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
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:
She later married Servando Tabanao and had the following children:
a. Cerbando Tabanao
b. Bartolome 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
d. Gaudencia Sales
e. Nicholas Sales
With Vicenta Cabaron he had one
a. Lily Sales
With Bebin Jimeno he had three
a. Dumitilia Sales
b. Josefina 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:
d. Salud Sales
e. Bienvenido Sales
g. Florencio Sales
h. Restituta Sales
Sofia, Wenceslaos twin, married Santiago Vaņo Uy and had six
a. Francisco Vaņo Uy
b. Florentina Vaņo Uy
d. Cesar Vaņo Uy
e. Samuel Vaņo Uy
Sancho married Baldomera Cabaron and had the following children:
a. Bernardino Sales
b. Relinda Sales
d. Marcos Sales
From these children, the Sales family grew and scattered throughout the Philippines and