended from either Ledesma or Pineda family.

    I hope to meet my other relatives one day!

  5. Mario Rotea Jr said,

    September 3, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Hi guys, I happen to come across this thread and read on. Jaro has always fascinated me because my father and my lola are from there. I have been there only twice in my life. The latest was the ledesma reunion two years ago in bacolod. Ramon Conlu has done a remarkable job of putting together the family tree into an organized book. If this thread is still alive and someone interested to contact Ramon, just let me know. My grand mother was Marietta Benedicto Jalandoni who marriedt Santiago Rotea . And yes. been to Biscocho haus’ caloy is one of the few relatives I met.

  6. August 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    my great-grandmother and Patrocinio Gamboa (tiya Patron) were somewhat relatives. my dad used to accompany her to tiya Patron’s house to do panguinggi

  7. August 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    hi everyone! ever since my childhood, i had been trying to search for my family’s roots (in old Jaro). i’m currently living in La Paz, and studying in UPV. my great-grandmother is Apolonia Jardenil y Gamboa (married to Buenaventura Jardenil)if u can help me, i would welcome and appreciate every bit of info i can get from you. Thank You! 🙂

  8. June 10, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Gerry! I remember going to your house in Iloilo as a child. My father said we were related to Juana Jalandoni Guadarrama. I never met my grand father but he is Victorino Jalandoni, one of the children of Maximino Villalobos Jalandoni, and Eduarda Ledesma Benedicto-Jalandoni.

  9. Melliza Hofilena said,

    May 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I am Melliza Hofileña and My Grand parents are Leonora Hofileña and Francisco Gustilo Hofileña II and my Father is Francisco Gutilo III.

    I am looking forward to meet my relatives in Ilo-Ilo.

  10. Gerry J. Guadarrama said,

    May 16, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Correction: Leonor Virto Javellana’s first husband was Ramon Javellana, a son of Julio Q. Javellana.Therefore, Leonor’s first and second husbands were first cousins.

  11. Gerry J. Guadarrama said,

    March 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

    To Angela Silva and Mercedes Yulo Montilla…..I am a grandson of Dolores Javellana Jalandoni, one of the children of Magdaleno Javellana and Gregoria Gamboa (the other children were Vicente, Ignacio and maybe more that I am not aware of). Dolores married Maximino Benedicto Jalandoni, one of the children of Maximino Villalobos Jalandoni, and Eduarda Ledesma Benedicto-Jalandoni.

    My understanding is that Leonor Virto Javellana was first married to a brother of Magdaleno, Julio and Angel (could it have been Leocadio?) and bore Mariquit. The widowed Leonor then married Vicente, the brother of Dolores (my grandmother) and nephew of Leonor’s first husband and had Romulo, Aquiles, Eva (more?) as offsprings.

    Our family owns Original Biscocho Haus and we are a stone’s throw away from Casa Mariquit.

  12. Malen Jalandoni -Mabeza said,

    March 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Yes that’s true the lapida of my great grand mother written in Spanish is one of those!

  13. Ignacio v. Illenberger said,

    February 17, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    We lived in Barrio San Isidro in Jaro, where Central Philippine University is located. In our neighborhood then were several old families that used to live around Jaro Plaza. Wow, they had lots of stories to tell us kids then. For whatever its worth, there is that 1849 catalog of surnames that was put into effect sometime two years later. That should shed light to questions about family trees. But the oldsters told of other variations of the aftermaths. Jaro, they said, was the town then known as populated by residents whose surnames can all be pronounced phonetically as “he,he, he”. Those surnames which began with the letter “J” were first allocated to those living around the Jaro Plaza. Those which started with letter “H” to those who lived across the Jaro River (and towards now Leganes township. Those which started with letter “G” to those who lived south of Ungka creek (now part of Pavia township). To the West was the township of Mandurriao, and they were allocated the letter “M’. Now La Paz district of Iloilo City was intermittently a barrio of Jaro or a separate township and they were allocated the letter “L”. Through time the surnames began mixing through the different areas of Jaro. Iloilo City proper was given the letter “Y” but later evolved as just “I”. The letter “V” was also Iloilo City. Arevalo was letter “A”. Molo was a “miscolansa” as it was the “Parian” or the designated Chinatown, hence there was no fixed first letter, just whatever Chinese surname that was common. Also, if you visit the old churches, you would see “lapidas” of the dead dating as far back as 1860. You would also find many of the surnames mentioned in this blog in those lapidas.

  14. Monina Hagel said,

    January 10, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Pacifico Jayme married to Generosa Tarrazona?

  15. Joseph Henderson said,

    January 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I was wondering if anyone had any information about the family of Quintin Maravilla and Lorenza (born Jingco), parents of Pastor, Pedro, Asuncion (Lopez), Regina, Digna, Felix, +1, who were said to be from Jaro and who settled in Saravia (now E.B.Magalona), Neg. Occ.?

  16. Carmel Nantes Sanson said,

    January 5, 2016 at 6:17 am

    May I know the history of the Sansons? I am Carmel Nantes Sanson of Zamboanga city.

  17. Allan S Ledesma said,

    December 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I am inviting the Ledesmas of the bloodline of General Pascual Ledesma. We are going to hold a reinauguration of the newly-rehabilitated monument of General Pascual Ledesma on 29 December 2015 at 8 o’ clock in the morning. A holy mass will be held followed by some activities…

  18. arnaldo nasataya genada said,

    September 21, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I have a marriage certificate with the name of Rosalia Lopez. According to my folks, Rosalia Lopez and Fernando Lopez the Vice-President were first cousins. I only want to know my roots, but it seems very hard to trace all the way because the clan is too big and the old folks are dying. It makes me sad….. Rosalia Lopez married Meliton Nasataya of Himamaylan city. If somebody could help, I’m willing to share my story and promise to introduce a huge clan of Lopez-Nasataya. Hope that somebody somewhere could shed a light on this. I’m getting old so I wish I could trace my roots all the way to the top. Thanks guys.

  19. Rafael L. Javellana said,

    September 13, 2015 at 3:05 am

    To Mitch Jalandoni : hello Sir, where is the compound which you said your family lived, near the Jaro Plaza ? Regarding your relation to the Javellana side, could u pls. mention any one of the grandparents or elders of the Jalandoni side who was / is directly related to the Javellana side ? If you have time, you may call me at the office at 330-2118 for i would be glad to hear about details regarding this intricate network of family relationships / ancestral roots…

  20. Rafael L. Javellana said,

    September 13, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Sir, if you have even a remainder of old newspaper clippings or reunion magazines, those could help to trace the ancestral roots… Even the patriarch of the Lopez clan, Basilio Lopez was married to a Sabina Jalandoni, if i am not mistaken… Anyway, these topics could be nice to discuss at in any one of the Coffee Break outlets within your city… There is also a Mitch Jalandoni who sent messages on this site, how is he related to you ? If you have time, call me at the office 330-2118 and i would be interested to listen for any information / details about the ancestral roots of prominent families in your city.

  21. Maria Navarrete said,

    September 3, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Author,

    Will NSO have a copy of birth certificates from long time ago? I’m doing a research on my family history. My paternal great grandmother is from Jaen-Huerva family of Jaro. My maternal grandmother is a Villarosa and her dad was former mayor of Victorias, who became a guerilla commander during Japanese occupation.

    I’m also doing some research on my husband’s paternal family, Baldonado-Navarrete from Bicol.

  22. August 12, 2015 at 1:44 am

    By the way, my father is Eduardo Jalandoni. He the son of Maximo and Dolores Jalandoni. They lived in the Jalandoni compound near the plaza of Jaro. i am related to the Javellana on my Grandma side.

  23. August 12, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Mga kasimanwa ko. You might want to help these people looking for answers about the past. Family past to be exact.

  24. Jose Jalandoni said,

    August 12, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Not too many old folks of the old clan are still alive. I’m in my sixtys but I myself is looking for answer about the past in the eighteen hundreds. I have an older cousin who may know some stories of the original clans. Problem is I don’t think he is computer savvy, so you may have to talk to him personally.

  25. Stephanie Justiniani said,

    August 5, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Hi I am the great-granddaughter of Preciosa Javellana Justiniani of Jaro, Iloilo. Can anyone help me with the history of Benedicto-Javellana-Justiniani? I have Felipe Jover Justiniani and Lamberta Benedicto Javellana, my great-grandparents. Please help.

  26. July 8, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    good day! if it won’t be burdensome,i would just like to know if my father Isidro Espinosa Javellana has still a living relative. He just passed away last week and up to this date, we have no knowledge of his family. All i can remember is that, he left his home at a young age. He said he came from La Paz, Iloilo. He said He has an elder sister, I’m not quite sure of the name Mary. Hope to hear from you.
    I’m Rhodora Javellana Sarmiento and my email add is
    Thank you so much.

  27. Enrico Batilo Homicillada said,

    July 8, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Hi Mr. Nicco Virto,

    I am glad that someone and or some people recognized the existence of the HOMICILLADA in IloIlo . may get in touch with you soon and please tell me how the Hechnova and Homicillada are related./ How the Gran Plains subdivision was owned by the Hechanovas. Just inding the TRUTH and makes people being set free. ToTo Nicco, i wil get in touch with you soon.

  28. Julie Cristy Aycock said,

    January 27, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Hi, Im Julie cristy Aycock. .i just wanna ask if i could get a record of my father Richard Lechuza Aycock from Iloilo Maritime Academy..I need a copy of his birth certificate if possible..
    this is very important. I hoping for your kindness and cosideration. Pls email me or you contact me at this #0910 5267146. thank u very much

  29. azaria dimar said,

    January 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Hi.. i wonder f u hv notes about Maria lopez alquizar? She s our great grand matriarch,lived n 1800’s, ilo2x who later had sons surmaned Domingo

  30. Allan Ledesma said,

    January 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I am MSgt Allan delos Santos Ledesma, I am presently working with Philippine Navy as active member of the Philippine Marine Corps. My father is Rizalino Cordova Ledesma Sr who happened to be with his grandfather Don Simon Ledesma of IloIlo City attending celebration everytime Philippine Navy holding its anniversary. Our Ledesma clan was a direct connection with Gen Pascual Ledesma, The PN after an extensive search was conducted in 1980, was found our family to be the nearest living relative, at that time, of Pascual Ledesma, first commander of the Philippine Navy. My father was asked to come to Manila, from Himamaylan,Negros Occidental, to attend the cutting of ribbon during the inauguration of the Pascual Ledesma Hall at the Philippine Navy Building on Roxas Blvd. near the CCP. He witnessed Don Simon delivered his greetings and remarks in Spanish dressed in a white suit. Until now, I have the red book kept on my files about the story and genealogy of Gen P.Ledesma. Any interested can see me at Headquarters Philippine Marine Corps in Bonifacio Naval StaTION, Fort Bonifacio,Taguig City. MY CONTACT NR. 09085611862

  31. Nereo Luján said,

    December 27, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Any descendant of the Escays in this thread? Pls email me, I need some info. Thanks!

  32. Rina Garcia said,

    November 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Who are the parents of the unica hija Adela Locsin Ledesma who lived in Jose “Pitong” Ledesma Street in Silay, Negros Occ.? What branch of the Locsin – Ledesma clans does she come from?

  33. Ma. Luisa Ibanez said,

    September 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    good day!… my father named Norberto Javellana Ibanez jr. born june 6, 1936 jaro ilo-ilo. His parents name are norberto ibanez sr. and esperanza javellana ..
    sad to say my father already died way back 2007 and we never met his relatives neither his parents nor his siblings.. hope that you would help us find them.. Thank you and Godbless you!

  34. August 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Attn: Allen Ledesma of Zamoanga City. My name is Fernando “Don” Soriano. I lived in Zamboanga City for five years and graduated from Ateneo. I am curious whether you are related to the Ledesma sisters (Katie, Nona, Gina and one other) whom I often meet at dances and jam sessions in the city. I live in San Diego but am active member of the Zamboanga Hermosa Club of LA.

  35. August 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    My name is Fernando Concepcion Soriano Jr. My grandfather on my mother’s side was Gen. Venancio Concepcion who was a the only revolutionary general under Gen. Aguinaldo who was from Visayas, all others were from Luzon. This is a long shot but i wish to establish contact any member of the Concepcion family in Jaro who knew something about my grandfather.

  36. Mercedes Y. Montilla said,

    August 22, 2014 at 3:07 am

    To my Javellana Relatives, please send me pictures of the Javellanas especially pictures of

    1. Julio Javellana

    2. Angel Javellana

    3. Magdaleno Javellana son —

    4. Leocadio Javellana

    5. Filomena Javellana

    And picture of

    Ygnacio Javellana and Julianna Quimbong

    I will give them to Casa Mariquit in Jaro – the old home of Lola Mariquit and Ramon Javellana.

    Thank you

  37. Alliah Marie said,

    August 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    specifically I’m finding my ancestor from Jaro Iloilo, if I wasn’t mistaken my dad told me that we were descendant and have family closure in Iloilo and I was dying to know.

  38. Bj Jalandoni said,

    July 23, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Benjamin Jalandoni married Paz Ledesma, in no particalr order, their 11 Children are:
    1.Nicolas “Nick” married “Cookie” Lizares
    2.Edgardo “Gado” married Asuncion “Nenet” Locsin Soriano, daughter of Dr. Jose Soriano and Manuela Locsin.
    3.Juan “Johnny” married Pilar “Nena” Locsin Soriano, daughter of Dr. Jose Soriano and Manuela Locsin.
    4.Jesus “Jess” married Angeles Locsin Soriano, daughter of Dr. Jose Soriano and Manuela Locsin.
    5.Venicio “Vening” married Regina Lichauco de Leon, daughter of Jose Joven de Leon of Bacolor, Pampanga and Natividad Fernandez Lichauco of San Miguel, Manila.
    6. Erlinda “Dako” married Salvador
    7. Asuncion “Nena” married Yaptangco
    8. Roberto “Rob” married “Ching” Lopez
    9. Benjamin “Benjie” married “Terry” Rodriguez
    10. “Fanny” married “Gus” Martirez
    11. “Manoling” married “Baby” Marquez-Lim

  39. July 20, 2014 at 6:02 am

    I would like to ask anyone if they can tell about the families of feliza lesdesma the wife of Francisco ledesma there child is mr antonio ledesma. I want to know where they live coz were the great grandson of feliza and Francisco? Pls anyone so iwe could talk about our history…

  40. olivia ledesma said,

    July 17, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Hello Sir Enrique Bustos, do you know the complete name of the 13 children of Simeon Ledesma and Tomasa Villalobos? It would be a great help for us to know whose clan we belong if you furnish us the names. Thank you so much. God bless you!
    olivia ledesma

  41. olivia ledesma said,

    July 17, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Hi, I’m Olivia Ledesma and my father is Emilio Ledesma Jr. My grandfather is Emilio Ledesma Sr. whom we know have a sister named Emilia Ledesma. That’s all we know about my grandfather who is from Iloilo also. Is there anyone who can help us trace our roots? Thank you so much!

  42. rhina ace ocura said,

    July 13, 2014 at 4:13 am

    where we find the family of Gen. pascual ledesma?

  43. rafael l. javellana said,

    July 6, 2014 at 3:46 am

    ma’m, i saw the query of ms. gevero in my email and also in item no. 30 dtd. 9/30/12, above this line. As per what i know the Negros Navigation Company, Inc. was founded on July 26, 1932 by Julio Ledesma and Vicente Lopez, Sr. The former is the great grandfather of Congressman Jules Ledesma while the latter is the builder & owner of the Nellys Garden compound in Jaro. The Gustilo to whom she was referring to as married to a certain Junior Gustilo is i think, Amparo Gustilo, who is related to former Gov. Daniel Ledesma Lacson (a.k.a. “Bitay”) and whose house is located along 6th. St in Bacolod City, across the DOLL Bldg., where the NN ticketing office was once located. When i was still assigned at the PNB Head Office in Pasay City, the staff of Negros Navigation gave me a coffee table took of NN as it coincided with its 75th. anniversary at that time. The history of Negros Navigation is there in that coffee table book which i still have in my drawer. That book was given to me as per my request to Mr. Jose Manuel “Bimsy” Mapa who is presently the EVP of Freight Division based in Manila. Unfortunately, however, the name Negros Navigation is not being used anymore as a brand name as the merged company which took on the brands of ATS and Cebu Ferries has now been re-named as the 2Go Travel Group, though Bimsy told me that it is actually the Negros Navigation Group as it was NN who bought the Aboitiz shares in 2Go sometime in 2010. Nonetheless, if your friend is interested to know other details about NN, i still have the coffee table book here, and will definitely look for it when i pack up my things since PNB management has forced me to transfer from Dumaguete City to Iloilo City due to the lack of manpower in that area. You may email to me at should there be any comments or clarifications. By the way, i would appreciate anyone there who could help me search for a bachelors’ pad of up to 7000 / month only to rent due to my forced relocation. Basta there is 24/7 running water supply and the area is safe, flood free / elevated, would be my preference.
    thanks & regards —- rafael l. javellana —- appraiser PNB Dmgte.Branch

  44. Jennifer Gustilo Mendoza-Quito said,

    June 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    To Venna Jane D. Gevero: Regarding your research, maybe this can help. A relative of ours who is my mother’s uncle, I only know him by Junior Gustilo is married to a particular woman with a last name Ledesma sorry I forgot her name. I know their family was part owner of Negros Navigation shipping lines. I don’t know if Negros Navigation is still in operations. Junior Gustilo is the brother of Armando Gustilo known as Nene Armin, former governor of Negros Occidental in the 70s or 80s I think. Would like to know my roots as well in the Gustilo side. I’m the granddaughter of Pedro Gustilo whom we called Lolo Pidong from Concepcion, Iloilo. My friend’s mom once told me that my lolo’s family used to own ships in Iloilo but my lolo never told this story to any of us, not even to my mom. He never talked to me that much when I was a kid because whenever I approached him to talk, he would tell me to get inside the house coz I’m a girl. He was too conservative unlike my other lolos, his brothers.
    His father was Manuel Gustilo Sr. My lolo had siblings named Manuel Gustilo Jr we fondly called as Lolo Pawi, Carlito Gustilo we called Lolo Carling, Napoleon Gustlio we called him Lolo Poleon and they had another brother who was killed in Iloilo and he was a pilot. I also forgot his name and they also had a sister whom I had never met in my entire life. Didn’t know her name as well. Manuel Gustilo Sr. had a brother who was the father of Junior and Armando Gustilo. That’s all I know.

  45. Daisy Benedicto said,

    June 16, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I would like to get information on Castor Benedicto who married Consuelo Benedicto in Ilo Ilo City perhaps in the early 1900’s. Thank you very much.

  46. Katrina de Juan said,

    June 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Hello there!..I’m Katrina de Juan..:)..I am the great grand daughter of Gen. Rafael Jalandoni who was married to Consuelo “nenita” Mercader. I am the grand daughter of Dr. Ramona “Ena” Jalandoni who got married to dr. Vicente “Itik” de Juan of Janiuay, Iloilo. 🙂

  47. rafael locsin javellana said,

    May 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

    hello mr. bustos,

    here are some questions for clarification:

    1.) basing from your preceding statements, does it follow that mariquit javellana lopez (1907 – 1999) is the daughter of julio javellana (1858 – 1924) ? if such is true, then it can be concluded also that mariquit is a
    half sister to the children of julio javellana & sophia jalandoni, namely,
    jose, julianita, juanita, magdalena, ester & benjamin ?

    2.) in 1928 benjamin jalandoni javellana married concepcion ledesma
    lacson (daughter of jose de paula lacson & marciana ledesma)
    how are jose de paula lacson & marciana related to the owner
    of the Ruins mansion, mariano ledesma lacson ?

    3.) do you have proof that concepcion ledesma lacson (1908 – 1975)
    is also related to former governor rafael lacson (1896 – 1978) and
    mayor arsenio lacson of manila (died 1962) ?

    4.) my paternal grandfather is adriano lacson locsin of silay (1905 – 83)
    his parents are mariano dela rama locsin (1880 – 1925) and
    adoracion lacson (1879 – 1958) — is there a possibility that
    adoracion lacson is also related to Ruins owner Mariano Ledesma
    Lacson ?

    5.) Raymond Javellana is the current manager of the Ruins and per
    his confirmation, he is also descended from the line of Mariano
    Ledesma Lacson, thus, how is he related to me ?

    hoping you could provide clarifications for these.

    you may take your time to answer these & email to me.

    thank you.

    rafael locsin javellana

    paternal grandparents : benjamin jalandoni javellana, sr. (1907 – 88)
    concepcion ledesma lacson (1908 – 75)

    maternal grandparents : adriano lacson locsin (1905 – 1983)
    lourdes villaluz achurra (1915 – 2007)

  48. Angela Silva said,

    May 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    To Mercedes Yulo Montilla – yes, Magdaleno, Angel and Julio (my great-grandfather) were brothers, They also had another brother, Leocadio, and a sister, Filomena. Their parents were Ygnacio Javellana and Juliana Quimbiong.

  49. Mercedes Yulo Montilla said,

    May 7, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Hi everyone! I am a descendant of

    Don Magdaleno Q. Javellana m. Gregoria Gamboa
    son =
    Don Vicente G. Javellana m. Doña Leonor Ledesma Virto (descendant of Clara Lopez and Anastacio Ledesma)
    Eva V. Javellana (now 97 years old) – sister of Mariquit Javellana and Romulo Javellana m. Jaime M. Montilla
    Gerardo J. Montilla (my father) m. Lina P. Yulo

    Magdaleno Javellana, Angel Javellana, and Julio Javellana – Are they brothers? How many siblings do they have?

    What are the names of their parents?


  50. darrel ledesma said,

    April 12, 2014 at 4:44 am

    by the way, my full name is darrel ledesma and my roots is from brgy arguelles jaro!im very interested knowing where we came from and who includes in this big family…

  51. darrel ledesma said,

    April 12, 2014 at 4:41 am

    wow how nice…i hope we can trace our roots despite the fact that generation after generation cause us difficulties to identify our relatives. nevertheless, what’s good about it, we came from one family then blossoms into multiple communities. our common heritage and history ushers us something to be proud of!

  52. Joy Brugh said,

    March 15, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Hi – My Lolo was Modesto Ledesma of Iloilo, Iloilo. I am responding to the post on 7/27/12 by dandy mendoza ledesma. Dandy I am curious if you can confirm if my Lolo was the same Modesto that is the son of Simon. My Lola was Concordia Lopez and one of many wives and my mother Emma Lopez Ledesma, one of five children – Julio, Choncita, Benito and Pilar. Thank you. Joy

  53. February 2, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Today is Sunday, February o2, 2014.. Fiesta in Jaro, Iloilo.. These are line up of the old rich family name in Jaro, which eventually ari man ina dre , prominent name in the city of smiles..roots are in Jaro. Traffic are closed right now from Lapaz,ABS- CBN and in the north from Quintin Salas Jaro.. NO classes in Iloilo if the date falls on weekdays.. Amuna
    ka pwerte ang Jaro!

  54. Mona Carr-Pacquay said,

    January 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Enrique – do you have an Idea how many children does Lucrecio and Candelaria had??? If I heard it right when I was young my great grandmothers name is Candelaria Hofilena but you only mention their 2 daughters name.

  55. lynneth magana ledesma said,

    November 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    HiN I’m lynneth ledesma, daughter of edgar Faja ledesma – grew up in Cagayan de Oro city but since my grandmother Margarita Faja Ledesma , wife of the late Emilio Deocampo Ledesma Jr is aging I decided to live with her here in Iloilo City. She have been telling me stories about my grandfather’s Aunt Magdalena jalandoni Ledesma as being a very nice woman. I am not sure from which generation I am since we haven’t traced our bloodline yet I. Hope someone here knows my grandfather who is again Emilio Ledesma Jr. I just want to know my ancestors and relatives from my fathers side. God Bless evryone!

  56. Christian Suarez Jalbuena said,

    November 10, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Hi, Count me in Jalbuena Clan

  57. Ma. Josefina Grecia Escalada de la Cruz said,

    October 25, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Ledesma-Javellana-Grecia clan of Jaro, Iloilo.

  58. September 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Ang pangalan ko ay Reynaldo Manzano Rojas, taga Guadalupe, Makati. Sa kasalukuyan ay nakatira sa Barcelona,Spain.
    Nabasa ko po ang familian Lopez at nadama kong maaring meron akong mga kamaganak dito sa mga usapang ito. Dahil hindi namin kilala ang mga pinsan namin sa Jaro, Ilo-ilo.
    Ang aking Lola ay si Ana Lopez, siya ay tumungo ng Guadalupe noong 1937 kasama ang lima niyang anak. Sila ay sina Salvacion,Efren,Josefina,Jose na ipinanganak sa Jaro Iloilo t si Rolando na ipinanganak sa Guadalupe. Dito na rin sila lumaki sa Guadalupe, nagasawa at nagka-anak (isa na po ako dito) kaya ito po ang dahilan kaya ako po ay sumulat dito. maging ang aking ama at mga tiyahin ay hindi alam ang lugar ng kanilang pinagmulan, dahil maliliit pa lang sila ng makarating sa Guadalupe.
    Maraming Salamat po

  59. Allen Ledesma said,

    August 13, 2013 at 7:47 am

    We are Ledesma from Zamboanga City but originally our ancestors were from Ilo-ilo..

  60. Rema Lopez said,

    August 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    T. Frank and T. Lilia are second cousins.

  61. Rema Lopez said,

    August 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Tito Nanding (Fernando Hofilena-Lopez) and Tita Mariquit are not
    second cousins. T. Mariquit is a niece to the second cousin of T. Nanding. Judy Jalbuena Syjuco is under Gregoria Clan. Also Tito Zaffy Ledesma, husband of Tita Gilda Lopez Laguda (Eugenio Clan), parents of Manong Zaffito. T. Zaffy and T. Gilda are second cousins. The same with Tito Frank Lopez Jison (Marcelo Clan) and Tita Lilia Hofilena Lopez (Eugeni

  62. Antonio C. Cuyegkeng said,

    April 28, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    (Reply to John Martin Salcedo Ledesma, comments # 26, 38, 39, 41, & 43 from 16, 17, 20, & 25 February 2011 & 27 August 2011)


    Just found your ancestry search posting on the website “The Families of Old
    Jaro, Iloilo”.

    Regret that we have no pictures of your dad. We suggest that you contact
    your Tita Annie Jalandoni, the elder sister of your dad.

    As to your question, we hope the following information answers them.

    Juan Villalobos Ledesma and Purification Ireneo Jalbuena had 6
    children. The eldest was Tomas Zafiro, who married Gilda L. Laguda; then
    your grandfather, Nestor; followed by Fara Remia, who married Miguel Cuenco
    of Cebu; Remedios Fortuna, who married Asterio G. Favis of Pangasinan;
    Jesusa, who married Jovito A. Rivera; and the youngest, Lorgio, who married
    Lourdes Yulo.

    Your grandfather, Nestor, was born on August 17, 1912 and was beheaded by
    the Japanese in Capiz during the early days of the war (In the Basilio
    Lopez genealogy book, the year of death was 1941.). Your Lola Remia, then
    still single, hired a boat to go Capiz to look for and retrieve his
    body. It was Remia who brought his, Nestor’s, remains back for burial in

    Juan Villalobos Ledesma was a fifth generation of the Ledesma of prominent
    family of Fernando Ledesma and Anastasia Melliza of Jaro, Iloilo, though
    their eldest son, Domingo, who married Ynez Petrona Lopez. A grandson of
    Domingo and Ynez Ledesma, Simeon Lopez Ledesma, married to Tomasa Gonzales
    Villalobos, moved to Silay, Negros Occidental in 1860 and, together with
    Juan Hilado, established haciendas at Bagacay, Silay area. Due to Simeon
    Lopez Ledesma’s success in Negros, the family has been referred to
    Ledesma’s of Silay rather than from Jaro.

    Purification Ireneo Jalbuena was a fifth generation Lopez of the
    distinguished clan of Basilio Lopez and Sabina Jaranilla Jalandoni of Jaro,
    Iloilo, through their daughter Gregoria married to Mariano
    Jalbuena. Mariano Jalbuena and Gregoria Jalandoni Lopez had 4
    children. The eldest son Benito married 3 times. Purification was the
    only child with the second wife, Teodora Ireneo.

    The step siblings of Purification from the first wife, Francisca Benedicto,
    were: Ricardo married to Carolina Ledesma Visto; Mariano; Gregorio married
    to Rosario Montinola; Monserrat married to Eulalio P. Tañedo; and Jose
    married to Elizabeth Pike. The children from the third wife were Adela,
    who passed away unmarried, and Maria married to Vicente J. Francisco, Sr.

    We have not seen a copy of the genealogy of Fernando Ledesma. However,
    there might be one available during the Ledesma reunion in Bacolod on May
    24 -26, 2013. We have seen the Familia Ledesma Genealoica by Ramon
    Severino Conlu, Jr. of Silay. The detailed story and genealogy of Basilio
    and Sabina Lopez could be found in “The Lopez Family Its Origin and
    Geneology” at the Lopez Memorial Library in Pasig City.

    Tito Tony

  63. Gimuel Ledesma said,

    April 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    My great grandfather is Felimon Ledesma, he’s from jaro ilo-ilo but he moved to victorias city, negros occidental because of some family problems.anyways, my grandfather’s name is Emilio Abada(Capistrano)Ledesma, my dad family told me that we are related to the Capistranos of ilo-ilo because of my great grandma. My question is are which part of spain did the first ledesmas who settled in jaro came from? or are we spanish? and anybody knows my great grandpa?

  64. Enrico B. Homicillada said,

    March 14, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I am Engr. Erick Batilo Homicillada A Project Manager for an Australian Railcorp. I have heard stories about my family during the war and the relationship of the Hechanovas to the Homicillada. Is there anybody from the Hechanovas provide information regarding my family in Iloilo Barotac Nuevo and what was the story about the gran plain subdivision in Jaro. Stories about my Grandfather was executed by the japanese and family treasures were lost during and after the war.

  65. nicco virto said,

    December 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

    mlalaman niyo alhat kung sa ng mula lahat pag n ikwento sa inyo ng tao n un. a

  66. nicco virto said,

    December 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

    pumunta kau ng ilo ilo mahahanap nio kasagutan sa mga iba nio tanung. at sa meralco moseum

  67. nicco virto said,

    December 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

    How about the history of virto???

  68. December 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    ang nanay ko ay ledesma din … na taga Jaro …. ang papa nya ay Catalino P. Ledesma … related kaya tayo ….

  69. Erick Ledesma said,

    December 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Hello to everyone!

    My grandfather was Eustaquio Ledesma of Maramag, Bukidnon. I was told he was from the Ilocos region but originally from Iloilo. He was a vice mayor from 1966-1970. He had a daughter who joined Bb Pilipinas 1969. The only sibling I know of my grandfather was Jose.

    I wish to know more. I live in San Francisco, CA and I have yet to meet a Ledesma.

  70. Resty S.Espinosa said,

    November 19, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Hi everyone. My grandmother in my father’s side is Eduvijes Jalandoni. Uyang Nena (Magdalena Gonzaga Jalandoni) was her Aunt. She was the secretary of Donya Sayong (Lopez de Santos). It’s good to know the connections of the clans in Jaro. God bless everyone!!!

  71. November 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Hi, to jing aenlle nacional said,:
    This is Margaret de Juan Wuthrich
    I am Maj.Gen. Rafael Jalandoni’s Great Grand daughter.
    Maj. gen. Rafael Jalandoni is married to Consuelo Mercader and they only had one daughter. Dr. Ramona Jalandoni. She is married to Dr. Vicente de Juan. They have 2 children, Rafael and Bernardita. 🙂

  72. Mike Jayme said,

    October 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I would love to learn about the Jayme family.

  73. Venna Jane D. Gevero said,

    September 13, 2012 at 12:41 am

    hello everyone,

    We are conducting a research about the history of shipping industry in Panay. Im task to track all data, documents, artifacts and pictures of the owner/founder of the Shipping industry. One of the prominent clan here in Iloilo owns the Ledesma Shipping. Anyone knows who could help / give us the right person so that we could interview them for the information. All gathered data and materials will be displayed in our museum.

    By the way, I’m venna jane d. gevero connected in John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Molo, a librarian in profession. Relative to my function, i am task to do a research to gather pertinent data for the enhancement of our museum.

    Thank you and God bless!

  74. Boy Ledesma said,

    August 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

    To AJ Ledesma,

    If your father is Jose Nicolas, then he is the son of Hector( and he is my cousin) who is the son of Jose the son of Catalino. Catalino’s mother is Clara Lopez who is married to Anastacio Ledesma

  75. July 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hello relatives!!!

    I’m under the Simon Ledesma Clan from Iloilo City, Philippines, particularly from Jaro. I belong to the third generation. My grandfather, Simeon Ledesma, was the last surviving child of Kapitan Simon. We had the Simon Ledesma Family Reunion at Shamrock Beach Resort in Tigbauan, Iloilo in 1994, I think,or maybe that was in 1993. I was so amazed to know that Kapitan Simon had so many children. I am also proud to say that My lolo was the last surviving child of Simon Ledesma.

    My lolo, Simeon, was married to my lola, Estrella Jardeleza. They bore 7 children: Roque, Herminio, Angelina, Mariquita, Monina, Elisea and Gene. I am the SON of GENE

    We still keep this photo album or some sort of memorabilia at home given to us during the reunion. I just hope we can all have a reunion again.I was just in high school at that time! God bless us all!!!

  76. July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    i’m dandy mendoza ledesma, i belong to the third generation of ledesma, my great grand father was capitan simon ledesma y’ lopez. my grand father was the youngest son of kapitan simon he is simeon ledesma married to my grand mother estrella jardeleza. i am currently looking for the threads of my ancestry,

  77. Bong said,

    July 23, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Hi Mr. Toto Gonzalez,

    I’m Bong Gonzalez. I am a grandson of Dr Rodolfo Peredo Gonzalez who hailed from San Jose, Iloilo. He was married to Maria Carmen Roxas of Lipa. His parents are Clemente Gonzalez and Dolores Peredo. Would you be familiar with this branch of the Gonzalezes?


  78. Paolo Ledesma said,

    June 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    To AJ Ledesma, your grandfather, Hector, is my grandmother’s brother. Now, our great grandfather was one of the most famous businessmen in iloilo. The Ledesma Street in iloilo is named after him. He owned almost all the businesses in that street before but the wealth was lost during World War II.

  79. deney rey said,

    June 4, 2012 at 7:28 am

    good day i never met my dad since the day i was born i asked my mother whats the name of my dad and told me romeo ledesma from victorias city i went to google it and i was stumble to this site and also i saw a news that a certain romeo ledesma died last sept of 2009..i was thinking if anyone here knows him so i can trace my roots thank u very much and this site really helps a lot…deney rey

  80. Jen Lorenz de los Santos said,

    April 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Hi, my grandfather is also a Ledesma and we are from Iloilo…

  81. March 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

    mr bustos can you gave details of my late great grandfather francisco k. ledesma married to felisa v. ledesma and their son antonio l.ledesma???tanxs

  82. Gloria Gulmatico Delfin said,

    March 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

    My best friend Evelyn Javellana Villarias is a grandaughter of Manuel Javellana married to Ramona Grino. They are now peacefully settled in Mindanao. The siblings of Manuel Javellana have looks almost that of Don Cristino or Kapitan Tinong Javellana. We became friends because our grandparents once worked with the Javellanas in Jaro after war times.My friend has been requesting me to trace her descendants thats why I came accross your website.

  83. Aj Ledesma said,

    March 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm


    My grandfather is Hector Ledesma. He was a pilot. I never met him since he died in a plane crash thats according to my father. He was married to Angeline Borromeo. My father said they are from jalandoni, iloilo and my grandma is from bacolod. He did not give me any details since. I hope you can help me see where my roots came from.

  84. Edwin Demonteverde said,

    February 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    thank you Mr Bustos!
    I am Lolo Benjamin Javellana grandson. Lolo Ben is married to Concepcion Lacson .
    Hope you can provide me details of Lola’s Lacson family.
    Lolo Ben has 11 children :
    Ben Jr. ,Teodoro, Arturo,Edgardo, Ma Elena, Ma Luisa, Ma Lourdes, Gregorio, Augusto, Jose,Julio.
    I am Ma.Luisa’s eldest child.
    My name is Edwin J Demonteverde Jr.

  85. franklin ledesma salario said,

    December 18, 2011 at 4:42 am

    hi my name is franklin ledesma salario and im totally had no idea of whereabouts of my grandfather name francisco k. ledesma and her wife felisa v. ledesma. also there only child antonio l. ledesma, anyways are they landed grandparents because since my mother was a child theyre both separated with my grandma corazon malijan.. and i dont have a clue who are connected to rich barons of negros , can please trace it up to many ledesma clans

  86. October 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Correction to Enrique Bustos’s comment dated June 24, 2010 at 7:14 am:

    Ramon Javellana was not the grandfather of Mariquit. He was her father. Mariquit’s grandfather was Julio Javellana y Quimbiong.

    When Ramon died, Mariquit’s mother, Leonor Virto, married Vicente Gamboa Javellana.

    On the other hand, Mariquit’s grandfather Julio married thrice. After the death of his first wife Maria Joseliva, he married Sofia Jalandoni, became a widower a second time, and subsequently married Apolinaria Ledesma. He had several children in the second marriage, while his third and last marriage was childless.

  87. John Martin Salcedo Ledesma said,

    August 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Whoever has a picture of my grandfather Nestor Jalbuena Ledesma please let me know. He is the son of Atty. Juan Villalobos Ledesma and Purificacion Ireneo Jalbuena. He is married to Augusta Gonzalez. He died during World War II. From the stories of my father and relatives, he used to be the administrator of the Ledesma/Lizares/Mapa hacienda in Roxas City (formerly Lutod Lutod), Capiz. They said he was camera shy the reason why there is no picture of him but there could be some stolen shots of him with the Lizares-Mapa family. Even his parents does not have a picture of or with him. Thanks, John Martin Salcedo Ledesma

  88. Bea Benedicto said,

    August 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Mr. Bustos,
    I am the descendant of Pantaleona Jalandoni of Jaro, Iloilo. She was the daughter of Eustaquio Jalandoni. So far, that’s the only information that I know regarding my ancestors in Iloilo. Do you have any idea about the Jalandoni stories in Iloilo? Thank You sir.

  89. August 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Gene Rose:

    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  90. Nereo Lujan said,

    June 20, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Hi, may I invite you to visit
    Website: Descendants of Don Cristino Javellana of Iloilo, Philippines

  91. June 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm


    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  92. Ma. Estrella Ledesma said,

    June 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Reading the comments and posts here further proves that most big names in the country comes from the Visayas.

  93. Jaime G. Ledesma Jr. said,

    June 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

    My grandfather Simon Ledesma, after an extensive search was conducted in 1980, was found to be the nearest living relative, at that time, of Pascual Ledesma, first commander of the Philippine Navy. He was asked to come to Manila, from Jaro, Iloilo, to cut the ribbon during the inauguration of the Pascual Ledesma Hall at the Philippine Navy Building on Roxas Blvd. near the CCP. He delivered his greetings and remarks in Spanish dressed in a white suit. I am interested in linking up with relatives who may know or remember him.

  94. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Gado: Do not stand at my grave and weep
    By Larry Henares

    THIS is a requiem for a friend, who died on November 8, 1990, a month before he was to celebrate with his Ateneo classmates the Golden Anniversary of our high school graduation.
    Edgardo “Gado” Jalandoni was one of 120 students in three Sections, of which 114 graduated, and of which he is the 37th to pass away.
    We were in grade school together. He was older than I was, rich, goodlooking, popular and fairly intelligent, while I was a runt who was no good at sports, plagued with childhood diseases late in life, absent most of the time, penalized with low grades, and bullied often by older boys.
    Gado befriended me, protected me from my tormentors, gave me back my self-confidence and sense of self-worth, so that by the time we were in high school, I had near perfect grades.
    We sat together in alphabetical order — Henares, Rene Hontiveros, Jalandoni — in the A section all through high school, under Fathers Egan, Huguendobler, Trubig and Dow, with classmates that included JV Cruz, Horacio Borromeo, Oscar Liboro, Mike Magsaysay, Siervo Dizon. In the B section, there was Jose Yulo Jr., Aurelio Montinola Jr. Juan C. Tan.

    * * *

    I considered him my best friend, as he was to all who knew him, including his own family, who recognized him as their leader even though he was seventh in the brood. And that is because he really cared about people, and loved them as brothers in Christ, without any thought of being repaid in kind.
    I know because I tried to repay him but could never manage to, no matter how hard I try, because Gado never needed my help, and the debt is too large to pay.
    That is why, when I see a poor Filipino being bullied out of his heritage, his dignity and national pride, I go after his tormentors with hammer and tongs. I am merely paying an old debt.
    I wrote about Gado twice before. On January 25, 1988 when I found out he had cancer of the lymph node, a disease that can kill in three months, we asked the readers to mount a prayer crusade for him. And on July 18, 1989, we asked the readers to storm the gates of heaven for Gado. He lasted, thanks to all our prayers, three years instead of three months.

    * * *

    Gado married the daughter of Dr. Jose Soriano (sugarlands, Liberty Flour Mills): Asuncion (Nenet) Soriano.Gado started his own land reform in 1984, when he gave away 600 hectares of Hacienda Rosario Nato, in La Castellana, Negros Occidental. He sold half a hectare to each tenant for a measly P2,000, and gave away P1.5 million to fund their fertilizers, etc. The project failed.
    Again he tried, this time giving 300 of his tenants one hectare each, leased at land tax value, organized them into a corporation, Robibro, to which he leased the other 300 hectares. He gave them two tractors and the irrigation dams he built for a million pesos; built a chapel and donated land for the church and the community; funded them through Shell Foundation and his own Ganet (Gado-Nenet) Foundation.
    We in the world of journalism, government and big business, are often appalled at so much injustice and evil around us. But those of us whose lives have been touched by Gado Jalandoni, so beloved of God, marvel as well at the existence of so much good in this world.

    * * *

    With his infectious smile, his generosity and kindness, his unfailing goodness, Gado Jalandoni has put all of us in his debt — so unrepayable that we must perforce pay it to others in need. To us Gado is not dead, he will always be there, wherever and whenever truth, beauty and goodness touch our hearts.
    When we comfort the afflicted, the poor and the hungry among us, the friendless, the cheated and the beaten — he will be there.
    When we raise our voices against injustice, corruption, hatred, cruelty, bigotry and intolerance — he will be there.
    When we take arms against the redoubts of drug-addiction, low-intensity conflict, the salvaging of priests, nuns, students, labor leaders, peasants and intellectuals; rape, murder, treason, and so on into the long and lamentable catalog of human crimes — he will be there.
    When we say a prayer, compose a poem, sing a song, kiss our wives without being asked; when we make love with God’s blessing, give birth to a child, and prepare him for life here and hereafter — Gado will be there, saying:
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am the million stars that glow.
    I am the thousand winds that blow.
    I am the gentle drops of rain.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft hush of restful night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry.
    I am not there, I did not die.

    November 21, 1990, Philippine Daily Inquirer

  95. Alicia Perez said,

    May 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Edgardo “Gado” Ledesma Jalandoni, son of Benjamin “Miming” Jalandoni and Paz Villalobos Ledesma, married Asuncion “Nenet” Locsin Soriano, daughter of Dr. Jose Guzman Soriano and Manuela “Lelay” Angeles Locsin.


    As a bachelor, “Gado” had courted the Vassar-educated Cebuana “heredera” Imelda Concepcion “Conchita” Chiong Veloso-Singson Gonzalez of Taft avenue, Manila, Cebu, and Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga [ Jacqueline Lee Bouvier — the future Mrs. John F. Kennedy — had been her schoolmate ].

    “Conchita” was the daughter of the extremely affluent and celebrated Cebuana “heredera” Rosario “Charing” Chiong Veloso Singson and of the European and American-educated Dr. Virgilio Rufino “Vijing” Sioco Gonzalez of the landed and academically distinguished Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga family.

    “Conchita” married Agustin “Toy” Aquino Cancio of Tarlac, a first cousin of national hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and of former Senator Eva Aquino Estrada-Kalaw. Conchita Gonzalez and Toy Cancio were the biological parents of the currently famous celebrity dermatologist and beauty tycoon Dr. Victoria “Vicki” Gonzalez Belo. “Vicki” was legally adopted by Conchita’s childless sister Florencia “Nena” Chiong Veloso-Singson Gonzalez and her husband, the distinguished lawyer Atty. Enrique “Ike” Belo.

    The connections vividly show the complex familial and social interrelationships between the various elite families of the islands.

    Alicia Perez

  96. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 18, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Benjamin Jalandoni married Paz Ledesma some of their 11 Children are:
    2.Edgardo “Gado” married Asuncion “Nenet” Locsin Soriano, daughter of Dr. Jose Soriano and Manuela Locsin.
    3.Juan “Johnny” married Pilar “Nena” Locsin Soriano, daughter of Dr. Jose Soriano and Manuela Locsin.
    4.Jesus married Angeles Locsin Soriano, daughter of Dr. Jose Soriano and Manuela Locsin.
    4.Venicio Ledesma Jalandoni married Regina Lichauco de Leon, daughter of Jose Joven de Leon of Bacolor, Pampanga and Natividad Fernandez Lichauco of San Miguel, Manila.

  97. enrique navas ledesma said,

    May 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    how am i related to ryan gamboa of silay. He is working now with abs cbn

  98. Gretchen Villalobos said,

    April 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    just want to ask if anyone knows Gerardo Villalobos somewhere in the north part of Negros…

  99. John Martin Salcedo Ledesma said,

    February 25, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Thanks Mr. Gonzalez. Yes, I better ask Tita Marietta. She is the first cousin of my father,the late John Gonzalez Ledesma. Are we related? I am the great grandson of Delfin Q. Gonzalez and grand nephew of Sec. Raul Maravilla Gonzalez. My grandma is Augusta Gonzalez.

  100. John Martin Salcedo Ledesma said,

    February 20, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Thank you for taking the time in answering my query.

  101. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 18, 2011 at 3:53 am

    John Martin

    I am sorry i only know your grandfather’s name Delfin Gonzalez he was the former mayor of Jaro Iloilo and the mother of Raul Gonzalez, Estrella Jover Maravilla


  102. John Martin Salcedo Ledesma said,

    February 17, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Mr. Bustos,
    Do you have info about the mother and siblings of my grandma Augusta Gonzalez, wife of Nestor Jalbuena Ledesma? She died before i was born. She is the half sister of former Justice secretary Raul Maravilla Gonzalez. thanks

  103. February 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm


    Perhaps you should ask your aunt, Marietta Ledesma Cuenco-Cuyegkeng. She is in a better position to answer your question than any of us. 🙂


    Toto Gonzalez

  104. John Martin Salcedo Ledesma said,

    February 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I’d like to know the parents and siblings of my great grandmother Purificacion Jalbuena, married to Juan Villalobos Ledesma. Thanks

  105. Angela Ledesma Silva said,

    February 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Yes, Enrique – I’m John’s sister based in Berkeley. His love of the Philippines inspires me and I try to keep track of our Javellana-Ledesma family history.

  106. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Angela Ledesma Silva

    Thanks for the correction, are you the sister of John L.Silva formerly of the National Museum

  107. Angela Ledesma Silva said,

    February 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I offer a minor correction to a very interesting lineage: You said that “The patriarch of the Javellana family was banker Ramon Javellana. He was the grandfather of Maria Salvacion “Mariquit” Javellana who married Fernando Lopez who became Vice-President. Her mother was Leonor Virto, her stepfather was Vicente Javellana. (June 24, 2010)”

    Ramon Javellana y Joselina (Tita Mariquit’s father) died in 1909 at the age of 25. You might be referring to Don Julio Quisumbing Javellana, T. Mariquit’s grandfather and my maternal great-grandfather. (See your entry of November 12, 2010). He was a banker who loaned money to hacienderos and when they couldn’t pay, he would collect their haciendas. I am descended from his daughter, Magdalena, who married Juan Ledesma Ledesma, son of Julio Villalobos Ledesma (your entries, June 10 and July 2, 2010.)

  108. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 3, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Mike Tiongco

    I only know about the parents of the late industrialist Roberto T. Villanueva his parents are Manuel Benedicto Villanueva and Eugenia Bosch-Villanueva,Manuel Villanueva’s siblings are Carmen Benedicto Villanueva and Arsenio Benedicto VIllanueva their cousin is Carlos Benedicto Rivilla the Siblings of Roberto T. Villanueva are Manolita Bosch Villanueva and Rodolfo Bosch Villanueva


  109. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 18, 2011 at 7:08 am


    Coming from you It’s a great Compliment!


  110. January 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

    You are quite and truly scholarly sr.Don Enrique my greatgrandmama was indeed the daughter of a Friar. Tomasa Villalobos Gonzales. Just as my maternal Grandmama Julieta Arenas Lopez was indeed the daughter of an American GI who some how ended up in Guimaras. Lola Julieta who was Lola Lilia’s best friend was seen and amused to be adopted by Dona Presentacion Lopez Hofilena. They were The true Landlords of Guimaras. My Lola became Miss Iloilo met and smit Vicente Arenas Perez of Pangasinan and Manila and classmate of Fernando Lopez Hofilena. This is why most of the Lopez yachts are named Miss Iloilo. And also why We are close to the branch of Lolo Ening, Lola Lils, etc.. From my mom’s side by affinity although As to sanguinity its really through my father’s lineage we are trined. The Book of F. Ledesma has shown we’ve intermarried with the Lopezes since 1780’s or by the 2nd gen as can be ascertained with provenance of the Jaro archives.

  111. jing aenlle nacional said,

    January 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

    ask ko lang po, ilan ba ang anak ni late MGen. Rafael Jalandoni

  112. Juan Carlos Benedicto said,

    December 26, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Can anyone tell me the stories of the Benedicto families in IloIlo. Thank you.

  113. Pixie Jaena said,

    December 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    My grandparents & parents used to tell me that there is a famous photography studio in Jaro owned by a they say it is where the prominent families of Iloilo had their picture taken. where is that studio now & where is/are the owners now? how come we new generations haven’t heard of it.

  114. norman jalandoni tamayo said,

    December 7, 2010 at 7:50 am

    mr. enrique bustos, do you happen to have any info on the origin of the jalandoni name and clan. thanks.

  115. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 2, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Dona Mariquit Javellana Lopez and her Husband former Vice President Fernando H. Lopez are second cousins Dona Mariquit Javellana Lopez mother Dona Leonor Ledesma Virto is a descendant of Clara Lopez sister of Eugenio Lopez the grandfather of Fernando H.Lopez Dona Leonor Virto married Ramon Javellana there daughter is Mariquit Dona Leonor became widowed and remarried again to Vicente Gamboa Javellana one of their daughters Carolina Virto married Ricardo Jalbuena some of their descendants are 1.Congresswoman Judy Roces Jalbuena-Syjuco, 2.Luis Jalbuena owner of Manila Cordage Co 3.Remedios Jalbuena Ledesma wife of Asterio Favis

    For one reason or another The Parents of Dona Mariquit Javellana did not prefer Fernando Lopez for their daughter they had already decided that their daughter should marry a young man also from Jaro named Ernesto Ledesma a good friend of both Eugenio and Fernando Lopez and later a trusted associate in Meralco

  116. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

    One of the founders of Makati Medical Center
    Dr Romeo H.Gustilo

    Manila Cordage Company Chairman the late Louis Jalbuena

  117. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 12, 2010 at 4:46 am

    One of Don Julio Javellana descendant is the the late Mariquit Javellana Lopez

    Don Julio Javellana remarried again for the 2nd time to Dona Sofia Jalandoni their children are the FF
    1.Juanita married former Senator Oscar Ledesma
    3.Julianita married Aurelio Montinola Sr
    4.Ester married Ramon Campos
    5.Magdalena married Juan Ledesma

  118. Melba Bernad said,

    November 8, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Which Ledesma had a son named Faustino? Faustino migrated to Mindanao.

  119. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 12, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Another son of Simeon Ledesma and Tomasa Villalobos is Cesar Ledesma

  120. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    To Mr jaime lopez ledesma

    I suggest you get a copy of Familia Ledesma Genealogica prepared by Ramon Severino Conlu Jr of Silay Negros Occidental

  121. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    To Mr jose benito gil lopez

    The Lopez Memorial Library in Pasig City may able to help you they might have the pictures of your ancestor

  122. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 20, 2010 at 3:06 am

    The Hechanova Ancestral House in Jaro, Iloilo City
    Bridging the Gap, Henry Funtecha, The News Today

    A REMARKABLE structure found today not far from the entrance of the Gran Plains Subdivision in Jaro, Iloilo City is the Hechanova Ancestral House. The imposing residence was built in 1932 by Dr. Manuel Villalobos Hechanova and his wife, Montserat Ledesma Gamboa. Aside from being a medical doctor, Manuel was also a successful rice farmer and sugar planter.

    The exceptionally large two-storey house, which became known in the past as “Balay nga Daku”, sits on a sixty-five hectare farmland that has been developed into a housing subdivision in the 1970s. The ground floor is made of wood and cement, and functions as a garage and an all-purpose stockroom. The upper floor is all made of hardwood and consists of one large receiving room and three bedrooms, aside from a spacious kitchen. It has a touch of Spanish architectural design with a total floor area of 600 meters.

    A point of interest in the house is the room full of plaques and certificates of recognitions, citations, honors and awards received by Engr. Ramon Hechanova for his valuable works and contributions as a professional and civic leader, both in the local and national levels.

    Before the development of the area into a subdivision by the Hechanova family, the ancestral house was the only notable structure in it. Indeed, it was at that time an attention-getting building, with its white paint glistening in the sunlight amidst vast tracts of rice lands and some shanties that served as dwellings of the farm workers.

    According to Engr. Ramon Hechanova, one of the scions of Manuel and Montserat, the ancestral house was made as headquarters of the resistance movement under Col. Macario Peralta during the Second World War. However, Peralta and the other Filipino officers were not able to stay long in the house because the Japanese got wind of their presence in it. The native fighters were able to escape through the back door of the house and by crawling on their belly in the rice fields away from the house.

    Manuel and Montserat had nine children, namely: Jose Maria, a B.S. Commerce graduate; Ramon, a civil engineer; Rafael, an architect married Mely Concepcion; Rufino, Executive Secretary during the Macapagal Administration married Chit Melchor ; Cecilio, a lawyer who, at one time, served as vice-mayor; Manuel Jr., a medical doctor; Carmen, fondly called Carmeling; Antonio, connected with the Negros Navigation Co.; and Luis, a priest.

    Ramon, the second child, is the one residing and taking care of the ancestral house at present. He, together with his wife, Victoria Asuncion, a pharmacist, manages the Gran Plains Subdivision. They have four sons: Manuel III, a businessman in Manila; Ramon Peter, a businessman in the United States; Renato, a Commerce graduate and residing in San Pablo City; and, Roberto, a Mass Communication graduate who is working in Canada. All these four Hechanova siblings graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University where their father, Ramon, also finished his studies

  123. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is General Rafael Jalandoni is From Iloilo his brother Benjamin Jalandoni married Paz Ledesma some of their Children are
    3.Juan Jalandoni
    4.Jesus married Angeles Soriano daughter of Jose Soriano and Manuela Locsin
    4.Venicio Jalandoni married Natividad de Leon

  124. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Alejandro Roces of Iloilo married Isabel Nava they have four children 1.Rufina married Catalino Dayot 2.Emilio 3.Manuel 4.Nicolas married Francisca Ortizo their children are the FF.

    2.Alejandro married Marie Tatton
    5.Maria married Manuel Sotelo
    6.Carmen married Celso Lobregat
    8.Maria Luz married James Jalbuena

  125. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Don Ruperto B. Montinola
    from the Montinola family website

    Don Ruperto Montinola is still being remembered as the “Colossus of the South.” There is a halo around his name which the years cannot erase.

    Don Ruperto was born in Bago, Negros Occidental, on March 18, 1869, the son of Don Juan de Dios Montinola and Doña Martina Benedicto. After completing his primary education in the Jaro Seminary in Iloilo, he went to Manila and enrolled in the San Juan de Letran College. From there, he transferred to the University of Santo Tomas where he was graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in 1887, and Bachelor of Laws in 1895.
    ImageHis public career began in 1901 when he was appointed Provincial Fiscal of Iloilo. He resigned from that position in 1903 due to ill health and went to Japan to recuperate. Upon his return about two years later, he was reappointed to his former position, and served in that capacity until shortly before his election as Provincial Governor of Iloilo in 1908.

    When his term of office expired in 1912, he retired to private life. He devoted the next ten years to legal practice and farming and his efforts enabled him to accumulate a considerable fortune. Through the insistence of friends and the leaders of the minority party, he was prevailed upon to run for Governor of Iloilo in 1922, and was elected.

    In 1931, he was elected Senator from the 7th District of the Philippines. It was in that capacity that he favored the Hare-Hawes-Cutting Act. He was first Vice-President of the Constitutional Convention, and was elected to the National Assembly in 1935, and was re-elected in 1938.

    Don Ruperto died on Feb. 10, 1940, at the age of 71 years. He was survived by his wife, Doña Basa Benedicto de Montinola, and his six children, Aurelio, Remedios, Otilla, Maria, Vicente, and Gloria.

    His body was laid in state in the session hall of the National Assembly, where thousands paid tribute. After necrological services, the body was transferred to the provincial capital of Iloilo, where again it was given due honors. After solemn religious rites, burial took place at the cemetery of Jaro.

  126. August 26, 2010 at 3:52 am

    if vicente lopez was my grandfather, then benito and gil lopez were my granduncles because they were brothers… if i could only have a chance to see these people’s whereabouts or pictures so that i can see my history… it would really help me know my past and appreciate this life better… can somebody out there help me someday…

  127. August 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    There we are, the Roces of Iloilo.

    My grandfather Nicolas Roces was the son of the Alejandro Roces who migrated from Gijon, Asturias to the Philippines. He settled in Iloilo where he established a sugar hacienda business and subsequently married Francisca Ortizo. They had 8 offspring: Nicolas, Alejandro, Benito, Roberto, Maria, Carmen, Isabel, and Maria Luz, all deceased.. The Jalbuenas, Syjucos, Brimos, and Lobregats are our first cousins.

    My dad Alejandro married Marie C. Tatton. daughter of Albert Edward Tatton (who served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines from ca 1900 to1936) and his wife Maxima Villaluz. There are only 2 children – Gloria and Marie.
    Marie married Joseph Anthony Powers who have 3 children: Mariteres Powers Turner, Mark Joseph Powers, and Christiain Tatton Roces Powers, all who live in the East Coast, USA.

    I know several names mentioned in the long history above having met them when I lived in San Francisco where I grew up and in Wash. DC where I was a student at Georgetown Foreign Service and Graduate Schools. I joined the American Foreign Service and after duties in Wash.DC, Indonesia and Morocco I was seconded to the UN Industrial Development Organization in Vienna, Austria where I became a high ranking officer. I did not return to Wash.DC but chose to continue in the UN until retirement and remain in Vienna.

  128. jaime lopez ledesma said,

    August 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Pls help me to find my third generations the lopez ledesma clans thanks Mr BUSTOS..

  129. Mike tiongco said,

    August 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    My grandparents have a place in guimaras island from benedicto-villanueva clan
    pls help me to find out more about my grandparents MR BUSTOS
    mike Tiongco from Sfca

  130. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Other families from Jaro are the FF

    Lucrecio Hofilena and his wife Candelaria Javelona Hofilena’s two daughters Elena and Presentacion inherited a 400 hectares Hacienda in Guimaras Island from their Uncle Miguel Jayme

  131. Mike tiongco said,

    August 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Mr bustos,
    I have a question about my great grandparents
    name Felix Garcia villanueva Josefina de Paula benedicto…were related to pura Garcia villanueva & Roberto salas benedicto, Salvador v . Benedicto
    thank you..
    Mike Tiongco of Sfca

  132. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 31, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Don Celso Ledesma gave his famous house in Iloilo to his nephew Zafiro Ledesma Sr.. Zafiro’s parents were Don Juan Ledesma and Dona Purificacion Jalbuena.

  133. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 2, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Julio and Florentina Ledesma children are the ff.:
    1. Juan Ledesma
    2. Carlos Ledesma married Susana Magalona; married
    Connie Lopez Arenas
    3. Loreto Ledesma married Placido Mapa
    4. Amparo Ledesma-Gustilo
    5. Maria Cristina Augusta
    6. Julieta Ledesma
    7. Monserrat Ledesma-Lopez
    8. Otilia Ledesma-Lacson
    9. Lourdes Ledesma-del Prado

  134. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 24, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Lucrecio Hofilena and his wife Candelaria Javelona Hofilena’s two daughters married two Lopez brothers. Presentacion Hofilena married Benito Lopez they are the parents of tycoon Eugenio Lopez and former Vice-President Fernando Lopez. Elena Hofilena married Vicente Lopez an uncle to both Eugenio and Fernando Lopez. Benito’s and Vicente’s brother Gil Lopez married Albina Hofilena, an aunt to both Presentacion and Elena.

    The patriarch of the Javellana family was banker Ramon Javellana. He was the grandfather of Maria Salvacion “Mariquit” Javellana who married Fernando Lopez who became Vice-President. Her mother was Leonor Virto, her stepfather was Vicente Javellana.

  135. Myles Garcia said,

    June 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Here’s the link to the Montinola family website:

  136. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 10, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Simeon Ledesma married Tomasa Villalobos, a daughter of a Spanish friar, and they had 13 children. Among them were: Celso, Ana, Isabel, Juan, Julio, et. al..

    Julio Villalobos Ledesma established the Ledesma shipping lines.

  137. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 3, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Other old families from Jaro (Javellana,Hofilena,Gamboa,Gustilo)

  138. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 3, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Javellana ,Hofilena,Gamboa,Gustilo, families

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