Re: inquiry about a certain house in sanchez st., silay city
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 : email@example.com. Thanks and Godspeed.
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.