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01 October 2009


From now on, I will no longer accept any comments from amorphous entities in cyberspace.  There are far too many stupid and irritating comments coming from nobodies who don’t have the guts to back their comments up with their actual identities.  I don’t see why anyone has to hide behind a pseudonym when I myself am laid out all over the place for everyone to see.  I don’t have anything to hide and neither should any of my readers.

From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

I don’t care if it means a lessening of the hits this blog receives per day.  Because I never did in the first place.


Dear Readers:

Thank you so much for lurking and commenting in this blog.  I am aware that so many of you are wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, discerning, eloquent, witty, and elegant individuals.  I am honored that you keep me company as I document my memories, worthwhile or silly as they are.

Please do not take offense if I am not able to respond to every single one of your comments.  I am aware of every comment that enters the blog but oftentimes — out of sheer mental fatigue from the working day — I do not know what to say!!!  However, please know that I am thankful for every comment made, especially the informative, accurate, sensible, and well-written ones.

If your comment does not appear within 24 hours, there may be a problem.  It may be deemed unsuitable because of content, tone, or language [ English is preferred as it is understood by a majority of people worldwide ].  We like to keep things “civilized” in this blog.

This is not a “hate blog” simply because I am not a vicious person by a long shot [ although, like any person, I have my lingering resentments and occasional vindictiveness ].  This blog was meant, first to archive, and second to entertain, as if it was the interesting conversation at a nice dinner party.  It would be good to restrain ourselves from relating unsavory things, especially unsavory things which may not be true.

In line with an increased worldwide readership, we are currently in the process of editing / deleting ALL the comments to conform with our standards of accuracy, correctness, and good taste.  In the succeeding months, “Remembrance of Things Awry” will truly morph into an archive of both the old and contemporary Filipino life for which it has been widely lauded.

As one very grand lady recently declared to an august group in my presence:  “WE read ‘Toto Gonzalez.’  OTHERS read… that ‘horrible one’.”

Cheers and thank you very much!!!

Toto Gonzalez


  1. September 29, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Dolores Yrissary ..Mario is an artist and was born in Manila…? Do you know Chichita?

  2. November 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm


    It seems that I have issues with leaving the comments on the Old Families of Bicol yesterday. Is there something wrong with my comments? Thank you.

  3. August 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    George Siasoco:

    We transferred your comment to the Comments section of the blog post “The Families of Old Malabon” where it belongs.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  4. Sherry Castaneda said,

    April 8, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Hi Toto,

    Gail Gonzales-Tan (March 2009 post) may be a relative on my paternal grandmother side which has the last name of Rubin de Celis. Antonio Rubin (May 2009) used to know my aunt and would also like to touch base with him. If you could share my email with them as I would like to know more information about my heritage as well, that would be much appreciated.


  5. John Earle said,

    September 21, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I don’t know if this is the right place to post this but it is worth a try.

    I am a university researcher from the UK and I am currently (July to October 2013) in Bacolod City. The focus of my research is Nicholas Loney and his contribution to the early development of sugar in Negros between 1856 and 1869. Between these dates, he was British Vice-Consul in Iloilo and he was a major figure in the development of the sugar industry in Negros in the 19th century. He is sometimes referred to as ‘The Father of the Sugar Industry’ in Panay and Negros.

    My Masters’ degree dissertation was written on the subject of Nicholas Loney and his work as British Vice-Consul and so I have already a reasonably good knowledge of the overall picture. [There is a copy of my dissertation in the Negros Museum in Bacolod City if anyone wishes to consult it.] However, there are many aspects which need to be explored further and many points of detail which need to be verified. I am putting out this message in the hope that someone I have not spoken to already might have information about or documents from that period or slightly later which would be relevant to my research. Usually, in this type of research, someone somewhere does indeed have useful information which they assume is widely known but which, in fact, is not well known at all.

    My work is solely in the interests of greater understanding of history and heritage. I can assure anyone that I have no commercial interest in any aspect of this and I would be happy to establish my UK university credentials if necessary.

    We know that Loney was part-owner of a hacienda in Talisay. I have been in contact with one member of the Lizares family already and expect to meet someone from the Lacson family next week. Their helpful and positive response has been very gratifying. However, all information from any source helps to build a stronger and more accurate picture so if anyone else does have anything that they would be willing to share with me, I would be delighted to follow this up.

    Incidentally, my wife is from Bacolod City so I have a strong connection with this area.

    John Earle

  6. April 29, 2012 at 6:22 am


    Greetings! I’ve already emailed you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  7. Isabel Templo said,

    April 29, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Hi, Toto! My name is Isabel Templo, and I need your help with a publication that I work for. Could you email me for details? Btw you were highly recommended by my friend Karisse Villa, who you worked with on “Noli Me Tangere.” Looking forward to your reply. 🙂

  8. Isabel Templo said,

    April 29, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Hi, Toto! You were recommended to me by Karisse Villa, a friend of mine who you worked with in “Noli Me Tangere.” I’m connected with a publication and need your help. Could you please get in touch with me by email for details? Thanks! Looking forward to your reply. 🙂

  9. Reynaldo A. de Leon said,

    March 17, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hi Toto, thank you very much for letting us know more about people, places and events. Your site is the next best thing for me and my family to be in touch with the Philippines. We migrated to Canada 10 years ago and have gone home three times and we always leave with a heavy heart. You gave us something to remember and impart to our kids. By the way, my wife(Cruz) is from Malabon, Rizal, my parents got married in San Bartolome Parish and we lived there for almost seven years(Baritan). For your information, we have Kapampangan friends who cook very well and bring out their best recipes during our pot luck dinners. God bless and regards to your family

  10. Nona Pimentel said,

    February 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Dear Toto,
    Been reading your blog for over a month now and still could not read everything in one shot. I am busy in some other things too, but whenever I can, I read your blog. I am hooked and charmed over. I was led to your blog by a link that has something to do with researches about our genealogy. I am also a member of a very large clan here in the South. It is interesting to note that through your blog, I realized that I have so many relatives all over. I could even trace my relationships to the well admired Pres. Cory, through her Sumulong roots. When one traces one’s roots, it is not uncommon that one gets surprises along the way, surprises that spell disappointment, interests, and exhilarating ones, like this piece of information. Also, I wish you to know that a sister of my maternal great grandfather, Francisco B. Bangoy, was married to a Panlilio-Hizon from Pampanga…or is it Tarlac, I am not exactly sure of the province, but I know that they are Kapampangans…They have been here long before the 2nd WW, the Panlilios-HIzons….
    Well, I guess that’s for starters. Oh, Vince Hizon is a relation too, actually a third cousin of mine…but due to our very, very large clan, I regret to say we don’t know each other personally. Yes I saw him in one of our huge reunions years ago. His first cousins though, are very good friends of mine…

  11. December 19, 2011 at 12:52 am


    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez


    September 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

    for VIRGINIA/LINDA JERNIGAN (lynmar_j@yahoo.com
    i have read your post.. and i know the people who r u looking.. i am the grandaughter of MARCELINO & ROSALINA M.ENRIQUEZ..my father is a youngest son of them, his name is Ernesto Malixi Enriquez..
    your sisters milagros & pacita are still alive and lives near at our home.. hope to make a communication with u coz they are looking for u a long long time ago since u’ve lost your communication with lola pasing…

    i am not good in english but i will try my best u to understand me…hope so…
    plz keep in touch… here’s my email add; madlife3104@yahoo.com

    its me…, CHERRY ENRIQUEZ

  13. March 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Toto,

    Dr Jumer Cadelina here, a surgeon from Santiago City, Isabela. Came across your blog because i am trying to find a link that will connect the Cadelina families from Lucban, Quezon, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte and Jagna, Bohol. Each branch appeared to be well entrenched in their own localities in the mid 18th century. I have been following the patterns of migration of family members as I was constructing the family tree (cadelinafamily@tribalpages.com). The Cadelinas of Ilocos gave rise to families in Isabela, Manila and Sta Catalina, Negros Oriental. Those from Jagna dispersed to Davao, Cotabato, Leyte, Cavite, etc, and those from Quezon mostly went abroad. The puzzle is how are they connected. Beccoempleo says the pedigree in Quezon reaches the 16th century in which case, the earliest ancestors must be from there. I got excited when you quoted from the book of Pantaleon Nantes saying the Samolosa clan Vigan descended from the Esquieres of Tayabas. That may be the key that unlocks the puzzle. If the Esquieres family managed to settle in Vigan, thei relatives, the Cadelinas may have followed suit. The Jagna connection is still unclear. What I can suppose is that since the three towns all are near the coastlines, the migration may have been via the high seas.

  14. lina elorde perez calvento said,

    January 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I am so proud of our boxer Manny Pacqueao,the difference between him and Gabriel [Flash] Elorde . Are: My tito Gabriel, was “no read,no write” he had to go fight to meet a contract with a [ bigger/heavier] boxer while not fully recovered from his previous recent bout, at that time,boxers had no [“JOB”] protections, they were simply “used and abused”….Today with Manny, who has a wife looking up for his welfare and with managers.that care, today opened doors for all new , young [ “CHAMPIONS”] of the world. I am lucky to find your blog. Am able to relate this true legacy of my TITO GABRIEL [FLASH] ELORDE, from BOGO CEBU from humble LOLO LUIS and LOLA LUISA, the youngest brother of my mom Jacinta Elorde de Perez , married to Pablo dela Vina y Perez a decendant of Don Diego dela Vina y dela Rosa ,son of Diego dela Vina y Balbin, thank you, Toto Gonzalez

  15. Arnaiz Salas said,

    November 27, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Hi Sir Toto. My apologies for my first comment on your blog , it was in Tagalog. Was so excited in posting my comment. Anyhow, if you erase it because its in Tagalog, it is fine with me, just extending my greetings to you and I really enjoy reading your blog. Good day and God Bless.

  16. rafael jardeleza jr. said,

    November 8, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Dear Toto,

    This is a follow-up with regards for my request to get the e-mail add of Myra Jardeleza who was looking for her Jardeleza relatives (dated may2008) .We will be having a reunion on march 2011 and hope o get in touch with her as so we may able to invite them. This is the best time for them to see and know more of their clan, Again, i hope you can help me out of with this. Thanks again

  17. Jenina Clarisse Sisante said,

    September 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Yes sir, it is actually where we got the idea of our topic. 🙂

    Please send your preferred date/ time/ location for the interview on my email address so we may fit it to our schedules. Again, thank you, sir.

  18. September 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Julie and Jenina:

    Nice to meet you, even just online.

    Yes, we can talk about Sulipan cuisine. Next week will be fine.

    I assume you’ve read through the 1993 book “Cocina Sulipena” by Gene R. Gonzalez. Much of the material about Sulipan cuisine is there.

    Best regards,

    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  19. Jenina Clarisse Sisante said,

    September 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Mr. Toto Gonzalez

    Good day!

    We, my research partner Julie Anne Eduardo and I, are students from University of the Philippines – Diliman taking up BS Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management under the College of Home Economics.

    We are currently taking up a subject entitled Research in HRIM. Our study is about Sulipena Cuisine, with the title “History of Sulipena Cuisine and its current status in the Filipino food scene”. In line with this, we would like to ask for your assistance by granting us an interview about the history and any other information regarding the cuisine that you may have knowledge about. If possible, we would like to set the interview during one of the days this weekend until next week. Please feel free to choose the time most convenient to you.

    Please excuse the informality of this request, as no other form of your contact detail is available online. You were referred to us by Museo de La Salle in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

    Thank you very much!


    Julie Anne Eduardo
    Jenina Clarisse Sisante

  20. Mita Luz de Manuel said,

    September 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Toto
    My brother told me about your blog on the old families of lipa batangas
    but unfortuntely I keep getting page not found.
    Please help& thanks for your great work
    All the best

  21. August 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm


    Hahahah… Of course not, those blog posts about the old families and the early artists are not “buried” at all. They are open to contributions from the concerned parties and will make excellent reference material for researchers in the future.


    Toto Gonzalez

  22. Myles Garcia said,

    August 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Toto, I know the “Old Families from Malabon” is already buried…but I just came across this link http://www.ivanhenares.com/2007/10/malabon-metro-manilas-hidden-gem.html which, to use a pun…is up your alley, i.e., old familes and ancestral houses of Malabon. It looks like there’s a lot of new material there that’s not been covered here.

  23. Jule Lee said,

    August 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I am investigating the great grandparents of my belated Husband. Grandson Vicente Lucio Legarda. Vicente married a scot woman, Mary Frances Lockhardt in May 1902 in San Francisco. Vicente was an engineer who after his divorce from Mary Frances returned to Manilla. Vicente and Mary Frances had 3 children: Vicente Benito Vernon Legarda, Isabelle Teresa Legarda and Elena Romona Legarda. Vicente was schooled in England.
    I am so confused after looking over the lineages. Do you happen to know the parents and grandparents of Vincente L. Legarda?

    Thank you for all the history and time you have devoted to this project.

  24. rhain de leon said,

    August 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

    hi there its nice to see this, im rhain from piddig ilocos norte.
    i was surprised when i read about the history of our family, don julio agcaoili po ay great grandfather ng lolo kuh.
    nice nman,proud puh kuh bcause isa puh kuh sa mga pamilya nya”ninuno” nmin hehehe.
    pascual agcaoili is my great great grand father…

    well anyways keep up the goodwork… thank u somuch….

  25. August 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm


    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  26. michelle costas said,

    July 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hello Toto,

    I am very proud of what you are doing for us, who are searching for more information about our ancestral past.

    I am in Australia. My father have passed 10 years ago along with all the answers to my questions. I never thought I’d ask–funny enough. I hope you could kindly help me…

    How did the Costas’ exist in the Philippines…My great grandfather is Dalmacio Costas but who is before him and more… I hope Iam not asking too much

  27. Meann de Leon said,

    June 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Toto!

    I stumbled upon your site searching for Atty. Renato Gonzalez and Blanquita Gonzalez. They both used to be close friends with my in-laws back when Mt. Pinatubo hadn’t erupted. According to my father-in-law, Atty. Gonzalez would always go to their small house in Lubao, Pampanga and just eat and hang out after discussing their fishpond business. My dad and mom-in-law are both eager to know how they will contact them as they have been a big help to them in their business. If you could email me regarding this I would very much appreciate it. Thanks!

  28. joy geronimo said,

    March 23, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Hello Toto,

    I came across your site in my search for more de la Vina family members. I read Zoe Buscato”s comment. She is fom the Serion branch of the de la Vina family. I hope you can share my email address to her or hers to me so that we can connect. Thank you.

    I have enjoyed reading your blogs. You paint such vivid pictures.

    Cheers from the San Francisco Bay Area!

  29. Angel Samson said,

    January 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    toto… i happen to bump on your blog while i’m on my vacation to egypt with my egyptian boyfriend…. it’s the most informative and fab blog i’ve read… i enjoy it so much!!!!!! my egyptian bf is wondering why i’m laughing and smiling while we arrive in egypt… told him that i miss manila… thanks for the remembrance of anything old… from the people down to the controversies and chismis of the old manila society… keep blogging!!! thanks and salam!!!

  30. gervacio bracamonte said,

    December 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    i was on the page “the elegance of old manila” i wanted to re comment on another cooment#190-191 but its imposible my comment goes waaaaay to the bottum heh..im a descendant of bracamonte,my great grandfather went by the name severo bracamonte my grams was born around 1880 so i guess he would be around 1850?i was told he attended san agustine and was from intramuros.im interested in knowing more about my bracamonte side.best regards!

  31. rafael jardeleza jr. said,

    November 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Dear Toto,

    Thank you for putting up this site. I have goosebumps reading the historical notes and to my surprise read about a certain relative of ours looking for her roots here in Jaro, Iloilo — a certain Myra Jardeleza (dated May 2008). I am a 3rd generation Jardeleza under the Timoteo Jardeleza clan and i would be glad if you can forward her e-mail address or forward mine to her. I would appreciate it very much. Again, thank you.

  32. Teresa Garcia-Bosque Howes said,

    October 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Does anyone remember the Garcia-Bosque family? I am still working on my Family Tree and would love to hear anything anyone can contribute. My grandfather Juan Garcia-Bosque, was from Jaca, Aragon and married my grandmother, Concepcion Broadbent, whose father was Australian. They had 9 children – Damaso, Juan, Miguel (my Dad), Guillermo, Concepcion, Antonio, Carmen, Domingo, and Pilar. I live in Sydney, Australia, so research has proven to be a bit difficult.

  33. Francis Gonzaga said,

    July 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Hi Toto.. your site is very interesting and informative albeit a wee bit “naughty” at times. I actually read and reread some of the entries under the “The Negrenses” category. I was born and raised in Negros Occidental, under the Gonzaga family.


  34. Rudy G. Tan said,

    July 19, 2009 at 3:15 am


    I was doing a Google search and came upon your blog that mentioned the name Ricardo Lopez Tan which happens to be my father’s name. I believe that Gail Gonzales-Tan and I maybe related. If she wants to get in touch to figure out our connection please share my email address with her.


  35. Gloria Pineda Asuncion said,

    July 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    My dear Toto,

    I find reading your blog so informative and exhilarating, especially since I was born and raised in Bacolor. All the people whom you mentioned are familiar, from Apung Nining Joven, the Liongsons (one of my sisters got married to a Liongson), the de Leon’s (Carding and Gertie used to be childhood friends, the Panlilio’s (the wife of Don Jose was the most beautiful woman that I ever saw when I was growing up), the Palma’s (Juanita used to teach piano lessons in Sn. Fernando Assumption Academy), the ancestral house of the Valdez family (they were neighbors of my sister), the Malig’s (Ms.Malig used to be my 3rd grade teacher). I could go on and on. I knew all of these prominent people because we used to live in Buyson Street, Cabambanga, the center of the poblacion. Speaking of the Buysons, you were right. They were all beautiful women.

    It is so sad that not a lot of people are coming back to re-build their houses in Bacolor. I guess they are now happily settled in the re-settlement projects. I wish that they will go back home so that Bacolor will shine and be back again to its old glory. Perhaps, then, I will be able to come home too and spend my retirement years over there. I have been living in New York for the last 23 years.

    Thanks, Toto, and my warm regards,

  36. Anne said,

    May 28, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I’ve been lurking around your blog for a while now and I find it interesting as well as amusing–very interesting indeed. I’m of Filipino decent and farther back, am of Spaniard origin. I’ve got some questions about the certain family Oligarchy’s in the Philippines and I hope you can answer.

    I’ve recently taken time off of school to dig into my past, so I hope you can help, even in the slightest bit.

    Thanks so much,


  37. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    May 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    In one of those “La Naval” fiestas, Tomas Mapua was a guest and he was in awe with the food preparation and how well the house was set up.
    He called the house “The Little Malacanang” of Pampanga.
    He came with his family as his daughter Gloria was Pilar Buyson Villarama’s friend.

  38. raul joven-de leon oppenheim said,

    May 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    dear toto, nice blog you have. can you please send me a photo of the don tomas mapua residence in taft ave pasay city. thank you very much. btw i’m here in winnipeg, canada. thank you again.

  39. Antonio Rubin said,

    May 13, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Dear Toto,

    So glad you have this blog; it provides a channel to connect people. I was reading the posting of one of your readers, Gail Gonzales-Tan. Just wanted to let her know that while the descendants of Felix and Antonio Rubin de Celis are scattered worldwide, a great number of our relatives still call Iloilo and Negros as home. I am a descendant of Antonio Rubin de Celis. Born and raised in Iloilo, I now resides in Southern California.

    Please share my email address with Gail and will be glad to respond to her inquiries. Again thank you much. Madamo guid nga salamat.


  40. John Seed said,

    May 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Dear Toto,

    Maybe you and your readers can give me a hand? I am a journalist in the United States doing research on the artist Fernando Zobel de Ayala. Being in the US I have interviewed many of his friends here, but would love to hear from more of you who knew him in the Philippines.

    FYI, here is a recent short piece I published about him in Harvard Magazine:


    At any rate, let me know if you have anyone I should be in touch with, or perhaps you can even post something on your blog?

    Cordially Yours,

    John Seed

  41. Gail said,

    March 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Toto,

    I am glad I stumbled upon your blog during my search for my heritage in Google. I am a Gonzalez, my grandmother being the former Josefa “Pepita” Gonzalez, sister of Rebecca “Becky” Gonzalez (both former actresses). My grandmother Pepita was married to Ricardo Lopez Tan. I know the Gonzalez clan is quite huge and I am not even sure which among the many clusters I belong to. I do know that my grandmother’s mother was a direct descendant of Rubin de Celis, and it is my search of that name that I came across your blog. I have yet to read back through your posts, for they are quite many, but I am looking forward to browsing through them when I have the time.

    My visit to Spain in 2007 didn’t give me much light in my search for my heritage because I didn’t know where to begin. I ended up enjoying the sites and the cold December breeze, knowing I belong, but not quite. Your blog is the very first streak of light in my quest to know more about my background.

    I am intrigued by the comment of one Paquito (sometime September 2008) where he mentioned Felix and Antonio Rubin de Celis of Iloilo. In all these years of my search for that name, it is only now that I feel I have stumbled upon something that just might lead me to finding out more about my father’s family.

    I am pretty sure it is in Iloilo where my late grandfather used to own a radio station. Perhaps that is where he met my grandmother, Pepita Gonzalez? Although I am also sure that my grandmother was raised in Davao during her childhood days. Any connection is worth looking up, though. Would you know the site where Paquito could have posted more information about the clan? I would really love to know more about my ascendants.

    Or better yet, would you know how I can get in touch with Paquito?

    Do keep writing and make the memories of old come alive. It is in knowing where we came from that we move forward with pride.

    Gail Gonzalez-Tan

  42. Dolores Yrisarry said,

    February 23, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Since the internet began I have frequently entered our last name to see what came up. At first the only Yrisarry’s listed were my immediate members. German “Jerry” Yrisarry, nad his daugthers and then my other brother Mario Yrisarry. My younger brother and I would occasionally appear on the net. the next bit of information I found was about the first and original Spanish ships that entered the Phillipines the first time. You can imagine my excitement at seeing the name Yrisarry as on of the primary explorers. My father Juan Yrisarry came to the US after the war and worked at the United Nations until his retirement. The linguists at the UN becae so intrigued by our last name that they actually traced it to a small town in the Pyrenees called Yancy. My brother Mario visited the town many years ago. He found a coat of arms and sadly found out that a man that had made it his hobbie to find out where all the Yrisarrys had gone , had reently been placed in a retirement home and no one knew what happened to the information that he had collected over the years. It is wonderful to hear that there are others with our same last name out there. To all those distant relatives I say hello. and woud love to hear from you.

    Sincerely, Dolores Yrisarry

  43. Guadalupe Gomez said,

    January 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Oh, I must clarify, Of course I know Patty, Maita, Cita, Ditas and Naty. I was really asking who all the others on this website are. I am going to have to spend some serious time browsing here. Thanks for getting back to me.

  44. Guadalupe Gomez said,

    January 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Ok, then who are all these people. And, who are you Toto? I wish that my father had spoken more to me of his family before he died. I lived in the Islands for a few years and boarded at St. Theresa’s College and at Asumption but I have almost no recall of those years. Helynne, my mother is so confused these days that she remembers little. It makes me feel lost. Is there a family tree somewhere on this site that can give me some perspective?
    I am so happy to be found,

  45. December 10, 2008 at 11:45 am


    Of course you are!!! You’re a first cousin of Maita, Cita, Patty, Ditas, and Naty Gonzalez-Favis Gomez!!! 😀

    Toto Gonzalez

  46. Guadalupe Gomez said,

    December 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Am I related to this Gonzalez family? My father was Fernando Gonzalez Gomez, born in the Philippines. His brother Jose ( Pepe ) was the father of Margarita “Maita” Favis Gomez who was once married to Carlos Perez-Rubio of Atherton, CA.. USA. Carlos is now married to Mindy Barredo. My father passed in 1994 and I have lost my family links.

  47. andrea padua y de borja said,

    October 31, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Chanced upon your blog. How interesting to discover my mom’s world ( am a madrid resident… mom’s a filipina who met and married my dad in university here ). Are you related to the family of Jap*y Gonzalez? Mom’s related to their family. Very under-the-radar from, I gather, “realmente vieja fortuna.” I was surpised to meet his brother Mik*, a Paris resident. He was on an annual sailing visit to his good friend the Marqués de *storga in Marbel*a, whose mother is my grandparents’ family friend. Do you know Mik*? Another “quiet” Filipino, a regular guest of the Loew*-Knap* in Madrid. I am always amazed to encounter Filipinos in the haut monde of Old World Europe!

  48. Ding Cervantes said,

    October 29, 2008 at 1:26 am

    I googled for anything on Undas practices in Pampanga and stumbled on your interesting and informative blog. I didn’t frequent Bacolor that much before it vanished under lahar debris and your blog makes me wish I did.

    Last time I went to Bacolor was a few weeks ago, when Pres. Arroyo was there to sign the Bacolor Rehabilitation Law. My, Bacolor has a lot of rising to do. The roads are back, laid out on hardened lahar, but lack of population still conveys its sad volcanic history.

    In this context, your blog assumes significant value for its historicity. The old Bacolor is not there anymore…probably will never be restored with the same aura, but there’s your blog for reminiscing.

    You inspire me to come out with my own, a blog that will dig up forgotten spices about my Guagua, although I very much doubt I have enough in my stock for wealth of data that I find in yours.

    God bless you.

  49. August 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm


    Hi rich Valdes cousin!!! Glad to see you here!!!


    Best regards to dear Pamela, to your son Martin, and to your beautiful daughters Bea, Marga, and Pilar.

    Toto Gonzalez

  50. Gabriel Abad Santos Valdes said,

    August 25, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Dear Toto,

    Greetings. Found your site. More power and it’s nice to read about Bacolor again. I am so proud of the Bacolor families. Thanks.

    Gabby Abad Santos Valdes

  51. July 9, 2008 at 6:40 pm


    Thank you for finding your way here.


    Toto Gonzalez

  52. July 9, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Hi Toto. My name is Wilfredo Panlilio Jr. I am 20 years old and I was raised in Mexico Pampanga. I am now in the US but I still treasure my Pampanga memories. I came across your blog by accident and I think that you’re ideas, experiences and memories are really interesting. I read almost all of your posts and I really visualized them in my head. Wow. You are a good writer and I admire you for that. I love to write too. Hopefully you can find the time to read some of my work and you can email me your comments on them.: ) My email address is jayrpanlilio@yahoo.com and my blogs are at http://jayrpanlilio.multiply.com. Thank you and God Bless.

    By the way, my dad is Wilfredo Panlilio Sr. and His dad is Eusebio Lazatin Panlilio and my lolo’s dad I think is Judge Alejandro Panlilio and my family used to own the biggest rice mill in Mexico Pampanga. My lolo married my lola, Teresita Mendiola of Angeles. My mom is from Florida Blanca and she is from the Bituin family. Hopefully you have some interesting information/stories about my heritage that you can share with me. I would really appreciate that. Thank you and God bless.

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