My Place Under The Sun

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


The past few days I have been entertaining my dad who came over with two of my uncles for some R&R. Tonight might as well be the most interesting dinner I have ever had with him.

During dinner I learned more about the history of the Ordoñez's. Don Felipe Ordoñez was a native of Mexico, Pampanga who married Maria Lacsamana Ordoñez. They bore 5 children, Alfredo (my grandfather), Pedro, Manuel, Eduardo and Auring. Alfredo was later assigned as a Railroad Manager in Batangas which prompted the family to move. He met Dolores "Loleng" Aldovino (my grandmother) during a barrio fiesta where she was a Reina. Alfredo and Loleng eloped and opted to stay in Batangas while the rest of the clan moved back to Mexico, Pampanga. Pedro, Manuel and Eduardo perished during the 2nd World War. Doña Maria, who was said to be depressed about the death of his three children, died in Mexico, Pampanga. Auring is currently living in Canada.

Alfredo and Loleng bore 11 children.

According to the story, Don Filipe died when Alfredo was 10 years old. Doing a little math says that Alfredo was born in 1912, therefore Don Filipe passed away in 1922. Now subtracting 35 from 1922 will give us the year 1887.

All along I have always prided myself as a true blooded Batangueño. This dinner conversation changed my life. It made me want to dig dipper into the lives of Don Filipe and Doña Maria, hopefully even get a photograph of them. A little glimpse of who they were, and maybe even a deeper sense of who I am.

Don Filipe Ordoñez
1877 - 1922



  • Treasure the history, the filaments and fragments of memory, lost or stolen or saved. My mother just turned 90 and there is so much I do not know. Best,

    By Anonymous the Laughorist, at 10:36 AM  

  • Hey. I found your blog off Lizza’s page, and have been reading it. It’s great!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 PM  

  • thank you guys. i was actually surprised when i learned about this.

    By Blogger Benjie Ordonez, at 5:42 PM  

  • Came across your blog as I was doing some research on my surname of Ordonez.
    My name is Rosa Garcia Ordonez. My families of Ordonez comes from Chihuahua Mexico. I have many families with this last name of Ordonez from Chihuahua Mexico.

    Can you share some more info about your Ordonez families from Mexico?
    IM doing my genealogy which I have found names,dates of Ordonez from back to 1760s from Chihuahua Mexico.
    My email address is:
    Rosa from West Sacramento CA

    By Blogger RosaGarciaOrdonez, at 3:14 PM  

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