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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