Ang Republika Federal sg Kabisay-an (The Federal Republic of the Visayas)

Historical Facts obviously omitted or deliberately hidden in our School History Books
(Source: History Reborn"The Federal Republic of the Visayas" -by: dinggol a.divinagracia*June 12, 2007)

*That Spain had already formally surrendered to the Federal Republic of the Visayas even before Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was proclaimed Philippine President in Malolos, Bulacan on January 23, 1899. That our Independent Visayan Republic, had never been under the authority and jurisdiction of Aguinaldo's "Katagalogan" Republic in Luzon.

excerpted: "...A paper written by Jose Manuel Velmonte, a research associate at the UP Third World Studies Center, found that the Visayan revolutionary elites not only had sophisticated political ideas but also resented attempts by Malolos to assert its authority. A Tagalog military expedition sent by Malolos to Panay to assert its presence was met with hostility. The Luzon force led by Generals Ananias Diocno and Leandro Fullon was regarded by the Visayan revolutionaries, led by the Visayan supremo, Gen. Martin Delgado, as an ''invasion'' force ..." (Source: Inquirer-1999- 06-13 "View of revolt in provinces spurs revision" By: Amando Doronila)

According to Dr. Luis C.Dery, an eminent Filipino Scholar: "Expounding the extent of Aguinaldo's Philippine Army; the Bangsamoro nation's Mindanao, Sulu, and the rest of its islands never fell under Aguinaldo's politico-military control and sovereignty. In fact as late as August 1898 much of northern Luzon, southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao remained outside of the control of Aguinaldo's Republic. Thus, several military expeditions were sent to these places to bring' them to recognize the First Philippine Republic."

*That the 1898 Treaty of Paris preliminaries, should not have included territories of the sovereign "Visayan Nation"; the confederation of both the Central and Western Visayas Cantonal Governments by virtue of Spain's formal surrender prior to this U.S. and Spain treaty of peace (Paris) and the $20-million buy-out. Spain had no more legal rights to sell. In legal parlance "nemodat quod non habet” -meaning “you cannot give what is not yours”.

This diplomatic "Faux pas" that was supposed to be officially consummated and became legal and internationally binding only on APRIL 11, 1899 should, or rather must be rectified.
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*June 12, 1898 -Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence from Spain in Kawit, Cavite --but never won the war against Spain, as explained in the infamous betrayal --the "Mock Battle of Manila of August 13, 1898".

*Nov. 6 & Dec. 23, 1898 -Spain formally surrendered to both; the Negros Republic that merged (Dec. 2, 1898) with the Federal Republic of the Visayas based in Iloilo (respectively)

excerpted: "...These two nations, from a purely legal point of view, are COMPLETELY LEGITIMATE UNTIL TODAY. This could imply that the Manila-based Tagalista-oriented Unitarian central government of the Philippines in the Visayas and Mindanao is an Occupational Government, that ultimately originated from an invalid Treaty of Paris...."

Dr. Jose P. Dacudao; National President -Save Our Languages thru Federalism Foundation (SOLFED), Inc.

*July 4, 1946 -The United States of America granted Philippine Independence on a silver platter with strings attached.

"True Independence could never be just self-proclaimed nor bestowed upon, it has to be won and duly achieved with dignity" -- dinggol araneta divinagracia (Founder: Ilonggo Nation Movement (INM) Global Network ..Dec. 25, 2005)

*A lover of nature and reform activities by profession; a genealogist and environmentalist by avocation. A Cooperative Movement advocate, history buff and an amateur "newbie" writer)

"It is rather speculative as it is without basis of history if we mean of "history" is that which had been written for us by the "tutas" or lackeys of our colonial and imperial masters.." -- Benjie Evicner Estuche (INM Co-Founder)

The Cooperative Movement-"It is not the best way, it is the onlyway"..
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Join the Last Laugh with us!

*When Christopher Columbus said that the world is round, people asked -What? and then they laughed.

*When the Wright brothers said they'll fly and soar the skies, people asked -How? and then they laughed.

*When Jules Verne wrote someday man could travel below the seven seas and shall walk on the moon, people asked - When? and then they laughed.

*When John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the Messiah, people asked -Who? and then they laughed.

*When the Ilonggo Nation Movement (INM) Global Network announced its mission and vision, people did not even bother to ask, What? How? When? or Who? --They just laughed and laughed. *People are still laughing, ...but the laughter is fading!

ang inyo alagad... sa guihapon ...dinggol a. divinagracia~~~

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To join! As a start, visit FACEBOOK: Ilonggo Nation Movement website .. (Non-ilonggos who share our advocacy are welcome)
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"ACTA DE CAPITULACION~1898" (The Formal Surrender Document)

"ACTA DE CAPITULACION~1898" (The Formal Surrender Document)
*Nov. 6 & Dec. 23, 1898 -Spain formally surrendered to both; the Negros Republic that merged (Dec. 2, 1898) with the Federal Republic of the Visayas based in Iloilo (respectively)
Ergo! we won our battle-scarred freedom and legitimate independence and became a sovereign nation. The "First" Republic in the whole of Asia, but was nipped-in-the bud by the ugly Americans. A diplomatic faux pas, a political blunder and a travesty of history! --dinggol.d~~~

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Claim Your Birth Right!

*Estado Federal de Bisayas*

*Ilonggo Nation Movement (INM) Global Network, precursor of the Ilonggo Nation Global Federation*

“To appreciate where you are now, you should know where you came from.”

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Friday, July 14, 2017

The "Ilonggo" Lopez Family


Graciano Lopez-Jaena

















 A TALE OF TWO LOPEZ CLANS OF JARO-ILOILO
(By: dinggol araneta divinagracia - Ilonggo Nation Global Federation - April 5, 2015)

Prologue:
In the Philippines today, whenever people speak of "Familia Lopez", what first comes to mind is the affluent Lopez'es of Panay and Negros that has become a semblance of enormous wealth and political power, of vested interest and corporate greed, and of the oligarchy.

However, it would be fair to add, that many prominent Lopez family are sincerely dedicated and truly committed with philantropic activities for love of God; while others, were directly involved in the fight for freedom and democracy for love of country.

Unknown to many, the clan began in Salog, now Jaro in Iloilo with two Lopez proginators that were not blood related, thus:

Early History * Genealogy

The Maximo Lopez Clan
At the turn of the 19th century during the Spanish era or "Tiempo Español", Maximo Lopez who became the patriarch of the original Lopez clan of Salog (now Jaro) in Iloilo married Juana Hilaria. They had two sons; Fermin and Placido. Fermin married Fernanda Hechanova and they had 12 children while Placido who married Maria Jacobe Jaena had 6 children. Placido doing odd jobs as general repairman and Maria a simple seamstress had a son named Graciano Lopez-Jaena, who eventually would became the national hero of the Ilonggo Nation .  .

". . . On December 18, 1856, Graciano Lopez-Jaena was born in Jaro, Iloilo City. History recognized him as the first reformist and the acknowledged "Trailblazer" of the First Propaganda Movement. At age 18, he wrote “Fray Butod” that exposed the abuses and unholy alliance between Spanish authorities, abusive encomienderos and the immoral friars under the pseudonym “Jose Butete.”

He went to Spain in 1880 where together with Dr. Jose P. Rizal who arrived in 1882 and, later, Marcelo H. del Pilar, they constituted the triumvirate that became the core of propagandists and pamphleteers advocating reforms in the Philippine Archipelago. In February 1889, Lopez Jaena founded the "La Solidaridad" that became the mouthpiece of the propaganda movement that advocated reforms and with the novels of Rizal, “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterisimo” and the execution of the three Filipino priests, Gomez, Burgos and Zamora became the sparkplugs that ignited the Philippine Revolution of 1896. . . "

On the other hand, Maximo and Juana Hilaria-Lopez' eldest son Fermin who married Fernanda Hechanova were the parents of Eustaquio Hechanova Lopez who later acquired large tracts of land and settled in Silay, Negros Occidental. The Barangay E. Lopez in Silay City used to be one of his Haciendas in Negros. Don Eustaquio financed his first cousin Graciano's trip to Spain in 1880 that would change the course of Philippine history.

Don Eustaquio Hechanova Lopez, first married Justina Aplasca in Jaro by whom he had a son named Roque Aplasca Lopez. When the Don became a widower, he remarried for the second and later for the third time in Negros.

Meanwhile, Roque A. Lopez who remained in Iloilo, later joined the "Comite de Conspiradores" of Molo and expended his inheritance to finance the revolution and to support families of poor Ilonggo revolutionary forces.

". . .The "Comite de Conspiradores" initiated by Don Francisco Felipe Villanueva and headed by Don Raymundo Angulo Melliza was formed in Parian, now Molo in Iloilo on March 18, 1898. The initial members were "Parianons" that included; Pablo Araneta, Fernando Salas, Francisco Soriano, Jovito Yusay and from Jaro; Roque Lopez and Simon Ledesma. This became the nucleus that started the highly disciplined and well organized covert revolutionary movement in the Island of Panay. Five months later, together with the revolutionary leaders outside the City led by Martin Teofilo Delgado y Bermejo of Sta. Barbara, they formed a revolutionary government and thus, the "Estado Federal de Bisayas" was established. Thereafter, Gen. Roque Aplasca Lopez was elected President of the Assembly. . ."

It is regretable, indeed, that there is no street named nor a historical marker installed to honor Gen. Roque A. Lopez, the Ilonggo patriot and first President of the "Estado Federal de Visayas" and many more Ilonggo leaders, who won the revolution against Spanish colonization, thereby achieved the status as a truly independent and legitimate sovereign nation before the "Faux pas" of U.S. invasion in 1899 of the Ilonggo Nation.

Whereas, our City's main thoroughfares were named to honor our forebears adversaries and the revolucionary losers from Luzon. (Brgy. & Gen. Hughes St. , Gen. Luna St. , Bonifacio, J.M.Basa Street, etc., etc...). Likewise, Ilonggo Illustrados who collaborated with the early American regime.

The Basilio Lopez Clan
During the early 1800's, a childless wealthy Spaniard from Batangas surnamed Lopez, decided to settle in Iloilo because of the peace and order situation and economic potentials. With him was his young aide, a local Sino-Indio or "Mestizo de Sangley" that he raised as his own son. When the old man died, his young protege named Basilio that he allowed to carry his surname "Lopez" soley inherited his huge fortune. The young Basilio later married Sabina, the daughter of a trusted laundry woman of the wealthy "Familia Jalandoni" of Jaro. She too was allowed to use the surname "Jalandoni" and later inherited a substantial portion of her adoptive parents properties.

Basilio and Sabina Jalandoni-Lopez had 16 children. The eldest son Eugenio Jalandoni Lopez, who rose as a big-time industrialist and one of the wealthiest man in Jaro,  also became the Gobernadorcillo of the Principalia de Jaro.

" . . . Earlier, Capitan Martin Delgado of Sta. Barbara together with Pedro Monteclaro of Miag-ao, Adriano Hernandez of Dingle, Quintin Salas of Dumangas and others led the volunteer battalion of Ilonggo contingents under the Spaniards who fought against Gen. Aguinaldos forces in Cavite and Pampanga. These military expeditions were mostly financed by Iloilo’s elite; more notably, Gobernadorcillo of Salog (Jaro) Don Eugenio Jalandoni Lopez and Don Felix de la Rama of Parian (Molo).

Later, however, Capitan Martin, with others, conspired for the Visayans instead of supporting the Spanish cause and organized an armed and open rebellion against the Spanish authorites in Panay. Several Visayan Generals including Gen. Raymundo Melliza and Gen. Pablo Araneta chose Delgado as "General en Jefe de los Tropas del Ejercito Libertador de Visayas y Governador Politico-Militar” based in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. . ."

Don Eugenio Jalandoni Lopez married Marcela Felipe Villanueva, while his younger brother Marcelo Jalandoni Lopez also married her sister Julieta. They were the sisters of Francisco Felipe Villanueva (married to Sofia Conlu), who initiated the founding of the "Comite de Conspiradores" of Molo and the children of  Don Eusebio and Maria Felipe de Villanueva.

Don Eugenio and Dña Marcela Villanueva-Lopez had sooo many children but were all relatively successful in their respective fields of endeavor. Their son Benito was assassinated while serving as Provincial Governor of Iloilo.  He was married to Presentacion Javelona Hofileña, while his younger brother Vicente also married the sister named Elena Javelona Hofileña and they built the famous elegant mansion in Jaro known as "Nelly Garden".

When Gov. Benito V. Lopez was slain, his eldest son Eugenio "Eñing" was only 7-years old and brother Fernando "Nanding" even younger. But as destined by fate; Eñing and Nanding, with family financial backing, inherent business acumen and political savvy would emerged as the most powerful brothers in the country.

" . . . The ABS-CBN Network was initiated in the late 1920’s by the family of Gov. Benito V. Lopez and Presentacion J. Hofileña who founded --The Times “El Tiempo” in Calle Ortiz, Iloilo City. This became the most popular newspaper in Western Visayas during the 1930‘s..

This print media venture blossomed into national prominence when in the year 1947 the Lopez'es acquired the Chronicle Group. Later when the mother company; Benpres Holdings was established --they expanded into power generation and distribution; road and water infrastructure, etc..

When the new phenomenon, "tele-vision" came into the picture; the inherent business acumen and foresight of Don Eugenio “Eñing” Lopez, proved his worth and the family controlled Television Giant was born.

That was the era when foreign Head-of-States and even Middle Eastern and European Royalties were amazed by the champagne "Fountain" flowing and wealth flaunting parties hosted by extravagant modern day Sugar Barons, led by “Don Eñing” who controls Philippine economy and his brother Vice President Fernando “Toto Nanding” Lopez who holds the reign in the political arena. Yes! even Malacañang tiptoed and was cautious not to offend the powerful Sugar Block.

During the Martial Law years, the Lopez family business interests; that included Meralco and ABS-CBN were confiscated by the government. In 1986, thousands of Metro Manilan's staged a relatively peaceful People's Power Revolution led by the elite and under the guidance of the Catholic Church heirachy --they succeeded. Thus, Oligarchy was restored.

Thereafter, President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino returned to the Lopez'es their business empires under a sweetheart deal, while the Lady President's own “Kamag-anak. Inc.” enjoyed the fruits of the EDSA-I revolt.

With the advent of cable technology and cyberspace communication, even Filipinos abroad could now easily view Pinoy Channels --dominated by the Lopez family from Iloilo . . ."

Epilogue:
Although this illustrious family of Jaro began centuries ago from two different bloodlines with the same surname, in later years the offsprings inter-married that nowadays, many consider themselves as one big happy "Lopez" family.

Acknowledgement for invaluable testimonials of two prominent members that belong to each of the Lopez clan, who prefer to remain anonymous.
Captions in italic were based from "The Rise & Fall of the Federal Republic of the Visayas at: http://ilonggonation.blogspot.com/p/rise-and-fall-of-federal-republic-of.html
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The "Ledesma Streets" in the City of Iloilo, Philippines

Calle Ledesma circa early 1900's

The "Ledesma Streets" in the City of Iloilo, Philippines
(By: dinggol araneta divinagracia -Ilonggo Nation Global Federation - April 13, 2015)

The District of Jaro in the City of Iloilo, Philippines, was once upon a time known as "Salog". It was named after the Salog river that traverse the area. In the yesteryears, Jaro was a seperate and distinct City by itself, until it was subsumed into "La Muy Leal y Noble Ciudad de Iloilo". This was due to political rivalry and family feud of two warring Ilonggo oligarchy; the Lopez'es of Jaro and the Arroyo's of Parian now Molo.

 " ....."And by the way, PGMA die-hard ilonggo Justice Raul Maravilla Gonzalez (of Ledesma ancestry) is the son of Delfin Q. Gonzalez, the last Mayor of Jaro City that was subsumed into Iloilo City when he caught the ire of then President Quezon....."

(Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=970330272979547&id=136882906324292&notif_t=notify_me)
Two Jareños who belong to the illustrious Ledesma clan served as "Gobernadorcillo and Alcalde-Mayor" with distinction, and in whose memory the Simon Lopez Ledesma and to his grandson, the Demetrio Benedicto Ledesma (DB Ledesma) Streets were named.

The "Ledesco Bridge" that was built sometime in the middle 1980's dedicated to Don Ricardo Ledesma (married to Manuela Locsin) as main entrance to the prestigious Ledesco Villages, was constructed to cross the Jaro river from Javellana Extension in the Lapaz-Jaro border.

Another "Calle Ledesma" or Ledesma Street, considered as one of the longest main thoroughfares is located in Iloilo City Proper. It starts at the rotunda of Plazoleta Gay (intersecting Calle Real, Iznart, Fermin Caram, Sr. and Arroyo Streets) in downtown Iloilo City up to the intersection of Rizal-Estanzuela and Lopez Jaena-Baluarte at the Tanza-Bonifacio area.

"....... Alcalde Jose Ma. Gay was the last Spanish Alcalde Mayor of Iloilo and the son of Vicente Gay and Trinidad Ditching Soriano, daughter of Don Anselmo Soriano y Flores (Molo Gobernadorcillo-1860) and Maria Dy Ching of Binondo, Manila. The "Plazoleta Gay" in downtown Iloilo City was named after him....."

(Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=970326869646554&id=136882906324292&notif_t=notify_me )

This long stretch of Calle Ledesma, that traverse the Streets of Valeria, Santos Chiu Kim See, Quezon, Mabini, Liberation Road, Fuentes and Jalandoni was named in memory of it's donor, Don Anastacio Lopez Ledesma (married to Clara Jalandoni Lopez), an Ilonggo philanthropist of the landed gentry, the Ledesma-Lopez clan of Jaro.

Large tracts of once swampy areas within the peripheral of Calle Ledesma, Iloilo City Proper, were passed on to direct heirs of Don Anastacio Lopez Ledesma. In modern times, the families of: Ester Ledesma Habana de Jamora (vicinity of Valeria St.); Emilia Ledesma Habana de Betita (vicinity of Quezon St.); and Aurora Ledesma Virto de Montinola (vicinity of Mabini St.) -- all in the right side towards Molo, traversing Calle Delgado that almost reached up to Gen. Luna Street.

While the opposite portion of the huge property were inherited by the Ledesma-Montinola and the Ledesma-Montinola-Tinsay branch of the familia that included the lot where Iloilo Terminal (Super) Market now stands. Their share traverse Juan de Leon St. up to Rizal Street near the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait.

A block away from the Supermarket area, is Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus (Santo Anghel) located at the corner of Ledesma-Fuentes Streets. The lot I presumed, was likewise, donated by the generous Anastacio Ledesma family.

The lot at corner Ledesma-Jalandoni Sts. was inherited by Remedios Ledesma Gamboa de Jalbuena, who bequeathed it to her son Freddie. Later, Freddie Gamboa Jalbuena sold the property to Nicolas Ledesma, a member of the religious sect who donated the same to his church of the 7th Day Adventist.

Adjacent to the 7th Day Adventist compound, was inherited by Felisa Ledesma Gamboa de Magalona (married to Jose Belmonte Magalona) who passed on the huge property to her children, namely: Dr. Rene Gamboa Magalona, married to the daughter of Demetrio Benedicto (DB) Ledesma and Remedios Felix Cajili named Evelina; to Carlos Gamboa Magalona and daughter Leda Gamboa Magalona de Zaldarriaga.

At the opposite side of the Street, the corner lot was inherited by Conchita Ledesma Gamboa de Lizares, who with husband Emiliano built the "Lizares-Gamboa Mansion" --now the Angelicum School in Tabuc Suba, Jaro. This property in Calle Ledesma was later acquired by the family of "Paa" of the famous bakery in Jaro.

The sisters Remedios, Felisa and Conchita were among the grandchildren of Anastacio Lopez Ledesma and Clara Jalandoni Lopez de Ledesma.

Wilson Street located in the rear side of the Seventh Day Adventists compound at the corner of Ledesma-Jalandoni Sts. in Barangay Wilson-Jalandoni was named after Wilson Lopez Ledesma, son of the wealthy patriarch, Don Anastacio Lopez Ledesma.

Another branch of the deeply religious Ledesma family of old Iloilo, earlier owned the prime properties that span along Bonifacio Drive from the Forbes Bridge approach going to Lapaz District up to the corner of Gen. Luna Street fronting the Iloilo Provincial Capitol and the Nicolas Jalandoni Rotunda accross Atrium. Even the heritage house in front of Museo Iloilo of Don Eusebio and Remedios Sian Melliza de Villanueva (inherited by their unmarried youngest daughter Julianita) was once owned by a wealthy Ledesma family.

Yes! this other main thoroughfare, could have also been named as another "Ledesma Street" in the City of Iloilo, Philippines.
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Calle Ledesma as viewed from Plazoleta Gay.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017



LAS CASAS ANTIGUAS - CIUDAD DE ILOILO

Photo of some heritage houses in the City of Iloilo, Philippines owned by members of the Araneta Clan, or once-upon-a-time belong to this illustrious Ilonggo family.

A Brief Family History:
The Philippine Aranetas are descended from two brothers who came from the Guipuzcoa Province of the historical region of the Vascongadas or Basque Country in northern Spain. Evidently hidalgos or members of nobility since they possessed a Coat-of-Arms.

During the Galleon Trade in 1723, Baltazar de Araneta y Guyol and his brother Don Jose de Araneta arrived in Manila from Acapulco, Mexico on board the galleon "La Sacra Familia" and decided to settle permanently in Las Islas Filipinas. Baltazar, an officer in the Spanish fleet married to Manuela de Aguirre served as a Regidor of the Cabildo in Manila and later became the Secretary of the charitable fraternity of the Misericordia. He died in Manila in 1750. His son, Juan Francisco Araneta y Aguirre, a maestre on the galleon "Santisima Trinidad" fought the British forces when they attacked Manila in 1762. He proved his nobility before the justices of Gaiza in the year 1773.

While in 1725, Don Jose de Araneta y Guyol joined the first expeditionary forces for Mindanao together with Don Placido Alberto de Saavedra, to serve the Spanish Politico-Military Government based at Zamboanga City as interpreter of the government and the Sultan of Maguindanao --Sultan Amiril Mamini Camsa, a.k.a. Amir ud-Din Hamza, also referred to by the khalifal title "Amir-ul-Muhminin."

Don Jose de Araneta died in line of duty as Royal Interpreter in 1746 at Silangan (Sulugan) the present Anuling in Cotabato, Central Mindanao. Don Jose's two sons, Mathias and Vicente, both surnamed Araneta y Santa Ana left Zamboanga for Iloilo while another son Jose Benito stayed behind.

Years later, Vicente Araneta y Santa Ana together with his family joined the exodus of the more adventurous prominent ilonggos from Parian (Molo) and Salog (Jaro)such as the Yulos' and the Yusays'; the Locsins's and the Lacsons'; the Lopezes' and the Ledesmas'; the Jalandonis' and Javellanas'; the Montinolas', Montillas' and Montelibanos'; the Valencias' and Villanuevas'; the Salases' and dela Ramas' and others who migrated to the "New Frontier", the island of Negros formerly known as "Isla Buglas" with its' majestic Mount Kanlaon that eventually became known as the land of sugar barons or "Sugarlandia". . . (Truncated)

Source: THE ARANETA FAMILY OF THE PHILIPPINES
(By: dinggol araneta divinagracia-October 23, 1993)

Escudo de Armas of the Familia Araneta
"Nobleza y Valor"
(Nobility and Strenght)

                   
                                             THE ANTILLAN HOUSE IN JARO, ILOILO CITY

Undoubtedly, one of the most popular heritage houses in Iloilo City is the "ANTILLAN HOUSE"; built at the turn of the last century by Don Gregorio Montinola y Lozada married to Dña Matilde Jalandoni y Habana.

This magnificently designed ancestral house withstood the fury of nature, the ravages of war and the test of time. After a lenghty judicial proceedings, the decision of ownership finally favored Dña MATILDE JALANDONI MONTINOLA married to Don ALFREDO ARANETA SANSON of Molo.

The property with lot area by the hectares, that span the main thoroughfare of E. Lopez St. up front and the main street of Commission Civil at the rear, was bequeathed to the four Sanson-Montinola brothers, namely: Gregorio, George, Federico and Francisco.

After an amicable settlement, the brothers partitioned among themselves the property with Greg (married to Marilou Lorca Tirol), the eldest retaining the Antillan House, while his younger brothers shared a proportionate and reasonable portion of their estate.

The Antillan House was the initial venue of the "First" Araneta Family Grand Reunion (Nov.19 & 20, 1993) spearheaded by Eva Araneta-Serra, TonyPet Araneta and Dinggol Araneta Divinagracia. 


(In Photo -Jaro Fiesta Feb.2, 2017): With my daughter Jinky Gonzales, niece Joy Montinola Gatuslao-Siscar and Jun, son of former Iloilo Provincial Governor Sim Griño. --dinggol.d~~~
The DON JOAQUIN LEDESMA Mansion.


Fronting Plaza Jaro is the impressive palatial edifice built by Don Joaquin Ledesma married to Dña Pilar Arguelles.



When their son Jesus "Nene" Ledesma passed away, the Don bequeathed the property to his widow Emma de la Peña Montinola vda. de Ledesma and her children.



Emma is the daughter of Alfredo Araneta Montinola and Rosario dela Peña. Her great grandfather Gabriel Militante Araneta was the "twin" brother of my maternal great grandfather Felix Militante Araneta. --dinggol.d~~~



(Below is a photo of Manang Emma as beauty queen during her younger days.)
 
The DON FELICITO SORIANO ARANETA Mansion
The "Pink" Mansion fronting the Jaro Cathedral across the Plaza was built by Felicito Soriano Araneta married to Clotilde Araneta Montinola. Childless, they adopted their niece Teresita, (daughter of Don Eliseo Araneta Montinola and Dña. Aurora Virto de Montinola) who married Francis Valderrama. This property was later acquired by the Ang family of Iloilo City.

During my High School years, Lolo Felicito, the youngest brother of my (maternal) Lolo Marciano Soriano Araneta would pick me up in his chauffeured car to accompany him going around or stay weekends in his home to harvest Star-apple and Tambis..

Even before his demise, I already received from him some Negros Navigation shares-of-stocks where he was Treasurer and one of the founders. Bless his soul! --dinggol.d~~~
The DON RODRIGO ARANETA MONTINOLA Mansion
The Don Rodrigo Araneta Montinola mansion in Jaro, Iloilo City was built in the mid-1880's by Rodrigo Araneta Montinola married to Felisa Jalandoni. This was inherited by their niece and adopted daughter Estela Virto Montinola, who married Mayor Adolfo Jaen of Leganes, Iloilo. Manang Estela was the daughter of Don Eliseo Araneta Montinola and Doña Aurora Virto de Montinola.

The estate is now owned by the family of Natividad Panlilio Montinola.

Don Rodrigo's maternal grandfather Gabriel Militante Araneta was the "Twin" brother of my very own great granda Felix Militante Araneta. --dinggol.d~~~

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Family photo of Rodrigo and Felisa Jalandoni-Montinola with the young Estella, Simplicio and Ma. Lourdes "Lulu" Montinola-Gatuslao. (Mother of Joy who married my Locsin nephew Edgar Hubero Siscar).

The family of Edgar and Joy lived in this ancestral house for about 20-years. --dinggol.d~~~
The Doña CONCHA SORIANO ARANETA Mansion

This house in Calle Quezon near Gen.Luna St. was originally owned by Salvador "Badong" Araneta Segovia, eldest son of Maria Soriano Araneta and Luis Segovia. Tio Badong was married to Clarita Tolosa of Tigbauan, Iloilo.


After WW2, the badly damaged residential bldg. was acquired and renovated by his mom Maria's sister Concepcion "Concha" Soriano Araneta, a spinster.

We lived in this house for several years, after our own home was razed to the ground during the 1966 conflagration that destroyed about 1/3 of Iloilo City Proper.

After the death of Lola Concha, I personally sold this property to Mr. William Bayani with the authority from her heirs including my mother Adela Locsin Araneta vda. de Divinagracia. --dinggol.d~~~
The DON JESUS ARANETA ESTEBAN Mansion.

Along Calle Ramon Muzones (formerly Gen. Robert Hughes St.) going to Fort San Pedro, stands the ancestral home of Don Jesus Araneta Esteban married to Dña. Beata Torres Ferrer.


He was the son of Col. Emilio Araneta Esteban, of the 1898 Panay revolutionary Forces of the Estado Federal de Bisayas. and eldest son of Placido Esteban and Ceferina Militante Araneta.

Col. Emilio was married to his first cousin Pilar Locsin Araneta, daughter Agaton Militante Araneta and Josefa Locsin. Ceferina and Agaton were younger siblings of my great Grandpa Felix Militante Araneta of Molo, Iloilo City. --dinggol.d~~~
The DON ROQUE LOCSIN SANSON Mansion
The Sanson-Araneta ancestral home along Lopez Jaena Street in Molo, was built by spouses Don Roque Locsin Sanson and Dña Isabel Soriano Araneta, eldest daughter of Felix Militante Araneta and Paz Ditching Soriano.

This was later inherited by their eldest son Alfredo Araneta Sanson married to Matilde Jalandoni Montinola,. who bequeathed the same property to their four sons, namely Gregorio, George, Federico and Francisco.

After an amicable agreement among the brothers, this heritage house went to the second son George married to the former Elizabeth Vinzon. --dinggol.d~~~
The Dr. TOMAS SANTAREN SERRA Mansion

One of the most sought-after Physician-Surgeon in Iloilo, Philippines in the yesteryears was the illustrious and kind-hearted Dr. Tomas Santaren Serra of San Joaquin, Iloilo with residence at Calle Santo Rosario in the City of Iloilo..

The good Doctor was married to the former EVA SITCHON ARANETA, daughter of Don Marciano Yulo Araneta, erstwhile Presidente Municipal of Bago in Negros Occidental.

Manang Eva is a younger sister of Don J. Amado "Amading" Araneta, founder of the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, who built the world reknowned 'ARANETA COLISEUM". --dinggol.d~~~
The DON SERAFIN ARANETA SANSON Mansion


This ancestral home fronting Molo Plaza beside the now famous tourist spot called "Molo Mansion" (formerly Yusay-Consing), belong to Serafin Araneta Sanson married to Milagros Gustilo.


The sturdy old house of hard wood with solid concrete base was demolished to give way for modern residential buildings within the family compound.

Tio Serafin is the son of Roque Locsin Sanson and Isabel Soriano Araneta, eldest sister of my Lolo Marciano Soriano Araneta. --dinggol.d~~~
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