Pre-Claveria Decree Surnames of the Sañosas: Justa, San Jose & Mariano

Prior to Governor Claveria's decree of 1849, which required them to choose a new surname derived from a section of the Catálogo containing a list of names that begin with the letter "S",  the populace of Polangui, like the majority of the Filipinos at that time, had surnames taken from Catholic saints or Christian symbols.  A quick look at the church records in Polangui prior to November 1849 shows many families with surnames like: Miguel, Santa Maria, Maria, Salvador, Juan, de los Santos, de los Angeles, and Ygnacio.

As for the Sañosas, Article 7 of Claveria's decree provides a key in determining one of their former names. Article 7 states, "In the lists that will be made for the cabecerias (barangays), in order to complete the register later, each person shall indicate (1) his baptismal name, followed by the new surname which may be assigned to him, and (2) the name which, until then may have served him as surname, leaving him free to retain this as long as he wishes".

In the 1850 baptismal records of Polangui's Church of St. Peter, there is an entry on October 28, 1850 for Feliciana Sabirola whose parents are listed as Domingo Sabirola Maria and Maria Sañosa Justa.  In this baptismal entry, the surnames of Feliciana's parents are juxtaposed with their old names appended to their new ones as directed by Article 7 of the decree.

This entry also shows that before the mid-19th century, the Sañosas had used Justa (pronounced hoos-ta) as a surname. Justa (the feminine form of Justo) is Spanish for a Christian virtue meaning just, upright or righteous. This practice of tying a person's old and new names was eventually discontinued soon after the decree had been fully implemented. 

1850 Baptismal Entry for Feliciana Sabirola from Polangui church records
Domingo is written in its Spanish abbreviated form.

Besides Justa, members of the clan also assumed San Jose and Mariano as surnames. The former is Spanish for St.Joseph, while the latter pertains to Marian devotion (the Virgin Mary).

Prior to 1849, it was not uncommon for members of the same family to not even share the same surname, which was one of the reasons behind the Claveria decree.  This was apparent in the baptismal record of Crispin Sañosa's grandfather, Isabelo (b. July 6, 1844), which identifies him as the son of Aquino Mariano (c. 1825) and the paternal grandson of Pedro San Jose (c. 1806).

July 8, 1844 Baptismal Record of Ysabelo Sañosa (born on Monday, July 6th),
which shows that his father and grandfather did not share the same surname.

Ysabelo (Old Spanish for Isabelo), hijo legitimo de Aquino Mariano y Pacifica Sta. Maria, naturales (abbr.) de este Pueblo del Barangay de Don (? illegible given name of the cabeza de barangay) Sta. Isabel,  nieto por linea paterna de Pedro S. Jose y de Maria Francisca (abbr.). 

Trans: Ysabelo, legitimate son of Aquino Mariano and Pacifica Santa Maria, natives of this town from the village/barrio of Don ? Santa Isabel, grandson through the paternal line of Pedro San Jose and Maria Francisca.


Clavería y Zaldúa, Narciso. Catálogo Alfabético de Apellidos. 1849. Intro. Domingo Abella. Manila: Philippine National Archives, 1973. FamilySearch Microfiche
Owen, Norman G. About the Claveria Decree. Email to J. Sañosa. 6 Feb. 2012.
Registros Parroquiales 1838- 1849. Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Polangui. FamilySearch Microfiche
Registros Parroquiales 1849- 1857. Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Polangui. FamilySearch Microfiche.


Early to Mid-19th Century Patriarchs: Pedro, Aquino & Isabelo Sañosa

Polangui in Albay province, which was founded by the Spaniards in the 16th century, is the ancestral home of the Sañosas. Church records since the Spanish colonial period show that Sañosas have been living there for more than two centuries and continue to do so to this day despite the migration of many of its members to the Visayas, Manila and other countries. 

Here is the family tree of the Sañosa-Aguilar branch headed by Isabelo Sañosa (b. July 6, 1844).  This family tree was originally recounted by an Aguilar relative, Felix Aguilar to Jose B. Sañosa on Sept. 15, 1985 and passed on to Joseph L. Sañosa in 1994.  

This family tree includes the earliest known family patriarch, Pedro Sañosa (b. circa 1806), who is a direct ancestor of Isabelo and his descendants.  Pedro and his son, Aquino (b. circa 1825), were known by different last names, which was a common practice in the Philippines up to the mid-19th century. The former used San Jose while the latter, Mariano. In addition, other family members were known as Justas. At the time of the promulgation of Claveria's decree in November 1849, they all became Sañosas. 


Besides Isabelo Sañosa, the Polangui baptismal records show nine other members of the clan, who belonged to about the same generation. They were: Conrado, Belarde, Juan, Andres, Pedro, Miguel, Jacobo, Velarde, and the brothers Andres and Teodoro.  

I was not able to ascertain their relationships to one another when I further pushed back beyond the Claveria boundary (prior to 1849).  My efforts primarily focused on determining the direct ancestors of Lolo Crispin and his brothers (Lolo Esteban and Lolo Cecilio), which was quite challenging enough due to the variety of similar but unrelated surnames used by Polangui residents at that time; missing, stained or faded pages of the baptismal records; and difficulty in deciphering the penmanship of the 19th century Spanish Franciscan friars who had a penchant for scribbling, abbreviating and including shorthand notations in their recordkeeping.

Aguilar, Felix. Personal interview by Jose B. Sañosa. 15 September 1985.
Memoirs, Crispin V. Sañosa, 6/5/58.
Registros Parroquiales 1838- 1849. Church of Sts. Peter & Paul,Polangui. FamilySearch Microfiche.  
Registros Parroquiales 1857- 1889. Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Polangui. FamilySearch Microfiche.   
Sañosa, Jose. Conversations with Joseph Sañosa. December 1994.

Sañosa - Villez: Fabiano & Isabel's Line

Fabiano (Flaviano) Sañosa, the father of Crispin Sañosa, was born on December 22, 1867 and passed away in June 1933 at the age of sixty-six.  He lived in Polangui his entire life.  

It is worth noting that the Spanish friars were inconsistent with their recordkeeping. Variations in orthography and deviations in the listing of surnames were prevalent despite the Claveria edict. To illustrate, Fabiano's given name has two variations. It is listed as Flaviano in his baptismal record while Fabiano in Crispin's.  In addition, the maiden name of his mother, Juana, is recorded as Samonita (her family's Claveria decree name); while she is identified as an Aguilar (her pre-Claveria name and preference) under Crispin's record.  


1867 Baptismal Record of Fabiano Sañosa

"..bautiso (sic) solemnemente y puso los santos oleos en esta parroquia a un niño nacido en veinte dos de id a el qual (sic) le puse el nombre de Flaviano Sañosa hijo legitimo de matrimonio de Ysabelo Sañosa y Juana Samonita, naturales y residentes de este dicho pueblo del barangay de D. Pedro Saollo, nieto por linea paterna de Aquino Sañosa y de Pacifica Ronda y por la materna Juan Samonita y Paulina Solvilla..."

Trans: "...solemnly baptized and annointed with the holy chrism in this parish a boy, born on the 22nd of the same month and named Flaviano Sañosa, legitimate son by marriage of Ysabelo Sañosa and Juana Samonita, natives and residents of this town and of the barangay of Don Pedro Saollo, grandson through the paternal line of Aquino Sañosa and Pacifica Ronda and through the maternal line of Juan Samonita and Paulina Solvilla..."


Here's a rare photograph taken at Fabiano's funeral showing two great-grandparents: Isabel Villez, the mother of Crispin Sañosa and Flaviano Benipayo (Lolo Kabesang), the father of Florentina Benipayo (Crispin's wife).   


Family Photo at the funeral of Fabiano Aguilar Sañosa.
Taken in front of Fabiano Sañosa's home, Polangui, Albay, June 1933

From L-R:
(1) Crispin Villez Sañosa  (my grandfather, 40 yrs.)
(2) Florentina Benipayo Sañosa  (my grandmother, 35 yrs.)
(3) Isabel Villez Sañosa  (my great-grandmother & Crispin's mother)
(4) Purificación Benipayo Sañosa (Paterno)  (Crispin's daughter, 5 yrs.)
(5) Crispin Benipayo Sañosa, Jr.  (Crispin's son, 2 yrs.)
(6) Ireno Sañosa Raule  (son of Felicisima Sañosa Raule, Crispin's sister)
(7) Juana Sañosa Lauraya  (daugther of Irenea Sañosa Lauraya, Crispin's sister)
(8) Irene Sañosa Lauraya  (daughter of Irenea Sañosa Lauraya, Crispin's sister)
(9) Cecilio Villez Sañosa  (youngest brother of Crispin)
(10) Virgil Laudes Sañosa  (son of Cecilio Villez Sañosa)
(11) Flaviano Benipayo (my great-grandfather & father of Florentina B. Sañosa, 78 yrs)
(12) Salvación Benipayo Sañosa (Ceballos)  (Crispin's 2nd eldest child and daughter, 11 yrs. )

*The property where the house in the photo once stood is now owned by Marina Sañosa Benipayo, wife of Alfonsito Ticzon Benipayo.  Alfonsito is the son of Alfonso Saunar Benipayo (Florentina Benipayo Sañosa's third elder brother) while Marina is the daughter of Esteban Villez Sañosa (Crispin Villez Sañosa's younger brother).


Juana Sañosa Lauraya RN, Oct. 23, 1941
Daughter of Irenea Sañosa & Flaviano Lauraya.


Riel -Flaygar Nuptial ,Walnut Creek, CA 2008
(Wedding of Rosalinda Sañosa Riel)
Eugene's Reunion with Sañosa-Gregorio 1st Cousins

(L-R): Teodoro Riel; Precioso Gregorio Sañosa; Eugene Benipayo Sañosa;
Marina Sañosa Benipayo; Belinda Sañosa (wife of Precioso); Rizalina Sañosa Riel; 
Josie Lee Sañosa (wife of Eugene)

*Precioso, Marina & Rizalina are children of Esteban V. Sañosa & Remedios Gregorio


Memoirs, Crispin V. Sañosa, June 5, 1958
Registros Parroquiales 1863- 1869. Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Polangui. FamilySearch Microfiche.
Cecilia Sañosa Restubog-Nieto (additional information on Lolo Esteban's Children)

*Cecilia Restubog-Nieto is the daughter of Heidi Sañosa Restubog & granddaugther of Esteban Sañosa

Crispin Sañosa: A ganta of rice & a pocketful of dreams

Crispin Villez Sañosa's 1958 memoirs starts off with a brief introduction of his family. In it he writes, "Son of Fabiano Sañosa and Isabel Villez of Polangui, Albay, I was born on January 5, 1893 in Polangui, the third child in the family. We were seven in all (four boys and three girls): Severo, our eldest, died of hydrophobia in 1910; Irenea, the second child, married to Flaviano Lauraya with seven children; Esteban, the fourth child and a municipal teacher, married to Remedios Gregorio with nine children; Cecilio, the fifth child and clerk in the municipal treasury of Polangui married to Salud Laudes with seven children; Felicisima, the sixth child, married to Marcial Raule with ten children and Eulogia, the youngest, who is widowed with one child.

Both my father and mother died in Polangui on June 28, 1933 and June 21, 1938, respectively. Records of their births were not available, but as far as I could remember, both lived beyond sixty years." (*see note below).

Crispin was a self-made man who rose from humble beginnings through his own talents and efforts. He overcame many obstacles in life and never let being less privileged stop him from getting an education and attaining his dreams. He was an intelligent, determined and ambitious man.

Crispin's Baptismal Certificate (in Spanish)
Duplicate copy issued on January 23,1938
Godfather: Leopoldo Samonte

The educational system in the Philippines experienced a transformation during the turn of the century when American teachers called Thomasites arrived in the Philippines to help establish secularized public schools. They used English as a medium of instruction; and through it, instilled American values and ideals in the hearts and minds of their young native students. These pioneering American teachers made education more accessible in the countryside and established secondary schools which provided courses in the arts, agriculture, commerce and trade. Crispin was eager to learn as a child and the Thomasites opened his eyes to a whole new world, introducing him to America and the English language.

In his memoirs, Crispin provides a glimpse of his life in rural Polangui at the turn of the century.  He had initially learned the rudiments of education from privately-run local schools.  In 1903, at ten years old, his parents enrolled him in a public school where he learned English.  After graduating in 1906, he almost didn't continue on to what was called the intermediate school because his parents could not afford to send him to Ligao, which was four miles away from Polangui. Fortunately, they changed their minds after much thought and deliberation as Crispin recalled in his memoirs.

The commute from Polangui to Ligao was challenging for a boy of thirteen. There was no public transportation available at that time and the only way he could get there was on foot. In his memoirs, Crispin writes, "Every Monday morning, I went to Ligao bringing with me a ganta of rice and one peso for my expenses for the week. These were the weekly allotments that my parents gave me."(A ganta is five pints or ten cups.). The daily commute on foot to school and back eventually took a toll that he had to find creative ways to save time and money. He found lodging as a boarder with a family in Ligao and negotiated to waive the rent in exchange for helping around the house. This allowed him to stay in Ligao to study on weekdays and return home every Friday after classes.

Bureau of Audits Personnel, Naga Office 
Crispin (27 yrs) with colleagues
Naga City, Camarines Sur (July, 1920)
Standing L-R: Navarrette, Saison, Olives
Seated L-R: Royals, Sañosa, Canoy

After graduating from the American-run Ligao school in 1909, Crispin expressed his desire to his parents to continue on to the provincial high school. This time, his parents could not agree to it. They had no means financially plus they felt that he'd be too far away from home as the capital was twenty-three miles from Polangui.

Being a dutiful son, Crispin acquiesced. The very disappointed sixteen year old found himself working in the mountains stripping abacá with his eldest brother Severo in order to help supplement the family income.

Fate intervened in 1911, when the principal teacher of Polangui approached and asked him if he'd be interested in becoming a primary school teacher. New primary schools were being set up in neighboring barrios and there was a need for filipino teachers.  The eighteen year old gladly accepted. He was sent to the Teaching Institute in Daraga and soon after assigned to teach first and second grades at two barrio schools.

In his second year, while assigned to the barrio of Magpanambo, which he didn't like as it was quite far from Polangui, he began to look for other opportunities. He writes in his memoirs,"This assignment did not satisfy me because Magpanambo was far, and in going there, I had to rent a horse as the roads were always muddy. I returned to the población (Polangui), on Saturdays and came back to the barrio (Magpanambo) the following day on Sunday. Although I disliked the assignment, I had to hold on to this job with thoughts of leaving it as soon as I found a better one. In the meantime, I prepared for the civil service examination."

In May 1913, at age twenty, he received a letter at his family's home at 37 Pascual in Polangui that he passed the exam.

Twenty-five years later and at the age of forty-five, Crispin went back to school to fulfill a lifelong dream. In 1938, he successfully graduated from secondary school thanks to the educational authorities, who approved his petition to waive the first three years and complete the fourth year of secondary school at the Far Eastern University in Manila on account of his years of service in government and the civil service exams he had taken and successfully passed. After graduation, he went on to enroll in Lacson College in Intramuros, the Walled City, in order to pursue a college degree in Commerce. He finally made it to college. Unfortunately, he was only able to complete two years as his education was again interrupted; this time by the Second World War.

Thoughts of a grandson

Last picture of Lolo Crispin
88 yrs, November 15, 1981

Life threw my grandfather a lot of curve balls and he rolled with the punches. He neither let being less priveleged nor his age deter him from achieving his goals. Here's a man who struggled to get an education, always sought to improve his station in life; and through sheer determination, succeeded.

If only fate had allowed him to finish his education with no interruptions, I have no doubt that he would have surpassed what he had achieved in his lifetime. Still, my grandfather did very well in life. From being a simple rural school teacher, he catapulted himself to becoming Assistant Chief, Examiner, Assistant Auditor and finally Auditor in several government agencies with teams of accountants working under him.

Moreover, he successfully provided for a family of nine, and never failed to support his parents and lend a helping hand to any relative in need especially those that required financial assistance with their schooling.

I could not help but smile upon reading the letter,dated May 10, 1938, that the Director of Private Education, Lino Castillejo, wrote to my grandfather when he approved his petition to complete secondary school. In it he writes,"We could not believe that your service and your civil service qualification were sufficient to offset your actual low educational attainment." Although a blunt remark, it showed how the educational authorities were amazed at what he had achieved.

Lolo Crispin was indeed amazing!

Source: Memoirs, Crispin V. Sañosa, June 5, 1958

* Crispin had incorrectly written the number of children that Irenea, Esteban and Felicisima had. Esteban had seven children by his first wife Remedios Gregorio, and four more by his second wife, Salvacion Barrameda.

Flaviano Benipayo & Lola Tinay's Family Tree

Crispin Sañosa's first wife, Florentina Benipayo (Lola Tinay) belonged to one of the principal families of Ponso, Albay. The two others were the Twangle and Ante families. Her father, Flaviano Benipayo (b. 1855- d. 4/23/45), was quite prolific having fathered eight children from his first marriage to Maxima Saunar and seven more from his second one to Lucena Sarte. Tinay was the fourth child from Flaviano's first marriage and was the eldest daughter.

Flaviano, his eldest daughter Florentina and two younger sons, Melencio & Marciano

Flaviano Benipayo's photo taken at the funeral of Fabiano A. Sañosa in Polangui, Albay.
Marciano's photo taken at Lucky Press (established by Celedonio Benipayo, Lola Tinay's nephew).

According to family lore, the use of Benipayo as a patrilineal surname in Flaviano's line originated from a Chinese (Sangley) progenitor, who adopted his Filipino wife's family name. Claveria's Catálogo does not include Benipayo in its list of names, which meant that his wife's family had been using it for generations before 1849 when the Claveria decree was promulgated. It is reasonable to assume that her family must have had enough wealth and status for the Spanish authorities to allow them to keep using it; and his wife's status could have been the reason why he chose to abandon his own name for hers. 

Two different transcriptions of this ancestor's original Chinese surname have survived in the family oral histories of some of his many descendants today. In the family lore of Florentina's descendants, it is transcribed as Pua (Phoa). 

Pua (Phoa) is the Hokkien transliteration for the surname that uses the Chinese character  , which is the name of a place in Central China during the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC). The Mandarin transliteration of this character is Pan, while in Cantonese, it is Poon. Hokkien is spoken in Fujian (Fukien) province in Southern China where many of the Chinese who migrated to the Philippines came from; and Flaviano's ancestors most likely originated from there as well. 

Great-grandfather Flaviano Benipayo was also known as Lolo Kabesang because he was a Cabeza de Barangay during the final years of the Spanish colonial period which ended in 1898. During Spanish times, the Cabezas de Barangay (Chiefs of the Barangay), who were responsible for governing the local districts, were addressed by the citizens as Kabesang.

The Cabezas de Barangay along with the gobernadorcillos and the principalía, the principal families to which the Benipayo-Saunar family also belonged, formed the governing class in the provincial towns. Their titles were hereditary and they were exempt from paying taxes to the Spanish crown. This local government structure was abolished when the Americans took over the Philippines.

Remembering Flaviano Benipayo

Reminiscences of his granddaughter Salvación Sañosa Ceballos

Salvacion Benipayo Sañosa (Ceballos)
(b.3/11/22 - d.7/16/11)

In an interview on January 22, 2011, eighty-eight year old Tia Salvación recounted her childhood memories of the grand patriarch. According to her, Lolo Kabesang was a very wealthy Cabeza de Barangay of Chinese origin. He was aristocratic in his demeanor, tall and always impeccably well-dressed whether in suits or flowing Chinese robes, which he sometimes opted to wear. As a young girl, Salvación enjoyed visiting Polangui and Ponso with her mother, Florentina, especially during the festive harvest season.

According to Tia Salvación, the family lands were bountiful and yielded two harvests per year. During those visits to Ponso, Salvación would accompany Lolo Kabesang as he promenaded around town. He didn't exactly take a stroll for he was transported about in his rickshaw by his attendants. While making his rounds, he'd throw coins at the street beggars that they encountered along the way. Tia Salvación commented on how proud she felt as a granddaughter when walking right along beside him during those family visits to Ponso.

Lolo Kabesang lived to a ripe old age of 90; however, senility took over, which contributed to his demise. Tia Salvación did not recall where he was buried.

Recollections of his granddaughter Aurora Benipayo De Leon

Mary Ann Benipayo De Leon-Tan, granddaughter of Donato and Pura Benipayo, shared the recollections of her mother Aurora Disonglo Benipayo who not only confirmed Lolo Kabesang's penchant for Chinese robes, but also the decline of his mental capabilities.

His family cared for him until his final days in 1945 at Villa Pura, the Benipayo family's grand residence on P. Florentino Street in Manila. He was laid to rest in Manila's North Cemetery.

The Battle of Manila in 1945 totally devastated the city. From the second floor of Villa Pura, an eight-year old Aurora Benipayo saw Manila in ruins with only the venerable Quiapo Church and the main building of the University of Santo Tomas left standing at a distance.

Alberto Disonglo Benipayo eventually sold the property in order to rebuild the Benipayo Press, the family's publishing enterprise. 

L-R: Estrella, Pura Disonglo, Donato Saunar Benipayo (carrying Manuel), Alberto & Luz 
Donato is the eldest brother of Florentina & founder of Benipayo Press
Photo courtesy of Aurora Benipayo De Leon

Amada Logronio & Celedonio Benipayo (Wedding Picture) 
Celedonio is the eldest son of Lorenzo (Florentina's 2nd eldest brother)
& founder of Lucky Press


Estrella & Alberto Disonglo Benipayo, children of Donato, Florentina's eldest brother


Ceballos, Salvacion Sañosa. Personal interview by Joseph L. Sañosa. 22 January 2011.
De Leon-Tan, Mary Ann Benipayo. Email to J. Sañosa. 2 March 2015
Duran, Marlo & Duran, Dindo. Personal conversations at Lolo Crispin's house. Dec. 1980.
Memoirs, Crispin V. Sañosa, June 5, 1958.
Owen, Norman G. Questions about Filipino names. Email to J. Sañosa. 12 Feb. 2012.
Sañosa Family Oral History.

*Marlo and Dindo Duran are children of Claudia Sarte Benipayo & Manuel Duran.

The above images are from original photos from the Sañosa & Ceballos family collections
    The image of Donato & Pura Benipayo and family is from the collection of Aurora Benipayo De Leon 

The Thomasites Connection

Who were the Thomasites?

Group of Thomasites
Source: jmagreda.blogspot.
Image.Thomasites.Web. September 2010.

The dissemination of English throughout the Philippines is attributed to none other than the pioneer American teachers who came to the Philippines to help establish public schools. Many of them were young recent graduates who came to the islands in response to President Mckinley's call to "promote and improve the educational system of the Philippines." After President Mckinley appointed William Howard Taft as head of the commission that would continue the educational work started by the U.S. army, the Taft Commission passed Education Act no. 34, which not only established the Department of Public Instruction, but also deployed American teachers to the islands.

The first group to arrive were approximately 500 teachers who came via the transport vessel S.S. Thomas in 1901. From then on, these teachers and the others that followed them became known as Thomasites. Some of these first arrivals ended up in Albay province.

The Thomasites were not only responsible for providing basic education and promoting the English language; but also training Filipino teachers. According to the Philippine Bureau of Education Records (1901 - 1906), the supervisory teacher running the school in Ligao at the time Crispin Sañosa was a student there was a teacher by the name of Melvin Fox.  Most likely, Crispin sharpened his English proficiency under this Thomasite's guidance and supervision. Crispin also received training from the Thomasites when he attended the Training Institute for Teachers in Daraga in April 1911.

The Thomasites are often regarded as the forerunner of the American Peace Corps. Young filipinos first learned about George Washington, the Pledge of Allegiance, and English alphabet from these teachers, who taught them that "A" stood for apple and not for the native avocado.


Memoirs, Crispin V. Sañosa, June 5, 1958
Filipinos & Americans in the Philippine Bureau of Education (1901 - 1906). Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Schools Library. 8 March 2012.



Little Rosario: The forgotten Sañosa

Rosario was Crispin and Florentina's fourth child and followed Vicente. She was born on Nov. 3, 1926 in Naga, Camarines Sur. She died of broncho-pneumonia on April 30, 1927 at six months old.

These are the only surviving photographs of Rosario. Memorializing the recently deceased through photos became popular during the Victorian era when mortality rates particularly among children were high. This practice was not uncommon in the Philippines as shown by this memorial photograph of the Sañosa family.  Post mortem photography died out as a trend when cameras became affordable, which made it possible for the living to take pictures of loved ones while they were still alive. 

At the Burial of Rosario Benipayo Sañosa
Peñafrancia Cemetery. Camarines Sur, May 1, 1927

(L-R): Jose Benipayo Sañosa (8 yrs), Heidi Gregorio Sañosa,
Vicente Benipayo Sañosa (3 yrs), Salvacion Benipayo Sañosa (Ceballos) (5 yrs)

The family picture below taken at Rosario's burial is interesting. Lola Tinay clearly looks uncomfortable, grief-stricken and doesn't seem willing to be in the picture.  In contrast to the somber group, the three men in hats standing at the far left appear camera ready and smiling. 

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Family Picture at Rosario's Burial, May 1, 1927

(L-R on the foreground): Esteban V. Sañosa holding Heidi G. Sañosa, Jose B. Sañosa (at the foot of the coffin behind Heidi), Florentina B. Sañosa, Crispin V. Sañosa holding Vicente (& touching the coffin), Salvacion B. Sañosa (Ceballos), sitting in front of Vicente.


Source: Memoirs, Crispin V. Sañosa, 6/5/58

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