18.BALEN MELACUAN FAMILIES I: FAMILIA SUING

Emilio Aguilar Cruz

The large Suing family is one of the old families of Magalang. Their origins are traced all the way to the old town proper of Magalang in San Bartolome; whom it is called today as balen melacuan. Suings traced their ancestry to the couple of, Ambrosio Suing and Maria Cortes. The couple has two children, Santiago and Saturnina. After Ambrosio died, Maria married Fermin Bulanadi and they had one child, Camila. When Magalang was swept by a large flood brought by the overflow of Parua river, Maria convinced Fr. Ignacio Manzanares, OSA; the parish priest of Magalang to transfer the town proper from San Bartolome to San Pedro Talimunduc; in the foothills of Mt. Arayat. Her wish was materialized when her family and other members of principalia transferred the town to San Pedro Talimunduc in December 13, 1863. Four years after the transfer, his son, Santiago served as gobernadorcillo of Magalang in 1867. Santiago married Modesta de Ocampo, his full sister, Saturnina married Macario Policarpio and some of her grandchildren migrated to Mindanao; and his half-sister, Camila married Nicasio Paras. 

All of the present Suings in Magalang traced their ancestry to Santiago. One of his grandchildren is Modesto who married to Isabel de los Santos. The couple has two children, Apolonia and Narciso. Their son, Narciso was one of the well known tailors in the town and he was married to Rosario Paras. After Rosario's death, he married Leoncia Lansangan. 

Another grandson, Saturnino Suing Aguilar married Maxima Dizon Pineda; and their children are, Lucila, Jose, Amelia, Felix married Modesta Paras, Antonia married Sisenando Maliwat, Dionisio married Enrica Garcia, Iluminada married Gaspar Biernes, Raymundo, Sofia married Ursulo Gaña, Jaime married Paula Soto and Conrado. 

Saturnino's sister Ciriaca married Apolonio Cruz, and their children, Emilio Aguilar Cruz, the famous painter, art critic, and writer married Felicidad de Jesus, Dominador married Marina Lardizibal and Belen married Melquiades Lopez. The other siblings of Saturnino and Ciriaca are Erinia, and Blasica married to Cirilo Soliman.

Another grandson of Santiago, Bonifacio Suing married Praxedes Guevarra and their children are, Francisco, Alejandra, and Rufino married Consolacion Mutuc. Rufino's children are Margarita married Cecilio Pamintuan, Victoria married Felix David, Lucia married Justino Sanchez; (after Lucia's death, Justino married Lucia's younger sister, Carmen), Lilia, Rustico married Lagrisma Pangilinan, Consuelo married Mariano Pabalan; a son of Luisa Pabalan, foundress of renowned Pabalan Delicacies;  Amelia married Ernesto Dizon, businessmen Enrique married Lourdes Yabut and Ruben married Gertrudes Lacsina.

Another grandson of Santiago, Melecio Suing married Narcisa Navarro and their children are, Francisca married Arsenio Francisco, and Eugenia married Juan Roque The children of Eugenia are Natalia, Simeona married Nicolas Calara, Jesus. Rosendo, Abel and Dominga. 

Famous present generations of Suings are Ernesto Aguilar and Janus Ray Calara; both are former councilors of Magalang; Lorenzo "Larry" J. Cruz, son of Emilio Aguilar Cruz and owner of Abe's Farm, businessman Reynaldo Calara and banker Leandro Suing. 

Photo Credit:

http://media.philstar.com/images/the-philippine-star/lifestyle/arts-and-culture/20150914/Emilio-Abe-Aguilar-Cruz.jpg; retrieved, December 3, 2016

Source:

Bartolo, Louie Aldrin L. and Dizon, Lino L., The Magalang Book: The Historical Life and Culture of a Kapampangan Town (1605-2015); Manila, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2016 pages 115-116.  


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