Cayan, My Memories

Cayan My Memories
Maria Lourdes F. Godinez emailed me to share the good news about the July 2016 publication of the English translation of Cayan, mis Memories (2015). José Miguel C Fernández was born in 1884 when the Philippines was a Spanish colony. He wrote his extensive memoirs in Spanish giving account of life in the remote District of Lepanto-Bontoc in the Mountain Province; the Igorots, Candón society and the start of the century under the Americans. This book provides his witness to historical events and the changes that occurred to Philippine society caused by the Philippine Revolution, the Uprising in Candón, and the Philippine-American War.  José’s father was a Spaniard from La Mata de Monteagudo, León. This book is a testament to the loving devotion he had for his father, Francisco Fernández Tejerina (from website)
Ms. Godinez gave me a brief introduction and listed some of the names found in the book.
Francisco Fernandez owned an enormous coffee plantation in Cayan, Lepanto and Jose (his son) wrote about that coffee plantation and his life growing up in those environs.  The memoirs include details about the Igorots of Lepanto and Bontoc, describes the efforts to harvest coffee during those times and how the Igorots were good workers who felt integrated in the plantation. the book also covers their move to Candon, what they witnessed during the uprising of Candon, the revolution, and the arrival of the Americans to the Ilocos region.
Francisco Fernandez instilled in his son a respect for the Igorots and this is shown in the book in many ways.
It was originally written in Spanish and has an English translation available.
The memoirs make mention of many persons:
  • Maldonado – who was a friend and partner in business
  • Felipe and Raymunda Carino – of Candon
  • Florentino and Mary  Lumba – of Cayan
  • Pedro Gadiano – of Cayan
  • Sabas Gaerlan the teacher in Cayan
  • Jose and Martin Mills from Mancayan
  • Jose Moldero from Sabangan
  • Masferre,  from Sagada
  • Igorots from Cayan called Anapen, Ducapit, Kilip and Lakay Inong
Persons from Candon:
  • Antonio Bona
  • Lino Abaya
  • Narciso Liquete
  • Neighbours: Silvestra Abaya, Gregorio Mati, Dorotea Resureccion, Severa Paredes (school teacher for girls)
  • Nicasio de Guia y Carino (Uncle Asiong)
  • Benito Gaerlan – married a cousin of my greatgrandmother (Rosa Foronda y Carino) and tried to cure Mercedes Fernandez (who unfortunately died)
  • Father Gaspar Cano
  • Maestro Samonte
  • Victorino Balbin – who was saved from execution by Jose Fernandez and the family probably don’t know about it
  • Sebastian Abaya
  • Clemente Abaya
  • Isabello Abaya
  • Senor Bustos
  • Modesto Dario
  • Domingo de Guia
  • General Aguinaldo
  • Father Jose Torres
  • General Gregorio del Pilar
Spanish soldiers:
  • Jose Herrero – Major of 6th Hunters Battalion
  • Deogracias Gonzales – sargeant
  • Captain Cantero
  • Manuel Marquetta Mallen
  • General Young
  • Juan de Dios
  • Jose Castillo
  • Lowie Harvey – corporal
  • Samuel Kane
  • the 33rd infantry and the regular infantry
  • Mister Greg – the first american school teacher for boys in Candon
Persons from Cervantes
  • Father Angel Perez
  • Doctor Arce and an assistant called Basilio
  • A chinese trader called Aguirre
Persons in Vigan:
  • Jose Mevia Campomanes Bishop
  • Father Fidel Prada
  • Felipe Buencamino – judge
  • Father Roman Ver
  • Senor Dominguez – who had a patisserie in Vigan
  • Senor Zaragoza – a pharmacist who also had an inn in Vigan
  • Salvador Rivero
  • Father Antonio Blanco – teacher
  • Father Olivares – teacher
  • Father Quirino Evangelista – teacher
  • classmates: Juan de Anta, Agustin Llanoza, Potenciano Abaya, Quintin Paredes, Jose Guiron, Teodoro Cadena, Sabas Pacason,Ignacio Villamor, Agripino Villaflor Faustino Bentano, some boys from the Querol, Santiago, and Zambrano families, Amencio Salvador, etc

Title: Cayan, My Memories, Authored by Mr Jose Miguel C Fernandez
Translated by Ms Maria Lourdes F Godinez (July 2016). Cost = US$15.00 (excluding shipping)

Copies may be ordered from Amazon Creatspace EStore



~ by Martin Gaerlan on July 19, 2016.

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