The Families of Old Binondo, Manila

by Augusto M R Gonzalez III (Toto Gonzalez)

The Chinese had been trading with the various, prosperous settlements of these Malay islands — the great kingdom of Tondo [ which spanned present-day Tondo district all the way northwards to much of Central Luzon;  Rajah Lakandula was a grandson of the Sultan of Brunei, his mother was a daughter of the sultan;  Rajah Lakandula is listed in the genealogy of the royal family of Brunei ], Maynilad, Namayan, Ternate, Bai’, Butuan Karaga, and others — for ages, not only centuries.  Eons before the Portuguese explorer Fernao de Magalhaes / Fernando de Magallanes / Ferdinand Magellan and the Spanish “conquistadores” found themselves sailing into these islands in 1521, the Chinese traders had long been principal players in the prosperous economies of the early settlements.  The great kingdom of Tondo, Maynilad, Namayan, Ternate, and Bai’ were principal settlements of the northern island.  The early Malay cultures of the natives in those places were by no means primitive as the written accounts of the early Spanish invaders would have readers believe:  In reality, there were developed languages [ as proven by the Laguna copperplate inscription ca. 900 A.D. at the National Museum ], numerical systems [ there was actually a term for “million” ], written literature [ as proven by the Laguna copperplate inscription ca. 900 A.D. ], oral traditions, and even various forms of art;  there were costumes, materials, and accessories ascribed to every social class;  there was spirituality, animistic communion with nature, perceptions of the unseen, belief in the afterlife;  there were systems of government, laws and sanctions, social classes, etc.;  even sexuality was advanced in the sense that there were specific tools [ penis rings, etc. ] and practices to enhance the sexual act.  Butuan Karaga [ and its satellite Surigao ] in Mindanao, in particular, was an advanced and magnificent Southeast Asian culture, as proven by archaeological artifacts, specially ritual goldware and jewelry, of such high quality and sophisticated execution that compare favorably with similar specimens from the world’s earliest civilizations.

When the Spaniards took over Rajah Sulayman’s palisade of “Maynilad” in 1570 and established the walled city of Intramuros, they isolated the potentially troublesome Chinese residents in a ghetto called “Parian” just outside the walls “extra muros.”  In 1594, Governor-General Luis Perez Dasmarinas established the settlement of Binondo [ originally “Minondoc” ] just across the Pasig River for “los Sangleyes” Chinese immigrants who had converted to Catholicism.  During that time, the Spaniards forced Chinese immigrants to convert to Catholicism or be deported, or worse, be executed [ or massacred ].  Because there were hardly any women coming from China, the Chinese immigrant converts took to marrying native women, thus creating the “mestizo de Sangley” Chinese mestizo [ half-breed ].  It was in Binondo where the “mestizo de Sangley” Chinese mestizo community rose with unparalleled wealth and influence, and like their Chinese trader forebears, continued to play a leading role in the economic life of the islands from the Spanish colonization onwards for four hundred years until the present time…


TUASON  [ originally SON TUA ].  During the British Occupation of Manila from 1762-64, a prosperous Chinese trader named Son Tua voluntarily or involuntarily assisted the Spaniards, led by Governor-General Simon de Anda, with his resources — financial, manpower, and logistical — in fighting and resisting the British invaders.  Son Tua later adopted the Christian name of Antonio Maria Tuason.  As a reward, he was given a large “encomienda” land grant by the Spaniards which comprised the vast area of present-day Diliman in Quezon City and the Marikina valley [ urban legend has it that as a reward for his anti-British services, the Spaniards gave Tuason all the land he could cover on horseback in one day, but he was so brilliant and shrewd that he stationed horses at several points so he could cover a far bigger swathe of land;  however, the current Tuason descendants debunk that myth with more logical theories ].  Antonio Maria Tuason was awarded a “mayorazgo” noble estate with a tradition of primogeniture and his family was elevated to the Spanish “hidalguia” nobility — the only Filipino family to attain those signal honors.  Two hundred years after the Chinese patriarch’s passing and his descendants are still members, if not principal players, of the country’s plutarchy [ plutocracy and oligarchy ].

Jose Severo Tuason married Teresa de la Paz.

Gonzalo Tuason married Isabel Gil de Sola [viuda de Agustin Westernhagen].

PATERNO [ originally MING MONG LO,  PATERNO MOLO DE SAN AGUSTIN ].  According to Pedro Alejandro Paterno [ whom serious Filipino historians tend to take lightly, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, since it is his family anyway ], the Paterno clan progenitor was Ming Mong Lo, a Chinese “apothecary” [ herbalist?  “albulario”? ] from the mainland who settled in Binondo and married a Tagala of aristocratic lineage — she was supposed to be descended from the “Maguinoo of Luzon,”  the ruling Malay dynasty before the arrival of the Spaniards in 1570.  THAT was according to Pedro A. Paterno.

The facts:

Ming Mong Lo or Joseph Molo and his wife Anastacia Michaela _____ had _____ children:  Silverio, Juana, Pedro, Alejo, and Paterno, surnamed Agustin.

Paterno Agustin married Miguela Yamson y de la Cruz [ Michaela Yapson y de la Cruz ].  Miguela was the daughter of Juan Yapson and Maria de la Cruz.  It was Maria de la Cruz who was listed as a descendant of Rajah Lakandula;  it was through her that Pedro A. Paterno was descended from the pre-Spanish Malay royals of Tondo and Maynilad, the “Maguinoo of Luzon.”  Paterno and Miguela had nine children:  Matea, Paz, Anastacio, Feliciano, Lucas, Tomas, Maximino, Martina, and Juana.  It was Maximino who first assumed the complete surname Molo Agustin Paterno, then his siblings followed.


Mariano Roxas and Ana Maria de Ureta had three or five children.

Antonio Roxas married Lucina Arroyo and they had fifteen children,  twelve sons and three daughters.  According to their grandson Felix Roxas y Fernandez and great great grandson Salvador Araneta y Zaragoza, twelve of the Roxas-Arroyo family sat together on one dining table during meals in the paternal home on Calle San Vicente which fronted Chino Velasco’s bazaar [ the rich and influential Chinese businessman Mariano Velasco Chua Cheng Co ].

Mariano Leon Roxas y Arroyo married Carmen Arce.

Their daughter, Rosa Roxas y Arce, married the Spanish mestizo Jose Zaragoza y Aranquizna of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, the son of a Spanish auditor of the Tobacco Monopoly.  Jose Zaragoza and Rosa Roxas had five children:  Natividad married Demetrio Tuason y de la Paz;  Salvador married Carolina Tuason y Gil de Sola;  Elias married Rosario Velez y Rodriguez Infante;  Carmen married Gregorio Araneta y Soriano;  Margarita married Carlos Preysler y Gonzalez.

Felix Roxas y Arroyo married Cornelia Fernandez.

He was the first Europe-trained Filipino architect;  he designed many famous churches, buildings, and residences during his professional prime:  Santo Domingo church [ Intramuros ];  San Ignacio church [ Intamuros ];  Pedro Pablo Roxas y de Castro residence [ Calle General Solano, San Miguel ];  Rafael Enriquez y Villanueva residence [ Calle San Sebastian, Quiapo ].  Felix and Cornelia had a son, Felix, and a daughter, Lucina.  Felix Roxas y Fernandez married Carmen Moreno Lacalle;  he became a longtime Mayor of Manila.  Lucina Roxas y Fernandez married Enrique Brias de Coya.

Felipe Roxas y Arroyo married Raymunda Chuidian.

He was a painter of note.  He lived and died in Paris, France.

Juan Roxas y Arroyo married Vicenta Reyes.

They were the parents of Francisco L. Roxas y Reyes, one of the 13 Martyrs of Bagumbayan in January 1897.

Rafael Roxas y Arroyo married Victoriana Manio.

Rafael married Victoriana Manio of Calumpit, Bulacan and settled there.  They had several children:  Fr. Manuel, Josefa, and Ana, et. al..  Josefa “Pepita” Roxas y Manio became famous in her time because King Norodom I of Cambodia fell in love and proposed marriage to her at a ball given in his honor by the Arnedos in Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga.  King Norodom I gave Josefa a “granada de oro” a pomegranate-shaped jewel and he gave her sister Ana a “concha” a conch shell-shaped jewel.  Both pieces were set with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and pearls;  both bore inscriptions from Norodom I to the recipient [ Ana’s was inscribed:  “S.M. { Su Majestad } El Rey de Cambodia a la Sta. Ana Rojas” ];  judging from their late Victorian design, the jewels seemed to have been purchased from the prestigious “La Estrella del Norte” on the Escolta in Manila.

It is also thought that the various Roxases in Bulacan are actually descended from Rafael Roxas and Victoriana Manio.

Andres Roxas y Arroyo married Eleuteria Punzalan.

Andres settled in Calauan, Laguna because he managed the “Hacienda Calauan” of his cousin, Jose Bonifacio Roxas y Ubaldo, which devolved to the latter’s only son, Pedro Pablo “Perico” Roxas y de Castro.  [ “Hacienda Calauan” was inherited by Pedro Pablo Roxas’ daughter Margarita Roxas viuda de Eduardo Soriano. ]

*Encarnacion Roxas.  It is thought that Encarnacion Roxas — the “camarera” caretaker of the “Nuestra Senora del Santisimo Rosario de La Naval de Manila” at the Santo Domingo Church and the chairperson of the canonical coronation committee in 1907 —  was a sister of the famous Roxas y Arroyo brothers and was one of the three daughters of Antonio Roxas and Lucina Arroyo of Binondo.

[ Antonio Roxas was a brother of Domingo Roxas de Ureta who married Maria Saturnina Ubaldo and had three children — Margarita, Jose Bonifacio, and Mariano who spawned the present-day Roxas-de Ayala-Zobel-Soriano clan. ]


Jose Damaso Gorricho, a quartermaster of the Spanish army, married Ciriaca de los Santos of Imus, Cavite.  Her fortunate marriage to a Spanish army man paved the way for the hardworking Ciriaca to start a business by supplying “zacate” hay for the many horses of the Spanish cavalry in Intramuros;  she became known as a “zacatera.”

As her “zacate” business flourished, Ciriaca de los Santos de Gorricho purchased land across the Pasig River from Intramuros where she could grow the “zacate” hay she supplied to the cavalry.  Years later, urban development fortunately sprawled to that particular stretch of Gorricho land which eventually became the Escolta, the premier commercial district of Manila.

At the prime of their prosperous lives, Jose Damaso and Ciriaca de Gorricho owned both sides of the Escolta, from the Puente de San Gabriel all the way to Calle Soda.

Jose Damaso Gorricho and Ciriaca de los Santos had several children:  Juliana, Gertrudis, Josefa…


The Pardo de Tavera are, like the de Ayala, an aristocratic Spanish family.  Both venerable families can trace their lineages to the “Reconquista” of Ferdinand and Isabella and even way beyond;  both families are related by blood and marriage, however distant, to the most aristocratic as well as the royal Spanish families like the Alba, Medinaceli, et. al..

The nobleman Julian Pardo de Tavera and his wife Juana Gomez Artucha arrived in Manila from Spain in 1825.  Eschewing the Pardo de Tavera tradition of eminent careers in the judiciary, Julian became a lieutenant in the Spanish army.  Julian and Juana Pardo de Tavera had four children:  Felix, _____, _____, and Joaquin.

The two Pardo de Tavera brothers married two de Gorricho y de los Santos sisters, the daughters of the industrialist Jose Damaso Gorricho and the highly successful entrepreneur Ciriaca de los Santos:  Felix Pardo de Tavera married Juliana de Gorricho;  his younger brother Joaquin Pardo de Tavera married Gertrudis de Gorricho.

Felix Pardo de Tavera married Juliana de Gorricho and they had three children:  Trinidad Hermenigildo “Trini” / later “T.H.” [ married Concepcion “Concha” Cembrano Kerr y Gonzalez-Calderon ], Felix [ married Agustina Manigot ], and Paz “Chiching” [ married Juan Luna y Novicio ].

Joaquin Pardo de Tavera married Gertrudis “Tula” de Gorricho and had three children:  Eloisa [ married Daniel Earnshaw ], Beatrice [ married Manuel de Yriarte ], and Joaquin [ married Paz Azaola ].

*Years before Joaquin Pardo de Tavera married Gertrudis de Gorricho, he had 2 “hija natural” from a lady in Bicol.  One of them, Macaria “Nena” Lopez, married a Spanish soldier _____ Madrigal and became the mother of the tycoon Vicente Madrigal y Lopez, who married Susana Paterno y Ramos of Manila.  Thus, the Madrigal-Paterno are also of Pardo de Tavera descent.



The rich Vicenta Reyes married Juan Roxas.  They were the parents of Francisco L. Roxas y Reyes, one of the 13 Martyrs of Bagumbayan in 1896.

Capitan Francisco “Kikoy” Reyes married Macaria “Kayang” Baptista.

Francisco Reyes y Baptista married Adriana del Rosario [ of the family that owned “Funeraria Paz” ].  Their daughter Marina del Rosario Reyes married the architect Pablo Antonio [ honored as a National Artist for Architecture ].

Generoso “Ochong” Reyes y Baptista married Trinidad de los Reyes y Tanquintin [ granddaughter of Crisanto de los Reyes y Mendoza ].  They had two daughters:  Maria Trinidad “Neneching” de los Reyes Reyes [ married Jaime Valera, brother of top couturier Ramon Oswalds Valera ] and Carmen “Mengay” de los Reyes Reyes [ married Vicente Cecilio Reyes ].

Inocencia “Enchay” Reyes y Baptista married Rafael Filomeno Roces y Gonzalez and they had eleven children, ten sons and one daughter:  Francisco, Rafael, Rafael, Inocencia, Alejandro, Luis, Jose Miguel, Marcos, Alfredo, Joaquin, and Jesus.

Carmen Reyes y Baptista married Abelardo Icasiano.

Nicanor Reyes y Baptista [ Sr. ] married Amparo Mendoza y de Leon.  They had children, among them Nicanor Jr. [ married Josephine Sumulong Cojuangco ] and Lourdes [ married Aurelio Javellana Montinola Jr. ].


Balbino Mauricio y de Jesus was an ancestor of the Roces family.

There is an extant “letras y figuras” painting of “Balvino Mauricio” which depicts his Calle Anloague mansion.  His house was supposed to have been the model for Capitan Tiago’s residence in Jose Rizal’s novel “Noli Me Tangere.”

ROCES.  Alejandro Rozes y Gonzalez of Gijon, Asturias, Spain married Florentina de Leon;  after Florentina passed away, he married Severa Mauricio y de Jesus of Binondo, Manila [ sister of Balbino Mauricio y de Jesus ].

Alejandro Roman Domingo Roces y Mauricio married Maria Filomena Gonzalez and they had 11 eleven children:  Filomena [ married Benito Legarda y de la Paz];  Alejandro [ married Antonia Pardo ];  Rafael [ married Inocencia Reyes y Baptista ];  Marcos;  et. al..

Filomena Roces y Gonzalez married Benito Legarda y de la Paz and they had several children:

Alejandro Roces y Gonzalez married Antonia Pardo and they had seven children:  Rafael;  Antonia [ married _____ Prieto ];  Ramon;  Mercedes;  Filomena [ married _____ Verzosa ];  Isabel;  and Joaquin.

Rafael Filomeno Roces y Gonzalez married Inocencia Reyes y Baptista and they had 11 eleven children, 10 ten sons and 1 one daughter:  Francisco, Rafael, Rafael, Inocencia, Alejandro, Luis, Jose Miguel, Marcos, Alfredo, Joaquin, and Jesus.

Marcos B. Roces married Maria Teresa Prieto.

[ There was another Alejandro Roces from Gijon, Asturias, Spain who settled in Iloilo and married Francisca Ortizo.  Alejandro Roces was the progenitor of the Roces de Iloilo. ]

SY CIP.  According to the oral history of the Sy-Quia family, the first Sy Quia [ Vicente Ruperto Romero Sy Quia + 09 January 1894 ] arrived from Amoy, China with his cousin, Sy Cip.  Sy Quia did business between Manila and Vigan, Ilocos Sur;  he married Petronila Encarnacion of Vigan in 1853.  His cousin Sy Cip chose to settle in Cagayan.  Sy Cip’s descendants found their way southwards to Binondo, Manila where they became successful traders.


Ildefonso Cosiam Tambunting.


Claudio Teehankee.

A Teehankee married a Yutivo lady, thus linking the prominent intellectual family to one of Binondo’s great merchant families.




Mariano Velasco Chua Chengco.

The three-hectare family compound with several mansions still exists in China.  The mansions are highly unusual because the materials used — the ipil, kamagong, molave, tindalo / balayong hardwoods and the terra cotta roof tiles — were imported to China from Las Islas Filipinas, notably Basilan island, which was the Velasco family’s copra plantation.

Mariano Velasco Chua Chengco owned “Bazaar Velasco,” one of the first and largest of Filipino department stores during that time.  [ The current “Plaza Fair” department store is a descendant of “Bazaar Velasco.” ]  Mariano was prominent in the wealthy circles of the city, be it the Chinese, the Spanish mestizo, or the Spanish peninsular.

Mariano’s palatial, block-long residence fronted three streets:  Calle Azcarraga, Calle T. Alonso, and Calle Soler.

Jose Velasco.

On a contemporary note, a Ting daughter-in-law of Mariano Velasco Chua Chengco was one of the early financiers of the SM ShoeMart department store [ turned mall empire ] of taipan Henry Sy Sr..


CARLOS PALANCA TAN GUIN LAY.  Chinese immigrant;  no blood relation to Carlos Palanca Tan Quien Sen;  he became a godson of the latter.


Lau Cheng Co was the owner of the biggest “carroceria” / “carruaje” dealership in Manila before the advent of the automobiles.  He was rich and counted Andres Soriano Sr. and Carlos Palanca Tan Guin Lay as his friends.  He was a collector of beautiful things and his Binondo residence was filled with French furniture, Chinese furniture, Meissen and Nymphenburg German porcelain, Bohemian glass, English silver, and other prized objects.  Unfortunately, everything was destroyed during World War II.


From “Lola Grande!” by James B. Reuter, PhilStar, 10/18/08:

“”The original “Lola Grande” was Cornelia Lau Chang Co, born in the Chinese area of Binondo, in old Manila, in 1820. She married Tomas Ly Chau Co, who came to the Philippines with the last wave of Chinese immigrants in the 19th century.”

“Tomas died. Doña Cornelia had to provide for her family of five children, alone. She started a business, making grass mats—tampipis—and other products of palm frond—buri. She supplied these to small retailers.”

“She was methodical, hard-working, efficient, excellent in mathematics. She began transporting unhusked rice, from the producing provinces in Central Luzon to Manila. She became a licensed transporter of rice — a consignado — the fifth ranking consignado of rice from Pangasinan to Manila.”

“Gradually she was able to acquire rice lands in Pangasinan. She bought and sold raw sugar. She started a faraderia, a simple process of producing raw sugar crystals. She sold these, in quantity, to British and American export companies. She built houses in Metro Manila, in Santa Ana. She established an orphan asylum — the Asilo de Huerfanos — for the children of those who died in the great cholera epidemics of 1882 and 1889. A tiny little woman, she was far ahead of her time.””


The Yu Cheng Co family descends from the Chinese wife of the clan progenitor Yu Tiao Qui.

According to the Yuchengco descendants, from the 1850s to the 1890s, the patriarch Yu Tiao Qui owned most of the commercial real estate in Santa Cruz district, as well as the entire end of Calle Gandara there.

Enrique Yuchengco married his first cousin _____ Tiaoqui.

Dr. Luisa, Vicencia, Dr. Aurora, and Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco.  Luisa finished her medical studies at the University of Shanghai.  Vicencia “Vic” is a very successful entrepreneur who engaged in several businesses;  she helped her father Enrique establish the family’s insurance business.  Aurora is a medical doctor in Hong Kong.  Alfonso finished his M.B.A. at Columbia University.


The Tiaoqui family descends from the Filipina wife of the clan progenitor Yu Tiao Qui.

[ Aurora “Oyang” Tiaoqui married Alfredo Rizal Hidalgo, son of Saturnina Rizal de Hidalgo, the eldest sister of the national hero Jose Rizal.  Their daughter, Lourdes “Lulu” Tiaoqui Hidalgo, married Vivencio “Vencio” Tinio.  Lourdes and Vivencio’s daughter, “Lisa” Hidalgo Tinio, married Francisco “Jun” Madrigal Bayot Jr., a descendant of Ming Mong Lo, the Paterno clan progenitor.  Their marriage illustrates a commingling of old Chinese-Filipino and Spanish-Filipino clans — Tiaoqui/Yuchengco, Rizal, Hidalgo, Tinio, Madrigal, Paterno, and Bayot. ]

YU TI VO.  The Yutivo hardware business was established by 3 Yu first cousins:  Yu Ti Vo, Yu Tiong Cuan [ an adopted son ], and _____.

Yu Khe Thai.  Yu Khe Thai was the eldest son of Yu Ti Vo by his first wife.  Yu Khe Thai inherited the leadership of the Yutivo hardware business from his father, Yu Ti Vo.

Yu Khe Thai had 2 elder sisters who married 2 Sycip brothers.  Anna Yu married Washington Sycip and Helen Yu married David Sycip.

Yu Khe Jin.  Yu Khe Jin was the eldest son of Yu Ti Vo by his second wife;  he was the younger half-brother of Yu Khe Thai.  He observed that many decisions in the family business were being made by the 2 Sycip brothers-in-law of his elder half-brother Yu Khe Thai, so he challenged the latter for the leadership of the hardware business.  Yu Khe Thai relinquished the leadership of the business to him.  As a result, Yu Khe Jin’s descendants are the ones who inherited the Yutivo hardware business, not those of Yu Khe Thai’s.

ONGPIN.  Roman Ongpin y Tanbensiang was a leader of the Chinese community.



According to Antonio Casas Cuyegkeng:

[ This article is based from childhood stories, documents from the files of Dr. Jose Cuyegkeng, as provided by Ms. Mary Cuyegkeng Fontanilla, and the book “The Life and Family of Guillermo A. Cu Unjieng” by and from correspondence with Ms. Josephine M. T. Khu. ]

CU YEG KENG (Antonio Cuyegkeng) or Kenga (as he was commonly known) was from Cuoshang (or Cushang, in the local pronunciation) village, the same village as the Cu Unjieng’s, was located in Jinjiang (or Chinkiang in the old spelling) county of Fujian province.  However, Shandong (or Shantung in the old spelling) province is reputed to be the ultimate origins of those bearing the Cu surname. Jinjiang County no longer exists because the local administrative units were reorganized in the 1980s and 1990s.

In the late 1890’s, Taigong as Guillermo Cu Unjieng was commonly known, who would have been in his late 20’s and quite well-established, could have brought Kenga with him to Manila (Taigong could have been brought to Manila by Cu Yeg Keng’s father, then Taigong later returned the favor and brought Kenga to Manila on the former’s return from a trip to China).  Kenga was in his mid-teens (a normal age for Chinese boys to be brought over to the Philippines).

Kenga was not an immediate cousin of Taigong, but a distant relative–about five times removed. Kenga was a relative from the same village, who was about 13 years younger than Taigong.  It is clear from the middle Chinese character “YI” of Cu Yeg Keng’s name that, Cu Yeg Keng is one generation below Taigong, whose middle Chinese character is “YUN”. Taigong is from the 19th generation, while Cu Yeg Keng is from the 20th generation of males in the village.

Considering that Taigong went back to China to get married in 1890 and the succeeding trips were already in the 1900s, Taigong was about 33+ years of age when he brought Kenga to Manila.  Kenga would, then, have been a little over 20 years old.  Therefore, Kenga was born around late 1870’s.  His mother was Ong O Ken.

Kenga managed the Cu Unjieng and Company up to the late 1920’s.   Kenga, as well, had set up his own textile and other goods business, which Kenga operated under his personal name, Cu Yeg Keng Trading.  Cu Yeg Keng Trading, which was engaged in the textile business, was located at 127 Nueva St., Manila.

In 1929, Cu Unjieng and Company expanded thru the merger with Cu Yeg Keng Trading and Khu Yek Chiong Company, owned by Guillermo’s oldest son, Yek Chiong, with Cu Unjieng and Company as the surviving entity. However, the merger collapsed a year or two after it occurred. Or, at least, Khu Yek-chiong withdrew from the merger at that time. Indications are that Cu Yeg Keng Trading also withdrew from the consortium. While Cu Unjieng and Company operated until the Japanese occupation, but not thereafter, Cu Yeg Keng Trading continued on after the war.

Kenga suddenly collapsed, probably from a heart attack, and died on October 11, 1948 at the maternal house of the Chinese family, believed to be in 259 – 261 Juan Luna St., Binondo, Manila.  He would have been about 73 years old,

In the Extra-Judicial Settlement of the Estate of Antonio Cuyegkeng, the second son of the Chinese wife, Chua Sac, Cu Uh Khun (Florentino), was named administrator of Cu Yeg Keng Trading, as the eldest son, Cu Uh Po (Manuel), had already died.

At the time of Kenga’s death, Cu Uh Po (Manuel) was survived by this wife, Lim Chong Goan, and sons Leoncio and Inocencio Lim Cu.  Leoncio had an only child, Gilbert Uy Cuyegkeng.

Kenga and his Chinese wife, Chua Sac, had eight (8) children, four (4) boys and four (4) girls.  Cu Uh Khun (Florentino) was followed by Lourdes Chua Cu, married to Benito P. Lim; Cu Uh Chua (Andres), married to Rosita Co Sylianco; Benito Chua Cuyegkeng;  Maria Luisa  Chua Cuyegkeng, married to Jose P. Barreto; Maria Marcela Chua Cuyegkeng, married to Ngui Te; and Vicenta Chua Cuyegkeng, married to Guillermo Tang Palao.

In her later years, Chua Sac was believed to have stayed with the family of Benito, somewhere in the San Miguel area near San Beda College.

In the early 1900’s, Kenga married Margarita (Tita) Gomez Mangahas, a Filipina from Angat, Bulacan.  They had 11 children, four (4) boys and seven (7) girls.  However, two (2) of the boys died before reaching the age of five, and one (1) girl passed away in her teens.

The eldest, Leoncia (Lucy) Mangahas Cu, was born on September 12, 1906, and got married to Benito Enriquez Lim, no known relation with Benito P. Lim the husband of Lourdes Chua Cu. Lucy was followed by Patricia Mangahas Cu, married to Pedro Yangco Uy-tioco; Emerenciana (Miling)  Mangahas Cu, who got widowed in 1945 when a bomb killed Wilfredo Tan Beng Yu and their eldest child, Maria Luisa Cu Yu, remarried  Manuel Hunchiong Ty; Tomas Mangahas Cu, who died at the age of 3; Concepcion (Chit) Mangahas Cu, married to Daniel Uy Tan; Alfonso Ma. Mangahas Cuyegkeng, married to Trinidad Almeda Casas; Rosario (Charing) Mangahas Cuyegkeng, married to Antonio Silvestre Trinidad; Jose Mangahas Cuyegkeng, married to Elena Barbara Resurrecion Ines; Teresita Mangahas Cuyegkeng, who died at the age of 15; Antonio Mangahas Cu, who died at the age of 4; and Rafaela (Fely) Mangahas Cuyegkeng, married to Eduardo Limgenco Dy Buncio.

The maternal house of the Filipino family was in 651 – 655 Benavides St., Binondo, Manila.  The house passed on to Jose Mangahas Cuyegkeng and his family.

As to the family name, the mestizo children of Cu Yeg Keng and Cu Unjieng did what so many Chinese mestizo families did, and used the entire name of their founding ancestor in the Philippines as their surname, rather than just Chinese surname itself (in this case “Cu”). When Cu Unjieng acquired the personal Spanish name of Guillermo, his full Chinese name (where “Cu” was the surname and “Un Jieng” the personal name) just naturally got used as a surname. Guillermo’s middle name, Araullo, was the family name of his baptismal godfather, Manuel G. Araullo.  The same thing must have happened when Cu Yeg Keng adopted the personal name “Antonio.”

Kenga must have applied for a Filipino citizenship, under the US Commonwealth, sometime in the late 1917’s to early 1918’s.  No documents have been found to show when the use of the name “Antonio” and family name “Cuyegkeng” started, as well as who determined who can use the said family name.

Based on the Extra-Judicial Settlement document, it was only the last four (4) children (Benito, Maria Luisa, Maria Marcela, and Vicenta) of Chua Sac who carried the family name Cuyegkeng.  Of the 11 children of Tita, five (5) (Alfonso, Rosario, Jose, Teresita, and Rafaela) used the Cuyegkeng family name.

Cu Uh Chua (Andres), who was born on June 29, 1917, used the family name “CU” till the mid-1960.  His family started using ‘CUYEGKENG” around 1965, when Dr. Andres Cu Uh Chua was started to being referred to as Dr. Andres Cuyegkeng.   On the other hand, Alfonso (6th child of Tita), who was born on March 15, 1918, and the siblings after him, used “CUYEGKENG” from the very beginning.

An oddity occurred in the case of Antonio, 10th child of Tita. When his remains, together with that of Tita, Tomas Cu and Teresita Cuyegkeng, were transferred from the Chinese Cemetery to the Most Holy Redeemer Church Crypts, and finally to the crypts at Santuario de San Antonio, Makati City, the name on the grave marker had always been Antonio Cu.  Tita’s name in the grave marker was Margarita Cuyegkeng.  Upon Tita’s request, the members of the Filipino family provided Tita and their siblings a separate mausoleum from where Kenga and Cha Sac are buried in the Manila Chinese Cemetery.

It is understandable that Tomas used the family name CU, as he was born in 1914 (died on April 1, 1917), the eldest son and 4th child of Tita.  Teresita, the 9th child of Tita, who was born in 1923 and died on March 1, 1938, had the family name CUYEGKENG.  The question remains as to why Antonio, who was born in 1924 and died on June 17, 1928, used CU as a family name.


CO BAN KIAT.  One of Binondo’s most influential and enduring business dynasties.

LIM TUA CO.  Destileria Limtuaco.

Bonifacio Limtuaco.

Carlos Limtuaco.

Lim Chay Seng.  The Lim Chay Seng family lived in an elegant residence along Taft avenue furnished with magnificent Chinese furniture and porcelains.

James Limpe.

SOMOZA [ originally YAP TUI CO ].

Yap Tui Co was a sugar trader who came from Amoy, China.  He married the Chinese mestiza Espiridiona Ysidra Cua-Peco from Maragondon, Cavite and settled there.  Yap Tui Co adopted the Christian name Faustino Somoza.  Years later when he passed away, his remains were brought back to China.

Faustino and Espiridiona Somoza had three children:  Vicente, Esperanza, and Mauricio.

Vicente Somoza y Cua-Peco.  He was a delegate to the Malolos Congress of 1898;  he was one of the 92 signatories of the Malolos Constitution.  He was a co-founder of the “Camara de Comercio Filipino” [ the current Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. ].  He settled in M.H. del Pilar Street in Ermita with his wife.

Esperanza Somoza y Cua-Peco.  She was a convent “interna” who later became a spinster.  She was a pianist who gave lessons and she lived in the Quiapo district.

Mauricio Somoza y Cua-Peco.  He was a translator who worked for the Monte de Piedad bank and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.   Mauricio was known for his palatial residence in Binondo, designed by Tomas Arguelles, which fronted three streets —   Calle Ongpin, Calle Misericordia, and Calle Kipuja.  It was destroyed during World War II.



Aside from books, the personal perspectives of the following were invaluable:  Maripaz Godinez [ Son Tua / Tuason ];  Miguel “Mickey” and Jean Paterno, Maria Victoria “Marivic” Madrigal Vazquez, and Ramon Nazareth Villegas [ Paterno ];  Felix Roxas:  “The World of Felix Roxas,” Filipiniana Book Guild, Salvador Zaragoza Araneta papers through Regina Lopez Araneta-Teodoro, Ramon Rosello Zaragoza [ Roxas ];  Ruby R. Paredes:  “Ilustrado Legacy:  The Pardo de Taveras of Manila,”  “Anarchy of Families” edited by Alfred W. McCoy, ADMU press [ Gorricho and Pardo de Tavera ];  Mia Cruz Syquia-Faustmann [ Sy Quia ];  Eric Velasco Lim [ Mariano Velasco Chua Chengco ];  Raymond Lim Moreno [ Mariano Velasco Chua Chengco and Dy Buncio ];  Antonio Casas Cuyegkeng [ Casas Binan and Cuyegkeng Binondo ];  [ Mary Constance “Connie” Yuchengco-Gonzalez [ Yu Tiao Qui and Yu Cheng Co ];  Francis Montemayor de Leon [ Lau Chang Co and Ly Chau Co ];  Monchito Nocon [ Yap Tui Co / Somoza ];  multi-awarded journalist and the former Press Secretary during the Ramos and the Estrada administrations Rodolfo “Rod” T. Reyes.


  1. Luis Maneru said,

    March 5, 2018 at 3:19 am

    My father Ignacio Mañeru (Spanish) married Beatriz Alves (Portuguese); whose father Francisco Alves (Macanese) married Amparo Zaragoza (Filipina-Spanish) whose mother Paz (Filipina) had married Zaragoza (Spanish Filipino). The mother of Paz married a Chinese immigrant named Fernando(?) Ongtengco. This brings me to my curiosity about the word “Sangley”. I know we have beautiful looking Chinese-Portuguese-Macanese cousins of the blonde, blue, chinky eyes variety!

  2. Luis Maneru said,

    March 5, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Hi! I am the grandson of Amparo Zaragoza y Ontengco (her mom was Ongtengco) .. from Quiapo .. she married the Portuguese-Macanese Francisco Alves. I only met one other Ongtengco who lived in Quezon City. The rest of the relatives from the Zaragoza clan had moved to San Juan but I also lsot touch with them. I currently live in Baguio. (Luis Antonio Mañeru y Alves)

  3. Rafael D. Ongtengco said,

    August 26, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I don’t know how to begin to trace any relative outside my family. We are the only Ongtengco family from Morong Bataan. Our great grand mother Juana Ongtengco- Perez used to buy merchandise in Manila and Olongapo, Zambales for her Store in Morong. I need find any relative.

  4. Rafael D. Ongtengco said,

    August 26, 2017 at 5:01 am

    I am very grateful to find this great and amazing genealogies. Unfortunately, I am most like not able to trace my roots or any relative aside my own. My Dad did not speak Chinese. All he knew, he told us. His grand father came from Amoy, China. He found a cousin by the name of Pablo Co who owns or managed a Restaurant in Quiapo back in the 60s. I am still in search of him or his family. I am 80 years I know I am Chinese and very isolated.

  5. January 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Mr Richard Chu:

    Your book “Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila: Family, Identity, and Culture 1860s-1930s” (Anvil Publishing, 2012) is a great, authoritative read. I chanced upon it in 2015 but wish I had come across it as soon as it was published.


    Toto Gonzalez

  6. Richard Chu said,

    January 11, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Very rich source of information, from both the blogger and those who contributed their own stories in the comments section! My own research has looked into the families of the Palancas, Boncan/Limjaps, Tambunting, etc. Allow me please to refer you to my book “Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila: Family, Identity, and Culture 1860s-1930s” (Anvil 2012).

  7. jovie vilar said,

    September 22, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    How about the Tan family of Lucio Tan?

  8. Racquel Tuazon said,

    March 19, 2015 at 3:38 am

    How ’bout santiago? santiago family?

  9. Patrick Joseph Cruz Chua said,

    February 3, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I am so happy that i know my roots. Angkong Roman Ongpin is my Great, great, great, great Grandfather though his son Angkong Constancio, through his Daughter Am’ma Marina, though his Son Angkong Edgard to my mom Maribeth.

  10. Nina David said,

    February 2, 2015 at 9:31 am

    do you know where i can research my great-grandfather’s forebears. I was told he came from Binondo–Salazar could be his Hispanized name but his mother was supposed to be a Sopoco and wife’s surname was a Limcuando. Thank you.

  11. Rolando S. King, CPA said,

    July 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Enrique bustos’ posting about the dee or dy family of binondo is very interesting but never mentioned my uncle name – dy huan chay or juan dyhuanchay. i will be happy if you have some topic about him. i know he was well known in binondo while i was a child in the early fifty. thank you

  12. Cindy Flynn said,

    May 8, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Marc Grey, please contact me at eiregene @ Thank you.

  13. Marc Grey said,

    March 21, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Where are the Grey family and roots here as stated earlier?

  14. Sanne said,

    January 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

    To Tina Astor:
    Could be a longshot 🙂 But My great grandfather and great great grandfather (I believe) were both named Angel Tuason/Tuazon. One of my great grandmothers’ was named Leonicia Tuason/Tuazon.

    What province is your mother from?

  15. Sanne said,

    January 14, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I am studying Spanish and also happened to come upon this word.

    Thanks to Enrique Bustos – it reminded me:) I always wondered where it came from.

    Banzon with the ‘accented “o” means bola pequena de barro que sirve para juegos infantiles.

    In other words, “Banzon” is the little ball made of ceramic type material that is used in a popular children’s game played only in Asturias, Spain.

    You will not find this word in regular Spanish dictionaries because it’s part of the Asturian dialect.

    Sanne Banzon

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  17. Maria sabina campo pineda said,

    October 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Good am can I request my baptismal certificate name of child Maria sabina campo Pineda born in morong rizal year June 12,1961

  18. Norma Icawat said,

    June 9, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Is it true that Don Antonio Tuazon had a illegitimate child named Don Benidicto Tuazon Dimaculangan?

  19. Christian Angelo Pacquing-Nacorda said,

    November 5, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Hi! I stumbled upon your blog post while I was going through several historically-inclined websites with the hopes of somehow finding out more about my Ilocano lineage (mother’s side). I am a Pacquing who did not grow up in Ilocos, and as of the moment, all I know is that my mom’s family is quite prominent in the Ilocos Region–that our clan is friends with the Marcoses; that there’s a “Pacquing Street” in Candon City; and that the Pacquing political lineage spans from way back the Spanish Era with some of our great relatives holding governadorcillo positions in Ilocos Sur: Don Fernando Pacquing 1809, Don Agustin Pacquing 1812, Don Melchor Pacquing 1847, Don Rafael Pacquing 1863, Don Celedonio Pacquing (The Last Governadorcillo of Ilocos Sur) 1885-1886, 1891-1892, 1893-1894. Further, Fr. Luis Pacquing, S.J. became the first Filipino Headmaster in Ateneo de Manila in 1936. These are all the nuggets of info that I know about my mom’s side. If you can help me with some more bits of info, that would be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance! Cheers!


  20. Manny Baltazar said,

    October 11, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Anybody knows about my family Baltazar Dehaye in the Philippines, my great grandfather from La Union send my grandfather here in the US to study in the early 1923.

  21. chris frondoso said,

    July 24, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Some of the Sycips will say they are distant relatives of the Sy Quias which supports the story that they came and settled 1st in the northern Philippines. Some lady has mentioned to the other Sycips that the 1st Sycip- Sy Cheng Cip had a brother who also came and settled more permanently in the Cagayan area.

    Another story which I heard among the older Sycips is that the 1st Mr Palanca was also the townmateof the 1st Sycip who came to the Philippines about the same time.

  22. Ethel Anne Pareja said,

    July 21, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I am currently looking for my father in-law’s father, Luciano Sy. Their main business in Manila is cargo shipping and I do not have any idea about their origin or when do they started working here in the Philippines. What we only know is that he is loading Copras and Tobacco here in the Philippines and this is the reason why my husband’s grandmother and his grand father (Luciano Sy) met in Binondo. Can any one help us?

  23. July 2, 2012 at 6:37 am


    We have a policy that 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 requisite information.

    Thank you.

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  24. June 15, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Hmmm. Did my post disappear?

  25. monchito nocon said,

    June 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    More details and some corrections on what I shared previously about my ancestors. SOMOZA [ originally YAP TUI CO ].

    The three Somoza siblings — Vicente, Esperanza & Mauricio — lived in a multi-level house ( 5 floors was mentioned but this is unverified) on Ongpin St. where, at the topmost floor, the insurrectos secretly held meetings. The story is hazy but am told that because of a red lamp, the Spanish authorities discovered the hitherto secret gatherings and they set fire to the house which burned to the ground. As a result the three siblings had to live separately: Lolo Vicente on M.H. del Pilar by the boulevard, Lola Esperanza in Quiapo, and Lolo Mauricio who opted to stay in Binondo. Every Sunday, however, they would gather for lunch at Lola Esperanza’s home.

    Their father, my great, great grandfather Lolo Faustino, [ originally YAP TUI CO ] a trader who owned a store in Binondo, retired back to Amoy China due likely to frail health and after he became a widower. (so he did not die here as I previously related)

    Both Vicente and Mauricio were sent to Hong Kong to study while Lolo Mauricio pursued further education in Europe, where he spent a good part of his life, until he was sent back to the Philippines by his brother.

    Additional info on Vicente Somoza:

    Apart from being one of the 92 signatories of the Malolos Constitution and a co-founder of the “Camara de Comercio Filipino,” he was also a member of the advisory board of the Municipal Board of the City of Manila, an auditor of the Liceo de Manila, stockholder in Tabacalera, and a member, I believe, of the Federalist Party. His wife — I’ve yet to trace her name but she was a Chinese mestiza — was owner (co-owner?) of La Perla, a famous restaurant of the period, that was acquired by Antonio Limjap from the Monroy’s.

    Additional info on Mauricio Somoza:

    At the height of the Battle of Manila Bay, while everyone was fleeing for their lives, Lolo Mauricio opted to stay in Cavite accompanied by his loyal cook and one other person. When Admiral George Dewey arrived and claimed Sangley Point, Lolo Mauricio was the one who welcomed him as he could speak English. (aside from Chinese and Spanish, the latter being the language he spoke at home) He died in Manila in 1943 while his house on Ongpin was bombed-out in 1945.

  26. June 14, 2012 at 5:29 am


    Of course!!! Shoot!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  27. monchito nocon said,

    June 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Toto, I’ve a bit more information ’bout my ancestors that I can share if you’re so interested.

  28. Luis Maneru said,

    June 1, 2012 at 11:48 am


    Research reveals very little of the Ongtengco family due mostly to the fact that the older generation passed away and we have lost contact with the direct descendants. Nonetheless, at the headquarters of the Ong Family Association or Kongsi(1) located in Manila’’s Chinatown there are three great forebears revered as the founders of the House of Ong. Among them, Ong Boon Siao stands out prominently as one of the founders because a direct descendant came from Fukien(2) in the 1800’s and all those who retain the family name preceeded by Ong are purportedly descended from this great man.

    1. Kongsi or “clan halls” are benevolent organizations of popular origin found among overseas Chinese communities for individuals with the same surname. This type of social practice arose centuries ago in China. Kongsi are used in modern Chinese to mean a commercial “company”; the modern term for such associations is hui guan, literally meaning “meeting hall”. The kongsi were utilized by Chinese throughout the diaspora to overcome economic difficulty, social ostracism, and oppression. In today’s Chinese communities worldwide, this approach has been adapted to the modern environment, including political and legal factors, drawing on a deeper spirit of cooperation and consideration of mutual welfare, resulting in the development and success of Chinese communities as a direct result of the concept. A vast number of Chinese-run firms and businesses that were born as kongsi ended up as multinational conglomerates. In the Chinese spirit, derived in large part from Confucian ideals, these kongsi members or their descendants prefer not to boast so much of their wealth but to take pride in earning worldly and financial success through their work ethic and the combined efforts of many individuals devoted to group welfare. For example, the Philippines has the Grand Family Association of the Philippines (宗聯) – the umbrella association of family clans, and the Ong Clan House is located on Solis Street in Chinatown’s Binondo district of Manila (Source: a large portion of this article originated in,’s review of Wang Tai Peng’s work on the history of kongsi).

    According to a scholarly researcher named Hector Santos, many modern Chinese Filipinos have traditional names of one syllable such According to a scholarly researcher named Hector Santos(1), many modern Chinese Filipinos have traditional names of one syllable such as Lim, Tan, Sy. However, ancient Chinese Filipinos began the practice of assuming the complete name of the patriarch, giving their surnames three syllables. This practice was uniquely Filipino and does not exist anywhere else in the world. Eventually, their names were hispanized using the Spanish orthography of the 19th century. As an aside, the fact that many names end in co and ko is due to the fact that co is a title of respect extended to elders or to an older brother. Nevertheless, Co is also a valid surname, and it would thus be difficult to ascertain if Co in a formal name is part of the original Chinese name or an honorific. Generally speaking, it is an honorific if placed at the end; e.g. Ong-teng-co. As a descendant of the patriarch Ong Boon Siao, the descendant would respectfully be addressed as Co Ong Teng. Through the years, this was transformed to Ongtengco.

  29. AJ TUASON said,

    May 17, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I am a tuason and if your asking if tuason and tuazon are related then all i can say is yes but not really…

    some of our relatives especially my 2 grandfathers brother are using the family name tuazon. they said that it was becaused of the world war 2 era in the philippines where in most of the tuason was registered under the tuazon surname because of the spanish sound of ‘TUA – SON’. they said that they don’t have enough time to correct the registration of their full name due to the on going war in manila during that era so they decided to used it instead.. but even though they are using the mispelled surname of tuason, they are still considered as part of the family…

  30. March 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I am Mariano de Santos Tiaoqui. There was the time that the former AMB. Alfonso Yuchengco called us about the visit of our relatives from China who were with him. He took them to our office, the Manuel F. Tiaoqui in Plaza Sta. Cruz, Manila to meet them. My brother Manuel Jr. was the one who met them there. I was abroad. It would have been nice to meet the Amb. Yuchengco. I was browsing my computer and came across the posting of our family because of Connie Yuchengco-Gonzalez. Connie, if by chance you read this, please get in touch with me when I am in Manila on June 1. I would like to meet you and your uncle Amb. Alfonso Yuchengco one day there. My nickname is BOY. Happy Easter to you and your family and your uncle.

  31. Carlos Roces said,

    January 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Gijón, Asturias, Spain is the original place of all the Roces. Alejandro Roces went to Manila in the XIX century and founded a large family.

  32. Tina Perez said,

    December 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I heard this story from a Paterno friend of mine that their relative went on a trip to China and along the way consulted a Chinese genealogist on the origins of their forefather Ming Mong Lo. The genealogist told him that only members of the imperial family of Ming could carry that name. Wow, Paternos are descendants of Chinese and Filipino bluebloods, talk about royalty.

  33. dindo de vera said,

    October 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    hi good day any information regarding del rosarios and de veras of bulacan thank you

  34. dindo de vera said,

    October 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    hi good day any informations regarding del rosario family and de vera family from bulacan?

  35. September 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm


    We strongly suggest that you visit the excellent Bahay Tsinoy KAISA museum on Anda street corner Cabildo street in Intramuros, at the back of the Manila cathedral. They have the most comprehensive resources on the Chinese community in the Philippines, far more than one can find in this blog.

    We also strongly suggest reading through the many excellent publications / books about the Chinese in the Philippines by the ADMU Ateneo de Manila University press at their campus along Katipunan avenue, Quezon city.


    Toto Gonzalez

  36. Yoon Haera said,

    September 26, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Good day! My thesis mate and I are researching about the role of the trade expansion of Binondo in the disappearance of the tuba industry in Tutuban. In relation to this, we need to find the economic activities of the Chinese in Binondo during 1850-1920. Your article is a very large help to us. May we know where can we find the descendants of any of the following:

    1. Mariano Velasco Chua Cheng Co
    2. Ciriaca Santos de Gorricho
    3. Sy Cip – Trading Business
    4. Claudio Teehankee
    5. Ildefonso Cosiam Tambunting
    6. Lau Cheng Co
    7. Yu Khe Jin
    8. Roman Ongpin
    9. Guillermo Cu-Unjieng & Cu Yeg Keng
    10. Lim Tua Co
    11. Co Ban Kiat

    Thank You for helping us! This matters a lot for our thesis.

  37. Yuuki Kuran said,

    September 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    hi there .. i was hoping you could help me.. my grandfather is half chinese , he wants to find his relatives in binondo . He doesnt have any idea who they are cause his father died when he was still young btw my grandpa’s name is Benjamin Lim and his father’s name is Justo Lim

  38. September 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve accidentally stumbled on to more information about Chai Zi Shen / Mariano Velasco Chua Chengco because it turns out that Eric Velasco Lim, married to my Reyes second cousin Bingle Berenguer Munsayac, is actually a great grandson of Mariano Velasco and has a portrait of him as well as old family photographs [ Eric Lim is the son of the late Alice Velasco-Lim, daughter of Santiago Velasco, son of the legendary Mariano Velasco Chua Chengco ]. I will be able to post some of the new information in the coming weeks.

    Toto Gonzalez

  39. July 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

    From: Wen Del Rosario-Raymundo, MD

    My mother-in-law (who is from Alaminos and San Pablo City, Laguna) is descended from the Mariano Roxas y Ubaldo (brother of Margarita Roxas and Jose Bonifacio Roxas) branch of the Roxas clan. Would you have any additional information about this branch please? Her grandsons (my sons) are tracing back the family tree (a school project), and we have gone as far as Mariano Roxas married to Miguela Medel, and their son Andres Roxas y Medel (married to Julia Banzuela y Fandiño), but additional information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.


  40. June 17, 2011 at 6:25 am

    from Harvey V. Chua

    My husband’s parents came from Amoy, China more recently (before World War II) than those I read here. May I know how to connect with the Chua (my husband’s father’s family) and Kee (my husband’s mother’s family name) family associations? My in-laws used to stay in Balmes Street, Quiapo, as well as Tanduay district. I was told that my late father-in-law had a relative with a meat store in Ongpin Street. Any information would be much appreciated.

    I am also trying to record our genealogy but, on my husband’s side, I can’t seem to go beyond my parents-in-law. I use to record the names and dates of ancestors that I have been able to gather.

    My email address is

  41. June 17, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Where can i write you about my plight?

  42. June 17, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I know its a long shot but maybe you can help. I’ve posted this link hoping to find some answers to my grandfather who is Chinese –

    Maybe you can help. Email: &

  43. Tina Astor said,

    June 7, 2011 at 7:48 am


    My name is Tina, I’m from Canada and i have never been to the Phillipines. I am planning to visit the country of my mother this coming December. Im hoping someone here could help me to find and hopefully re-connect with my long lost relatives. My mother is from the Tuazon/Tuason clan, My grandfather’s name is Angel Tuazon born 1918, he’s grandfather is Don Angel Tuason or Tuazon, for some reason the changed the “s” to “z” and i dont know why, he was an attorney. My Abuela told me we are related to Vilma Santos an actress, Her mother(Concholing??) and my grandfather used to live in he same house until the start of world war 2. I hope anyone here could help me, Thank you!

  44. May 29, 2011 at 9:54 am


    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.

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  45. May 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Taddy!!!

    When do we have dinner with Pria and Maripaz G.???

    Toto G. 😀

  46. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    May 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    If your grandparents are still around, find out from where their forebears originated from.

    Example, if they were born in Bacolor, Pampanga, you can go to the Seventh day Adventist Administration office in White Plains.
    They can assist you look for their birth records from the parish church of Bacolor.
    You need to supply them with the birth dates.

    They have copies of all the church records during the Spanish period.
    From the birth, marriage, death records of every parish in every town of all the provinces.

    The birth record will give you the names of the parents, the names of the paternal and maternal grandparents.

    From there you can work backwards.

  47. Ed Tengco said,

    May 27, 2011 at 4:28 am

    is there anyone from this blog knows where to search/find the geneology? Is there any museum or library? i’m searching the “TENGCO” clan.

  48. ella seneres said,

    May 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    wondering if anyone know where Juliana de la cruz who was married to Bernardo Loneres, or could be soneres or seneres. Their son was named Juan Bautista who came to new york in the early 1900’s. Been looking for my people for decades. Juliana de la cruz from la cabecera de bulacan and Bernando was from Yabajay Capiz the paternal uncles were Jose y Anacleta Vanus and the maternal uncles were Gabina de la Cruz. Apparently Juan Bautista was Baptized in Binondo Manila. Any ideas where to find my roots? Thank you

  49. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    By Larry Henares

    Chinese names with a suffix -son. These are derived from the Chinese word “son” which means “wind” or “current” and is generally associated with Chinese descendants of families that came with the Limahong expedition, crossing the China Sea, driven by a favorable wind and current, and landing in the Lingayen Gulf.
    These families are designated numerically. The prefix I- indicates the numeral One; Di-, the numeral Two; San- is Three; Si- is Four; Go- is Five. Therefore Ison or Hizon (of Negros and Pampanga) is the first family; Dizon (of Pampanga) is the second; Samson (Technical Institute) is third; Sison or Singson is fourth; Gozon (Macapagal’s Secretary of Agriculture) is fifth. By the same token, Lacson (of Negros) is sixth; Chitson, or Quizon is seventh; Pecson (the very first lady Senator Imay Pecson from Pangasinan) is eighth; Kawson is ninth.
    In addition, Tuason (of Quezon City) means leader, or elder, or cuya. Bengzon means clear as water, a good name for Pangasinan’s legal luminarties — Supreme Court Justice Jose Bengson, his sons lawyer Peps and ex-Secretary of Health Alran. Biason means a small fish, a funny name for a 6-foot general, now a senator. Suzon means defeated. Jocson {founder of MLQ University) means lucky. Sioson means younger, junior, bonso. Puzon (of Lingayen) means immensely wealthy. Tecson means slender as a bamboo, which amply describes our small-waisted banker Wilfredo.
    Quimson (of Alaminos, Pangasinan) means golden. Tingson means lamp, lantern, something shining. Tiongson means noble, fair, middle. Bauson means dumpling; Banzon (maiden name of Magsaysay’s widow) means 10,000. Quezon means family, to add, to increase, which does not describe the Manuel Quezon family, reduced to very few in number. The word typhoon is derived from Tai Son, meaning Big Wind. Just as Tai pan (big businessman) means a big achiever.
    There are many Filipino words derived from the Chinese. Inchik, for instance, means Uncle, one held in admiration, a sign of respect. Hikao, earring means ear hook. Buaya, Ate (Atsi, elder sister), Ditsi (second sister), Satsi (third) sister. Cuya (A-hya),
    Tao means bean. So Tao-yo or toyo means bean sauce. Tao-ho means bean cake. Tao-gue means bean sprouts. Go means cow, To means stomach; Go-to means the stomach of the cow.

    Nowadays, the young Chinese are no longer given Filipino first names; in recognition of our colonial mentality, they are now given Anglo-Saxon names like Washington, Wellington and William. Such names as Robin Tong and John Wayne Go became common. Yang became Young, as in Baldwin Young and Arthur Young, friends of mine who are about as American as pancit canton. This gives rise to many interesting combinations:
    There other interesting names of actual persons; Edgar Allan Pe, Ivan Ho, Robin Ho, Tiger Wu, Magic Tiongson (Johnson), Michael Joe Tan (Jordan).
    Inseparable friends are Kenneth Sy and Andy Lim who are known to their Filipino associates as Cannot See and Ang Dilim! There are Bob Uy (Baboy), Ivan Ho and Robin Hoo. Sisters Solita Yu and Sophia Yu are collectively referred to as “You So-and-So.”
    The Sy family in turn has such names as Karen Sy (Currency) who is destined to be in the banking business; Constance Sy (constancy) who will be a housewife; Nick Roman Sy (necromancy) who will be in funeraria and faith-healing business. William Yu Sy is called “Will You See?”
    The Go family has Stephen Go (Step and Go) and Gawain Go (nicknamed by friends, Ga-Go). The Ngo girl who married a Ngo boy is named Ngo-Ngo, and her brother Bong Ngo is called bo-ngo, meaning skull. And the Po girl who married a Que boy gets a name that is unmentionable.
    And of course, the Koh family wallows in the Filipino possessive “ko”: Mary Koh (my Mary), Peter Koh (my Peter), Richard Koh (My Dick), Theodore T. Koh and Katherine K. Koh become TT Kho and KK Kho respectively.
    Having migrated here from Indonesia and Malaya, we Filipinos have a lot of common words with our brown brothers. Mukha (face), for instance, and Mata (eyes). Our Tenga (ears) is their Telenga. Our Elong (nose) is their Edong. Our Daan (way) is their Djalan.
    But most of our words from Spaniards, who occupied our country for 350 years. Mesa, silla, ventana, mano, puta, derecho, beso, casa, coche, garaje. Chabacano, a corruption of Spanish is a dialect spoken by descendants of Spanish sailors in Cavite and Zamboanga where the Spanish naval bases use to be located.

  50. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 12, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Other descendants of Guillermo Cu Unjieng
    Benito Cu Unjieng married Rosario ? their children are the FF

    1.Anne Marie married to ? Fabie

    Architect William Cu Unjieng he is the one of who Designed and built the Apec Villas in Subic Zambales

  51. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 12, 2011 at 6:33 am


    Tereret Liboro and her husband Andy always attends the 6:00pm mass (weekdays) in Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park


  52. Alicia Perez said,

    May 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm


    It’s not difficult to locate your Tita Tereret Tambunting-Liboro. All you have to do is attend all the nice parties in Forbes, Dasma, and Manila Polo. She’s always, always around.

    Happy reconnecting.

    Alicia Perez

  53. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Palawan Governor Joel Reyes is a descendant of Francisco “Kikoy” Reyes and Macaria “Kayang” Baptista

    Benito Siy Cong Bien Married Siy Lo Shi their son married Ng Kim Kheng

  54. May 8, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Looking for Tita tereret Liboro tambunting?

  55. May 8, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Hi Looking for Tita Tereret Liboro Tambunting , I am the daughter of joji Felix. I hope you can give me some info.

  56. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 3, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Yu Ti Vo

    Zàijiàn Zai Tian
    The Manila Hotel’s Fiesta Pavilion is forever etched in the memories of those who have come to call Manila home.
    For the descendants of Yu Ti Vo, the Fiesta Pavil- ion is where the clan bid farewell to the patriarch of one of the most historically famous ethnic Chinese families in Philippine business and culture.
    Born in 1847, Yu Ti Vo (Formal name: 楊在田; Yu Chai Tien in Hokkien, Yang Zai Tian in Mandarin; lit. ‘at the fields’) was leaving the Philippines to retire in his birthplace Fujian, China. His farewell party at the Fiesta Pavilion in 1915 was attended by American gov- ernment officials as well as some suppliers.
    Mr Yu Ti Vo first came to Manila in 1865 at age 17 to help his father run a blacksmith shop in Binon- do, Manila. After his father fell ill, both father and son returned to China. After the elder Yu passed away, Ti Vo mourned yet again upon his return to Manila; his uncles had ruined the family business.
    Ti Vo was undaunted. He borrowed 200 pesos and revived the blacksmith business. The frugal, energetic Ti Vo tripled his capital within a year, mostly by mak- ing horseshoes for the US Cavalry. The connection later became useful when he branched out into distributing US-made hardware and construction materials.
    Sons Tiong Sin and Tiong Yee along with nephew Tiong Cuan (son of Ti Vo’s brother Ti Kang) turned the second family business into the biggest pre-WWII hardware firm in the country.
    Eight years after Yu Ti Vo’s farewell party at the Fi- esta Pavilion, the family’s booming hardware business
    moved to its own three-storey building in Manila. Fol- lowing the example of their patriarch, the family diver- sified yet some more into property development and, after WWII, into automobiles.
    The Fiesta Pavilion farewell party was a very rare occasion for Yu Ti Vo. He disliked extravagant displays of wealth and insisted that, instead of spending on a birthday party for him, the family give the money to schools, hospitals, or charity. He was a simple man whose chief exercise was hard work and long afternoon walks up and down hills. He once donated a dam to Fookien, China, which for centuries fell victim to yearly floods that took lives and devastated property.
    Yu Ti Vo lived to age 83. He fathered 11 sons and four daughters. His legacy spans two continents: from various Philippine enterprises to charitable works in China to a Tony-Award-winning play.
    In August 2008, the Yu Clan reunited for the first time in Manila. Coinciding with the reunion was the Manila opening of the stage play Golden Child by David Henry Hwang, Yu Ti Vo’s great grandson. Hwang, whose M. Butterfly won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1988, wrote Golden Child from stories told him by his grandmother, the second daughter of Ti Vo’s fourth son. Golden Child was nominated for a Tony Award and won the 1997 Obie

  57. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The two Sycip brothers that married the two Yu sisters are David Sycip married Helen Yu and Washington Sycip married Anna Yu

    Luis Lauchengco a famous Doctor he is the son of Bernardino Lauchengco and Antonina Cabrera he married Angela Alonso the daughter of the owner of H.Alonso store in Escolta two of their grandchildren are singers Raymond Lauchengco and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo

    Tomas Siy Cong Bieng and his son Siy Chong Keng are both prominent businessmen during their time.

  58. April 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm


    Yes, I know. 🙂


  59. Yogi Dominguez-Zaragoza said,

    April 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks, Toto. He is my brother-in-law!

  60. April 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm


    That was information provided by Architect Ramon Rosello Zaragoza, probably from his father, Architect Jose “Joseling” Velez Zaragoza.

    Toto Gonzalez

  61. Yogi Dominguez-Zaragoza said,

    April 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I would appreciate it very much if you could give us the references for the following, which was under the ROXAS section:
    “Spanish mestizo Jose Zaragoza y Aranquizna of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, the son of a Spanish auditor of the Tobacco Monopoly. ” He is the great, great grandfather of my children. We would be very interested also to know about his father who was the Spanish auditor. Thank you very much in advance.

  62. Cristina Azcárraga said,

    March 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

    So my mom’s maiden name is Tuazon, I was just wondering if Tuazon and Tuason are related?

  63. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 17, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Guillermo Cu-Unjieng married Dominga Ayala their children are the FF
    1.Esperanza of Assumption Convent
    2.Caridad married ? Papa
    5.Mariano married Mary Baltazar
    6.Magdalena married Jose Barretto

    The home of Guillermo and Dominga Ayala Cu-Unjieng is on the banks of the Pasig River it is now shouldered by the Makati-Madaluyong Bridge their two santo’s are always paraded every holy week in Guadalupe Makati one of them is a Santo Entierro holding a two foot crucifix.

  64. juanita ong said,

    February 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Julieta Tambunting Tengco is the only one living and healthy from the children of Manuel Tambunting and Consuelo Garcia Grozart. Together with Gregorio Tengco, Jr.; they founded and established the first messengerial service company in the country which license was passed by Philippine Congress in the 60’s. This also started the contractual staffing business for extra clerical and secretarial assistance jobs. The children of Julieta Tambunting Tengco are Marita Tambunting Tengco (an Economist and Princeton Parvin Fellow Graduate), Boy Tambunting Tengco ( banker -deceased), Aristeo Tambunting Tengco ( A New Yorker Fashion Director n Designer), Kim Tambuting Tengco ( marketing man) and Blue Tambunting Tengco (a corporate stage and backdrop designer}.

  65. donabel chua said,

    February 7, 2011 at 3:40 am

    does anyone here knows leonila lim, hu gave birth to a little girl
    during july 1980 in chinese general hospital?

  66. Cindy Flynn said,

    January 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Does anyone have any information on a Mauro Prieto who might have married a woman by the name of Josephine? Josephine would have been either a Grey or a Molina, cousin of Dolores Grey who was the wife of Associate Justice Antonio Horrilleno. I am having difficulties getting leads on Josephine as I don’t know her maiden name. Thanks!

  67. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 6, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Jose Mangahas Cuyegkeng wife Elena Barbara Resurrecion Ines is the sister of Justice Leonor Ines- Luciano

    The Husband of Rafaela Mangahas Cuyegkeng, Eduardo Limgenco Dy Buncio is the son of Guillermo Dy Buncio & Amparo Lim Genco

  68. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 2, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Clara Tambunting husband Vicente Legarda is the son of Miguel Legarda Y Tuason brother of Benito Legarda Y Tuason

  69. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 23, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Singer Raymond Lauchengco and his sister Menchu Lauchengco she married Jose Luis Yulo Y Jugo fomer housing Czar during the Estrada Administration he is the son Luis Yulo part owner of the Canlubang Estate

  70. Enrique Bustos said,

    November 12, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Dr Jose Tee Han Kee married Julia Ong their daughter is Maria Gloria Teehankee she married ? Rivera their children are former Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee and Mercedes Teehankee Rivera-Tambunting

  71. October 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm


    Amazing information!!! It’s good Reyes family members still know about these things. 🙂

    As always, thank you very much for your magnificent contributions to this blog.


    Toto Gonzalez

  72. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Francisco Reyes and Adriana del Rosario Reyes has another daughter she is Adelina del Rosario Reyes she married Basilio Cruz

    Dona Macaria Baptista Reyes has a sister named Monica Santos one of her daughters is Arsenia Santos she married ____? Yupangco they are the ancestors of the prominent Yupangco family and a grand daughter of Monica Santos is Angelina Santos Vallarta

    According to Titong Roces the Reyes family is related to the del Rosario family and distantly related to the Quiogue family

    The Baptista lot in Binondo was divided into two the lot facing Calle Azcarraga went to Macaria Reyes while the lot behind it in Calle Benavides went to Monica Santos
    Dona Macaria Baptista Reyes sold her house in 1420 Calle Azcarraga to the Tambunting’s who later resold it to Don Toribio Teodoro of Ang Tibay Macaria Reyes then transferred to a house in Felix Huertas St in Sta Cruz Manila

  73. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 12, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Joaquin Limjap son Mariano Limjap a patriot, and a philanthropist. He was a member of the Revolutionary Congress and was one of the signatories of the revolutionary money issued during the Filipino-American War one of his daughters is Esperanza Limjap 2nd wife of President Sergio Osmena

    Benito Siy Cong Bien is the owner of biggest store in No. 326, Calle Santo Cristo Binondo

  74. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 12, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Chinese immigrants bothers Co Ban Kiat and Co Ban Ling established one of the biggest hardware store in the philippines Co Ban Kiat descendants in Partnership with the owns the Ace Hardware stores in the Philippines

    Dy Buncio married Ong Long their son is Guillermo Dy Buncio he married Amparo Lim Genco

  75. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Consuelo Roxas y Chuidian married a Gomez. She owned the Paris building on Escolta street. Manila. She was also an art collector: she collected Old Filipino Masters.

  76. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 16, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Last night at the Manila Golf Club, Mercy Arrastia-Tuason launched a book about her husband Jose Ramon Tuason y del Rosario titled “A Man called Boy.”

    In one chapter of the book is the history of the Tuason family:

    “In the last will and testament of Don Severo Tuason, he named his wife Teresa and brother Gonzalo as joint guardians of his seven children and administrators of his estate. The latter was a huge responsibility. It was decided to bring in a professional, the choice was Don Severo’s distant cousin Benito Legarda y Tuason. Also included in the last will and testament of Don Severo Tuason was his desire that his wife should remain a widow. But after the customary one year period of mourning ended, Teresa married Benito Legarda. By remarrying, she forfeited guardianship of her children and administration of her first husband’s estate. Don Gonzalo Tuason also had a big family of his own. He allowed the younger children of his brother to live with Teresa together with her second family. He also allowed Teresa to continue to manage Hacienda Mariquina.”

  77. richard somes said,

    September 13, 2010 at 11:57 am

    manuel somes sister, margarita, maried Benjamin Butler. they had one daughter who married John Burke. together they had 4 children Mary, John, Joseph and Dr Burke.

  78. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Carlos Palanca Tan Guin Lay married Rosa Gonzalez their children are the FF.
    1.Macario married Lily Bautista
    4.Carlos Jr married Mercedes BOrja
    5.Milagros married Carl Fuller
    7.Ramon married Jane Wab

  79. Richard Somes said,

    September 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    may i correct information of catalina gorricho. catalina married manuel somes. their union gifted them one son, enrique who married consuelo schmidt. they were blessed with two children, jose and vicente.
    manuel and catalina are both buried at san agustin church.
    thank you

  80. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 7, 2010 at 3:23 am

    The daughter of Carmen Reyes y Baptista and Abelardo Icasiano Carmen Reyes Icasiano married Senator Jose Diokno their children are the FF

    1.Carmen Leonor
    2.Jose Ramon
    3.Maria de la Paz
    4.Maria Serena
    5.Maria Teresa
    6.Maria Socorro
    7.Jose Miguel
    8.Jose Manuel
    9.Maria Victoria
    10.Martin Jose

  81. Gloria Alexandra Roces said,

    August 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    There we are NO. 22 the Roces of Iloilo.

    My grandfather Nicolas Roces was the son of the Alejandro Roces who migrated from Gijon, Asturias to the Philippines. He settled in Iloilo where he established a sugar hacienda business and subsequently married Francisca Ortizo. They had 8 offspring: Nicolas, Alejandro, Benito, Roberto, Maria, Carmen, Isabel, and Maria Luz, all deceased.. The Jalbuenas, Syjucos, Brimos, and Lobregats are our first cousins.

    My dad Alejandro married Marie C. Tatton. daughter of Albert Edward Tatton (who served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines from ca 1900 to1936) and his wife Maxima Villaluz. There are only 2 children – Gloria and Marie.
    Marie married Joseph Anthony Powers who have 3 children: Mariteres Powers Turner, Mark Joseph Powers, and Christiain Tatton Roces Powers, all who live in the East Coast, USA.

    I know several names mentioned in the long history above having met them when I lived in San Francisco where I grew up and in Wash. DC where I was a student at Georgetown Foreign Service and Graduate Schools. I joined the American Foreign Service and after duties in Wash.DC, Indonesia and Morocco I was seconded to the UN Industrial Development Organization in Vienna, Austria where I became a high ranking officer. I did not return to Wash.DC but chose to continue in the UN until retirement and remain in Vienna.

  82. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    A descendant of Eduardo Soriano & Margarita Roxas, Eduardo Soriano, has set up a dairy farm in Barangay Mabacan, Calauan, Laguna called “Hacienda Macalauan” it sells dairy products.

  83. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Excerpt of the Interview of Washington Sycip in the 24th Anniversary of the Philippine Star

    The statesman: Washington Sycip
    By RJ Ledesma

    President Elpidio Quirino always told my father (Albino Sycip) that we were related. His wife was a Syquia and he said that they were related to the SyCips

  84. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 3, 2010 at 5:07 am


    I only know the FF about Consuelo Roxas y Chuidian i hope you can research anything about her to expand further the Roxas family tree

    her full name is MARIA DEL CONSUELO FELISA ROXAS Y CHUIDIAN based on a record in the Supreme Court she filed a petition on January 12 1906 for registration under the Torrens system four parcels of land
    (a) A parcel of land with the buildings erected thereon, located at Nos. 84 to 96 Calle Escolta, district of Binondo. east of the estate of Pedro P. Roxas and west by the estate of the heirs of Antonio Enriquez with an area of 1,817.03 square meters On the 9th of April, 1912, the Masonic Temple Association of Manila sent a communication to Honorable Charles H. Smith, judge of the Court of Land Registration, accompanied by a contract, showing that on the 20th day of March, 1912, Maria del Consuelo Felisa Roxas y Chuidian had sold all her rights, title, and interest in said Parcel A, including the buildings thereon, to the said Masonic Temple Association of Manila. Said Masonic Temple Association of Manila requested the judge of the Land Court to attach said contract to the record in the case and issue a new certificate to it
    (b) Another parcel of land with the buildings erected thereon located at Nos. 28 to 36 Calle Escolta, district of Binondo.
    (c) Another parcel of land with the buildings erected thereon, located at No. 149 Calle Nueva, corner of Callejon Carvajal, district of Binondo
    (d) another parcel of land located at Nos. 222 to 230 Calle Rosario, district of Binondo

    Others that filed a petition for registration in Court of Land Registration

    To the Attorney-General of the Philippine Islands; the Municipal Board of the city of Manila; A. Sing, Nos. 84-88; A. Burke, No. 90; Messrs. Macke and Chandler and F. M. Sousa, these two No. 90 interior; Ramon Genato, No. 142; Tomas Serreno, No. 92; Rosendo Comas, No. 94; Cheng Tao Sang, No. 96; Luciano Cordoba, No. 28; Messrs. Salgado, Gordillo and Martinez, No. 32; Messrs. Greilsammer Bros., No. 36; and Messrs. Williams & Chandler, No. 34, upstairs; these on Calle Escolta; Antonio Vy Chuico, No. 226, and Lim Tinco, No. 200, these two on Calle Rosario; Ang Seng Queng, Calle Nueva No. 149; and Candido Lim, Calle Jaboneros No. 113; all these of the district of Binondo; Messrs. Hartigan, Rohde & Gutierrez, attorneys of the heirs of Antonio Enriquez, Calle Santo Tomas, corner of Calle Cabildo, district of Intramuros; Carmen Ayala de Roxas, No. 154 Malacañang, San Miguel. and Maximo Cortes and Dolores Ochoa, these two No. 330, the three on Calle Malacañang, district of San Miguel; Francisco Saez, Plaza de Goiti No. 14, Alfonso Tiaoqui, Calle Lacoste No. 122, and Gervasio Rosario Ventura, Calle Dulumbayan No. 111, these three of the district of Santa Cruz; and Enrique Somes, Calle Alix No. 140, district of Sampaloc; all of the city of Manila, P. I.,

  85. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Updated Ildefonso Tambunting children
    1.Clara married Vicente Legarda
    2.Manuel married Consuelo Garcia
    3.Arsenia married Antonio Oliveros
    4.Felicidad married Jose Ma Delgado
    5.Zoilo married Leonor ?
    6.Ceferino married Soledad Chichoco
    7.Antonio married Aurora Paraiso

  86. August 1, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Good God, I am having a goosebumps moment now. Now if only somebody could draw out the roadmap of the genesis of the Somoza’s to Negros Oriental, because that’s where my family is. With the little of what I have known about the Somoza’s from Dumaguete, my lola who was every inch a mestiza from La Libertad, Negros Oriental told me that my greatgrandfather – Buenaventura Somoza – was a priest (?) I really couldn’t thank Mr. Monchito Nocon for this valuable piece of family history.

  87. Wendy Earnshaw said,

    July 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Re Pardo De Tavera
    Eloisa (38) married Daniel Earnshaw jr (42) and lived in Nice, France until he died in 1920. It was a second marriage for both divorcees and took place at the Registry Office in Surrey, UK 6th April 1916.
    Eloisa Simplicia Maria de los Dolores Manigot, formerly Pardo de Tavera, was the divorced wife of Alberto Manigot.
    Daniel Earnshaw was divorced from Helen Amanda Isidora Dolores Earnshaw, formerly Boustead(who is believed to be Nellie of the Rizal connection).She was the daughter of Edward Boustead jr whose own father,also Edward, was the founder of Boustead Co in Singapore in 1828. Helen’s mother has been claimed to be Philippine society beauty Maria Isabel Rios. However, on a London census, her name is given as Dolores and her sister as Isabela de Ocampo – Can anyone help on this one? I have also heard that Helen’s mother was connected to the Genato family – anyone know?
    Daniel Earnshaw was the half brother to Manuel and Tomas (Mayor of Manila). Manuel and Tomas parents were Daniel Earnshaw sr and Gavina Noguera (nothing more known). After her death Daniel remarried to Adelayda Ambrocia Rodriguez and they had one son Daniel jr(our family line) and 3 daughters Victoria, Adelaide and Beatrice

  88. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 22, 2010 at 6:55 am

    According to the “Araneta: a love affair with God and country” book of Lina Araneta-Santiago:
    Salvador Zaragoza Araneta and his wife Victoria Lopez-Araneta considered the original owner of “Selecta” ice cream and restaurant, Laleng Arce, a relative because Salvador’s great grandmother was Carmen Arce married to Mariano Leon Roxas.

  89. David Santamaria said,

    July 20, 2010 at 8:37 am

    This is all amazing research work! How I wish I could root out my family history in a similar manner!

  90. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

    The Entrepreneurs
    By Alejandro Reyes Roces

    The Puente Colgante, completed in 1852 and a symbol of modernity in the country, was the first steel suspension bridge in Asia and was owned by Ynchausti y Compania. When the Americans occupied the Philippines beginning in 1898 they identified the two major companies in the Philippines: Ynchausti y Compania and Tabacalera. Their controlling interests spanned sugar, abaca, liquor, shipping, merchant endeavors, banking and even insurance. The role call of companies they founded or owned reads: Tanduay Distillery, La Carlota Sugar Central, Rizal Cement, Bank of the Philippine Islands, YCO Paints, Ynchausti Shipping to name a few.

    Jose Joaquin de Ynchausti, who married here Isabelle Marquesa de Viademonte, was the founder of Ynchausti y Compania in 1854. Before passing in 1889 in Manila he laid the foundation for the pre-eminent conglomerate of the age. He left three children: Rafael Celeste de Ynchausti, Joaquin Jose de Ynchausti and Clotilde Mercedes de Ynchausti. Clotilde would marry Arturo Vidal Saenz. Joaquin married Dona Ana Romero Llama Lopez and had three children: Anita, Isabel and Manuel Maria de Ynchausti. While Rafael would marry Maria de la Consolacion Rico Medina and have two children Maria Angelina de Ynchausti and Maria de la Consolacion de Ynchausti.

    Under the stewardship of the Joaquin and Rafael Ynchausti y Compania would only increase their influence. During the latter part of the 19th century they were one of the few domestic companies that stood toe-to-toe with the foreign (British and American particularly) trading and sugar firms, in Manila and Iloilo alike. In the early part of the 20th century, this would be the case yet again. By the 1920s Ynchausti y Compania had offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, San Francisco and New York.

    After the early passing of Joaquin and Rafael, stewardship of the firm was passed to Manuel M de Ynchausti (son of Joaquin). He would eventually choose to sell certain assets of the firm to other partners in Ynchausti y Compania. This is why Elizalde y Compania was only formed in 1935. While vacationing in Europe, Manuel with his wife and eldest son Antonio, born in their ancestral home next to Malate Church, were caught by the Spanish Civil War, then the outbreak of World War II in Europe. On his attempted return to the Philippines, he was caught in New York by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He would never to return to his homeland, the Philippines. When the War finally ended, he was too ill for the trip. He instead became instrumental in humanitarian works during WWII, helping support the resistance in France; while also supporting Basque refugees (especially children), the Basque government in exile, and preserving Basque culture. One of Manuel’s legacies in the Philippines was the voluntary disbursing of thousands of his family’s sugar land to the farmers in Negros in the 1920s.

    The two daughters of Rafael would figure prominently. Angelina married Joseph McMicking Sr, then a well-connected gentleman in Manila. Their son Jose Rafael McMicking Ynchausti, a Filipino through and through, would marry Mercedes Zobel y Roxas. That marriage would figure quite importantly in the development of Makati and Philippine business. It is well known that Joe McMicking was the driving force (financially and intellectually) behind the growth of Ayala y Cia from the 1950s onward. He and his wife, until passing, maintained a controlling interest in the companies. He also became well known in Europe; conceptualizing and developing Sotogrande in Spain, the first luxury community of its type. One of their lasting humanitarian legacies in the Philippines was the Filipinas Foundation, today known as the Ayala Foundation. The other daughter Maria de la Consolacion would marry Dr. Ignacio R Ortigas, one of the founders of Ortigas y Compania. Ortigas y Compania is the driving force behind the development of Greenhills.

    The economic impact of the Ynchausti family becomes readily apparent when studying the family tree and history. They were an entrepreneurial clan that also balanced humanitarian considerations. Their humanitarian legacy, as much as the economic, is something well-worth remembering for this historic Filipino family

  91. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 4, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Joaquin Pardo de Tavera’s daughter Eloisa married Daniel Earnshaw.

    Felix Pardo de Tavera’s grandson [ and a son of T.H. Pardo de Tavera ], Alfredo, married Paz “Pacita” Lopez Manzano and they had one daughter, Mita Pardo de Tavera. Paz Manzano-Pardo de Tavera had a brother named Angel Lopez Manzano and he was the grandfather of Margarita “Tingting” de los Reyes-Cojuangco, banker Raul Tuason Manzano & actor and onetime vice-presidential contender Edu Manzano.

  92. July 3, 2010 at 10:18 am


    Consuelo Roxas y Chuidian. I can’t say for sure, although she sounds like she was. Do you know her dates of birth and death?

    Just thinking aloud…

    Toto Gonzalez

  93. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 2, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Antonio Prieto married Josefa Gorricho their are children
    1.Ramon Florencio Prieto married Severina Dela Cruz
    2.Mauro Prieto married Consuelo Legarda their children are the FF
    1.Antonio Prieto married to Rosario Lopez one of their son is sportsman Leo Prieto
    2.Teresa Prieto
    3. Carmen Prieto married to Ramon Caro
    4.Benito Prieto married to Antonia Roces
    5.Mauro Prieto

  94. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 2, 2010 at 5:27 am


    Yes, there is a big possibility that they are related with each other. I will research more on this…

    Is Consuelo Roxas y Chuidian a daughter of Felipe Roxas and Raymunda Chuidian?


  95. July 1, 2010 at 4:40 am



    Toto Gonzalez

  96. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    June 29, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    From what I was told, the BAPTISTA family name in Baliuag, Bulacan became BAUTISTA and the JOSEF family name became JOSE.

  97. June 29, 2010 at 1:00 am


    I’m just wondering aloud…

    If Alfredo Roces was able to find Reyes relatives in Baliuag, Bulacan, it is not a far-fetched idea that there are probably connections to either the Reyes clan of nearby Candaba, Pampanga or the Reyes clan of nearby Malolos, Bulacan.

    Toto Gonzalez

  98. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 28, 2010 at 2:13 am

    According to Alfredo Reyes Roces, he tried to trace the Reyes side of their family tree but he was only able to trace only up to his grandparents. Nobody from the Reyes-Roces family appears to know their great grandparents from the Reyes side. Alfredo Roces was only able to dig up the Baptista surname of his great grandfather from the Baptista side, but he was able to trace their relatives in Baliuag, Bulacan. What is not certain is if a Reyes migrated to Baliuag or a Reyes from Baliuag migrated to Binondo.

  99. June 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm


    According to Dr. Lourdes Reyes-Montinola, her immediate Reyes family was really based in Manila, and that was the reason why they stayed in the city during the war — they could not evacuate to a province, unlike many of their circle, because they had no immediate relatives anywhere else.

    Toto Gonzalez

  100. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Francisco “Kikoy” Reyes married Macaria “Kayang” Baptista an heiress she inherited from her parents vast and choice real estate from Estero de Meisic now Juan Luna Street to Estero de Bagumbayan now Rizal Ave fronting Azcarraga now Recto Ave their children are the FF.
    1.Francisco (father of Marina Reyes married to Pablo Antonio
    2.Generoso Reyes married to Trinidad de los Reyes
    3.Inocencia Reyes married to Rafael Roces
    4.Carmen Reyes married to Abelardo Icasiano
    5.Nicanor Reyes Married to Amparo Mendoza

    The house of Balbino Mauricio became Cine Ideal
    They say the Reyes family are from Baliuag Bulacan because they have relatives there and Fracisco Reyes worked for the father of Macaria Baptista

  101. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 27, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Lakandula’s descendants are The Macapagal’s,Puyat’s Carmelo’s and the Bantug’s Lakandula’s descendants are mostly found in the Pampanga region He fathered at least four sons, including Datu Dionisio Capulong of Candaba, Datu Felipe Salonga of Pulu, Datu Magat Salamat of Tondo and Martín Lakandula who entered the Augustinian monastery to become a priest in 1590.He had one daughter by the name of María Poloin who married Alonso Talabos.

    In 1587, his sons Magat Salamat, Dionisio Capulong and Phelipe Salonga, along with his nephew Augustin de Legazpi and the lords of Pandacan, Marikina, Navotas and Bulacan participated in what has since been called the “revolt of the Lakans” and were all punished by the Spanish authorities. Augustin de Legazpi was hanged and his head cut off and exposed on the gibbet in an iron cage. His properties were seized by the Spanish authorities and his lands plowed and sown with salt so that they would remain barren. Dionisio Capulong, then Datu of Candaba, was exiled from his town and paid a heavy fine. Governor-General de Vera eventually pardoned him. Later, he served as a guide and interpreter for two Spanish expeditions into Igorot country in 1591 and 1594. Felipe Salonga, then chief of Polo, was exiled to Mexico and was thus one of the very first Filipinos to settle in there. Wenceslao E. Retana relates that “Magat Salamat was condemned to death. His goods were to be employed for erection of the new fortress of this city (Manila). He appealed to the royal Audiencia, but the case was remitted to the governor, in order that justice might be done- except that the goods were to be set aside for the treasury. The sentence was executed. |url= |title=Magat Salamat |author=Tomas L. |accessdate=2008-07-14}}

    A grandson of Lakan Dula, a mestizo by the name of David Dula y Goiti, escaped the persecution of the descendants of Lakan Dula by settling in Isla de Batag, Northern Samar and settled in a place now called Candawid.He was imprisoned by Spanish soldiers in Palapag and was executed together with several followers. They were charged of treason with planning to attack the Spanish settlement.

    The current David Dulay descendants are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Petre, Hilario father of Eleuterio Dulay, Sr. of Laoang, N. Samar and a mayor for more than 20 years during the Marcos Regime died of heart ailment. The other descendants are those carrying the surname Dula related to Councilor Rufo Dula. Wishing to avoid the persecution experienced by his latter ancestors, Lakan Dula’s great grandson Juan Macapagal aided the Spanish authorities in suppressing the 1660 Kapampangan revolt of Francisco Maniago and the Pangasinan revolt of Andrés Malong and the 1661 Ilocano revolt. The Ilocano revolt was headed by warrior tribes from Eastern Pangasinan, the Nozuelo and Moreno clans.Because of his service to the Spanish crown, the Spanish authorities revived the special privileges offered by the Spanish crown to Lakan Dula and his descendants spread across the province of Pampanga. A Gremio de Lakandulas was created in 1758 to protect the privileges of the Kapampangan descendants of Lakandula.During the British occupation of Manila in 1762-1764, the descendants of Lakan Dula, now located in the province of Pampanga, formed a group of volunteers to fight the British and were granted autonomy by Governor General Simón de Anda y Salazar.

    During the Spanish times, the family of Lakandula opposed to the Spaniards with regards to changing the surnames. Instead to Lakandula, they decided to replace “Lakan” with “Gat” that means “lord”. The title Gat was used by the people from the high society, including Gat Jose Rizal

  102. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 27, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Alejandro Roman Domingo Roces & Maria Filomena Gonzalez children are

    1.Filomena Roces Y Gonzalez married Benito Legarda

    2.Marcos Roces Y Gonzalez married to Concepcion Vidal their son Marcos B. Roces married Maria Teresa Prieto

    3.Alejandro Roces Y Gonzalez married to Antonia Pardo their children are the FF
    1.Rafael 2.Antonia Prieto 3.Ramon 4.Mercedes 5.Filomena Verzosa 6.Isabel 7.Joaquin


    Yu Khe Thai’s daugthers married 1.Robert Dee the son of Dee Chuan founder of China Bank 2.Eligio Teehankee brother of Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee 3.Antonio Tankiang 4.David Sycip 5 Washington Sycip


    James Limpe’s son Jerry Limpe married the daughter of Sugar Tycoon Antonio Roxas Chua

  103. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 24, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Most of Nicanor Reyes Sr.’s children were, like he and his wife, killed during World War II. Only two survived: Lourdes Reyes [ she married Aurelio Javellana Montinola Jr. ] and Nicanor “Noring” Reyes Jr. [ he married Josephine Sumulong Cojuangco, the elder sister of President Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino ].

  104. June 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm


    Wow!!! Thank you so much, as always.


    Toto Gonzalez

  105. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 23, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Another daughter of Jose Damaso Gorricho & Ciriaca Santos is Josefa Gorricho who married Antonio Prieto they are the ancestor of the Prieto clan the other children of Jose Gorricho and Ciriaca Santos are the ff
    1.Catalina married to Manuel Sanzs 2.Damaso 3.Enrique married to Consuelo Schmidt 4.Francisco married to Josefa Molina

    Joaquin Barrera Limjap and his wife Policarpia Nolasco are the Parents of Mariano Limjap a business tycoon during his time

    Dy Buncio of Jingjiang China migrated to the Philippines in 1887 he first worked with some chinese retailers but in 1898 he began his business and made some progress in 1924 he organize the Dy Buncio & Co with a capital of 1 million pesos a big amount during that time it had branches in Cebu Iloilo and Legaspi its principal business is to import groceries and foodstuffs manufactures representative and insurance agents he was one of the founder of China Bank his son is Guillermo Dy Buncio

    Alfonso Sycip was part owner of the Fuga Island near Cagayan Province during the liberation he and his family fled to Fuga Island but the island was a battleground between the Americans and the Japanese armies some of his family died in Fuga Island it was his brother Albino Sycip who pleaded with Gen Douglas Macarthur to send some soldiers to save his brother in Fuga Island
    Eusebio Sycip owned a sugar plantaion in Manjuyod,Negros Oriental

    Carlos Palanca Tan Quien Sien married Luciana Lim Guinco their son is Engracio Palanca

    Carlos Palanca Tan Quien Sien migrated to the Philippines in 1844.His life was a classic rags-to-riches story: Born of a poor family in T’ung-an hsien When he converted to Catholicism, his baptismal sponsor was Colonel Carlos Palanca Y Gutierrez — a Spanish army leader When the consulate was established in 1899, the Ch’ing government appointed his son, Ignacio Palanca Tan Chueco, to the position of first were speculations among the Filipino intellectuals that Jose Rizal modeled after Don Carlos Palanca his character of Chinaman Quiroga in El Filibusterismo. Jose Alejandrino, a friend of Rizal, confirmed that it was indeed the case. Alejandrino further claimed that Don Carlos Palanca approached Aguinaldo when he was forming his revolutionary government about the possibility of creating an opium monopoly.

    Jose Palanca Yu Tivo arrived in the Philippines virtually empty-handed and worked his way as an apprentice for a local blacksmith shop. In 1884, his perseverance paid off when he established a hardware store Yutivo Son Hardware Company in 1911 He had 13 children one of them is Yu Tiong Yee whose children are the ff 1.Yu Khe Thai, 2.Yu Khe Siong, 3.Hu Kho Jin
    Another son of Jose Yutivo is Yu Tiong Sin his son is Yu Eng Poh the wife of David and Washington Sycip are the daughters of Yu Khe Thai

    The Ancestor of the Ongpin family is Simon Ongpin who married Sinforosa Tanbensiang the have 5 children the second was Roman Ongpin born in February 28 1847 Roman married the granddaughter of painter Damian Domingo Pascuala Domingo they have 8 children 1.Victoriano 2.Eustaquia 3.Leonila 4.Lorenza 5.Ramon 6.Constancio 7.Celedonia 8. Alfonso.

    Roman Ongpin owned the El 82 the famous store that sold hardware & general merchandise its famous customers who buy some of their art supplies there are Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo

    Dr Tee Han Kee is a Medical Student of Hong Kong Medical College migrated in the Philippines in 1902 he was the first president of Filipino Chinese Medical Society and the chairman of the Chinese General Hospital and Chinese Nationalist Party in the Philippines

    According to Butch Syquia of San Francisco California when Vicente Syquia died in 1884 his grandson Tomas Syquia donned 9 silk suits that were later placed on the corpse of his grandfather in accordance with Chinese funeral customs

    Blue Lady and Marcos Loyalist Lulu Hidalgo Tinio’s mother is a Tiaoqui her name is Aurora Tiaoqui she married the nephew of National Hero Jose Rizal
    Alfredo Rizal Hidalgo who is one of the Administrator of the estate of Alfonso Tiaoqui together with Jose Tiaoqui they filed a case against Guillermo A. Cu Unjieng, Mariano Cu Unjieng and Rafael Fernandez the purpose of recovering from them the investment of Alfonso Tiaoqui with the Cu unjieng group

    CARLOS PALANCA TAN GUIN LAY is the founder of La Tondena distillery in 1924 Carlos Palanca acquired Distilleria de Ayala assuming exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights to Ginebra San Miguel the most popular gin brand in the Philippines

    The Parents of Ildefonso Cosiam Tambunting are Joaquin Pocon Tambunting and Leandra Cosiam they were married in 1848 Leandra’s Parents are Antonio Cosiam and Gregoria Tanleco

    Ildefonso Cosiam Tambunting his children are the FF
    1.Clara Tambunting married Vicente L. Legarda
    2.Arsenia Tambunting married _______? Oliveros
    3.Manuel Tambunting his children are the ff Benjamin Tambunting, Augusto Tambunting, Romeo Tambunting, and Julieta Tambunting Tengco
    4.Antonio Tambunting married Aurora Paraiso children Tereret Liboro Joseling, Jun,Monching, Chuching, Mila Puyat & Dely Ongsiako

    Other descendants are PPCRV Chairperson Henrietta Tambunting de Villa Charito Tambunting Juan and her children Rowie Tambunting Juan-Matti
    and Rommel Tambunting Juan they own the Binalot fastfood chain

    Don Ildefonso Tam Bunting, a son of a Chinese immigrant from Fujian, China was owner of horse-drawn carriages that could be seen slowly traveling through the streets of Manila collecting the accumulated garbage. He was paid by Manila city Government just five centavos per can and on such thriftiness and over the years of hard effort, he was able to accumulate real estate and other small investments. Some of this real estate is located in now popularly known as Divisoria, Tondo, Malabon and Navotas.

    After years of continuous expansion, Don Ildefonso tried the shipping business, however, his partner from Hongkong was discovered to be a fraud and thus, this business was urged to sell by his wife, Filomena Concepcion in 1902. She the persuaded Don Ildefonso to start up a pawnshop in Sta, Cruz Manila with the name of Casa Agencia de Empeños de Ildefonso Tam Bunting

  106. June 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Maria Luisa:

    According to Fr. Augusto Antonio O.P., his mother Maria Tantungco-Antonio was a daughter of the rich Tambunting family. The surname Tantungco was originally Tambunting. She opposed the family’s entry into the pawnshop business and a family feud ensued.

    According to a Delgado lady, it was her grandmother Felisa Concepcion Tambunting-Delgado who started the pawnshop business in the Tambunting family. An acrimonious family feud ensued which so embittered Felisa that she totally pulled out her share in the family business and permanently dropped her paternal surname Tambunting, and retained only her maternal Concepcion.

    In an account of an early 1900s reception honoring Chinese officials, Ildefonso Tambunting, a prominent member of the Chinese community, hosted a reception at his Calle Benavides, Binondo residence with most of the city’s leading Chinese-Filipino businessmen in attendance [ read it in a comment by Enrique Bustos in the blog post “Wars of Inheritance” ].

    Maria Luisa, you will have to “connect the dots”: First of all, Maria Tantungco-Antonio and her three sisters carried the surname Tantungco which was originally Tambunting. Second, could it be possible that Felisa Concepcion Tambunting-Delgado was actually a sister or a first cousin of Maria and siblings Luisa, Cecilia, and Romana? What was Maria Tantungco-Antonio’s connection to the early 1900s clan patriarch Ildefonso Tambunting? There are so many questions…

    Sorry, we do not know enough about the Medina Cue and Lim families. But as the “Chinoy” Chinese-Filipino traffic in this blog is gradually increasing, it is only a matter of time before information about them appears.


    Toto Gonzalez

  107. June 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Lately, I have been interested in tracing my ancestors and I happened to come across your article about Fr. Augusto Antonio O.P. whose mother, Maria Tantungco Antonio was my grandmother’s sister. Her name was Luisa Tantungco Medina Cue ( married to Julian Lim Medina Cue ). I know these 2 sisters had 2 more sisters named Cecilia Tantungco Espino and Ramona Tantungco Tiaoqui. I know their parents were Fernando Tantungco and Atanasia Gepangco ( they would be my great grandparents ). After that I am stuck and know nothing more about these families.
    It is difficult to do research on these Chinese surnames because they changed from their original ones. The Medina Cue and Lim families, if you know anything about them, will be much appreciated. I think coming across your article is my stepping stone to some knowledge about my ancestors. My time when we visit Manila was spent spending time with my ailing mother,and no time to ask surviving family members for information.
    Looking forward to anything you can add to my genealogy research.
    Thanks !

  108. June 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm


    Thank you for your valuable input about the Yap Tui Co / Somoza y Cua-Peco family. Should you remember more, please do not hesitate to share it with us, and the world. 🙂


    Toto Gonzalez

  109. Monchito Nocon said,

    June 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Lolo Faustino Yap Tui Co, a sugar trader, immigrated from Amoy, China to the Philippines and married Espiridiona Ysidra Cua-Peco de Somoza, a Chinese mestiza from the town of Maragondon in Cavite, where he settled and adapted Somoza as his surname. When Lolo Faustino passed-away, his remains were brought back to China.

    Lolo Faustino and Lola Espiridiona had three offspring: Vicente, Esperanza, and Mauricio. Lolo Vicente was among the signatories of the Malolos Constitution and co-founded the Camara Commercio de Filipino. He settled in M.H. Del Pilar with his wife. Lola Esperanza, a convent intern and a spinster, was a piano instructor who stayed in the Quiapo area.

    Lolo Mauricio, my lola’s father, was the one who settled in Binondo and built that house on Ongpin, designed by Tomas Arguelles, which would later be decimated during the war. He was a translator who worked in Monte de Piedad and HSBC.

  110. Monchito Nocon said,

    June 13, 2010 at 9:48 am


    I’ve fixed the link. It’s a fuzzy picture though. Yes, will be sharing more.


  111. June 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm


    Thank you so much. More, more, more about Yap Tui Co – Somoza please!

    Please recheck the address. It is hard to get through.


    Toto Gonzalez

  112. Monchito Nocon said,

    June 12, 2010 at 5:12 am


    Vicente Cua-Peco Somoza, my lola’s uncle, and one of the 92 signatories of the Malolos Constitution and co-founder of the Camara de Commercio Filipino, the current Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation, Inc.

  113. Monchito Nocon said,

    June 12, 2010 at 5:09 am


    Vicente Cua-Peco Somoza, my lola’s uncle, and one of the 92 signatories of the Malolos Constitution and co-founder of the Camara de Commercio Filipino, the current Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation, Inc.

  114. Myles Garcia said,

    June 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I thought the venerable La Tondena and Tanduay were still the leading distilleries of RP. So I have either been away too long or the Chinese work ethic has once again overtaken the older, more complacent pioneers of the industry. Interesting report.

  115. monchito nocon said,

    June 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    My lola is a Somoza and she and along with her siblings grew up in a house, now gone, on Ongpin cor. Misericordia (now Tomas Mapua) and Kipuja streets in Binondo. My great great grandfather immigrated to the Philippines from Amoy China and his surname was changed from Yap-tuico to Somoza. He was a sugar trader.

    I’ll try to gather and post more info soon.

  116. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 11, 2010 at 4:53 am

    From the website of Destileria Limtuaco

    A Chinese immigrant born of a merchant family in Amoy, China, Lim Tua Co sailed for the Philippines in 1850 with the blessings of the Chinese Emperor. He was then 36 years old and he was a Mandarin trained in martial arts. But Lim Tua Co was also a merchant and had in his possession a secret formula for medicinal wine that has been with his family for five generations. Within two years of his arrival in the Philippines, Lim Tua Co had put this formula into good use. He set up a distillery at 135 Gandara Street, Binondo, the Chinese quarter of the city, beside the Pasig River, and began producing Vino de Chino, a bittersweet brew derived from a variety of Chinese herbs. This wine was known to build up stamina like today’s energy drinks and it became immensely popular among the Filipinos – men and women alike.

    The drink soon became popularly known as Sioktong and through the years, this Chinese word has become part of the Filipino language, referring to any locally – made medicinal wine.

    The founder of Destileria Limtuaco became an acknowledged leader in the Filipino Chinese business community and in the distillery trade. To complete his integration into Filipino life, Lim Tua Co took on a Christian name and became known to friends, associates and heirs as Don Bonifacio Limtuaco.

    Don Bonifacio had two children – Carlos and Andrea. It was his son Carlos whom he hoped would take over the business. Carlos was therefore sent to prestigious Ateneo de Manila for a Bachelor of Arts degree, class of 1889. Shortly after graduation, Carlos sailed for Amoy, China, to visit his ancestral home where he died before reaching the age of forty.

    Unfortunately, like his only son, Don Bonifacio Limtuaco died while on a visit to Amoy in 1887. A nephew took over the distillery, steering the company through the turn of the century. It was a period of turmoil for the country, marked by the Philippine revolution and the entry of new allies, the Americans, into Philippine life.

    In 1926, Limtuaco’s nephew, Lim Chay Seng, took over the helm of the company. Much needed capital was pumped into distillery and production shifted from the home- brewed concoction of Sioktong, anisados and tintos to other Western type liquors.

    In 1937, James Limpe, a son of Lim Chay Seng, was placed at the helm of the company. James Limpe, a professional manager, graduated in 1924 from the University of Washington in Seattle, United States. It was he who introduced modern management into the business.

    In 1939, the distillery was transferred from the heart of Chinatown to the growing industrial center in Grace Park, Caloocan City.

    The second world war hit the Philippines in 1941 and it found Destileria Limtuaco at odds with invading Japanese forces. Obeying a last minute order of USAFFE (United States Armed Forces of the Far East) Commander General Douglas Mac Arthur for liquor manufacturers to stop their operations and dump their liquor before the Japanese entered the Open City of Manila, James Limpe was incarcerated in Fort Santiago along with prominent American, Filipino and Chinese leaders of the community. Today a marker stands at Fort Santiago to honor patriots like James Limpe who shared its dungeons during the last war.

    With the onset of world peace in 1945, James Limpe rebuilt Destileria Limtuaco and began training his eldest son Julius in the business of running a distillery.

    Julius Limpe was sent to the United States in 1946 to study business management at the University of Indiana. In 1958, James relinquished his position of Chief Executive Officer to Julius.

    As he grew in the business, Julius Limpe learned the chemistry of liquor manufacturing and became like his father, a master blender of whiskies, gins, brandies, rums, vodkas and wines. Julius Limpe invented, developed and patented formulas and aging processes that are today, part of the closely guarded secrets of the corporation. On the other hand, the manager in him propelled Destileria Limtuaco to its present position of primacy in the liquor industry. The distillery has over 30 different products, which include local blends and foreign brands manufactured locally under license. It has three bottling, processing and aging plants as well as many warehouses in Metro Manila, which constitute the largest stock of aging spirits in oak barrels in the liquor industry.

    Today, the fifth generation, headed by Olivia Limpe-Aw, is steering the company into the challenges of the 21st century. Appreciating its heritage, the company’s current management has maintained the wisdom gained from the past generations while utilizing modern advantages and gaining a contemporary edge in the industry. It has reengineered its company into a streamlined organization, computerized most of its operational systems, and utilizes modern marketing and production techniques. However, it has remained true to the integrity and quality of Limtuaco’s products

  117. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 10, 2010 at 4:38 am

    There were two Roces men who migrated to the Philippines from Gijon, Spain. One settled in Manila and the other one in Iloilo. Alejandro Roces, who settled in Iloilo, married Isabel Nava, a Spanish-Portuguese lady, and they had four children. Some of their descendants are the Jalbuena, Lobregat, Brimo, & Syjuco families. The one who settled in Manila was another Alejandro Roces. He married Severa Mauricio y de Jesus, the sister of Balbino Mauricio.

  118. chuchi constantino said,

    June 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t know if this information from Kwok-Chu Wong’s book “The Chinese in the Philippine Economy” also applies to the “son” in Chinese names. When the Chinese romanized their names, they combined them with the last Chinese character “co” which means big brother in the Hookien dialect, the lingua franca of southern Fujian where most of the Chinese immigrants came from. Their names became Co Toco, Dy Liaco, Go Tamco, Go Tauco, Lim Tuico, Sy Piaco, Tan Yaoco, Uy chaco, Yu cheng co, etc

    Locsin was originally “Sin Lok.”

  119. Myles Garcia said,

    June 7, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Jackson – 5th Dimension
    Johnson – 6th wax company
    Stevenson – 7 sisters
    Robinson – 8th mall
    Richardson – 9th son of Richard the Lion-Hearted
    Patterson – 10th town in New Jersey
    Wilson – 11th basketball maker

    well, you get the drift…;-)

  120. Conch Wang said,

    June 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Chinese translation of the following words:
    Tuason – First grandson
    Dizon – Second Grandson
    Samson – Third Grandson
    Sison – Fourth Grandson
    Gozon – Fifth Grandson
    Lacson – Sixth Grandson

  121. Myles Garcia said,

    June 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Taddy asked: Would that likewise explain why the suffix LES is common too, like in GonzaLES, RosaLES, CoraLES etc.?


    No, I think “-les” as in the examples you gave, is either the mere plural form…the Gonzals, the Rosals, the Corral, etc. or could also be a variant of the “-ez” ending which I believe is more prevalent in Castilian usage.

    Of course, there is LES Miserables which is… 🙂 😉

  122. June 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm


    Thank you.

    Perhaps it was after the 1878 reversion of control of the Tuason “mayorazgo” to Teresa de la Paz that she exhibited the astonishing entrepreneurial abilities so well remembered by the more senior Tuasons.

    Gonzalo Tuason y Patino left the islands just as the Spanish authorities commenced with the ultimate witchhunt after the discovery of the Katipunan in 1896. According to his knowledgeable descendants, he ended up in Paris, where sometime later he was visited by a fellow exile, Pedro Pablo Roxas, who was shocked at the humble living circumstances of his fellow multimillionaire from Manila. Pedro Pablo Roxas immediately wrote to the Tuasons in Manila to send their Gonzalo adequate funds to live in suitable style in the Ville Lumiere. Both Roxas and Tuason never returned to Manila. Pedro Pablo Roxas passed away in Paris in 1912. Gonzalo Tuason also passed away in Paris. He was buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery [ along with his daughter Elvira Tuason-Vidal ]; the Tuason tomb is near Oscar Wilde’s and is accessed through the Gambetta gate.

  123. chuchi constantino said,

    June 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm


    You are correct. Teresa forfeited her rights under the will to share the “mayorazgo” with her brother-in-law Gonzalo Tuason when she remarried. But in 1878, control reverted to Teresa upon the death of her minor son Jose Victoriano, heir to the “mayorazgo”. I am presuming Gonzalo must have died too.

  124. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    June 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Would that likewise explain why the suffix LES is common too, like in GonzaLES, RosaLES, CoraLES etc.?

  125. Myles Garcia said,

    June 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm


    Probably “son of;” similar to the Western/Anglo manner of naming the patronymics (i.e., Wilson, Johnson, Williamson, Richardson, Patterson, etc.)?

    As the late Cardinal Sin said, the Locsins were born in “sin.” Just kidding!!

  126. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    June 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    What would be the significance of the suffix “SON” in most family names here, like LacSON, TuaSON, QuimSON, HenSON, LimSON, JiSON etc.?

    The Locsins have an explanation for their name, I just cannot recall now.

  127. June 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm



    There is also an interesting book — albeit privately circulated among the Tuason-Legarda-Prieto-Valdes — “Teresa de la Paz and her two husbands” relating the story of “Teresang Mariquit,” her first husband Severo Tuason y Patino and her second husband, Benito Legarda y Tuason.

    I was under the impression that after the death of Severo Tuason y Patino, it was his younger brother Gonzalo who took over the “mayorazgo.” Gonzalo Tuason y Patino was a business genius who multiplied the Tuason holdings exponentially. He married the Spanish aristocrat Isabel viuda de Gil de Sola. According to some Gonzalo Tuason descendants, Isabel was supposed to have been a descendant of “Juana la Loca” Queen Juana I of Aragon, Castile, and Leon [ 1479 – 1555 ].

    Maripaz Godinez [ daughter of Jose Severo Zaragoza Tuason and Paz “Ning” Jurado Acuna ] related that, according to the senior Tuasons, Teresa de la Paz was a capable businesswoman who held everything together after the early passing of her husband and even managed to acquire more properties afterwards.

    Toto Gonzalez

  128. chuchi constantino said,

    June 5, 2010 at 5:20 am

    from “Los Hijos Hidalgos” by Wito Tuason Quimson:

    Severo Tuason who was married to Teresa de la Paz from Mariquina received the right of the “mayorazgo” in 1864. They had 7 children but he died rather young. A distant relative Benigno Legarda y Tuason became the administrator of the vast Tuason estate. He later married Severo’s widow and they had three children: Benito Legarda y Tuason married to Filomena Roces, Consuelo married Mauro Prieto, and Rita married first to J. Donald-Sim and later to Benito Valdes. That’s how the Tuasons became related to the Legardas, the Prietos and the Valdeses.

  129. June 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm


    Easy. I’m sure “Tatang” belongs to the Sy clan in China. I’m sure he’s also related, albeit distantly, to the various Sys here in Manila. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Reading through various Chinese-Filipino genealogies, it SEEMS it is easy to trace Chinese genealogies simply by the surname: ANG, CO, DY, ENG, GO, LIM, NG, PE, QUE, SY, TAN, UY, WONG, YU, et. al..

    Let’s ask the Chinese scholars…

    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  130. June 4, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Any way to trace the Henry Sy family lineage who is one of the richest Chinoys in the world, Toto ?

  131. Myles Garcia said,

    June 3, 2010 at 3:10 am

    The Ongpins? After all, they do have a main street named after them.

  132. June 3, 2010 at 3:00 am


    As always, thank you so much for a fantastic piece of research!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  133. chuchi constantino said,

    June 3, 2010 at 1:55 am

    In the 1907 statutes of incorporation of the “Comunidad de Chinos” located at 8 Salazar, some of the Chinese listed as their eminent compatriots were:

    Carlos Palanca Tan Quian-Sian
    Juan Jugo Chua Guien-Chong
    Simon Ong Ping
    Antonio Yap-Sion-jon
    Paulino Uy Pangco
    Mariano F. Yu Chingco
    Juan Lecaroz Co-Lico
    Pablo Ortega Chang-Choc
    Vicente Aldecoa Uy-Champo
    Basilio So-Pungco
    Joaquin Limjap
    Bonifacio Lim-Tua
    Ildefonso Yu Son Tua
    Cirilo Cue Que Peng, etc.

  134. Alicia Perez said,

    June 2, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I have an interesting and amusing anecdote concerning the Chinese-Filipino Dee family of Binondo and the Mexican-Spanish-British-Chinese-Filipino Padilla family of Old Manila, both of which have hundreds of years of history behind them:

    An intelligent and handsome Dee scion came a-courting to an intelligent and pretty Padilla daughter. The senior Padillas, their almond eyes notwithstanding, sniffed at the idea of an “Intsik” courting a daughter of their family. That, when a large portion of Padilla family income arises from the rentals of Chinese merchants in their antediluvian buildings.

    The Dee scion returned to his father and related that the aristocratic Padillas were not exactly warm to the idea of his courting a daughter of theirs. Dee Sr. declared: “Tell them… that centuries before they were saving their pennies for their properties, we Dees were already making history in China during the Ming dynasty!”


    Alicia Perez

  135. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Sycip,Palanca Cu Unjieng,Coseteng,Dybuncio,Cobankiat,Limtuaco Families

  136. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Palanca, Sycip, Cu-Unjieng, Coseteng, Dy-Buncio, Cobankiat, and Limtuaco families.

  137. June 2, 2010 at 10:20 am


    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 🙂

  138. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

    “Lessons from my great-great-grandfather”
    by Wilson Lee Flores

    (Speech delivered before U.P. College of Business Administration students in Diliman, Quezon City on March 10, 2009)

    ( Dee or Dy family of Binondo )

    200-year-old history of the Dee Chinese family in the Philippines. In the 19th century under Spanish colonial rule,The first generation of the clan in the Philippines was Dy Phi-Phay The clans second generation sojourner to the Philippines was Dy Siu Gam. He is the great-great-grandfather of China Bank President Peter SyCip Dee, Unilab Chairman Jocelyn Hess and her brother Del Monte/SAFFI boss Joselito “Butch” Dee Campos, Ateneo math professor Dr. Queena Lee-Chua and the Philippines’ topnotch cardiologist Dr. Dy Bun Yok in the Heart Center. He was also great-great-grandfather of philanthropist Ambassador Howard Q. Dee and China Bank Chairman Gilbert Dee. Dy Siu Gam came to Manila in the 19th century with three other Dy cousins from Chio-Chun Village in Fujian but it was his son Dy Han Kia who established the clan’s entrepreneurial tradition according to Philippine Lumber Association honorary president Donald Dy. Dy said that Dy Han Kia was the fifth of seven brothers in Chio-chun Village in Fujian province, rural south China. He was so short that all his life he was known by the nickname “We-Kia,” because “We” is the Hokkien/south Fujian dialect word for “shorty.” Dy Han Kia overcompensated for his childhood poverty and lack of height by starting lumber, furniture, real estate and other companies, even constructing a complex of four grand mansions in his ancestral Chio-Chun Village. He rebuilt the ancestral temple in Chio-Chun Village in1870.

    From the business clan established in the Philippines by the “shorty” We-Kia would come many interesting people – China Bank founder and pre-war Chinese community philanthropist Dee C. Chuan, the country’s foremost cardiologist and medical board topnotcher Dr. Dy Bun Yok (whose clientele include the late Senator Ninoy Aquino, Lucio Tan and STAR publisher Max Soliven), mathematician Dr. Queena Lee Chua, lumber tycoon and philanthropist Dee Hong Lue, pharmaceuticals tycoon Joselito Dee Campos, Jr. of United Laboratories, World War II martyr Dy Hoc Siu of the Lee Tay and Lee Chay Sawmills, pre-war lumber tycoon and philanthropists Dy Pac and his cousin Dy Tian, Shanghai-educated banker Dee K. Chiong (ninong of John Gokongwei, Jr. who had granted the Cebuano entrepreneur his first loan), cousins Dy Hoc Siu and Dy Hoc Khe became martyrs executed by Japanese soldiers in the Philippines during World War II. Dy Hoc Siu was a leader of the committee campaigning for boycott of Japanese trade in the Philippines under the nationwide league oppositing Japanese militarism called “Khong Tiak Hue” led by his cousin lumber tycoon Dee C. Chuan. Dy Hoc Siu there is now a memorial to him and nine other martyrs built by the Chinese community inside the Manila Chinese Cemetery.

    Tycoon Dee C. Chuan who became the Philippine “Lumber King” of the American era, founder of China Bank in 1920, 9-term president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, president of a nationwide league opposing Japanese militarism, vice-chairman of the Southeast Asian Chinese coalition which supported China’s war against Japan which had Singapore’s “Rubber King” Tan Kah Kee as chairman. Dee was founder of two largest Chinese newspapers in the Philippines then, namely Chinese Commercial News and Fookien Times Dee C. Chuan once led the Chinese minority in a legal battle (case known as Yu Cong Eng versus Trinidad) opposing a discriminatory law promulgated by Congress called the Bookkeping Act, which was won in a 1926 U.S. Supreme Court decision penned by Chief Justice William H. Taft. Taft had also served as the first civil governor of the colonial government of the Philippine Islands and also as former United States President

    One of the most popular anecdotes being told up to this day in south China was when Dy Han Kia returned to Fujian to go to a big city to buy lumber to build a home for his family. He was wearing simple clothes. When he asked the prices, the manager looked down upon him and quoted only one-fifth the price even insultingly asking if he could afford it. Dy Han Kia didn’t get angry or argue, but he calmly set aside his “hun-che” or smoke pipe and took out inside his shirt various “gun phio” or literally translated as “silver drafts” representing money. He then asked how much all that could buy.

    The shocked manager kept apologizing for his insult and pleaded for a change in price or else they would lose money, in those days people do not change prices when it was already spoken. They eventually settled on another lesser-discount price, but Dy Han Kia ended up building four mansions in the village of Chio-Chun. One mansion he built for his wife and his concubine—polygamy was legal in those feudal times—then for his six other brothers, two brothers’ families shared one mansion each.the clan had since then been known in Chio-Chun as the “si-te-chu” or “four mansions” clan. When a part of Dy Han Kia’s house was once accidentally burned, he rebuilt it with a horse figurine on top of the roof.

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