Of Politics and Genealogy

4 12 2007

I grabbed these two blog posts from my friend Todd’s blog.

The original titles of the two separate entries are: RP Politics: A Family Affair and Tangled Webs of Families and Intrigues respectively.

They’re a tad too long for those who do not have the patience to read stuff like this but instead of separating these entries, I decided to enter them as one, hence the length. I find this very interesting. I hope you will too.

RP Politics: A Family Affair

In 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo declared the Philippines an independent and sovereign state and became this nation’s first president. A century plus three years later, his cousin, Gloria M. Arroyo, rose to the same position when Joseph Ejercito Estrada was toppled from power through the event known as People Power II. As it happened, Erap, too, was Gloria’s relative. In fact, in a complicated and Byzantine manner, almost all of our former leaders were related to one another, in one way or the other. Allow me to extrapolate.

Emilio Aguinaldo’s first cousin’s, General Baldomero Aguinaldo, great-grandson was Cesar E.A. Virata, the first and only Prime Minster of the Republic of the Philippines.

The Virata family, through marriage, is connected with the Acuña family. One Acuña married a scion of the Roxas family. The product of this marriage was former President Manuel A. Roxas, whose son Gerry Roxas was a former Senator and whose grandson, Mar Roxas III was a Trade and Industry secretary and currently a Senator of the Republic.

Also, due to his dalliance with Juanita McIlvain, former Miss Universe Margarita “Margie” Moran Floirendo just happens to be President Roxas’ granddaughter.

“President Manuel Roxas’ wife, Trinidad de Leon, was the daughter of former Senator Ceferino de Leon. Sen. De Leon’s brother, Jose, married Dona Narcisa “Sisang” Buencamino, one of the most successful movie magnates in her time. Narcisa’s first cousin’s son was Philip Buencamino, who married Nene Quezon, daughter of President Manuel Luis Quezon.

Further, another scion of the Roxas family was Margarita Roxas, whose marriage to Antonio de Ayala produced Trinidad de Ayala. Trinidad later married Jacobo Zobel and started the legendary Zobel De Ayala family.

Some of the minor branches of the Zobel de Ayala family married into the other aristocratic families of Manila. The Aranetas, Ayalas, Elizaldes, Prietos, and more. Through the Roxas family’s connection with the Aranetas, former Tourism Secretary and beauty queen Gemma Cruz-Araneta is also related to Pres. Roxas.

It must also be remembered that Gemma Cruz’s paternal great-grandmother was Dona Maria Rizal, the sister of our national hero, Jose P. Rizal.

Gemma Cruz’s mother, Carmen, remarried Mr. Angel Nakpil, the nephew of Julio Nakpil, composer of a version of the Philippine National Anthem, who in turn was the husband of Gregoria De Jesus, the “Muse of the Katipunan.”

Gregoria de Jesus was also the widow of Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio. Similarly, two of Gemma’s first cousins, Paz and Maria Cruz Banaad, married Bienvenido and Roberto Laurel, respectively, relatives of former Vice-President Salvador “Doy” Laurel, son of President Jose P. Laurel.

Two branches of the Araneta family further married presidential daughters; the first one being Juan Miguel Arroyo, whose second cousins are Aranetas. He married then Ms. Gloria M. Macapagal, daughter of President Diosdado Macapagal. Of course, GMA is now the country’s Chief Executive. The second to marry a presidential daughter was Greggy Araneta who married Irene Romualdez Marcos, the youngest child of President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos and Imelda Romualdez. The Araneta-Marcos marriage further stretches our already complicated family connections.

A maternal grandfather of Marcos, Don Fructuoso Edralin, was a cousin of Gen. Antonio Luna and his brother the Filipino national artist, Juan Luna. Juan Luna in turn married Paz Pardo de Tavera, of a rich and powerful Spanish-Filipino family.

Ferdinand Marcos’ grandfather’s sister, Crispina Marcos, married Hilario Valdez. Their daughter, Angela Valdez, married Ambassador Narciso Ramos, father of Fidel V. Ramos, also a President of the Republic. Narciso Ramos, after becoming a widower, married Alfonsita Lucero, whose father’s maternal family, the Birondos of Argao, Cebu, married into the Almendras family of Cebu and Davao.

Alfonsita’s fourth cousin, William Birondo, married Kukit Tecala, whose uncle, Pedro Tecala Sr., married Sofronia Almendras. Two of Sofronia’s siblings married into political families. Her brother, Paulo Almendras, married Elisea Durano, the daughter of Demetrio Durano and progenitor of the Durano family that has ruled Danao and Sogod, Cebu for many years. A prominent member of the Durano family is Ace Durano, a former representative and now Tourism Secretary.

Another cousin of Alfonsita, Dr. Procopio Lucero, Jr., married Gliseria Gullas, sister of politicians Jose and Eduardo Gullas.

Still another fourth cousin of Alfonsita is Hilario Davide, Sr., whose son is Hilario G. Davide, Jr., a former Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court.

A son of Paulo was former Senator Alejandro Almendras, whose marriage to a Bendigo of Davao City connected them to the ruling families of Davao: the Banggoys, Palma Gils, Lizadas, Nograleses and others. The current House of Representative Majority Leader is Prospero “Boy” Nograles from Davao City. Senator Almendras’ brother, Josefino, married Rosita Dimataga, the sister of Leonila Dimataga, who in turn was the wife of President Carlos P. Garcia.

One of Sofronia’s sisters was married to an Osmeña, thus linking them to the family of President Sergio Osmeña. Most of President Osmeña’s male descendants have become senator, governor, mayor, Representative, and councilor at various points in time and his family remains the premier political dynasty of Cebu: Tomas is the current mayor of Cebu City; other members of the family who held or are holding political offices are Jing-Jing, Emilio “Lito”, John, John-John, and many more.

President Osmeña’s half-sister was Doña Modesto Singson-Gaisano, the matriarch of the affluent Gaisano family of Cebu City. Modesta was a progeny of Don Pedro Gotiaoco, whose other descendants include Atty. Agusto Go, President of the University of Cebu and Honorary South Korean Consul; John Gokongwei, Jr., a great-grandson of Don Pedro Gotiaoco and the owner of Cebu Pacific, Robinson’s Mall, JG Summit, and many more; and the Sy-Gaisano family, who operate chains of shopping malls all over Visayas and Mindanao. A grandson of the brother of Don Pedro is Andrew Gotianun, who owns FILINVEST Group and East West Bank.

Imelda Romualdez’s marriage to Marcos also brought in many famous personalities. Imelda’s daughter, Imee, currently a member of the House of Representatives, married Tommy Manotoc, whose mother was related to a wife of Genny Lopez, whose own nephew Beaver married Jackie Estrada, daughter of Pres. Erap Estrada.

Her own niece, Marean Romualdez, daughter of her brother Gov. Alfredo Romualdez, married Thomas Pompidou, the grandson of the French President Georges Pompidou.

Imelda’s first cousin, Senator Danieling Romualdez, married Pacita Gueco of Tarlac. In an ironic twist of fate, Pacita Gueco happened to be the first cousin of the Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

Of course, the Aquinos themselves have allied with many political families, and a scion of the Aquino clan was Senator Eva Estrada Kalaw, one of the Philippines’ very first female senators.

Ninoy’s marriage to the heiress Corazon Cojuanco also allied his family to another political dynasty. Corazon Aquino, after her husband’s heroic death in 1983, later became the country’s first female Chief Executive. Her maternal family, the Sumulongs, have also produced several lawmakers. The Cojuangco family, on the other hand, owns one of the oldest-existing haciendas in the country today, and the Cojuangcos control many of the country’s business enterprises.

Two Cojuancos, sons of Cory’s cousins Ramon and Eduardo, respectively, married (sic) Rio Diaz (Charlie Cojuanco), sister of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz and Gretchen Baretto (Tony Boy Cojuanco). Gretchen’s sisters are Claudine and Marjorie, themselves married to actors. Cory’s niece, equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco, married Dodot Jaworski, son of basketball legend and Sen. Robert Jaworski. Senator Jaworski, on the other hand, married Susan Bautista Revilla, daughter of Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr., whose son Bong Revilla was a former governor and Senator. This connection, no doubt, extends this family tree to most of the country’s movie personalities.

Clearly, this Byzantine illustration of family connection is proof of the intricacies of Philippine politics. In this short presentation we have already linked no less than 12 of our 14 Presidents, one Prime Minister, two former Miss Universe winners, several senators and many other personalities, political or otherwise. We have even connected our “Philippine Family Tree” to a former French President! Imagine what further research into the other family trees could reveal?

Philippine politics, undoubtedly, is a family affair.

Tangled Webs of Families and Intrigues

What do President Arroyo, Ping Lacson, Erap Estrada, Imelda Marcos, Danding Cojuangco, Ace Durano, and Nerissa Soon-Ruiz have in common other than all being involved in the Davide impeachment, one way or the other? Well, they all also happen to be related to each other, in one way or the other.

President Gloria Arroyo, alleged to be behind the Davide impeachment, is married to Mike Arroyo, of the infamous JOSE PIDAL CONTROVERSY, whose own grandfather, Jose Maria PIDAL Arroyo, married a Lacson, who also happens to be related to Senator Panfilo Lacson, whose KURATONG BALELENG case has been reoppened by Davide. Mike is similarly a second cousin of Aranetas, whose one member, Greggy, is married to Irene Marcos, daughter of Imelda Marcos, also having recently received a negative SC ruling on her SWISS ACCOUNTS. Irene’s sister, Imee, married Tommy Manotoc, whose mother is related also to the wife of Geny Lopez, whose family has recently also received a blow from the Supreme Court because of their MERALCO RULING. Another Lopez, Beaver, married Jackie Ejercito, daughter of deposed President Joseph Estrada, whose ouster was legalized by an SC ruling declaring GMA’s presidency constitutional in 2001. Meanwhile, Imelda’s first cousin, Danieling Romualdez, married Pacita Gueco, first cousin of Ninoy, whose marriage to Cory Cojuangco made related him to Danding Cojuangco, another recipient of a negative SC ruling, this time on the COCO LEVY FUNDS. He is similarly related to Rep. Teodoro, his own nephew. Imelda’s marriage to Ferdinand Marcos goes on to relate her to FVR, who was Marcos’ 2nd cousin. FVR’s stepmother’s, Alfonsita Birondo Lucero vda. de Ramos’s, fourth cousin William Birondo married an Almendras, who is in turn a cousin of Ace Durano, a signatory of the impeachment rap against Davide. Another fourth cousin of Alfonsita, James Lucero, married Nazarena Soon, the sister of Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, another impeachment signatory. It seems really astounding that all those involved in the Davide impeachment are related, but what’s more astonishing is that they are all also related to the man they are trying to persecute. How? Well, FVR’s stepmom is also the fourth cousin of the embattled Chief Justice, both coming from Don Agustin Cristobal Bayot of Argao, Cebu, who is both their great-great-great-grandfather.

Who says genealogy is boring?




18 responses

4 12 2007
Of Politics and Genealogy

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14 12 2007

same blood passes through their veins…kya pla wlang pag-babago..nyahaahhaha;)

14 12 2007

Well, the same goes for the voting populace. We’re all talk and scream, but most of us still open our palms wide for vote buyers. That’s one HUGE political dynasty that we have, huh! 🙂

16 12 2007

very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

16 12 2007

thank you for dropping by. i’m not sure which one you’re not agreeing to—my comment or the whole entry? nonetheless, I respect it.


16 12 2007
durano lawayan

Hello Iamsorceress,

This is astonishing! I knew of several connections among Presidents and other lower ranking politicians and business interests, but never this extensive. So, the bloodline is from the same dog, only the collar changes.

Basically, this means those political parties are nothing but cliques from the same class of caciques. On the other hand, intermarriages between them are perhaps unavoidable, since they move within the same circle. This is also beneficial for them since they get to keep the loot within the family! How convenient.

It would be nice to weave a novel around this unacceptable phenomenon, something like Da Vinci Code. One title could be The Hemophilic Code. A story unlocking the key to the country’s unstoppable bleeding since 1896, and why the blood sucking continues to this day.

By the way, thanks for dropping by my site and for the comment. I like the voice in your posts and your comments, short, swift and straight. –Durano, done!

Hello, Durano. I’ve read your entries and for you to say that you “like the voice in” the lines that I write and for you to grace my blog with your online presence, make me feel so honored. And no, I don’t hogwash so I mean that big time. Hope to see more of you hereabouts. I am not that much of a blogger but I try my darnedest to capture my thoughts and what humble opinions I have about life in general and its details into passable entries.

I think a fusion of Anne Rice, Dan Brown and John Le Carré with a touch of Sheldon and Puzo would make one powerful saga of the rise and fall of the seemingly eternal dark ages of our country’s politics. How about Rage Against the Machine singing the OST for its telenovela? LOL. That’d be the day.

Indeed it is astonishing albeit not that surprising. And as they say, in politics, there are no permanent friends and enemies, and with blood thicker than water, everything is reduced to a mere cliché. Is there any hope? I would like to believe so. But then again, we can never really tell. So, let’s all wish for WORLD PEACE! LOL.

17 12 2007
Todd L. Sales

Haha. It’s nice to know people read my boring articles Geds. Thanks for posting them here.

but they’re not boring at all toodles! thanks for letting me repost them. miss you!

15 06 2008
JS. Locsin


It is not only during the ancient times that the Aranetas showed their streak of heroism but also during the Philippine Revolution. Not only General Juan Anaclecto Araneta, Pablo Soriano Araneta, and Gregorio Soriano Araneta exemplified valor but also many of the Araneta family members such as; Don Felix Araneta y Militante, Agaton M. Araneta, Ceferina Araneta de Esteban, Marciano Soriano Araneta, Jose Soriano Araneta, Eusebio Araneta, Casimiro Araneta, Faustino Araneta and so on and so forth. They bore within their hearts their family legacy of nationalism. Indeed, the family has proved that its regency rooting back from the distant past could never be erased by time.


According to the Philippine Insurgents’ Records of the National Library, sub-titled, “Las Familias Insurrectos del Pueblo de Molo”, the Araneta family actively participated in the Philippine Revolution against Spain in 1896 – 1898. Don Felix Araneta y Militante, an influential supporter of the revolutionary movement in Iloilo, his brother Agaton M. Araneta, and sister Ceferina Araneta de Esteban, were all listed in the said Las Familias Insurrectos del Pueblo de Molo. While some members of the family were involved in the covert operations of the revolutionary movement, others distinguished themselves in the field of battles.

On August 28, 1898, Pablo Araneta y Soriano who was the Commanding General of the Panay Revolutionary Forces, together with General Martin Delgado, encountered several fierce battles in San Miguel, Pavia and in the outskirt of Jaro, more notably the battle of Oton to Arevalo. Along with General Angel Corteza and General Leandro Fullon of Antique, who fired the first shot, they crushed the Spanish Garrisons. His brother, Jose Araneta y Soriano, was a “Capitan” assigned to the revolutionary headquarters in Pavia, also fought in the battle of Tacas, Balangtan in Jaro. The Aranetas of Anilao, headed by Eusebio Araneta, with Casimiro, Emilio, Mariano, and Faustino Araneta, also actively fought the Spaniards. Emboldened by their success, the Ilongos formed a revolutionary government from which evolved the Republic of the Visayas in early December. Their main objective was to drive the Spaniards out of Panay province.

In La Carlota, Negros Occidental, Marciano Araneta y Soriano, with his younger brother Anastacio Araneta y Soriano, led the revolutionary forces that fought and captured the General Headquarters of the Spanish Garrison in Mangkas, presently known as La Carlota. Anastacio, who fought valiantly for the freedom of his country, was shot and killed during the battle by the remnants of the “guardia civil”. Marciano Araneta y Soriano became a founding member of the Cantonal Government of the Independent Federal Republic of Negros.
Gregorio Araneta y Soriano, another brother, was a member of the National Assembly representing the province of Iloilo. He advocated reforms for the welfare of the Filipino people. On the fourteenth of September 1898, he was appointed by General Emilio Aguinaldo as the first Secretary General and a delegate to the Malolos Republic. Gregorio Araneta was also a member of the committee to draft the Constitution. He was the youngest Secretary of Justice of the Philippine Republic, circa September 26, 1898.

Juan Anacleto Araneta y Torres, an illustrious and influential resident of Bago, Negros Occidental and Aniceto Lacson, were both designated Commanding General of the Negros revolutionary forces. Together they established a revolutionary committee in the municipalities, raising funds and gathering armaments. General Juan Araneta was placed in command of the south zone, while General Aniceto Lacson took charge of the north.

On the night of November 4, 1898, the town of Manapla started the revolt. Other towns followed the next day. With the rebels’ success in these towns, a pincer attack was planned against the Spanish forces in Bacolod. Araneta’s army was to move in from the south while that of Lacson’s was to come from the north. Knowing that they were short of arms, Araneta and Lacson ordered their men to put stems on their shoulders so they would appear to have rifles. Bamboo mats were rolled to the size of cannons and mounted on carts to simulate artillery pieces. The ruse of Araneta and Lacson worked. At the sight of such a “formidable” force, the Spanish officials in Bacolod surrendered.

The following day, November 5, 1898, Araneta and his men raised the Philippine flag for the first time and a provisional revolutionary government was established, with Juan Araneta as Secretary of War and Aniceto Lacson as President. In a meeting of the provisional government on November 26, 1898, General Araneta sponsored two resolutions which were unanimously approved. The first of this was a proposal to set up a Federal Republic and the second proposal called for a military expedition to Negros Oriental. The proposal was carried out by one thousand soldiers who joined the revolutionary troops of Negros Oriental to set up the province free by the end of November. The two provinces were then fused under one government.

The Federal Republic of the Visayas and the Independent Federal Republic of Negros, (which were greatly influenced by the Araneta family), and the well-established Malolos Republic fizzled-out and ultimately decided to unite for a common cause which eventually paved the way for the birth of the first Philippine Republic.

Ref: The Philippine Insurgents Records of the National Library Archives Division.

thank you for dropping by and for your contribution. —iamsorceress

15 06 2008
JS. Locsin

You have a very rich history behind that surname, congrat’s and God bless..


thank you. and you too. —iamsorceress

3 08 2009
E. Acuna

This is so surreal. I was looking for an Acuna-Roxas genealogy chart online and I stumbled upon this. How did you obtain this much info? It mustve taken lots of research. I’m interested because I found out 4 years ago that Mar Roxas is actually my second cousin. And we are going to have a grand reunion this year (Roxas-Acuna family).

This is fascinating. Thank you so much for the information you’ve shared that may have been forever lost.

You’re welcome. Credit goes to Todd Sales. I got the info from him. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂 —iamsorceress

3 05 2010
Naila P Bueno

I was really mersmerized reading your extensive details of philippine history.. thank you for sharing these to us.

3 05 2010
Naila P Bueno

I was truly mersmerized reading your extensive details of philippine history..Thank you for sharing these with us.

22 06 2010
Curachi Yap

It is much easier to comprehend if it is presented in the form of a family tree ( pertaining to the above politicians and beauty queens).

11 08 2010

Very informative put up, love the way you write and I think that the knowledge helps in a way. I don’t usually say this, but I think this can be a nice job done. If you like to exchange links, I’d be very happy to offer a hyperlink back to your site. Hope to hear from you soon.

7 09 2010
mike tiongco

hi to all!!
im mike tiongco from sfca
im doing my family tree for my kids.
my great, great, great lolo joaquin araneta born in molo, iloilo around 1774(1700s) got married to a chinese mestiza from binondo,manila name rufina del rosario but shes died. my lolo remarried to justa german from naga
they settled to lubao,pampanga
they have a 3 kids name’s calixta, simplicio, tomas.
tomas kids maria got married to jose fernandez they have a son’s name eugenio fernandez, gregorio “yoyong” fernandez, rodolfo “rudy” fernandez , mark fernandz.
alejo become a mayor in lubao, pampanga
calixta got married to a chinese mestizo from fujian but settled in guagua,pampanga.
were trying to trace who is the parents of lolo joaquin araneta??

7 02 2012

lahat ng mga yan may mga dugong spanyol yan kaya may crab mentalidad!..heheheh ika nga mga galing sa ilustradong buena familia. matalino pero corrupt. intiendez?

29 02 2012
Samsara N. Nirvana

the interconnections, links and intricacies of political dynasties’ history in the Philippines.

30 09 2014
crackingcore offline

I do not even understand how I finished up right here, however I assumed this post was
once good. I don’t understand who you might be but definitely you’re going to
a famous blogger if you aren’t already. Cheers!

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