From Sta. Cruz to Binãn: The Asuncion- Yatco- Carillo Lineage


Bulan Pier

Bulan. The picturesque coastal town of Bulan was one of the first migration destinations of the Asuncions of Sta. Cruz. The spirit of the time of transition had already been felt in the Asuncion household. The master painter Justiniano was the first to realize that it was no more his time. Styles had changed and so was the taste of the artistic consumers. New names like Luna and Hidalgo were in everyone’s tongue  as they had just brought home the bacon from Europe. It was this existential uncertainty that drove Justiniano to follow his son Zacharias in Bulan who had already successfully established himself being a grocery store owner and his political  engagement in the community. The ageing Justiniano for sure did not travel alone but in the company of somebody – probably Benita.

justiniano asuncion from damian domingo book, 2010 (5)

Dolores Paterno
ca. 1870 by Justiniano Asuncion

Binãn and Pasig. Perhaps around this time, those pretty nieces of Justiniano, once his favorite models for his portrait works, also moved southwards of Manila, namely, Binãn, Laguna, hence, making Binãn the second known migration place of the Asuncions. These women, Romana and Valentina Asuncion were the daughters of Antonio Asuncion (born 1794), (Justiniano’s brother) whose wife was Remigia Sta. Ana of Pasig. The third place where an Asuncion migrated was Pasig with Antonio Asuncion, a known artist and where he also became Gobernadorcilo in his time – true to this rare mixture of politics and arts in the Asuncion  blood. This migration to Binãn resulted ultimately into the blood fusion with Yatco, Carillo-Trinidad and Yaptinchay – all prominent Binãn families.


The Binãn Church

We were toured around the center of Binãn by my relative Christopher Yatco where he showed us the houses where  the Yatcos, together with Romana and Valentina Asuncion, once lived. A nostalgic mini tour, shooting pictures of these old spanish houses as I tried to imagine how they lived there at that time. Romana and Valentina were my first cousins, me being three generations younger.




Valentina Asuncion married a Yatco which is one of the oldest gems of  Binãn. His name was Ignacio.  His brother Gregorio was the father of Ysidro Yatco, the progenitor of the “Tres Marias de Yatco” of Binãn. The merchant’s Ysidro Yatco wife was Bonifacia Mercado, sister of Jose Rizal’s father, Fransico Mercado. The Tres Marias- Salud, Leonila and Paz- were Jose Rizal’s first cousins. (The young student Jose Rizal did not use his  family name Mercado upon the advice of his brother Paciano to avoid being linked to Father Gomez who was executed by the Spaniards).


asuncion legacy

Filomena Asuncion Villafranca

Valentina Asuncion and Ignacio Yatco’s children were Eleuterio, Jose, Leoncio and Filomena [ married to Eugenio Alzona]. (Note: There are two other Filomenas: One Filomena [married to a Castrillo] , daughter of  Romana Asuncion Carillo and another Filomena [married to a Villafranca], daughter of Leoncio Asuncion [born 1813] , Justiniano’s older brother. )

According to Christopher Yatco (born 1974), Eleuterio Yatco y Asuncion had a son in the name of Francisco whose wife was Asuncion Belizario (here the name Asuncion is a first name).Their children being : Josefina Yatco (married to Andy Francia),  Digna Yatco (married to Momoy Concepcion),  Thomas Yatco (married to Florinda Sabater), Ruben Yatco (married to Adelaida Ponce) and Ernestina Yatco (a spinster) .


Jun, Christopher, Florabel and Mila
November 2012, Felix Restaurant, Greenbelt 5 Makati

Christopher Yatco’s parents are Ruben Yatco and Adelaida Ponce. Christopher is a soft-spoken man, open-minded, friendly, very generous, informed and interested in many things. He and his wife Florabel Co- Yatco run a chain of reputable restaurants in Metro Manila. This photo above was taken at Felix restaurant owned by Chris and Florabel, a great venue with excellent food, service – and a jazzy background music! Indeed, they’re very industrious and successful entrepreneurs. Christopher’s interest in genealogy is amazing at his age despite the work that he has as a businessman – in a true Yatco- Asuncion fashion. He is a first cousin three generations younger of Don Ysidro Yatco, once a prominent business person in Binãn. His great, great-grandfather Antonio Asuncion had not the slightest idea that, 218 years after his birth, one of his “offsprings” in the name of Christopher would meet another offspring of his younger brother Justiniano. We both sensed the significance of that evening, acknowledging that we both are living extensions of them, our ancestors,  and that we have the duty to look back and honor them. Christopher is my fourth cousin a generation younger  and fifth cousin to my sons.

The Yatcos and Mercados are related as in-laws. We may say that Ysidro Yatco, being the husband of Jose Rizal’s aunt Bonifacia Mercado, was Jose’s “uncle in-law” (or Jose Rzal being Ysidro’s “nephew in -law”) and so were Ysidros’ other brothers, as they were the uncles of the Tres Marias. From the surface there seems to be no direct blood relationship among the other Yatcos with the Mercados and that all other Yatcos do not carry the Mercado’s genes, that they are just in- laws. Yet Bonfacia’s next offsprings carry the Yatco genes in themselves, the same copy that Christopher has. And if we would go a little a deeper in the sense that we would forget people and talk of blood as a collective entity then the mixing of these two bloods – the Yatcos’ and the Mercado’s”- through the union of Ysidro and Bonifacia- had ultimately effected a chemical bonding of both bloods which affects all other people carrying these bloods. This is perhaps what we mean when we say ” that person is my distant relative”.

If in-laws are distant relatives, then it goes beyond the common consanguinity relationships from first to seventh cousins. For how distant is a distant relative really? Who and what defines and limits relationships? The western concept of family relationship is very limited to biology. There are cultures and even certain people that regard family relationship beyond this common concept. The English term “next of kin” does not necessarily mean a blood-relative. And a person has the natural right to call somebody to whom he or she feels strong affinity as brother or sister. There is somehow also a spiritual dimension to human and family relationship. I mean, if we would extend the line of Ysidro Yatco as son- in-law of Juan Mercado, the grandfather of Jose Rizal, and Christopher being a great, great grand-nephew of Ysidro Yatco, therefore, Christopher could be Jose Rizal’s three generations younger “first- cousin-in-law”, with Paz, Salud and Leonila being Jose Rizal’s direct (blood) first cousins as seen from Jose Rizal’s family tree and Christopher being Salud, Paz and Leonila’s second cousin by blood, two generations younger as seen from the Yatco family tree.

With Romana Asuncion, the ninth child of Antonio Asuncion and Remigia Sta. Ana, the Asuncions got connected with another prominent Binãn family, the Carillo-Trinidad. Romana married Andres Carillo-Trinidad. Their daughter, Petronilla married a Yatco (as if following the foosteps of her aunt Valentina Asuncion). His name was Fermin Yatco y Yaptinchay, the son of Aniceto Yatco and Simeona Yaptinchay. Aniceto was Ignacio’s brother. Simeona herself was a daughter of a Carillo-Trinidad, Maria, who became the wife of the first Yaptinchay, namely Yap Tin Chay, a migrant Chinese, with Yap as the family name and Tin Chay the first name. However, his descendants adopted the combined names Yaptinchay as their family name (source : Toto Gonzalez). How Andres and Maria Carillo- Trinidad were related to one another is my question to the  Carillos of today.

But you may have noticed by now that Fermin Yatco y Yaptinchay who married Petronila Carillo- Trinidad, actually was a Carillo- Trinidad also through his grandmother Maria Yaptinchay  y Carillo- Trinidad. Hence, Petronila and Fermin were blood relatives.


Romana Asuncion, on the right.

Now, Petronila’s and Fermin Yatco’s son, Macario Yatco y Carillo  (y Asuncion y Yaptinchay!) married Guia, an Asuncion and daughter of Zacharias Asuncion from his first wife Juana Zalvedia. I was informed that Juana Zalvedia was also an Asuncion- being the daughter of Canuta Asuncion, Justiniano’s sister. (Love seemed to be so blind among the first Asuncions). From this union between Macario and Guia was born a daughter named Gracia Yatco (y Carillo y Asuncion y Asuncion). Formally, Guia was three times an Asuncion and her daughter, Gracia, four times an Asuncion. Gracia married a Rojas (hope the mother of Emmanuel Rojas, Sr. was not an Asuncion!) and they gave birth to Ed and Noel Rojas. Hence, although a Rojas, and taking Zacharias as point of reference (common ancestor), Ed and Noel are more Asuncion than an Asuncion because they are five times an Asuncion, formally speaking, through Zacharias- Zalvedia- Macario- Guia- Gracia! And they can count two great, great grandfathers, too: Justiniano Asuncion (through Zacharias) and Antonio Asuncion (through Romana)- two great artists!

Mini reunion. This explains the intense drive and fascination of Noel and Ed in their search for the Asuncion roots! I met them last November 2012 in a restaurant somewhere in Ortigas, and this  intense discussion shown in this photo is not about the Menu for the dinner but about the family tree that Ed and Noel brought with them. We enjoyed the food, naturally, but we spent more time discussing the tree than eating that evening of November.


Jun, Ed and Noel


The Asuncion women


Noel with daughter Anna

Now, with all this complexity because of internal marriages, how are we related really to one another? Taking Mariano Asuncion as common ancestor,  Juana Zalvedia  (Zacharia’s first wife) would be a niece to Justiniano,  a first cousin to Zacharias, first cousin a generation younger to Adonis;  Andres, Sr. being first cousin two generations younger and me first cousin three generations younger. Her daughters, Consuelo and Guia, formally speaking, were second cousins,- and yet were half-sisters, –  of Adonis, ( half-) aunts of Andres, Sr.  Now, to Guia’s daughter, Gracia, I would be a generation younger third cousin- while I’m a fourth  cousin to Ed and Noel, Gracia’s sons.

This picture would change, however, if we would take Zacharias as the starting point (common ancestor): Guia and Consuelo remaining as Adonis’ half-sisters; I become Gracia’s one generation younger first cousin while Ed and Noel being my second cousins. Making it more simpler, if we follow Macario’s line (remember Macario was also an Asuncion through Petronila) all the way to Antonio Asuncion and finally to the patriarch Mariano Asuncion, then Ed and Noel would appear as one generation younger fourth cousin to me. In truth, I’m younger than them. But why this?

(to be continued) jun asuncion


55 thoughts on “From Sta. Cruz to Binãn: The Asuncion- Yatco- Carillo Lineage

  1. Hi Jun, nice feature about Binan and the connection of the Yatco,Carrillo Trinidad , and Yaptinchay clans to the Asuncion Clan of Sta. Cruz Manila.

    • Hi chief! Thank you but I think we are just beginning to scratch the surface of the iceberg. There are many things more to know and the more I think about the things that we now more or less know, the more I see some interesting angles to follow.
      Thanks again for the visit in the hope that we would also be getting more materials from the Asuncions, Yatcos, Paternos, Sta. Annas, Carillos and even Mercados so that we can move a little bit more. The whole thing is a huge puzzle and so we ask those who maybe are in possession of a part or parts of this puzzle to share them. Just think also that the more we dig into the past to put together the old puzzle, the more that we put together today’s living parts of the clans- which is also a puzzle in itself.

      till next time and give my greetings!

  2. Hi Jun, the Yatcos have another connection to Jose Rizal,Leoncio Yatco, one of the sons of Enacio Yatco and Valentina Asuncion, married Isidora Faustino Cruz, sister of Daniel Cruz who married Maria Mercado Rizal, one of the sisters of Jose Rizal and please don’t forget the Asuncion connection to Don Telesforo Chuidian who was said to be Rizal’s inspiration for the character of Kapitan Tiyago in Noli Me Tangere. Best Christopher

    • Hi Christopher!
      Thanks for the input. Yes, we shall talk about these important people next time.
      In the meantime I’m busy with the old photos sent to me today by Ed Rojas ( Thank you Ed! ). Amazing photo of Justiniano, Benita, Macario Carillo, etc.
      I’m planning to post them here soon.
      Chris, how can we reach the Sta. Anas? I like to know more about Antonio Asuncion. Do you have any nice shot of Filomena Villafranca y Asuncion and Romana Asuncion? The ones found on the web are of poor quality and can not be enlarged.

      Till next time and my greetings to the family,


      • Hi Mel ,Tito Tony Yatco is also a Descendant of Antonio Asuncion . His great grandparents were Enacio Yatco and Valentina Asuncion Yatco. Tito Tony passed away many years ago. For more details of Tito Tony’s genealogy ,you can visit the blog of Toto Gonzalez entitled Remembrance of Things Awry or you can read articles about the Asuncion clan in this blog.

  3. Hi Jun ,the Sta. Ana surname was changed into Santana. I used to have a book called Art in the Philippines which featured works by Justiniano and Mariano Asuncion. The portraits of Romana Carillo and Filomena Villafranca were in that book. There’s an art gallery that sells the book for 25k. Best Christopher

    • Copied and pasted from Toto Gonzalez’s blog: Remembrance of Things Awry.
      The portrait of Filomena Asuncion de Villafranca painted by her uncle Justiniano Asuncion is the daughter of his brother Leoncio Asuncion.

      The portrait of Romana Asuncion Carillo painted by her uncle Justiniano Asuncion is the daughter of his brother Antonio Asuncion.

      My words: Leoncio Asuncion (1813-1888), brother of Capitan Ting, was a sculptor.

  4. Hi Christopher, this was great information you’ve compiled! My grandmother’s name is Amelia Yatco Tanalega from Binan. I was told that my great grandmother’s name is Asuncion Evangelista Yatco, who is the daughter of Eleuterio Yatco and Fernanda Evangelista. In your article there was no mention of Asuncion Yatco so I wanted to make sure that the information I’m getting is right. Is Eleuterio Yatco who is your grandfather the same person that would be my great great grandfather?

  5. Hi Kristoffer or cousin , Eleuterio Yatco was my great grandfather and Fernanda Evangelista was my great grandmother. Your great grandmother and my grandfather must be siblings. I only mention my grandfather in my posts because i don’t know anything about his brothers and sisters.Even my father has nothing much to say. Do you still live in Binan?

    • Hi Christopher and Kristoffer!
      Good to have you around. Well, I have been away too long myself.
      I think it’s about time to be back to BO.
      We’ll try to find out more about your queries, or maybe someone out there might be of help.
      I have tried actually to start another site especially for this genealogy topic.It’s called concentric streams (
      This was in response to what I and Christopher have talked about last December 2012. This is still under construction and I need voluntary “construction workers”! At this point in time, I’m so busy with my actual projects, etc… here where I am so I can’t do much.
      If someone has the time to work on it just contact me and I’ll give him/her access to this website.

      Best regards to the families!

      jun asuncion

      • Hi Jun,

        Thank you for the welcome and the great information that you’ve put together! I know it has been more than a year but I hope that all is going well!

    • Hello Again Christopher,

      It has been a long time since I was able to reply but to answer your question, no I live in the US in California. I’ve always wanted to visit Binan though. But thank you for your correction that your grandfather Francisco Yatco would be siblings to my great grandmother Asuncion Evangelista Yatco. I still find it odd that there seems to be a disconnect between the siblings in that generation. Asunction Yatco had 9 children making this a large connection. In any case I am happy that Jun has created this blog and that I was able to connect to both of you for genealogy information! And if we are relatives then I am very happy that in this digital age it has made connections even easier. Are there any pictures of Eleuterio Yatco that are shared?

      • Hi Kristoffer, I originally thought while i was growing up in Binan that i belong to a small clan , I only met a few relatives back then and most of them from my lola Asuncion Belizario side (married to Francisco Yatco ,brother of your great grandmother Asuncion Yatco). It was only a few years ago that i found out that the Yatcos is a big clan because of the reunions organized by Tito Cezar Yatco.

  6. Hi Jun, there is also a connection between the Asuncion and the Grey families of Malate. My great grandmother Salome Asuncion Arcinas (married to Fernando Grey II) is a daughter of Valeriana Asuncion (married to an Arcinas), one of 9 children of Antonio Asuncion, grandson of the Asuncion patriarch, Mariano. From the Bulan Chronicles, Valeriana is also the name of the 1st wife of Mariano. Hardly surprising that the name reappears 3 generations later. The Chronicles also state that Antonio had other pretty daughters, Romana and Valentina that married a Yatco who resided in Binan. These then would be siblings of my own great great grandmother Valeriana. – Edgardo “Chip” Grey, Jr.

  7. Hi Jun, thank you for your very informative article. I am the great great granddaughter of Romana Carrillo-Trinidad. Her daughter, Josefa (who married Engracio Quintos), was the mother of my grandmother, Isidra. I didn’t realize that Lola Romana’s father, Antonio, was also a painter like his brother, Capitan Ting. I have a daughter today who is also an artist and was one of the CCP 13 Artists some years ago. My son also sketches and so does my granddaughter. Now i know where that artistic streak comes from!
    Christine Eustaquio

    • Hello Christine,
      They were mostly painters and sculptors. Mariano,jr. was such another great painter in my view.

      Has your daughter a gallery anywhere? Yes, artistic blood runs in your family!

      My best regards,

      jun a.

      • My daughter, Patricia, graduated magna cum laude from the UP College of Fine Arts in 2002. She is represented by Silverlens Gallery. She has exhibited her works (painting and sculpture and installations) around Asia (HK, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan), the Netherlands, Basel, Switzerland, and New York. She is also a recipient of the Ateneo Art Awards– this she got a year after being chosen one the the 13 Artists. 🙂

        I shall inform you when she has a show here in Manila. It would be nice to see Asuncion relatives at the opening reception! That would be swell 🙂

  8. Hi Christine, I’ve seen your daughter’s work and now i know why she is so talented. She has the artistic Asuncion genes. Hope i can meet you soon.

    • Hi Christopher! Yes, it runs in them, and I’m so proud about it. Now, comes the desire naturally to meet Christine’s family and also see the works of Patricia hopefully on the next possible opportunity.

      My best regards to Florabel.

      jun a.

    • Glad you found me on Facebook, Chris! I stay in BF Parañaque although i am on the Muntinlupa side, very close to San Beda Alabang. We live close to the gate of Alabang Hills. I go to Makati once a week– on Wednesdays, where i facilitate a bible study. Yes, it would be nice to meet up with you soon.

      Patty is away at the moment– but she also lives in Makati. She and her husband are renting an old house in San Lorenzo. I should bring her along when we decide to meet. 🙂

  9. Tita Christine , that’s the magic of Facebook , it can help you find long lost relatives and friends. Heehehee

    • Indeed, Chris! Glad i learned to Facebook! I will hold you to a tour of Biñan one day, Chris… when you are not too busy! Looking forward to meeting Jun in person too!

  10. I know this is a rather late invitation… for those of you who will be able to read this invitation on time, i hope you can come to the opening reception of my daughter’s show at the Silverlens Galleries along Pasong Tamo Ext.
    18 Sep – 18 Oct 2014
    Opening Reception
    September 18, Thursday, 6-9PM
    Patricia Perez Eustaquio will be presenting drawings in Silverlens, a continuation of her series that premiered at Art Fair Phliippines 2014 and Art Basel HK 2014, and were presented in her solo exhibition Figure Babel in Taipei at the Mind Set Art Center (MSAC).

    The drawings serve as blueprints for art objects whose own language has become muddled in mixed messages of fine art and design. Eustaquio uses the most basic forms of art vocabulary (the sphere, the triangle, the square) mashed up with a variety of images or still life. As an idea,Figure Babel proposes works as objects that may be read as either art or design or both. That our perception of artisanship remains as dialect to the main language that is art- that the language of art has become this Babylon- has been the central fascination of Eustaquio’s art practice.

    About the Artist

    Born in 1977 and based in Manila, Patricia Perez Eustaquio is one of the leading Filipino artists of her generation. She works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and installation. Informed by the vocabulary of craft and design, her work explores the vanity of artistic and cultural constructs, referencing the histories and processes related to different materials by crafting highly decorative objects and then excising various elements, thereby creating a stark contrast between what is present and what is absent. She is noted for her large, ornately shaped canvases on which she paints magnified details from Old Master still life paintings, sometimes focusing on haunting imagery such as dead birds and butchered meat. Her sculptural work explores the expressive possibilities of humble materials such as lace, felt, and cardboard, bringing to them an unexpected monumentality.

    Her ghost forms constructed out of handmade lace stiffened with resin function as shrouds that take on the shape of the absent objects they memorialize. The iconic work of this series, Psychogenic Fugue, a piano-shaped lace shroud, has been included in exhibitions at the Hong Kong Art Centre (2010) and at the Singapore Art Museum (2012). In the past two years, she had several solo exhibitions in Manila, Singapore, Taipei, and New York.

  11. Hi Asuncion relatives. I’m from the Santana family of Pasig (once known as de Sta Ana). My family comes from Remigia de Sta Ana’s brother, Mariano de Sta Ana. My great great great grandfather is Cristino “Tinong” Santana y Clemente, son of Mariano and first cousin of Valentina, Valeriana, Romana, etc… I would love to learn more about the Asuncion side of the family as I am recording family history and adding information to my family tree. Please contact me! Thank you.

  12. I’m back, Geoffrey, after three weeks of traveling one side of the globe. Anyway, I’m happy for your appearance here in our net meeting place as relatives and friends. I’ve just met in Manila a relative who sprung from the daughter of Remigia Sta. Ana, – Valentina, who married a Yatco from Binãn.
    Antonio, your patriarch on the Asuncion side had sown a big family which had branched out in many directions. And these are fairly documented in the Asuncion family tree. I don’t know how familiar you are with the Asuncion Tree but, should there be some missing links in your search concerning the Asuncion side of your family tree, maybe we could provide you some answers.
    If you are based in Manila, then perhaps we could meet up the next time I’m back in town.
    I hope to hear more from you and from others from your side!
    jun asun

    • Hi, Jun! I am very happy to have found you guys. I have been doing research on the family of Don Jose de Sta Ana, your family, and the extended relatives on my side. Most of what I gathered of the Asuncion family comes from your blog and from Luciano P.R. Santiago’s article. I am still figuring out my side of the family. Like your side, it’s very big. From what I’ve learned there’s a lot of gobernadorcillos and famous or successful relatives which I would be glad to share with you! I am still learning about it though.
      Unfortunately I live in California. I was in the Philippines last summer though. I spent a lot of time in our family’s hometown, Pasig. I would love to see a family tree of the Asuncion family, learn about the relatives, and see pictures of the old people! Likewise, I can give you what I know 🙂


      • Geoffrey,just wondering, are you related to Cristina Damian Santana who married a Guanio? One the Damians has an extensive Asuncion family tree.

      • Hi Geoffrey, just to let you know, there is an on-going exhibit at the Ayala Museum which features a gigantic family tree of the Asuncions. The exhibit will run through January 8,2018. Hope you have a chance to come and see it.

  13. Hi Maria! Yes, we are related to Cristina D. Santana Guanio. I don’t know their family personally, but they are on the family tree! She is the daughter of Valentina L. Damian & Dr. Francisco Clemente Santana (1871-1905). Dr. Francisco was one of the first physicians of Pasig 🙂

  14. Dr. Francisco is the brother of my great great great grandfather, Cristino Santana y Clemente (gobernadorcilo 1854-1855 and 1859-1860 & the one who simplified the clans name to Santana). Dr. Francisco’s father is Mariano de Sta Ana, first cousin of the Asuncion clan 🙂

    • Thank you Geoffrey, but looking at the family tree I have Francisco, the father of Cristina, the son of Criistino Clemente Santana and Sinforosa Marcelo Sanchez not a brother of Cristino.

      • Hi Maria! Sorry, about that. I meant to say that Dr. Francisco is the son of my great great great grandfather, Cristino Santana. And the half brother of my great great grandfather, Bernabe Santana. Thank you for catching that!

  15. Actually, Francisco is the son of Don Cristino Santana and his second wife and 3rd cousin, Dona Maria Raymunda Miguel. Cristino and Maria Raymunda had 4 children together (Maria Matea who was a Mutya of Pasig, Candong, Dr. Francisco, and Adela). Cristino and his first wife had 3 children together (Bernabe, Cristina, and Clara).

    • Go on guys with this very interesting conversation as we are following you and getting more and more info about the Santana side. Do both of you have the same family tree in your hands?

  16. Thanks Geoffrey for the addn’l info. Now I am understand where the confusion is coming from. It seems each generation has a Francisco and Cristina. The family tree I have has Cristino Clemente-Santana as the father and Sinforosa Marcelo-Sanchez-Santana as the mother of Francisco (Dr Francisco) not Raymunda Sabino-Miguel-Santana. Can you verify on this?

    • You’re welcome! I see why you’re saying that. I saw a family tree which showed Dr. Francisco’s mother as Sinforosa. However, I think that was a mistake because a few articles I have read show Dr. Francisco & Maria Matea to be the daughter of Maria Raymunda and Cristino. The union of Raymunda and Cristino was very important because it reunited the two richest families in Pasig. Maria Raymunda is the granddaughter of Don Pedro Miguel. I don’t know too much about it. The articles show that Maria Raymunda and Cristino got married in 1859. Dr. Francisco is shown to have lived 1871 to 1905. Maria Matea is shown to have lived 1860 to 1889. So I thought it was logical when my relatives told me whose parents were who.

    • Thanks again Geoffrey. I will try to contact my cousins on that side of their family to verify as well. I am actually related to the husband who married the daughter (Lourdes) of Cristina Damian Santana Guanio.

  17. Hello ..My name is Kathleen Marlow. I live in USA..…I have recently been very curious about my ancestry. Therefore, I have been looking in search for bits and pieces about them. I have been told my family is related to Jose Rizal. My Great Grandmother Salud is one of the “Tres Marias de Yatco of Binang”, whose parents is Ysidro Yatco and Bonifacia Mercado (who is sister to Francisco, Jose Rizal ‘s father) as noted in this article. My grandmother Maria Perlas Ama is Salud’s youngest child. I am so very curious to find a picture, photo of a painting of Salud and her parents, Ysidro and Bonifacia. Do you know if any exists and or where I can go in search of them? I recently saw an article about the second sister Leonila and a large portrait of her on auction. My sister and aunt has her features. Thank you for this article and in advance your help is greatly appreciated.

  18. Thank you Kathleen for your visit. Your lineage is very interesting, indeed. How I wish I had photos of them. I’ll channel your querry though to my cousin Chris Yatco. Please share the photos of Leonilla here in case you had taken some. Till next time then.
    Jun Asuncion

    • Jun Asuncion….Thank you for your reply. The photo of Leonila (my great aunt) is shown on an article I read which shows a large portrait that is auctioned at a gallery there in the Philippines. The article also shows photos of the inside of the house of Ysidro Yatco and Bonifacia Mercado (my great, great grandparents). Here is the link to the article:

      The article above brought about great joy of finally visualizing the things my father would tell us about our ancestors and the homes he visited as a child and also my faint memories of as a child the big homes we visited of old relatives. As a child my family & I would toggle back & forth between living in Binan and in Manila. I always remember my fond memories of Binan as a child….for me that was back in the 1960’s era.

      Btw..I wrote to Leon Gallery to ask if they have photos of any pictures or portraits of my great grandmother Salud or her parents, Ysidro & Bonifacia.

      I appreciate your help in inquiring with your relatives.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Kind regards,
      Kathleen Marlow, USA

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