The Families of Old Negros Occidental

Many of the principal families of Old Negros Occidental were migrant branches of “hacendero” families from Old Molo and Jaro, Iloilo across the Guimaras Strait…


  1. Lilian Villanueva-Vergara said,

    October 6, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Hi. I am travelling to Bacolod for the first time and thinking of doing a side trip to Bago City where my grandfather was born before migrating to Manila. His name was Conrado Saul Regalado Villanueva. I remember him mentioning that his father was Palacio-Villanueva. When I was a young girl, we would go to tita’s leaving here in Manila but who’s parents were Javellana living in Bago City. Relatives with Regalado family names would stay in my lolo’s house in Manila. My tita Corazon would mention that we were somehow related to the Araneta and Yulo.
    I would like to visit the street or house, if still standing, were my relatives lived.

  2. November 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    i would like to know where do the other siblings of my grandfather SABINO GASALAO NAVARRO(Dec. 30, 1909- January 1999) live.. he was the youngest son of Raymundo Navarro and Agapita Gasalao from Negros Occidental..

  3. November 4, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    my name is Jonathan C. Hirro. my grandfather, Jose B. Hirro, was the former Vice Mayor of Ilog, Negros Occidental. My father, now living in Pampanga with my mom after he retired from the Philippine Air Force, was a classmate of former Negros Occidental governor, Joseph Maranon. It would be nice if somebody out there can reconnect with my dad, Cicero Mortel Hirro thru me thru this site.

    Thank You all.

  4. jonathan hirro said,

    November 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    my family on my father’s side is from Ilog, Negros Occidental. my grandfather, Jose B Hirro, was the former vice mayor there. my dad was a classmate of the late Governor of Negros Occidental, Joseph Maranon. mom and dad now live in the Province of Pampanga, after dad retired from the air force. us kids now live here in the states. me and my wife, from Bacolod, now live here in Colorado.

  5. jonathan hirro said,

    November 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    hello there. my name is jonathan c hirro. grandson of the late jose b. hirro, former vice mayor of ilog, negros occidental. he was married to potenciana mortel. I now live in the u.s. with my wife.

  6. jonathan hirro said,

    November 4, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    my name is jonathan hirro. my family on my father’s side comes from, ilog, negros occidental. my grandfather on my dad’s side used to be the vice mayor of the said town. he was from guimbal while my grandmother, potenciana mortel hirro was from romblon. I would love to hear from anybody who has knowledge of my family.

  7. amazaola said,

    June 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Toto,

    Please kindly help to trace my grand grand father Pablo Martinez married to Maxima Yanson in Negros, Pablo has son and daugther Antonio Yanson Martinez, Victor Yanson Martinez, Prudencia Yanson and Asuncion Yanson Martinez. We will have a grand family reunion next year.

    Hope you will help me to trace Pablo Martinez story where his origin.



  8. Tess Infante Antonio Villanueva said,

    May 7, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Tess Infante Antonio Villanueva said,
    Like you Bert Agarrado, as a child I also remember the house of Tita Trining Ylalina. I would go with my mother Purita Infante Antonio to attend the family reunion. Too bad, the house is gone, it should have been a historical treasure.

  9. April 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    To Nume J. Hollero: My name is Kayuyum Sison-Maula and I am the aunt of Jannie Sison-Gareza. My siblings are Dr. Balintawak Sison-Gareza & Himaya Sison. My father is Carlos Gomez Sison & his siblings are Rosario Sison-Aguiling; Ramon Sison; Luz Sison-Velasco; Ester Sison-Torre. Last month I met Erlinda Sison delos Reyes-Mendoza & we traced how close relatives we are & she’s my 2nd cousin. Her Mom is Tiay Kudiang Sison-delos Reyes. I remembered Lolo Sergio Javellana of the “balay nga daku” sa Bago & we used to visit them. His children were my father’s 1st cousins. I even remembered attending Lolo Sergio’s funeral. Actually Tiay Laura one of Lolo Sergio’s children was one of my god-parent(s) at my wedding. Remember Tiay Carmelina Jayme of La Paz, former Dean of the College of Pharmacy in CPU, Iloilo, was my father’s 2nd cousin. My paternal grandfather is Ambrosio” Lolo Botoy” Sison married to Engracia “Lola Engkay” Diel Gomez-Sison of Dumangas. The people you mentioned I’m familiar with some of them & heard them being mentioned by my father as our closed relatives. My family & I now lives in Chicago, Illinois and I am on FB. Thanks for this endeavor. Hoping to hear from you again.

  10. J. M. Fernandez said,

    April 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Oh, by the way, we failed to mention Tita Emma, the younger sister of Tita Preney, Tito Elias & Tito Nono鈥he musician of the family (and the only la-on among the siblings).

    Sad to say that the eldest son of Tito Elias, Elias Jr. or Manong Boy to us has fell ill to the same illness as the mom’s. Bing-bing or Eleonore, the eldest, is happily married to a town mate (a Ledesma). We have lost track of Bebot, Buratchoy and Butching – the 3 younger siblings of the brood. All the boys of Tito Elias were my summer football buddies in La Paz wherein we played our hearts out in the football field across the house.

    Best regards to all our relatives back there!

  11. N. J. Hollero, MD said,

    April 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you for your information, J.M Fernandez dated April11,2015. Nono and I were very close and my memory fails me that one of his daughters was my ‘hijada’. I never fail to pay him a visit at the cemetery every time I visit my ancestral La Paz. We always watch its other’s back in any of the physical confrontations anytime anywhere. Those were our wild days!

  12. J. M. Fernandez said,

    April 11, 2015 at 2:03 am

    In response to Dr. Hollero’s comments to my post, my late father Jose Sison Fernandez (known to his siblings and relatives as Nong Jose or To Peping), to the best of my recollection, is the eldest among the first degree cousins of the Sisons in La Paz.

    My grand mother, Fe Javellana-Sison Fernandez, is the eldest sibling of Lola Nena, Lola Esting and Lolo Robus. My grandmother, who I didn’t get to meet, passed early in life while giving birth to my aunt, Tita Fe Sison Fernandez. My grandfather is Fernando Fernandez.

    We spent all our summers in La Paz, Iloilo (especially in May during the fiesta) and in Bago in Negros.

    I am still in touch with some of my cousins: Chita Sison Gocquinco; Gemma Sison Hernandez; Noche Sison; and Romax Sison, all children of Tito Nono; Paul Sison Agana of Tita Preney; and Robert Javellana of Tito Kardo Javellana (Humberto, Jr.). Unfortunately, I was’t able to see Maricar (the eldest daughter of Tito Nono) during her recent visit from the US.

    Indeed, it is such a delight to see postings of unknown relatives as we ourselves are unknown to much of our other relatives.

  13. Jessica Chica said,

    April 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    My Mom was born and grew up in Dawis, Bacolod, together with her family. I just got curious about our family line since I didn’t get a chance to know my grandparents well when they’re still alive.
    Mom came from the Magno-Betia clan, whereas my maternal grandmother came from the Nobeleta & Magno clan, while my maternal grandfather came from the Cuaycong & Betia clan.
    I’m really interested to know more about my ancestors, and our family line since I’ve heard that we really have a lot of kin. 馃檪
    And I just wanted to confirm if the Cuaycong clan is really a part of Chinese community/family among Negrenses/Ilonggos. 馃檪
    Thank you! 馃檪

    -Caca Chica

  14. Numeriano J. Hollero Jr., MD said,

    April 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    This is in reference to comments of J.M. Fernandez: Tiang N , Tiong Robus, Tiang Esting were my father’s (Numeriano Sison Hollero) first cousins and my second cousins were Nono, Eling and Preney as well as the Javellanas in Bago (Ricardo, Anong, Gising, Julio, Dr.Terry de los Reyes, and Zenia Javellana Murray, etc. There was a half brother of Tiong Robus whose name I can’t recall at this moment, and whose son was Dr. Arturo Sison.. We were all familiar with each other as we practically were on the same age bracket.
    Comments on this column are very enlightening in our search for further connecting roots!
    Thank you for pioneering this endeavor Toto Gonzalez!!
    Numeriano J. Hollero Jr., MD

  15. J. M. Fernandez said,

    April 7, 2015 at 7:59 am

    My paternal grandmother, Fe Javellana-Sison Fernandez (Inday Dako), is the eldest sister of Tiay Na or Lola Nena or Carolina Sison, Tiay Esting or Lola Esting or Ester Sison and Lolo Robus or Robustiano Sison of Bago, Negros Occ. & La Paz, Iloilo. My late father is the eldest among the first cousins: Robustiano (Tito Nono); Precilla Sison Agana (Tita Preney); Elias Sison (Tito Elias); etc…

  16. March 15, 2015 at 7:30 am

    My father, Salvio Gelanga died January 29, 2015. I tried to make a family record. I asked my mom what was my grandfather’s middle name? She said, “Montilla” So, My grandfather is Jacinto Montilla Gelanga, a native of Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, with no known relatives. He met my grandmother, Maria Eledia in Negros and followed her back home and settled in Guimbal! Iloilo. My grandmother was one of the beautiful ladies during that time as what I heard from other folks. My uncle David, the oldest uncle used to say that his Father’s ancestors were well off but he set aside those past and start over a family without much wealth but being hard worker, honest…During World War II, he helped the rich Chinese couples carry and hide the sack of money. I remembered he said ” If only I was not honest, our family had been rich already”. My grandparents have no pictures, memorabilia because their big house was burned even before I was born.
    I am in Texas now. Thank you so much for a chance to share my stories.

  17. Bert Agarrado said,

    March 10, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I belong to the Palacios-Presbitero clan from Valladolid….as a young boy tagging along my mom’s skirt, I have witnessed grand reunions of my lolos and lolas…Very recently, I re-visited one of my lola’s house , Lola Trining Ykalina in Valladolid and it is really very sad to know that the house they once called the Bahay Dolid is already run down and as I heard it from people around, it was sold to the owner of Ceres Liner. My interest is in the hordes of historical memorabilla like Katipunan sabers, Katipunan Uniforms, canons, collection of modelWorld War 2 battleships encased in glass cabinets which line the walls of the house, the Japanese submachinegun in the front fountain, and lots and lots of artifacts. I believe they should not be kept but rather displayed in a place where the new generations can appreciate and for our generation to relive…..

  18. ken regatalio said,

    January 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Paulo Rubio-Hi Paulo, got curious with your post re: Garbanzos Clan. I am the grandson of late Amadeo Garbanzos. and interested with my family lineage and history. My uncle used to tell me that Roque Garbanzos have two wives, first family – Seva and Second – Vargas. most of the properties were given to the first family and Araneta’s were distant relative of ours. please free to contact me. thanks.

  19. N.J. HOLLERO MD said,

    January 9, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Hello Jannie, Thank you for your reply. Tracing back, it appears that we certainly are related then. My paternal grandparents were Evaresto Villa Hollero and Francisca Jara Sison. My father Numeriano Sison Hollero, Sr. is the first cousin of Don Glicerio Sison Javellana and also first cousins of Jose Jara and Rosita Jara Mesa of La Paz, Iloilo City, also related to the wife of former president, Ming (Ramos. Other Sisons’, Tiong Robus (Robustiano) Tiay Na and others also of La Paz are my father’s first cousins, also related to Dr. Jara of Bacolod many years back.Nono(Robustiano Sison, Jr) is my second cousin(from La Paz). Zenia Javellana Murray, Dr. Telesforo(Terry) de los Reyes Jr., Bert, Anong, Cering and other siblings were all my second cousins. (last three were the children of Don Sergio, all long deceased. Zenia is from New Jersey and vacationing there in Bago at present. We (Terry, Zenia,RN and I) were working at the then Occidental Negros Provincial Hospital in 1961. Zenia and I (from Wisconsin)communicate with each other. I also was in the Balay Dako in Bago when I was young. Are you residing in the Philippines? Thank you for your comments.

  20. Jannie Sison Gareza said,

    January 8, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Dear Dr. Numeriano Jayme Hollero,

    Your comment caught my attention because of the Sison-Javellana-Bago connection. My name is Jannie Sison Gareza and my mom is Balintawak Sison Gareza, my maternal grandfather is Carlos Gomez Sison and my great grandfather is Ambrosio Jara Sison (Lolo Botoy) – cousin of Sergio Sison Javellana of Bago. Meanwhile, the mother of Lolo Botoy was a Jara – same family that produced Mrs. Ming Ramos, Former First Lady of the Philippines. I’m not too familiar names and exact relationships, but I believe my mother still remembers some names of cousins, second cousins, third cousins,et al. I’m guessing my Lolo Botoy is cousins with Don Glicerio Sison Javellana as well. My mom used to tell me that several Sisons all married Javellanas many generations ago which probably explains why we’re seeing a lot of Sison-Javellana connections these days. On several occasions when I was younger, I’ve also visited the house in Bago.

  21. cecilia villanasco said,

    October 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    to the camon family….i attended the UPIC in iloilo . whilst there, i befriended a mestiza- looking fine young lady, clotilde camon. clotie had a younger brother, donald,whom she called “didi”. i believe they had younger siblings. i met their father once, dr camon, though i am not sure if he was donald, sr. the said family camon came from la carlotta, negros occ. clotie and i went our separate ways, as many young people do, whilst following the calls of destiny. i have always wondered what happened to clotie. does any of the persons surnamed camon, and who also come from la carlotta/silay and neighbouring town know clotie? please let me know in facebook. thank you.

  22. Sofia Lacson said,

    October 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Hi im sofia grandfather is cesar j.lacson jr.hes frm negros father told me dat my lolo is frm silay.and they moved to bayawan negros.actually i dont know what is da j of my lolo father dont want to talked about hes family background,i dont know so curious about my lolo died in martial law dats why i dont know where he’s family.

  23. jane victoria said,

    September 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Hi im marie jane victoria from zamboanga city. Im looking forward to know my family roots from the side of my grandfather whos name is Jose Victoria. My grandfather used to say that he has some relatives from Negros. Hope you can help me with some information about the Victoria clan in negros. Thank you.

  24. Nume J. Hollero said,

    July 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Terry (Telesforo), Zenia and I were working together in the old Occidental Negros Provincial Hospital in the early 60’s.

  25. Nume J. Hollero said,

    July 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you so much for the information about cousin Zenia. i surely will connect with her. Also thanks for your brief bio re: yourself and am proud to know that are related.

    Nume J. Hollero, MD

  26. Humberto J Colmenares said,

    July 1, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Dear Dr. Hollero, kindly look her up in facebook as Zenia Javellana Murray and reconnect with her if you would like to.
    Humberto Javellana Colmenares

  27. Humberto J Colmenares said,

    July 1, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Dear Dr. Hollero, I came across your message of finding your cousins. In fact the people you mentioned are my Mom’s siblings and Telesforo and Zenia Javellana Murray are my mom’s first cousins. I am Humberto and the apo of Lolo Humber but my dad is a Colmenares married to Bukid Javellana of Bago City. I have given this information to “Mama Zen”, Mrs Zenia Javellana Murray and she is very excited to locate you as well. Any information about you that you could share with me so I can pass it on to Mama Zen, would be tremendously appreciated. I look forward to hear from you either way.

    Humberto Javellana Colmenares

  28. Joselle Lagunzad said,

    June 15, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Im looking. for my half brother, CIPRIANO JANSEN LAGUNZAD. Son of Mr Cipriano Joshua Lagunzad. he was from Bacolod City.

  29. Romeo V. Jardeleza said,

    March 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    @enrique bustos. Thanks for your information! My father’s name is Romeo Valenzuela Jardeleza. His parents,Salvador Ledesma Jardeleza and Pilar. Salvador was also from Jaro Iloilo but migrated to Bago and married Pilar. He was policeman in Bago but died during the war when my father was only 7 years old. Thus, except for his brothers and sisters, knows only a few relatives on the Jardeleza side. His grandparents are Isaias Jardeleza and a Ledesma. He forgot the name of her grandmother. Is there any information regarding her grandmother’s name.

  30. February 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

    @ Enrique Bustos: yong lolo is from negros din partly in silay basta alam lang namin is sa pabrika. naglayas din po siya noon dahil palagi daw silang sinasaltan ng father nila siya, yong mga kapatid niya at yong nanay niya. gusto ko din po sanang mahanap kung meron pang buhay sa mga kapatid ng lolo ko. limited lang po ang information na alam namin about sa family ng lolo ko daahil ayaw po niyang magkwento tungkol dito.

  31. Paolo Paddeu said,

    February 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Hello, i came across to your site/blog ; i’m from Italy, at present i’m doing a research on filipino flags and symbols, i would like to contact members of the Ykalina Family of Valladolid, Negros Occidental to know more on symbols, flags and some historical facts related to the Negros Rebellion. Can you kindly help me on my research?
    Thanks for your help.

    Paolo Paddeu

  32. Paulo Rubio said,

    February 19, 2014 at 12:35 am

    My mother is a member of the Garbanz贸s clan of Bago. I was told that their family used to be one of the richest and prominent in the area, with their largest hacienda and ancestral home situated in Calumangan. My bis-bis abuelo, whose name was Roque Garbanz贸s, was a military officer for the Spanish colonial army in Negros Occidental. He married a certain Epifan铆a V谩rgas, which I am certain, is related to the V谩rgases of Bago which one of its prominent members was Sec. Jorge Yulo Vargas. Through the union of the V谩rgas-Garbanz贸s line, they produced 5 children: Rodolfo, Carmen, Godofredo, Federico (the branch in which I belong to), and Amadeo. The eldest child, Rodolfo Garbanz贸s V谩rgas, was one of the founders of the Negros Press Club in the 1930s. His son, Rodolfo Jr., would assume as head of the family and fought legal battles regarding the family estate. I was also told that the family and the Aranetas were good friends. This is evident when whenever my bis-abuelo goes to Manila, he would always stay with Araneta (I am assuming this was J. Amado) in Cubao at the Balay na Puti. Other members of the clan include Arch. Albert Garbanz贸s, owner of the La Vista Highlands Resort in San Carlos, and Benito Montinola Jr., who married a Garbanz贸s.

  33. Ronald Hernaez said,

    February 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    HI Enrique Bustos, Glad to know that my Family name is included in your list of the prominent Ilonggo families emigrated from Jaro, Molo and Miag-ao Iloilo to Negros Occidental. My father’s name is Rodolfo Oceja Hernaez his birthplace is Barrio Concepcion, Talisay Negros Occidental. I am not quite close acquainted with the whereabouts of my fathers relative in Negros Occidental since we emigrated here in Cavite. Appreciate if somebody could relate about it. Thanks and regards, Ronald Batiller Hernaez.

  34. January 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    My name is Dr. Numeriano Jayme Hollero, son of Numeriano Sison Hollero, Sr from La Paz, Iloilo City. My father and Don Glicerio Sison Javellana from Bago were first cousins. We visited them in their ancestral home in Bago. I have known and very familiar with Anong, Ricardo, Gising Jr., Julio, Dr.Telesforo “Terry” Javellana de los Reyes Jr. and Zenia Javellana during our college days in Manila and aware that we were second cousins, as well as Nono Sison Jr son of Tiong “Robus” Sr. in La Paz. My father’s male siblings were Carlos “Toto Carlos” Sison Hollero, Manuel “Tiong Maning”Sison Hollero and Salvador”Tiong Agi” Sison Hollero. My paternal grandmother was Francisca Jara Hollero. Tiong Maning has a son named Manuel V. Hollero Jr, whom I met last year in Bacolod, an ARNIS master belonging to the Council of Sports Arnis Philippines. For sometime Zenia Javellana(from New Jersey) married name Murray and I used to communicate by phone, and I lost track about seven or so years, and her phone is no longer in use. I would like very much to reconnect with my cousins or descendants. We are now in our late seventies. would appreciate very much any info or help in tracing their genealogy or whereabouts.

  35. Alison Camon said,

    January 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I am on facebook. Look me up there.

  36. January 13, 2014 at 6:55 am


    We have a policy that 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 requisite information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  37. January 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Alison, Chit, daughter of Nimfa says hi. she wanted me to ask you if where could she contact you. She said your cousins.

  38. Michelyn Alligood said,

    November 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I am also looking for my Family in Negros. My mother is from the island and she has lost contact with her family over time. We moved around a lot once we came to the states and it was difficult to remain in touch because her family did not have a direct mailing address. If anyone can help, please do. Her Maiden name is Gico. Her father’s name was Orlando Gico, her brothers are Leslie, Aaron, and Issac. I have been searching for years and no one has been able to help me. Can you?

  39. October 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I have already met one of your cousin in Manila. Chit Camon Ferraris. My grandfather is Deogracias Camon, son of Julian and Concordia. That makes you my father’s cousin and my Aunt 馃檪

  40. donna camon peronilla said,

    October 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Gud day alison, we are still in the PI. Were presently living in bacolod city. My father has 2 brothers and 3 sisters but he and his sister nora were left. His brother deogracias jr died when.we were still young, hus sister blanche died 2 years ago, another brother homer died last year and his sister clotilde just this sept 30, 2013. They have a half brother and half sisters but they have no communication as well.

  41. Alison Camon said,

    October 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Wow. This is wonderful. Are you in the PI ? Where do you live? Most of the rest of my side lives in Metro Manila now, and a few of us, in the USA. Ninfa, and Lina’s children all are in the MM area. Several generations, which I fall in the eldest (alive) with my first cousins. Delia, Ofelia, Lino, Nydia, Diana, Myself and my sister Pamela.

  42. donna camon peronilla said,

    October 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Ms. Alison Camon, i am donna camon daughter of donald j. Camon, son of Dr. Deogracias S. Camon and Clotilde Jarovilla. My grandfather Dr. Camon also came from la carlota city. I have asked my father about d family tree and told me that miguel has 2 brothers melchor and julian. He also said that julian’s wife was concordia silva and their son was deogracias, our grandfather. When julian died concordia remarried miguel and their children was ninfa, lina, and fausto. Virgilio ferraris was the husband of ninfa. This means that father are cousins. I enjoy tracing my family tree. Thanks to you!

  43. donna camon peronilla said,

    October 9, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Ms. Alison Camon, i am donna camon daughter of donald j. Camon, son of Dr. Deogracias S. Camon and Clotilde Jarovilla. My grandfather Dr. Camon also came from la carlota city. I am gladmeet more of my family. Thank you!

  44. Alison Camon said,

    September 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I am granddaughter of Miguel Camon and Corncordia Silva Camon. I am daughter of Fausto Silva Camon and Joan Tyrrel Camon. I am an American born and raised. My parents came to the USA after WWII. My mother is from USA and met my dad when he came to the USA for university in 1929. Wed in Manila in May 1940. Fausto had sisters Ninfa, Lina,and brothers Deogratis, Virgilio. All deceased. The subsequent generations live in Metro Manila for the most part.

  45. September 24, 2013 at 3:04 am

    I am from Bacolod and my family is. I just learned a couple of things from this especially what Alison Camon wrote. I am the daughter of Donald Camon. to the lady who was looking for Clotilde, she is my Aunt and she resides at Mansilingan.

    To the author:

    I am apleased with your blog. May you more information abouty Camon family, kindly let me know. I am doing a family tree and a book about Camon clan Inshaa Allah!

    Many thanks,

  46. Alison Camon said,

    September 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My ancestors are from La Carlota in Occidental Negros and Iloilo. My father’s parents and grand parents had a store Alfredo Silva Store in La Carlota. We also had sugar plantations, but not exactly sure where. My ancestral sir names are Silva, Camon, Ferraris, Palenzuela, to name a few. I am very interested to know if in your research you have ever run across any of those names. My father Fausto,(youngest of 5) was born in 1910 in La Carlota and went on to St. Augustine on Bacolod. We believe that Miguel Camon came to the PI in 1889 from Spain during the war.

    Most of my family lives in Metro Manila now, but I am always searching for more information from the past. I live in Texas, so I am pretty far removed from the PI.

    Thank you in advance for any information you may have, related to my family.

    Alison Camon

  47. John Earle said,

    September 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I don鈥檛 know if this is the right place to post this but it is worth a try.

    I am a university researcher from the UK and I am currently (July to October 2013) in Bacolod City. The focus of my research is Nicholas Loney and his contribution to the early development of sugar in Negros between 1856 and 1869. Between these dates, he was British Vice-Consul in Iloilo and he was a major figure in the development of the sugar industry in Negros in the 19th century. He is sometimes referred to as 鈥楾he Father of the Sugar Industry鈥 in Panay and Negros.

    My Masters鈥 degree dissertation was written on the subject of Nicholas Loney and his work as British Vice-Consul and so I have already a reasonably good knowledge of the overall picture. [There is a copy of my dissertation in the Negros Museum in Bacolod City if anyone wishes to consult it.] However, there are many aspects which need to be explored further and many points of detail which need to be verified. I am putting out this message in the hope that someone I have not spoken to already might have information about or documents from that period or slightly later which would be relevant to my research. Usually, in this type of research, someone somewhere does indeed have useful information which they assume is widely known but which, in fact, is not well known at all.

    My work is solely in the interests of greater understanding of history and heritage. I can assure anyone that I have no commercial interest in any aspect of this and I would be happy to establish my UK university credentials if necessary.

    We know that Loney was part-owner of a hacienda in Talisay. I have been in contact with one member of the Lizares family already and expect to meet someone from the Lacson family next week. Their helpful and positive response has been very gratifying. However, all information from any source helps to build a stronger and more accurate picture so if anyone else does have anything that they would be willing to share with me, I would be delighted to follow this up.

    Incidentally, my wife is from Bacolod City so I have a strong connection with this area.

    John Earle

  48. August 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    i hope i can contact with the Azcona family in spain from Guiliermo Gaston Azcona my granfather,

  49. Marie Higgins said,

    August 24, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Hi Everyone, interesado po Sana akong malaman kong may Kilala kayong last na Marinay kasi hinanhanap ko po ang mga Kapatid nang mama ko for almost 10 yrs now , Ang pangallan nang mama ko ay Si Clara or Clarita Evallaser not sure apelyedo nang mama niya at apelyedo nang papa niya ay Marinay, Bali 6 sila na mag kakapatid 4 girls & 2 boys tags San Carlos negros occidental daw ang family nang mama ko, so if kong may nakilala kayo na Marinay family, I am looking do them u can contact here mvhiggins @ please help me..

  50. August 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Kung May Mag-respond man po sa isa man sa kamag-anak namin from Bacolod ito po ang FB ACC. ko
    Related din po Ako kay Arsenio Lacson, Aniceto Lacson, Juan Lacson At dating Gob. Bitay Lacson pero sad to say ang mama ko lang po siguro natatandaan nila at kilala dahil sanggol pa lang ako ng ialis sa Bacolod..
    Lubos po akong umaasa sa tulong ninyo admin , siguro baka nga kamag-anakin pa namin kayo, who knows? Salamat po ng madami pasensya na po sa 3 post msg. Importante lamang po kase ito, Godbless po . Umaasa po akong matutulungan po ninyo ako. Maraming salamat po.

  51. August 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    To Author:

    Marami pong Inilihim sakin ang aking Ina tungkol sa kanyang pinagmulan may nalalaman man po ako marahil ay yan lamang, pero ang kabuuan ng pagkatao ko hanggang ngayun ay di pa buo at walang kasagutan sa marami ko pang katanungan kung sino talaga ang kamag-anak ko.

    Ang nalalaman ko lang ang aking lola na si Medina Maravilla ay dating Guro , at ang aking lolo ay beterano sa WW II
    Hindi ko rin po kilala ang mga kapatid ng nanay ko pero sa pagkakaalam ko 4 sila 2 lalaki at 2 babae, kung mamarapatin mo po na huminge sana ako sa inyo ng background info kay Lola Medina ,dahil hanggang ngayun po ayaw pag-usapan ng ina ko ang tungkol sa kanila ang dahilan ay di ko din po alam.. At kay Boobad na tawag sa aking ina sino po ba siya sa kanilang pamilya?

  52. August 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    To Author:
    Hi, I’m Juan Carlos M. Lacson I.
    Son of ms. Verma Joy “Boobad” Maravilla Lacson.
    Hinahanap ko po ang kamag-anak namin: ang lola ko na si Gng. Medina Maravilla Lacson, asawa ni Juan Carlos Lacson, at ilan pang kapatid ng Mama ko, tubong Lacson Burgos Str., Bacolod, Neg. Occ. si Mommy.
    Ang mama ko po ang anak nilang nawawala at naglayas 37 yrs na nakaraan mula ngayon, since 1980s pa po, miss na miss ko na po ang mga kamag-anak namin at ngayon namumuhay kami ng walang kamag-anak at nag-iisa dito sa Brgy. Mainit, Mabini, Batangas. Gusto ko po sila makilala ng personal pero di ko alam kung paano sana po maging daan ang blog na ito sa muling pagkikita naming mag-anak. Pure Lacson at Ledesma ang dugong dumadaloy sa ugat ko kaya naniniwala akong matulungan mo po ako gumagalang … JC

  53. July 21, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Hello! I am Lavilyn, a senior journalism student of UP Diliman. I am currently working on for my thesis entitled Hacienda system and the absence of Hiligaynon newspaper in the province and I found this blog. I can’t read the full text of this entry. I want to know more. Hope you don’t mind. Thanks.

  54. Kris Alain Yanzon said,

    July 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    jose l. veloso, m.d sir kamusta po kayo?taga san po bah great great grandmother is also a veloso..her name was MERCEDEZ VELOSO.

  55. ellen montibon said,

    July 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I am one of d descendants of Guillermo Azcona who were residing where Monsignor Gaston is living now where the cartwheels church,si said my mother .on her childhood where she stayed with Pangoy on that mansion and my brothers stayed there in vacation time before,i only have d picture if my grandad(Guillermo Azcona)last 2 weeks i went to visit manapla where this old mansion and d cartwheels it was d best holiday i have..

  56. Teresita Lopez McGinley said,

    June 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    This is for Jose’ Lopez . I would like to know who your parents were . I am the youngest daughter of Gerardo Lopez , Zoleta who used to live in Hda , Sta. Cruz , later renamed after my father diers to Hda . San Gerardo. Teresita Lopez McGinley

  57. Alice Sherburne said,

    June 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    To Jose Lopez…how are you related to Gerardo Lopez? I am his granddaughter. My mother was his eldest daughter Nieves. Three of his children are living in the United States. Thank you for sharing this information.

  58. Joshua Gonzalez said,

    May 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Im Joshua Gonzalez and My grand dad is Jesus Monfort Gonzalez married to a Chinese Rosario Yapjoco. I hope someone can help me find the history of my family

  59. Paul Rubio said,

    April 6, 2013 at 4:58 am

    My mother is a member of the Garbanzos Family of Bago who used to own a very large hacienda there. My mother’s mom, is a granddaughter of Roque Garbanzos who works for the colonial government. According to my mother’s stories, their family owned large plots of haciendas until the early 20th century, when one of their relatives apparently “sold” the hacienda to the Aranetas. That is why until now, my mom’s relatives are doing their best to re-claim what was theirs. I also remember my mom telling me that when her great grandfather goes to Manila, he always go to the Balay na Puti.

  60. Mel Ledesma said,

    February 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    My name is Melvin Erni Ledesma. My great great grandfather’s name was Luis Alorro Ledesma from Culasi, Antique. I am looking for his parents’ names. Luis Alorro Ledesma was married to a Rina Villamor. Their son, Fortunato Villamor Ledesma, was my paternal grandfather’s father. My grandfather’s name is Ernesto Arriola Ledesma Sr. He married Fortunata Dioso Magsipoc, a teacher from Culasi, Antique, and they migrated to Mindanao in the early 50’s. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  61. Alison Camon said,

    August 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Deo Camon was my uncle, and I know he was quite old (near 100) when he died. He was a doctor and dies in the 70’s. He had many children and I do not know all their names. But it sounds like the two you mentioned are probably a relation of mine. I will keep searching, thanks.

  62. Jose Lopez said,

    August 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    In addition, the Lopez family held the most land, then Gerardo Lopez divided it amongst the family. Hence, the Valmayor family ( who have rewritten their own history ) were able to actually pull themselves up….

  63. Jose Lopez said,

    August 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    One of the most prominent families of Negros “Sugarland” was the one of Gerardo Lopez y Soleta and his wife Emilia. They were one of the most respected amd wealthiest in addition to being one of the most humble. They did not flaunt their wealth or power.

  64. cecilia villanasco-aylett said,

    May 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    from cecilia villanasco-aylett: pardon the typographical errors! thanks.

  65. cecilia villanasco-aylett said,

    May 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    to the lady who was trying to find one of the camons.: …sometime in the late 60’s i had a classmate, clotilde from la carlota. we attended the university of the philippines in iloilo city. clottie had a younger brother named donald. their father was also a donald who i understand worked as a doctor in his youth. i am looking for clotilde…. i hope this is of any help to you.

  66. hugh jones said,

    May 1, 2012 at 12:51 am

    i am a direct desendent of agaton ramos who married dolores varela araneta if you have any information on agaton please contact me @

  67. Agnes Andrada said,

    April 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Families of Old…Old Families of Negros!

    Negros people are traditional in so many ways and the Spanish traditions predominate…I miss the old parties! I miss the grand Montilla parties! To those who have been to one (some, heck, all of them!), you know what I’m talking about >insert silly grin here<

    To those who wish to check out the Family tree (and I hope links are allowed) – (if this doesn't work, please copy and paste the link on a separate browser). This is not my website and I do not manage it. I found the link through my good friend, Google. I have, though, checked the site, and it's not complete but it's a start.

    I used to live in Bacolod City with my mom who was a Montilla. Now, I reside in Makati and trying to trace my roots at 7 in the morning… stumbled upon this site while simultaneously seeking breakfast!

    To Toto Gonzalez (I hope I have deduced this correctly and that you are indeed the site author…if not, woops!), thank you for keeping this door open! May your belly be always full! No, we don't really say that in Negros. We do, however, have a by-golly-who-says-it's-unhealthy?! attraction to food. Yes. We are all self-proclaimed food critics. Deny that, Bacolodnon readers, and may you be struck on the nose with a Kalabasa straight from a bowl of Laswa!

    Kidding aside, every little bit of information helps. So, thank you!

    No, I'm not crazy.
    This is my pre-breakfast mood.

  68. France Marie Francisco said,

    March 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I am looking for the relatives of my father in Negros Occidental. My father’s name is Luis Fernando Juarez Francisco. He is fondly called “baby” by his aunties and uncles. He is the grandson of Jose Juarez, and the cousine of Batoy Lizares.

  69. Raymund Garcia said,

    February 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    My grandfather who is Ubaldo (Waldo) Garcia married to Marina Montilla was the brother of the mother of Pura Garcia Villanueva whose name was Emilia Garcia. Can somebody trace where my grandfather was born?

  70. bong pelobello said,

    January 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

    dear martin:
    as what I know, the Lagudas are natives of manbusao, capiz. The late Salvador Laguda, who married a Lopez was from Mambusao, Capiz. He was the former Secretary of the Interior before the war.

  71. Sonnie Ledesma Santiago said,

    December 15, 2011 at 6:30 am

    To the LEDESMA (Silay, Negros Occidenta) and JARDELEZA (Jaro, Iloilo City) clan:

    Does anyone of you know or remember a person by the name of SERAFIN JARDELEZA LEDESMA? When he was a young man, he left his family from Silay, Negros Occidental a long long time ago. (In short, he was a stow away boy). He tried his luck in the Bicol area, settled down, got his own family and grandkids. He lost contact with his relatives in Negros and Iloilo. He never came back to his hometown, either until he passed away at the age of around 80s.

    I happened to be one of his granddaughters. One time, I remembered him mentioning the names of his relatives by the name of SALUD LEDESMA and RAMON LEDESMA. He said that her mother was from Jaro, Iloilo City born from JARDELEZA family.

    Most of Serafin Jardeleza Ledesma’s grandkids look like Chinese including myself. We have chinky/small eyes and white complexion.
    My grandfather, Serafin said, that we look like the typical LEDESMA family from Negros and Iloilo.

    If anyone of you knows or remembers this person by the name of SERAFIN JARDELEZA LEDESMA, please contact me by e-mail. My e-mail address is

    Thank you.

  72. Ed Regalado said,

    December 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    HI Enrique ako si ed regalado taga tondo,… bata pa lamang ako di ko na kilala ang pinagmulan… matagal na akong nag aanatay ng kasagutan tungkol sa aking pinagmulan … ang pangalan ng hinahanap ko kung saan lugar sa negros occidental ko matatagpuan ang bayan ng mga regalado… ang name ng lolo ko ay basilio mapa regalado… ang kanyang anak ay si eduardo celeste regalado.. at ang pangalan ng aking lola ay Maria Celeste.. nais ko sanang makilala ang mga kapatid ng aking AMA…sana masaba mo itong sulat ko sayo… maraming salamat at PAGPALAIN KA NAWA NG DIOS

  73. Ed Regalado said,

    September 13, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Hi, I’m Ed Regalado from Tondo, I’m looking for my grandfather Basilio Mapa Regalado.

  74. Ramon Severino Conlu, Jr. said,

    July 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Please correct the message of Mr. Enrique Bustos found in no.23. It should be Juan Hilado and not Juan Hidalgo. His son, Cornelio Hilado, was also responsible for the establishment of Hacienda Bagacay. Cornelio’s wife, Magdalena Lopez Ledesma, was the sister of Simeon Lopez Ledesma.

    Robustiano Echa煤z wrote in his published book in 1894 entitled “Apuntes de la Isla de Negros” or “Sketches of the Island of Negros”:

    “Los insulares de Jaro y Molo, van 谩 Negros; Sime贸n Ledesma y Lucio Lacson, se dirigen 谩 Minuluan, dan trazado 谩 sus propiedades, forma el primero con Cornelio Hilado, su portentosa hacienda Bagacay, el segundo, su grande y hermoso Matabang, y se abren las de Binonga y otras muchas”.

    It was translated in English by Donn V. Hart in 1978:

    “Filipinos from Jaro and Molo came to Negros. Simeon Ledesma and Lucio Lacson settled in Minuluan where they laid out the boundaries of their properties. Ledesma and Cornelio Hilado created their wonderful Hacienda Bagacay. Lacson built the big and beautiful Hacienda Matabang. Haciendas at Binonga and many others were also established”.

    Ramon Severino Conlu, Jr.
    Descendant of Cornelio Juaneza Hilado & Magdalena Lopez Ledesma

  75. martin laguda villarante said,

    July 26, 2011 at 8:02 am

    hi there,

    Se帽or Enrique,

    Just like to know the history of my mother’s family “Laguda” all i know is that they came from Iloilo. They are related with the late Hortensia Lopez Laguda Starke.


  76. Jade Vargas-Pulido said,

    July 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm


    My grandfather was from Molo, Iloilo. And belonged to the original family who made “araros” for the farmers back then. Just wanted to know if the Ponce-Vargas of Molo are still around. And just wanted to know my own family history. Thanks!

  77. Nereo Lujan said,

    June 20, 2011 at 5:59 am

    For Humberto Javellana Colmenares:

    Hi, I earlier had email correspondence with your cousin Ching Purugganan.

    I supplied her some information regarding Glicerio Sison Javellana whose parents were Manuel Javellana and Gregoria Sison.

    His brothers were Lucas Javellana (born 1862) and Esteban Javellana (born 1863, not to be confused with Esteban “Stevan” Javellana, born 1918 and author of “Without Seeing the Dawn”). He had a sister named Ezperanza (born 1867).

  78. Jesse Alvarez said,

    May 22, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Good day! I would like to communicate with Mr. Enrique Bustos. Can I have his email address, please? Thanks鈥

    Jesse Alvarez

  79. May 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    J. Alvarez:

    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

  80. May 21, 2011 at 7:28 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.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  81. Alison Camon said,

    April 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Fausto Camon is my father, Degracias is my grandfather. I do not know of an Adalina, although my father did have a sister named Lina (which could’ve been shortened, but I am not sure)

    Deogracias’ father, Miguel was from Navarro, Spain, La Paloma and fought in the Spanish American war in the PI in 1889. After the war he stayed. The rest is history, so to speak.

    Where do you fit in this scenario? What country do you live in? This is very interesting, thanks for any info you may have. ac

  82. Ronald camon said,

    April 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    hey Alison Camon one of my cousins down da line from da philippines was looking for some family in Spain(Ms Adelina Camon) and from Detroit Michigan and his name is Fausto Camon…let me know if u know any of these people…or Deogracias Camon… thankssss

  83. Alison Camon said,

    April 5, 2011 at 2:38 am

    My Father was born in LaCarlotta in 1910 Fausto Silva Camon) . His family name is Camon and Silva on his mother’s side. His Brother Deo Camon was a surgeon in Ilo Ilo until the 70’s. Miguel was my grandfather, Corncodia was my grandmother, from Spain (I am told…Seville? ) I believe that the Palezuela’s were also from that area (cousins). If any of these names are familiar…please respond. Thanks for any information. A. Camon (Dallas, TX U.S.A.)

  84. Humberto Javellana Colmenares said,

    April 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    This is great information as I was searching for our family history. We will host our first reunion under Don Glicerio Sison Javellana on November 5, 2011 at our ancestral home in Bago City, Negros Occidental.

  85. fe villanueva castanos lazaro said,

    February 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I’d like to thank Mr. Enrique Bustos for including the Lazaro family in the list of emigrants to San Carlos. Wish I could retrace my roots someday.
    God bless you all, fellow Negrenses!

  86. randy yulo pableo said,

    February 13, 2011 at 6:16 am

    im randy yulo pableo…im looking for my yulo relatives…my mother is from bago,negros occidental…the name of my lolo is benjamin yulo his wife is mary bautista yulo…

  87. Charlene Joy Lopez said,

    February 13, 2011 at 3:30 am

    My great great grandfather was Don Pedro Lopez, who owned a sugarcane and pineapple plantation in Molo, Iloilo. Do you have information about his line? Thank you.

  88. Connie Jison Mendoza said,

    January 16, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Interesting!!! Do not forget the Ledesmas of Silay City. Oscar Ledesma, Edgardo Ledesma who was married to Marrieta A Locsin the daughter of Dr. Jose Locsin. Edgardo Ledesma granddaughter “Ma. Carmela Abello Golez” who is the head of Tapulanga Foundation. These are names that Enrique Bustos forgot to mention. In fact in one of Toto Gonzales story, I saw a picture of the Locsin’s bedroom (Marla Locsin Jalandoni). Most of these families are related either by blood or marriage

  89. December 23, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Hello ALL

    I am a descendant to VILLALOBOS family clan, my father is Federico Suarez Villalobos from Ilo Ilo, my uncle Romeo Villalobos, Nestor Villalobos, tatay Laling Villalobos, unti Dadang Villalobos, I don’t meet them I just heard from my father. Now, i have many relatives and first cousin, i want to trace them through this message.

  90. October 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Such an interesting exchange. Enrique, thanks for including the Lizareses in the list of prominent families that came from Iloilo. We don’t have that distinction, fortunately or unfortunately.The Lizares who built his mansion in Iloilo was the son of Enrica Alunan Lizares and Efigenio Lizares both of whom had long roots in Negros. The earliest known Lizares, Efigenio’s father was Rufino who was also a Negrense. My father tells me that the Lizareses’ original surname was Hucalla, not Lizares. I do wonder how you define a “Pioneering” planter. The Alunans and Lizareses already had haciendas when the Balay ni Tana Dicang was built in the 1880s or earlier.

  91. September 25, 2010 at 2:47 am


    Thank you for that. At one point, we were discussing the origins of Hacienda Fortuna and the Gay family of Iloilo came up.

    I am glad to hear that you and Assunta are doing very well.

    Best regards,

    Toto Gonzalez 馃檪

  92. Jules Ledesma Arenas said,

    September 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Simeon Ledesma Y Lopez my great- grandfather began tilling Hda. Bagacay in 1845. My Grandfather Julio Ledesma Villalobos the 7th of 13 initially started in Sarabia and then heard that Hda. Gay of the family bearing the name were having leased with option to purchase this tract of land in Nabingkalan, Negros. Having just finished paying for Hda. Pilar; his first self-acquired hacienda; intrigued his interest piqued, went cross-island and in 1911 as he and his trusted Cabo Mayor and another with half a dozen others came over the hillock now know as Sto Nino what unfolded mustve been something because after he returned to Jaro he did get in touch. Having leased Hda. Gay in 1912 began to explore till and care for, the very same. His first harvest must have been good for by the end of the first season did not hesitate but indeed exercised the option forward in 1913. To purchase this he had to risk everything he owned including Hda. Pilar et al. People at scoffed at his audacity in selling Pilar a 400ha. plot of very good land to go out to the middle of ‘no lo se’ July are you crazy? No… I know exactly what Im doing. By 1916 he had paid for the Hacienda in full; and the year my father was born the beginning of the 1917harvest in Jan. not only was the start auspicious in that he now had a second son, 7th child the year was capped with the repurchase of Hda. Pilar. In Jan. ’12 I shall formally start the Centennial of La Fortuna- his ‘Favored’. Assunta and I are blessed and humbled having been given the priviledge of doing as my grandfather did a century ago in 2008. Amidst a world economic meltdown we took on, underwrote and de- Leveraged. Ex nihilo nihil fit.. from nothing- nothing can be produced. FY’10-’11 will be my 30th in San Carlos and the first whereat we are debt zero-rated. I can relate to what He must have gone through. Catharsis doesnt even begin to capture the melange of emotions. I hope all is well Toto. Don Diego whispered that I invite you and some kin to as he put it bring back ‘the way it was before …awry- otium cum dignitate’… ‘leisure with dignity’- indeed. Our auditors still refuse to stay at Fortuna and I am still scouring for Antillian Carriage house architecture to be able to build Veranda a patio. Thats how I landed here in the first place. Deo Favante , festina lente. May He favor thee-make haste slowly. jules

  93. R.V. Araneta said,

    September 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Enrique….

    I would like to add the name of my great grandfather Felix M. Araneta of Molo, Iloilo, as one of the pioneer hacenderos of Negros Occidental. He acquired a huge estate in La Carlota. He named it “Hacienda Paz” after his wife Paz Ditching Soriano.

  94. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    The aide de camp of General Juan Araneta and his son in law is Charles Dreyfus a frenchman who migrated here in the Philippines together with his brothers Leon and Jules Dreyfus Charles Dreyfus married the Daughter of Gen Juan Araneta Elisa Araneta the gift of Gen Araneta to the couple is Hacienda Mailum one of their daughter Ruth Dreyfus married a Gaston of Silay

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

    August 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    hello to all the veloso clans, i am the grandson of don mariano veloso and dona consuelo carratala

  96. Ma. Rosario Orteza said,

    August 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    What about the de la Penas and Mirandas, weren’t they hacenderos at one point in Murcia and Bacolod?

    Thank you.

  97. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Prominent Families in Negros Occidental by Towns

    Kabangkalan-Zayco,Alvarez,& Rubin鈥檚
    Victoria-Suarez,Gaston鈥檚,& Montilla鈥檚
    Bago-Yulo,Araneta鈥檚,& Torres
    Valladolid- Infante鈥檚, & Ykalina鈥檚
    Talisay-Lizares,& Lacson鈥檚
    Ilog & Kawayan-Vargas
    San Enrique-Oppen鈥檚,& Montinola鈥檚
    Bacolod Kilayko,Cuaycong鈥檚,Montelibano鈥檚,Araneta鈥檚,Lacson鈥檚
    Silay-Gamboa鈥漵,Gaston鈥檚,Jalandoni鈥檚,Lizares,Locsin鈥檚,& Velez

  98. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Kabangkalan-Zayco,Alvarez,& Rubin’s
    Victoria-Suarez,Gaston’s,& Montilla’s
    Bago-Yulo,Araneta’s,& Torres
    Valladolid- Infante’s, & Ykalina’s
    Talisay-Lizares,& Lacson’s
    Ilog & Kawayan-Vargas
    San Enrique-Oppen’s,& Montinola’s
    Bacolod Kilayko,Cuaycong’s,Montelibano’s,Araneta’s,Lacson’s
    Silay-Gamboa”s,Gaston’s,Jalandoni’s,Lizares,Locsin’s,& Velez

  99. Mike tiongco said,

    August 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Hi toto,
    I did put my email & real name …
    I have a question about Enrique bustos about my great grandparents from jaro,iloilo
    Name’s r Felix Garcia villanueva & Josefina de Paula benedicto..were related to pura Garcia villanueva & Roberto salas benedicto Salvador v. Benedicto
    I’m to find out more about my grandparents clan
    thank you very
    mike Tiongco from Sfca

  100. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Among the Pioneer hacienderos in Negros Occidental are the FF
    1.Agustin Montilla Hacienda Constancia in Ubay
    2.Teodoro Yulo Hacienda Concepcion in Binalbagan
    3.Juan Hidalgo Hacienda Bagacay in Talisay
    4.Lucio Lacson Hacienda Matabang in Talisay
    5.Jose Luzuriaga Hacienda Lupit in Bacolod
    6.Yves Gaston Hacienda Buenretiro in Silay
    7.Juan Araneta Hacienda Ma-ao in Bago
    8.Simeon Ledesma Hacienda Bagacay

  101. July 13, 2010 at 4:38 am


    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

  102. Myles Garcia said,

    June 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Here’s the link to the Montinola family website:

  103. marco philippe araneta said,

    June 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Yes that’s right Toto! Hope you can visit the family museum and see pictures of the different branches of our family 馃檪 The pictures of me and my family are under the Marciano Araneta branch, he was my great great grandfather so my grandfather and dad were also named Marciano after him 馃檪

  104. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 6, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Aniceto Lacson and Juan Araneta established the Cantonal Republic of Negros on November 5, 1898. Technically opposed to the first Philippine Republic set up in Malolos, the Republic of Negros wanted to preserve its political independence from Spain, the United States, and Aguinaldo’s Malolos Republic.

    The grandfather of Gaita A. Fores, J. Amado Araneta, was the son of Don Marciano Araneta, a direct descendant of Gen. Juan Araneta.

  105. June 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm


    Someday, I would like to visit the Juan Araneta ancestral house in Bago City, Negros Occidental. I first heard about it from Gaita Araneta Fores, who spoke fondly of it.

    The “other revolutionary leader” of Negros Occidental was Aniceto Ledesma Lacson, wasn’t he? 馃檪

    Toto Gonzalez

  106. marco philippe araneta said,

    June 5, 2010 at 5:00 am

    The house of General Juan Araneta in Bago City was built towards the end of the 19th century and stands today as the Araneta Museum. Gen. Araneta was the other revolutionary leader of the November 5, 1898 uprising against Spain and led the revolutionaries from the south. His Bago home, has been turned into a museum housing collections of family memorabilia, furnishings, and the family tree for all the branches of the Araneta family.

  107. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 2, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Prominent Ilonggo families from Jaro, Molo, and Miag-ao emigrated to Negros Occidental. The migrating mestizo families ( Spanish-Ilonggo, Chinese-Ilonggo and Spanish-Chinese-Ilonggo ) bore well-known surnames as Araneta, Yulo, Lopez, Montinola, Montelibano, Locsin, Ledesma, de la Rama, Lacson, Tiongco, Jison, Jayme, Tinsay, Mapa, Severino, Torres, Jalandoni, Villanueva, Lizares, Hofilena, Javellana, Belmonte, Hilado, Hernaez, Mondragon, Lazaro, Regalado, Golez, Maravilla, Sajo, Tady, Consing, Cuaycong, Azcona, and Conlu.

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