Don Aurelio B. Montinola

Don Aurelio B. Montinola

The Story of Don Aurelio B. Montinola, Sr.

It was a year of turmoil. The people were quietly seething with repressed anger as the regime was getting more oppressive, more tyrannical. The moderates were agitating for meaningful reforms, but the radicals were preparing for violent change.

The year was 1894.

While Jose Rizal and his fellow ilustrados were seeking reforms, the young Andres Bonifacio was reading about the French Revolution and organizing the Katipunan. It was in that year, on April 14, when Aurelio was born to Basa Benedicto, wife of Don Ruperto Montinola. He was the first of the couple’s six siblings: the others who were to follow – Remedios, Otilia (Mrs. Lacson), Maria (Mrs. Ledesma), Gloria (Mrs. Tabiana) and Vicente.

The patriarch Don Ruperto was a recognized political leader of the opposition party, the Democrata. Dubbed the “Colossus of the South,” he served as Governor of Iloilo and later became a Senator. He represented the opposition in the so called Os-Rox (for Sergio Osmena and Manuel Roxas) mission to the United States as well as in the Philippine delegation that lobbied for the approval of the Hare Hawes-Cutting bill in the US Congress.

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Capitán Don Juan Montinola

The original Montinola was Capitán Don Juan Montinola. Based on baptismal records in Jaro Church, he is mentioned as the captain of several soldiers who had their children baptized in Jaro. The earliest date recorded was in 1781. To most of us, he is our link to our ancestry in Europe.

Oscar R. Ledesma

Oscar R. Ledesma was a Senator, Secretary of Commerce (1953 – 1957), Mayor of Iloilo, Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States and Philippine Deputy (1962). He was known as the “model politician.” His complete name was Oscar Montinola Rupasta Ledesma. Son of Manuel Ledesma and Perpetua Montinola Rupasta.

Don Mariano Montinola’s Dining Table

Don Mariano Montinola’s Dining Table

Don Mariano’s Dining Table

In and around the mid 1850s to 1860s, our forefathers, whom we all descended from may have once dined on this dining table. This table belonged to Don Mariano Vasquez Montinola, the son of Don Geronimo Fuentevilla Montinola, who was the son of Capitán Don Juan Montinola. It now resides in the old ancestral house of Rodrigo Araneta Montinola, under the care of Estela Virto Montinola-Jaen in Jaro, Iloilo. The table is around 150 years old and at its current state, is only a third of its length with the rest of the table sections in storage.

We can imagine Mariano Montinola sitting at the end table with his children Epifanio, Antero, Simplicio, Federico and Rosita (see family) sitting at the sides. Mariano’s wife, Petrona Jiz Benedicto would have been at the other end or sitting at his side.


One can also imagine Don Mariano’s brothers and their families visiting him at his house at the corner of the Jaro plaza (now Pa-a Panaderia) and may have also dined on this table with Don Mariano. The brothers that visited him would have been either Bartolome the oldest, Gabriel, Juan De Dios, Ambrosio, Felix, Benito and Basilio (see brothers here). These men were the forefathers of almost all of the Montinolas alive today. Now if only the table could talk, it would have told us many things about them.

Sergio J. Montinola, Sr.

Sergio Javellana Montinola, Sr.
Papal Knight of St. Sylvester
Ateneo de Manila Grade School 1941, High School 1946, Litt B. 1950

Born in Jaro, Iloilo, on February 28, 1930, to former Secretary of Finance Aurelio Montinola, Sr. and Juanita Javellana, married to Pacita de las Alas, daughter of former Secretary of Finance Antonio de las Alas. They are blessed with three sons and six daughters.

Mr. Montinola was one of 106 who graduated from the Ateneo de Manila in the makeshift classrooms that temporarily housed the Ateneo at the convent buildings of the sisters of the Hijas de Jesus in Plaza Guipit, Sampaloc, Manila, immediately after the Battle for the liberation of Manila in 1945.

The Ateneo at Padre Faura still lay in smoldering ruins, the stench of death still hung like a pall over the devastated city of Manila when Ateneo opened at Plaza Guipit on July 15, 1945.

A year later on June 22, 1946, Ateneo High School Class of 1946 held its simple graduation ceremonies at the patched-up auditorium of Assumption College on Herran Street. High School class 1946 was the first Ateneo graduation after almost four years of Japanese occupation and symbolized the link between pre-war Ateneo and post-liberation Ateneo.

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Don Ruperto B. Montinola

Taken from “Jaro – Home of the Elite” (1969):

This 1969, thirty years after his death, Don Ruperto Montinola is still being remembered as the “Colossus of the South.” There is a halo around his name which the years cannot erase.

Don Ruperto was born in Bago, Negros Occidental, on March 18, 1869, the son of Don Juan de Dios Montinola and Doña Martina Benedicto. After completing his primary education in the Jaro Seminary in Iloilo, he went to Manila and enrolled in the San Juan de Letran College. From there, he transferred to the University of Santo Tomas where he was graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in 1887, and Bachelor of Laws in 1895.

His public career began in 1901 when he was appointed Provincial Fiscal of Iloilo. He resigned from that position in 1903 due to ill health and went to Japan to recuperate. Upon his return about two years later, he was reappointed to his former position, and served in that capacity until shortly before his election as Provincial Governor of Iloilo in 1908.

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Dr. Lydia G. Tansinsin

Philippine Federation of Professional Associations
2005 Excellence Awards
October 17, 2005 Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel

Engineer: Lydia G. Tansinsin (see Pedigree)

Lydia G. Tansinsin gained recognition by giving science and technology a central place in the Philippine educative system. She introduced the holistic and multi-disciplinary approach and the concept of institution building in research and development to the Philippine Science Community.

In 1980, she strengthened the coordinative function of DOST with the inclusion of the Science and Technology Chapter in the Philppine National Development Plan. She spearheaded and implemented various projects with foreign funding and formulated policies and guidelines for different programs such as Balik Scientist Program. She was also involved in the different ASEAN non-conventional energy projects, Magna Carta for Scientists and Technologist (RA 8435), geothermal utilization for electric power generation and solar and wind mapping of the Philppines, among others.

She is a Chartered of PTC and Organizing Chair of the AFEO, affiliated to the ASEAN as NGO and an initial founding fellow and current council member of the AAET of WFEO.

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Montinola Bags Asian Award for Leadership

Manila Standard Today

The Chamber of Thrift Banks congratulated Bank of the Philippine Islands president and chief executive officer Aurelio Montinola III for being the first Filipino conferred the prestigious Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Award.

Chamber of Thrift Banks president Alfonso Salcedo Jr. lauded Montinola. His achievement has raised the bar of excellence in the field of financial services in the Philippines in terms of responding to the needs of the market. He has now set the standard of performance among people in the banking industry, which can inspire and help his colleagues in the chamber to perform above par.

Prior to his stint in BPI, Montinola has served in the CTB as president in 1995 and board member from 1992 to 2004. We are proud that a colleague from the chamber has given honor to our country. Montinola has shown the world that the ability to conquer the challenges is innate in every Filipino, proving that Pinoys can be at par with their global counterparts, Salcedo says.

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El Hijo Dilecto de Iloilo, Filipinas

El Hijo Dilecto de Iloilo, Filipinas

Don Ruperto Benedicto Montinola was born in March 18, 1869. He was a Governor of Iloilo in the 1920s and was elected as Senator in 1931, representing the 7th District of the Philippines.

A lawyer by trade, he was also affectionately known as the “Colossus of the South” by his peers.  See the Highlight article of Don Ruperto B. Montinola: here

This rare poem was dedicated to Senator Ruperto B. Montinola by Dr. Modesto Balleza in his book, “Analectas Pímpleas,” page 102, on the ocassion of his election as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

“El Hijo Dilecto de Iloilo”

Notas triunfantes cantan los laúdes saturando el ambiente de armonía que es trasunto de nuestra algarabía, porque, al Senado ya, genial acudes. Y así desde los pueblos y ciudades francas vienen a ti felicidades, que a tu querida patrima diseminas. Y ese valer patriótico que tienes es hoy sagrario fiel de parabienes que se expresa por todo Filipinas.
Published in Iloilo, 1932.
Special thanks to Don Guillermo Gomez-Rivera (La Academia Filipina de la Lengua Española) for the information (9/23/2001)
Rafael M. Salas

Rafael M. Salas

Originally published on November 18, 2005 (

Rafael M. Salas was born in Bago, Negros Occidental, Philippines in August 7,1928. One of three children of Ernesto Benedicto Salas and Isabel Neri Montinola.

After the turmoil of World War II, Rafael Montinola Salas, went to Manila to continue his education and graduated with high honors in the University of the Philippines in 1950. He completed his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) and LL.B (Cum Laude) both in 1953. He then attended Harvard University MPA in 1955.

With his decision to stay in the academics and in the University of the Philippines, Manila, he became a lecturer in Economics until 1959 and transferred to the Far Eastern University as professorial lecturer until 1961. He succeeded to improve his status and became Assistant Vice-President back in the University of the Philippines in 1962-63 and as professorial lecturer of Law and a member of the Board of Regents in, 1963-66.

By 1966, Rafael M. Salas, also known affectionately as “Paeng,” was called on to serve his country as Executive Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines under President Ferdinand E. Marcos. During his tenure as Executive Secretary, although he had previous governmental assignments, he was credited for having solved the yearly rice production problem of the country as action officer of the National Rice Sufficiency Program.

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