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Bartolome Seda Fernandez
05.26.2010, 05:20
Filed under: Calleja

Bartolome Seda Fernandez (1892 – 1981) was the son of Manuel Praxedes Fernandez and Mamerta Seda.  He married Pilar Maronilla Calleja in 1917. After Pilar’s death in 1946, he remarried, taking Mercedez Guerrero as his bride in 1958. He is the great grandfather of Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Fernandez Zubiri.

"Guerilla Pesos" in WWII

A government auditor, Bartolome was assigned to several provinces — Zamboanga, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Capiz, Leyte, Cebu and Iloilo. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, he fled with his family from Iloilo to Leon, where he continued his function as Provincial Auditor to the Civil Resistance Movement, together with the then Governor Tomas Confesor. He was a member of the Emergency Currency Committee — a team tasked to oversee the printing and circulation of emergency notes to be used by the guerilla forces. The currencies which were redeemable after the war in silver coins were eventually outlawed by the Japanese-sponsored Republic. After the fall of Bataan in 1942, President Manuel Quezon wired the appointment of Bartolome as the Auditor General of Western Visayas, while he was on his way to Australia. In years after the war, President Carlos P. Garcia appointed him to Deputy Auditor General of the Philippines — a position he held until 1961.

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Erlinda Tuason Fernandez
05.25.2010, 02:55
Filed under: Calleja

Erlinda Tuason Fernandez is the eldest child of Ramon Calleja Fernandez, Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court and Illumida Mojica Tuason, Manila Carnival Queen of 1939.

In the 1960’s, Linda was a lead artist of the cultural dance group, Filipinescas, under the tutelage of the director-choreographer Leonor Orosa Goquinco, Philippine National Artist for Dance in1976.  She also appeared on television opposite Tommy Abuel in a long-running telenovela, “Santa Zita and Mary Rose”.  This show was produced by Fr. James Reuter and Mary Rose Jacinto-Espleta.

She married Ruben Bernardo in 1961 and their union was blessed with four boys:  Ruben, Reginaldo, Ronello and Ramon.  Erlinda eventually answered the call of the academe.  She was an educator at the International School of Manila and retired after 40 years of loyal service.


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Linda on page 40 of Sunday Times Magazine on 10 September 1961.


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Illuminada Mojica Tuason
05.10.2010, 16:50
Filed under: Calleja

Illuminada Mojica Tuason was only child of Rogelia Mojica of Indang, Cavite and an unnamed Tuason of Manila.  Her father died early and her mother remarried Jose Rosales of Butuan, where the family owned a piano business.  Jose Rosales (a direct descendant of Datu Mansibawan, royalty of Bukidnon) became an intelligence officer for the Bureau of Customs and maintained a residence in Manila at 1315 Cristomo Street, Sampaloc.  Lumen had several half-siblings from her mother’s second marriage: Loida, Perla, Angel, Josefa, Angelina, Rogelio and Fe.

The Manila Carnival, a much-awaited annual festival during the American Occupation of the Philippines, attracted the participation of daughters of  de buena familias from all over the country.  In 1939, Lumen became the Queen of the last Manila Carnival.  The carnivals from 1937 to 1939 were renamed the Philippine Exposition; and consequently, the Carnival Queen became “Miss Philippines”.  As Ms. Philippines, Lumen was considered a fashion icon of her day and was frequently photographed in haute couture gowns. She was on the cover of many magazines, such as the Sunday Tribune Magazine (February 1939) and was an endorsement model for Coty Cosmetics.

A young ROTC officer from the University of the Philippines, Ramon Calleja Fernandez, was assigned to be her consort for the pageant.  They met again two years later when Ramon, now a young lawyer (eventually, an associate justice of the Supreme Court) represented Lumen’s aunt in court.  Their chance reunion led to a romance, and eventually, a wedding in 1941.  Their union was blessed with three children:  Erlinda, Ramon and Pilar.  Lumen’s attempt to deliver of a set of twins, tragically ended her life in 1949.


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   Lumen's coronation as the 1939 Manila Carnival Queen was the cover of the Sunday Tribune Magazine in February 1939.      

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The Calleja Family
07.30.2009, 00:01
Filed under: Calleja, Serrano


Pronounced [cal-ye’-ha], the family name is derived from a Spanish noun calleja, meaning alley or narrow street.

Our Line

Siblings Andres and Salome are the earliest known members of the Calleja clan. Salome Calleja had children with a Monsignor Bishop of the Franciscan order, Gonzalez Dietz, which explains a consistent family trait in the earlier generations, the Castillan nose.

The ancestral home of the known Calleja line is situated in a compound bounded by San Pedro and San Miguel Streets in Poblacion, Libon, Albay.

By marriage, the clan is related to other families of note:  Abella, Aspillera, Diaz, Maronilla, Mijes, Mojica, Ocampo, Rubin, Seda, Serrano, Tuason, Velasco, Zubiri.  Many gifted individuals, kin to the Calleja Clan, have touched lives and made this world richer with their contributions.    

Luis Cezar Aspillera Calleja, lawyer and World War II hero |  Salome Calleja, our family matriarch  | Manuel Maronilla Calleja, a two-term Governor of Albay  |  Erlinda Tuazon Fernandez, a performing artist and educator  |  Gloria Aspillera Diaz, Miss Universe 1969  |  Maria Rosario “Rio” Aspillera Diaz,  beauty queen and politician  |  Bartolome Seda Fernandez, government official under the Quezon Administration  |  Manuel Calleja Fernandez, one of the founders of the Makati Medical Center  |  Manuel Ocampo Fernandez, a pioneering cosmetic surgeon  |  Maria Victoria Ocampo Fernandez, entrepreneur and social figure  |  Maria Pilar Tuason Fernandez, Libon Private High School administrator  |  Ramon Calleja Fernandez, Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court  |  Ramon Tuazon Fernandez, once city councilor of Legaspi City  |  Adrian “Adi” Alvarez Maronilla, child prodigy  |  Maria Cecilia Calleja Maronilla, a renowned educator in the musical arts |  Illuminda Mojica Tuazon, Manila Carnival Queen of 1939  |  Jose Velasco and Josefina Maronilla Velasco, musical pioneers of Libon, Albay  |  Renato Mijes Velasco, musical pioneer of Libon, Albay  |  Juan Miguel Fernandez Zubiri, politician  |  Jose Rubin Zubiri, businessman and politician.


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Mariano Maronilla and Rafaela Calleja were married on 15 January 1897 in Libon, Albay, Philippines. Juan Calleja Serrano and Pelagia Revantes Moni were married on 08 June 1904 in Libon, Albay Philippines. Manuel Maronilla Calleja and Paz Grivialde Aspillera were married on 12 October 1915 in Libon, Albay, Philippines. Lorenzo Calleja (died 1918) and Luciana Malonda Calleja (died 1915) rest in Libon Albay, Philippines. Ignacio Calleja and Rufina Sasuca Serrano were married on 13 May 1916 in Libon, Albay, Philippines. Ignacio Francisco Serrano Calleja was baptised on 25 April 1920. Felix Ernesto Calleja Fernandez was baptised on 10 April 1921 in Libon, Albay, Philippines. Mariano Maronilla Calleja was sent to Manila to become an engineer; but he chose to study music.  He was a pianist, singer and music teacher. Mariano Maronilla Calleja (standing), Manuel Maronilla Calleja (seated) and the young Luis Aspillera Calleja in the 1920s (approx). The two oldest sons of Bartolome Seda Fernandez and Pilar Maronilla Calleja in the 1920s (approx).  Ramon (left) became an associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court and Manuel (right) became on of the founders of the Makati Medical Center. Esther Satuito Calleja in the late 1930s. Rizalina Aspillera Calleja in the late 1930s. Nenita Aspillera Calleja in the early 1940s. Jose Tan Chua in the 1950s. Doris Flor was the bride of Ignacio Emil Aspillera Calleja. Rizalina Calleja Baltazar and her kids, Maria Virginia and Antonio in the late 1940s. Manuel Maronilla Calleja and his clan in a family reunion held in Libon, Albay, Philippines, in the late 1950s (approx). Antonio Felix Baltasar and Rizalina Aspillera Calleja had 9 children. Clockwise from upper left: Antonio, Maria Paz, Maria Virginia, Maria Agnes, Felix, Manuel, Gerardo, Maria Victoria, and Benjamin. Fernando Amorsolo was commissioned this portrait of Alicia Calleja Castro in the 1950s.  The painting now hangs in the Castro's home in Alabang. Maria Teresa Calleja Castro in her first communion gala. Gerald Alfonse Calleja Chua in 1955. Gerald Alfonse and Terence Alberto Chua in 1958. Desiree Elena Calleja Chua in the late 1950s. Esther Calleja Peñas and her kids in 1968.  From left, Marlon, Maria Sarah, Maria Pilar and Maria Gregoria. 

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Sor Cecilia Calleja Maronilla
06.29.2009, 00:02
Filed under: Calleja

Maria Cecilia Calleja Maronilla, or Sor Cecilia as she was known to her students, was a dedicated educator in the musical arts.Maria Cecilia Calleja Maronilla, the daughter of Mariano Sasis Maronilla and Rafaela Calleja was born on February 1, 1900 in Libon, Albay. At 18, she joined the Daughters of Charity and was the first nun who enrolled at the UP Conservatory of Music under Dr. Antonio Molina. On February 1932, she rendered her senior recital.

Sor Cecilia was assigned head of the Department of Music at Sta. Isabel College, Intramuros, Manila and then Sta. Isabel, Naga City.  An heiress to a sizeable family fortune, she financed the construction of the Music Building of Sta. Isabel, Naga City. She was a full-time department head and professor of Music where she trained many students in piano.

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Manuel Maronilla Calleja
05.29.2009, 05:02
Filed under: Calleja

Manuel Maronilla Calleja (Abt 1891 – unknown) was the son of Ignacio Calleja and Aquilina Maronilla.  He married Paz Grivialde Aspillera in 1915 in Catholic rites witnessed by Ignacio Calleja and Bonifacia Calleja. Their union bore six children: Luis Cezar, Rizalina, Alicia, Aquilina, Jose and Ignacio Emil.  He is the great-grand uncle of Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.

Manuel studied law at the University of Santo Tomas and was admitted to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on 07 September 1914.  A Freemason, he distinguished himself as a lawyer, a fiscal, a judge of the Justice of the Peace Court, a judge of the People’s Court and a judge of the Court of First Instance. He served as the governor of the Province of Albay before (1937 – 1940) and after World War II (1952 – 1955).

In 2007, he was posthumously recognized by Libon’s Mayor Dycoco as one of the positive contributors to the locality’s education system.


Manuel Maronilla Calleja married Paz Aspillera in Libon, Albay on 12 October 1915. Manuel M. Calleja married Paz Grivialde Aspillera, the grandaunt of Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969. Manuel studied law at the University of Santo Tomas and was admitted to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on 07 September 1914.  A Freemason, he distinguished himself as a lawyer, a fiscal, a judge of the Justice of the Peace Court, a judge of the People's Court and a judge of the Court of First Instance. Manuel served as the Governor of Albay before and after World War II.

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Jose Isaac and Josefina Maronilla Velasco
03.28.2009, 15:24
Filed under: Calleja

The couple enriched the musical culture of Libon.

Jose Isaac (1911 – 1984) a native of Bato, Camarines Sur, married Josefina Maronilla Velasco (1909 – 1989, the daughter of Vicente Velasco and Bridiga Maronilla of Libon, Albay. This musical union bore two sons, Antonio and Manuel.

Lolo Jose was an expert clarinet- and violin- player while Lola Pining was a versatile pianist. They taught the children of Libon to play banduria, ukelele, guita, piano. They organized various recitals, choirs, rondallas and other musical groups. Lolo Jose, a prominent member of the Mirabueno band, composed “Santiago de Libon”, his opus, which is played during the town fiests and Holy Week celebrations today.

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