The Calleja Family


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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The Serrano Family


Pronounced as [se-ra’-no], the family name is derived from a Spanish noun serrano, meaning “highlands” or “hill”.  The family name originated in the mountains of Burgos in Castile-León, Spain the medieval Spanish kingdom whose language and culture spread to many countries of the world. The name existed as early as 200 BC. The spelling variations of this surname include Serrana, Serra, Sierro, Sierra, among others.

The practice of the Catholic Church of Libon to maintain a separate record for Bautismos Illegitimos or baptisms of illegitimate children proved to be a hurdle in our research. The records of the many illegitimate children in our family only included the mother’s information and excluded the father’s altogether. 

Our Line

During the initial implementation of the Claveria Decree of 1849 in the province of Albay, it is said that the Governor seemingly tore out pages of the Catalogo Alfabetico de Apellidos and sent them to individual towns. For this reason, the last names of families which originally hail from Libon, Albay (from where the family line’s earliest known roots originate) begin with the letter “S” — such as Se, Sera, Seva, Serase and Serrano, among many. 

That said, we are connected to two separate Serrano genealogical lines.  Until we find proof to the contrary, we are treating the two clans, as distint and unrelated, even if they are from the same hometown.

Serrano Line ASalome Calleja‘s second partner and first husband was Doroteo Serrano.  He is the earliest known patriarch of that line.

Serrano Line BFeliza Sasuca Serrano married Ignacio Calleja.  Her father was Eleno Serrano.  Eleno, his brother Justo and their cousin Leocadio Serrano belonged to the earliest documented generation of that clan. 

By marriage, the clan is related to other families:  Calleja, Revantes, Moni, Sasuca, among them.



Family History Research Notes

1. Doroteo Serrano’s Family Tree can be found on
2. The family trees of Eleno Serrano, Justo Serrano, and Leocadio Serrano can be found on

Eleno Serrano

Eleno Serrano of Libon, Albay, Philippines is one of the earliest known patriarchs of the Serrano clan. He was a musician by profession and played a wind instrument (flute or clarinet) for a local band, which played at bailes or town dances. His wife, Graceana Sasuca (who was an able hilot), was said to have been perenially irked by his late nights.  They had four children: Feliza, Rufina, Estefania and Segundina.

Feliza Sasuca Serrano

Feliza Sasuca Serrano (18989 – 1969)  was born to Eleno Serrano and Graceana Sasuca on 14 Mar 1889 in Libon, Albay, Philippines

She was a homemaker and was a skilled burdadera or embroiderer. In 1920, she had her first child with Ignacio Calleja when she was about 23 years old and he was about 58. Their life together was blessed with three children: Leonardo, Angelina and Felipe.