The Families of Old Tondo, Manila

Tondo, Manila is the place furthest from Social Manila’s mindset [ with the possible exception of the hugely popular 168 mall where even Madame Imelda Romualdez-Marcos shops for amusing nonconsequentials ].  But the place has an ancient, eminent, even venerable history…

The ancient, great kingdom of Tondo spanned what is now present-day Tondo district all the way northwards to much of Central Luzon.  Before the Spanish colonization of these islands in the late 1500s, the kingdom of Tondo, by its sheer size and economic importance, dominated the lesser ones of Maynilad, Namayan, Ternate, and Bai’.  Rajah Lakandula, the great lord of the kingdom during the Spanish invasion of 1570, was a grandson of the Sultan of Brunei, his mother was a daughter of the sultan.  To this day, Rajah Lakandula of Tondo is listed in the genealogy of the royal family of Brunei.

On 18 August 1900, the American Edith Moses, the wife of Commissioner Bernard Moses, wrote:  “Tondo is a quarter as near like Chinatown as you can picture it.  It is the dirtiest and most crowded part of Manila, but in spite of that fact some of the richest Filipino families reside there.”

ABREU.  Flaviano Abreu married Saturnina Salazar, a very rich Chinese mestiza heiress, and they resided in a large “bahay-na-bato” on Calle Sagunto [ later Calle Santo Cristo;  present-day Santo Cristo Street ].

CABANGIS.  The Cabangis family owned the entire island of Balut in Tondo.  Tomas Cabangis was an “ilustrado”;  he was with Jose Rizal and the other “ilustrados” in Spain during the 1880s.

DE BELEN.  Eugenio de Belen and his wife Maximina Meneses, “Capitan Genio” and “Capitana Simang,” lived in a three-storey “bahay na bato” which fronted three streets in front of the Tondo church.

DE SANTOS.  Although the very rich de Santos family were famous for being landowners with vast rice “haciendas” in the tens of thousands of hectares in Nueva Ecija, their clan progenitor was the 1700s Spaniard Prudencio de Santos, a Spanish army officer who settled in Manila and acquired a wide swathe of what is now the present-day Divisoria entrepot in Tondo.  [ There is an extant oil portrait, copied from a daguerreotype { which was in turn copied from an early portrait }, of the Spaniard Prudencio de Santos by the great artist Fabian de la Rosa, dated 1931, from the once highly-distinguished but sadly dispersed Dr. Arturo de Santos Collection;  it is now in the Atty. Jose Maria Trenas Collection ].

[ The parents of Roman Santos y Rodriguez, founder of Prudential Bank, were Hilarion Santos of Manila and Marta Rodriguez y Tuason of Bacolor, Pampanga.  According to archival records, the original surname of Hilarion Santos was actually “de Santos.”  There is a possibility that he could have been descended from the de Santos family of Tondo. ]


The Lopez del Castillo are descended from the Cabangis family.




The Spanish-Chinese mestiza Mercedes Pantangco y Simon married Macario Rufino y Santos — descendant of an Italian immigrant named Ruffino — and they had seven children:  Manuel, Ernesto, Vicente, Ester, Rafael, and two more daughters.  Macario passed away early, leaving Mercedes to raise her children singlehandedly.  She sent her sons to study at the De La Salle College and her daughter to the nearby Saint Scholastica’s College.

The siblings Ernesto, Vicente, Ester, and Rafael Rufino — the acronym EVER — established a flourishing chain of cinemas which started a business empire that diversified to banking and real estate development.

SALAZAR.  The Chinese mestiza Saturnina Salazar inherited a great fortune from moneylending by her industrious Chinese father Silvestre Salazar, known as “Nor Beteng” to all of Divisoria.  She married Flaviano Abreu and they lived in a large “bahay-na-bato” on Calle Sagunto.  Their elder daughter Guadalupe “Neneng” Abreu y Salazar became the second wife of Felipe “Ipe” Buencamino y Siojo [ Sr. ] of San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan.  Ipe and Neneng had two sons:  Philip and Victor.  Philip married Mary Romero;  Victor married Dolores Arguelles.  Vic’s and Loleng’s elder son Philip Arguelles Buencamino Jr. married Zenaida “Nini” Aragon Quezon, daughter of President Manuel Luis Molina Quezon and First Lady Aurora Molina Aragon;  their younger son Victor Arguelles Buencamino Jr. married Blesilda “Blessie” Ocampo of Old Quiapo.

PEDRO SY-QUIA Y ENCARNACION.  The affluent migrant businessman Vicente Ruperto Romero Sy Quia [ + 09 January 1894 ] of Am Thau, Amoy, China married Petronila Encarnacion of Vigan, Ilocos Sur in 1853.  Their second son Pedro Sy-Quia y Encarnacion married Asuncion Michels de Champourcin y Ventura of Bacolor, Pampanga in the 1870s and built a large, palatial “bahay na bato” in Tondo [ the Sy-Quia-Michels de Champourcin property was expropriated during the American regime and was converted to the Tutuban Railway Station;  the original facade survives as the present-day Tutuban mall in Divisoria ].  Pedro and Asuncion had three sons:  Pedro Jr., Gonzalo, and Leopoldo [ surnamed Sy-Quia y Michels de Champourcin ].  Pedro Jr. married Caridad Arguelles Cruz;  Gonzalo married Ramona Vargas;  Leopoldo married Maria Chanco.



The 19th century Filipino master painter Antonio Malantic, whose surviving works are very few, was famous in his time for his portraits of wealthy Tondo residents such as the families mentioned above.

Acknowledgments:  Ramon N. Villegas, Victor Abreu Buencamino Sr., Victor Arguelles Buencamino Jr., Manuel Buencamino, Arch. Miguel Noche, Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales, Vicente Roman Santos Santos, Richard Tuason-Sanchez Bautista, Atty. Jose Maria P. Trenas, Mia Cruz Syquia-Faustmann, Arch. J. Antonio Gonzalez Mendoza, multi-awarded journalist and the former Press Secretary during the Ramos and the Estrada administrations Rodolfo “Rod” T. Reyes.


  1. Elinor said,

    February 17, 2018 at 8:20 am

    How about the Lerma Clan who owned vast of land from Tayuman Gagalangin ang other parts of Tondo? Our great great grandfather Jose Lim-a Lerma was a chinese from amoy china. He had children with Gregoria Bernardo Martines. Their children are Severina Lerma – Almeda ( Mother of Judge Natividad Almeda Lopez), Pastor Lerma, Marcelo Lerma, ManuelaLerma, Gelacio Lerma & Salustiano Lerma.
    He also had a daughter named Benita Lerma who is the wife of Clemente Manotok. Therefor the Manotok’s are our relatives.
    To the Manotok clan…can you provide me the name of the mother of Benita Lerma. She is our great grandmother. Thank you.


  2. Elinor Antenor said,

    October 16, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Hi….How about the Lerma family if Tondo, Manila? I wonder if the parents of Severino, Teodoro and Rufino Manotok’s are Clemente Manotok and Benita Lerma. I hope you can help me provide the name of Benita’s mother. Her father is Jose Lerma (Lim) his original surname from Amoy China. Jose became Kapitan Ting of the chinese sector in Tondo.

  3. Rieza Valenzuela said,

    May 5, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Hello, I would like to know if there are Valenzuela Family in Old Tondo/ I am researching my family’s ancestors

  4. kazzy said,

    August 21, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Hi po.. Meron po ba dito na PEREYRA?
    thanks po..

  5. Nina David said,

    January 4, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I saw this site by accident. I am researching my family history. I know that my great-grandfather was named Faustino Salazar. He was either pure Chinese or half-Chinese. I think he came from Binondo/Quiapo. I wonder if any of the descendants of Saturnina Salazar could have some documents or records of the family tree of Saturnina’s Chinese father. Thank you. Nina DAvidr.

  6. Juan Paolo M. Calamlam said,

    May 6, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Hello to the author as well as the commentators of the article. I’m Juan Paolo Calamlam, History Researcher from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. In preparation of the Mabini Museum (to be opened on 23 July 2014, his 150th birthday), we are planning to honor those doctors who examined Mabini’s sickness. Mabini’s letter to Blanco reveals four doctors:

    – Dr. Ariston Bautista
    – Dr. Isidoro de Santos
    – Santiago Barcelona
    – Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera

    It’s very likely that the Isidoro de Santos that had taken care of Mabini on Jan. 1896 is Isidoro de Santos Ongsiaco that is mentioned in this website. Can anyone confirm this? More importantly, is there a good and available photo of de Santos that we can use for display in the museum? So far we are still digging for information about him, so any contribution on his history (especially photos) will be highly appreciated and acknowledged.

    Contact me anytime via email:

    Thank you.

  7. jed rodriguez said,

    September 12, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Toto Caro,

    Is there any information regarding the Navoa Family? They lived in Tondo since the Spanish Colony and owned some lands which is a part of Tondo. Im just curious why they are not included in this page. If you can give us some infos about them, that’ll be great! 🙂


  8. Michelle Caniza Lim said,

    July 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Toto and Enrique Bustos

    Just wanted to add about my greatgrandmother Vicenta Pantangco Lim.(a woman with a great business acumen) 🙂 She and my greatgrandfather Macario Lim (a wealthy financial advisor and owner of the then Shipping Chandler supplier of shipping and yachts) and advised then Vicente Madrigal and encouraged him to go into shipping.

    My greatgrandparents had three children. Two died during the war, my grandfather Isabelo Pantangco Lim was the only one who survived. My greatgrandmother Vicenta and my grandfather Isabelo Pantangco Lim went on building buildings all over Metro Manila, and that in Chinatown which we continue to hold today.

    MY grandfather Isabelo Pantangco Lim married my grandmother Purificacion Caniza Lim, who is the granddaughter of Ramona Dizon-(Padilla) who pioneered the 1890s Ferrocaril Railway Transport in Lingayan Pangasinan.

    They had six children, Mario Augusto Caniza Lim, Tito Caniza Lim, Macario Caniza Lim, my mother Lawyer Gilda Catalina Caniza Lim, Pedro Caniza Lim and Patricia Caniza Lim-Yu.

  9. Chris Hernandez said,

    December 4, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I am trying to research my family history. My grandfather Isidoro Lazaro Hernandez was born in Tondo in 1901. My great grandfather was Adriano Hernandez born about 1864, he was the son of Juan Hernandez and Telesfora Sismundo (from what I’ve gathered so far). I wonder if the Plaza Hernandez is connected to my family? If anyone can help me or know of any of the family names I mentioned please email me at herno73 AT yahoo DOT com.

  10. Laarni Garcia Omingo said,

    November 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    My great grandparents were also from Tondo. I was wondering if you can find iformation about them Lucina Bautista Zangroni-Mariano and Jorge Zangroni-Mariano

  11. karl de santos said,

    October 13, 2012 at 3:24 am

    hi im karl de santos. grand father ko si eduardo de santos.

  12. Angelito Olendan Santos Worthington said,

    September 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Hi, my name is Angelito Olendan Santos (worthington) I, was born on the 27th of septemer 1973 at Tondo, Manila… I’m just trying to trace my father side of the family his name was Nando or Ando Santos and his mothers name was Paula Santos also, I’ve found out that he had brothers and sisters I don’t know there names unfortunately and they all lived in Tondo, Manila… I heard he fathered another son named Alvin Santos and there’s a possibility that he was born in the year 1973/4….

  13. Angelito Olendan Santos Worthington said,

    September 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    hi, my name is angelito olendan santos (worthington) I was born on the 27th of september 1973. I’m just trying to trace my father side of the family. his name was nando or ando santos he died in the year of 1975/76 due to a very bad circumstances at work…

  14. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 22, 2012 at 4:25 am

    From the column of Frannie Aguinaldo in the Philippine Star

    Isabelo Pantangco’s great-grandchildren bonded during a lunch to reminisce about the good old days when his four daughters — Mercedes P. Rufino, Vicenta P. Lim, Felisa P. Syyap and Rosario P. Jacinto — used to have humongous family parties in each other’s homes. The sisters were very close to each other and grew up in pre-war Binondo during gentler, kinder times.Isabelo Pantangco relatives who showed up in their first family reunion that included the Rufino, Jacinto, Lim, Carlos and Galvez families

  15. Alona Grace Ylo-Luzon said,

    February 19, 2012 at 3:09 am


    Would like to know as to what happen to the of Ylo Clan please.


  16. maria aurora de santos-escueta said,

    June 13, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Thank you in advance, eagerly awaiting your response Toto. M.A. ds-Escueta

  17. maria aurora de santos-escueta said,

    June 13, 2011 at 2:56 am

    June 13, 2011

    My name is MARIA AURORA DE SANTOS-ESCUETA . I find your article very interesting indeed, especially because I have just started a project to do research on our family’s beginnings – the DE SANTOS clan. I am a direct descendant of ISIDORO ONGSIACO DE SANTOS. First born child of ISIDORO’s son, ALEJANDRO or CHE as he was more popularly known. My father during his lifetime was a very respected lawyer and started what is now known as the BALGOS, PEREZ law office. When he started the law office it was with partners, JOSE HERRERA and ARTEMIO DELFINO. I would be very interested to meet the person who wrote about our family in the foregoing article to learn more. Incidentally, only the name of one of my lolo’s wives is mentioned in the article (Emiliana Trinidad). My Lola was the third and last wife of ISIDORO, and her name is RUFINA SANTOS. I hope you could get in touch with me to confirm how we could get together at your convenience. My cellphone number is 0917 822 0901

    Your early response shall be greatly appreciated.

  18. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Epifanio Lopez del Castillo y Arevalo November a schoolmaster who owned the Escuela Católica His parents are Julian Lopez del Castillo and Eusebia Arevalo, a first cousin of Bonifacio Flores Arevalo, a noted sculptor His second wife is Maria Cabangis the daughter of Tomas Cabangis, a friend of Jose Rizal. They had three children: Jose, Paz, and Guillermo

  19. November 30, 2010 at 2:54 am


    Thank you very much for the information and corrections about the Manotok family of old Tondo. Contributions from knowledgeable people like you and Enrique are always welcome in this blog.


    Toto Gonzalez

  20. cristina sison said,

    November 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    i need to make some corrections on comment number 8 by enrique bustos. first of all, to fill in the blank – filomena manotok married francisco t.v. sison, m.d., son of agerico b. m. sison, m.d. (ABM SISON). filomena and francisco are my parents.

    the second correction is severino manotok’s children – he had 9, not 7:
    1. purificacion manotok laperal.
    2. elisa manotok.
    3. rosa manotok.
    4. perpetua manotok bocanegra.
    5. filomena manotok sison.
    6. severino manotok, jr.
    7. fausto manotok.
    8. jesus manotok.
    9. ignacio manotok.


  21. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 27, 2010 at 6:57 am

    The Children of Mercedes Simon Pantangco-Rufino

    1.Ernesto married Elvira Baltazar
    2.Vicente married Remedios Chuidian Sunico
    3.Ester married Manuel Galvez
    4.Raphael married Julieta Abad

  22. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 24, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Rosario Pantangco Jacinto is a niece of Rosario Pantangco-Rufino

    The son of Rosario Pantangco-Rufino Ernesto Rufino Married Elvira Baltazar whose sister married Dr Elias Pantangco another sister Mary Baltazar married Mariano Cu-Unjieng their son is Ricky Cu-Unjieng father of Philip Cu-Unjieng

  23. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 12, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Rosario Pantangco Married Nicanor Jacinto their children are the FF.
    2.Oscar married Pacita Pestano
    3.Wilfrido married Pilar Oloriz
    4.Jesus married Maura Neil
    5.Norma married Juan Carlos
    6.Fernando married Dina Pereyra
    7.Nicanor Jr married Patria Nepomuceno

  24. Presy Guevara said,

    August 14, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Dr. Augusto, could you be the same person that lived in Castleton, Staten Island in the 60s? If so, please convey my regards to Linda, your cousin. I’ve been wondering about her children too since the passing away of their father some decades ago. I hope you have retained collection of antiques.

  25. August 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Dr. Augusto:

    I do not have much material on the Ongsiako family, much as I would like. Whatever little we have here comes from the various family members themselves. Perhaps you can share more information about your family, one of Old Manila’s most prominent.


    Toto Gonzalez

  26. Augusto Ongsiako, Jr., MD said,

    August 13, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Read your blog and found it awry… full of history. Thanks to Cielo De Santos-Cenon who referred me. I am building the Ongsiako family tree and almost 80% complete. I have a lot of help from relatives. I would like to hear about the Ongsiako’s from you.

  27. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 7:49 am

    The daughters of Lucio Ongsiako who married a de los Reyes, is Paz Ongsiako married to Manuel Delos Reyes their daughter is Pacita delos Reyes- Philips the daughter of Lucio Ongsiako who married a Gallego is Caridad Ongsiako she married to Manuel Gallego their Children are the FF 1.Thelma Gallego she married Romeo Villonco 2.Julius Ceasar Gallego married Grace Litton sister of Johnny Litton 3.Manuel Gallego Jr married Rosa de los Reyes Padilla and 4.Violet Gallego married her first cousin Oscar Ongsiako

  28. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 21, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Marcelino de Santos, who owned vast lands in Nueva Ecija and was a major financier of the Philippine Revolution married Irene Soriano Ongsiaco some of their Grand children are Pacita De Santos Moreno-Lopez and Arturo Cabarrus de Santos

    According to the blog of Tonyboy Tambunting Ongsiako

    The Ongsiako’s comes from a wealthy land owning family. Most of them end up as doctors or lawyers or politicians. During the Spanish time( mid 19th century), a Intsik trader from Shanghai came over to trade in these islands. He fell in love with a half breed spanish lady and married her. He then brought her back to Shanghai but his family couldn’t accept a gweilo (foreign barbarian). So he came back and burned his ships. He then settled with his wife and founded a trading firm that eventually lent out money. His father in law was a gambler. One day his father in law gambled away the family hacienda. He bought it back from the debtor and found himself in possession of more than 10,000 hectares of land stretching from three provinces of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Pangasinan. He had 2 children. His children were considered mestizos. But they couldn’t figure out if they were mestizo intsik or espanol. They grew up speaking 4 languages, Spanish, Intsik, Tagalog and English.

    The girl ended up marrying a spanish mestizo and so this is where the de Santos, Orosa, Olegario lines are descended from. While Lucio (my great grandfather) fathered 3 daughters and three sons. His daughters married a de los Reyes, Gallego and yes a de Santos (1st cousin–this will be a normal occurence within the family–marrying cousins). My grandfather, Ramon, married my grandmother, Carmen de la Paz (a former Ms. Markina) from Marikina. He had 6 children with her and 6 children with other women, including an actress by the name of Naty Bernardo (grandmother of singer Jo Anne Lorenzana–yes she is a half 1st cousin). Pacita de los Reyes-Philipps, a 1st cousin of Dad, became Ms. Philippines in the 1930’s and became the 1st woman lawyer to graduate from UP and top the bar. She also made a splash of some sort when she sued Wack Wack Golf for not allowing her to become a member of the golf club. She won the case.

    My Lolo loved women. He was a handsome fellow. He was also an eye, nose and throat doctor. He also put up an insurance and tobbacco firm before the outbreak of World War II. He was intensely nationalsitic and got angry when people called him intsik. He was also eccentric. He burned his house in the farm because Pacita’s dad kept on using his house for months to conduct business in their hacienda. He was also jailed by the Japs in Fort Santiago. Unfortunately he died in 1949 of cancer. My grandmother, CArmen, was a businesswoman. She expanded the family wealth by buying up foreclosed properties from the banks. Together, they had 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls.

    The girls married well. Imelda, married Ramon Cojuangco (mother of Tonyboy C. and Gretchen Barretto’s favorite peeve), Carmen, married Edmundo Reyes from Marinduque (she is governor of Marinduque and her son (my cousin) is congressman from that province) and Myriam, married Rodolfo Montelibano from Bacolod.

    The boys married well too. My Dad’s eldest brother, Oscar, a lawyer married twice. He married his 1st cousin, Violet Gallego who unfortunately died during childbirth. He married Noemi Villanueva. He founded also the Siguion-Reyna, Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Offices. He liked to brag that he wrote the Coporation Code and the Labor Code in the Philippines.

    Ramon, a doctor married Cecille Hidalgo, a descendant of Tomas Morato.

    My father married Hideliza Paraiso Tambunting. He married rich.

    The Ongsiako’s are an eccentric, intelligent, cultured, refined and horny bunch of people. They have this sense of noblesse oblige (with great wealth comes great responsibility). They have a social conscience. While the Tambunting’s are a shrewed, money grubbing and pretentious bunch of people who only looked out for themselves and their status in society. My mother was the complete opposite of her siblings. I think she got it from the Paraiso side of the family. Gentle, refined and very principle oriented. She also had this soft spot for poor people that we always have to restrain her from donating to any poor priest or nun.


    The Pantangcos are descendent from a Spanish officer who was awarded large tracks of land in Tondo by the Spanish Governor General in the Philippines he had two daughters one married a Fernandez the other daughter married a Pantangco a daughter of the Pantangco couple Mercedes married Macario Santos Rufino they established the Capitol and Lyric theaters in the Escolta. The Avenue, State, and EVER theaters in Rizal Avenue. and when the Ayalas were developing Makati in the 1960s, they established the then very modern Rizal, Magallanes, and QUAD theaters the theater EVER is an acronym of Macario and Mercedes Rufinos children names: Ernesto, Vicente, Ester, and Rafael

    A grand daughter of Mr Pantangco Rosario Pantangco Married Nicanor Jacinto they established the Security Bank & Trust Co some of their descendant RJ Jacinto and former Secretary of Tourism Vince Jacinto Carlos

    The Manotok brothers are Severino,Teodoro & Rufino

    Severino Manotok children are the FF

    1.Purificacion married to Roberto Laperal
    3.Perpetua married to Mamerto Bocanegra
    4.Filomena married to_______ Sison
    5.Severino Jr married to Patty De Leon
    7.Severino III

    Teodoro Manotoc descendant are Ricardo married Carmen Arguelles La O. He is better known as the father of Tommy Manotoc, the former husband of Aurora McKenny Pijuan, 1970 Miss International, and Imee Marcos. Another son, Ricardo Jr. was also married to Chingbee Kalaw, daughter of Teddy Kalaw Jr. and Senator Eva Estrada. Their other children are Patricia and Guillermo.

    One of Rufino Manotok grandson Ayala Corp Managing Director Rufino Manotok III daughter Kakai Manotok married Congressman Diosdado Ignacio Macapagal Arroyo

  29. Richard Tuason-Sanchez Bautista said,

    July 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Curious (in relation to the Pedro SyQuia), the Tutuban mall / station was built in the 1890’s, designed by Juan Hervas when the Manila -Dagupan was built.

  30. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    July 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm


    I had the chance to meet your mom decades back and in our conversation she found out that her family and my dad’s family were neighbors in Tondo.

    My dad’s maternal grandparents had a three storey house in front of the Tondo church which occupied three streets. Your mom even described the aunts of my dad.

    My dad’s maternal grandparents were Don Eugenio de Belen and Dona Maximina Meneses. They were addressed as Capitan Genio and Capitana Sima.

    The most surprising revelation was your mom together with my mom and aunt were among the first graduates of the UST College of Law!

  31. J.Antonio Mendoza y González said,

    June 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    One more time. Corrected.

    The Tioco family was a very rich and generous family from Old Tondo. They owned numerous fishing boats in Tondo and Malabon. Siblings Balbino Tioco and Romana Tioco were illustrious citizens and famous Tondo benefactors of the 19th century.

    Balbino’s son Maximiano was kidnapped in the late 19th century and ransomed for 3 “kaings” of gold. Maximiano was married to a spanish mestiza Marciana Félix (same Félix family as Joji Félix Velarde and Conchita Félix wife of Felipe Calderón of the Malolos Constitution)

    Maximiano married Teodorica Ylo (The Cabangis family are also descended from the Ylo’s) They bore 5 children, Nemesio, Salvador, “Beot”, Guadalupe (married to Don Eduardo Barretto), Consuelo (married to Dr Rufino Mendoza, son of Don Isabelo Mendoza de Villablanca, a direct descendant of the spaniard Don Benito Mendoza, first gobernadorcillo of Mariquina in 1787. Benito’s (daughter?) Juana Mendoza Cerbito married Ceferino Dulay, a patriarch of the Rajah Lakandula/Dulay clan.

    Long after the family had left Old Tondo for the plush villages of Makati and other parts of Manila, there remains Calle Romana* in honor of Romana Tioco, and Calle Tioco* in honor of Balbino and Romana, two personages of the same family in gratitude for their inexhaustible generosity to Tondo.

    *Daluyan : A Historical Dictionary of the Streets of Manila, Printed by NHI.

  32. J.Antonio Mendoza y González said,

    June 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

    The Tioco family was a very rich and generous family from Old Tondo. Siblings Balbino Tioco and Romana Tioco were illustrious citizens from the 19th century who were famous Tondo benefactors.

    Balbino’s son Maximiano was kidnapped in the late 19th century and ransomed with 3 kaings of gold. Maximiano married Teodorica Ylo y Félix, daughter of spanish mestiza Marciana Félix (same Félix family as Joji Félix Velarde and Conchita Félix wife of Felipe Calderón of the Malolos Constitution) The Cabangis family are also related to the Ylo’s.

    Maximiano and Teodorica bore 5 children, Nemesio, Salvador, “Beot”, Guadalupe (married to Don Eduardo Barretto), Consuelo (married to Dr Rufino Mendoza, son of Don Isabelo Mendoza de Villablanca, a direct descendant of the spaniard Don Benito Mendoza, first gobernadorcillo of Mariquina in 1787 his daughter Juana married a Dulay who descended from Rajah Lakandula).

    Long after the family had left Tondo for the plush villages of Makati, there remains Tioco Street in honor of Balbino and Romana, two personages of the same family in gratitude for their inexhaustible generosity.

    *Daluyan : A Historical Dictionary of the Streets of Manila, Printed by NHI.

  33. Monchito Nocon said,

    June 14, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Aren’t the Moreno’s–Pitoy and Virgie–from Tondo?

  34. June 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm


    Thank you so much for your valuable input about the Cabangis and the Lopez del Castillo families of Old Tondo. More, please!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  35. Manolo Noche said,

    June 13, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Hi! Nice to read that you included our family in your list. Am a descendant of the Cabangis-Lopez del Castillo clan. My mother Romana Lopez del Castillo lived in Plaza Leon XIII Ylaya corner Lakandula. My grandfather Jose Lopez del Castillo is descendent to Tomas Cabangis who was with Rizal in Spain. The Cabangis family once owned the whole island of Balut also in Tondo. There is still a Cabangis family that lives in Tondo, though the Lopez del Castillo family has almost died out.

  36. Richard Tuason-Sanchez Bautista said,

    June 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    The Pantangcos were the ancestors of the Rufino and the Jacinto families.

  37. Richard Tuason-Sanchez Bautista said,

    June 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    What happened to the Cabangis and the Lopez del Castillo whose house was located in front of the Tondo church?

  38. Manuel Buencamino said,

    June 8, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Saturnina continued her father’s money lending business. She became known as “Ninay Supot” for the brown bag she used to carry her lendings and collections. It must have been quite a big “supot.”

  39. Alicia Perez said,

    June 6, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Speaking of the ultrarare works of Antonio Malantic, the 1876 portrait of Soledad Francia [ playing the piano ] has changed hands from the widow of the Negrense architect collector to the Chinese-Filipino collector of the pharmaceuticals and real estate family for a very tidy sum. [ There is a pendant portrait of Soledad’s equally unattractive sister Inocencia Francia { beside a grooved marble top table } that remains with the widow of the Negrense architect collector. ]

    Recalling the original sale from the family to the collectors, a descendant of the Francia family of Pagsanjan, Laguna remembers that when her branch sold one of the antique Malantic portraits in the early 1970s, the Negrense architect collector’s wife, herself an heiress to a sugar empire, arrived in a helicopter with a boxful of “ensaimadas.” Four decades ago, the family were already paid a very big sum for the portrait.

    And that is how the Filipino rich collect art.

    Alicia Perez

  40. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 2, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Another family from Old Tondo is the Pantangco family.

  41. Fely Navarro said,

    June 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Toto Caro,

    Anything you know about the Taboras?

  42. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Another family from Old Tondo are the Manotok brothers Severino, Rufino, & Teodoro.

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