Inilagda sa Dugo I: Mga Diaz ng Paoay

ni George M. Hizon

Isa sa pinakatanyag na kilusang lihim na itinatag sa Pilipinas ay ang K.K.K. Kilala rin bilang KATIPUNAN, ang K.K.K. ay isang acronym na nagkakahulugang Kataastaasan Kagalanggalangan Katipunan ng mga Anak Ng Bayan. Nagsimula noong 1892, ang pangunahing layunin ng K.K.K. ay mapatalsik ang 350-daan taong pamahalaan ng mga Kastila sa Pilipinas. Napakaraming artikulo ang naisulat tungkol sa kiliusang ito, nguni’t kaunti lang ang nasulat tungkol sa mga tagapagtatag nito, maliban kay Andres Bonifacio. Ang artikulong ito ay nakatuon sa isa sa tagapagtatag ng K.K.K., si Valentin Diaz. Kasama rin dito ang kanyang pinsan na si Eulalio Diaz, na kahit sa pagsuko ng huling Heneral na Filipino sa mga Amerikano, ay sinubukang pasiglahin ang pakikibaka tungo sa kalayaan ng Pilipinas. Ang mga kaganapang ito ay nangyari sa Maynila at sa Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

Valentin Diaz (1849-1916)

Dahil sa lihim na mga buhay ng mga kasapi ng K.K.K., kakaunti lamang ang alam natin tungkol sa buhay ni Valentin Diaz noong kabataan niya. Ipinanganak siya kay Geronimo Diaz at Maria Villanueva sa Paoay, Ilocos Norte noong Nobyembre 1, 1849. Noong 1857, lumipat ang kanyang pamilya sa Tayug, Pangasinan. Wala rin tayong alam sa educational background ni Diaz. Nguni’t maaari siyang nakapag-aral dahil noong 1857, siya ay naging gobernadorcillo ng Tayug. At, bukod pa rito, iginagawad lamang ng mga Kastila ang naturang posisyon sa mga miyembro ng mga mahahalaga at mayayamang pamilya.

Mismong kung kailan at kung paano siya dumating sa Tondo ay hindi natin alam. Nguni’t noong itinatag na ang repormistang kilusan na La Liga Filipina ni Dr. Jose Rizal at Andres Bonifacio sa Ilaya St., Tondo, si Diaz ay nakalista bilang isa sa mga miyembro nito. Noong Hulyo 6, 1892, binuwag na ang La Liga dahil sa pagka-aresto ni Dr. Jose Rizal at nagpasya na lang ang mga kasapi nito na magtayo na ng isang mas radikal na kilusan. Ito ay pinangalanang KATIPUNAN, at ang layunin nito ay mapatalsik ang 350-taong gobyerno ng mga Kastila dito sa Pilipinas. Sa isang maliit at madilim na eskinita sa Maynila, na may 72 Azcarraga St. bilang address, naganap ang isang sinaunang sanduguan (blood compact) kung saan nila inilagda ang kanilang pangalan sa isang kasunduan gamit ang sarili nilang dugo. Ang mga unang lider ng KATIPUNAN ay sina Deodato Arellano, Ladislao Diwa, Andres Bonifacio, Teodoro Plata, Jose Dizon at Valentin Diaz. Si Valentin Diaz ang nagsilbing ingat-yaman ng KATIPUNAN.

Noong sumiklab ang labanan sa pagitan ng mga Pilipino at mga Kastila, lumaban si Diaz bilang isang rebolusyonaryo sa hukbo ni Andres Bonifacio. Isa rin siya sa mga signatories ng kasunduang “Biak-na-Bato” noong Nobyembre, 1, 1897. Ito ay pansamantalang pagtigil ng labanan sa pagitan ng mga Pilipino at mga Kastila, nguni’t isa sa kondisyon ng kasunduang ito ay ang pagpapatapon kina Aguinaldo at Diaz sa Hong Kong. Noong sumiklab ang digmaang Pilipino-Americano (1899-1902), muling nagsilbi si Diaz sa Philippine Army bilang koronel. Sumailalim siya kay Artemio Ricarte at mamaya, kay Antonio Luna, parehong mga sikat na Ilocano generals.

Noong 1916,  namatay ang KATIPUNAN co-founder na si Valentin Diaz sa Maynila sa edad na 67. Dahil sa kanyang mga sakripisyo, ginawaran siya ng historical marker (ng National Historical Institute) sa kanyang lugar ng kapanganakan sa Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

Eulalio Diaz

Pagkatapos ng dalawan-taong pagkakatapon sa Guam, si Heneral Artemio Ricarte at Apolinario Mabini ay nabigyan ng amnestiya ng mga awtoridad sa US at dinala pabalik sa Pilipinas noong 1903. Pag abot sa Maynila dockport, si Mabini ay sumumpa ng kanyang katapatan sa Estados Unidos ng Amerika. Malubha na ang kanyang sakit at hindi katagalan, namatay. Si Ricarte, sa kabilang banda, ay hindi sumumpa. Tumakas siya at sinubukang maghasik ng isa pang kaguluhan laban sa mga Amerikano.

Dahil kumalat ang balita tungkol dito, isang pangkat ng mga dating Ilocanong rebolusyonista ang sumubok na magbuyo ng isa pang himagsikan sa Paoay, Ilocos Norte. Nauuna sa mga lider ng grupong ito ay sina Eulalio Diaz, Sergio Sadang Sr., Sergio Sangcali, Sotero Abutan, Panfilo Paclibari, Eugenio Raganit, Canuto Butardo at Valentin Butardo. Si Eulalio Diaz ay pinsan ng KATIPUNAN co-founder na si Valentin Diaz. Tulad ni Valentin, kakaunti lang ang alam natin sa maagang buhay ni Eulalio bagama’t sa mga talaan ipinakita siya na dating gobernadorcillo ng Paoay.

Noong digmaan sa pagitan ng mga Pilipino at Amerikano, lumaban si Diaz bilang lider ng mga gerilya ni Fr.Gregorio Aglipay. Hango sa librong “The Life and Church of Fr. Gregorio Aglipay 1860-1960”, ang mga may-akda, sina Pedro S. de Achutegui at Miguel Anselmo Bernad ay inilarawan ang mga aksyon ni Diaz “dumating sila ng malaking bilang mula sa kanilang pinagtataguan, at linusob ang mga puwersa ng mga Amerikano sa Batac kung saan maraming buhay ang nasawi at maraming bahay ang nasunog. Dumating naman ang napakaraming reinforcements ng mga Amerikano mula sa Laoag, kaya naman napilitang umatras ang mga Pilipino sa madugong labanan na umabot ng ilang oras”. Kamuntik ng magtuloy-tuloy ang himagsikan sa Ilocos subali’t nahuli si Aglipay noong 1902. Kalaunan ay nagtago na naman si Diaz kasama ang kanyang mga natitirang puwersa.

Noong 1903, naging aktibo na naman si Diaz sa pakikibaka at nanulsol ng isa pang pag-aalsa. Mula sa huling araw ng Hunyo hanggang sa unang linggo ng Hulyo, 1903, kinuha ni Diaz ang kanyang mga tagasunod sa mga dakong labas ng bayan ng Paoay (sa kagubatan ng Buga, Sulcue, Pias at Baranio) at bumuo ng isang lihim na samahan at tinawag ito na Kanayonan. Ang pangunahing layunin ng grupo ay mapabagsak ang pamahalaang kolonyal ng US dito sa Pilipinas. Isang sanduguan (blood compact) na katulad ng nangyari sa Maynila noong 1892 ang isinagawa ng mga bagong kasapi ng Kanayonan habang nanumpa silang  ‘ipagtanggol ang bansa sa huling agos ng kanilang mga dugo’.

Nguni’t bago pa nila narinig ang kaunaunahang putok na maghuhudyat ng himagsikan, nabuko na ang lihim na samahan. Noong Agosto 25, 1903, si Eulalio Diaz at ang mga iba pa niyang kasamahan ay kinasuhan ng kasalanang paghihimagsik at sedisyon. At dahil kakaumpisa pa lamang ng batas na “Anti-Sedition Law” at “Anti-Brigand Law”, hinatulan sina Diaz ng (6) na taong pagkabilanggo, mahirap na trabaho (hard labor), ginto, multa ng $5,000 at ang mga gastos ng paguusig. “Napakabagsik ng mga parusang ito! Marahil ito ay isang taktika ng pamahalaang kolonyal para matakot ang mga nagtatangkang mag-alsa noong mga panahon na iyon” ayon ito kay Atty. Eulalio “Galland” Diaz III, apo ni Eulalio Diaz.

Mas maaga pa, noong Marso 29, 1904, nadakip na rin si General Artemio Ricarte sa may Mariveles, Bataan. Ang kanyang pangarap na magkahimagsikan sa rehiyon ng Ilocos ay naglaho na noong nakulong si Eulalio Diaz.

Nguni’t noong Abril, 1904, isang mapakumbabang nilalang ang tatayo bilang bagong lider ng mga rebolusyunista dito sa Pilipinas. Ang pangalan niya ay Macario Sakay at  maghahasik siya ng panibagong pag-aaklas sa rehiyon ng mga Tagalog mula Abril, 1904  hanggang Hulyo, 1906..

Huling tala: Maraming salamat kina LRA chief Eulalio “Galland” Diaz III at Vicente “Enteng” Villarama sa mga karagdagang kaalaman..

(Susunod: Macario Sakay: Bayani o manghaharang?)


Si Heneral Aguinaldo at ang kanyang mga tagasunod bago sila itinapon sa Hong Kong.
Si Valentin Diaz ay nasa pangatlong hanay, pangatlo mula sa kanan.


61 Responses. Have your say.

  1. george m. hizon says:

    Lolo rin ng publisher ng Global Balita na si Perry Diaz sina Valentin at Eulalio Diaz ng Paoay, Ilocos Norte. Teka, kaano-ano ba ninyo si former Ms. Universe Gloria Diaz ng Paoay, Ilocos Norte?

    • perry says:

      Hi George,

      Thanks for writing a article on my lolos. Eulalio Diaz was the older brother of my maternal grandmother. Gloria’s family originally came from Paoay in the late 1800s. Her great uncle, a priest, was assigned to the parish church of Aringay, La Union. The priest, Fr. Cecilio Diaz, brought his two brothers — Lorenzo and Anacleto — with him to Aringay where they settled and got married. One of the brothers was Gloria’s great grandfather. All the Diazes of Paoay descended from Don Hermenigildo Diaz de la Concepcion who was the gobernadorcillo in 1715-1720. Because our family name — “Diaz de la Concepcion” — was too long, the “de la Concepcion” was dropped in the early 1800s. I’m glad my forefathers did. I just don’t see myself carrying a long name in today’s age. It sounds good, though. 🙂

      Best,
      Perry

  2. george m. hizon says:

    Perry, maraming salamat sa karagdagang kaalaman at buenas Diaz! Ingat!

  3. Our Hero Valentin Diaz, is one of the signatories in the document that the original members signed with their blood at the house of Deodato Arellano at Ylaya Tondo, Manila.

  4. LEAH ROWENA DIAZ says:

    THANK YOU PERRY SA INFORMATION AT MALAMAN KO NAMAN ANG DIAZES BECOZ I CAME FROM DIAZES OF ARINGAY LA UNION .I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS TEEN AGER MY UNCLE ATTORNEY VIVENCIO BARROGA DIAZ HAVE A FAMILY TREE I SAW THIS FAMILY TREE AND I DONT KNOW KUNG NASAAN NA ITO….

    • perry says:

      Hi Leah,

      The roots of the Diazes of Aringay are from Paoay. I have a copy of the family tree of the Diazes of Paoay. The Diazes of Aringay descended from the brothers Lorenzo and Anacleto Diaz who moved to Aringay in the 1800s when their brother Fr. Cecilio Diaz was assigned to the parish of Aringay. We’re related. 😉

      Perry

  5. Dennis Clyde Acantilado says:

    You know the history of Diazes in Paoay? Perry is correct and it is very exact, we have a family tree at home and we still live in Paoay, lately ko lang nakita and I learned that we came from Teodolo Diaz. I’m a 9th Generation that is why I don’t carry that name anymore.
    Anyway, thank s for this article.

    Regards,

    Clyde

    • perry says:

      Hi Clyde,

      I checked our family tree. Your great grandfather, Teodolo Diaz Evangelista, is the first cousin of my great grandfather, Rufino Pobre Diaz. Teodolo’s mother, Josefa Blanco Diaz, is the sister of Rufino’s father, Tomas Blanco Diaz. That’s very close. We’re cousins.

      Where are you located?

      Perry

  6. Dennis Clyde Acantilado says:

    Hello Perry,

    Really, that’s good, I think you really know well about our Family, nice to meet you here. I’m in Seoul, South Korea now. How about you?

    • perry says:

      Hi Clyde,

      I have a family tree that started with Don Hermenigildo Diaz de la Concepcion. He was the gobernadorcillo in 1715 – 1720. If you want a copy of the family tree, let me know and I’ll mail you a copy. I’m in Sacramento, California. If you happen to be in Northern California, let me know.

      Perry

  7. Nanette Pobre Evangelista says:

    Whoever has a copy of the Diaz Family tree, I am willing to buy your book because I am a relative. Kindly email me on how I can obtain a copy or even just a photocopy of our ancestry. I’d appreciate that very much. Currently I live in New Jersey but I come home to Manila every year.
    Nanette

    • perry says:

      Hi Nanette,

      The family tree is on an oversized paper (about 2′ x 2′). Email your mailing address to my email at PerryDiaz@gmail.com and I’ll send you a copy. The Pobres and Evangelistas are on our family tree. I’m directly related to both families.

      Perry

  8. Hi Perry! I’m not sure if the family tree I have with me was the original one. It was found by then Gov.Rudy Farinas in the Capitollo,Laoag,I.N.and handed it down to a close friend,the late Ditos M.Diaz(a first cousin on my father’s (Atty.Vivencio Barroga Diaz,Aringay ,L.U.)side.Ditos later on gave it to my mother,Amalia Diaz Clemente-Diaz,daughter of Teresa Bagarino Diaz(sister of Eulalio B.Diaz) and Juan Diaz Clemente. In one of the annual family reunions in Manila,at uncle Conrado’s (father of the late Maria Lourdes Diaz-Abaya)house in Tagaytay actually,my mother brought with her the family tree. Right there,our names were added.It became wider and bigger.What a coincidence? My granddaughter Kyla,9, was reviewing for her second trimestral exam in Civics.She asked me if I ever know Valentin Diaz? Until I got onto this interesting page. I have the Diaz Family Tree tagged on my Facebook.We are close kins! May God bless us all. . . From Cebu- Amalia Cristina Diaz-Durano

    • perry says:

      Hi Amalia,

      Wow! This is fantastic! The copy that I have is a huge blue print about 5′ x 5′. I also have a reduced xerox copy. It was prepared by Rolando Parlan Diaz in Nov. 1995. The family tree was by Rolando’s grandfather Vivencio Diaz Sr. (my grandfather’s brother) long time ago when he was younger (probably in the 1970’s or earlier). The original copy (which you got) was probably given to then Ilocos Norte Governor Jose Evangelista by Dr. Vivencio Diaz Jr., who had a dental office in Laoag then.

      The family tree that I have starts with Don Hermenigildo Diaz de la Concepcion (circa 1715). However, it only went down as far as our great grandfather’s generation, which is three generations before ours.

      We’re related in so many ways. Your mother Amalia and my mother (Maxima Diaz Carpio-Diaz) were first cousins. Your grandmother Teresa Bagarino Diaz-Clemente was the sister of my grandmother Juanita Bagarino Diaz-Carpio. Your grandfather Juan Diaz Clemente was a cousin of my father’s (Porfirio Clemente Diaz) mother (Balbina Clemente-Diaz who was married to Constancio Evangelista Diaz).

      Uncle Conrado Diaz (Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s father) is the son of Marcelino Bagarino Diaz who was the brother of Eulalio, Teresa, and Juanita. They’re four of nine children of Tomas Evangelista Diaz and Irene Bagarino.

      The annual family reunion of the Bagarino-Diaz family is a big thing. But I haven’t been to one since I left the country in 1970. The reunion host rotates among the families of seven of the nine siblings (two sisters did not marry). I think my side (the Juanita Diaz-Carpio family) hosted it two years ago.

      I remember your dad and mom before your family moved to Davao City in the 1950’s/1960’. Your dad and mom used to visit with us with your brothers Vito and Victor. You probably weren’t born then yet.

      Last July, my wife Dolores and I went with my Lions Club’s medical mission to Davao City. I visited my cousins Solomon, Susan, and Judy Ann (children of Bernardo Diaz-Carpio, my mom’s brother). The day before we left Davao City, Dolores and I had drinks and pulutan at a restaurant with Solomon and your nephew and Vito’s son (I forget his name – Ernie or Vic?). He told me that he spend a lot of time in Cebu.

      While we were having drinks, Ernie called Florentin “Bobby” Clemente-Reyes (your first cousin) and we talked on the phone. I remember him when back in the early 50’s when my lola Juanita would take me with her to her sister Teresa (your lola) at Laong-Laang St. in Manila. We were then living in Quezon City. As they played “buro” (card game) with other women, Florentin and I played.

      When my brother Titus was assigned as State Prosecutor in San Fernando, La Union in the early 1990s, he met the Diazes of Aringay (Gloria Diaz’s and your dad’s family). You probably know that the Diazes of Aringay came from Paoay, Ilocos Norte in the mid 1800s when Fr. Cecilio Diaz (son of Felipe Guerrero Diaz) was assigned to the parish church of Aringay. His two brothers, Lorenzo and Anacleto followed him to Aringay. Their two sisters, Ambrocia and Anselma stayed in Paoay and were married to a Duque and Evangelista, respectively. The Diaz-Duque and Diaz-Evangelista descendants would be your direct cousins on your dad’s side.

      That’s how we’re related on all four sides… double-double. Hehehe… Can’t be close than that, cousin.

      In regard to Valentin Diaz, our family tree shows that he was a first cousin of the two brothers who started the Diaz family of Aringay. There is a longer version of the Diazes of Paoay (in English) in Global Balita. Here is the link: http://globalbalita.com/2011/11/29/a-pact-sealed-with-blood-1-the-diazes-of-paoay/

      I am glad that we met. Hopefully, we’ll have an opportunity to for our families to meet. For now, let’s be Facebook friends. I’ll send a friend request to your FB account. You can also reach me at my email address PerryDiaz@gmail.com.

      All the best,
      Perry

  9. Mac Flores, Jr. says:

    Perry:

    Nice article on your family tree and I appreciate reading the email exchanges between the descendants of the DIAZ family tree from the Ilocos region.

    You are the equivalent of GRIOTS known in Africa. I recall an actual story of a Black slave done as a movie.

    If one remember the movie the “ROOTS”, the author of the story (forgot his name) was able to trace his ancestors as one of the slaves captured by the slave traders from Gambia, Africa – I think – and were brought to America to work in the plantations of the Old US southern states.

    The author went to Africa and talked to the GRIOTS who have no written records of the past but they are very well versed in reciting by word of mouth the events that transpired in their village about the life of an individual or a family.

    The author was able to pinpoint the description of his forefather from the slave records and the exact date the slaves were brought by the ship to America.

    Happy Thanksgiving to God and to the DIAZ CLAN and to all readers for this wonderful life.

  10. Hi cousin Perry!

    Greetings of thanksgiving to The Lord! You must be the older brother of Titus? I know your mom. Auntie Mimay was a teacher in the U.S. and your dad was a judge,right? Your mom’s sister,auntie Lourdes Diaz Carpio was my teacher in grade 3.She was always with cousin Abraham Carpio. Where is he (Abraham) now?

    Btw,from Quezon City,we moved to Davao City in1960. I never had the chance to see our relatives again except for the families of uncles Berning and Avelino(brothers of your mom)who until now are living in Davao City. I went back to Manila in 1967 when my parents sent me to college. Auntie Eliza Clemente-Reyes(mom of Florentin or Butch) and I attended a family reunion.
    I saw and met old and new faces,now it’s bigger.

    My brothers Vito,Pol,Philip and Fernendo have passed on..The younger brother of Vito is Chito,68.My younger brother Arthur is 61 and the youngest among the brood is my sister,Alice D. Robinol,now 53. She lives in Ilocos Sur and says that she found a relative in Vigan and happens to be a direct descendant of Velentin Diaz.Vito had two sons,Vivencio III and Jose Enrico,my nephew who was with you in Davao.

    I live in Cebu and I’m here more than half of my life. My son Cesar,Jr.and family live iin Annapolis,Maryland. My younger daughter Maria Teresa and kids live with me. We have relatives here in Cebu.they are on the Pobre side.She is a sister of Belen Pobre,wife of Judge Constante Evengelista and the other one is Capt. Ed Pobre,a pilot. I hope to hear from you again and see you then on fb. Thank you very much cousin Perry!

    • perry says:

      Hi cousin Amalia,

      Thanks for giving your brothers’ names. Now I remember Pol (not Vic as I mentioned earlier). Vito and Pol were my contemporaries when we were kids. I’m sorry to hear that they passed on. Vito’s son Eric told me also when I met him in Davao City last July. Thanks for accepting me as your FB friend. I saw you clicked “like” on my post on the Obama family photo. Your daughter Maria Teresa (Tere) and your sister Alice are my FB friends, too.

      Yes, I’m the older brother of Titus but I look younger. Just kidding. Hehehe… I went by the nickname “Boy” when I was young until my college days when I changed it to “Perry.” My fraternity brothers used to tease me and called me “Piriong” (from my birth name “Porfirio”) That’s where “Perry” was derived.

      Mom passed away in Dec. 2009. She wished to be buried with dad so I brought her home. She was buried at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina next to Lola Juanita, Auntie Lourdes, and Uncle Berning. Mom’s wish was to be buried with dad but since there was no space left at the family plot in Paoay, I asked our cousin Mayor Bobby Clemente to authorize the exhumation of dad’s remains. It was done expeditiously that same day and transported overnight to Quezon City in time to be buried with mom.

      I heard that Valentin Diaz had children in various places in Luzon. As a co-founder of the Katipunan, he must have traveled with other “revolucionarios.” After Aguinaldo surrendered to the Americans, Valentin Diaz continued the fight against the Americans with other remnants of the Katipunan, known as the “Bonifacistas,” named after the assassinated Katipunan Supremo, Andres Bonifacio. In 1901, the Bonifacistas formed the Partido Nacionalista as a political party to fight for independence from the Americans. Valentin Diaz was one of the officers of the party. However, the party did not prosper and later disbanded. But the Bonifacistas continued the rebellion. 1902, the US Philippine Commission passed the Bandolerismo Act, which branded the revolutionaries who refused to surrender as outlaws or bandits, thus, the term “bandolero” was coined. The following year, the Philippine-American War officially began and it lasted until 1907 when the last of the bandoleros, Gen. Artemio Ricarte (another Ilocano), surrendered.

      Well, so much for now. Please feel free to post your comments here or in my Facebook account.

      Thank you, cousin Amalia.

  11. Jenny Ann Diaz Mamaril Suguitan says:

    Hi Perry,
    Amalia Diaz Durano is my first cousin and she mentioned to me about you. Yea, I got a copy of the family tree but misplaced it when i moved to a new house in Cainta, Rizal…..I recalled my cousin Ditos Alfredo Mamaril Diaz Jr. (deceased) that Gov. Farinas is also a relative. Gov. grandfather is a Diaz. Ditos is an architect, graduate from UST but was also a radio announcer in the 1970’s in DZMM and DZRJ with name as DJ Alfred. He made a house in an island near Laoag for Gov. Farinas and he saw the tomb of his Lolo Diaz. Gov. Mentioned about Julio Diaz from Aringay, who is our Lolo . My mother, Julita Barroga Diaz, who is the youngest daughter of Julio and Ma. Consolacion Barroga. Gov. Farinas wanted to invite all the Diazes to go to Laoag to meet her mother. I was in Saudi Arabia that time but unfortunately Ditos was murdered. Another cousin, Manang Messy Diaz Mamaril who is the first cousin of Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe, wants me to go to Paoay to visit the Diazes since my husband is from Vintar, Ilocos Norte….If I have a chance I’ll do that….am so glad to know about you…I was in Sacramento 2 weeks ago… I am here in Portland, Oregon….I am making a family tree of our family of Julio Diaz and Ma. Consolacion Barroga Diaz of Aringay…. we have a big family. I think we are 55 cousins..I have 2 cousins in Sacramento ….Let’s keep in touch….Jenny

    • perry says:

      Hi cousin Jenny Ann,

      I’m glad we connected in Facebook. Isn’t wonderful to find your relatives and old friends in Facebook? Facebook made the world so small. My friends are just a click away from me. Amazing!

      In reading your post, I take it that your dad Julio and Vivencio (dad of Amalia Diaz Durano) were brothers. It’s also interesting to know that the grandfather of former Gov. and now Congressman Rudy Farinas (of “palusot” fame LOL) was a Diaz. Do you happen to know the first name of his grandfather?

      You also mentioned that you have two cousins in Sacramento. Are they from the Diaz side of your family? I know there are a lot of people from Aringay in Sacramento. I might know some of them. I was the President of the Filipino Community of Sacramento and Vicinity in 1986-89 so I know a lot of Pinoys there. We moved to Elk Grove just south of Sacramento in 2001 but I still spend a lot of time in Sacramento.

      If you happen to be in Sacramento in the future, please let me know so we can get together. Let’s keep in touch. Are you in Facebook?

      All the best,
      Perry

  12. Hi cousin Perry,

    Thank you for interacting with us. The mom of Jenny Diaz Mamaril was the younger sister of my father. Our grandfather’s name is Julio Diaz from whom Chito (or Julio) got his name.

    Capt. Eduardo Pobre of the Cebu Pacific Airlines is the son of President Magsaysay’s pilot when it crashed in Cebu. His father was from Paoay. Can you lead us to his roots? As I mentioned earlier, Auntie Belen Pobre-Evangelista’s father was the brother of Lola Menang Diaz’s husband. Auntie Belen died in America about two years ago.A younger sister,Pilarica Pobre-Cusi lives in Cebu. They said,the family moved to Tuguegarao when they were kids. From what branch of the tree are they connected with? This will be another task for you but it is therapeutic . . ..he he he. Like Jenny,she has to dig the roots of Cong. Farinas.

    No wonder,Lola Teresa and Lola Anit were very brave women.At their old age they would commute to various places in Quezon City,Manila and vice versa only to play cards and mahjong with relatives.House helps would often call them strict. Lola died at the age of 94. I am sorry for your mom. May she rest in peace..

    I am taking a special time on this page to connect my children and their children to the roots they belong both on my father’s and mother’s sides.

    Thank you cousins Perry and Jenny. More power to you! 🙂 . Remember, this trivia in one way or the other is on time for Andres Bonifacio Day on November 30. It will be a holiday in the Philippines. 🙂

    • perry says:

      Hi cousin Amalia,

      Our relationship with the Pobres goes back to Don Miguel Diaz de la Concepcion (circa 1780’s) when he married Pascuala Pobre. One of their children was Severino Pobre-Diaz. Please note that “de la Concepcion” was dropped from our family name “Diaz,” which was conveniently practical since our family was the only “Diaz” in the entire region at that time. Severino was the grandfather of Tomas Evangelista Diaz (the patriarch of our Bagarino-Diaz family).

      The Evangelistas and the Pobres are intermingled with the Diazes in many marriages. I am vaguely familiar with Lola Menang Diaz-Evangelista and how she was related to us. Our common patriarch, Tomas Bagarino-Diaz, was the son of Bibiano Diaz (son of Severino) and Gabriela Evangelista. Our family is a like a bowl of spaghetti. The dominant strains within the Diaz clan are the Evangelista, Clemente, Pobre, Dumlao, Blanco, and Duque families.

      Former Secretary of Health Francisco Duque under Gloria Arroyo is a descendant of Felix Duque and Micaela Pobre-Diaz (sister of Severino).

      Do you remember Congressman Antonio Magsaysay Diaz who passed away recently? His mother was the older sister of the late President Ramon Magsaysay. His father was Federico Diaz who was the son of Antonio Pobre-Diaz and Silvestra Pobre. Antonio was a first cousin of our patriarch Tomas Evangelista Diaz. This is probably where the Magsaysay connection was: Magsaysay’s pilot, Maj. Florencio Pobre, was related to him by affinity.

      What I’d like to find out is how Congressman Rudy Farinas is related to the Diazes? I’ll see if I can find the link.

      I remember my Lola Anit and your lola Isang were very close to each other. Lola Anit lived long like lola Isang. Then there was lola Paula (Ulang) Diaz-Rosete but she stayed in Paoay with her daughter Zenaida Rosete-Resurreccion and her husband Dr. Estanislao Resurreccion until they moved to Quezon City in the late 1950s.

      Well, so much for now, cousin. There’s so much history in our family that it would take volumes to write about it. But we’ll do it as we go, for our children.

      All the best,
      Perry

  13. Hi Perry!

    Lastly,Lola Menang was also a grroupmate of our lolas. She was the sister of Lolo Federico Diaz. She was married to a Pobre.

    Thank you very much cousin Perry for giving me so much of your most precious time. Praying for your continued health always..good luck!

    • perry says:

      Hi cousin Amalia,

      Now I remember Lola Menang! I also remember Lolo Feding (Federico) who used to play “buro” occasionally with the lolas. He used to drive a huge white Cadillac in the early 1950s. Very impressive and pogi like Leopoldo Salcedo. After he passed away, a young man named “Bomber” Diaz showed up in Paoay and claimed to be one of Lolo Feding’s children. He go the looks of his dad, more on the “tisoy” side. I think he stayed with a relative for a few years and then went back to Manila. We got a colorful family, don’t we?

  14. Ma. Lourdes Pobre says:

    Hi to all the Pobres…My grandfather Gabino Abrajano Pobre from Paoay, Ilocos Norte was the first cousin of Baldomero Pobre, the father of Tita Belen Pobre Evangelista(+) and Tita Pilarica Pobre Cusi. The discussions and sharings here are really very informative. Thanks to all.

  15. Ma. Lourdes Pobre says:

    I learned that the Pobres are related to the Diazes, Duques etc. from Auntie Julie Pobre, sister of Maj. Florencio Pobre (father of Capt. Eduardo Pobre of Cebu Pacific) during her visits to my father Dr. Adolfo L. Pobre. I am looking forward to learn more about my roots. More power to you all!

    • perry says:

      Hi Ma. Lourdes,

      Yes, definitely, the Diazes, Pobres, and Duques are all related. There’s a beach front property in Currimao co-owned by the Diazes and Duques that they donated to the Girls Scouts back in the 60s. It’s called D and D. It’s still being used occasionally by the family for parties.

      Perry

  16. Nanette Pobre Evangelista says:

    Hello Perry,
    I’m dying to see a copy of the Diaz Family tree. Would really be overjoyed to receive one via email. Here is my Email address: poor_evangelist@msn.com
    My postal address: 39 Jefferson Ave.
    Jersey City, NJ 07306

    Many thanks.
    Nanette Pobre Evangelista

  17. Clarissa says:

    My grandmother JOSEFINA POBRE DIAZ (also referred to as SIPING or PINANG) was born during the 1920s to MACARIA POBRE and BARTOLOME DIAZ at Paoay, Ilocos Norte. Unfortunately, during the war, she got separated with the rest of her family. She does remember a cousin named CONRADO DIAZ though, and that they lost contact when she moved to Manila to work.

    Sir Perry, are you familiar with these names? Is there any way I can possibly get in touch with them or with the rest of the family? We are hoping that my grandmother could reconnect with her family after all these years. Thank you so much po!

    • perry says:

      Hi Clarissa,

      I’m familiar with those names. I’ll give you my brother’s contact number in Quezon City. I’ll send it as a private message to your Facebook account. He’d be able to connect you with the family of Uncle Conrado Diaz, who is a first cousin of my mother.

      I saw a Macaria Diaz y Evangelista in our family tree in the late 1800s. Uncle Conrado’s mother was a Pobre. The Diazes and Pobres are interrelated in so many ways.

      You can give me an address and I’ll mail you a copy of our family tree.

      Perry

  18. Leah Escobar says:

    Hi,

    My paternal grandfather is Reynaldo Diaz Escobar. His mother is Engracia Diaz Escobar, daughter of Valentin Diaz.

    I came across this article, trying to trace my roots. Interesting!

    Leah

    • perry says:

      Hi Cousin Leah,

      I checked our family tree and it showed that Valentin Diaz had four children – Eduardo, Januario, Engracia (married to Valerio Duque Escobar), and Valeriana (married to Felix Duque). Wow! This is fantastic! Do you have a copy of out family tree that descended from Don Hermenigildo Diaz de la Concepcion (circa 1701)? If you want I can mail you one or you can go to my Facebook account and you’d see Valentin Diaz highlighted in yellow. You must be Valentin’s great great great granddaughter!

      Where do you live? I’d like to stay connected with you to know more about the great Valentin Diaz’s descendants.

      Perry

  19. cat says:

    I am Marcelino and Emilia Diaz’s great grand-daughter. Thank you so much for writing this piece, I’ll be using it as a source for my History homework if you don’t mid. Thanks again

  20. Erika Louise Marie A. Diaz says:

    Hi!

    I came across your artcle as I tried searching for my genealogical roots (For no apparent reason at all. I just suddenly felt an urge to search.). Anyway, I was reading my history book for my History 1 exam later today and I stumbled across the name Valentin Diaz. Apparently e had a cousin who was Aglipay. My grandfather (the Diaz) was also Aglipay and I was just struck with so much curosity. Could it be possible we’re related?

    I have no idea about the roots of my family. The oldest I know would be my grandfather (I’m just 18 so I can’t really sew together all facts) and I was never able to actually speak to him because he died when my father was young.

    It’s a rather random and weird question to ask I guess and a rather uncanny thought to think of but, I just really had the sudden urge to try and search my roots. Well, I’m already rambling… I’m sorry but, yes. It was lovely to come across this article 🙂

  21. Hi Ano po ba pinaka mahalaga dito tungkol kay Valentin Diaz kasi po irereport ko po ito sa School ehh ang hirap po kasi ang haba yung pinaka mahalaga po yung talambuhay niya THANK YOU po

  22. Hi PLEASE ANSWER PO KASI BUKAS KO NA PO IYAN IREREPORT

    • perry says:

      Si Valentin Diaz ay isa sa mga anim na founders ng Katipunan. Kasama siya ni Andres Bonifacio. Siya ang unang Treasurer ng Katipunan.

      Perry

  23. Michelle Carpio Frey says:

    Hi Perry
    I’m Susan Carpio’s daughter and am currently doing some research on her family. Reading your posts, I was very excited to see that you have a copy of the Diaz family tree. Do you have a digital version? I would love to have a copy of it too.
    Thanks a lot
    Michelle

  24. Dexter says:

    This article and all the comments have placed a big smile in my face. I am the son of Zenaida Resurreccion Angeles (grandson of Zenaida Rosete Resurreccion and Dr. Estanislao Resurreccion). The names on the comments are very familiar, but I cannot seem to picture everyone’s faces except for Tito Titus whom I saw last November in Tito Henry Resurreccion’s son’s wedding. I am based in the U.S. and in contact with Tito Estanislao “Noli” Resurreccion, so I will forward him this article.

    I heard that Lolo Conrado Diaz just had his 90th birthday. Congratulations to him, and more power.

    God Bless everyone.

    • perry says:

      Hi Dexter,

      I’m the older brother of Titus Diaz. Of course I know your mom Baby Resurreccion and your Tito Henry and Tito Noli. I haven’t seen your Tito Noli since he left for the U.S. but I saw Baby and Henry a few years ago when we had a family gathering during our visit to Pinas.

      Where are you based in the U.S.? if you happen to be in Northern California near Sacramento, please let me know and let’s get together.

      Best,
      Tito Perry

  25. Mariale Ohya says:

    Hi! I came across this article while doing some genealogy research on my mom’s side, the Duque. Unfortunately, we don’t really have much informations regarding her father, Severino Duque. Since her father died months before she was born, and this is the only account of story aside from one picture of her father that she actually have in her possession. Her father was originally from Ilocos, as she was told. If you have any idea on the Duque genealogy, please do let me know. My sincerest gratitude.

    • perry says:

      Hi Mariale,

      There’s a Felix Duque (gobernadorcillo in 1820) who was married to Micaela Diaz y Pobre. “Severino” is a common name to many Diaz descendants. Micaela Diaz Duque’s younger brother was Severino Diaz y Pobre, my great great great grandfather. So I won’t be surprised if your mom’s father Severino Duque had descended from the Felix Duque-Micaela Diaz union. I was wondering if your grandfather Severino Duque was related to Estanislao Duque, who was a cousin of my grandfather Constancio Evangelista Diaz? At any rate, it looks like we’re related. 🙂

      All the best,
      Perry

  26. Carina says:

    Perry at George, sa aking paghahanap ng detalye ukol sa pilotong nakakita sa pinaglagpakan ng eroplano ni Magsaysay, ikinasiya kong mabasa ang ulat na ito tungkol sa mga Diaz. Apo ako ni Celedonio Diaz Evangelista na anak naman ni Teodora Diaz. Kakarampot ang nalalaman ko ukol sa mga sinaunang taga-Paoay at nangangarap na makapagsaliksik lalo’t yumao na rin ang aking tatay na kung bakit hindi kami tinuruan ng Ilokano. Ako’y sa US na nanirahan matapos ng kolehiyo at kasalukuyang isang art editor sa NY ngunit sinisikap na makauwi sa tuwing may proyekto sa Pinas (karaniwa’y bilang manunulat tungkol sa sining sa Pinas). Librettist rin ng itinanghal na ballet musical na “Manhid” sa CCP nitong nakaraang Pebrero. Noong 1994 ay nakilala ko si David Medalla, isa pang tanyag na artist na ang unang tanong sa akin matapos marinig ang pangalan ko ay, “How are you related to the great Teodora Diaz?” Nang sabihin kong lola ko sa tuhod ay sinabi niyang si Teodora raw ang pinakauna niyang art patron. Mabalik kay Magsaysay, kaya ko hinahanap ito ay dahil nabanggit sa akin kailan lang ng aking nanay na ang kapatid ni Celedonio na si Antonio ang siya namang pilotong nakahanap sa crash site ng ‘Mt. Pinatubo,’ eroplano ni Magsaysay. Kung totoo ang mga detalyeng ito ay magkamag-anak ang Lolo Antonio at ang piloto ni Magsaysay. May pagkakataon rin akong sumulat ng sanaysay tungkol naman sa “Norte: Sa Dulo ng Kasaysayan,” pelikula ni Lav Diaz, na malamang ay kamag-anak rin. Pauwi uli ako ngayong Nobyembre (Nov. 16-30). Maaari ko ba kayong makapanayam at simulang ungkatin nang higit na masinsinan ang kasaysayan ng mga Diaz? Salamat po, Caring

    • perry says:

      Hi Carina,

      Ang mga Diaz at Evangelista ay magkakamaganak. Ang ay si Constancio Evangelista Diaz. Malamang mag pinsan sila ng lolo mong si Celodonio Diaz Evangelista. Padala mo ang email mo at ibibigay ko ang telepono ng kapatid kong si Judge Titus Diaz parang matawagan mo at matutulungan ka niyang ma-trace ang familya mo sa Paoay. Anfg email ko ay PerryDiaz@gmail.com.

      Perry

  27. Isabelita (Isabel) Diaz-Emerton says:

    Count me in, cuz Perry. I can’t contribute to the Paoay end of the clan, but certainly to the Aringay side. Anything learned from this will be posted in the Diaz, Dacanay, Balangue Clans of Aringay, La Union FB page to benefit the more-than-six hundred members. Cheers, cuz!

  28. Raul Ruiz says:

    I was overwhelmed to have come across this. I’ve been wondering about our family tree but I only managed to start an active search today. My mother is a Pobre and the only daughter of Fernandico Pobre, who unfortunately died before my mother was born, which explains our disconnection to our ancestry. Fernandico was the oldest of 9 or so siblings, including retired Col. Cesar Pobre of the NDCP and Begonia Pobre Primero, who’s now based in California.I remember that my mom used to see her “uncle” Conrado Diaz back in the 80’s when I was still young. Would appreciate if anybody could add details to my scanty knowledge.

    • perry says:

      Hi Raul,

      Uncle Conrado Diaz’s father was Marcelino Diaz who was married to Emilia Claros Pobre. It’s likely that Emilia was a sister of Fernandico Pobre? Hence your mom called Conrado “uncle.” I hope this will help you trace your family roots in Paoay. There was a lot of intermarriages between the Diazes and Pobres. We could be cousins.

      Perry

  29. Solomon Diaz Llaguno says:

    Hi Raul, my mom is a cousin of your dad. My mother’s name is Mercedes Pobre Diaz Llaguno. She’s the brother of the late Gen Tomas Diaz.

  30. Solomon Diaz Llaguno says:

    Manong Perry thanks for starting this blog.

    • perry says:

      You’re welcome, cousin Solomon. It’s amazing how we got connected with our Aringay cousins. I even found a granddaughter of the great Katipunero, our gtrand uncle Valentin Diaz.

      Manong Perry

  31. Junnie. Crisostomo says:

    Hello, Uncle Perry (If I may) I am the grandson of the late Nena Diaz Crisostomo, oldest sister of the Atty. Conrado Diaz. My grandmother, Nena and his brother Conrado passed away last year. Few weeks ago another sibling from their brood passed away, Lola Puring Burdeos. I know your brother, Uncle Titus, former MTC Judge of QC.

    We really are a huge family. Hope to see you in this year’s reunion. Cheers to all of us! Mabuhay!

    Junnie Crisostomo

    • perry says:

      Dear Junnie,

      Thanks for your comments. I remember your grandma Nena, Lolo Conrado and Lola Puring when we’re growing up in Manila after World War II. Because of what happened during the war, our family molded into one strong tree, never to be broken again. We are indeed a huge family… and united and growing. Seven generations of the Diaz-Bagarino clan are all over the world successful in the endeavors they pursued. As my Lola Juanita used to say, the Diazes are are oil on water: No matter how much you stir the pot, the oil will always come out on top of the water in one big clump.

      All the best,
      Uncle Perry

  32. Iric Arribas says:

    My grandmother hailed from Paoay. Her name was Prudencia Blanco Pobre. (She eventually married a dentist from Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, Perfecto R. Arribas.) My family has not touched base with our Ilocano relatives for the longest time. It would be nice to be reconnected somehow. Cheers !!!

    • perry says:

      Hi Eric,

      The Blancos and Pobres and related to the Diazes. If I can be of any help you reconnect with your relatives, please let m know.

      All the best,
      Perry

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