When I went home, I was able to take a scan copy of my Lolo Mariano's port of entry documents. He entered Jolo in 1903, and the paper listed that he was born in GUANGZHOU, EMPIRE OF CHINA in 1881. This means that Lolo arrived in the Philippines when he was about 22 years old. This picture of him was when he was 22 years of age. He arrived with his brother, Tan Yu Fang, who was older than him.
My mother told me that when my LOLA (the late Mrs. Fortunata Tan-Salvo) was born, she went with her father (My Lolo Mariano ; great-grandfather) her mother, and her 3 siblings back to GUANGZHOU , CHINA in the late 1920s. They lived there for 4-5 years. They then returned back to BOHOL, by request of my great-grandmother. My LOLO acquiesced to the request.
A good friend of mine, the former mayor of Valencia (and a good friend of my family's in Valencia, Bohol), Dr. Plenio Lim, told me that when my Lola arrived back to Bohol back in the early 1930s, she could not speak Bisaya. The only language that she spoke was CANTONESE and MANDARIN and also understood HOKKIEN. In my childhood memories, my lola used to bargain with Chinese vendors in Cebu and Bohol. She would get discounts, of course, as is the Chinese custom. Discounts for fellow Inchiks. hehehehe!
My Lolo Mariano was a Chinese national and never relinquished his Chinese Citizenship. He was born when the IMPERIAL QING DYNASTY of China was still in power. Imperial China.
It is deep for me to know this. Because I am not only Bolanon, Leyteno, but also have an ancient side in my blood that hails from CHINA. That , in itself, is a whole chapter.
Good Luck in your search. I hope i was of help!!
In honor of my CHINESE lolo, i'll say something in CANTONESE: Lei Hao Ma!!!