The Families of Old Sariaya, Tayabas [ now Quezon ]

[ I wonder if I can get the Gala-Eleazar sisters — Tita Baby Eleazar Gala-de Villa, Tita Lilia Eleazar Gala-Grino, Tita Leonie Eleazar Gala-Gonzalez — and the Gala cousins of my cousins — Ave Reynoso Gala-Blanco, Vina Gala Alava-Pelaez, Maritess Gala Alava-Yong, Itchay Gala Alava-Cuenca, Meng de Villa Gala-Perdices, et. al.  — to help me with this… ]

ALCALA.  The Alcala were the original, “principalia” family of Sariaya town.  It was from them that the other rich families of the town radiated.

Teresa Alcala de Gala.

Vanity of vanities:  When Teresa Alcala de Gala passed away in prewar, she left strict instructions that her coffin should be placed above a high funeral bier, much higher in fact than royal catafalques, just so her peasant workers and mourners could not “look down” at her in the coffin.  [ One has to see the extant photographs to believe the sight! ]


Moises Gala y Alcala.

Avelina Eleazar y Ordoveza, de Gala.


Margarita Rodriguez.


ARGUELLES.  The Arguelles were originally from San Juan, Batangas, which was only separated from Sariaya, Tayabas by the river.  The Arguelles were initially “hacenderos” who made a second huge fortune off their gold mines in nearby Mindoro island.

Amparo Arguelles y Ochoa, de Villa.

DE VILLA.  Like the Arguelles, the de Villa were also originally from San Juan, Batangas.

Jovencio de Villa.

Amparo Arguelles y Ochoa, de Villa.

Braulio Arguelles de Villa.

Amparito Gala de Villa – Lopez-Puckett.

Reina de Villa Lopez-Puckett – Tan.

Audrey de Villa Lopez-Puckett – Chiu.



  1. April 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    My great grand mother is Flaviana del Valle and it says here that del Valle roots are in Quezon. Can you help me find this clan?

  2. Ericdimson Gala said,

    March 17, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Isabelo Gala (Sr.) was already dead, i think 1999 or 2000 when i was still in college. His remains was buried at North Cemetery in Manila. Mr. Roger Gala (my father) is his son. His brother, Isabelo Gala Jr., at this moment, is still residing at Tayabas, Quezon.

  3. Elvira "IRAH" Cadiz Malveda said,

    January 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    “George Ramil Ramos y Cadiz, from your research shows that the first doctor of the town of Sariaya is Don Benito Cadiz who has a priest brother, Fr. Rufino Cadiz, who was the first priest of the town” . . .

    Thanks for the great INFO…Don Benito Cadiz was OUR great grandfather…his ELDEST son was our GRANDFATHER Dr.Luis Cadiz… Dr.Luis Cadiz had 5 children. The eldest is my mom, Leonila Cadiz Malveda, 2nd was the late Lilia Cadiz Castillo, 3rd was Belen Cadiz Quejada, 4th was Pepito Cadiz, and the youngest is Rufino Cadiz II…and I am the youngest from Leonila Cadiz Malveda ( also the 32nd CHILD)…Believe or NOT ( 1 MOTHER from Leonila Cadiz + 1 FATHER from Engr. Orlando Castillo Malveda ) .

    Wish I could find out more about our FAMILY history. Or if there is any chance to be connected by our heritage…

  4. Isabelo Jaca Gala III said,

    July 5, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Anyone here know my grandfather Isabelo Gala? would really appreciate it. I’m searching for my father Isabelo Gala Jr.

  5. Priscilla de la Rama said,

    June 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    We are looking for Antonio Rodriguez who married someone from Tayabas, Quezon. He is younger than my grandfather who was born in 1892 so presume he must have settled there about 1920. Would be very happy if we find out who his wife is and if he had any children.
    Thanks much

  6. George Ramil Ramos y Cadiz said,

    March 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Oh, by the way, my research shows that the first doctor of the town of Sariaya is Don Benito Cadiz who has a priest brother, Fr. Rufino Cadiz, who was the first priest of the town. But if baffles me that I don’t find any older Cadizes in Sariaya’s history (so I’m thinking that maybe they are just immigrants to the place).


  7. George Ramil Ramos y Cadiz said,

    March 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Hi! I’m doing a genealogical research on my mom’s side of the family – the Cadizes, and found out (based on word of mouth stories) that our roots come from Sariaya. I’m wondering if the Cadizes in Sariaya originated from the town. I have been in touch with the Cadizes of Sariaya but even they are not if they really are from there. I’ve also found out that our ancestors love migrating (my greatgrandfather settled in Masbate but was originally from Sorsogon while my great great grandfather settled in Sorsogon from Vinzons, Camarines Norte). I had a chat with writer-historian Mr. Martin Tinio who said that he really thinks that our family came from Ilocos. The running story in our family (which surprisingly coincides with the stories of other Cadizes in the Philippines) is that we come from three Portuguese brothers who settled in 3 different areas in the country, Ilocos, Quezon-Bicol area, and the Bohol area (the founder of Garcia-Hernandez Bohol is Don Alberto Cadiz y Maria). Would you have any ideas or insights on this? It will really be a big help in my research and in the book about our family history that I’m planning to write. Thanks!


  8. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Atty. Librado Enriquez and his wife Josefina Gala

    Dr. Isidro Rodriguez.and his wife Gregoria Gala one of their daughters is Doña Carmen Rodriguez Arguelles

    Governor Maximo Rodriguez and his wife Martinita Gala they were the principal sponsors of Manuel Luis Quezon and wife Aurora Aragon during their wedding in Hong Kong, and their house was where President Quezon used to stay whenever he visited Sariaya in the old days

    Don Catalino Rodriguez and his wife Luisa Rodriquez

    Julianito Rodriguez and his wife Rosie Gala

    Don Francisco Rodriguez

    Manuel Gala married Alicia Enriquez

  9. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Governor Natalio Enriquez married to Susana Gala

  10. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 10, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Another one is the family of Baby Florentino Enriquez but much of her father’s estate went to his second wife, a Fule of San Pablo, Laguna.

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