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.