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This is a short narrative on the significance of the GALAN, GADOR, and CABARON families to the Sales family history.  The Galan and Gador families, are, of course, undeniably part  of the Sales history as each living Sales from Moalboal have both Galan and Gador blood.  The Cabaron is a special case as it is intricately related to the Sales family, with five Cabarons marrying into the Sales family.  This is but a short discussion on the history and meanings of the three aforementioned families.


The Galan Family


     The surname GALAN          is a Spanish family name that is now scattered throughout the Spanish peninsula.  It would seem that this particular word was derived from an old European term, gæld, whose past tense form is golon.  The word gæld signified to sing, enchant, call, cry, scream, sing charms, or practice incantation.


          The surnames history seems to have started in the town of Noceda, Asturias, one of the major provinces of Spain.  Various members of this family tested their nobility in the Real Audiencia de Aviedo.  The members of the family later branched out to the other provinces of Spain, some in Aragon, others in Santiago, Calatrava, Alcantara, and Montesa.  Many members of the family actively participated in the wars against the Moors, in the unification of Spain, and in the peace-keeping of the kingdom.  Thus, they were greatly rewarded by the Spanish King Carlos III.  (, 2003)


     The surname of Galan in the Philippines seemed to have been abundant in the Southern portion of the archipelago, especially in Zamboanga.  It is not possible, once more, to trace the relation of the Galans of the Philippines to those of Spain.  Indeed, the Galans in Cebu seemed to have also helped in the settlement of Moalboal, as they were already abundant in the town by the 1850s.  They were mostly farmers and weavers by profession, and seemed to have stayed in Moalboal until the coming of the Americans.  The Galan in the Sales family, Felipa Galan, must have originally come from Moalboal but later met and married Mariano Sales, who lived in Parian, Cebu City.  But they must have always visited Moalboal because one of their sons, Santiago, married Paterna Templas, who was also from Moalboal. 


The Gador Family


     The Gador name remains one of the very few truly indigenous Filipino surnames.  It is not clear what the name, in Filipino means, nor is it possible to know where it first started. (, 2003).  The word GADOR has several roots.  It may have come from an ancient words, geador, gader gadr, adjectives which mean unitedly, or together.  It may also have come from an old Hebrew term, gadêr, which means fence, prison, or dungeon.


     There seems to be very few people today bearing the name itself, but it was quite numerous in the early nineteenth century in the Philippines.  From what can be gathered from the church records of Moalboal, the family Gador is one of the founding families of the town, together with the Babieras, Gakos, Sabanals, Cabarons, Lambos, Tabanaos, del Carmens, and others.  The first Gadors in Moalboal were Don Placido E. Gador and his younger brother, Don Basilio E. Gador.  Their father, Marcos Gador, was from Loay, Bohol.  Marcos, son of Estanislao Gador and Maria Crisanta, married Petrona Erez, who was also from Loay but whose family must have had some roots to the old settlement before Moalboal was created.  Placido and Basilio helped in the establishment of the town, and thus they were rewarded with their own barangays to head.  They both had several children.  One of Placidos daughters, Petrona L. Gador, married Don Pio Quinto del Carmen.  Their daughter, Eulogia, married Santiago Sales.


The Family Cabaron


     The family name CABARON in its present form is derived from the Spanish/Portuguese word kabaron, which means prawn. The present Cabaron surname of Moalboal is derived from an indigenous Filipino surname, Cabarong, which the first Cabaron in Moalboal bore.  There is no record as to what the name means, but the surname Cabarong or Kabarong has been known to have existed in the Philippines prior to the coming of the Spaniards.  


     The Cabaron family is also one of the founding families of Moalboal and according to records from the church of the town, the family hails from the city of Tagbilaran and the town of Baclayon, both located in the province of Bohol.


     The first of the Cabarons in Moalboal was Don Hilario Cabaron, who, as stated earlier, was listed as coming from Baclayon, Bohol, and bore the older version of the family name, Cabarong.  All Cabarons of Moalboal seem to descend from this particular person.  The Cabarons also headed several barangays in the town, and later several Cabarons were elected as mayors of the town. 


     At least five Cabarons have married into the Sales family.  Gorgonio del Carmen Sales married Vicente Cabaron; his brother Sancho Sales married Baldomera Cabaron; Gorgonios son and daughter, Pantaleon T. sales and Gaudencia T. Sales, married Jovita Cabaron and Pantaleon Cabaron, respectively; and their great-niece, Dafrosa Rabuya, granddaughter of Wenceslao Sales, married Romeo Cabaron.