|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....."
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....."
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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.|