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Silverhair
06.09.2006, 11:01
Filed under: Balid, Veluz

A Biography of Gregorio Balid Veluz
By Fredayeen Del Rosario Veluz
Edited by Mona Magno-Veluz

On December 09, 1918, Gregorio Balid Veluz was born from parents Florentina Balid and Jacinto Veluz in the small town of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur. His siblings (all of whom are younger than him) Silverio, Antonio, Bienvenido, Pura and Angustia all looked up to him. Being a big brother, he was very protective of his brothers and sisters.

In his mid-twenties, Gregorio joined the Philippine Army during World War II. He was in the Infantry unit serving as a cannonball shooter. A deeply patriotic and nationalistic man, Gregorio fought fearlessly in the war. On 09 April 1942, Gregorio was captured along with thousands of his Filipino-American brothers and made to walk the infamous Bataan Death March. The march started in Bataan and ended in Capas, Tarlac. He was eventually held at Camp O’Donnell. On 06 June 1942, the Filipino soldiers were granted amnesty and released, while the American prisoners were moved to another camp in Cabanatuan. Gregorio’s mother, Florentina, redeemed her son (who was now ill with malaria) and together, went home to Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.

After he fully recovered from malaria, Gregorio, brimming with youthful restlessness, searched for the guerilla forces in Bicol. At about the same time, the local Japanese troops stationed in Del Gallego appointed him as one of the baranggay tanods because they thought he would “sell-out” his country. His search eventually led him to the city of Naga where he obtained more information about other guerilla forces in Bicol. He then headed back home to Del Gallego where he was met by one of the town runners / watchers. The runner warned him that someone tipped the Japanese on his activities and that he must not enter the town, lest he be killed. With no clothes and only a small amount of money, Gregorio turned around and headed for his mother’s hometown in Minalabac, Camarines Sur. There he stayed with his mother’s relatives. Again, he began his search for more guerillas. This time, he found himself at the third district of Albay. He met Commander Montano Sabat and soon became his Adjutant. On their free time, the guerillas would sometimes go out in to town and hold social functions such as dance parties (one might wonder how the guerillas got away in throwing such parties with the Japanese nearby…well, they too, had watch guards). One particular party required those invited to dance the rigodon, a Spanish dance where those dancing meant they were part of the “who’s who” crowd. Little did Gregorio know that night, he would meet his future wife.

Angelina Calleja Serrano was relaxing at her home that evening when her older brother Ding invited her to the dance. At first, she refused but her brother’s constant nagging (and the fact that he didn’t have a date to the dance) soon worked and she found herself at the dance. As the night wore on, a certain policeman kept asking Angelina to meet his friend. She exclaimed that he must have the wrong lady for there were more than a dozen of them at the party. The policeman said to her that he couldn’t be mistaken for his friend said that the lady he fancied was wearing white, rabbit skin bakya’s. One of his helpers say Lina searching through the different pieces of shoes and asked her what she was looking for. Upon describing her shoes, the helper approached Gregorio and as both approached Lina, she saw that Gregorio was carrying her shoes (does Cinderella ring a bell? He later admitted that he hid her shoes because he knew she would look for it). And after that night, the magic began to unfold. The traditional way of courting began and their love for each other blossomed as time went by.

Finally , on November 24, 1946, Gregorio and Angelina tied the knot. Then, in 1946, their son Ruben Jose was born. Greg, still an active guerilla trooper, was sent to Leyte with Commander Sabat to meet and inform General Douglas MacArthur about the positions of the guerilla forces in Bicol. Two years later in 1948, Lina gave birth to Ramon; and in 1949, Edwin was born. Gregorio and his wife had seven more children after Edwin — Noemi (1951), Teresa (1953), Ana Marie (1956), Maria Linda (1957), Gregorio Junior (1959), Angustia (1962) and Melchor (1964).

After World War II, Gregorio went to work at the Finance Department of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He then attended law school at the Manuel L. Quezon University and was accepted into the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on on 10 April 1953. Later, he was tranferred to Military Intelligence. Goying became a military attorney under the Judge Advocate General’s Office (JAGO). Gregorio was an excellent lawyer who covered all fields of law — criminal, labor, civil, appellate, among others. He was one of the founders of the Quezon City Bar Association and was an officer of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

Gregorio was appointed Councilor of Quezon City in 1954 by President Magsaysay. His term lasted for 6 years; all of which he was awarded Most Outstanding Alderman. Gregorio’s role in politics became more prominent than ever as he became the campaign manager of the Nacionalista Party. As Councilor of Quezon City, he saw to it that schools be erected so that all children may become educated. Due to his dedication, the Pura V. Kalaw Elementary School in Project 4 and the Quirino Public High School in Project 3 were established. He also made sure that a quality city hospital was nearby — thus, the development of the Quirino Memorial Hospital along Katipunan Avenue. Gregorio was also instrumental in the development of the Araneta Center in Cubao.

During the EDSA revolution, Francisco Sumulong wanted Gregorio to be a member of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG); but his time ran out. On 09 Jan 1986, he suffered a heart attack that claimed his life. He was only 67 years old. 

To close this biography, I hereby salute a man who is filled with honor and dignity — a man who knew where he stood and what he stood for — a man who did not let the poison of corruption enter his veins — a man who imparted all his perseverance, suffering and wisdom to his family — and most of all, a man who knew what legacy to leave behind — the legacy of love, honor and dignity.

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Family History Research Notes

1. “Attorney’s List”. Supreme Court of the Philippines Web Site. Velasco to Villa.
2. “Members List”. Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Veloso to Venturina.
3. Gregorio Balid Veluz’ Family Tree can be found on Geni.com.

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19 Comments so far
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kamukha pala ni lolo greg si lolo beryong…. hehehe…

Comment by aidan

hi aidan: do you have a biography of pay beriong? would like to post it here.

Comment by Mona V

hi aidan: personally, i think silang dalawa ang pinaka-magkamukha. although, i have only met pay beriong, pay benny and may pining. pay antonio and the other passed on long before i became a veluz. =)

Comment by Mona V

That was pretty cool tita mona, i never knew that stuff about lolo Gregorio

Comment by Gregorio C Veluz III

hey, greg! glad you found this site. as i learned over the years i’ve been doing research, a lot of the “grand’s” are pretty cool. =)

hey, i owe you a gedcom file. i sent you an invite to our geni.com family forest. if you claim your profile, you would be able to export a gedcom file for temple. unfortunately, i don’t have data on your mom’s side of the family yet. good luck!

Comment by Mona

Tita Marie just told me about this, I think it’s fantastic. Well done Tita Mona, very impressive, this is cool!

Comment by Lian V

Hi, Lian. The article was written by your Ate Ayeen. It was her tribute to your Lolo. ‘Do look at the rest of the site. Other interesting things about your Veluz ancestors in several entries. =)

Comment by Mona

Hi! Mona, ang galing mo talaga!!! and Ayeen too. Ang ganda ganda ni mama at ang gwapo gwapo ni papa sa wedding picture nila. Sana malagay na natin ang mga bagong pictures natin dito esp. ang mga apos. Thanks so much Mona and Ayeen for your precious time on this. We love you.

Comment by Malyn Veluz

hi, im ning veluz from lucban quezon, i also have a photo of my grandfather miguel veluz, kamukha sya ng lolo maybe they are relatives

Comment by ning veluz

hi ning. i don’t have a MIGUEL VELUZ on my database yet. will let you know if i find it in my research. it would be great if you can enter your family data on http://www.geni.com. as soon as i find a link, i’ll send you a collaboration request. =)

Comment by Mona

Hi Malyn,
I saw this link of your famly history. Just want to say hi. Pls send me an e-mail. Cora from San Diego USA.

Comment by Cora Alagar

I’m Joal Veluz from manila. sabi ng lola ko may relatives daw kami sa quezon pero wala kaming contact sa kanila. any veluz here from quezon?

Comment by joal veluz

hi, joal. according to verbal histories, our veluz line came from luisiana, laguna; but the family has spread to many parts of quezon.

my husband’s deceased PAY BERIONG VELUZ told me a story about three brothers who were excommunicated by the spanish clery and had to leave luisiana to avoid capture. they dispersed to various parts of nueva caceres and tayabas (old names). they changed their name from, some say, PADILLA to VELUZ, which loosely translated means “to see the light” or to be enlightened. i am working to find some documentation to support this story. it would make a good tele-novela. =)

Comment by Mona

Hi, Ms. Mona:

I am very happy to have come across this site, I have been searching for my family’s roots as well. My Grandfather originated from Quezon his name is Crispulo Veluz but went to live in Makati in the early 1900′s. While my Grandmother was the child of Gen. Del Pilar’s sister. I am just so proud to bear the name Veluz, upto now even when I am already married, I hope to find some link in your research. Thanks for putting up this site.

God Bless.

Jacelyn

Comment by Jacelyn Veluz Pangco

what a colorful ancestry you have, jacelyn! while the veluz ancestry is interesting enough, i thing the del pilar link would be a fun project. on CRISPULO VELUZ: i don’t have him on my database yet. kindly plot your family tree on geni.com, so as soon as i plug in a common ancestor, the system will advise us both of the opportunity to collaborate. thanks for visiting the site!

Comment by Mona

Hi Everyone, i saw the family tree of veluz clan,im so happy…Veluz kami from lucban,Quezon,sabi papa q..pero,nag adventure ung late lolo q d2 s bicol..kaya d2 n kami nakatira…salamat at meron tayong site..proud aq.. God Bless. -Don-don

Comment by Don-don Veluz

I’m really glad that we’re getting in touch with more and more of our relatives. Perhaps one of these days we can all get together and just meet. It’s very likely that we’ve all passed each other by on the street somewhere in some city, or maybe in one of the malls around town and not know that we are relatives.

Comment by freda

Anyone who is the related to Julian Veluz….He’s from Lucban,Quezon and he married to Matilda Balais and they have 3 children named Meliton,Petra and Genovina.

Comment by Beneroso Bajar Jr.

Hi, sorry, I don’t have these names in my list.

Comment by Mona




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