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Saleses in the Philippines

     As enticing as it is to connect the Sales family of the Philippines to the noble Sales family of Spain, lack of records hinders modern researchers from doing so.  However, the Sales family of the Philippines still has a relatively long and colorful history.


     As already mentioned in the previous chapters, there is now no way to connect the different Sales branches in the Philippines.  Cursory investigation of the prominent families of Vigan, Ilocos Sur in the middle eighteenth century has shown that several Sales women married into the different premier families of the locality.  


     Similarly, one of the known scientists in the Philippines during Jose Rizals time was Don Anacleto Sales del Rosario, who is famed for his discovery of the Chaulmoogra Oil, the main ingredient for treating people with leprosy in the late nineteenth century.  It is said that he discovered its medicinal value years before American scientists declared the oil as a curative for leprosy.  He also became renowned for his research on the Ilang-Ilang flower.


     Don Anacleto Sales del Rosario came from a prominent family in Manila.  He was born in 1860 to Don Eugenio del Rosario and Doņa Casimira Sales.  Sadly, though, he died of tuberculosis in 1895.  (Filipino Scientists and Inventors, 1992).


     The different Luzon branches of the Sales family seem to have continued up to this day, but as mentioned it is difficult, if not impossible, to connect the Luzon and Visayas branches of the Sales family.  Therefore, the focus in this narrative shall shift now to the Visayan, particularly Cebuano, branch of the Sales family.


     The history of the Sales family of Cebu spans eight generations.  Although the family is now scattered all over the Philippines, the Cebu Sales family always look to Moalboal, Cebu, as its origin and root.


     The Municipality of Moalboal is located on the southern part of Cebu Province, with a distance of 89.3 Kms from Cebu City. To its north is the Municipality of Alcantara; to its south is the Municipality of Badian; to its east is the Municipality of Argao and to its west is the Tanon Strait.


     The word Moalboal may have been derived from the Cebuano term bocal-bocal,   which in English means bubbling.  Indeed, this may refer to the fact that a once famous spring, Guiwanon Spring, located at the Poblacion, used to bubble day in and out.  The town of Moalboal was fully established by 1852, when the governor-general of the Philippines approved the creation of the San Juan Nepomuceno Parish in Moalboal, Cebu.


     The Sales family, though not originally from Moalboal, has lived in this particular town for more than one hundred and fifty years.  But because one of the male ancestors of the Saleses married a Gador, the family is then connected to Moalboal by bloodline, since the Gadors were one of the most prominent families in pre-American Moalboal and was part of the ruling class in pre-Hispanic times.


     Records from San Juan Nepomuceno indicate that the first Sales in Moalboal, Cebu was Santiago G. Sales, and his father in the records was listed as originales de Cabecera de Cebu, indicating that he was originally from Cebu City. According to the living grandchildren of Santiago, he was originally from a place called Tinago.  A look at the old map of Cebu City would reveal that there was a Tinago District in the Parian section of the city.  Parian was the settlement of many of the citys gentry in the Spanish times.


     The earliest recorded Sales in Cebu was Mariano Sales, the father of Santiago.  Mariano Sales is presumed to have been born in Cebu City.  Although his wife, Felipa Galan, was listed as an indio or native Filipino, no such description followed Marianos name.  Indeed, the fact that he was from the city and lived in Parian may be an indication that he was from a mestizo family.    It is therefore genealogically safe to assume that he may have been of mixed race, and could have been part Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino, as many of the Parian inhabitants were.  It is not known when or where Mariano Sales or wife Felipa Galan died.  (LDS Records, 1996) Mariano and Felipa seem to have had five other children, but only one of these is identifiable as of the moment.  This other child was Pedro Sales, who seemed to have lived in Dumanjug, Cebu, with his other siblings.  (Lola Doning, 2003) The other son, Santiago G. Sales, was probably an adventure-seeker who left his home in Tinago, Cebu City in search for greener pasture.  He may have first settled in Dumanjug together with his other brothers and sisters, but soon got tired and so transferred to Moalboal, Cebu, and there he settled down permanently when he met his future wife, Doņa Eulogia del Carmen y Gador, the daughter of Don Pio Quinto del Carmen and Doņa Petrona Gador.


          Santiago and Eulogia had the following children: Fabreciana, Carolina, Timoteo, Eufemia, Aniceta, Gorgonio, Juana, Maria, twins Wenceslao and Sofia, and Sancho.


     With Paterna Templas, daughter of Candido Templas and Juliana Gabunada, both from Moalboal, Santiago had a son: Marcelo.    


     With Sabina Bajao, daughter of Brigildo Bajao and Escolastica Panillan, Santiago had two children: Engracia and Catalino.  Engracia died young.  Catalino was never close to his other siblings for some reason no longer known.  He was said to have known hard times and went to work for so many people until he was able to go to the United States.  His descendants are all based there. (Lola Doning, 2003)


     Fabreciana, Carolina, Timoteo, Juana, and Maria all died young.  Eufemia married Juan Jainar and had one child:


a.     Natalia Sales Jainar


     Aniceta prior to her marriage, had several children with Fr. Ubaldo Enriquez.  These children were:


a.     Placido

b.     Angel

c.      Eugenio

d.     Soledad

e.     Miguel


     She later married Servando Tabanao and had the following children:


a.     Cerbando Tabanao

b.     Bartolome Tabanao

c.      Rosario Tabanao

d.     Celestino Tabanao

e.     Zosimo Tabanao


     Gorgonio had three wives.  He had the following children with his first wife, Esperanza Tarungoy:


a.     Celedonia Inez Sales

b.     Prudencio Sales

c.      Madrona Sales

d.     Gaudencia Sales

e.     Nicholas Sales


With Vicenta Cabaron he had one child:


a.     Lily Sales


With Bebin Jimeno he had three children:


a.     Dumitilia Sales

b.     Josefina Sales

c.      Emilia Sales


      Wenceslao had the following children out of wedlock:


a.     Gerardo Rabuya

b.     Maximina Lababat


     He had the following children from his marriage to Ma. Del Carmen Legaspi:


c.      Teodora Sales

d.     Salud Sales

e.     Bienvenido Sales

f.       Honorata Sales

g.     Florencio Sales

h.    Restituta Sales

i.       Atty. Mariano Sales

j.       Adriano Sales


     Sofia, Wenceslaos twin, married Santiago Vaņo Uy and had six children:


a.     Francisco Vaņo Uy

b.     Florentina Vaņo Uy

c.      David Vaņo Uy

d.     Cesar Vaņo Uy

e.     Samuel Vaņo Uy

f.       Ramon Vaņo Uy


     Sancho married Baldomera Cabaron and had the following children:


a.     Bernardino Sales

b.     Relinda Sales

c.      Pedro Sales

d.     Marcos Sales


     From these children, the Sales family grew and scattered throughout the Philippines and beyond.