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Javellana Family Genealogy

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Javellana Family Genealogy

Allan Javellana (View posts)
Posted: 1107032797000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Javellana
I’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:
“Most of my information has come from Dad (Ceazar). Since he was born in 1923, he remembers quite a lot. I got your grandmother’s death certificate a few years ago, and I found out her mother’s name was Agustina Builleser. So I now have the names of dad’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 didn’t have surnames, and in many cases, children had different ones from the parents. Also, many had saints’ 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 cities—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 Javellana’s grandfather killed someone and changed his name to Mamon and moved to Janiuay. When he died, some children kept the name, and Juan’s father changed it back to Javellana.”
Following info provided by Ceazar Javellana

Grandma Liling’s brother (Alfredo – Tatay Tidong) (finished agriculture) married a “Inday Pasing” (Abelardo’s sister) Javellana and went to Mindanao. His son was “Medi.”

Guimaras Island (Abelardo Javellana) (close with Ceazar – girlfriend whom he almost married). A ranch near Bukidnon.

Grandma’s dad played the accordion (white suit); drink tuba (he’s part Chinese). He’s Ilocano (Grandma Liling called her dad Tatang)?

Juan “Lente” (Lightning) Javellana (grandpa’s (Teodorico’s) father).

Out of wedlock: Gregorio (Tatay Goyon) (drinks and drinks and drinks).

Grandpa’s sister (Patricia Puertillano) is in San Enrique (many relatives) – pretty lady (Nanay Pating).

Many relatives (over 100?) in San Enrique; many are 7th Day Adventists.

Nanay Idang (lives in Pasi)– daughter (“Carling” – Charlotte, Carlota, Caroline?) good in making stitches/smocking (grandpa’s side).

Josue (in San Enrique) Javellana Puertillano.

Grandpa’s nephew Tisiong (Debulgado).

Toto Juan & Toto Ignacio (Elas) Debulgado (both deceased).

“Nang Pasing” Javellana Tubillara (here in states in Chicago) (Donato’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 “rich.”
I would really appreciate any information about your families’ background to see if we’re somehow related. I know that I had contacted someone from Iloilo in the past who related to me that his family’s ethnic background was Chinese. Consequently, I’m really curious about our common family name. You may contact me at

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