The Families of Old Silay, Negros Occidental










  1. Elvie de la Rama said,

    October 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Descendants of Manuel Avancena y Quiosay? I think he was from Cebu. Born 1877

  2. Elvie de la Rama said,

    October 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Any descendants of Rafael de la Rama Ledesma?

  3. R. Jison Rodriguez said,

    January 5, 2017 at 7:51 am

    The JISONs of Silay

    Albino Goles Jison m. Maria Juana Dolores Villanueva Lopez (3rd Gen. Lopez of Iloilo)


    1. Maria (Marucha) Lopez Jison m. Manuel Castelo Lopez (Lopez of Batangas)
    2. Marcelo (Celoy) Lopez Jison m. Josefina Avanceña
    3. Arsenio (Seniong) Lopez Jison m. Espinella Ayson
    4. Concepcion (Concha) Lopez Jison m. Felix Angelo Bautista
    5. Januario (Togo) Lopez Jison m. Ma. Leonor Bustamante
    6. Luisa (Luising) Lopez Jison m. Amado Alano
    7. Caridad (Caring) Lopez Jison m. Cornelio Castor Cruz
    8. Dominador (Oking) Lopez Jison m. Remedios Javellana
    9. Fernando Newton Lopez Jison m. Salvacion Ledesma
    10. Eduardo (Nohing) Lopez Jison m. Helen Guerrero
    11. Emilio (Suy) Lopez Jison m. Celia Gamboa
    12. Francisco (Frank) Lopez Jison m. Lilia Hofileña Lopez
    13. Pablo (Pabling) Lopez Jison m. Elisa Montinola

  4. Rizann Diosomito said,

    December 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Nice to know something about my bloodline…

  5. april de la rama said,

    June 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Re: inquiry about a certain house in sanchez st., silay city

    Dear all:
    I have been doing a research on the historical aspect of the short story: Doreen’s Story by Rosario Cruz Lucero. In the story, there is a mention of a house which is just one story. it has a height and width equal to that of the bahay na bato. some historical accounts suggest that it was owned by isidro de la rama but i cant find it anywhere in google. anyone from silay who can help me?

  6. Joseph Ledesma said,

    January 27, 2015 at 9:44 am

    There’s this house along Taft Avenue in Malate (near the Apostolic Nunciature) which has this name at the gate: Don Joaquin Ledesma. Is he also from Negros/Iloilo?

  7. Ma. Lourdes Flores Vargas Rodriguez said,

    November 5, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Im from the julian hilado-eustaguia juanesa family tree.
    Im trying to find my relatives from the Dolores Sauza De Paula Hilado side.
    I hope we can exchange family history tales.
    My email addressis
    Thank you.

  8. Gimuel Ledesma said,

    October 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

    i not sure if im related to the Ledesmas of silay. my great lolo, Flimon ledesma is from Ilo-ilo, he was married to a Capistrano of capiz which is my great lola that i never knew. their son Emilio Ledesma moved to Victorias City , Negros Occidental because of family issues. Im just wondering if iam related to the ledesmas of silay. i dont have any idea about my family history.

  9. jhen ledesma said,

    January 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    hi.. my father’s name is Salvador “badong” Ledesma, he came from Negros Occidental..

  10. mitos samson nicdao said,

    July 19, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I am searching for some friends from Silay who were together with me as Rotary Exchange Students in Australia in the 1964-65. They are Lope Severino and Annie Kilayko. Others who were from Bacolod are Glenn Ascalon, Boy Bantug and Boy Gallardo including Edna Mae Fetalvero from Cebu. This is Mitos Samson from San Carlos City/Dagupan City Pangasinan. I am now a balikbayan and I came across your website. If the above mentioned names still remember their youthful memorable days please email me : Thanks and Godspeed.

  11. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 10, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Professional geneologist Ramon Severino-Conlu in a research of the “Claveria Decree” of November 21, 1849 issued by the Spanish Governor General Narciso Claveria for purposes of “the administration of justice, government, finance, and public order, and the far-reaching moral, civil and religious consequences to which this might lead, because the family names are not transmitted from the parents to their children, so that it is sometimes impossible to prove the degrees of consanguinity for purpose of marriage, rendering useless the parochial books which in Catholic countries are used for all kinds of transactions.”

    From records available in Silay,read that all Severinos changed their family names to the Portugal-origin “Gamboa” back in 1850 when this Claveria Decree was implemented but eventually some reverted to Severinos again. Severino blood running into the veins of the Sanchez’ family.although the blood proximity is yet being studied

    Some Members of the Severino Family are Melecio Severino,Y Yorac the first Civil Governor of Negros. Being anti-American, he was ousted but ran for the Philippine Assembly and won by election. His tomb is elevated and located right at the very center nearest the entrance of Silay’s Public Cemetery. Anyone who was buried in an elevated tomb at the very center of a public cemetery must truly be great.Negros Revolution flag maker Olympia Severino and Lope Severino,fifth Mayor of the Silay Municipality

    In his research the Batangas Luna family has no traces of kinship of Juan and Antonio, the Luna brothers who figured prominently in Philippine history. It was simply the Claveria Decree that did it

  12. Alicia Perez said,

    January 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Coni Kalaw Ledesma’s sister Rita Kalaw Ledesma was formerly married to Leonides “Leony” Palanca Gonzalez, Toto Gonzalez’s first cousin.

    Coni’s and Rita’s first cousin, Marinela “Nela” Kalaw Katigbak, is the widow of Armand V. Fabella, an uncle of Toto Gonzalez’s through the Valdes [ Pampanga ] clan.

    Small, small world.

    Alicia Perez

  13. Ysa Ledesma said,

    January 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Coni Kalaw Ledesma is the daughter of Paeng Ledesma, the brother of Romeo and Edgardo Ledesma. Edgardo Ledesma was married to Marietta Locsin Ledesma the daughter of Doctor Jose Locsin (Senator). James Ledesma the son of Edgardo and Marietta Ledesma was in charge of the Sugar Regu;atory Administration under Gloria Arroyo. James eldest brother Edgardo Ledesma is an architect who used to work for Leandro Locsin. Check the connection. It’s all in the family

  14. Klason Blanco-Ledesma said,

    December 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    So my Great2x Grandfather was the first hero of Silay. 🙂

  15. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 6, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Some of the descendants Don Bernardino Jalandoni & Dona Ysabel Ledesma of Silay Negros are Communist Leader Luis Jalandoni he married Coni Kalaw Ledesma Luis is the son of Cesar Jalandoni son of Don Bernardino & Dona Ysabel a daughter of Don Bernardino & Dona Ysabel married Trino Montinola, one of the founders of First Farmers Sugar Mill (Talisay)

  16. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 12, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Manuel Ledesma and Perpetua Rufasta children are the ff
    2.Marina married Serafin Lacson
    3.Pilar married Raul Poblador
    4.Gloria married Mariano Ezpeleta
    5.Oscar married Juanita Javellana

  17. Melba Bernad said,

    November 8, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I wonder if Fausto is the Faustino Ledesma that migrated to Ozamiz, Mindanao. He is the great grandfather of my husband. According to his uncles, Faustino was originally from Negros.

  18. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 20, 2010 at 2:56 am

    The Late food writer Doreen Gamboa-Fernandez is from Silay her parents are Aguinaldo Severino Gamboa and Alicia Lucero-Gamboa Doreen Fernandez married noted interior designer Willie Fernandez.

    Doreen and Willie are also avid collectors of contemporary Philippine art the heirs of Doreen and Willie donated their Art collection to the De la Salle University it is now in the D.L.S.U Art Gallery Enrique Yuchengco Building in Taft Ave

  19. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Teddyboy Locsin’s family are from Silay Negros Occidental

  20. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

    The late Senator Oscar Ledesma was born in Silay Negros Occidental his parents are Manuel Ledesma and Perpetua Rufasta they own vast tracts of land in Silay Oscar Ledesma married Juanita Javellana of Jaro Iloilo

  21. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Jose Ledesma and his wife Magdalena Ledesma was originally from Jaro Iloilo they migrated to Silay Negros Occidental and built their fortune there Jose Ledesma was considered the Richest man in the south during his time their children are the FF
    7.Delfin married Consuelo Severino their son Rafael Ledesma married Purita Kalaw

  22. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Yves Gaston married Prudencia Fernandez their Children are the FF
    1.Maria Felicia married Manuel Suarez

  23. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Other Prominent Families in Silay are Lizares and Velez families

  24. Jeffrey G. de Leon said,

    July 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    The blog is very interesting informative. I’m really fascinated on how aristocratic well to do families lived before. The ancestry and lineage of affluent Filipino families. I ran in to this site due to my family is from Negros Occidental and Iloilo. Though we don’t belong to the upper crust of Philippine society but I heard a lot of stories from my grandfather from my mother’s side who’s from Gonzales Bayoneta clan. It’s about my great grandfather from my father’s side. My dad’s mother, my grandma’s family name is Presbitero and my grandfather always tells me the story of the famed humble great grandfather Don Magdaleno Presbitero but I can’t trace any lineage to their ancestry. How I wish I can get any information on this. Thanks.

  25. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 27, 2010 at 7:56 am

    The Ancestors of the Locsin Family is Agustin Locsin married to Cecilia Sayson they had four sons 1. Josef Manuel 2.Rev Domingo 3.Rev Juan 4.Rev Jose

  26. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

    The patriarch of the Gaston family was Yves Gaston, a French national who married a Filipina. He is credited with pioneering the cultivation of sugar cane. He also introduced the first iron mill that enabled the production of export quality sugar.

  27. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    In 1860, Simeon Ledesma and Juan Hilado arrived in Silay and established haciendas at Bagacay. In the later years other families from Iloilo followed Locsins, de la Rama, and Jalandonis. Crown lands later were purchased by Filipinos (1885-1892), Vicente Conlu, Crescenciano Araneta, Severo de la Rama, Anecito Montelibano, Mariano de la Rama, Santiago Suanico, Evaristo Yemo, Isidro Hilado, Bernabe Morlidad and Meliton Cañas.

    Cornelio Hilado, Melicio Severino, Vito Marifosque and the Gamboas developed farm areas in Guimbalaon in 1880

  28. Toffee Tionko said,

    June 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Silay. Somehow, I can’t seem to get my act together because we never leave early enough to go into town before going to the airport. Someday!


  29. June 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm


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

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

    Many thanks and cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  30. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 3, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Silay City: The Paris of Negros

    Silay City, known as the “Paris of Negros Occidental,” was once the foremost cultural center in the region, and its Kahirup Theater was the center of these activities. The city is also the birthplace of noted artists including architect and 1990 National Artist Leandro Locsin (1928-1994) and 1920s Hiligaynon playwright Miguela Locsin Montelibano (1874-1969).

    It is also the birthplace of the late governor (1925-1928), secretary of Health and Agriculture, and senator (1951-1957) Jose C. Locsin (1891-1977).

    Silay was founded in 1760. In 1846 the cultivation of sugar cane made the town prosperous. Silay’s newfound wealth from sugar cultivation translated into the construction of many opulent ancestral homes, located mostly along Rizal Street. A total of 29 (some well-preserved) have been identified by the National Historical Institute (NHI) as National Treasures, the Jose Locsin house (built in the 1930s, it is locally called Balay Daku or “Big House”) being one of them.

    Because of these, Silay is now one of the country’s top 25 tourist destinations. Three of these have been turned into museums.the beautiful domed San Diego Pro-Cathedral, built from 1925 to 1927 by Italian Architect Lucio Bernasconi. It was elevated to procathedral in December 1994, the second in the country to be so declared. Behind it are the ruins of the city’s original church, now a grotto.

    Balay Negrense, along Cinco de Noviembre Street, is one of the largest, if not the largest, ancestral houses in the city. It was built in the Neo-Renaissance style (1898-1912) by Yves Gaston, son of 19th-century sugar baron Yves Leopold Germain Gaston of Lisieux (France) who generated wide-scale interest in commercial-scale sugar cultivation with his horno econonmico, the precursor of today’s sugar mills. The 12-bedroom house, said to have been occupied by Japanese military officers during World War II, was later a venue for a ballet school run by one of the descendants until the early 1970s.

    Abandoned shortly thereafter, it was later restored and opened as a lifestyle museum in 1987 by the Negros Cultural Foundation. Now a showcase of Negrense art and culture, it displays antique furniture and Gaston memorabilia. The museum boasts of a grand W-shaped stairway, calado, or carved, panels that served as ventilators between rooms, etched window glass, fancy-grilled ventanillas and sprawling gardens.

    On the other hand, the two-story Bernardino-Ysabel Jalandoni Museum, at the corner of Rizal and Severino streets, is cared for by the Silay Heritage Foundation. Also called the Pink Museum, it was built from 1908 to 1912 and was declared, on November 6, 1993, as a National Historical Landmark by the NHI. Built with durable balayong, a hardwood coming all the way from Mindoro, it displays embossed steel trayed ceilings imported from Hamburg, Germany. It also features a fine collection of books, glassware and lace supplied by the Silay Heritage Foundation members.

    The Ramon Hofilena Museum, a typical turn-of-the-century ancestral home near Balay Negrense (built in 1934), sometimes the 72-year old Ramon Hofilena himself. personally guides the tour of his collection of more than 1,000 works by Goya and Picasso, Dr. Jose Rizal and local artists Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, plus imported Chinese pottery, silver picture frames, antiques and a collection of small dolls (said to be the smallest in the world, you need a magnifying glass to appreciate them). The museum also houses the oldest printmaking workshop outside Manila, Silay Printmaking, founded in 1970.

    The Popular El Ideal Bakery has products ideal for pasalubong like Silay’s famous dulce gatas sugar cookies, broas, guapple pie, pilarica, rosquillos and angel cookies.

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