The Families of Old Santa Cruz, Manila

PATERNO [ originally MING MONG LO,  PATERNO AGUSTIN ].  By the 1850s, the wealthy Paterno family, particularly that of Capitan Maximino “Memo” Molo Agustin Paterno y Yamson [ o 1830 – + 26 July 1900 ;  married three times:  the first to Valeria Pineda, the second to Valeria’s cousin Carmen “Carmina” Devera Ignacio y Pineda, and the third to Carmen’s sister, Teodora Devera Ignacio y Pineda.], had already reestablished itself in the prosperous “arrabal de Santa Cruz” / Santa Cruz district [ from their original residences in the adjacent “arrabal de Binondo” / Binondo district ], where many rich Chinese-Filipino and Spanish-Filipino mestizo merchants lived.

[ There is some confusion as to the actual spelling of the Paterno siblings’ maternal surname “Devera Ignacio”: historians spelled it as “Debera Ignacio,” “de Vera Ygnacio,” “Devera Ygnacio,” etc . In the 1800s, a written name was acceptable as long as it sounded close to its pronunciation. But in archival documents studied by this author in August 1988, the { 14 } siblings and half-siblings of Pedro A Paterno named { with the exception of sibling # 14 Rosenda Devera y Ignacio who died an infant } Narciso, Agueda “Guiday,” Maria Dolores “Doleng,” Jose Timoteo “Pepe,” (Pedro Alejandro,) Jacoba “Cobang,” Antonio, Maximino “Mino,” Maria de la Paz Santa “Paz,” Trinidad “Trining,” Mariano “Nano,” Concepcion “Concha,” Feliciano “Ciano,” (Rosenda,) & Adelaida “Adela” signed their surnames as “Paterno y Devera Ignacio.” ]

Capitan Maximino M. A. Paterno y Yamson and his first wife Valeria Pineda had one son: Narciso Paterno y Pineda married Lorenza Chuidian, then married Emilia Venegas.

Capitan Maximino M. A. Paterno y Yamson and his second wife Carmen “Carmina” Devera Ignacio y Pineda had 9 children:  Agueda “Guiday” Paterno y Devera Ignacio;  Maria Dolores “Doleng” Paterno y Devera Ignacio, Jose Timoteo “Pepe” Paterno y Devera Ignacio married his paternal first cousin Maria Patrocinio “Quita” Paterno y Zamora (daughter of his uncle Lucas M. A. Paterno y Yamson and his aunt Capitana Martina’s stepdaughter Regina Zamora), Pedro Alejandro Paterno y Devera Ignacio married Luisa Pineiro y Merino;  Maria Jacoba “Cobang” Paterno y Devera Ignacio;  Antonio Paterno y Devera Ignacio married Andrea Angeles;  Maximino Paterno y Devera Ignacio married his paternal first cousin Asuncion Zamora y Paterno;  Maria de la Paz Santa “Paz” Paterno y Devera Ignacio;  Trinidad “Trining” Paterno y Devera Ignacio married Claudio Gabriel.

Capitan Maximino M. A. Paterno y Yamson and his third wife Teodora Devera Ignacio y Pineda had 5 children:  Mariano “Nano” Paterno y Devera Ignacio, “Concepcion “Concha” Paterno y Devera Ignacio married Narciso Padilla y Bibby, the twins Feliciano “Ciano” Paterno y Devera Ignacio and Rosenda Paterno y Devera Ignacio, and Adelaida “Adela”/”Adeling” Paterno y Devera Ignacio.

Agueda “Guiday” Paterno y Devera Ignacio [ o __ _____ 1855 – + 15 September 1915 ].  Jewelry designer.  Her works were shown in Spanish expositions.  Her portrait was painted by her famous uncle Justiniano Asuncion y Molo aka “Capitan Ting,” a first cousin of her father, Capitan Maximino Paterno.

Maria Dolores “Doleng” Paterno y Devera Ignacio [ o 10 March 1854 – + 03 July 1881 ]. She was the composer of the famous “La Flor de Manila” or “Sampaguita” song. Her portrait was painted by her famous uncle Justiniano Asuncion y Molo aka “Capitan Ting,” a first cousin of her father, Capitan Maximino Paterno.

Pedro Alejandro Paterno y Devera Ignacio [ He chose to use “y Molo” according to top historian Dr Ambeth Ocampo ] [ o 17 February 1857 – + 26 April 1911 ]. He was a famous Filipino statesman.

Maria Jacoba “Cobang” Paterno y Devera Ignacio.  Jewelry designer.  Her works were shown in Spanish expositions.

Maria de la Paz Santa “Paz” Paterno y Devera Ignacio [ o 01 November 1867 – + 25 August 1914 ]. Painter. She painted several landscapes and “bodegones” still-life.

Concepcion “Concha” Paterno y Devera Ignacio de Padilla [ + 1943 ].

Feliciano “Ciano” Paterno y Devera Ignacio [ + 23 March 1951 ].

Adelaida “Adela” Paterno y Devera Ignacio [ o 24 October 1881 – + 21 January 1962 ].  Painter & Embroiderer.

Capitan Maximino Molo Agustin Paterno’s large house in the “arrabal de Santa Cruz” [ Santa Cruz district ] occupied the narrow, elongated block bordered by no 73 Calle San Roque [ no 453 Padre Gomez street ], corner Calle Noria [ Pedro Paterno street ], corner Calle Quiotan [ Sales street ], corner Calle Francisco Carriedo, midway between the Santa Cruz church and the Quiapo church.  The facade/main entrance [ and postal address ] of the house was on Calle San Roque;  the “azotea” and the “caballerizas” [ stables ] were on Calle Francisco Carriedo.  The long sides of the house were along Calle San Roque and Calle Quiotan; the short sides of the house were along Calle Noria and Calle Francisco Carriedo.

Capitana Martina Molo Agustin Paterno de Zamora was a sister of Capitan Maximino M A Paterno and she also waxed very rich because of her entrepreneurial activities. She married the widower Capitan Mariano Zamora, who was a scion of another affluent Santa Cruz family (Capitan Mariano Zamora’s daughter from his first marriage to Manuela Josefa, Regina Zamora, married Lucas Molo Agustin Paterno, the youngest brother of Capitana Martina and Capitan Maximino).  In partnership with her elder sisters Matea (spinster), Paz (married to Manuel Callejas), and Juana (spinster), Martina engaged in the trade of local fabrics like “sinamay” and the importation of European textiles as well as furniture, among many other business activities. The industrious and prosperous Martina invested her earnings mostly in real estate:  she eventually owned four blocks along Calle Rosario in Binondo (the equivalent of Ayala avenue today), six big houses along Calle San Sebastian (later Calle R Hidalgo), several properties surrounding the Quiapo church and the Santa Cruz church, and many others.  As the de facto “Queen of Santa Cruz,” Martina Molo Agustin Paterno de Zamora held the singular distinction of being the simultaneous “camarera” of two of the most venerated holy images in the islands, the “Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno” of the Quiapo church and the “Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buenviaje” of the Antipolo church.  Such was her unquestioned prominence in Manila and the surrounding provinces.

Capitan Mariano Zamora and his first wife Manuela Josefa had a daughter:  Regina Zamora married her father’s second wife’s/stepmother’s brother Lucas Molo Agustin Paterno y Yamson.

Capitan Mariano Zamora and and his second wife Capitana Martina Molo Agustin Paterno y Yamson had 4 children:  Asuncion Zamora y Paterno married her maternal first cousin Maximino Paterno y Devera Ignacio;  Manuel Zamora y Paterno married his niece Maria Egypciaca Paterno y Zamora (daughter of his half-sister Regina and maternal uncle Lucas M. A. Paterno y Yamson), then married Baltazara Mangali;  Juana Zamora y Paterno married Pablo Ocampo y de Leon;  and Severino Zamora y Paterno married Ana Longos.

Dr Manuel Zamora y Paterno, the son of Capitan Mariano Zamora and Martina Molo Agustin Paterno, formulated the popular children’s vitamin syrup “Tiki-Tiki.”

Susana Paterno de Madrigal.  Susana Paterno y Ramos was the daughter of Jose Tereso Paterno y Zamora and Dolores Ramos y Valera of Pangil, Laguna.  Jose Tereso Paterno was the eldest son of Lucas Molo Agustin Paterno and Regina Zamora.  Lucas was the youngest son of Paterno Agustin and Miguela Yamson y de la Cruz;  he was the brother of Capitan Maximino “Memo” Molo Agustin Paterno.

Susana “Sanang” and her two brothers Jose and Simon lived in Pangil, Laguna until their mother Dolores passed away when “Sanang” was about 12 years old.  In her youth, she stayed for extended periods in the Manila homes of her affluent aunts, uncles, and cousins, the Paterno of Santa Cruz district, where she learned the domestic arts well.  She was specially close to her Tia Adela [ Adelaida Paterno y Devera Ignacio, a younger daughter of Maximino ], a first cousin of her father Jose Tereso Paterno y Zamora.  True to the aristocratic Paterno tradition, Susana “Sanang” was a gifted artist:  she could draw, paint, design dresses, specially evening gowns, sew, and embroider them.

Susana “Sanang” Paterno y Ramos married the prosperous Spanish mestizo businessman Vicente Madrigal y Lopez [ 1880 – 1972 ] from Ligao, Albay.  It was the astute Vicente who observed that Susana was his “lucky charm”:  every time she was involved in a business transaction, albeit in a small way, it always prospered.  Her absence, more often than not, led to failure.  So he resolved that she would have her way with their businesses.  In the following years,  the empire of Vicente and Susana Madrigal grew beyond all bounds and surpassed by far all previous great Filipino fortunes.  It is still occasionally mentioned in high business circles that had the empire of Vicente Madrigal not been divided after his 1972 passing, no Chinese-Filipino taipan [ the richest Filipinos today ] would be able to supersede it to this day.

Without the knowledge of Vicente, Susana quietly purchased, by installments, the hundreds of hectares of mango orchards which decades later became the posh Alabang development of the Madrigal family in partnership with the Zobel de Ayala family.

According to Vicente “Bu” Madrigal Warns, his mother Maria Paz “Pacita” Paterno Madrigal-Warns-Gonzalez had told him that the house of her great-grandfather Lucas Molo Agustin Paterno and his wife Regina Zamora y Paterno in the “arrabal de Santa Cruz” [ Santa Cruz district ] was located right in front of the Quiapo church and that her mother Susana “Sanang” had stayed there as a child.

ASUNCION [ originally KAGALITAN ]. In the early 1800s, Mariano Kagalitan, an accomplished artist and a “capitan” of Santa Cruz district in the late 1700s, married Maria de la Paz Molo [ a daughter of Ming Mong Lo / Jose Molo and ;  she was a sister of Paterno Agustin { o 1786 – + 1853 }, who married Miguela Yamson y de la Cruz;  Paterno Agustin and Miguela Yamson y de la Cruz became the parents of Capitan Maximino “Memo” Molo Agustin Paterno ] and they had several children:  Manuel, Antonio, Mariano [ the painter of religious subjects ], Ambrocio, Leoncio [ the sculptor, o 1813 – 1888 ], and Justiniano [ the portrait painter, o 1816 – + 1901 ]. During the Claveria decree of 1849, the surname “Kagalitan” was changed to “Assumpcion” and later to “Asuncion.” Justiniano Asuncion y Molo became “capitan” of Santa Cruz district in 1853, hence the honorific “Capitan Ting.”  He married Justina Farafina Gomez.




Acknowledgment:  Miguel and Jean Marie Paterno, the estate of Adelaida Paterno y Devera Ignacio, the estate of Feliciano Paterno y Devera Ignacio, the estate of Maria de la Paz Paterno y Devera Ignacio, Pablo Pineda Campos III, Martin Imperial Tinio Jr., Sonny Rayos [ descendant of Leoncio Asuncion ], Santiago Albano Pilar [ essay on Justiniano Asuncion, “Folio of 60 Philippine masterpieces,”  Central Bank of the Philippines ], Chuchi Constantino, multi-awarded journalist and the former Press Secretary during the Ramos and the Estrada administrations Rodolfo “Rod” T. Reyes.



  1. Neil Paterno said,

    May 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Hi! My great grandfather is named Jesus Paterno and had children named Jose, Ricarda, Tony, Paul….. Do you have any information about them? I know our branch of the family used to own a house in Sociego Street in Santa Mesa and one in Salapan, San Juan City. My email is 🙂 I hope we’ll get to talk soon! Thank you!

  2. mickey and jean paterno said,

    September 5, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Thank you, Toto! The book is coming along, maybe almost halfway as a draft. We are desperate for photos to put more life into the text. If you know of any possible sources, would really appreciate the referral. Of course, we’ll be acknowledging them in the book. Cheers!

  3. September 1, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Mickey and Jean:

    Thank you so much for the input about the Zamora-Paterno. We have made the necessary corrections.

    Please feel free to post as much information about “la ilustre familia de los Paterno de esta ciudad.” The Paterno is really one of the great Filipino families.

    How is the big family book going?


    Toto Gonzalez

  4. mickey and jean paterno said,

    August 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    hi toto, as always, your blog is such a fascinating read. it is amazing how you are able to fit the pieces of the family puzzles.

    martina paterno married capitan mariano zamora, not manuel. manuel was the doctor son of martina, who is reknown for his tiki tiki formula.

    mariano zamora was married to manuela josefa, and together they had a daughter, regina zamora- who married martina’s youngest brother lucas paterno.

    reviewing martina’s last will now on the 6 houses on calle san sebastian aka r hidalgo. the provenance of some extend to martina’s father, paterno agustin.

    keep it up, toto! cheers!

  5. August 2, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    This is the Supreme Court decision in a case of Jacoba Tirona vs the illegitimate children of her husband Dr Jose Paterno:

    Dr. Paterno had borne the expenses of the birth and baptism of said children, who were born in the same year (1938) within eleven months of each other; that in that year, after the birth of the first child, Beatriz, mother and daughter had moved from A. Luna in San Juan, Rizal, to Rubi Street in San Andres Bukid, Manila, where the second child, Bernardo, and a third, Virginia, who died at four, were born; that in 1940, the family moved to a house in A. Lake Street in San Juan, Rizal purchased by Dr. Paterno; that in both places, they had lived with and been maintained by Dr. Paterno in the company of the Miranda and Macapinlac families; that shortly before the outbreak of the war in December 1941, Dr. Paterno left for Hongkong where he stayed until war’s end; that in his absence, mother and children received monthly support from Don Vicente Madrigal at the instance of Dr. Paterno who was Madrigal’s brother-in-law; that for sometime after Liberation, they lived in the Madrigal compound in Gen. Luna, Paco, Manila; that when Dr. Paterno thereafter returned to the Philippines and until he again left for Hongkong, he lived with mother and children, first in Antipolo, Rizal and later in Marilao, Bulacan; that when Felisa decided to get married — this while Dr. Paterno was in Hongkong on his second sojourn there — she sought and received the forgiveness of his wife, Dona Jacoba, who even consented to act as sponsor at her wedding; that when Dr. Paterno returned once more from Hongkong, to be assigned to the Madrigal cement plant in Binangonan, Rizal, he made it a point to see that Beatriz and Bernardo went or were brought to visit him, especially during weekends, and on these occasions, he and the children slept in his room in the same bed, he would tell them to come or send word to him for anything they might need, and would give them money when they left; that Beatriz, then about thirteen or fourteen, was being sent to school in Sta. Isabel College by Dr. Paterno, who did the same for Bernardo, who was enrolled at the University of Santo Tomas; that these reunions continued until he fell ill and had to keep to his house in Mendoza St., Quiapo, Manila, and Doña Jacoba forbade the children to see him on the excuse that he might suffer a relapse; that on the some five occasions that they tried to see Dr. Paterno in his residence while he lay sick, the children were given money by Doña Jacoba upon leaving; and that after his death and burial, Doña Jacoba gave them money for their tuition.

  6. enrique bustos said,

    June 21, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    One of Susana Madrigal stead friend is Engracia Reyes the owner of Aristocrat restaurant in Dewey boulevard both shared more than a liking for Filipino food.Both of them are down to earth women with no intellectual pretensions whose greatest pleasure was lively game of pangguingue spiced with betel nut chewing and endless smoking of black Filipino cigarettes smoked the old fashioned way with the lighted end held inside the mouth. The two friends enjoyed each others company so much that they often organized picnic for their two families to Malabon and Navotas where the Madrigals had a summer home, here the two ladies would revel in the rustic native surrounding in which they felt most at home. Engracia Reyes first trip abroad was when Susana Madrigal organized a group of friends to go with her to Tokyo on one of the Madrigal ships.

  7. Alice Esteves, Library Director said,

    October 10, 2014 at 5:40 am

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Kindly assist us in our research for the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art regarding the birthplace of Adelaida Paterno.

    Thank you

  8. Jiggs Gilera said,

    September 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Name: Agueda M.A. Paterno
    Gender: Female
    Death Date: 15 Sep 1915
    Death Place: Manila, Philippines
    Age: 60
    Birth Date: 1855

  9. shazadel madrigal said,

    July 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

    to al thea: sure you can contact me via do you live?Do you know my granda pa?iI hope you can help me I just want to know who my relatives are because my grand pa never share his story all we know is he ran away from home he only bring silver spoon and a fountain pen.He is an English speaking man.He is so mysterious he doesn’t want to talk about his life it seems like he is hiding something..So that’s why my father doesn’t have any information about my grandpas parents.

  10. shazadel madrigal said,

    July 21, 2014 at 7:32 am

    To Althea Capacio: yo can email me via you know my grand father Manolo?

  11. March 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    To shazadel madrigal: Would it be all right if I contact you via email regarding your grandfather Manolo?

  12. November 28, 2013 at 4:20 am

    magazine ilustre

    Your The Families of Old Santa Cruz, Manila | remembrance of things … is very good! Thanks!

  13. October 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

    dear mr. rudy Revilla Perez jr.,

    l am about to launch a law book before end of this year 2013. it is more than 5 years in the making and l am very lucky to locate some relatives of Prof. Bartolome Revilla. Are you aware of the contribution of your ascendant from your maternal or fathernal side in the field of education? l would appreciate if you can text or call me anytime so l can visit you personally and interview your mother who according to your statement here is your grandfather Judge Bartolome Revilla of Bulakan.

    Prof. Danilo I. Gregorio
    0929 3861645
    Gen. M. Trias, Cavite

  14. shazadel madrigal said,

    September 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    my grand father’s name is manolo policarpio madrigal how is he related to vicente madrigal my grand pa lived in san miguel bulacan.I really want to knoe about my grandpas’ family background

  15. randy molo said,

    March 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Wow are the paterno-molo families related to the Molo families of Iloilo and Romblon?

  16. Jet Revilla said,

    September 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

    To Mr. Gonzalez: Thanks so much for your wonderful blog. After much research, I was able to finish the Revilla Family tree -whose members have been discussed here. The Tree, which I have worked on for some time is generally complete as it links all concerned. Thank you so much!

  17. Jet Revilla said,

    September 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    HI! To Rudy Revilla Perez– I do hope you can find time in your schedule to correspond with me. Please do contact me via Many thanks!

  18. Jet Revilla said,

    August 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Greetings! Such wonderful and interesting lines uncovered in this blog. My name is Jet Revilla and as far as I can remember, my family has always been based in Pasig. My father tells me that his grandfather is a certain Bartolome Revilla, a lawyer, whose children included Judge Pedro Revilla and former Manila Memorial president- Jorge Revilla. Some years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Antonio Lagdameo who told me that we were related in some way as he knew my grandfathers, Pedro and Jorge. Somehow, my trail stopped at Bartolome. I hope somebody here can add to this …. Thanks so much!

  19. Christopher Yatco said,

    June 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Toto , in the other posts ,susana paterno was said to have come from the poor branch of the paterno family. What is the definition of poor to you. I remember my mom relating to me that one time she accompanied her uncle to the wake of her uncle’s close relative at a huge house in old san juan. the lady who died was jacoba tirona married to a paterno(brother of Susana Paterno). Jacoba belonged to the wealthy tirona clan of cavite. If the branch of susana paterno was really poor,do you think that her brother would have been able to marry into affluence. I believe that being poor is different from living poorly. maybe the branch of susana were only frugal and lived a simple life so people thought that they were poor. It’s human nature for people to be blinded by the sight of wealth and opulence. The other branch of the paternos were known for their extravagance unlike susana paterno who was known for her frugality.

  20. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 17, 2011 at 8:18 am

    The Patriarch of the Del Rosario family is Zoilo Del Rosario he was a Platero in Sta Cruz he crafted brass and silver ornaments that adorned religious statues and church altars he married Martina Potenciana one of their children is Antonio Vivencio Del Rosario he married Felipa San Jose some of their children are the FF.
    1.Salvador married to Benita Quiogue their children are A.Ramon B.Jesus C.Mariano D.Francisco
    2.Mariano married Natividad Guevara their children are A.Teresa B.Mariano C.Natividad D.Belen

  21. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Zita Bartolome Fernandez-Feliciano is a first cousin of Britta Bartolome-Quisumbing, wife of Norberto Quisumbing, the owner of Norkis Trading, the company that makes the Yamaha motorcycles in the Philippines.

  22. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm


    Thank you for the Info on another matter i know your family donated some art pieces to the Ayala Museum like Juan Luna’s La Marquesa de Monte Olivar and Fernando Amorsolo’s Winnowing Rice please tell us anything about the paintings and the donation to the Ayala Museum


  23. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm


    Thank you for the info


  24. ricky david said,

    September 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Yes, that is correct. Tito Manoling was with Manilabank.
    To correct my earlier post, Tito Manoling and Tita Eli had four children.
    Toto, Lita, Nolet and another son whose name escapes me at the moment.
    Was looking at old photos and found one of theirs taken during the holiday season. I also have a vintage photo of the Zamora-Revilla family taken in their residence before the second world war.

  25. September 27, 2010 at 12:18 am

    manila banking.

  26. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Ricky David thank you for the info i will ask another question Manoling Revilla the husband of Ely Fernandez was a banker what bank did he work for because i cant remember it anymore


  27. September 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    re 63, yes ricky, i stand corrected. The youngest son, of Manuel and Trining was Monching who would always ride a bike to a girl (Nava?) he was courting during world war 2. One night he did not return and they do not know what happened to him. One of the first embarassment of my wife and I when we married was to your grandma, sra paz mascunana.(They were staying in san marcelino?) Somehow,we were not able to invite her to our wedding; but she visited us later, handed us a wedding present and saying that she has been an old, old friend of both our families. My mother in law used to recount that she was a grand lady. Another correction, re 1.1.1. roberto reyes, eldest son of naty revilla reyes is married to lucille banzon. 1.1.3 jose “boyboy” reyes is married not to venus but to cater ignacio. sorry.

  28. September 25, 2010 at 3:14 am


    Thank you for that. Very interesting! The ones mentioned were the antecedents of former Central Bank governor Jose “Jobo” Bartolome Fernandez and his sisters Eloi Bartolome Fernandez-Revilla-Yan and Zita Bartolome Fernandez-Feliciano.

    Toto Gonzalez

  29. September 25, 2010 at 2:55 am


    Great to see you here, my friend!!!

    Thank you for that. As you can see, such information can be difficult to come by. It’s not something that everybody knows.

    I know that the late Mrs. Pilar Lagdameo was a Revilla on her paternal side, but I didn’t know she was a Zamora on her maternal side. That means Tito Tito L. and his siblings are related to the Paternos, the Ocampos, and most of Old Quiapo as well. Very interesting!

    See you soon!!!

    Best regards,

    Toto G. 🙂

  30. Ricky David said,

    September 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    2. Manuel – Trining Zamora
    2.1 Pilaring – Ernesto Lagdameo
    2.1.1 Tito – Rory Cojuangco
    2.1.2 Riquit – Melitza Quirino
    2.1.3 Tonette – Linda Floirendo
    2.1.4 Maritess – Manolo Lopez
    2.1.5 Nina – Dr. de Ocampo
    2.1.6 Mari – Le Antonio
    2.2 Emma (single)
    2.3 Leni – Juanch LaO’
    2.3.1 Trinidad (Nita) – Cesar Munoz
    2.3 2 Bettina (single)
    2.4 Manoling – Eli Fernandez
    2.4.1 Toto – (?)
    2.4.2 Lita – Liongson
    2.5 Monching (went missing during the war and was never seen or heard of again)

    Lola Trining was a sister of my grandmother, Paz Zamora-Mascunana

    hope this helps a bit

  31. September 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    for enrique bustos: i think my answer in 57 above may be vaque. for clarity
    eulogio revilla – eumelia eleizeque; 3 sons, 2daughters:

    1. eulogio – cristeta puto reyes(quiapo,manila):
    1.1. natividad – jose r. reyes (malolos, calumpit) 2 sons, one daughter
    1.1.1 roberto – banzon
    1.1.2 teresing – lito hocson, (sta cruz, pagsanjan, binan)
    1.1.3 jose jr – venus
    1.2 eumelia -felix flores (sorsogon)
    1.2.1 marie – zoilo amoranto, (binan laguna)

    2. manuel – trining zamora (manila)
    2.1 pilaring – ernesto lagameo
    2.2 emma (single)
    2.3 leni -juancho la-o
    2.4 manoling – eli fernandez

    3. salud – luis torres
    3.1 elsa – luis torres
    3.2 chitong
    3.3 raul

    4. Jose – goyena
    4.1 jose (pinggoy) – roses
    4.2 tessie – gatas santos
    4.3 vince

    i have taken liberties with nicknames as my wife finds difficulty remebering real names. the list is also not complete and we welcome additions

  32. Sonny Rayos said,

    September 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Further to Comment # 60:

    🙂 The parents of Erundina Bartolome Fernandez are Juan Bartolome and Antonia Rivera y Agra (of Pila) and grandparents Leoncio Bartolome and Juliana Asuncion.

    The Bartolome family tree is as follows: Luis Victorino (of Santolan) married Florencia del Rosario and son Timoteo Bartolome (of Pasig) maried Dolores Victorino. The son of Timoteo and Dolores is Leoncio Bartolome.

    Juliana Asuncion’s paternal family tree is: Ming Mong Lo (Jose Molo of Santa Cruz, Manila) married Maria Micaela de San Augustin; their daughter, Maria de la Paz Molo de San Agustin, married Mariano Cagalitan (Assumpcion then Asuncion); their second child is Antonio Asuncion (Painter and often called Fra Angelico Filipino) married Remegia Sta. Ana. Juliana is the second child of Antonio and Remegia.

    Juliana Asuncion’s maternal family tree is: Eustaquio de Sta. Ana married Margarita Tagle. Eustaqio’s brothers are Juan (of Cainta), Marcos and Augustin. The son of Eustaquio and Margarita is Pasqual de Sta. Ana (Hacendero of Angono and Talim Island). Pasqual is the subject of the Ateneo de Manila article on Philippine Studies (vol 50, no. 1 (2002) pages 23-49, in particular, the title is “Don Pasqual de Sta. Ana (1762-1827) Indio Hacendero.” The author is Dr. Luciano P.R. Santiago. Getting back to the family tree, Pasqual de Sta. Ana maried Andrea Pablo (of Pasig) and their daughter is Remegia Sta. Ana.

    The above is based on the Bartolome Family Tree (Pasig City) authored by Dr. Luciano P.R. Santiago. Thank you very much Dr. Santiago. The Asuncion connection, as stated, is deemed correct.

    Revisiting Comment #10, the Alzona family connection to the Asuncion has been updated by Esperanza Alzona – you may see her comment in the blog (Toto, I hope you do not mind):

    The reader is further encourage to read the article entitled “A Loving Eye for Detail.” The article is authored by Santiago A. Pilar in a now defunct magazine named Archipelago. A copy of the article was provided by my cousin Gabriel “Manong Gabby” Asuncion (Leoncio branch) which I then forwarded to Jun Asuncion of the Bulan Observer.

    Allan Asuncion (Leoncio branch) – thanks for your email.

    Happy reading and y’all take care!

  33. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    In Comment # 10

    Erundina Bartolome married Jose Fernandez their children are the FF
    2.Jose Jr Former Central Bank Governor married Toti Cacho
    3.Eloisa married banker Manuel Revilla then Gen Manuel Yan
    4.Zita married Mundy Feliciano Zita is one of the original Blue Ladies of Mrs Marcos
    5.Erundina married Vicente Lim Jr

  34. September 18, 2010 at 2:23 am

    for rudy perez – was augusto married to auroring?

  35. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    To Rafael Revilla Perez or Rafael Hocson,

    Do you know who are the parents of Pilar Revilla-Lagdameo and her brother Manuel Revilla and the parents of their cousin Natividad Revilla Reyes, wife of Dr. Jose Reyes of Malolos, Bulacan.

  36. September 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

    as old age and memory loss creeps in, may i contribute on the revillas:
    For rudy perez and taddy gonzales – my wife asks if taddy is a son of pilaring buyson, whose mom is elsa torres buyson? To her memory, eulogio and eumelia (eleizequi) revilla had three sons and one daughter (rudy, she cannot remember a bartolome but remember, we are in our dotage). The eldest is eulogio who married cristeta puato reyes. they had two daughters, natividad married dr. jose r reyes of north general hospital, and eulogia (or eumelia) who married felix flores of sorsogon. The second son of eulogio is manuel who married trinidad zamora. children were pilaring married to ernesto lagdameo, emma (single), leny married to juancho la-o, manoling married to eli fernandez. The only daughter of eulogio was salud married to luis torres. among their children were elsa married to buyson, chitong, raul. The youngest son of eulogio was jose married to a goyena. their children were jose (pinggoy aka amando goyena), tessie married to gatas santos, vince who is making the family tree. I hope i do not add to the confusion.

  37. September 15, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Rafael Hocson:
    My impression is Bartolome and Augusto were both lawyers. One of them worked for a local magazine (i.e. Liwayway?) and was killed for refusing to cooperate with the Japanese during WWII. I certainly will ask surviving relatives if anyone has a family tree.

  38. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 14, 2010 at 2:35 am

    SPY BITS By Babe Romualdez The Philippine Star

    Short-lived wealth

    The Madrigal family belongs to the truly few so-called landed gentry and perhaps one of the wealthiest in the country, whose fabulous fortune is perhaps on the same level as the Ayalas. When Doña Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Collantes – one of the wealthiest women in the Philippines –died two years ago, the bulk of her fortune went to her adopted son Vicente Gustav Warns. Gustav is one of the children of Vicente “Bu” Madrigal Warns who is the son of Doña Chito’s sister, former Senator Pacita Madrigal-Gonzalez, by her first husband Herman Warns, an executive of the Manila Gas Corporation.

    Bu and his wife Marian (maiden name Paris) were made administrators of Gustav’s inheritance until he reached the age of 35. When the reclusive Doña Pacita died two years ago (several months after the demise of Doña Chito), Bu Warns inherited his mother’s fortune said to be more than $100 million. Unfortunately, it was a short-lived wealthy life. Bu died a few months ago leaving the bulk of his wealth to his children with Gustav ending up with a double inheritance. With so much wealth to fight about, there is reportedly a brewing controversy. Some family members have allegedly hired the services of a topnotch law firm ready to file a case against the estate of the short-lived wealthy life of the late “Don” Bu Warns

  39. September 13, 2010 at 1:07 am

    rudi revilla perez – yes, the mother of lolo loging was an eleizequi. lolo loging used to be a judge of prewar regional trial courts, and a law partner of jose yulo – yulo, revilla law offices. he died during the wwII bombardment of manila. he had several siblings. do you know if any of the revillas have a family tree? some of the relatives i know were armando goyena, lagdameo,buysons, torreses,zamora (?), mascunan (?)

  40. Allan Asuncion said,

    September 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm


    I am also a direct descendant of Leoncio and have learned so much from your contributions to this archive. If possible, I would like to contact you to tap your knowledge on the accomplishments of our ancestors. Thanks very much.

    Allan Asuncion

  41. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    According to the Blog of Jun Asuncion

    Mariano Kagalitan, Sr. (later Asuncion) married Maria de la Paz Molo their children are: Manuel (1792), Antonio (1794), Victoria (1796), Mamerta (1798), Justo (1800), Mariano,jr. (1802), Epifanio (1806), Ambrosio (1808), Pascula (1811), Leoncio (1813), Justiniano (1816) Canuta (1819), Theodoro (18??

    Justiniano Asuncion [1816-1901] Married to Justina Farafina Gomez.Their children: Benita, Zacarias, Marcelina, Jacobo, Gabriel and Martiniana

  42. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    September 8, 2010 at 11:19 am


    Would you happen to be referring to H.R.Alonzo, across Berg’s?
    that’s where we got our Sunday kiddie pairs of shoes POL PARROT and BUSTER BROWN, the adult brand was HAMILTON BROWN.

    from H.R. Alonzo’s you walked over, across the street and there was Walkover’s.

  43. September 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

    rafael hocson: hi, could be- there’s a website”chan law library” with the names of Bartolome, Eulogio and Augusto Revilla” appearing together. The date stamps for Bartolome (1901) and Eulogio (1907) are quite near- but I cannot figure out what the info means- when you click the link there is no additional info.
    Mr. Toto, would you know the relationships between Augusto, Eulogio and Bartolome? I am amazed with your creativity in researching family histories!
    regards and more power.

  44. Alda Punsalan said,

    September 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Do you know the name of the shoe store in front of Berg’s Dept Store in Escolta, Manila in the 70s? Is it still existing? If it had transfered, can you please give me the address and contact #?

  45. September 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    rodolfo revilla perez – hi. my wife’s grandfather was eulogio revilla, who maried cristeta reyes (of manila’s severino reyes, lola basyang clan). any possible relationsip with your revilla connection? thanks.

  46. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 5, 2010 at 5:08 am

    The first tycoon, Don Vicente Madrigal, and the women in his life
    CYBER PROUST By Jojo G. Silvestre (The Philippine Star)

    Vicente Madrigal was the first tycoon of the Philippines. So far, the only book that has been written about Don Vicente was authored by National Artist Carlos Quirino. Philippine Tycoon: The Biography of an Industrialist traces the life of Don Vicente from his birth in Ligao, Albay to his rise in Philippine industry. Quirino quotes President Manuel L. Quezon who described Madrigal as “brilliant, so hardworking and so keen a businessman that before he reached the age of 50 he became one of the few multi-millionaires in the Philippines. And I may add in passing that every cent he made, he made honestly and by the sweat of his brow.”

    Quezon, Sergio Osmeña Sr. and Don Vicente were classmates, first in Letran for their bechillerato where the future tycoon obtained the grade of sobresaliente or excellent in all his subjects, including Latin grammar, analysis and translation; rhetoric and poetry; logic and moral philosophy; and geometry and rectilinear trigonometry. At the University of Santo Tomas, where the three enrolled in law school, Madrigal once again proved his brilliance by getting “excellent” in all his subjects, while Osmeña had one “failure,” and Quezon had two “very good” marks.

    Later, Quezon said in a public meeting: “Osmeña, Sumulong, Vicente Madrigal and myself were classmates. One of our subjects was political economy. At the end of the course, Osmeña and I chose the political part of the subject, while Vicente chose the economic part. And now, we are all in debt, while Madrigal is affluent.”

    Several times I’ve heard some Madrigal scions talk about the book’s failure to expound on Don Vicente’s many accomplishments, especially his support for presidentiables who made it to the country’s number one position. Still, the book should be read by every student of entrepreneurship. This is a How To Be A Tycoon 101 for those who aspire beyond the sari-sari store or the tiangge stall that sells trinkets and what-have-you. It is also must reading for students of political science, as it illustrates the relationship between big business and the presidency.

    From dreamer to ship owner

    According to Quirino, “the small boy Vicente was fond of making tiny wooden ships or folding pieces of paper into the semblance of vessels during the rainy season, when puddles of water would form in the Madrigal backyard.” His mother one day teased him: “Those boats, Son, can’t carry you anywhere.”

    “Yes,” said the boy, “but someday, Mama, I will own plenty of real ships and you and Papa will travel aboard them around the world.” It was a prophecy that halfway came true, as Don Vicente did become a shipping magnate; but by then, his parents were already dead, and he was only able to send his sister Rosario on an extended holiday in Spain.

    When he finally became a businessman as a coal wholesaler, his secret dream was to become a ship owner so he could buy coal directly from producers and mine owners. A ship was what he needed, and with the help of his friend Russell, he finally was able to buy his first seagoing vessel. His first act as the new owner of a 4,000-ton collier was to “put on denim or maong shirt and trousers and make a thorough inspection of the insides of the ship, from the bilge to the mast. He went around with a small hammer, poking and pounding at the walls and partitions, asking the mate and the engineer question after question, and emerging hours afterwards covered with soot and grease… Don Vicente was determined to learn about the operation and maintenance of a ship — and this he did, so that by the time he bought his next vessel, he knew about it as much as the captain and the chief engineer combined. Thus, when ship surveyors made a report on any of the Madrigal fleet, they had to be very careful — otherwise, Don Vicente would challenge any errors they made. This passion for detail and his retentive memory were mainly responsible for his success in the shipping business.”

    Dinner with clavell

    I once had breakfast with Dr. Danny Vasquez and his wife, Ising, the youngest daughter of Don Vicente, who was said to be her father’s favorite. Their daughter Marivic, who reads a balance sheet as though it were the ABCs, arranged the interview in connection with my oral history project on the Pioneers of Philippine Commerce and Industry, and the couple agreed to meet me at the Manila Golf Club. Dr. Vasquez recalls having met James Clavell at a dinner in Hong Kong. “He was introduced to me by my friend, Andy, the man who produced the Rambo movies. When he was told about the life of my father-in-law by Andy, Clavell became very interested,” said Dr. Vasquez. At one point, Clavell expressed his desire to do a movie about the life of Don Vicente. He died before he could even discuss it with the family. At the time the Vasquez couple were in Hong Kong; they were in exile due to family concerns regarding inheritance.

    Don Vicente amassed his fortune before the war and was the number one ship magnate even before anyone had heard of Aristotle Onassis. The Madrigals owned more ships than most Greek ship-owning families. Of course, we all know about Rizal Cement, Jai Alai, and many more companies that he owned, including his part ownership of the Mandaluyong Estate. Don Vicente was ably assisted by his wife, the former Susana Paterno, a very creative woman who sewed and designed dresses.

    Doña Susana may well be the original feng shui believer, except that the Filipino’s romance with wind, water and fire had existed even before she made a killing on any real estate property. If there was one person who knew about location, location, location, that would be Doña Susana. On second thought, location, location, location, as a number one rule, would probably apply to those who bought near the Madrigal properties as well. For all the successes that the Madrigal women have attained, they would not compare with the matriarch, whose numerous real estate investments contributed immensely to the family’s wealth.

    Doña Susana’s beliefs

    According to Carlos Quirino, “All the Madrigal enterprises had one peculiarity arising from Doña Susana’s superstitious beliefs. Employees never received their pay on Saturdays or Mondays whenever payday fell on those two days of the week. ‘After earning money all week, why let it out on the weekend?’ she told subordinates. ‘And on the very first day of the week to earn money, it’s just as bad to spend it…’ Again, whenever the Madrigals had a building constructed, the entrance never faced the west — for in that way, she claimed, money would go out fast. Don Vicente’s room never was located at the end of a corridor, and his desk never faced the outside door.”

    The late Chito Madrigal-Collantes, her astute businesswoman-lawyer daughter, did it differently, and became much richer in her own right. The bottom line, she told me in an interview, is making the right decisions, and “in order to make a decision, you have to know what you are doing, the facts, the details, everything. Otherwise, you will go bankrupt.” It was only after her father died that she, herself, invested big, having received her fair chunk of her parents’ wealth.

    I told her that she managed her resources very well, to which she replied, “Our father taught us so. We were taught to work. My father and my mother used to work in the office.” Chito shared with me her work ethic. “You have to know what you are doing,” she said. “Be honest. You have to do something good, for the people and the country.”

    Between my first interview with Chito, in connection with the dissertation that I never finished, and my last interview for my research on Conchita Sunico and for my personal oral history project on upper class women, there was an interval of two decades. In 1987, I asked Chito about her social life, and she recalled the time she, Conchita Sunico, Chona Kasten and Mary Prieto were known as “the party girls.” “It was right after the war, and everyone wanted to forget, so we had all these parties.“ Twenty years after, she spoke of wanting to have done it differently. I reminded her that she played Leonor Rivera in a Severino Montano play. “That was a span of my life,” she said, “a stupid span of my life.” I don’t think playing the role of Leonor Rivera was something silly, I retorted, and she said, “I could have done something more to help people.” No, she did not regret it, she assured me, but insisted that engaging in activities to help the poor would have been the better option. “We all are not perfect. We do silly things,” she added. She didn’t mention that toward the latter part of her life, she put up the Consuelo Madrigal Foundation, which has been helping Bicolano families get out of poverty.

    You are very well respected, I told Chito. “For people to respect you, you must command their respect,” she answered.

    Sleepover at 77 cambridge circle

    Around the late 1980s, Chito gave me a one-shot-deal job, which was to make a list of her books. As she wanted it done fast, I invited myself to sleep in her house over the weekend. Encarnacion, the nice and slim majordoma, had the room at one end of the library fixed for me. She said it was Chuchu’s room. Next to Chuchu’s room was a cubbyhole of a space that, Encar told me, the man of the house occupied. Adjoining it was Chito’s large bedroom.

    At the other end, closer to the porte cochere, was her dressing room, which I caught a glimpse of. Dresses and shoes filled up the room. Had I seen them earlier, I would not be surprised that Imelda had as much. The Collanteses were away in Batangas. When they arrived the next day, Encar demoted me to the guest room in the basement.

    Chito and Secretary Collantes owned the largest collection of books I had ever seen at the time in a private home. I used a wooden ladder, like the ones in libraries, to reach the topmost part of the shelf that lined the three walls of the library cum TV room. The books, like the framed photographs, spilled over to the anteroom and the bedrooms. I remember seeing a Luna in the living room, and a Manansala mural that extended from one end of the formal dining room to the other. There were more paintings on the wall of the staircase that led to the basement office. One day, the lady of the house hosted a Christmas luncheon for her women friends. I had my lunch in the library where Encar brought me soup and salad from the party in the lanai. I never felt any lighter. Now and then, when I want to lose weight and only take soup and salad, I tell my friends I’m on a Cambridge Circle diet.

    Like their father, the Madrigal women supported the presidential candidates to their liking. Chito was the leader of the Lakambini group which supported Diosdado Macapagal in his 1965 bid for reelection. “He could have won, had he gone to the Iglesia ni Cristo, but he refused to do so,” Chito told me. Her elder sister, Macaria, was loyal to the Macapagals since she and Eva Macapagal were classmates. Ising and her husband Danny supported Ferdinand Marcos who wanted the surgeon to be the Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Doctor Vasquez had to refuse Marcos’s offer since he and his wife had to focus on the litigation proceedings regarding their inheritance. They finally settled with Ising’s brother, Tony, thus ending their six-year exile.

    Pacita Madrigal, a ballerina in her youth, supported Ramon Magsaysay in 1953 with her Women for Magsaysay Group. Magsaysay later appointed her as Social Welfare Administrator. In 1955, Manang Pacita, as her supporters called her, topped the senatorial elections and, at age 40, was the lone woman in the upper house.

    Decades later, Chito Collantes sat in the Interim Batasang Pambansa. In 2004, Jamby Madrigal, Tony’s daughter, made it to the Senate.

    Yes, Ferdinand Marcos courted Chito, but as she often said, “It’s good I didn’t accept his proposal, or he would only have been president of Rizal Cement.” Doña Macaria, who served her parish as a collector during Mass, enjoyed dancing in her golden years. Manang Pacita, the original Robert Powers girl, preferred to keep to herself. Not much is known of their sister, Josefina, except that she married a very handsome man, Francisco Bayot, who became manager of the Jai Alai fronton frequented by Manila’s 400. While Jamby is known to have been vocal about many issues when she was a Senator, her aunt, Chito, will always be remembered for her many pronouncements that reflected her wit, independence of mind, and the courage to speak of things as they were.

    Social climbers all

    In my last interview with the Chito, I asked how it felt to be a grand dame. She looked at me and said, “I am not a grand dame.” “Is there a typical Madrigal woman?” “I don’t think there’s a typical Madrigal woman. No. Each one of us is different,” she said. Then she added, “Nobody tells us what to do. We do what we think is right.”

    Finally, I asked her the question closest to my heart: “Would you like to say a few words about the evolution of Philippine high society through the years?”

    “I don’t know why they call it high society. And I have some friends who say that some people are social climbers. That’s nothing. What is important is we all do what we think is right. When someone says some people are social climbers, I say, all of us are society climbers,” Chito Madrigal-Collantes declared.

    This, from a woman who was always at the top of society.

  47. rodolfo revilla perez jr said,

    August 17, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Hi Toto,
    we recently moved to an apartment owned by a Paterno in San Miguel to be nearer my kid’s school. One day I realized how near we are now to Quiapo- where my mom used to bring me as a kid to visit my grandfather’s (Bartolome Revilla) nicho at the Sta Cruz church. I also recall my mom and I visiting a couple of Tita’s (three to be precise) who lived in a bahay na bato at Azcarraga right before we went back home to Pasig- who would always offer us pastillas from Bulacan. Their names escape me now and I regret not paying more attention to our family tree. My mom used to say that we were originally from Sta Cruz. Your article is therefore very relevant to me and my family – and delightful to read as I want to learn more about Sta. Cruz and San Miguel. I want to talk to my kid one day and show him his heritage- your article is very welcome as I know very little about Bartolome.
    regards, Rudi Perez

  48. August 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm


    WOW. Thank you so much for that!!!

    More, more, more please!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  49. Sonny Rayos said,

    August 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Excerpts from:

    “Genealogia de las Asuncion – Familia que reconoce como su remote origen los esposos D. Mariano Asumpcion y Da. Maria de la Paz Molo de San Agustin”

    From the handwritten notes of D. Macario Carillo, husband of Da. Guia Asuncion Carillo – June 12, 1926

    D. Mariano tuvo por cuna el pueblo de Santa Cruz de Manila, que fue tambien de todos sus hijos, y en donde vivio por todo el tiempo de su vida. Nacio de una familia de la clase media. Su tez blanca y su nariz afilada debeuse a su madre de sangre latina, pues segun tradicion de familia ella era portuguesa o mestiza portuguesa. A poco que se fije de su retrato el observador notoria en su fisonomia su procedencia caucasica que al parecer esta en contraste con el conjunto de su indumentaria y mas aun con la coleta que lleva en su bien formada cabeza. Esta coleta, segun D. Jose Ma. Asuncion, biznieto del personaje que tratamos aqui de biografiar fue importada a estas playasde la moda francesa tan en bogo entonces por sel el prototipo de la elegancia y del buen gusto” (Revista Historica de Filipinas pag. 61, No. 4 Vol. 1), y tambien creemos que su uso de debio ademas a la influencia del que era nuestro vecino imperio Chino.

    Nada sabemos del grado de su instruccion, pero indudablemente fue uno de los mas instruidos en su ambiente lugal.

    La mujer, unica, con quien unio su suerte, Da. Maria, era sobrina carnal del D. Molo padre de Capitan Paterno Molo, ascendiente de los que hoy constituyen la ilustre familia de los Paterno de esta cuidad. Era mestizo de sangley y muy amante de sus hijos. Sobrevivio a su marido por cosa de mas 15 anos, pues este murio cuando el que iba a ser Capitan Ting tenia solo mas 12 anos, segun la hija de este ultimo y tal como lo fue contado por el mismo. Esta hija Da. Benita ha rebazado yo sus 71 anos dedicados al rezoy a la virtud.

  50. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Salcedo auctions: How much would you pay for art?
    Written by Joseph O. Cortes

    There was just one tense moment during the Salcedo Auctions’ inaugural auction, “The Well-Appointed Life: Philippine Art and Objects of Desire,” held on July 24 at the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

    Lot 52 was a large-sized painting by Ronald Ventura, one of today’s important young artists. The painting The Well-Appointed Life, which measures 4’x5′, is a satirical commentary on consumerism. The image, inspired by a fashion advertisement, shows a young woman carrying a leather handbag. There’s nothing unusual about the picture presented until you scrutinize its details. The clasp on one end of the bag has claws that have attached themselves to the girl’s shirt collar. At the other end of the bag, a scaly protrusion lays bare the handbag’s origin: it is, after all, made with alligator leather. The words that have been painted over the picture, “I Love Alligatore,” attest to this. The hint of green in the woman’s eyes echoes the handbag’s green tint.

    The painting’s initial bidding price was pegged at P800,000. In a few minutes, bids were offered and, in the next moment, the fate of the painting was in the hands of two gentlemen at the back. After one man offered P950,000, the other man offered P960,000. After much hedging, the bid went up to P970,000. The day’s auctioneer, Ramon Lerma of Salcedo Auctions, called for a bid of P980,000. There were no takers. In an instant, the sale was gaveled at P970,000.

    What determines a painting’s price? Is it the artist’s reputation, his salability, or the size of the painting? What drives collectors to try and outbid one another? In a matter of seconds, hundreds of thousands of pesos were negotiated and traded, and, in the end, almost a million bucks exchanged hands.

    However, how are we to judge whether the exercise was a success or not? Of 90 lots up for bids, only 14 were sold, just 16 percent of the total. Of these 14 lots, only seven were paintings. The rest were decorative items, mostly jewelry and some antique furniture.

    All seven belong to the postwar and contemporary period: two drawings by National Artist Cesar Legaspi, a ceramic artwork by National Artist Jose Joya, and pieces by Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, the late Onib Olmedo and Santiago Bose, and the much-coveted Ronald Ventura. The Ventura painting was the most expensive item sold during Salcedo Auctions’ first sale. Pieces that did not receive bids during the auction are still available from Salcedo Auctions, where buyers can make an offer privately.

    It is easy to read that Filipino collectors are not a competitive lot. They shun the display of wealth an auction is venue to. If not timidity or modesty, how else do we explain the public’s seeming silence at this exercise?

    It must be noted that at the conclusion of the auction of fine arts, more than half of the bidders left the venue. The draw in any art auction is still in the artworks that are available for sale.

    Was the Salcedo Auctions’ first event a success? Perhaps. Already it has lined up a show and auction of works by noted sculptor Impy Pilapil, while another auction, this time titled “The Ilustrado Home and Modern Decorator,” is scheduled for the last week of September

  51. manuel yatco villanueva said,

    August 5, 2010 at 10:06 am


    the yatco you mention married to Valentina Asuncion is my great great grandfather Ignacio.. Jose married to Victoria Carlos Almeda (my line), Leoncio married to Isidora F.Cruz, Eliuterio married 1st. Maria Carillo 2nd married to a Francisco and 3rd married to Fernanda Evangelista, Filomena married Eugenio “Bulik” Alzona.. based on our family tree and from our last reunion 0f 1988.

    thanks to Toto for this blogsite of the old Santa Cruz and old Binan.

  52. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 3, 2010 at 4:39 am

    I saw two Paintings of Susana Paterno Madrigal one is a Country Scene painted in the 1890’s and the other is a City Scene i think she was really talented if i am not mistaken i saw it before in the defunct Vicente Madrigal Memorial Museum in Alabang beside the Santa Susana Church the Museum is above the Madrigal Family Mausoleum

    Susana Paterno Madrigal is also a very good designer of dresses she learned from one of the best designer of that period Vicenta Mata of Imus Cavite she set up a dress shop among her wealthy customers are Matea Lichauco,Maria Arevalo,Asuncion Soriano ,Luisa Lichauco and Consuelo Roxas de Chuidian the opulent socialite during that time she commissioned Susana P. Madrigal to prepare the embroidery of a Pina table cloth set which would cost several thousand pesos a very big sum then as she would give it as a gift to his Holiness the Pope

    Susana Madrigal was also a very good businesswoman even before she married Vicente Madrigal she already owned and operated a fleet of carromata’s she was also into Jewelery Trading

  53. July 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Mickey, Jean, and Sonny:

    May I have that email too, please? I’m a student of the works of the maestro Justiniano Asuncion. 🙂

    My email addy is .


    Toto Gonzalez

  54. Sonny Rayos said,

    July 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks Mickey. I’ll request my sister or nephew to pick it up. Nope, I was unable to attend the auction. I would have loved to. Thanks for emailing me the photos of Justiniano Asuncion’s paintings. Those paintings should be exhibited at the Louvre.

  55. July 25, 2010 at 3:24 am

    hi sonny, thank you for your interest in our family. as we have told toto, the souvenir booklet does not contain the research that we have done at the different archives, but you are still welcome to a copy. you may pick it up from our store, regina gift shop, 2nd level, shoppesville, greenhills commercial center.

    did you attend the salcedo auctions? could you or anyone else who reads this blog please share the highlights of the event? thanks!

  56. July 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm


    That’s perfectly alright. We all have to begin somewhere, and the oral tradition of the family is always a good starting point. I had read a few times about the artistic Asuncions being relatives of the industrialist Paternos from monographs written during the late Marcos era [ 1980s ], but NONE of the art historians could produce the exact genealogical connection. So it was a pleasant, very pleasant, surprise when you showed up here and related that the mother of the artistic Asuncions was Maria de la Paz Molo of the famous Molo Agustin family of Binondo and Santa Cruz, Manila. That statement alone was something. Now, with Mickey and Jean Paterno saying that Maria de la Paz Molo was indeed one of the younger children of the clan progenitor Ming Mong Lo / Joseph Molo with his wife Anastacia Michaela _____, that she was really a sister of the industrialist Paterno Agustin, then the whole thing comes full circle: We understand the fuller context of why the rich Capitan Maximino “Memo” Molo Agustin Paterno commissioned portraits from his paternal first cousin Justiniano Asuncion y Molo / “Capitan Ting” of himself, his second wife Carmen Devera Ignacio, his third wife Teodora Devera Ignacio, his daughters Agueda and Dolores, and perhaps other family members.

    I can tell you that this certified Asuncion-Paterno connection has already been picked up from this blog by several art historians, writers, and connoisseurs and is already appearing as of this time in articles and notes about Justiniano Asuncion / “Capitan Ting.”


    Toto Gonzalez

  57. Sonny Rayos said,

    July 23, 2010 at 7:10 am


    I knew I was on shaky ground with my one-liner on Molo/Paterno and was inviting disaster (of the “Ondoy” kind) about Maria de la Paz Molo ( the Asuncion matriarch ) being the half-sister of Pedro Paterno. I am happy and glad that Mickey and Jean Paterno set the record straight.

    To Mickey and Jean: I am humbled by the extent of y’alls knowledge and research of the Molo/Paterno families. This is something you don’t see in history books but only available from DA MAN – Toto Gonzalez. If possible, could I get a copy (pdf) of the souvenir booklet y’all handed out during the Paterno reunions. Thanks in advance.


    Also, I posted the following under “Old Binan:”

    FYI, I just saw this announcement: Salcedo Auctions is auctioning off one of Justiniano Asuncion’s religious painting entitled “Sor San Jose.” Venue is this Saturday July 24, 2010 at Nash Room, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati Ave., Makati beginnng at 2:00 p.m. A small write-up of “Capitan Ting” and the provenance of the painting is included. Please Google search “Salcedo Auctions” to view the auction brochure.

  58. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Among the prominent families living on Oroquieta Street in Santa Cruz were those of Nicanor Reyes Sr., Justice Antonio Villareal, Justice Imperial, Education Secretary Alejandro Albert, Judge Mariano Albert, and Fiscal Emilio Rillorasa.

  59. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Manila then was classy, entertaining, grand

    By Tina Santos
    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    MANILA, Philippines—The city evokes many happy childhood memories, says Regina Roces-Paterno when asked why Manila remains close to her heart although she has been staying longer elsewhere.

    Paterno, president of Arroceros Park caretaker Winner Foundation, grew up in Sta. Cruz, specifically Oroquieta Street, which, during her parents’ time, was considered a classy neighborhood where prominent families reside.

    She, however, stayed there only until she got married to lawyer Manuel Paterno, who himself belongs to an old Manila clan of R. Hidalgo in Quiapo, at an early age of 18.

    “Our neighborhood had seen better times during my time,” she lamented.

    “But Manila was where I had the chance to really bond and spend time with my family, especially my parents.”

    Paterno is the eldest of the four children of former Manila Vice Mayor Jesus Marcos Roces and Alice Villareal, daughter of former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Villareal.

    Bonding with her parents meant going to the movies and “practically all forms of entertainment.”

    “My mother was a great theater freak. I took after her, actually,” Paterno said, laughing, adding that until now, her love for movies has not waned.

    Paterno said their house—a chalet—at the corner of Oroquieta and Lope de Vega Streets was a block away from Avenida Rizal, then the entertainment capital of Manila during the prewar and postwar years.

    “The area was lined with moviehouses, many of which featured Hollywood films, because cinema was then the primary form of entertainment in the country,” she added.

    She and her classmates watched films at Cine Ideal (pronounced the Spanish way Ee-de-ahl), where all the MGM films were exclusively shown, for free because it was owned by her paternal grandparents, Paterno said.

    “But my other favorite was the Scala theater because it had a double movie feature; for a few pesos you get four hours of entertainment,” she added, smiling at the memory.

    “We were all crazy for movies. Because of its (Avenida Rizal) proximity to our house, we watched almost every day, visiting one moviehouse after the other,” Paterno said. “There was Avenue Theater, Ever, Scala, State, among others.”

    Paterno was also a regular patron at Dalisay Theater and Life Theater on Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo, which featured local films of her favorite stars like Nestor de Villa, Nida Blanca, Armando Goyena, and Gloria Romero.

    Escaping war memories

    Now in her 60s, Paterno said she felt that the theater business boomed at the time “because it was the people’s way of escaping the memories of war.”

    But to date, most of the theaters in the area, many of which were designed by prominent Filipino architects, have since closed, demolished, or replaced by other structures.

    The people’s flight to the suburbs, the proliferation of giant shopping centers, and the latest technology, including the emergence of DVDs, might have led to the downfall of these establishments as well as Avenida Rizal in general, she explained.

    The eldest in a brood of four, Paterno recalled that she also regularly accompanied her mom at the Manila Grand Opera House, then the “ultimate” place for singers, dancers and stage players to perform.

    “MGOH was just a walking distance from our house,” she said. “There we watched vaudeville, live musical and comedy shows, which were mostly slapstick. I remember watching Katy dela Cruz, Dolphy and Panchito, Bayani Casimiro, Pugo and Tugo, Tugak and Pugak, among many others.”

    Today, a hotel stands at the original site of the opera house at the busy intersection of Rizal Avenue and Doroteo Jose.

    Reliving the grandeur

    Aptly called Manila Grand Opera Hotel, the new establishment tried to relive the grandeur that the premier live entertainment venue of Manila was well known for through a mural showing some of the events the opera house had hosted and personalities who performed there.

    At the hotel’s entrance stands a historical marker about the inauguration of the first Philippine Assembly on Oct. 16, 1907, by United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft, an event that was also held at the old opera house.

    “I’m glad I found this place,” she said during a recent visit.

    At nighttime, Paterno and her dad usually took a stroll along Avenida Rizal to buy comics and magazines.

    But Paterno considered a bookshop, which would later become the first National Bookstore in the area, her paradise.

    “The owner, (NBS matriarch) Mrs. (Socorro) Ramos, we call her Aling Coring, used to sit on a high stool outside the shop, assisting her clients. She was very friendly and accommodating,” Paterno remembered.

    Shopping destination

    Her parents also often took her to the nearby Escolta, then Manila’s premier shopping destination, which catered mainly to the elite.

    “But my mom would take me instead to Good Earth Emporium or to Henry Sy’s first Shoe Mart outlet in Avenida where shoes were a lot cheaper. She would only buy me shoes in Escolta once I started howling,” Paterno remembered, laughing.

    She said she often saw Sy, then a young entrepreneur, supervising his shoe shop.

    Among the establishments in Escolta reserved for the rich in Escolta included Heacock’s, Berg’s, Syvels, Oceanic Commercial and Rebuillida, among others. But Paterno’s favorite was the one located near Quiapo, the Aguinaldo’s Department Store.

    “They always had the latest stuff from New York—balloon skirts, petticoats, flat shoes with matching bags,” she said.

    The family went to different churches every Sunday, Paterno said, adding that it also allowed them to enjoy the food at Manila’s various popular restaurants.

    “If we go to Sta. Cruz Church, we eat at Savory located at the foot of Jones Bridge at the tip of Escolta, or at Panciteria Moderna, See Kee Restaurant or Lido Restaurant at the nearby Chinatown area,” she said.

    “If it’s Malate Church, then we eat at Milky Way ice cream parlor, which served the best ube ice cream and buko-nangka sherbet,” Paterno added. “If we’re in Quiapo, we always drop by at Vienna Bakery for its giant soft meringue in coffee and strawberry flavors, or at Little Quiapo for its halo-halo.”

    She could not also forget the ritzy Botica Boie, a pharmacy in Escolta which served delicious sandwiches and milk shakes.

    “I loved their chicken sandwich, but their chocolate ice cream soda and banana split were also good,” she recalled.

    On weekends, it was Paterno’s turn to bond with her cousins and younger uncles in Luneta or at the seawall on Roxas Boulevard. “We just sat there, watched the sunset, and ate balut, simple pleasures.”

    Paterno could not help but feel a bit nostalgic as she mentioned how the Manila she knew has changed through the years. “It comes with development, I guess,” she said.

    But despite the changes, Paterno claimed she would never forget and would always feel pride for the city of her affections.

  60. July 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Mickey and Jean:

    Small world!!!

    I was at dinner this evening with Tita Josefina “Nening” Pedrosa-Manahan at her home and I inquired what the real first name of her close friend Tita “Ninit” Roces-Paterno was. “Regina.” Tita Nening replied. I had met Tita Ninit during our last Assumption-Mother Rosa Memorial Foundation tour of Eastern Pampanga and Tita Nening and I brought her home where she graciously showed us around; she showed us a beautiful Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo painting in the dining room.

    I remembered that Tita Ninit’s son is Simon Paterno, the technocrat. Tita Nening said that the first Simon Paterno, brother of Susana Paterno-Madrigal, was Ninit’s father-in-law.

    Then I mentioned your names and Tita Nening said that you are Tita Ninit’s son and daughter-in-law!!! She even mentioned that one of you is her “ahijado” or “ahijada” but I’m having an “Alzheimer’s moment” just now…

    It’s a small world, after all.


    Toto Gonzalez

  61. July 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    hi toto, the articles in the souvenir booklet were based primarily on oral history, prepared a few months before we began our search in the archives. we have since then accumulated 5 thick volumes of photocopied documents involving the Paternos- almost 3000 pages. not yet included are the baptismal, matrimonial, death and town registries(vecindarios) that likewise feature our ancestors.

    as far as names go, we have observed that as far as the mestizo sangley was concerned, names evolved quite often, following the general conventions of the times eg. in the mid 1700’s “ph” for joseph then simplified to “f” josef in the early 1800’s, then further shortened to jose a few decades later. we also earlier implied that the government seemed tolerant of inconsistencies of names in official documents. paterno agustin’s name was re-worked from paterno joseph del rossario, perhaps to grant him the advantages of his namesake-godfather who was probably influential. sometimes the scribe would just spell a name according to the enunciation of a heavily-accented chinaman. hence the claveria decree of 1849 became necessary to standardize and to organize family connections within a population that has grown severalfold.

    by the way, we also belong to the roces family of sta. cruz that you have featured in earlier articles. we came across the original migrant from Spain, Alejandro Roces. he married Severa Mauricio, daughter of Josef Mauricio, landowner and businessman extraordinaire. his commercial activities spanned the local islands and overseas— too numerous to be ignored when scanning through several volumes of early 1800 notarized transactions. Balvino Mauricio was Severa’s brother. according to our uncle-historian Alfredo Roces, Balvino in exile unfortunately died penniless. we believe that his lifestyle and his memorable house were courtesy of his father josef mauricio. we regret not taking note josef mauricio’s affairs in fuller detail because we would find out later that he was the brother of Mariano Josef del Rosario, ancestor of the Veloso clan of Cebu, to which we also belong.

    One of Alejandro’s grandsons, Rafael Roces married Inocencia Reyes of Trozo in Sta. Cruz, in the vicinity of present-day Benavidez Street. Her parents were Macaria Baptista and Francisco Reyes, but we don’t think he is one of the thirteen martyrs of Bagumbayan. we encountered what seems to be two Francisco Reyeses in Sta. Cruz in the late 1800’s. our Franscisco Reyes built a gazebo and a house with a camarin along Calle Benavidez, which is consistent with our oral tradition. the other Francisco Reyes appeared to be more propertied. this is probably the person you had in mind.

    till next time..

    by the way, aside from being related to tess lopez on the paterno side, we are also related to her on the lopez side, and there are two volumes on that family’s history, meticulously prepared by oscar lopez and his staff.

  62. July 9, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Mickey and Jean:

    Thank you so much for that incredible piece of information about the Paterno family of Binondo and Santa Cruz, Manila. Coming from actual family members, it is the last word on the beginnings of the historical Paterno family. We came across your Paterno monograph at our friend Tess Lopez’s [ a Paterno-Zamora descendant ] home and we had every intention of rereading it thoroughly to absorb the many facts. Once and for all, your post will clarify and correct the various jumbled information and even misinformation we have had to consider for lack of more authoritative sources.

    It is interesting to know how the names of your ancestors were configured and spelled differently in actual documents as opposed to those in various published works: Joseph Molo [ Jose Molo / Ming Mong Lo ], Paterno Joseph del Rossario to Paterno Agustin [ Paterno Molo de San Agustin ], Miguela Yamson [ Miguela Yamzon ], Maximino Agustin to Maximino Molo Agustin Paterno [ Capitan Maximino Paterno ], Carmina de Vera Ygnacio [ Carminda Devera Ygnacio ], et. al..

    Thank you so much for your generosity. We wish more old families would come forward with their accurate histories like you.

    We will make the necessary corrections as soon as we can.


    Toto Gonzalez

  63. Mickey and Jean Paterno said,

    July 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

    hello toto. we are the mickey and jean paterno who worked on the souvenir booklet given away during the paterno family reunion. we find your research on various Philippine families fascinating. we would like to contribute some information on our family, as a result of a document generously shared with us by Santiago Albano Pilar, which inspired us to spend some years of research at the Family History Center of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, the National Archives and the Dominican Archives.

    the earliest proofs of existence we have of our ancestor Joseph Molo (aka Ming Mong Lo, aka Josef Molo, aka Jose Molo) are the baptismal records of his sons circa 1780’s. he was married to Anastacia Michaela and they belonged to the parish of the Parian. in a span of around a decade they sired in succession: Bartholome Chrisostomo, Pedro Joseph, Paterno Joseph del Rossario (our line) and Theodoro Josef Diaz. we have not found any more data on our family in the parian records beyond these—which makes us guess that Joseph Molo might have moved his family to the upcoming Barrio San Sebastian in Quiapo–which his children cite as their principality in their legal documents. After Theodoro Josef Diaz, they had several more children that we have records of: Alejo, Juan Ysidoro, Silverio, Maria de la Paz (matriarch of the Asuncion line), Carmina Marcela and Victoriana Marcela.

    Paterno Joseph del Rossario, in his lifetime, used the name Paterno Agustin, presumably adopted from his godfather’s name Agustin Quimpo del Rossario. His marriage records, notarized business documents (involving cockpit franchising, several land acquisitions along Calle San Sebastian and Calle Rosario, and documents in the capacity of his being gobernadorcillo of San Sebastian, all bear his signature Paterno Agustin. His intestate papers show that he was the wealth creator of the Paterno family.

    Paterno Agustin married Miguela Yamson (aka Michaela Yapson), daughter of Juan Yapson and Maria de la Cruz of Tondo. Maria de la Cruz is also the name of one of the descendants of Raja Soliman, based on Dr. Luciano Santiago’s published papers. this is probably the genealogical basis for Pedro Paterno’s claim to “maguinoo-hood”. in an interview with historian John Foreman, Pedro Paterno points to his paternal grandmother, Miguela Yamson.
    Marriage to Miguela Yamson opened to Paterno Agustin opportunities available only to local royalty, or the “principalia”. hereafter, he was addressed as Don Paterno Agustin and qualified to run for public office.

    Paterno Agustin and Miguela Yamson had the following children:
    1. Matea Agustin (unmarried)
    2. Juana Agustin married to Manuel Callejas
    3. Paz Agustin (unmarried)
    4. Anastacio Agustin married to Bernarda Juana Saguinsin, later to Maria Leocadia
    5. Maximino Agustin married to Valeria Pineda, then to Carmina de Vera Ygnacio, then to Teodora de Vera Ygnacio
    6. Martina Agustin married to Mariano Zamora
    7. Feliciano Agustin married to Maria Asuncion de Vera Ygnacio
    8. Tomas Agustin secular priest, assigned to the Manila Cathedral
    9. Lucas Agustin married to Regina Zamora

    Maximino Agustin was the first to adopt the full name Molo Agustin Paterno 1853/54, around the time of the death of his father which was also the time he served as gobernadorcillo of San Sebastian, now expanded to Quiapo. It seems that he wanted to honor his proud lineage. His siblings followed suit shortly. Maximo was the epitome of the quintessential mestizo sangley- politically/socially/religiously influential, cultured in the European style, blended with the financial astuteness of his Chinese forebearers. He had 15 children as reflected in the baptismal reels in the Mormon Archives. His sons were educated to the highest standards available. The daughters were honed in the arts of jewelry-making (the business of their mothers’ families), music, embroidery and painting. Agueda and Maria Jacoba’s jewelry were exhibited in a few of the Spanish expostions. Dolores was the composer of the popular “Sampaguita” melody. paz is known for her bodegones, 2 of which are in the central bank. the youngest, adelaida is remembered for her embroidery art using human hair. this appreciation for the arts was further manifested in the support maximo gave his cousin justiano asuncion, by commissioning portraits of all of the ladies of the house.

    the other siblings of Maximo, though not as prominent, also lived similar lifestyles by virtue of the generous inheritance from their father Paterno. their children entered the same schools and engaged in the arts:
    Maximo’s sister, Martina, a hardworking businesswoman and property investor herself, married Don Mariano Zamora, also a gobernadorcillo of Sta. Cruz. from this union came the Zamoras( tiki-tiki), Ocampos, Camposes, Fernandezes, etc.
    Maximo’s youngest brother, Lucas, was cabeza de barangay in Quiapo. he married Regina Zamora, daughter of gobernadorcillo Mariano Zamora from an earlier marriage to Manuela Josefa. they also had 15 children and raised them in their mansion along calle san sebastian in quiapo . the eldest son was Jose Tereso who married Dolores Ramos, a schoolteacher from Panguil, Laguna. of their children, 3 survived to adulthood, namely Susana Paterno (married to Vicente Madrigal), Jose Paterno (married to Jacoba Tirona, father of Senator Vicente Paterno) and Simon Paterno (married to Dolores Veloso of Cebu–our line).

    so that’s it for now. feel free to get in touch with us and more power to you and your blogsite!

  64. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    July 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    from the account of Pilaring Torres Buyson-Balce, the REVILLAS were originally from Sta. Cuz.

    one Revilla son, Don Eulogio Revilla and spouse Dona Eumelia Eleizegui had their residence and “accessorias” in Marques de Comillas from the corner of Isaac Peral up to where the old PCSO office was near the old Sta. Teresa College.

    and the family owned the stretch of property in Calle Villalobos where they also had their “accessorias”.

    their daughter Salud Eleizegui Revilla married Justice Luis Vergara Torres, son of Supreme Court Justice Don Florentino Santos Torres and Dona Sabina Vergara of Pampanga.

    Don Florentino Torres had their ancestral house along Calle Azcarraga, which is now the Recto theater before the Capitan Pepe building at the corner of Avenida Rizal.
    a street there is named Florentino Torres, where the old Manila Times office was..

    from the stories they know, the large house had a mural of the Justice of King Solomon, depicting the blindfolded lady with the sword and scale representing Justice.
    it was at the landing of the staircase.
    the oil painting was a gift of their family friend, Don Felix R. Hidalgo.
    it was lost during the war when the family evacuated.

    and around that area were Torres residences which were converted into “accessorias”.

    the wall where the Sta. Cruz cross is along Calle Misericordia was a Torres residence.

    from that district, the Revilla family transferred to Paco where up to now some family members, the Zamoras, Cunas are.

    and the Torres had a family compound in Calle San Marcelino.

  65. Myles Garcia said,

    July 2, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Or “…the first Filipina recognized to have painted a landscape, and as formally documented in a raisonne…” would be more accurate rather than the all-sweeping statement that she was the “first one” to have painted a landscape which from a purely chronological p.o.v., may not be totally true.

    Just keeping things honest… 😉

  66. chuchi constantino said,

    June 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm


    paz paterno 1867-1914, the first filipina to paint a landscape.
    this was in flaudette datuin’s book “home, body, memory: filipina women in the visual arts, 19th century to the present.” i am sure there were other filipinas who painted landscapes. maybe even an ancestor of yours or mine. eloisa hernandez wrote in “homebound: women visual artists in 19th century Philippines” “a review of Philippine art history reveals that women artists are customarily assigned the genre of still life as some sort of natural vocation as can be gleaned from the celebrated works of Paz Paterno.” obviously, the honor attributed to paz paterno is based on her being “the first Filipina to be given historical recognition in that genre.”

  67. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 27, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Dr Resil B.Mojares also wrote a book about the Escano family the book is titled Escano a Family Portrait published by Hijos de F.Escano

  68. Myles Garcia said,

    June 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    chuchi constantino wrote: paz paterno 1867-1914, the first filipina to paint a landscape…


    Is there proof? Did no other Filipino woman before Paz Paterno pick up a brush and canvas and paint a landscape? How can one make the claim?

  69. chuchi constantino said,

    June 26, 2010 at 3:38 am

    paz paterno 1867-1914, the first filipina to paint a landscape.
    the following books cover her art.
    “homebound: women visual artists in nineteenth century philippines” by eloisa my hernandez, university of the philippines press in cooperation with the national commission for culture and the arts, 2004
    “home, body, memory: filipina women in the visual arts, 19th century to the present” by flaudette datuin, university of the philippines press, 2002.
    one of the Bangko Sentral paintings is Fruits and Basket. 1884. 56.5 x 78.5 cm. Oil on canvas.

  70. June 24, 2010 at 6:54 am


    Two beautiful “bodegones” [ still life paintings ] painted by Paz Paterno y Devera Ignacio are in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas collection. Sometimes they are on display, sometimes they are not, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — “Kaban” exhibit — in the BSP Complex.

    Good luck!

    Toto Gonzalez

  71. Myles Garcia said,

    June 24, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Toto, can u pls check your email? Thanks.

  72. Ella Gonzales said,

    June 24, 2010 at 2:43 am


    Read through this interesting post and reply thread. I’m currently doing research on Paz Paterno and I was wondering if any of you could help me find a photo of her or of her works?


  73. June 20, 2010 at 11:23 am


    That’s true. Reading through wartime and postwar Philippine history, one will come across many accounts of “leading families” who did business with the various levels of the Japanese administration during the war. But I am not judgmental because the circumstances of war, any war, are very harsh, and we of the postwar generations, who have led comparatively peaceful lives, really do not have the right to judge the actions of those who actually experienced its inconceivable terrors.

    In a war, one just tries to survive. If one succeeds, then good. If one does not, then “c’est la vie”…

    On second thought, one doesn’t even need a war just to try to survive. All one has to do is live in the Philippines. 😛

  74. Myles Garcia said,

    June 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    In times of war and occupation, I think to a certain extent, one has to cooperate with one’s occupiers if you are to live another day. It’s all in the degree of cooperation one extends to the occupier. And if those who cooperated ALSO were helping the underground in other ways, then that might mitigate the seeming treacherous collaboration. But of course, the stigma will always linger afterwards.

  75. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 18, 2010 at 6:38 am


    I am in no position to confirm the story but i heard of it. All I can say is that after the liberation from the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Vicente Madrigal was charged with war profiteering and collaboration along with many other prominent families but was pardoned by President Manuel Roxas, who also worked with the Japanese occupiers as head of “Bigasang Bayan.”


  76. Ipê Nazareno said,

    June 16, 2010 at 6:30 am


    Joy Rojas was my classmate from grade school and high school and well into Law School and I never realized that our ancestors came from the same town!

  77. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm


    I check the website and their branch of the Rojas family tree is in the House of Victor Rojas

  78. Ipê Nazareno said,

    June 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm


    I’m not sure if that branch of the Rojases are from Cavite. The Rojases from Cavite (Cavite City) had Manuel Rojas as their patriarch. Manuel Rojas was the Mayor of Cavite City for some time.

    The youngest son of Jose Rojas, Jose II — nicknamed Joy, is currently the Chairman of Philracom (the Philippine Racing Commission) and is married to Tricia Bunye who was the erstwhile spokesperson of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo and who is the daughter of former Presidential spokesman, Ignacio Bunye. Tricia Bunye-Rojas is a partner at the Carpio, Villaraza, and Cruz Law Firm.

  79. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 am

    The Rojas family of Cavite used to be partners with the Roman Family of Bataan together they used to own the Republic Bank and the Roman Super Cinerama along Recto Ave in Manila.Jose Rojas & his family was very close to the family of Ninoy Aquino after the Edsa Revolution the son of Jose Rojas Rolando Rojas was given the permit to operate the arrastre business in the Manila South Harbor, Rolando Rojas bought from the PCGG the almost 9000 sqm Marcos Property in Pasay Road Dasmarinas Village Makati, Rolly Rojas demolished the Marcos house and built a new house on the property
    The wife of Joe the sister of Atty Dakila Castro the Counsel of Ninoy Aquino during his trial in the Military Tribunal during the Martial Law Era
    The Rojas Family was the one who gave the memorial plot of Sen Benigno Aquino & Pres Cory Aquino in Manila Memorial Sucat

  80. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Ming Mong Lo’s children are the FF
    1.Silverio Molo
    2.Juana Molo
    3.Pedro Molo
    4.Alejo Molo
    5.Paterno Molo

    Paterno Molo children are the FF

  81. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 14, 2010 at 11:56 am

    If Escolta Street is in Sta Cruz then Jose Damaso Gorricho family should be on the list he owned most of the properties in both sides of Escolta from the Bridge of San Gabriel to the street know as Soda Street.Some of Jose Damaso Gorricho’s descendants are the Prieto’s,Ortigases,& the Pardo de Tavera’s

  82. June 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm


    Thank you so much for that fantastic piece of information about the interrelationships of the Kagalitan-Asuncion to the Paterno Molo de San Agustin both of Santa Cruz, Manila and from there to the Carillo-Trinidad and Yaptinchay of Binan, Laguna. Very historical and very interesting!!!

    It is the first time I have come across an accurate, detailed recollection of the blood relationships between those families. I will share this information at once with my good friend, Filipiniana scholar Ramon N. Villegas, and I am sure that he too, will find it very, very interesting.


    Toto Gonzalez

  83. Sonny Rayos said,

    June 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Herewith is my contribution to this Binan’s who’s who. The families Carillo-Trinidad, Yatco and Yaptinchay are intertwined via marriage to the Santa Cruz, Manila family of Ming Mong Lo (which later became Molo and much later also became Paterno). Maria de la Paz Molo is the half sister of Pedro Paterno (of the Biak na Bato pact). She married Mariano Kagalitan (later became known as Asumpcion, then Asuncion). Name changes occurred because of the 1849 Claveria Decree which required locals to change native surnames to Hispanic surnames. Mariano Sr. is himself an accomplished artist. The Molo/Paterno-Kagalitan/Asuncion union produced several children, amongst which are Manuel, Antonio, Mariano, Leoncio (sculptor and my branch of the family), and Justiniano, the master portrait artist. It’s pathetic that the female Asuncions do not get any credit.

    Romana, the ninth child of the union of Antonio Asuncion and Remegia Sta. Ana is the favorite portrait subject of the master artist, Justiano Asuncion, her uncle. Ramona married Andres Carillo Trinidad and she bequeathed the following children: Petronila (married Fermin Yatco) Josefa (married Engracio Quintos), Joaquin, Angela (married gentleman surnamed Eugenio), Filomena (Castrillo), and Anicia (Hipolito Habacon).

    The Asuncion family tree shows a solid branch of the Andres Carillo Trinidad and Romana Asuncion. The eldest of this union, Petronila, married Fermin Yatco, which according to the Yaptinchay genealogy is the son of Simeona Yaptinchay and Aniceto Yatco. The sons and daughters of Petronila and Fermin, according to the Asuncion family tree, are Macario, Mariano, Catalina, Gertrudes, Feliza, Jose, Basilisa, Belen and Epifania.

    Besides Ramona, one other daughter of Antonio Asuncion and Remegia Sta. Ana married a Yatco. Valentina Asuncion Yatco’s children are: Eleuterio, Jose, Leoncio (married Teodora Marcelino) and Filomena (married Eugenio Alzona). The Alzona’s are also from Binan. Filomena Alzona’s children are Jose, Agripino and Cayo. Cayo (married Amoranto) relocated his family to Tayabas, Quezon his children are Encarnacion, Luz, Ceasar, Augusto and Octavio. The reader is further encouraged to read up on Encarnacion Alzona. There is currently a State Congressman from Maryland named Augustus Alzona – judging from his name (please note emperor’s name usage in the first names), he is related to Alzona family in P.I.

    In addition to Binan, the old town of Pila, Laguna also has Asuncion descendants. The second daughter of Antonio Asuncion and Remigia Sta. Ana, Juliana, married a gentleman whose surname is Bartolome. Juliana Asuncion Bartolome’s siblings are: Jacoba, Maria, Juan, Juana, Esteban, Simeona, Polenciar(?), and Mario. Juan Bartolome’s daughters are: Teodula (married Relova), Salvadora (married Alava), Asuncion (married Bartolome), Erundina (married Fernandez), Teresa (married Valenzuela) and Amelia (married Bartolome). Ppphheeewww, that’s a lot of estrogen in that family!

    My maternal grandmother is Feliza Asuncion-Palileo. My Lolo Jose Palileo’s ancestral roots, I believe are, from Pagsanjan, Laguna (still have to research this one). Feliza’s brother is Jose Maria Asuncion, who was the UP School of Fine Arts Secretary in the early 1900s. As mentioned earlier, Leoncio Asuncion, the sculptor, is our main trunk of the family tree.

    Thank you very much for allowing me to contribute to this forum. Finally, it is not only in historical notes that the Asuncions are related to the families in Binan, but also the Molo-Paternos/Kagalitan-Asuncions are in their blood.

  84. Josh Moya said,

    June 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    If I were Chito M., I’ll just tell Adela S.-G. that it does not matter if our wealth is old or new… as long as I’m still richer than you. Eat your heart out! Ha ha ha!

  85. Alicia Perez said,

    June 11, 2010 at 9:15 am


    I wonder if you can confirm this:

    According to the catty oldies, Vicente Madrigal made a second great $$$ fortune during World War II when he sold his huge stock of coal to the Japanese imperial army.

    According to them, Vicente Madrigal had initially ordered 40 tons of coal but had mistakenly added another zero so he ended up with a delivery of 400 tons of coal he could not possibly sell.

    He was just very lucky that the Japanese imperial army bought up all of it!

    Alicia Perez

  86. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 11, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Yes, it’s true Susana Paterno Madrigal became immensely wealthy after her marriage with Vicente Lopez Madrigal she was the one behind the success of her husband ,After World War II Vicente Madrigal businesses where torn and damage by war it was the Fortune of Susana Madrigal savings from her own business pursuits that gave them additional capital to restart their diverse businesses In the Biography of Vicente Madrigal by Carlos Quirino describes that the family of Susana Paterno as the poor branch of the wealthy Paterno Family.

    Toto feel free to Edit this part __________________________________________________
    Adela Salas-Gatlin told me that she was a classmate of Chito Madrigal at the Assumption College. At one point, Chito Madrigal was bragging their family was one of the richest in the Philippines. Adela Salas told her that she was “nouveau riche” because her mother, Susana Paterno, was just the “costurera” of Adela’s mother, Dona Macaria Catigbac.

    Regarding the Portrait i based by research on two books the first by Jaime Laya’s Consuming Passion i qoute in page 139 of the book about the painting “inherited by Maximo’s children works from the collection ultimately reached the bank these include the Chinese Mestizo in Barong (one of the very few signed work of Severino Flavier Pablo) showing a young man with his hair in a queue.This could be a posthumous portrait of the original Chinese ancestor of the Paternos and the Madrigals or of Maximo Paterno as a young man”

    The second one is an Article about the Paterno Family Reunion By Rafael Ongpin. Apa Ongpin based his article in the 90 page booklet Paterno Family research by Bobby Paterno and others designed printed and lauched by Micky & Jean Paterno

    In the article says i quote ” Jose Molo was describe by one source as an apothecary he married a filipina surnamed Agustin or San Agustin and they had five children the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas art collection has a portrait of a man with a traditional chinese queue (ponytail) painted by Severino Flavier Pablo in the early 19th century which used to hang in an ancestral Paterno house in Binondo This is believed to be a portrait of Jose Molo”

    Yes there is no way of knowing any more at this point in time who is in the portrait

  87. June 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm


    The branch of Susana Paterno de Madrigal lived in Pangil, Laguna. According to her daughters [ Macaria “Nena,” Maria Paz “Pacita,” Josefina “Pinang,” Consuelo “Chito,” & Maria Luisa “Ising,” ] in her youth she spent time with her affluent relatives in Santa Cruz / Quiapo, Manila where she learned the domestic arts well. She was a good businesswoman, the “lucky charm” of the tycoon Vicente Madrigal, and by the time she passed away she was the richest Paterno of all.


    I was at “Powerbooks” this early evening and I found myself reading through Dr. Resil Mojares’ excellent book “The Brains of a Nation.” In the feature on Pedro A. Paterno, he wrote that Paterno Molo de San Agustin — son of “Ming Mong Lo”; husband of Miguela Yamzon — lived from 1786-1853.

    I’m just wondering… IF Severino Flavier Pablo painted the portrait from life, as was the custom of portraiture in those days, wouldn’t it be more logical if the subject was his contemporary? The man in the portrait seems to be in his 40s – 50s. Art history scholars estimate the portrait to be from the 1830s. Paterno Molo de San Agustin was 44 years old in 1830; Paterno’s father “Ming Mong Lo” was probably +- 64 years old by that time. But then, that is only IF the subject was painted from life. I guess there is no way of knowing any more at this point in time. 🙂

  88. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 10, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I did a research on the “Chinese mestizo in barong” with the ponytail painted by Severino Flavier Pablo. It is believed to be a portrait of the original Paterno, Jose Molo or “Ming Mong Lo.”

    Susana Paterno-Madrigal came from the poor branch of the wealthy Paterno family.

    The first Paterno ancestor arrived between 1770 and 1780. His name was Jose Molo and his Chinese name was “Ming Mong Lo.” He married a Filipina surnamed Agustin and they had five children. One of his sons was Paterno Molo Agustin who married Miguela Yamzon and they had nine children.

    The current Paterno family traces itself back to three of the children: Maximo, Martina, and Lucas plus a nephew, Eriberto, who all took up the name Paterno.

  89. Alicia Perez said,

    June 6, 2010 at 5:10 am


    With the exception of the ultrarare Severino Flavier Pablo portrait, it seems the Central Bank Collection ended up with the runts of the litter of the Paterno portrait collection. Of course we both know who managed to acquire the better ones…

    “Chinese mestizo in barong” with the ponytail painted by Flavier Pablo is generally thought to be of Paterno Molo de San Agustin, Ming Mong Lo’s son.

    The portrait of Agueda Paterno by Fernando Amorsolo was titled upon its acquisition as “Portrait of an Old Woman.” However, her portrait as a young lady by Justiniano Asuncion is far more beautiful.

    Alicia Perez

  90. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 6, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Ok, Toto will do that, sometimes in my haste i forget to put it. Thanks for the reminder.


    The Paterno family portraits in the Central Bank of the Philippines are the following:

    1. A Chinese Mestizo in barong probably the original ancestor Ming Mong Lo by Severino Flavier Pablo dated 1852
    2. Portrait of Maximo Paterno by Felix Martinez
    3. Portrait of Antonio Paterno by Juan Luna
    4. Portrait of Agueda Paterno by Fernando Amorsolo

  91. June 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm


    I don’t know exactly which portrait painting you’re referring to, since there are so many in the Central Bank Collection which were all assembled by onetime CB Governor Jaime “Jimmy” C. Laya during the “last golden years” [ at least of the arts and culture ] of the Marcos era.

    The affluent and elegant Paterno family of 1800s Manila had several oil portraits because the rich and cultured Capitan Maximino “Memo” Molo Agustin Paterno commissioned individual portraits of him and all the ladies of the house by his first cousin, master painter Justiniano Asuncion or “Capitan Ting” of Santa Cruz, Manila [ Justiniano Asuncion y Molo was a first cousin of Capitan Maximino Molo Agustin Paterno; Justiniano’s mother Maria de la Paz Molo was a younger sister of Maximino’s father Paterno Agustin; both Justiniano and Maximino were grandsons of the clan progenitor Ming Mong Lo or Joseph Molo ]. There are existing portraits of Carmina Devera Ignacio [ second wife of Capitan Maximino Paterno; mother of Pedro Alejandro Paterno ], Teodora Devera Ignacio [ sister of Carmina; third wife of Capitan Maximino Paterno ], Agueda Paterno, and Dolores Paterno [ sisters of Pedro Alejandro Paterno; daughters of Carmina Devera Ignacio ]. If I have my facts right, the portraits of Teodora, Agueda, and Dolores all used to be at the beautiful Paterno residence on Calle General Solano, San Miguel, across from the Malacanang palace. Following the passing of family members, everything was deaccessioned in 1988. “Sic transit gloria mundi.”

    AY NAKU. It happens to everybody. It happened to us. 😛 😛 😛

  92. June 4, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Is that fully calladoed portrait of the Paterno family in the Central Bank collection attributed that the same family, Toto ?

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