Pasigueños, Famous and Infamous

“Outstanding Pasigueños, An Alternate List, “ was the first title of this section. As the list was being prepared, it was realized that it contained names of people who were not always outstanding, but justly famous as well as justly infamous. So, the change in the title. Here is the “List” which should not be mistaken as something akin to Schindler’s List.

  1. Mariano Meledres

    A person of great talent and varying accomplishments, Rizal governor, CFI judge, 1935 Constitutional Convention Delegate from Rizal province, among others. But he was also known for his long-winded speeches.

  2. Antonio San Pedro

    Brother of famous composer Lucio D. San Pedro, and son-in-law of Don Mariano, also like his father-in-law, famous (or infamous) for his equally long winded speeches.

  3. Atty. Filomino Sta. Ana

    Lawyer, poet, writer nationalist, patriot, and Tagalista of fame, was also known for his speeches.

  4. Lope K. Santos

    Former Rizal Governor, Tagalista, eminent novelist and known as the father of the Balarila (reputedly from bala ng dila) the Tagalog Grammar. He taught at U.P and was known for three things: his bushy mustache, his refusal to ride a taxi, preferring a carratela, and his white pants creased on the side, like a pair of carsonsillo. He was from Buting but lived in San Jose for sometime.

  5. Gregorio C. Coching

    From Buting, an engraver, painter, collector and novelist who wrote, among others, Ang Taong Demonyo and was called Lakan Kutiting by his fellows in Pitong Matanda sa Nayon because of his dexterous hands.

  6. Francisco V. Coching

    Gregorio’s equally famous son is Francisco V. Coching known as the Father of Philippine Illustrators. He has two daughters.

  7. Maridel Coching and her sister

    Both internationally known painters, both beauties in their own right.

  8. Diana Toy

    From Buting, wife of Hilario Camino Moncado, a millionaire who had following in Hawaii and Mindanao; he was a delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention.

  9. Isabel Santos

    The Pasigueña who was a Miss Universe candidate of the Philippines in 1963, and niece of Nitang, whose husband Rody de Guzman was Isabel’s chaperon in Miami.

  10. Carmencita Lozada

    Internationally acclaimed violinist and one of the few in the world who has been gifted with a rare Stradivarius Violin.

  11. Nemesio Dimanlig, Jr

    The first philatelic artist of the country.

  12. Ambrosio Morales

    U.P art professor; he was well-known engraver-painter-sculptor who designed the Philippine coins.

  13. Mang Comedes

    Was the famous cook from Pasig at a time when anybody who was somebody in the Philippines, needing a good cook for a very special fiesta, would have to hire a Pasig cook, and would settle for no one else.

  14. Pastor Cruz

    Called Pato, a nephew of Mang Comedes, who learned the tricks of the trade from his uncle.

  15. Rufino (Pinong) S. Javier

    First Pasig Congressman, a talented lawyer and one of the outstanding congressman of the country; is even more famous in Pasig for his jokes and stories, usually told in the traditional venue for such things, the Plaza Rizal.

  16. Dr. Sixto Antonio

    A gentleman farmer who became a successful politician, the last Presidente and first Alcalde of Pasig; later he became Rizal governor during the Japanese period and after the liberation. A devout Catholic and daily communicant, he was arrested by the Japanese Kempetai at the Communion rail and brought to Fort Santiago where he fashioned a rosary from scraps of paper, boiled rice kernels from his meager ration of food, and string unraveled from his camiseta.

  17. Dr. Cristina Cabrera

    First woman physician of Pasig, known for her philanthropy and extreme fear of germs and bacteria; hence she would go to extremes to protect herself from imagined bacterias, even to the extent of opening her umbrella inside a carratela to ward off the germs from the armpits of the cochero, who had, by the nature of this vehicle, to ride in front of the vehicle, with the wind blowing toward his passengers sundry germs and bacteria that could lurking in his body.

  18. Jovito R. Salonga

    The first and only Senate President so far from Pasig; he was a bar topnotcher in the only bar exams during the Japanese occupation when he was allowed to take the exams without having graduated from Law School. He took his graduate courses in Harvard and Yale.

  19. Augusto “Bobbit” Sanchez

    A human rights lawyer, the first Labor Secretary; it was said that strikes proliferated during his term.

  20. Rene Saguisag

    Another human rights lawyer, and a Harvard graduate, writer, scholar, columnist; he was jokingly called Ang Saguisag ng Pangulo during Cory Aquino’s presidency.

  21. Rufina Esperancilla

    From Buting, the first Tawag ng Tanghalan Champion of the Philippines.

  22. Pitong Matanda sa Nayon

    a loose organization of seven men from Pasig who held tertulias (today called Kapihan) to discuss topics of the day; they began the thankless task of researching the history of Pasig. Composed of:

    1. Pedro R. Tech

      Called Lakan Tugis because he was never afraid to attack anybody he perceived to be at fault, president;

    2. Gregorio C. Coching

      Called Lakan Tugis because he was never afraid to attack anybody he perceived to be at fault, president;

    3. Sixto Antonio

      Lakan Kabag, was a political kingpin of Pasig Rizal;

    4. Primitivo Ballesteros

      An Ilocano who migrated to Pasig, fell in love with a Pasigueña and thus stayed on until his death.

    5. Ramon Alvares

      A Caviteño lawyer who was a heavy drinker, like most of the pitong matanda, was a humorist par excellence.

    6. Manuel G. Gavieres

      Another lawyer famous for his collection of pictures and knick-knacks, he was a career government employee.

    7. Demetrio Argosino

      Was another career government employee.

  23. Elias Angeles

    A revolutionary hero from Palatiw.

  24. Valentin Cruz

    Leader of the Katipunan in Pasig, led the successful attack on the Spanish garrison on the night of Saturday, August 29, 1896, in an affair called Nagsabado.

  25. Joaquin Tuason y Enriquez

    Writer-translator especially of religious books; his Matuwid na Landas based on Antonio Ma. Claret’s Camino Recto y Seguro Para Llegar al Cielo, a Spanish devotional book, enjoyed great popularity among the Filipinos.

  26. Dominga, Margarita, and Asuncion Tuason

    Daughters of the religious writer, Don Joaquin, of whom Doña Margarita was the best known being a highly literate woman, a teacher who was called Maestrang Margarita.

  27. Joaquin Tuason

    a.k.a Mang Joaquin Tagilid, so called because his shoulders are twisted to the left. Jokingly said to have suffered the illness locally called “nahipan ng hangin” perhaps a kind of stroke while playing the flute. Tumutugtog ng fluta ng mahipan ng hangin kaya nagging tagilid. Another joke: Kahit daw maluwag ang daan, laging nakikiraan. He is not related to his namesake, the writer mentioned earlier.

  28. Valentin Galit

    So called because he was always angry at trouble-makers; he was the main “character” in Rotonda, Pasig and would take anybody by the neck and punish him for any wrong-doing.

  29. Jose Boris

    The only man who shot a Filipino President and lived to tell the tale,” according to Panorama magazine. In an interview with this writer years later, Borris revealed that he shot war-time president Jose P. Laurel while playing golf in Wack-Wack on orders of Guerilla Colonel Marking, who in turn, allegedly received instructions from Manuel Roxas, then in the underground. Laurel survived.

  30. Joe Mente

    A boxer, noted for his loud voice.

  31. Juan San Juan

    Famous photographer, but an even better retoucher; hence he was liked by everybody because he could make them (in photos) look young and without wrinkles.

  32. Mang Bandino Enriquez

    Famous manghihilot like.

  33. Ka Mianong Medina

    Another manghihilot, as famous as.a woman manghihilot, a wife of a carpenter , who gave her clients an excellent massage in her house.

  34. Jose R. (Pepe, Castila) Caruncho

    Long time Land Transportation Commission boss, called Castila because of his Spanish features.

  35. Francisco Cruz

    (Paquitong Baka)

  36. Ernesto Cruz

    nephew of Paquito, and

  37. Sonny Santos

    Were all, at one time or another, famous baseball players of the Philippines.

  38. Moises Agustin

    Known to all as Mang Moises, music teacher, church organist, singer, he was an institution in the church choir loft, where he practically “held court.”

  39. Maestrong Moises

    A woman choir member was Nene, called Neneng Puto (or Kuto) because she sold puto (rice cakes) as a means of livelihood. Her voice was tiple.

  40. Fortunato Santos

    A third choir singer, known as Tato, who once when asked whether his voice was tiple, tenor, or baritone, replied that it was tenor; but people say it was tiple, all part of a joke. He was versatile, being a painter, photographer, barber, violinist, poet, and a lot of other things beside.

  41. Juan Singer

    Was neither a singer nor American but a Singer Sewing Machine agent, whose real name was Juan Cruz.

  42. Pedrong Tingala; Pedrong Paragua (native bamboo sled); and Pedrong Bayag

    In the Rosario-Maybunga area there used to live three men all named Pedro. Filipinos of old were not used to family names, such being systematized only in 1849 when Governor-General Narciso Claveria ordered the systematization of family names to avoid confusion. Hence, Filipinos and Pasigueños prefer to use what is known as bansag.

  43. Vicente Marifosqui

    A well-known bandmaster and a versatile musician; it was sad that he could not handle any musical instruments.

  44. Marcial S. Esquerra

    a.k.a “Kabo Marcial,” one of the first Pasigueño engineers and among the first Pasigueños to study in the United States.

  45. Dr. Fernando Santiago y Cabrera

    The first physician of Pasig who later entered local politics, and the first municipal councilor of Pasig under the Americans.

  46. Capitan Don Apolonio Santiago

    Dr. Santiago’s father, gobernadorcillo of Pasig for five terms, the longest during the Spanish regime.