The Families of Old Cavite

[ I wonder if I can get dear ol’ Ipe Nazareno to help me with this… ]

CAVITE VIEJO  [ KAWIT ].

AGUINALDO.

BAUTISTA.

Two of the most popular Bautista descendants are former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. and Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr..

CAVITE NUEVO [ CAVITE CITY ].

ALONSO.

ANTONIO.

BALLESTEROS.

BASA.

BERNAL.

CONCHU.

DE OCAMPO.

INOCENCIO.

JAVIER.  In the early 1980s, Victoria Desbarats de Burke – Miailhe [ Mme. Edouard Frederic Francois Miailhe of Bordeaux, France ], accompanied by Placido “Don” Escudero Jr., traveled to the Kawit church, perused the 1800s birth registry, and came across her ancestress named Eustaquia Javier.  Eustaquia Javier seemed to be a sister of Bonifacio Javier, ancestor of Claudia Marasigan [ y Javier ] de Escudero, matriarch of the Escudero-Marasigan clan of San Pablo, Laguna.  Victoria Miailhe recalled that according to her mother, the Escuderos of San Pablo, Laguna were the only living relations of the Desbarats de Burke family, formerly of Manila.

ROJAS.

GONZALEZ.

The Gonzalezes of Cavite City (the only “Doble Zeta” Gonzalezes of Cavite City) are all descendants of Alfonso Moreno de Arco (a Spanish naval officer from Sevilla) and Leonora Tan Siateco (a Chinese mestiza from Sangley Point in Cavite Puerto). Their marriage produced one child — a son named Lorenzo Gonzalez.  Lorenzo took the surname of his godfather (it was a habit of some families to have their children take the surname of their godfathers — like Jose Rizal, whose father was really a Mercado).

Lorenzo Gonzalez married Josefa Jacobe — also a Spanish-Chinese mestiza.

The Gonzalezes had 9 children.  Among the children were: Lorenza, Concepcion, Fraternidad, and Natividad.  Among their relations in Cavite City were the Osorios (among them, Natividad Osorio who married Francisco Aguinaldo whose children included Frannie Aguinaldo, wife of Ramon “RJ” Jacinto) and the Tironas (among them Francisca Tirona-Benitez whose children included Senator Helena Z. T. Benitez).

Lorenza married Jose Basa of the patriotic Basa clan.  Their children included Tomas (who migrated to the U.S.), Jose (whose daughter, Lorraine, is married to Mark Puyat), Josefina (who is the widow of newsman Bing Torres who, in the 1970s, was editor of the Manila Bulletin and the Times Journal and president of the National Press Club), and Teresa (wife of Gaizka Garamendi whose children include equestrienne Teresa Garamendi-Hernandez [wife of Ayala Land executive Javier Hernandez] and Anna Garamendi-de Venecia [wife of Mark de Venecia who is the son of Oscar de Venecia]).

Concepcion married Julian Cacha also of Cavite Nuevo.  Their daughter, Virginia Cacha-Montano, was the first lady of Cavite (wife of Cavite’s longest serving Governor, Delfin “Empin” Montano who was the son of Senator Justinano Montano of Santa Cruz de Malabon [now known as Tanza, Cavite] and his wife Ligaya Nazareno of Naic, Cavite).

Fraternidad Gonzalez was a spinster.  She was an educator who, until her death in the 1960s, was the Dean of the Philippine Women’s University.

Natividad married Dominador Nazareno (a nephew of Ligaya Nazareno-Montano).  The Nazarenos had 5 children.  Among them were Antonio, Dominador Jr., Arturo, Mario, and Corazon.  Antonio (or Tony) was married to Victoria Vizcarra Amalingan.  They were avid art collectors and lived in North Forbes with their 5 children — among whom are Antonio Jr. (now married to Cristina Aurelio Oben daughter of Rey Oben and Tessie Aurelio [the family that owns Wallem Shipping; Rey Oben was the son of the Dean of the UST Faculty of Law in the 1940s-1960s while Tessie Aurelio was from the family who owned Hotel Aurelio]), Cathy (now married to Ramon Victor Cojuangco Rivilla — son of the late Luis Tirso Rivilla and his widow, Lourdes Cojuangco-Rivilla), Rita (formerly a producer for Fox TV and NBC TV; one of the first Filipinas to win an Emmy Award), and Marv (married to Joao Feria Miranda — son of Chuki Feria-Miranda [daughter of the writer Dolores Stephens]).

Dominador Jr., a former congressman from Cavite City, now resides in the United States with his family.  He is married to Foederis Alonso Arca.

Arturo is married to Encarnacion “Girlie” Cuyegkeng — daughter of the late Dr. Alfonso Cuyegkeng and Trinidad Casas-Cuyegkeng (the Casas-Cuyegkengs were an old Ermita family whose roots trace back to Biñan, Laguna as they were relatives of the Mercados of Biñan).  Mario was married to Piat “Pearlie” Crisologo — daughter of the late Floro Crisologo (Congressman of Ilocos Sur) and Carmeling Crisologo (former Governor of Ilocos Sur).

OSORIO [ with one “s” ].

TRIA TIRONA.

IMUS.

TIRONA.

TOPACIO.

VIRATA [ originally BAUTISTA ].

According to family members, the original family name was Bautista.  Sometime during the 1896 revolution, a forebear changed the surname to Virata, taking the name of the character King Virata from the Indian epic “Mahabharata.”

Leonides Sarao Virata married Marie Theresa Gallardo Lammoglia and they have two children:  Luis Juan Virata [ married Elizabeth Torres Cu-Unjieng ] and Giovanna “Vanna” Virata.

Leonides S. Virata was one of the most distinguished men of his generation.

Cesar Enrique Aguinaldo Virata.  He became the prime minister during the Marcos administration.

Cesar Aguinaldo Virata is a nephew of Leonides Sarao Virata.  Cesar’s father Enrique Topacio Virata [ married to Leonor Aguinaldo ] was the elder half-brother of Leonides Sarao Virata.

BACOOR.

ANGELES.

CUENCA.

DASMARINAS.

CAMPOS.

NOVELETA.

ALVAREZ.

SAN FRANCISCO DE MALABON [ GENERAL TRIAS ].

TRIAS.

VINIEGRA.

FERRER.

NAIC.

NAZARENO.

Dominador Nazareno (a nephew of Ligaya Nazareno-Montano) married Natividad Jacobe Gonzalez.  The Nazarenos had 5 children.  Among them were Antonio, Dominador Jr., Arturo, Mario, and Corazon.  Antonio (or Tony) was married to Victoria Vizcarra Amalingan.  They were avid art collectors and lived in North Forbes with their 5 children — among whom are Antonio Jr. (now married to Cristina Aurelio Oben daughter of Rey Oben and Tessie Aurelio [the family that owns Wallem Shipping; Rey Oben was the son of the Dean of the UST Faculty of Law in the 1940s-1960s while Tessie Aurelio was from the family who owned Hotel Aurelio]), Cathy (now married to Ramon Victor Cojuangco Rivilla — son of the late Luis Tirso Rivilla and his widow, Lourdes Cojuangco-Rivilla), Rita (formerly a producer for Fox TV and NBC TV; one of the first Filipinas to win an Emmy Award), and Marv (married to Joao Feria Miranda — son of Chuki Feria-Miranda [daughter of the writer Dolores Stephens]).

Dominador Jr., a former congressman from Cavite City, now resides in the United States with his family.  He is married to Foederis Alonso Arca.

Arturo is married to Encarnacion “Girlie” Cuyegkeng — daughter of the late Dr. Alfonso Cuyegkeng and Trinidad Casas-Cuyegkeng (the Casas-Cuyegkengs were an old Ermita family whose roots trace back to Biñan, Laguna as they were relatives of the Mercados of Biñan).  Mario was married to Piat “Pearlie” Crisologo — daughter of the late Floro Crisologo (Congressman of Ilocos Sur) and Carmeling Crisologo (former Governor of Ilocos Sur).

POBLETE.

ALFONSO, INDANG, MENDEZ.

MOJICA.

SILANG.

KIAMSON.

TANZA.

DEL ROSARIO.

IMAMURA.

NERI.

CENIZAL.

SANTILLAN.

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Acknowledgments:  John Sidel:  “Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man:  Justiniano Montano and Failed Dynasty Building in Cavite 1935 – 1972” in the book “Anarchy of Families” edited by Alfred W. McCoy.  ADMU Press;  Chuchi Constantino;  Marie Theresa “Bebe” Lammoglia-Virata, Luis Juan L. Virata;  multi-awarded journalist and the former Press Secretary during the Ramos and the Estrada administrations Rodolfo “Rod” T. Reyes;  Atty. PAN.

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Comedy relief: “Senora la Fea”

The late Manila style icon Mary Hernandez-Prieto, who advised that one should be freshly bathed, properly groomed, and well-dressed ALL the time, would not have approved of a lady who steps out of her house without fixing herself…

Recently, I was at a popular antique shop leisurely looking over their stock of furniture, lighting, decorative objects, and jewelry when a dowdy woman — who obviously had not gone to the beauty salon or to her couturier for some time — entered and quickly discussed business with one of the salesgirls.

Dowdy woman sidled up to me and said:  “Naku, hindi mo na ako kilala, Toto…”  [ “Oh, you don’t know me anymore, Toto… ” ]

I really didn’t recognize her.  Thinking that she must be an “agente” of antiques from Batangas or Pampanga, I made an effort to be friendly and forthwith engaged in some campy banter:  “Ay, hindi nga kita nakilala, ang pangit mo naman kasi ngayon!  Ano ba nangyari sa iyo?  Para kang pumunta ng Divisoria at nagtatawad ng isda!”  [ Oh, I really didn’t recognize you, you’re really so ugly today!  What happened to you anyway?  You look like you went to Divisoria and bargained for fish!” ]

“Kaw naman…” [ “Oh, you… not really.” ]  Dowdy woman protested gently.

Remembering that I had an appointment, I hurriedly took my leave of the shop, the salesgirls, and the Dowdy woman.

“Mauna na ako, mga inday.  See you!”  [ “Go ahead, girls.  I’ll be seeing you.” ] I bade them goodbye.

Leaving the shop, I noticed that there were eight men wearing identical white polo barongs.  Armed.  They were bodyguards, but whose?

Dowdy woman’s???  Yes, Dowdy woman’s!!!

In the parking lot, I noticed a new black Range Rover and two new black Mercedes SUV back-ups.  Obviously the vehicles of a VIP and entourage, but whom?

Dowdy woman’s???  Yes, Dowdy woman’s!!!

!~@#$%^&*()_+~!!!

I bit my tongue hard for not recognizing nor remembering who Dowdy woman was… !!!  She is the current xxxxxxxx of xxxxx province.  She is married to xxxxxxxx xxxxxx, the former xxxxxxxx and congressman and her son is the current congressman of xxxxx province!!!

The reason why I didn’t recognize her was that she was always expensively turned out:  coiffed hair, professional make-up, Chanel, Prada, Paul Cabral, JC Buendia daywear, Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo shoes, Hermes Birkin bag, 16 mm. South Sea pearls, Jo Malone EDT.  I had never seen her look like a regular housewife.

My friends Ramon Villegas and Dr. Alex Ayco had a term for such a major faux pas:  “FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE”!!!  And it was exactly what happened to me!!!

Good thing I wasn’t shot point blank or something.   😛

Harharhar!!!   😛   😛   😛

The late Manila style icon Mary Hernandez-Prieto, who advised that one should be freshly bathed, properly groomed, and well-dressed ALL the time, would not have approved…

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