The Families of Old Tayabas [ now Quezon ]


Vicente Villasenor, painter.


Victor Eleazar, Spaniard, patriarch.

Avelina Eleazar [ y Ordoveza ] de Gala.




LAGDAMEO.  According to the Lagdameo-Revilla family, they are related to the other old Tayabense clans like the Eleazar and the Ranola of Lucban as well as the Lopez of San Juan, Batangas.



  1. Bibsy said,

    September 25, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    hello po….to all Marquez and Carballo, the next kin of Bibsy Carballo. Just want to inform you that Bibsy Carballo is sick. Please visit her. Especially she is the only child of Dolores Marquez and Ruben Carballo.

    Thank you po.

    Secretary of Mam Bibsy
    for 26 years

  2. Bernardo Cabañas said,

    March 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    My name is Bernardo Cabañas from Madrid, Spain. I´m direct descendent of Pedro Nepomuceno Villaseñor and Ana Maria Herrera de la Concepción. I would like to seek help in tracing my roots. Thank you very much.

  3. Maria Ermina Valdeavilla-Gallardo said,

    February 27, 2016 at 4:48 am

    My parents are from Tayabas and Lucena and they share the same family name– Valdeavilla. When my father was alive, he told me that our roots are Marquez and Caballero. I really want to know my family’s roots.

  4. January 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

    it is all history.

  5. June 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

    My name is Reinerio Arcaya Alba from Gumaca, Quezon. I would like to seek help in tracing my roots via my maternal grandmother Emiliana Lagumen who was from Lucban. She married my grandfather Demetrio Arcaya of Gumaca, Quezon. Thank you very much.

  6. Joseph Hutalla said,

    January 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    This is very interesting. I’m from the Eleazar Clan…(The Eleazars, descendants of Vicente and Maria Dominga, have led the way in celebrating a grand reunion last year, 2002 in Lucban. They published a two volume work of their on their genealogy and lineage.)

    I will look for the book again… if I can remember it correctly I’m a descendant of Andres Eleazar. The 2002 reunion as I recall was a multiple day affair. My parents attended the first part at Wack wack Country Club then the next day we went to a farm that looks more like a resort up in Palola.

    Some years after the Villasenor held a reunion at the same location. That’s where I found out that the late Gov. Nantes was a Villasenor. He was shaking everybody’s hand sporting a red collared-shirt. I thought he was just a guest crashing our reunion because its a big gathering and its already election time. Turns out he helped arrange the whole thing. The Mayor who carries the family name was a no show.

    The sad part of it was that most of the Eleazar and Villasenor are not from Lucban anymore and a good number are not even staying in the country for the past decade or two… reunions prior the one held in Lucban and following the one hosted by the Villasenors were outside the country making it impossible for family members who still lives in Lucban to attend… still, its a good memory to go back to. I may never see the whole family come together again like how it did 11 years ago.

  7. alberto rigotti abadilla said,

    April 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Correction on Alberto Rigotti Abadilla’s comment. The Paz St name was replaced by C.Prufugo after Mayor Profugo.

  8. Alberto Jose Carlos Vera Barcelona Rigotti Abadilla said,

    March 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Just to inform you of the the first 15 families of Lucena ,Quezon,The Envergas,the Nadrezes,San Agustins
    the Marquezes,the Barcelonas, The Perezes,The Zaballeros,the Abadillas,The Zuletas,th Lagdameos, Villazenors,to name a few.
    Unkown to many Lucenahins that the old Municipio was donated by the Paz- Barcelona families..It included the Puericulture Center,the Fire Deparment and the CityJail. There used to be Paz street named after my great grand mother Trinidad Paz de Barcelona but it was renamed Castro St. In honor of Mayor C.Castro.
    Don Jose Barcelona was the first president of Lucena and her daughter Josefina Paz Barcelona de Abadilla was the ist Miss Lucena.

  9. B M Domingo said,

    February 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    This is an unexpected way to bump into relatives & family history. I have very vague memories ot Ramon Jurado Marquez (“Tito Fat”), but a Villasenor from old Tayabas had once informed me that he’d married into their clan. Manuel J Marquez is “Tio Muni”, of course, a regular guy like his brothers Gregorio/”Goyo”, Jose/”Pepe”, and my father, Carlos/”Itos”– but the Marquez sisters were all such interesting characters! As far as I know, it had been Tita Pacing (Paz Marquez Benitez) who’d kept up with family history. Those Marquez descendants who want more info should contact the Benitez-Licuanan branch of the family.

  10. Gersh atajar said,

    November 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Does any of you know if there’s a Villasenor who went to guagua Pampanga? During 18something? Ive been tracing my grandfather’s family, please help if you have some info. Thnks

  11. Pia Marquez Manguiat said,

    August 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Mr. Renato H. Marquez, Jr. I noticed that your father is a Jurado-Marquez. Is he by any chance called tio Itos? My grandfather’s name is Manuel Jurado Marquez.

  12. Renato H. Marquez, Jr. said,

    August 17, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Hi. My dad’s name is Renato Villaseñor Marquez, son of Ramon Jurado Marquez and Isabel Villaseñor, of course both from Quezon. I’m from San Juan and a product of St. John’s Academy.

    Thank you so much for the history. I will definitely share this with my brother, Joey and my sister, Cynthia and my cousins of the Ramon Marquez clan.

  13. Jaime Marquez Tayag said,

    July 13, 2011 at 2:00 am


    We as Hensons are related to some Villaseñors…here’s my line:
    SALVADORA VILLASEÑOR m. Pasqual Nepomuceno
    PIO RAFAEL NEPOMUCENO m. Agustina Henson
    JULIANA NEPOMUCENO m. Pablo Dayrit
    CARMEN DAYRIT m. Jose Tayag
    RENATO TAYAG m. Adoracion Suarez (my grandparents)

    My mother on the other hand is a Márquez, youngest daughter of Manuel Márquez y Jurado, the president of Comtrust back in the day. They are the Márquez Enrique Bustos & Myles García were describing with 99% accuracy above.

  14. July 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Hello Mrs./ Ms. Carmencita,

    I wonder how Crispina Villasenor are related to Puro Sanchez and Feling Eleazar? Are they cousins? The Sanchez’s and the Eleazar’s are close relatives not just that they belong to the same clan (Don Antonio Serapion de Villasenor) but also with their inter-marriages with relatives, sometimes distant, sometimes not.

    I knew I heard that name Crispina somewhere, I just can’t immediately recall. I am now Manila based and I left the copy of “Los Descendientes de los Esposos Jeronimo Venco (Chino) y Juana Dinio de Pagsanjan, Laguna” (the most comprehensive genealogy of the Villasenor Clan) in the province. I’ll look for it as soon as possible.

    Telesforo Sanchez owns a big house, actually it’s at the back of our Ancestral Home (Esquieres Ancestral Home) in front of our used to be azotea. The house was inherited by Atanacio Sanchez know in Lucban as Don Tana. The last time I heard from it, is that the only heir from Don Tana who inherit the big house died, he has a wife but has no heir. So legally all the properties including the big house, is his wife’s property now. The Big house with no sentimental or heirloom value to her was said to be sold but never was.

  15. carmencita r. de asis said,

    June 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I am a descendant of Francisco de Asis and Crispina Villasenor. They lived in Lucban, Quezon. Francisco was a Roman Catholic priest and Crispina was a teacher I was told. They had 4 children: 2 died, and survivors Urbano V. de Asis and Rufina V. de Asis. They were raised separately: Aunt Rufina with her godmother and Urbano by Puro Sanchez. Urbano ran away at an early age and met my mother Carmen Carmelita Rivera. My aunt and my father died and not much info was disseminated to the family. Rufina de Asis del Pilar had 5 children and Urbano had 6 children and I am the youngest of all (both family). I live in Alamo, CA with my husband and 3 children. My cousins have stayed in Baltimore, Maryland. I only have 2 living siblings. Sad to say curiosity didn’t hit me until now as family history was never a topic. My father probably decided it was not that important. We know Francisco de Asis and Crispina Villasenor died in Lucban (maybe there’s a cemetery record). Urbano had told me Francisco died as a Mason. As a child I never questioned the conflicting events of Roman Catholic priesthood and Masonic order. I am old and I would like to know more of our family history before I die. My children, nieces and nephews would be very appreciative of any piece of the family history. Rufina and Urbano knew Spanish and was told they have Masonic medals left by their parents. In 2002, we have relatives that came to Alamo, CA and delivered the news about Puro Sanchez house being sold. I didn’t even think of buying it even though I was in a better position then. Now, events have shifted and the thought of acquiring any property dating to my grandparents existence would be an invaluable acquisition for my whole family. As the youngest of both family I would be a viable candidate to bring news to our clan if I become successful. Lately, I can’t stop thinking that I let go that opportunity in 2002. I would like to know more about our family if I may with your input. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Carmencita de Asis, email:

  16. Pepe Alas said,

    April 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Anyone here who knows about the Évora and Bonilla clans of Unisan, Tayabas/Quezon?

  17. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 10, 2011 at 3:42 am

    The VIllasenor family almost owned all the lands in what is now know as Aurora Province during the Spanish Times Don Filomeno Esquieres, married Doña Feliciana Cadeliña de Villaseñor during the division of the estate Esquieres,Got the properties in San Narciso and San Andres this makes Don Filomeno, the Sole owner of the estates in Southern Tayabas now Quezon Province the sister of Don Filomeno, Doña Emilia Manrique y Esquieres, whose husband is also a Villaseñor, at also got a share in the Hacienda from that Esquieres

  18. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Vedasto Cadelina Gobernadorcillo del Pueblo de Lucban, he is a cousin of Feliciana Esquieres they are related to other prominet families like the Eleazar, Sanchez, and the Palacios,Eleazars at that time, 1850’s is the most wealthiest family in the Tayabas Province,from the history book of Pantaleon Nantes the Samolosa Family, from Vigan are decendants of the Esquieres Family of Lucban, their ancestors migrated to Vigan

  19. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Juan Villaseñor daughter is Maria Villaseñor she married Agapito Esquieres their children are Jose, Filomeno,Emilia

  20. February 4, 2011 at 2:14 am

    My grandmother is from Lucban: Emiliana Lagumen. I believed she’s a meztisa and is related somehow to this clan or was descended from the “marriage in the maternal and paternal-maternal lines.” Would someone help point me to the right direction in tracing this Lagumen lineage? I would appreciate it very much. I am inspired by this web site.

  21. December 5, 2010 at 5:05 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

  22. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 27, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Amado Lagdameo Jr married Ma Paz Sunico Diaz daughter of Justice Pompeyo Diaz and Paz Sunico the Sister of Amado Lagdameo jr Marilen Lagdameo is a balae of Vicky Oppen Santos sister of Gretchen Oppen Cojuangco

  23. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 19, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Former Ambassador Ernesto Lagdameo is the nephew of former National Treasurer Salvador Lagdameo his grandson is former Dept of Transportation and Communication Secretary Amado Lagdameo during the Ramos Administration

  24. Pia Marquez Manguiat said,

    November 10, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Hi, the current Supreme Court Spokesperson Midas Marquez is not a grandson of Manuel Jurado Marquez. 🙂 – Pia Marquez Manguiat ( granddaughter of Manuel J. Marquez )

  25. September 19, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Re: previous Del Valle family of Tayabas postings:
    was quoting from memory & pls note following errors:
    URI should be:
    other Del Valle family Tayabas connections in Tiaong, Sariaya
    after my grdfather came back from U.S. @ times he would dropped Del from Valle

  26. September 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    from tales of late Ponciano Estrella Del Valle, my maternal grdfather:

    Del Valle family came from Candelaria Tayabas. Severo Del Valle married Eugenia Estrella of Bulacan, (sister of Antera Estrella, wife of Jose Cojuangco)
    Ponciano & brother Agustin Del Valle moved to Paniqui w/ their Estrella Cojuangco cousins. Agustin stayed more w/ the Cojuangco since he married a Ventura from Bulacan while Ponciano would marry an orphaned daughter of Gen Mamerto Natividad of Nueva Ecija. While a bachelor Ponciano went to the U.S. & served in France during WW1, then went back to Tayabas & Narcisa, my mother was born in Guinayangan (hope I spelled that correctly) in 1924. The Valle family went to Mindanao w/ the homestead program & was residing both in Davao & Kidapawan during WW2. Narcisa later married Benj Embry & resided in Paniqui where I was born in 1949, although we also resided in Mindanao w/ our Del Valle grdparents where some of my sisters were born.
    I’ve never been to Tayabas. I hope to visit & research my Tayabas roots. I remember the Vengco family mentioned as Del Valle relatives. any additional info will be much appreciated
    Maria Elizabeth Embry of Antioch California

  27. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 19, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Salvador Lagdameo is the son of Gabino Lagdameo and Concepcion Mondragon.Salvador Lagdameo was the head of the Bureau of Treasury from January 1, 1927 to February 29, 1936

  28. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 19, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Salcedo Auctions is pleased to invite you to its September auction dedicated to antiques, fine art, and interiors. Consisting of Philippine and continental furniture, décor, and objects of vertu from the turn of the 20th century to the present, this sale also features paintings from the estate of Benjamin and Elena Lagdameo, inherited from Don Salvador Lagdameo, Treasurer of the Philippines from 1927-1936: “Portrait of a Student,” an important 1937 watercolor done in Rome by National Artist Victorio C. Edades, a friend of the family through Elvira Lagdameo Royeca, who was also an artist; “Street Scene with Sampaloc Tree,” a classic 1934 oil on narra panel by Fabian de la Rosa; and a rare oil on wood by Pablo Amorsolo dated 1928

  29. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 16, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Gregorio Marquez married Maria Jurado of Majayjay their children are the FF

    5.Soccoro married a Zabellero
    6.Paz married Francisco Benitez
    7.Concepcion married Jose Gil
    10.Dolores married a Carballo
    11.Carolina married Baldomero Olivera

  30. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 16, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Gregorio Marquez married Maria Jurado of Majayjay their children are the FF

    5.Soccoro married a Zabellero
    6.Paz married Francisco Benitez
    7.Concepcion married Jose Gil
    10.Dolores married a Carballo
    11.Carolina married Baldomero Olivera

  31. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Mayo-Recto family of Tiaong Quezon

  32. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Pedro Villasenor Nepomuceno married to Ana Maria Herrera their daughter Isabel Nepomuceno married Juan Villasenor Ordoveza

  33. Cecilia Suzara- Zulueta said,

    July 21, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    We are all wondering when our ancestor Agustin de San Miguel (married to Andrea Rilles) changed his family name to Lucban, now Lukban.
    My mother was Sofia Lukban Soriano-Suzara, eldest daughter of Cecilia Barba Lukban-Soriano, eldest daughter of Vicente Rilles Lukban, eldest son of Agustin de San Miguel and Andrea Rilles, eldest daughter of Saturnino Cristobal Rilles!

  34. Myles Garcia said,

    July 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Toto, I reprint an article here by Bibsy Marquez Carballo on some of her memories of old San Juan (and which I can truly, truly relate to). She also calls and admits her mother (Dolores) as the ‘terror’ teacher of St. John’s…an absolute termagent!! And it turns out there were 12 Marquez siblings–my gott!! So, the 7 sisters + 5 brothers! It clears up some of the Marquez-Benitez, et al., inter-relations. Quite interesting and nostalgic.

    By Bibsy Carballo
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 01:40:00 10/19/2008

    MANILA, Philippines—For as long as I can remember, my mother and I have lived in the vicinity of St. John’s Academy, a private high school in the City of San Juan. This was where I studied and where mama, whom her students considered a “terror” teacher, taught Biology.

    When lola built a house in the ’50s on Alfonso XIII, we moved in with her and my Tita Betts, who also taught at St. John’s.

    All my lola’s 12 children were within reach except for one who lived in Davao and another in New York. We lived in a two-story wooden house with a basement and a fake attic. I would often climb out to the roof to catch the sunset. With the trees in our garden rustling in the breeze and the entire town enveloped in changing colors, this was my favorite time of day. The heavens seemed within reach as I sat there till darkness came with the chanting of crickets, and I swear I could hear the angels singing.

    My mama shared my love for the rooftop for passersby would see her sweeping away the leaves and debris on the roof way into her 80s. I don’t believe it was her addiction to cleanliness that made her do it. I believe that like me, it was here where she felt closest to her Creator.

    The world of my childhood revolved around the neighborhood and school. Across the street was the largest compound on the block, that of my uncle Manuel Marquez who married Nena Carballo and had oodles of children. My cousins were the brothers and sisters I never had since my dad went off to war and never returned. I called them my double cousins since my mama was their papa’s sister while their mama was my papa’s sister.

    That section of San Juan comprising Alfonso XIII, Maria Paterno and F. Benitez, was our fiefdom where the rest of the clan lived—Ramon Marquez, Paz Marquez Benitez, Concepcion Marquez Gil, Lourdes Carballo, Rafael & Carolina Carballo, Virginia Benitez Licuanan and farther out, Dr. Carlos Marquez, Socorro Marquez Zaballero, Baldomero “Toto” Olivera and wife Carolina Marquez.

    Everything was within reach—my school, the Pinaglabanan Church, Agora market and Little Baguio. Most of my schoolmates lived in San Juan, so the community was closely-knit. When I went to college at the University of the Philippines, I continued living in the house on Alfonso XIII. I just couldn’t bring myself to leave my comfort zone.

    San Juan, of course, will inextricably be linked with the Ejercitos—George, my classmate Jesse, and kingpin of all of San Juan, Joseph Ejercito. They all went to St. John’s.

    We all remember Joseph as a boy who was more concerned with bonding with the kids in the kanto than attending classes. That early in his life, he already knew his priorities and had the charisma to make them come true. It was only logical that he would go into show biz, become an action hero, protector of the poor and downtrodden. With that image, he would become the most famous and best loved mayor the town ever had before going on to fulfill his destiny of winning the presidency.

    Our joys were simple. I loved the fact that our town was small, almost provincial. Today, being the second smallest city in Metro Manila with a population of nearly 130,000, San Juan could be placed easily in Quezon City’s pocket.

    In my time, it was a town of vendors plying their trade—puto, taho, balut—
    breaking the stillness of dawn with their coming. Tricycles traversed our streets. I awaited all these like a ritual. I loved the sari-sari stores on every kanto where I could buy anything tingi till the wee hours. I reveled in the fact that it was among the last holdover municipalities that had not yet gained cityhood status. I always told everyone that the day it would become a city, I would leave.

    I loved its hodge-podgyness, the lack of organization in its streets and housing. I felt that here, everyone was welcome to assert his individuality, unlike a village with its uniformity and decorum and a battalion of guards one had to go through to enter. I swore I would never leave San Juan and least of all, live in a village.

    But eventually, this is what destroyed the San Juan of my dreams—its lack of zoning. Factories and warehouses rose beside houses and container vans unloaded their cargo in the middle of the night in residential areas.

    The year 1979 foretold the dissolution of my dream. My double cousins across the street were moving out to villages everywhere! How could they do such a thing, I asked myself? How could they abandon the town of our childhood?

    For 25 more years, I clung on with the stubbornness of my mama, even after her death which left me alone in our house. I loved its five rooms filled with memories; its huge garden where the birds and frogs sang their songs at varying tempos; the snakes that my dogs chased in the night; the higad—hairy caterpillars that entered the bedrooms through the windows. I was never alone.

    It took me a few more years to decide to leave, after a year of pestering my friends to help me look for a place. Then one day in late 2006, I found it. A small lot in a village (Heaven forbid!) of rolling hills called Kawilihan in Pasig City. It belonged to the late actor Rudy Fernandez who had bought it with his earnings from his first big hit movie, “Baby Ama.” Rudy didn’t want to part with it for sentimental reasons, but fellow actor Isabel Rivas finally convinced him to sell it to me.

    It was love at first sight. Situated on higher ground, the lot was dominated by a full-grown sampaloc tree. The village where it was located had winding roads, an erratic house numbering system and a small community of some 130 homes. There was also a taho vendor who came every morning, tricycles that plied their routes and, thank God, a sari-sari store. I went home, had my house demolished, salvaged all the wood that could be saved, and started building my new home in Kawilihan. This was also the time the little town of San Juan became a city.

    The 60-year-old hardwood stairs I saved from my San Juan house are now installed in my new home. The sampaloc tree is now surrounded by a mango tree, flowering plants and vegetables. Birds and butterflies visit my garden. The cool breeze enters my windows and I can see the houses down below from my terrace where I watch the sun go down.

    Very often, too, higad enter my bedroom. I feel I never left home after all.”

  35. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 23, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Paz Marquez Benitez married Dean Francisco Benítez one of her children is Virginia Benitez Licuanan a former society columnist mother of Miriam College President Patricia B. Licuanan and former Ayala Land President Francisco Licuanan

  36. Myles Garcia said,

    June 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Erratum and addendum on post #7 re the Marquezes: ‘Olivia’ (not the correct name) actually had become Mrs. Baldomero Olivera. (I confused the first name with the married name; and then transposed her husband’s first name as her married name. Mea cupla.) Anyway…

    Also, it came to me aferwards, but I think the 7 sisters + Manuel might’ve had another brother (Carlos the doctor?). In the 1950s when ABS-CBN was just starting out from Tolentinto Street in Manila, it had a musical-variety show hosted by a very pretty and photogenic mestiza, Dee Marquez. (And I know for a fact that she was a niece of the 7 sisters.) It was the FIRST musical-variety show on Philippine television; long before the likes of “Pilita,” “Nelda” and “Dina” (Ditas Espina), etc.. The theme song even was “Pennies from Heaven” (and being a kid, I heard it as “Venice from Heaven,” and associated it with rain since we don’t use ‘pennies’ in Manila).

    Anyway, a few short years later, Dee went to the U.S. to spread her wings and sang at clubs where she met Bob Merrill. Bob who, you say? Bob Merrill was a Broadway lyricist/composer. Dee became Mrs. Bob Merrill shortly thereafter and as a matter of fact, and was by his side while Bob was writing the lyrics for FUNNY GIRL. Jule Styne did the music. Previously, Merrill was best known for “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” He also wrote the entire score of the musical CARNIVAL by himself. Dee and Bob stayed married for about two decades. They separated sometime in the mid-80s, I think. Dee remarried an architect and made occasional return visits to Manila. Merrill, after a series of health problems, took his own life in 1998 in Hollywood.

    Dee Marquez is really one of the early Manila-Broadway connections…long before Ces Onrubia and Lea Salonga. There are others too, but they are FilAms.

  37. Myles Garcia said,

    June 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Toto, I don’t know which of the two Tayabas threads you have here this should belong to, but the Marquezes (of the venerable St. John’s Academy of old San Juan-fame) are, so I am told, originally a Tayabas family.

    Just found out recently that there were seven, count ’em, SEVEN sisters and as far as I know, one brother. (I wonder if the “Seven sisters”–the exclusive girls’ schools in the U.S. East Coast and/or the Big 7 Oil Companies of the world, including the errant British Petroleum–were collectively group-named after the brood of the Marquez sisters??) 🙂

    They all pretty much settled in San Juan…which is where they set up their excellent, very high-standard, non-sectarian institution, St. John’s Academy.

    Of the seven sisters who I believe were, like their father, all teachers-educators, four that I reached in my elementary years in St. John’s were (in order of seniority as I recall) Concepcion M. Gil, Olivia M. Baldomero, Dolores Carballo (the nastiest, most unhappy one) and Isabel. I believe 3 other sisters had already passed away or retired by the late 50s (one of them I think had married a Benitez; thus connecting those two educator families.) The one brother was Manuel who headed Commercial Bank & Trust in his heydey. (The Supreme Court spokesman, Midas, is I think Manuel’s grandson.)

  38. June 17, 2010 at 2:40 am


    Thank you so much for that incredible history of the Villasenor de Tayabas. More, please!!!

    BTW, what took you so long to get there? 🙂


    Toto Gonzalez

  39. Becco Esquieres Empleo said,

    June 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    most of Lucban’s old families descended from the Villaseñors.

    Excerpt from Dr. Luciano P. R. Santiago’s The Origins of the Villaseñors:
    From Fujian to Lucban:

    Don Jeronimo Venco came to the Philippines in around 1690 not to settle here but to court and marry a Chinese meztisa of Pagsanjan by the name of Doña Juana Dinio. Her surname remains to this day a prominent patronymic of Pagsanjan. It was about the same time when the town had just become the capital of Laguna (1688). The marriage was apparently arranged since as noted earlier, Pagsanjan had been founded by Christian Chinese traders, one of whom was surnamed Vinco or Venco, probably an unlce of Jeronimo. Indeed, Dinio means “a lady who is related by blood”, “nio” being equivalent of the Spanish Señora or Doña.

    San Cristobal: The Light in the Mountains

    Jeronimo bought his bride back to Seongue where they begot two sons who reached maturity. The first, named Christoval Guico was born on February 2, 1962 while the second, also christened Christoval de Villaseñor, was born on November 21, 1694. San Christoval (St. Cristopher) for whom both sons were named was the saint who carefully bore the Christ Child on his shoulders while crossing a formidable river.

    Looming over the Tagalog provinces of Laguna and Tayabas (now Quezon) is the sacred volcano Bundok Banahaw. To San Christoval the missionaries dedicated the three mountain range. The terrain was reminiscent of Fujian except that the mighty mountain here dominated without limiting the landscape.

    When a light glowed on the mountaintop in the still of the night, it was believed to be San Christoval leading a lost soul in the right path. The pious legend and the luminous landscape fired Jeronimo’s spirit. He named his two sons for the saint although neither of them was born on his feast day (July 25). Jeronimo apparently concluded that its was San Christoval who guided him safely across the stormy seas from the mainland to the Philippines and back with his young bride. And should the two sons decide someday to reclaim their maternal heritage in the Philippines, it would again behoove San Christoval to protect them from all the dangers along the way and help them to find the path to Pagsanjan.

    In regard to the two sons’ surnames, Guico translates precisely as “Lord Elder Brother”. According to family tradition, Villaseñor, which means “Lord of the Village”, indicated their noble status in the old country, which made it an agonizing decision for them to cast off their deep roots. Of the huddled masses they were not, though to be sure they had enormous empathy for them. Villaseñor was probably adopted from a Spanish god father or padrino of the family. It was however, a rare surname among the Spaniards in the Philippines.

    From Fujian to Lucban: Witnesses to Hope

    It took the faithful brother almost half a century to finally decide to migrate to their maternal country in 1740 when they were already in their middle life. Both of them must have earlier families. In that era, most people in the Philippines and perhaps in Asia too, died in their 40’s or 50’s or even earlier. But in the same age range, the hardy brothers decide to start their lives all over again. Determination and perseverance were two profound values they would pass on to their descendants. What major force drove them to make the perilous step is mentioned neither in written accounts nor in the oral tradition of the clan. Perhaps, the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—war, famine, pestilence, and death, had descended upon their land. But their unswerving trust in the Divine Providence through the intercession of their common Patron, San Christoval, helped them remained steadfast in their resolve. Greater problems were awaiting them in the Philippines but San Christoval appeared never to have failed them.

    They arrived just when the Spanish Government was beginning to curb Chinese proliferation in the colony by restricting migration and expelling illegal aliens. But no matter. Clandestinely, the instant fugitives change course from Pagsanjan to Lucban where they knew the missionary Fray Gines Cathos and some Chinese families, probably relatives, who gave them refuge. Nestled at the base of Mount Banahaw, the seat of San Christoval, Lucban beaconed like a blessed light. By then the authorities issued warrants for their arrest as common criminals subject to “beheading” (degollacion) if found guilty. Other crimes must have been imputed to them. The merciful Fray Gines hid them in the inner recesses of the dome gallery hovering over the church transept. The stone church of Sam Luis Obispo of Lucban had just been completed seven years earlier in 1733.

    In the meanwhile, the Franciscans and the influential Chinese meztiso groups of both Lucban and Pagsanjan mobilized and worked together for their amnesty. They did succeed but probably without being able to avoid giving bribery to key officials. The facts that the brothers Christoval were Chinese Catholics whose mother was a native of Pagsanjan and thus, they were partly Filipinos would have helped their case immensely. In the testimony of their faith and parentage, they had carried their baptismal certificates all the way from Fujian. Although the original documents had disintegrated, the date they contained were copied for posterity by devoted descendants.

    No sooner had the following year started than a monstrous earthquake demolished the church of Lucban on January 12, 1741. The dome over the transept, which had sheltered them, collapsed to the ground. In gratitude to San Christoval for their deliverance twice over, the brothers vowed to carry on from generation to generation in their adopted town their family tradition from the old country of assisting the destitute and the desperate which they too had been once before.

    Two Nuptial Knots
    (1744 & 1746)

    Because of their nobility and mettle, despite their age, the brothers Christoval were deemed eligible old bachelors or widowers by their hosts and supporters in the Chinese meztiso community in Lucban. One of them was Don Luis Pangco (whose srname translates as “fat lord”) with his wife, Doña Juana Flora. The affluent couple had two daughters, Josefa de la Cruz, and Ana Urbina. In 1743 Mount Banahaw of San Christoval erupted (for the last time in recorded memory) burying the town of Sariaya in the South but largely sparing Lucban in the Northwest. It was indeed a propitious event. The following year the elder Christoval took to wife Josefa. And two years later in 1746, the younger Christoval exchanged vows with Ana. Thus, began a new chapter in their lives as well as in the history of Lucban.

    Their children and descendants were officially classified as Chinese meztisos. It should be noted, that there are two types of Chinese Meztisos in the Philippines during the Spanish Period. The first type was the offspring of a Chinese father and a Filipina mother, who therefore was an exact half-breed. The second type was the child in a family which had been classified for generations as Chinese meztisos in the direct male line regardless of the amount of Chinese blood running in their veins since the race of their maternal lines were not taken into consideration. The children of the brothers Christoval belonged to the first type while their grandchildren and their descendants afterwards pertained to the second type which was the most common by the 18th century.

    Unlike in Pagsanjan, there was no separate Tribunal (Municipal hall) nor gremio for Chinese meztisos in Lucban. They and the naturales met together in the same hall and as members of the principalia, they took turns serving as mayors of the town. In the process, the Villaseñors perfected the art of prudent interpersonal relations or pakikisama with both the natives and the Spaniards, which the clan has been known for.

    The Christovals of Lucban

    Don Christoval Guico fathered three sons before he died: Don Juan (married Doña Ana Josefa Espiritu),
    Don Vicente, and Don Marcos (married Doña Eugemia Isabel). All of them, following the Chinese custom, took their patriarch’s first name as their surname, Cristobal as spelled in the new orthography.

    Their progeny intermarried with their Villaseñor relatives, mostly distant cousins, despite the Chinese probation of consanguineous marriages in the paternal line. (There was, however, no probation of marriage in the maternal and paternal-maternal lines) They were able to circumvent the ancient ban by a technically: the two branches of the clan now sported different surnames, which dissimulated their paternal relationship. Besides, canon law of the Catholic Church permitted consanguineous marriages with special dispensation. Hence, the two branches were reunited more than a few times in the 19th and 20th centuries like the noble families of China and Europe, which probably pointed to their noble background in Fujian. The descendants also intermarried within their own branch.

    More typically, however, ther intermarried with other prominent families from the Gremio de Naturales as well as the Spaniards and Spanish meztisos, a fact; which widened the interpersonal ties and contributed further to the hybrid vitality of the two clans.

    The Cristobals moved fast in the social ladder of their adopted town. Presbitero Don Pio Cristobal, the eldest son of the eldest son (Juan), ascended the altar of God with the priestly dignity—a sure sign in those days of family prestige. In 1819, Don Marcos Cristoval, the youngest son, became the first of the clan to be elected by the principalia as gobernadorcillo (mayor) of Lucban. Marcos’s son Don Saturnino Cristobal Rilles also became the town executive in 1840. It was he who ordered the religious image known as Santo Sepulcro (the dead Christ in glass coffin) to be sculpted. Since then, it has been used on Good Friday processions and considered miraculous by the town folks, who call the image Mahal na Señor (Holy Lord).

    From Don Saturnino descended the prominent Lukban clan of Manila and Camarines Norte whose surname honors their ancestral town. Saturnino’s daughter, Andrea married Don Agustin de San Miguel who changed his family name to Lukban in 1849. In that year, Governor General Don Narciso Claveria, Conde de Manila, ordered the customization of Filipino surnames. The majority of the Filipinos chose or changed their patronymics to Spanish surnames. Only a small minority, like Don Agustin, went against the current.

    The Villaseñors of Lucban

    We now come to our direct line of descent from the younger brother Don Christoval de Villaseñor. Five children were born to him and his wife, Doña Ana Urbina Pangco: Don Blas Mariano (born on February 3, c1747 and married Doña Juana Micaela de Luna); Doña Maria Dominga ( born August 4, c 1748 and married Don Santiago de la Cruz, who later adopted the surname Eleazar and served as the mayor of Lucban in 1787); Doña Maria Lina (born on September 23, c1750, unmarried); Don Antonio Serapion (see data below), our ancestor, and Doña Anastacia (born April 15, c1755, unmarried). The Eleazars, descendants of Vicente and Maria Dominga, have led the way in celebrating a grand reunion last year, 2002 in Lucban. They published a two volume work of their on their genealogy and lineage. We, the descendants of Antonio Serapion, are now following their edifying example this year. As explained earlier, some of the Eleazars also descended from Antonio Serapion.

    It is recorded that the manse of the dowager, Doña Ana Urbina burned down in the Great fire of 1789 in Lucban. She took refuge in the house of one of her married children. She probably died a few years later.

    Don Antonio Serapion de Villaseñor, the second son of the second son, was born on February 25, c 1752 (feast of San Serapion, Martir) and died in c1812. He married Doña Lina de la Rosa who apparently died young and childless. On September 7, 1791, the widower remarried to a 19 year-old town mate, Doña Rosa de los Angeles. She was born on March 2, 1772 and died in c 1825.

    They were blessed with eight children: Srta. Doña Cayetana de Villaseñor (born August 7, 1792, unmarried); Don Fernando de Villaseñor (born on May 30, 1793 and married Doña Martina Solueta de San Antonio); Don Silvino de Villaseñor (born on February 7, 1794 and married Doña Micaela de San Agustin of Tayabas, Tayabas); Padre Don Silvestre de Villaseñor (born December 31, 1794); Doña Salvadora de Villaeñor (born March 178, 1798 and married Licenciado Don Pasqual Nepomuceno y Llamas, a prominent Manila lawyer from Pagsanjan); Padre Don Agustin de Villaseñor (born August 28, 1800); Doña Eufemia de Villaseñor (born March 3, 1802 and married Don Higino Sanchez); and Don Juan de Villaseñor (born June 24, 1805 and marries (a) Doña Rufina Santiago Tigmaque & (b) Doña Micaela Cajigal).

    In the 1850’s, the Villaseñor dropped the preposition “de” from their surname.

    The Rise of the Villaseñors

    Like their Chinese forbearers, both the Villaseñors and the Cristobals prospered through their entrepreneurial activities, which included the purchase, clearing, development, and cultivation of agricultural lands as well as trading in rice, copra, and other commodities in the provinces of Laguna and Tayabas (now Quezon). Their social rise coincided with the economic prosperity of the Philippine economy to the late 18th to the 19th century as signaled by the official opening of the Port of Manila to international trade in 1834.

    They emerged as the two most influential Chinese meztiso families of Lucban and among the most prominent in the aforementioned provinces. To show their gratitude to the Divine providence, they engaged extensively in works of charity and put themselves at the service of the church. Many descendants became priests and nuns.

    On September 1, 1854, the Spanish Governor of Tayabas, Don Jose Maria de la O wrote the Governor General that “The Villaseñors are well known in the whole province and even in the capital (Manila) for the fine religious qualities which characterize the said family”. In that year, Don Pedro Nepomuceno Villaseñor, one of the clans most illustrious scions (son of Doña Salvadora de Villaseñor), founded the Casa Hospicio de Pobres de Lucban (Asylum of the Poor of Lucban), which according to Governor La O, “was probably the first one to be established in any of the provincial towns of these Islands”. In fact, it was the only charitable institution in its kind to be set up and administered by laymen in the Philippines during the Spanish Regime. For the perpetual sustenance of its poor residents, the Villaseñors purchased a fertile piece of rice land and donated it to the foundation.

  40. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

    The family of Don Froilan Lopez of Tayabas.

  41. Noni Agulto said,

    June 2, 2010 at 12:55 am


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  42. Myles Garcia said,

    June 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Toto, you might also add to my last sentence above, the Cuyugans (Fides’ family) are from Quezon.

  43. Myles Garcia said,

    June 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Villasenor? Wow; never knew. We had Villasenor neighbors in old San Juan and I know they were from Quezon. They were hardworking and enterprising — the older Villasenor was a crippled man (minus one leg) but he was of mestizo stock. His wife, Leoning (BTW, they are all gone now) operated a beauty salon and gave piano lessons. They sent their oldest son to finish Medicine at UST, he migrated to the US soon thereafter and became a successful MD in Delaware (I think). The youngest son (who was one of my childhood playmates) ended up marrying a distant relative of ours, and has not been well lately.

    Yes, the older couple were stalwart folks who earned an honest living, never stole unlike some so-called public servants, and never depended on charity or dole-outs either. Leoning, Dading and Tita Choleng, may you all rest your well-earned peace.

    I have two other names of old Quezon families: Nanagas (enye there) and Rosales.

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