Bartolome Seda Fernandez

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

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

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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Sor Cecilia Calleja Maronilla

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

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

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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Renato Mijes Velasco

Renato “Remy” Mijes Velasco was born on March 25, 1925 to Juan Maronilla Velasco and Dionisia Mijes in Libon, Albay, Philippines. Influenced by his musical aunt, Josefina Maronilla Velasco-Isaac, he learned to play the guitar and accordion and was also a good singer. He was a member of the Velasco Daring Masters that performed not only in Libon but also in nearby towns and even in far provinces like Masbate and Samar. During the Japanese and American regimes, he entertained people crowds at P50 per song. In 1950, their orchestra was disbanded upon the decision of his uncle, Vicente “Pa Titing” Velasco.

Remy took as his wife, Celina Sara Vasquez, an educator. His musical heritage continues through his grandchildren, Marvin and Juan.  He passed away on 01 May 2009 in his hometown.

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