Welcome Note from Alan V. Salazar

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Date: 22 Feb 2009 to 31 Dec 2009
Location: Davao City, Philippinesmap
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Welcome to "Mau na kini”

Written by Alan Vallega Salazar

In the language of the Sri-Visayan empire dating back to the 13th century, "Mau na kini" means "This is it" or "This is the place."

It's a very special kind of place ... a place somewhere in space and time ... like Shangri-La, or Brigadoon, or Sanctuary - and yet still there somewhere "behind the sun" or "beyond the moon" or "over the rainbow" - and still full of the happy memories of long ago. Yes, happy memories, for "what's too painful to remember we simply choose to forget."

So come in and join us - just listen to the songs, or sing-along with us, or dance with us to the nostalgic music of long ago - the music you may have heard your parents and grandparents hum or sing or play - back to a time when "life was beautiful..." back to the "good old days," and let the memories of those times come flooding back and fill us with the magic only these old melodies and memories can bring.

We are not just playing old songs - we are bringing back happy memories and at the same time preserving our beautiful musical heritage for the generations that will come after us.

Alan Vallega Salazar

Greetings to all! We have just set-up this family tree. Daddy,( Alan Vallega Salazar ) has labored for years on colating the base data. We've also done a manual version of the tree but it has been a tedious task that somehow always takes a backseat to more pressing demands of our family and career. And making it available to everyone has been a challenge too.

It is with fervent hope that we will have an easier time updating our data through this electronic version, and perhaps the younger generation will be as interested as it uses technology so it doesn't seem too 'old and outdated'. Please urge your children and grandchildren to take the responsibility of updating the profiles of their immediate families, if you yourself cannot.----

Rosamond Tan Salazar

Note: The following text is courtesy of featured a very well written piece on the Hispanic names taken on by Filipinos:

One of the more obvious marks left by Spanish rule in the Philippines is a prevalence of Hispanic names and surnames among many, if not most, christianized Filipinos. One aspect of this unusual naming custom is that it is much in contrast to those of other Asian peoples where names are commonly associated to their historic languages and related to their regions of residence. Another interesting aspect of this naming custom is that, unlike the peoples of the Hispanic world, among Filipinos a Spanish surname does not always indicate Spanish ancestry.

On November 21, 1849 Governor General Narciso Clavería ordered a systematic distribution of family names for the use of the natives. The "Catálogo alfabético de apellidos" [Alphabetic Catalogue of Surnames] was produced collecting surnames mostly from Spain, though many were also native Filipino words of flora and fauna and Hispanicized chinese numerals. Certain restrictions on the surnames to be used explicitly excluded Spanish surnames of nobility, as well as preventing the use of those surnames belonging to the Spanish colonial administrators in the Philipipnes, which had acquaried connotation of prestige in the archipielago.

Approved names were then assigned to families in all towns. Name distribution was so systematic that civil servants assigned family names in alphabetical order causing some small towns with only a few families to end up with all names starting with the same letter. This interesting situation has remained until fairly recent times when people became more mobile and started seeking mates from other towns.

For those many who had already previously adopted a Hispanic surnames for themselves, the sole possiblity of exemption to the decree was available only if they could prove the use of the surname by all members of the extended family for more than three consecutive generations, and that they were known amongst the community by such surname. Those already possesing Chinese and native words as appelations who met the same criteria could also challenge the decree and apply for exemption.

The colonial authorities implemented this decree mainly because many early christianized Filipinos named themselves after the saints so much so that it caused consternation among the Spanish authorities. Apparently, christianization worked much too well that there were soon too many people surnamed Santos, San José, San Antonio.

With the Calveria Decree, the Spanish colonial administration compelled every male head of familiy to choose a surname from the list. Those who lived in more remote areas, and were not subjugated, escaped this fate. Many people in the mountain areas of Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Palawan, and other places retained their way of life, their culture, and their way of naming themselves.

The following is text as researched by Alastair T. Salazar

The Historical Research Center Family Name History – Salazar

The Spanish surname Salazar is of local origin, being one of those surnames derived from the place of origin of the initial bearer. In this case, the surname is derived from the place named Salazar, located in the district of Merindad de Castilla la Vieja, in the province of Burgos. It is believed that the progenitor of the Salazar family was a Norman knight who settled in Burgos. A descendant of his, one Lope Garcia de Salazar, as Lord of Salazar, took as his surname the name Salazar. The place named Salazar is itself derived from the word for a “corral” or “manor house”.

From the province of Burgos, the brances of the family were established in Sammarrastro, Gordejuela and in the city of Orduna, all in the province of Viscaya. One Doctor Antonio de Salazar y Caso, born in Priega, Spain settled in Popayan where he held the position of Governor and Captain General. His son, Antonio Jose de Salazar, was born in Cartagena de Indias in 1652 and was a member of the Order of Santiago. One Agustin de Salazar y Munatornes, born in Lima in 1702, was the first Count of Monteblanco.

Notable bearer of the surname Salazar include Antode Oliveria Salazar (1889-1970), President of Portugal (1932-1968), and Albert Salazar, the athlete.

Blazon of Arms : Gules, thirteen stars of eight points or, in three pales, 4, 5, 4.

Translation : The heraldic colour gules (red) denotes Military Fortitude and Magnanimity. The star presents Honour and Achievement.

Crest : Three ostrich feathers

Origin : Spain

A trace placing the birth of our first progenitor in the context of notable historical events. We thought it only fitting to feature a glimpse of Philippine history here so that we can re-familirize ourselves and attempt to go back to the century of Lolo Modesto Salazar and Adriana Tenio (circa 1867):'

The Philippines in the 19th Century

  • 1821 - The Philippines becomes a province of Spain.
  • 1837 - Manila is made an open port.
  • 1838 - Florante at Laura is published.
  • 1842 - Estimated birth year of the parents of Modesto Salazar.
  • 1867 - Estimated birth year of Modesto & Adriana Salazar.
  • 1872 - 200 Filipino soldiers stage a mutiny in Cavite.
  • 1873 - Priests Mariano Gomez, José Apolonio Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora (Gomburza) are implicated in the Cavite Mutiny and executed.
  • 1887 - Noli Me Tangere published.
  • 1891 - El Filibusterismo published.
  • 1892 - Andres Bonifacio establishes the Katipunan.
  • 1896 - José Rizal is executed.
  • 1898 - Emilio Aguinaldo declares independence
  • 1898 - Treaty of Paris transfers control of the Philippines from Spain to the United States ending the existence of the Spanish East Indies
  • 1898 - Philippine-American War Conflict errupts between Filipino Revolutionists and American Forces
  • 1902 - Americans proclaim the end of the Philippine-American War, however fighting continues.
  • 1904 - University of San Agustin in Iloilo was established.
  • 1906 - Birth of Arcadio Tenio Salazar - 9th child of Adriana Tenio & Modesto Salazar on January 12, 1906.
  • 1907 - The First Philippine Assembly is convened.
  • 1912- Conflict in the country subsides
  • 1916 - The Jones Law is passed establishing a purely Filipino legislature, The Philippine Assembly becomes the House of Representatives and a Senate is established
  • 1918 - The Philippines joins the First World War, sending 25,000 Filipino troops (and additional 6,000 in the U.S. Navy) to Europe fighting for the United States
  • 1934 - The Philippine Independence Act is approved
  • 1935 - Commonwealth of the Philippines is established, Manuel L. Quezon is elected president
  • 1936 - Birth of 2nd child of Angeles Vallega and Arcadio Tenio Salazar, Alan Vallega Salazar on May 26th in Himamaylan, Birth of Rosalia Elbit Tan : September 14th Birth of Rosalia Elbit Tan (to Tan Sing Bee and Aquilina Elbit)

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Tioy Damian and Papang Arcadio Salazar were very close. His son Tony once lived with us in Iligan. I visited Tiay Lourdes (Tioy Damian's wife) when I was in Bacolod last year (2002). So with Tiay Bingbing and Tioy Kelly (Tranquilino), my first cousins Toto (Rolando, Tioy Greg's eldest son), Nene (Aurora), Viliong (Virgilio) and Isabel and their Mom, Tiay Doring, Tioy Tanong's widow. - Nong A
posted 25 Feb 2009 by Anonymous Salazar
Among the Salazars Papang and Tioy Tanong (Victoriano) were closest as I remember Papang saying that they were inseparable while growing up in Guindulman. I remember writing Tioy Bandin (Blandino) and Tioy Ado (Marcelino) when I was researching the family tree in the early 90's. Tioy Bandin replied once that he asked around and said that the persons who would know about our Grandpa Modesto would be Tioy Hugo Pelegrino and his wife Tiay Betiang. Tiay Betiang wrote (when she was about 90 already) that as a little girl they used to visit a certain place in Guindulman where Grandpa Modesto and Grandma Adriana lived. I had trouble reading her writing and like an idiot I didn't even bother to reply. How we all regret our missed opportunities. If I had decided to pass by Guindulman first before going to Bacolod I would have seen Tioy Ado and Tiay Socorro (I don't know her nickname but I know her as Socorro Villapando from Dumaguete) and found out if Tiay Betiang was still living. Now, I don't know if I get another chance to visit Guindulman. Love, Nong A.
posted 25 Feb 2009 by Anonymous Salazar
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