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  • VALENTIN CRUZ Y ANTONIO

    He made a big difference not only for Pasig but also for the entire country. In his house on the Shore of Bitukang Manok River in San Nicolas, Pasig, Supremo Andres Bonifacio made the historic decision to begin the Revolution. He led the attack on the Spanish forces in Pasig in a battle called Nagsabado. In this bathe he defeated the Spanish forces and thus achieved the first victory of the Revolution. (d)

  • NICOMEDES BUENSUCESO

    “Mang Comedes.” One of the best in Pasig, he was a cook of Bonifacio and Gen. Valentin Cruz, who must have recommended him to the great leader. A great cook of native festive dishes. Pastel de lengua, pastel estofado, galantina and chicken relleno were his forte. He was also cook to Maximo Tech, first Pasig municipal treasurer under the Americans, and Cecilio Tech, Pasig teniente primero for “bionio 1878-1879.” (d)

  • PASTOR CRUZ

    “Pato.” When too old to do serious cooking, Mang Comedes introduced his nephew pastor to my grandfather. Pato was sometimes said to be an even better cook than Mang Comedes. To enhance his cooking he always specified “quesong REX.” (d)

  • ELINO SALVADOR

    “Mang Elino.” The third of the famous Pasig triumvirate of master cooks. Elino was cook to President Quirino and to many of Pasig’s great men. (d)

  • NEMENSIO DIMANLIG, JR.

    “Menching, Menchie.” First philathelic designer of the Philippines, he is also a popular painter. (d)

  • DONA MARGARITA TUAZON

    “Maestrang Margarita.” Most famous of the three daughters of Don Joaquin Tuazon, she was a perennial lay leader, and quite fluent in Tagalog, Spanish and French. Her sister Asuncion and Dominga were lesser known but were also active in church affairs. (d)

  • DON JOAQUIN TUAZON.

    An intellectual but humble lay leader in the Immaculate Concepcion parish, he wrote and/or translated many devotional books, most famous of which was “Ang Matouid na Landas Patungo sa Langit,” Manila, 1909, an adaptation from “Camino Recto y Seguro Para Llegar Al Cielo, “ by Archbishop Antonia Ma. Claret, Barcelona, 1905. Claret is now a saint. (d)

  • DR. ENCARNACION JABSON – DEL ROSARIO

    “Encarning.” Daughter of Juanita and Leandro Jabson, the second lady physician of Pasig, the first being Dr. Cristina Cabrera. (a)

  • MA. JOSEFINA JABSON - DEL ROSARIO

    The third generation of the distinguished Jabson family, a young intellectual woman of conviction, she bravely stood up against attempts to eliminate hallowed Pasig traditions.

  • CARMENCITA LOZADA

    “Tita.” One of the world’s best violinists. She is based in Germany, but comes home periodically. (a)

  • CONRADO SANTOS

    “Cura.” An uncle of the great Carmencita, singer, composer, arranger, band and choir conductor, and “compleat” Pasig musician. (d)

  • RAMON P. SANTOS

    Former Dean of the UP Conservatory of Music is a renowned composer, arranger, conductor, and another “compleat” of Pasig. National Artist awardee 2009 (a)

  • KATRINA BELAMIDE

    The very young Pasigueño composer of the 10th World Youth Day Hymn, “Tell the World of His Love” which was sung in the Philippines in January 1995 when Pope John Paul II made his second visit to our country. (a)

  • OCTAVIO CRUZ

    “Tavio.” An opera singer, also a teacher, was a regular church singer. (d). His son.

  • AVELINO V. CRUZ

    “Ave.” A son of Octavio Cruz. Was bar topnotcher, now one of the better known Filipino lawyers. (a) Now Executive Secretary under the new Presidency of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

  • JOVITO R. SALONGA.

    “Jovy.” First Pasig bar topnotcher, the only Pasigueño Senate President. His doctoral dissertation in Yale was declared the best ever written in Private International Law. (a)

  • ENGRACIO LEGASPI.

    Founded Minerva Association in 1922. Another person claims the honor but committee of citizens declared Legaspi the true founder of Minerva, a fact known to many Pasigueños. (d)

  • REV. FR. ARMANDO MANAOG.

    “Andy.” Not really from Pasig but was adopted by the Comite de Festejos an honorary member, becoming an honorary Pasigueño. He celebrated the Mass of the Immaculate Concepcion at Plaza Rizal during the historic Town Fiesta of December 8, 1995 when Pasigueños defended hallowed traditions of Pasig. (a)

  • REV. FR. ANTONIO LAZARO, OFM

    “Tony.” Fr. Tony was adopted honorary member of the Young Catholic Social Circle, Inc. thus becoming another Pasigueño. He celebrated the Mass in honor of “Virgen de las Flores” of the YOCASOCI on the afternoon of May 31, 1996 in the La Immaculada Concepcion School of Mr. and Mrs. Romeo Brown. Here he stressed that no one has the right to deny Holy Mass to anybody, for that would be tantamount to “excommunication.” (a)

  • CONCEPCION TATCO – BROWN

    “Ching.” She had accommodated in her school the Young Catholoc Social Circle for the past two years and given her fullest support to the Comite de Festejos in their defense of Pasig’s hallowed traditions. (a)

  • MARIA CRUZ – SALVADOR

    “Maring.” Founder of the Girl Scouts Movement in Pasig, a daughter of the hero Valentin Cruz. Affectionately called “Grandma” by all Pasig Girl Scouts.

  • DANTE SANTOS

    Owner-President of PHILACOR, member of the Agrava Commission which recommended the prosecution of the infamous Gen. Ver. As PAL President, he took the National Airline out of the “red,” and now runs Grandair. (a)

  • BISHOP MANUEL C. SOBREVINAS, DD.

    An able auxiliary to Cardinal Sin, not from Pasig but was so loved by Pasigueños that everybody considers him one even today. A holy man of God, a true intellectual, compassionate, a great builder, he respected Pasig traditions, he was never interested in the money of the parish. Other “loud” priests pale miserably in comparison with his solid accomplishments. While in Pasig he did not even want to take his meager allowance, which he fully deserved. (a)

  • MSGR. CESAR PAGULAYAN

    Another true man of God, a great builder but he never crowed about it. Another intellectual, he could have become wealthy but preferred to be honest. (a)

  • SOR LOURDES GOMEZ

    A holy nun, she was much loved by her fellow nuns and Pasigueños. (d)

  • CIPRIANO TUICO

    “Piryanong Aso.” In San Jose whenever a mad dog alarmed is raised, everybody hides home to hide. Not to Mang Piryano. Even when asleep, he would wake up, get his Kamagong club and go out to hunt the mad dog. He would not go home without having killed it, whereupon, he would tie it with a piece of rope, drag it to the river, and dump it there. Thus, he became a local hero of sorts. (d)

  • DAVID AL BERTO

    “Big Tarzan.” Big Tarzan was his ring nickname, but he was a perennial loser, yet he was very strong, with a wonderful physique, the envy every young boy in the market where he was also a “kargador.” While ordinary man groan under the weight of the usual pair of kerosene cans of water on a shoulder pole, he would have three pairs, three on either end of his bamboo”pingga,” walking nonchalantly as if carrying six toy balloons instead of six kerosene cans of water. (d)

  • TIAGO

    Nobody knew of his full name, but he was another strong market “kargador” much addicted to music. Whenever he heard a brass band playing, he would drop whatever he had been paid to carry and run to where the bass was, march ahead of it like an band major. When the band stops, he would face it, wave his right hand and pretend to be conducting it. He would walk on his hands ahead of the marching band, to the delight of admiring children; this was the stunt called “Tirik saging” in Pasig. (d)

  • RUFINA ESPERANCILLA

    The first “Tawag ng Tanghalan” champion from Pasig, she became a hometown hero when she returned to Buting from her victory in the finals. Her winning song was “Pandangguhan,” which promptly became a popular hit of the day. (d)

  • SOME PASIG FIRST LADIES:

    • GENOVEVA ANTONIO (d) (Dr. Sixto Antonio) (d)

    • NENA RAYMUNDO (d) (Cipriano Raymundo) (d)

    • DOLORES PR SANTIAGO (a) (Atty. Apolonio V. Santiago (d)

    • AURORA CARUNCHO (a) (Emiliano R. Caruncho, Jr. (a)

    • MA. TERESA S. RAYMUNDO (a) (Mario A. Raymundo) (a)

    • SOLEDAD EUSEBIO (a) (Vicente P. Eusebio) (a)

  • ARMANDO ISON

    “Tata Mando.” Poet, composer, band conductor, Senakulo musical director, famous for his “Rosario Cantada.” (d)

  • MANUEL LOZADA

    “Manolo.” Brother of Carmencita, world famous violinist, owns “Panaderia Dimas-Alang.” Pasig most successful bakery due to its personalized management. He is also a well known tenor and painter.

  • PITONG MATANDA SA NAYON

    An organization of seven elderly men, they met weekly a la Spanish tertulla, discussing all imaginable (and unimaginable) mostly relevant topics of the day. Composed of

    • PEDRO R. TECH

      President. Civic and Catholic lay leader, no one was spared from his acid tongue – be he president, governor, mayor, cardinal, archbishop, bishop, monsignor, priest – anyone he perceived to be doing evil.

    • GREGORIO C. COCHING

      Vice president. Jack of all trades, master of each. Novelist, short-story writer, essayist, poet, engraver, amateur, chemist, painter, cook;

    • MANUEL GA. GAVIERES

      Philatelist, numismatist, writer, humorist, lawyer;

    • DEMETRIO Y. ARGOSINO

      Honest government employee

    • PRIMITIVO BALLESTEROS

      Director, Bureau of Printing, he married a Pasigueña and stayed on until his death.

    • MARIANO LANTING

      Quiet but deep, a humorist.

    • DR. SIXTO ANTONIO

      Became mayor of Pasig and governor of Rizal province

  • MOISES AGUSTIN

    Mang Moises. Music teacher, church organist, singer, an institution in the Pasig church choir loft, which where he literally held court.

  • RTC JUDGE HERCULANO TECH

    Son of Pedro, brother of Kaloy, he has made a name for himself as an upright judge, the nemesis of gamblers.

  • FR. JACINTO P. ZAMORA. Fr. Zamora is a “ZA” of GOMBURZA

    Who made a NEGATIVE difference in Pasig. While Pasig has P. Gomez and P. Burgos streets, the people refused to have a street named after him because Fr. Zamora was allegedly a gambler priest. According to some historians, “nahawa lang sa dalawang banal na bayani.”

  • SERAFIN J. ALVAREZ

    Was a Philippine National Chess champion in 1951. He was known as “Stonewall Alva” in local chess circles because of his strong defense. His daughter, the formidable Jo Alvarez, recalls that Florencio Campomanes and his group used to play chess (and were sometimes beaten) by her father. Alvarez was named Father of the Year in 1972 by the Pasig Federation Women’s Club, which also named his wife, MRS. FLORENTINA A. ALVAREZ, who gave him 16 children, 1957 Mother of the Year. Many of the children went on to become successful professionals.