A FAMILY TRADITION : By : Sir Penn Tulabing.Larena,CPS, CPE MPA
Vicente Anunsacion Teves a sailor trader and a traveler. Ventured in cultivation of sugarcane in 1852, married a Dumagueteña lady Rufina Villamil who bore him 14 children. Moving to Bais , he established Haciendas and became the first producer of muscovado sugar in 1867. Sweet family tradition continues to harvest a good service to the society and community (Philippine tatler May 08 issue p68 ).
Don Anatalio Teves the first son of the Teves couple is the builder of Bais, he build most of the roads, train rails, light material wharf and established the Political family of the Negros Oriental, the “Villanueva Clan”. A graduate of Humanities from the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain later married to Dumaguteña Dona Aleja M. Pinili. They had three children, Anselma married to Hermenegildo Regis Villanueva Sr. produced Governors, Mayors, Congressman of the Province and a Senator. Enrique Cayetano(Mayor of Bais 1914-1916), Governor 19-16-1925 and Congressman 1925-1931.Lolo Eking got married to Francisca Gomez Baena first Miss Negros Oriental Carnival Queen 1909. Hermenegildo Jr. fondly called “Bindoy” a famous Senator, Governor 1906-1910 elected again 1931-1935, Secretary of Labor and Presidential Adviser for Labor Matters during the Quezon Administration, other children Leonard a member of the Local Sugar Planters Association, Eligio a Political leader, Vicente the deputy Governor of Siquijor, Isidro a judge and a writer, Juan the grandfather of the former City Mayor Hector “Tata” Villanueva and incumbent City Mayor Karen F. Villanueva. The Damas in the family Maria, Ramona (Mrs Judge Zarcaris Alo), Filomina (married to Bais Mayor Juan Villacampa) and Josefa married to Simplicio Villegas Guihulngan’s first Town Mayor and established a Political family of Northern Negros (Teves Genealogy 1970 p1 by Rosario T. Moras and Bais Historian Penn T. Larena Narration in 2007)
After the death of the young Anselma, Tan Bindo married his sister in law Eulogia Pinili Teves has three children all in the local Political arena Praxedes Daniel (Governor 1946-1951, Mayor of Bais and established the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital. Praxedes grandchildren making wave in business and Politics like Francisco “Boy Villanueva (City Mayor of Bais 1992-1998 Vice Mayor 2001-2004), Ma Theresa Villanueva-Yoldi of Ana Maria Bakeshoppe and Edna Villanueva-Diago the owner of Cebuana Lhuiller group of Companies married to former Philippine Ambassador to Italy Hon Philippe Jones Lhuiller. Gulliermo Zozimo the second son married to American Meztizo Ma Lourdes Atherton, educated in Silliman University and University of Michigan for his masters. He became a Councilor of Bais, Governor (1941-1994) and Congressman (1938-1941) two of his grandson Rodolfo Gonzales Jr. and the present Town Mayor Enrique Gonzales of the Town of Valencia, continue a legacy of honest and Christ-centered leadership Dolores the youngest daughter, married to the handsome Sugar Planter Antonio Gomez-Baena, Dione Baena who also served as City Councilor of Bais and Delia married to Luciano Larena Alviola.
Pedro Pinili Teves only brother of Anselma and Eulogia is married to Carmen Alcon most of his descendants are in Tanjay and Bais one of those is the family of Carmen Baena Teves married to Dodong Larena (Bais Vice Mayor of the 1930’s and Mayor 1945-1949). Another descendant is the owner of the Teves Liner travel as a regular passage bus for Dumaguete to Bais vice-versa.
Don Eulalio Teves married a Spanish haciendera Tomasa Trebol y Gila children Enriqueta married to a Spanish sailor Don Manuel Abilla form Avila Spain, has two children Emilio and Joaquin, Emilio the first town Mayor of Bais married to Southern beauty Pilar Lajato of Siaton from a Spanish and Irish Ancestry, both produced two Governors and Congressman of the Province namely Julian(1935-1941) the grandfather of former Board Member and Vice Governor Mariant Escano-Villegas Serafin(1956-1959) grandfather of Bais former Vice Mayor 2005-1007) Angelo Miguel D. Teves and Visual Artist Serafin “Nito” Teves. Manuel and Agueda Longa Teves is one of the biggest sugar planter in Negros Island, fifty grandchildren making sure a strong family tradition rules in close-knit among family members, City Mayor of Dumaguete Manuel Chiquiting Sagarbarria married to a very hermosa lady Isabel Garcia Longa , Chinning Sagarbarria-Bustamante expanded her mother’s bakeshops, “Sans Rival” established since 1977, the late Manolet and sister Pchina is very active in Tourism Development and Cultural Projects in the City of Dumaguete.
Joaquin the brother of Emilio married to Benita Reyes from Kabankalan, their father Don Manuel Abilla died in 1890, second married to the sister of Enriqueta, Leona Teves children named carried the surname “Teves”. Manuel had another son name Manuel Abella y Regulo who left for Spain and who died as a soldier during the Cuban Revolution., Tanjay former Mayors like Ricardo Teves, Ibarra Teves and the present leaders led by City Mayor Boy Lawrence Solis Teves and City Vice Mayor Niel Salma are all the product of a traditional good leadership from this clan .
Don Ariston Teves third son is married to Praxides Macias that dominated the Political scene of the third district of Negros Oriental. The grandchildren making waves in the Philippine Politics lead by long time Senator Lorenzo G. Teves ( 1952-1972) Governor ( 1982 -1986 ) Congressman 1946-1949 and the father of Dumaguete as a chartered city in 1948. Herminio Guivelondo Teves OIC Governor of Negros Oriental and his congressional seat for several terms. His grandson Rep. Pryde Henry Teves the representative of the Third District of Negros Oriental, Danilo Teves Leon City Councilor of Dumaguete, Arnie Teves as ABC President of the Province has kept the tradition. Hon. Margarito “Gary” Teves, former Congressman, Landbank President and Finance Secretary of the Philippines and the Locsin Family who is known for its civic affairs, Hoteliers and Medical Profession. Most of them are direct descendants of the famous Gobernadorcillo of Dumaguete Don Doreteo Teves and Lorenza Pinili.
Don German Teves married to Taribia Bilbao is a famous Politics leader and Gobernadorcillo of Tanjay, Escolastica the eldest daughter married to famous doctor Geronimio Villegas the The Bobon, Villegas, Belloso, Zerna, Diaz, Barot and Pastrano are her descendants, Gertrudes the youngest daughter married to Dan Bruno Gomez Vicente (present descendant Moras Vicente and Bouffard). Rosario Vicente Moras daughter of Gertrudes was the on who made the family tree of the whole Teves clan in 1970s. This line governed the Mayor ship of Tanjay like Joaquin Villegas and Atilano Villegas.
Fifth son Don Qurico Teves produced the first Charter City Mayor of Dumaguete Diogracias Teves Pinili (1946-1953) the son of Pilar Teves and Kristino Katada Pinili, Don Francisco Teves sixth son is a famous Rice and Corn trader in Dumaguete, Bais and Valencia.
Doña. Eugenia Teves married to Spanish Sugar Planter Don Manuel Pastor before the turn of the 20th century. There were two first cousin, Joaquin and Fausto Preysler descendants of Carmen Teves Pastor and Don Benito Perez de Tagle a famous Tabacalera businessman. They ventured from Spain to the Philippines where they fell in love and married two cousins, Vicenta Gonzales and Carmen Perez de Tagle . Carlos P. Preysler married to Betty Arrastia, one of his daughters is one of the most glamorous women in the world. Isabel Preysler, her two sons is very popular in the world of Music Scene Icon Enrique Iglesias and brother dancing with the stars Julio Iglesias Jr. while youngest sister Ana Felco is one of the most popular fashion designer in the world.
Doña Alejandria the eight daughter is a soltera and the grand dame of Dumaguete during her time, Doña Liberta Teves the ninth daughter married to Spanish military officer and Educator Sr. Enrique Munoz. Jose Teves Munoz eldest son of liberta , got married to Josefa Calumpang . Don Jose Teves Muñoz, Sr. (fondly called Kapitan Jose) was a Gobernadorcillo and later on was the first Town Mayor (1901-1905) of Tanjay. Josefa Munoz married to a Spanish Trader Francisco Romero with three children, Francisco Jr, Jose a famous Philippine Senator Secretary of Education Ambassador and Carmen. After the Christmas Eve in Tanjay stampede ensued and young to be without maternal care, remarried to the sister Candellaria. They have children with Papa Cho-Chon, realizing that his children were too young to be with Papa Cho-Chon, the beautiful Adela (Mrs. Raymundo Villanueva) Hector “Chito” Villanueva one of the sons served the National Government as Press Secretary and at present Post Masters General of Philippine Postal Corporation Ramon, Pantaleon (married to Diana Villanueva from Bais) Remedios who died young and Luis, married to Rosita Villacampa-Robillos is the father of the former Congressman Miguel Romero and grand son former Negros Oriental SK President Juan Miguel Romero III.
Doña. Juliana Teves is the Chinese Branch of the Teves Clan. Petrona Teves most of her descendents are now in Manila,Spain and in the United States. West Point Graduated and former Vice Mayor of Dumaguete Atty .Alan Gel Cordova is a descendant of this bloodline.
Doña. Estefania Teves married to Dr. Jose Pastor most of her grandchildren serving the Charitable Institution, St. Paul University, The Ramon Catholic Church, the people of barrio Sra. Acion in San Jose, Religious Activities in the City and Subdivision Developer of the City of Dumaguete. Aurora Pastor the third daughter married to Don Mariano Larena a famous Sugar planter and businessman of Dumaguete and Bais, Half of the property of St.Paul University was donated by their family thru Angelina Larena. Ramon the only son became a Councilor and Mayor of Dumaguete (1912-1916) married to Spanish Mestiza Maria Ascusion Patero of San Jose the sister of Duamguete Mayor Miguel Patero. The Regional Science High School is named after him and one of the Historical Landmark of the City Pastor Whitehouse along Real St. (now Ramon Teves Pastor St.) in Dumaguete.
Doña Fausta Teves the second wife of Jose Pastor bored with three children Jose(married to Emiliana Pinili ) Mayor of Dumaguete (1925-1931) Severino “Laloy” Pastor a Civil World War II Hero the father in law of former Governor and incumbent Congressman Hon. George P Arnaiz married to Nanette Pastor. Arlene Pastor the first cousin of Nanette based in Virginia U.S.A. a former employee of World Bank. She is making updates of our Teves Genealogy and Family history.
Carmen the second child married to an eye doctor, Dr. Enrique Llanderal, the son Ramon is one of the Administrative Officer of Bais Sugar Central CAB later on he married to a distance cousin Ma. Lourdes. Teves of the Canlargo Tevesses. Enriquito(married to Mitos Bengoechea) Menchu married to Spanish handsome guy Bilbao Spain and the late Josefina known for her star of the ball parties.
The Teves Clan of Negros Oriental has been known as one of the largest clans in existence in the province today. One of the most celebrated political ,society and pilar of the Sugar Industry of Oriental Negros.