Tribute to the FRANCISCO "PAQUITO" MARTINEZ JR., the Author of the ZAMORAS Family Tree

Francisco “Paquito” Lacaya Martinez (Nov. 22, 1938 – June 29, 2013). Clan members addressed him as “Tío” (Spanish) or “Uncle” (English). Tío Paquito is the only son of the well known Francisco “Kikoy” Zamoras-Martinez and Jacoba Lacaya. Kikoy, his father, served as the treasurer of Pagadian in 1940, evaded the Japanese during the World War II and resumed his job in Pagadian  in 1952. During the World War II, while Kikoy went into hiding in Tambulig, he purchased large tracks of lands in Zamboanga del Sur and managed to cultivate them. Through these productive lands he cumulated so much wealth, built a “big house” in Dipolog and earned a social status. For some time Tío Paquito’s family enjoyed being in the wealthy echelon of Dipolog society as well as in Pagadian. With so much wealth, Paquito was described by his peers as having a life of a “prince” during his youth. He seemed to acquire a sociable disposition in life giving him interest and pleasure in meeting people. He graduated BS Civil Engineering but was unable to practice the profession.
Perhaps thru social exposures, he conceived of constructing the Zamoras Family Tree. As to which year did he start, that, I failed to ask him. Why did he focus on the Zamoras instead of the Martinez or the Lacayas? The answer could be, there were already more than a hundred Zamoras families in Dipolog who gathered yearly since 1928 (every Easter Sunday) for the clan reunion. His grandma Rufina Zamoras (daughter of Roman) likely gave him social involvements in those activities during his youth. Such experiences might have pushed him closer to the Zamoras Clan.
How did he construct the 5-generation family tree? He met people in ordinary meetings and casually discussed who’s who in the family tree. He attended parties and various activities and met the people he heard about and talked with them. He travelled to some places with this genealogy research in mind. He wrote letters to distant relatives mailed thru the post office to ask about updates of their respective family branches. I myself read his letters to his second-degree cousin Angelina Zamoras (Roman→Pedro→Ricardo→Angelina) in Bohol, and they had sensible discussions about the family tree, between intelligent persons. I could not imagine myself exerting that much effort to write letters, mailed thru the Post Office, then wait for 3 weeks for reply, and then write a reply which will take another 3 weeks to reach the other person.
For this generation, it is so very easy to communicate, but achieving Paquito’s work may still be challenging for any of us. This kind of work demands so much time, going to places, attending parties and requires huge amount of patience. Five years ago, acknowledging the fact that Tío Paquito was turning 70 already, I attempted to invade his genealogic realm and studied his “Big Tree” which he cultivated for quite a while. He proudly shared with me his valued records. I photocopied his drafts and stored them in my archives as duplicates. I could recall the surge of enthusiasm in his face while he was recalling names after names. I was so honoured to be shared with those documents. However I realized that I lacked time to follow his footsteps because I had a job to prioritize. Perhaps I also lacked patience and efforts in dealing with people who do not appreciate this kind of thing. Or perhaps I did not have the authority that Tío Paquito had in discussing such matters. In short, this work is not easy at all. Since Tío Paquito was self-employed, he had enough time to spare on this family tree research. No other person could have given enough time to this unfunded and non-profit research other than him. We owe him so much the Zamoras Family tree that otherwise would not have been conceived at all. I think this big family tree should be shared to all clan members who are interested so that his work will be immortalized. It is thru this blog that I can share the information he imparted to me or to some of us.
Tío Paquito enjoyed life for 74 years, married to Lydia Renion and had 5 children, Walter (RIP), Warren, John, Laverna (Ging) and Paul. His family wealth slowly dwindled year after year around the 1970s, for some reasons that we know (long story). His children had their respective families already; Paul settled in the US as physical therapist. His wife Lydia passed away 5 years ago making his senior life even more challenging. But it did not wane down his enthusiasm on his “Big Tree”. His daughter Ging told me that in his last few weeks, conversations mentioning the Family Tree energized his mood and stimulated his memory as if he had no ailment at all. So bad I missed to chat with him once more. His last health problem was a liver infection caused by dialysis. He died at the National Kidney Institute on June 29, 2013. His body was cremated and his urn is laid at the St. Peter Columbary, St. Peter Parish, Commonwealth, Quezon City.

Rest in peace Tío…


Sons & daughters of Arcelicio Zamoras of Sangkol (Dipolog)

Sons & daughters of Arcelicio Zamoras (Silverio → Venancio →Juan → Arcelicio): From the first wife Catalina Saren are (1)Felisa, (2)Juan Bautista, (3)Romeo, (4)Maria & (5)Policarpa, most of them are Cagayan de Oro residents ; from the second wife Irene Navares are (1) Graciana, (2) Marina, (3) Evelyn & (4) Arlyn, most of whom reside in Sangkol-Dipolog. 




The Francisco and Lydia Martinez Family (Roman> Rufina> Francisco, Sr > Paquito). Paquito & Warren settle in Pagadian; John and Antonia (nurse) reside in Quezon City; and Paul (BS Physical Therapy, grad-Fatima University) now works in New York.

The Luciano & Felomina Zamoras Family (Roman> Pedro> Jorge> Luciano) established residence in Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay in 1960 with business as livelihood. Luciano Jr (BS Civil Eng'g, grad-CIT, Cebu) is Civil Eng'r at DPWH-Manila; Luzvisminda (BS Accounting, grad-CSJR, Cebu) works as CPA at DAR-Pagadian; Leonides (BS EE, grad-CCC, Cebu) works as electrical engineer in Saudi; Leonora (BS EEd, grad-SMC, Pagadian) works as a teacher in Pagadian; Licerio (BS ECE, grad-CCC, Cebu) is currently in Dubai as EC eng'r; and Lawrence (see Author info). With the early departures of Luciano Sr & Felomina, the family members have left Buug for good. Luciano Jr, Licerio & Lawrence reside in Quezon City, Luzvisminda & Leonora in Pagadian, and Leonides in Cebu.

The Mario & Marilou Zamoras Family (Silverio > Venancio > Baldomiro > Cristito > Mario) resides in Dipolog City. Engr Mario works at Jose Dalman as municipal engineer; Marilou works at the provincial capitol of ZDN; Mary Grace (BA History, grad-UP Diliman), Marjorie (BS Computer Science, grad - NORSU Dumaguete), and Mark (BS Computer Engineering, grad - CEU Manila) are now working in Makati . (Photo taken 2004)

The Pablito-Vizminda Zamoras Family (Silverio>Venancio>Emiliano>Pablito) had established residence in a Zamoras Compound in Miputak, Dipolog City. Pablito and Vizminda are now retired teachers. Gerry, Ranulfo Bobby), Liberty and Lerio Loem (LJ) are nurses. Gerry works as nurse at ZDN Provincial Hospital; Bobby is the manager at ZDN Convention Center; Liberty works as nurse in New York. (Photo taken in 1996)

The Edito-Salvacion Zamoras Family (Silverio>Venancio>Emiliano>Edito), photo taken 2009


1968 Gathering at Manawan

April 16, 1968: Death Anniversary of Baldomiro Almirol Zamoras, husband of Francisca Lacaya. The venue was at the residence of Baldomiro in Manawan (part of Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte). Crisostomo Zamoras, resident of Pagadian, came all the way from Pagadian, with relatives, to Manawan via Ozamis, then Dipolog. The Gomolons are residents of Ozamis.

1-Roy Zamoras, 2-Edionar Zamoras, 3-Mario Zamoras, 4-Elton Gomolon, 5 Henry Parama, 6- Cristito Zamoras, 7-Gloria Gomolon, 8-Elena Zamoras, 9-Eleonor Parama, 10-Misalina Zamoras, 11-Eduardo Gravante, 12-Zenon Gomolon, 13-Simplicia Gomolon-Gravante, 14-Francisca Surigao-Zamoras, 15-Crisostomo Zamoras, 16-Francisca Lacaya-Zamoras, 17-Lolita Zamoras, 18-Lilia Zamoras, 19-Josephine Gomolon, 20-Janet Parama, 21-Jake Zamoras, 22-Colita Zamoras-Parama, 23-Evelyn Gomolon, 24-Eutequia Zamoras-Gomolon, 25-Raquel Zamoras, 26-Rustica Acedillo-Zamoras, 27-Bernardita Zamoras, 28-Felipe Parama, 29-Stanley Zamoras, 30-Estanislao Zamoras


80th Birthday Photos

Crisostomo's Birthday photos in Pagadian taken on Jan 27, 2008, with visitors from Dipolog.

Front row: Matilde Zamoras, Marilou Ebal-Zamoras, Emie Acevedo-Zamoras, Odette Zamoras-Fucoy, Crisostomo Zamoras, Jake Zamoras
Back row: Rustica Acedillo-Zamoras, Bernadita Zamoras-Tero, Elsa Rose Zamoras-Villegas, Janet Parama-Bongcasan, Sarah June Zamoras-Padilla, Misalina Zamoras-Mondejar



Branching of bloodlines is a natural process as a clan expands through generations after generations, through centuries of good and bad times. As one clan increases in number, the more complex it becomes, and the more difficult members relate to one another. Without keeping track of each generation, future clan members lose link of their roots, such that the past generations fall into the vast oblivion. Luckily for the ZAMORAS CLAN, we have Tíu Paquito who painlessly researched the genealogy, impeccably timed to get the chance of asking older clan members just before they passed away. The resulting integration of our bloodlines into the composite Family Tree has become the pillar of strength among us in the present generation. Perhaps one significant factor in our dynamic unity is the convenience of having a large number of clan members in Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte. It is always easy to organize the clan members in Dipolog and then invite those from distant places for some important Clan events. Dipolog, which is the home of more or less 3,000 Zamoras blooodlines, is practically the base of the Zamoras Clan. Members dwelling in any parts of the Philippines and abroad are always welcome to visit the home of the Clan.

Interestingly, as we trace our lineages backwards, we come across historical times such as the world wars, the Japanese occupation, the periodic Moro attacks, the American period and the Spanish era. Little do we know how they dealt with those foreign masters, as well as their oppressions, the natural famines, the catastrophes and the epidemics. They surely played some roles in our history although not in the records. When and why did our great, great grandparents switch from Zamora to Zamoras is an interesting historical matter to delve on. Did it relate to the execution of Gomez, Burgos and Zamora in 1872? Silverio and Roman were already grown-up men during this time. Why did most of the Zamoras leave Bohol and settle in Dipolog instead? We know for a fact that the rebellious Boholanons fought the Spaniards for 89 years entailing a succession of at least 20 Spanish governor-generals; all failed to suppress the uprising (1744 to 1829) which was started by Francisco Dagohoy. This prolonged rebellion, one of the worst against the Spanish rule, caused the Spaniards to treat the Boholanons after 1829 with extra vigilance, suppression and brutality. I wonder how such condition affected our ancestors especially during GOMBURZA Execution in 1872. These are tidbits of history that need deeper look to understand how our ancestors dealt with historical times. Despite all these however the wisdom of our ancestors, their great efforts, sacrifices and love, and all the Lord’s blessings brought forth the good genes to present times. We should not forget to honor them for making our existence possible and how they geared the clan members to converge towards unity. With unity we represent a bigger force, making us better equipped in battling challenges, and giving us more confidence in facing the society.



Historical Background. When the Philippines was ceded by Spain to the US in 1898, through the Treaty of Paris, much of the provinces and their boundaries as established by the Spaniards remained the same for about 15 more years. A wider portion of Mindanao covering Davao, Cotabato, Lanao, Zamboanga and Sulu was just one provincial unit, the Provincia Mora, wherein Zamboanga was the capital. Dipolog was still part of Dapitan town which once belonged to Provincia Misamis. In 1913, the Americans reorganized the territorial divisions in Mindanao into smaller provinces namely, Zamboanga, Misamis, Lanao, Cotabato, Davao, Agusan (subprovince of Davao), Malaybalay (now Bukidnon), Surigao, Butuan (subprovince of Surigao) and Sulu. The new Zamboanga province for the Peninsula established Zamboanga as the capital. It was also in 1913 when Dapitan was transferred from Misamis to Zamboanga Province, and at the same time split Dipolog from Dapitan as a separate town. On the southern side, Pagadian remained as just a seaport of Labangan municipality until 1940. The road network of the Zamboanga province was then just a dream plan. Due to limited roads, sea transport was the dominant mode of travel. For instance to reach Zamboanga from Dipolog, one should take land transport from Dipolog to Pagadian, then ferry from Pagadian to Zamboanga.

Francisco "Kikoy" Zamoras Martinez Sr [Roman → Rufina → Francisco] happened to venture his way to Labangan (a major town in the south) in the 1930s. According to his son Francisco “Paquito” Lacaya Martinez Jr, he started as a messenger at the treasurer’s office in Labangan but eventually became the municipal treasurer from 1934 up to 1937. Pagadian flourished as seaport and drop off point to Zamboanga and Cotabato, and then it separated from Labangan by 1940 when it gained a municipal status. Francisco immediately was given his assignment as the first municipal treasurer in Pagadian. With such key position in a fast growing community, he established connection with the both local and influential people, and gradually acquired lands piece by piece while they were still very cheap.

World War 2 soon followed and the Imperial Japanese army took over the local government, but Francisco remained as the official municipal treasurer from 1940-1946. During the early period of the WW2, Japanese soldiers infiltrated Pagadian, disguised as photographers and as vendors but soon revealed themselves as high-ranking lieutenants when the Japanese declared war in Asia-Pacific. The municipal officials of Pagadian were arrested by the Japanese army, but Francisco evaded them and fled to Aurora instead. The Japs accordingly detained those officials aboard the Japanese ship, but without the treasurer. The Japs threatened of executing the captured officials should any Japanese soldier get killed by local people in Pagadian. Luckily no Japs were killed; their lives were spared.

While freely mobile outside Pagadian during the war, Francisco accumulated tracts of land in Tambulig and elsewhere which he managed to cultivate (through tenants) that later gave him much wealth. He invited his cousins particularly the Zamoras brothers Jorge and Vicente [Roman→ Pedro→ Jorge & Vicente] from Dipolog to resettle in Tambulig and work as farmer or carpenter. Both migrated to Tambulig with their respective families. Sadly though, Vicente Zamoras, his wife Angelina and all their children perished through the periodic malaria outbreak (which was poorly diagnosed at that time) in isolated part of Tambulig around 1944-46. The family of Jorge was fortunately spared from the epidemic. After the war, in 1946 the then-wealthier Francisco returned to Dipolog and became the municipal treasurer for 6 years. With such position he enjoyed much influence and became one of the key socialites in the community of Dipolog.

On June 6, 1952, during the term of President Elpidio Quirino, Zamboanga province was divided into Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. Dipolog and Pagadian became the respective capitals of the new provinces while Zamboanga evolved as a chartered city and as the regional center. Consequently, new job opportunities were opened in both new provincial capitals. Francisco was reassigned as provincial treasurer in Pagadian in 1952. As new job opportunities awaited in Pagadian through Francisco, more Zamoras relatives ventured in Pagadian including Crisostomo and later Estanislao [Silverio→ Venancio→ Baldomiro→ Crisostomo & Estanislao], then also Matilde Zamoras [Roman→ Rufina→ Marcelo→ Matilde] and the family of Jorge and Petronilla.

Photo above shows Dipolog fellows during the Baptismal party of baby Elicia Zamoras at Martinez residence in Pagadian on June 2, 1955. (In the photo are Francisco "Kikoy"Martinez his wife Jacoba, son "Paquito", mother Rufina, and nephews Jose Zamoras, Crisos Zamoras. Complete details to follow...)