Opinion: Family Reunion in Oton
We were in Oton, Iloilo in the early days of March. We spent 4 days there for the sake of a family reunion on my mother’s side.
My blood side on my mother’s started from the union of our great grandparents Margarito Tarol and Cayetana Mariquina.
As far as I know from my early age, this great grandparents of mine owned the land where your eyes can ever see which was known as Barrio Sambaludan in the boundary of the towns of Oton and Tigbauan.
This land ownership were later on partitioned into 6 parts as inheritance of their 6 children, namely Victorina, Justa, Crispolo, Nicanor, Benito and Salvacion.
It is said that some keep their inheritance with care, while others used it for bet in cockfighting and other gambling.
Whatever uses they had for their inheritance affected their children and made outcomes from the generation that sprang out of it.
My grandmother Justa was the second child and later on married my grandfather Tomas Tobongbanua. That’s where I got my pen name at Kapawa News column Tapdastapdas which I used to write under the pen name Tomas Diaz Atraz.
Reading a writing about family can be boring. But our family history isn’t one for we produced one Miss Philippines for Miss Universe in 2008 by the name of Jennifer Barrientos. Jennifer’s mother is Elena Tarol, my second cousin. It also produced a current National Irrigation Administrator in Western Visayas by the name of Jerry Corsiga.
In fact, Congressman Thirdy Marañon told me he knew Jerry Corsiga being introduced by present Secretary Alcala.
Jerry is doing many irrigation projects in Negros Occidental spanning from Hinobaan to San Carlos. In Cadiz alone, he showed me the projects in Bernarde, Barangay Bonifacio and Siwahon in Barangay Magsaysay. That is aside from incoming projects in Sagay and other parts of Negros Occidental. Jerry is my Second Cousin from the youngest of the Tarol my grandmother Salvacion.
Aside from Jerry, the Tarols also produced an important chief of DAR Western Visayas Josefina Rodrigo. She came from my grandfather Nicanor. They are some of the achievers in the family for we have many scattered all over the world.
What I learned from our family history is that it made linkages with other families with surnames like Mediodia, Granada, Cabalonga, Malaga, Diaz, Barcelona, Tiangson, Tordesillas, Española, Quezon, Drilon, Tubola, Rodrigo, Alcala, Orquinaza, Bustamante, Ramos, Perez, Deslate, Tumot, Damasco, Edral, Setias, Tiania, Taleon, Estacio, Cabalfin, Bilbao, Toretejo, Tabares, Sabio, Gravato, Davila, Orven, Pano, Badilla, Hablero, Secoy, Cambronero, Cezar, Quintos, Gacho, Montealto, Alcoba, Sobrevega, Sumbillo, Borromeo, Bautista, Firmalino, Tupaz, Solis, Tauro, Villegas, Moro, Entona, Patalagsa, Tacleo, Ravena, Tagnawa, Gamosalan, Tagamtam, Marchan, Herbo, Ysulat, Palma, Palotes, Balayo, Rivas, Hermeno, Recodo, Villanueva, Isada, Tejero, Villaruel, Acosta, Peregil, Tomadiang, Barbosa, Eucos, Ayco, Estrella, Zamora, Eliarda, Delos Santos, Mirasol, Tusalem, Francia, Sakanindin, Santoala, Triafalgar, Barrientos, Bat-og, Araneta, Deslate, Gicos, Miranda, Faunillo, Geollegue, Diola, Marcon, Tobongbanua, Corsiga, Asuelo, Ga-ao, Aling, Clavel, Bravo, Navarro, Jardeleza, Molina, Rollon, Young, Guillen, Ferrer, Sotto, Servañez and Deferia.
It’s a lot of surnames. But a family is made up of many stuffs. Who was that who said you cannot choose one’s family?*