Iâ€™m trying to find out some information about our common family name - Javellana. I was born on Guam in March 1952 to a Guamanian mother and Filipino father whose name is Ceazar Cuenca Javellana. He is from Iloilo.
My brother-in-law, Stephen Renouf, who is married to my half-sister Joy, provided me with the following information:
â€œMost of my information has come from Dad (Ceazar). Since he was born in 1923, he remembers quite a lot. I got your grandmotherâ€™s death certificate a few years ago, and I found out her motherâ€™s name was Agustina Builleser. So I now have the names of dadâ€™s grandparents (Juan Javellana and Tomasa Balagoza, and Andres Perez Cuenca and Agustina Builleser).
Regarding the Javellana name, in 1849, Governor Claveria of the Philippines decreed that all Filipinos had to take a surname, and keep the same name for their descendants. Before this time, some Filipinos didnâ€™t have surnames, and in many cases, children had different ones from the parents. Also, many had saintsâ€™ names for last names, and it was very confusing who was related to whom. Governor Claveria published a book of Spanish surnames, Spanish words, and Spanish citiesâ€”and Filipinos had to take one of the names and stick to it.
Dad remembers that in the Visayas, each town only had the pages starting with the same letter as the town, hence the Javellanas were from Jaro, the Cuencas from Calinog, and the Buillesers and Balagozas from Barotac Viejo.
He also remembers, Juan Javellanaâ€™s grandfather killed someone and changed his name to Mamon and moved to Janiuay. When he died, some children kept the name, and Juanâ€™s father changed it back to Javellana.â€
Following info provided by Ceazar Javellana
Grandma Lilingâ€™s brother (Alfredo â€“ Tatay Tidong) (finished agriculture) married a â€œInday Pasingâ€ (Abelardoâ€™s sister) Javellana and went to Mindanao. His son was â€œMedi.â€
Guimaras Island (Abelardo Javellana) (close with Ceazar â€“ girlfriend whom he almost married). A ranch near Bukidnon.
Grandmaâ€™s dad played the accordion (white suit); drink tuba (heâ€™s part Chinese). Heâ€™s Ilocano (Grandma Liling called her dad Tatang)?
Juan â€œLenteâ€ (Lightning) Javellana (grandpaâ€™s (Teodoricoâ€™s) father).
Out of wedlock: Gregorio (Tatay Goyon) (drinks and drinks and drinks).
Grandpaâ€™s sister (Patricia Puertillano) is in San Enrique (many relatives) â€“ pretty lady (Nanay Pating).
Many relatives (over 100?) in San Enrique; many are 7th Day Adventists.
Nanay Idang (lives in Pasi)â€“ daughter (â€œCarlingâ€ â€“ Charlotte, Carlota, Caroline?) good in making stitches/smocking (grandpaâ€™s side).
Josue (in San Enrique) Javellana Puertillano.
Grandpaâ€™s nephew Tisiong (Debulgado).
Toto Juan & Toto Ignacio (Elas) Debulgado (both deceased).
â€œNang Pasingâ€ Javellana Tubillara (here in states in Chicago) (Donatoâ€™s mother).
Daughters: Zenaida Tubillara Donato, Filma Tubillara Palma, Delia Tubillara, Mila Tubillara Drapiza & sons (medical doctor and a dentist).
Many live in Negros Occidental; some were â€œrich.â€
I would really appreciate any information about your familiesâ€™ background to see if weâ€™re somehow related. I know that I had contacted someone from Iloilo in the past who related to me that his familyâ€™s ethnic background was Chinese. Consequently, Iâ€™m really curious about our common family name. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org