Hi, Lorenzo (and other Tan relatives). Kumusta na?
I just realized that it has been some 13 years since I last joined the discussion on the Tan family in Bohol. Now I am prompted to re-start conversation because my family is organizing the first-ever reunion of the descendants of my greatgrandfather--my "Oyong"--Tan Peco (a.k.a. Ruperto Tan-Roa, nicknamed by the residents of Tabajan, Guindulman "Insik Perto"). We hope for this to happen sometime in the summer of 2017.
To get the ball rolling, my immediate family invited some cousins from the Tan side to join the family reunion of Tan-Salise (that is, the family of my Lola Conching Tan and Lolo Jorge Salise, Sr, the latter of Valencia, Bohol). This took place just last May at Badiang Resort (Valencia).
The last surviving child of Rufina Bernaldez and Tan Peco, Rosario "Sayong" Tan-Tubig (Tabajan, Guindulman), passed away around 3 years ago at the age of 93. My Oyong had 11 children, however, only one child was a boy--Bartolome Tan, Sr. My Lolo Bartolome had 4 children two of which were boys. Of the two boys, Bartolome, Jr. has only one child, a girl. The other Tan boy was became a priest who later died. Thus, the Tan family name did not prosper in my branch of the family because the 10 daughters all got married and acquired married names.
I reviewed some of our exchange above where you noted that your greatgrandpa Tan Ngai was a first cousin of my Oyong. This is accurate because my Lola Conching was close to his children (your grandma and grand uncles, etc.). She referred to them as "mga pag-umangkon ni Papa". In the family history written by my Lolo Jorge he mentioned that my Oyong was responsible in bringing a few cousins to the Philippines just before the turn of the 20th century and these cousins settled in Leyte, Bohol, Sulu. Again, to recap, it was a cousin from Sulu who encouraged my Oyong to return to China on the eve of the communist revolution in 1949.
Some of my cousins had been asking me to locate the village where our Oyong came from. I told them I have no knowledge of this but that I recall you posting a picture of Tan Ngai (Mariano Tan) here in Tubag Bohol. I told my cousins I would take a look at this again to look at the place of birth of your greatgrandpa. So now I can tell my cousins most likely our Oyong was also from Guangzhou.
Just as an aside---you mentioned that your mother is a granddaughter of Ricardo Salise, Sr.? That makes me your uncle because your mama would be my second degree cousin:)). We also just concluded the grand reunion of the Salise clan of Poblacion Sur, Valencia (to distinguish from the Salise group of Anas) where the descendants of Lolo Ricardo (younger brother of my own Lolo Jorge) were possibly the largest representation. Kinsa diay imong Mama? I thought I had met all of Lolo Ricardo's children (first cousins of my mother Clarita). Kabilaan ang atong relationship
Additional trivia to Tan relations. My Oyong had another cousin who died many years ago in Jagna where she settled. She was called "Shoga". That doesn't sound like a Chinese name to me...sounds more like a title (not sure....I know the Chinese are fond of calling people according to their rank/status based on Confucian practice). Shoga married another Chinese: A-be Uy, also of Jagna. They were childless but adopted 3 children, one of whom was my uncle, Arsenio Tan-Roa, who I mentioned in an earlier posting.
If you happen to be in the Philippines in the summer of 2017 please join our Tan family reunion. Do you still have folks left behind in Valencia? I should very much like to meet them.