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 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 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~~~
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~~~