The Love Story of Heneral Antonio Luna and Ysidra Cojuangco: Why Filipinos Should Know

I watched Heneral Luna the movie alone and while I was very impressed and deeply moved by the unfolding of the story, I was left with one question in mind.

Who is Ysabel, in the movie, played by Mylene Dizon?

A decade ago, reading through my collection of Ambeth Ocampo’s history books, I learned that General Antonio Luna had a love affair with Ysidra Cojuangco. Their love story in fact, has a deep repercussion in the current Philippine politics and economy which is why it interests me. But since the book is not with me now, I turned to google.

I learned that Ysabel as depicted in the movie, was just a fictional lover of Heneral Antonio Luna. She was an amalgamation of the women that Antonio, a ladies’ man and loverboy, had.

This brings me again to google on the background of the legendary love story  of the real Ysidra Cojuangco and General Antonio Luna which, if true, provides us a good understanding of the Philippines as it is today.

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Family Background

Antonio Luna comes from a wealthy and intelligent family originally from the Ilocos Region. His brothers are the famed Juan Luna who painted the Spolarium and Jose Luna, a medical doctor. He finished pharmacy and got a doctorate in Europe specialising in medical chemistry. He also had expertise in military tactics which brought him to his position as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was feared by the Americans because of his military genius but he also earned the ire of a lot of his revolutionary comrades because of his very bad temperament.

Ysidra also known as Ysila (slightly sounding similar to Ysabel in the movie) is the daughter of a Chinese carpenter and artisan from China named, Co Yu Huan, who was later baptized as Jose  “Ingkong” Cojuangco through Roman Catholic rites. She is the eldest of three. She is followed by Melecio and Chanita. Melecio got married but Chanita became a spinster like her.

Cojuangco, Ysidra, Antonio Luna

The Love Story and the Treasure Trove

Ysidra’s father built staircases for the priests in Malolos. He also built a house there which they retained even as the whole family moved to Paniqui, Tarlac in 1896. The house of Ysidra’s family was used by the Malolos Congress which opened in September 15, 1898. Antonio Luna was a member of the congress and used to sleep there.

Ysidra and Antonio Luna must have met in Paniqui, Tarlac during one of Luna’s trips as he controlled the railways during the revolution. They must have trysted in both Tarlac and Malolos ( in Ysidra’s family’s house).

Luna as the Chief of Staff, collected gold and silver from Pampanga and Ilocos as salary for his men. On several occasions, Luna brought caskets of these treasures to Ysidra in Tarlac for safe keeping and because he also planned to establish the revolutionary capital there.

It is said that Ysidra in her 30’s  must have been pregnant or had given birth before General Antonio Luna was assassinated in June 5, 1899. Three days before he died, Ysidra received another batch of treasure for safe keeping. The treasure was an assurance and insurance that he was going to marry her.

When Antonio Luna died, the First Republic was on the run, the revolutionary army was defeated by the Americans and disbanded. The Americans was then inquiring about the gold which Ysidra and her family hid. The contemporaries of Antonio Luna also suspected that the wealth was with Ysidra as well.

To dispel the rumors circulating in the region and protect them from the threat of the Americans and former revolutionaries who are pursuing the treasure, the Cojuangco family creatively stirred a dummy story to confuse the public. The family said that Ysidra gave birth to a love child with a Chinese mestizo who died before he can marry her. According to them, the love child died in infancy.

Who is the real love child of Antonio Luna and Ysidra Cojuangco

Ysidra put her son  on “adoption” and raised by her brother Melecio who married Tekla Chichioco. They had four children Jose, Juan, Antonio and Eduardo. Antonio Cojuangco is the name of the love child (obviously).

Cojuangco, antonio, ysidra

Juan and Eduardo were born and conceived at the time when Luna was not present in the Philippines to impregnate her, so it could not be them. Only Jose and Antonio will coincide with Antonio Luna’s presence in the Philippines. But we are left focusing on Antonio instead of Jose because of the following circumstances.

All proof wiped from the face of the earth

Luna’s contemporaries alleged that the source of the Cojuangco fortune is the revolutionary treasure trove. But it could not be proven as all proof are already obliterated, but we are left  now with more raging suspicions.

Among the four sons of Melecio Cojuangco, it is only Antonio’s exact date of birth that is unknown. The records of Antonio’s birth was erased in all registry. In Ateneo where Antonio Cojuangco studied, the entire 1918 Annual graduates listed only the year of births of graduates.  Antonio was listed as born in 1899. The years before and after this, they listed the complete birthday – year, month and date for all the graduates. Similarly, the church’s registry was missing, specifically for the year 1877 to 1902. In the tombstone of Antonio Cojuangco in the family’s mausoleum, his birthdate is not indicated so with his descendants while the rest of his brothers had.

Uncanny Resemblance

Antonio Luna comes from a highly intelligent and academically achieving family, whereas, the Cojuangcos are indifferent to academics.

But among all children of Melecio Cojuangco, Antonio was different. He finished a doctor of medicine, an interest he shared with his father General Antonio Luna and his uncle Jose Luna.  The rest of the Antonio Cojuangco descendants were also different from the Cojuangco clan as they were scholastic achievers. Ramon, son of Antonio Cojuangco graduated cum laude at Fordham University, his son Tonyboy (grandson of Antonio Cojuangco and partner of Gretchen Barreto) graduated summa cum laude with a degree of economics in Ateneo.

General Antonio Luna and Antonio Cojuangco also shared common features such as the lower pout on the lower lip, bushy eyebrows on the right side and less pronounced pencil-thin eyebrows on the left, their right eyes are also round and almond shaped and their left eyes are small, slant and located lower than those on the right. Ramon and his son Tonyboy shared the same temperament with General Antonio Luna.

Please see google images to compare their images as I have reservations grabbing photos due to copyright restrictions.

Where is the body of General Antonio Luna

His body disappeared and can neither be found in Batac where his family originated or in Cabanatuan where he was assassinated.

When his alleged son Antonio Cojuangco died  during a massacre in 1945. He was buried in Laloma Quezon City. His remains was transferred later to the Cojuangco family’s mausoleum. But Antonio Cojuangco shared his tomb with another – the remains of his Chinese amah or the yaya. But is it really the amah or the yaya or could it be somebody else?

Could it be possible that Ysidra Cojuangco collected the remains of her lover General Antonio Luna to be interred with the remains of their son Antonio Cojuangco?

The Cojuangco Fortune

With the death of Ysidra’s father Jose “Ingkong” and her brother Melecio who died in an altercation with the Americans. Ysidra became the head of the family. She bought thousands of hectares of land, controlled the trade of the region and lent money to planters who cannot pay her back thus she gained more lands from their collateral.

Their neighbors cannot imagine how Ysidra can come up with such wealth because not only that the Cojuangco Clan, were just doing rice trading, milling and lending but at that time the economy was down and there was drought.

The Cojuangcos also established the Paniqui Sugar Mills, a stock brokering firm and the first bank in the country, the Philippine Bank of Commerce, wholly owned by Filipinos.

It is estimated that the combined assets of Ysidra Cojuangco Clan now totals to 200 billion pesos.

Controlling Philippine Politics and Economy

Ysidra now took care of the four sons of Melecio Cojuangco.

Antonio Cojuangco, her real son died early and is only survived by Ramon Cojuangco and later had a son named Tonyboy Cojuangco who owned PLDT.

cojuangco, antonio, ysidra, tony boy

Juan Cojuangco was married but had no legitimate children.

Jose Cojuangco, begat, Ceferino (stillbirth), Pedro, Josephine, Teresita, Carmen (died at infancy), Corazon, Jose and Maria Paz. Of historical note is Teresita who married Ricardo Lopa (who owns the Pulse Asia Survey*), Jose or Peping (who owns the political party UNA supporting Jejomar Binay and Gregorio Honasan ) and Corazon Cojuangco whose son Benigno Aquino III now current president of the Republic of the Philippines, owns the Liberal Party supporting the candidacy of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo). When Cory took over the country after the EDSA revolution, she sold the companies she sequestered from Marcos and cronies to the family of her sister Teresita Lopa on a bargain. She further gave extra favors to her relatives and nephews with the Philippine Airlines and PLDT shares of stocks. She also gave ABS-CBN back to the Lopezes without a single cent. ABS-CBN was salvaged by the Marcos government because they were mired in debt.

Cojuangco, corazon, jose

 

Eduardo Cojuangco begat Eduardo also called “Danding” Cojuangco and Merceditas. Merceditas is the mother of Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro  who ran in the 2010 presidential elections but was not supported by his uncle Danding. Danding Cojuangco now owns shares of San Miguel Corporation using the coco levy fund. He also owns the National Peoples Coalition (NPC), who is also supporting the candidacy of Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. Danding supported his nephew, Benigno “Noynoy Aquino in the 2010 presidential election. He now owns Liberty Company that monopolizes the internet frequency of the country of which Grace Poe’s husband is working for.

cojuangco, danding

 

The big corporations of the country and the government is virtually controlled and owned by the Cojuangco family. The list above is just the tip of the iceberg. The capital of the Cojuangcos can be traced back to the alleged revolutionary treasure trove of the KKK which was supposed to be the salary of the men fighting for the freedom of the Philippines.

This is my summary of the Antonio Luna and Ysidra Cojuangco’s love story and interpretation of the accounts made from the different sources.

Next Series

For a continuation of the Cojuangco-Aquino Lineage. You may read Aquino Lineage: Patriotism and Treachery

References

Some of the information in this post I got from Cecilio Arillo’s Greed and Betrayal. It is a highly informative non-mainstream history book that will surely change your perspective on the Aquino administration.

 

Grab your own copy of Heneral Luna The Movie.

Please click on the link below for details.

The Heneral and Ysidra love story.  (The Philippine Star) | http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2015/10/17/1511519/heneral-and-ysidra-love-story

Inside Antonio’s Secret Love Affair with Ysidra Cojuangco by Filipiknow.  http://www.filipiknow.net/antonio-luna-affair-with-ysidra-cojuangco/

Library of the Most Controversial Files.  https://www.facebook.com/ControversialFiles/posts/356283854461645

Philippine Defense Forum. The Love Story of General Antonio Luna and Ysidra Cojuangco. http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=21844.0 Asia’s Finest Discussion

Asia’s Finest Discussion FOrum. KKK Treasures Source of Wealth of the Cojuangco Family.  http://www.asiafinest.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2

Untold Story. Scandals during the Corazon Aquino Administration. http://www.thedailytrends.net/2013/09/untold-story-scandals-during-corazon.html

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403 COMMENTS

  1. Marnie | 21st Mar 16

    My grandma used to tell this story and we never paid attention to verify

  2. aaa | 22nd Mar 16

    I’m from paniqui. It’s a buried rumor now. Nobody talks about that incident anymore. But my dad used to tell us stories about that incident way before the internet era. There are other related stories too, though it might not interest you.

  3. Nancy Cho | 23rd Mar 16

    Ysidra has an adopted daughter named Illuminada from China. Illuminada is my mom’s mom.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Hi Nancy. That is really interesting.

      • | 24th Mar 16

        Maybe Nancy Cho’s mother can give some shed of light..

    • Jade | 23rd Mar 16

      So you must be a Cojuangco? 😮 Can you tell us stories of what you know hihi if you’re fine with that

    • Lily | 24th Mar 16

      Uh uh,,,,how crooked is the phil.history…tsk

  4. Gina Maristela | 23rd Mar 16

    I am a professor…and knew all of these…..praying that may the people open up their eyes to the truth for these will set us all free Filipinos from the false history written in all our history books

    • francis | 24th Mar 16

      so true…out history books needs to be reviewed and corrected for all time sake… the later cojuancos really made a whole mess in our history.

      • blank | 29th Mar 16

        Indeed… They are judging the Marcoses…. But they worst more than ever… Greed!…

    • Aries Series | 24th Mar 16

      Right on spot. Ninoy is a collateral damage as the Cojuangcos are the real traitors. Cory even wanted to divorce Ninoy in the states but he did not sign the papers as he realized that they can still use each other and are excellent evil bedfellows. Peping actually masterminded the assassination of Ninoy so Cory can be installed as President with revolutionary government powers worst than martial law. Ever wonder why they (Cory & P-noy) never cared to re-open the investigation or re-investigation of the so-called murder of the century? It will open the floodgates of more sinister plots that the Cojuangcos did and are planning to do. Beware, their claws and venoms are still deeply imbedded in our systems – politically, economically, religiously and Kamag-anak-aly. Only real revolution can undo all these things…

      • | 24th Mar 16

        “Cory even wanted to divorce Ninoy” ha ha ha, ikinasal sa Pilipinas, mag-di-divorce sa US?

        • | 25th Mar 16

          Yes dahil walng divorce sa PILIPINAS…mag research ka muna bago mag comment..

          • | 26th Mar 16

            i read a few years back – can’t recall the source – but in 1946 thereabouts, there was divorce in the Philippines – for a very brief period of 6 months.

          • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

            That is interesting.

          • Anon | 27th Mar 16

            Maybe ms. Kris Aquino can explain this..

          • Pinay Thinks | 27th Mar 16

            hahaha

        • Edison | 25th Mar 16

          As a Filipino immigrant in the U.S., yes you can file a divorce in this country even when you’re married elsewhere. Maraming Pinoy gumawa niyan to marry someone else.

          • | 25th Mar 16

            You can divorce somebody in the US even if you were married in the Philippines however it won’t be recognized in the Philippines

        • | 25th Mar 16

          yes..it is possible

          • palmaroseliorpalma | 25th Mar 16

            I know for sure one Filipino TNT in the USA a neighbor and long time closed confident have legal wife and 12 Children in Philippines abandoned his family and married a Legal professional Pinay immigrant to make convert his TNT statue to husband of a legal immigrant. many of these PINOY does here ikn the USA pwe.

        • Emmalinda F. Merrifield | 25th Mar 16

          Why not!Divorce is allowed in the US,but not in the Phils.So,if one intends to stay permanently & become a US cirizen,divorce your “bitterhalf”.A lot of bitter Fils. Do that to get rid of a better half who brought a lot of traumas in a relationship . Besides,the USA gives a lot of good benefits /services,unlike the Phils.If u worked & paid taxes to the Am.system,they protect & give back.That’s the whole gist!CONTRIBUTE to the system & the system gives back!

        • Allan | 27th Mar 16

          Yes, nangyayari yun. Kasal sa pinas divorce sa US.

      • Stephen p. Quimba | 24th Mar 16

        You hav a lot of things to revear aries

      • Mike Lim (@mikelim7000) | 24th Mar 16

        this might be true..my friend’s grandfather used to work for Marcos as a foreman, when Marcos heard the news that Ninoy, his classmate was assasinated, he cried. Masyadong obvious na sya pagbibintangan na nagpapatay kay Ninoy, kung pinabangga nya sa sasakyan pwede pa..eh binaril. Hindi naman bobo si Marcos.

        • | 25th Mar 16

          That is partly true, Marcos did not want Ninoy to come back bec.he knew the plot of assassination.

      • Sofia Sangi | 24th Mar 16

        OMG I hate this Cojuangco’s…😈😈😈😈

    • Stephen p. Quimba | 24th Mar 16

      Prof. Gina can you write a book particular on this story of the conjuanco’s?

    • | 26th Mar 16

      I second that…

  5. | 23rd Mar 16

    Puñeta! Haha

  6. prejprestosa | 23rd Mar 16

    Reblogged this on The Eternity Project and commented:
    One of my professors told bits of the stories here. Yea they basically control a lot of wealth in the PH.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Thanks prej. I’ll visit your blog later.

    • Aries Series | 24th Mar 16

      Right on spot. Ninoy is a collateral damage as the Cojuangcos are the real traitors. Cory even wanted to divorce Ninoy in the states but he did not sign the papers as he realized that they can still use each other and are excellent evil bedfellows. Peping actually masterminded the assassination of Ninoy so Cory can be installed as President with revolutionary government powers worst than martial law. Ever wonder why they (Cory & P-noy) never cared to re-open the investigation or re-investigation of the so-called murder of the century? It will open the floodgates of more sinister plots that the Cojuangcos did and are planning to do. Beware, their claws and venoms are still deeply imbedded in our systems – politically, economically, religiously and Kamag-anak-aly. Only real revolution can undo all these things…

    • Zen | 26th Mar 16

      I heard this similar story from one of our doctors .

  7. | 23rd Mar 16

    I was

  8. | 23rd Mar 16

    Thank for this information. I used to teach History and I came up with bits of info from Ocampo’s History. How I am enlightened. I believe that truth is greater than fiction. God bless.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Godbless you too. At this point I am still hungry for more info to corroborate or refute this interesting piece of history.

      • Stephen p. Quimba | 24th Mar 16

        Thats why our politics is deeply rooted on this people, today they are behind the scenes, politicians are puppets…except duterte, I hope so…

    • Aries Series | 24th Mar 16

      Right on spot. Ninoy is a collateral damage as the Cojuangcos are the real traitors. Cory even wanted to divorce Ninoy in the states but he did not sign the papers as he realized that they can still use each other and are excellent evil bedfellows. Peping actually masterminded the assassination of Ninoy so Cory can be installed as President with revolutionary government powers worst than martial law. Ever wonder why they (Cory & P-noy) never cared to re-open the investigation or re-investigation of the so-called murder of the century? It will open the floodgates of more sinister plots that the Cojuangcos did and are planning to do. Beware, their claws and venoms are still deeply imbedded in our systems – politically, economically, religiously and Kamag-anak-aly. Only real revolution can undo all these things…

      • Douglas Rosete | 24th Mar 16

        I CONCUR

    • Douglas Rosete | 24th Mar 16

      FROM OTHER SOURCES ,THE TREASURES WERE ENTRUSTED BY GENERAL LUNA TO AN OFFICER WHO IS A COJUANGCO AND RAN AWAY WITH IT. YSIDRA’s PARTICIPATION WAS A KATHANG ISIP . AN SCAPEGOAT TO JUSTIFY THE MISSING TREASURES INTENdED FOR THE REVOLUTION.

      • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

        That’s interesting because there are only few Cojuangcos by that time Isidra’s father and her siblings. Who could it be?

      • | 25th Mar 16

        And if he is an officer, that means he is a man. She has only one brother, I assume, during that time. And he also died, leaving the treasure to Ysidra. Still he same story

  9. Jade | 23rd Mar 16

    This is really interesting. Haha. Funny how Philippine politics is actually controlled by this family that “we” praise. I wonder if this counts as a dynasty.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Hi Jade, I find it interesting as well.That’s why I blog this.

  10. Cynthia | 23rd Mar 16

    I learned about the Luna-Ysidra story through a copy of a mimeographed booklet released in the early 90s about the source of wealth of the family and how it grew to include PLDT. It was material made available as an exposé during the time that PLDT ownership was controversial. I no longer recall how I got it, must’ve been while I was in college.

    Unfortunately, I decided to recently dispose the booklet after keeping it for almost 20yrs. 🙁

    While watching the movie, I was waiting to see how they would incorporate that connection in the film.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Hi Cynthia, Its so unfortunate that you disposed of the booklet it would have been a good resource. Thanks for dropping by.

  11. Alex | 23rd Mar 16

    This is bad. We had a history of wealth corrupted since those days. Now they are in control and should be responsible for the economic debacle we are in now… Death to these traitors, to hell with u.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Hi Alex, I think it should be to hell with them? 🙂

      • | 24th Mar 16

        Yeah hell with them:)

        • mel | 26th Mar 16

          P’..tang ina nila! nalang…. up to this day, Cojangcos’ and their minions still “rock and roll” practically in Phl politics in order to protect their own business and interest. Sino ngayon ang tunay na traydor sa bayan? It’s about time to change the strata and equition of Phl politics. Duterte should be the man to provide the initial salvo for the much needed change of our beloved country.

          • cheryll elke | 26th Mar 16

            i do not like your pagmumura but i indeed agree with you about choosing duterte to lead the country. from this information which i am very happy to have read (i remember i read thesame story before but it did not sink in that is why i appreciate very much the style of the author in her awakening title) the political parties of poe, binay and roxas are owned by the cojuancos. virtually the philippines had been run by the cojuancos. i hope duterte can not be accessed by these people and i hope he knows this.

          • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

            I think that he knows it. Because there are numerous instances in his speeches where he mentions something like the cojuangcos controlling the elections.

          • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

            I agree with the initial salvo.

    • mybers3 | 24th Mar 16

      Its really the time that we choose a different president from a different clan or beginnings. Let no other dynasty political clans should run again coz statistically they all came from a stereotype culture of corrupt, corrupt victims and corrupt revengers…it has no stop. We need new bread of political minds.. Gen. Luna was an exception though…

    • Aries Series | 24th Mar 16

      Right on spot. Ninoy is a collateral damage as the Cojuangcos are the real traitors. Cory even wanted to divorce Ninoy in the states but he did not sign the papers as he realized that they can still use each other and are excellent evil bedfellows. Peping actually masterminded the assassination of Ninoy so Cory can be installed as President with revolutionary government powers worst than martial law. Ever wonder why they (Cory & P-noy) never cared to re-open the investigation or re-investigation of the so-called murder of the century? It will open the floodgates of more sinister plots that the Cojuangcos did and are planning to do. Beware, their claws and venoms are still deeply imbedded in our systems – politically, economically, religiously and Kamag-anak-aly. Only real revolution can undo all these things…

      • | 24th Mar 16

        This comment/observation is one to the closest information in connection to the Senador NiNoy brutal murder….I believed we are getting/smelling some smoke close-by….mvnoy@comcast.net-mfp/chi-usa

        • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

          I remember the time Ninoy was brutally shot. Cory as I’d seen her on tv showed an emotionless widow to a “hero”. That remained in my memory until now. Isa lang syang malaking palaisipan sa akin. Kahit naman hindi na maganda ang pagsasama nila o baka hate lang talaga niya ang dati nyang asawa. Basta yun lang ang aking nakita.

          • | 24th Mar 16

            Sa truth was that I am the fellow that was left behind in Taipeh, Taiwan after our ten (10) days of visiting some friends in SouthEast Asia. We left LA, USA then proceeded to Tyo, hkg. Sin, Johore-Baru, back to Sin, hkg to Taiwan. Meet Ms. Cory & Family at Narita, tyo handed over to her Sen. NiNoy five (5) letters, she insisted I give her some account of our trip before his murder at MIA airport. My instinct somehow told me not to!!!….the rest is History and I still hold it in a very safe hands with my Family! In due time, it will be unleased/told, yours truly…mvnoy@comcast.net

          • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

            Oh! That is something really very interesting. In due time. Well, I hope that we will come to that.

          • Douglas Rosete | 24th Mar 16

            NO WONDER THERE WAS NO FAMILY MEMBER THAT ACCOMPANIED POOR NINOY . BAKA MADAMAY. GAME OVER. COJUANGCOS TAKE OVER!

      • Row_niteranger | 24th Mar 16

        Stop trolling your comment. You’re beginning to sound like an idiot.

  12. henry tan | 23rd Mar 16

    can we not verify and gather all the facts, publish it and let the Filipinos knows the truth? it is unfortunate that only few knew about it and they don’t have the courage to say it all… May God give them the courage to change to tell the truth….

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      I wish there is a way to verify these. Maybe its time for the historians to do their part.

      • HeWhoWantsToBeFree | 11th Apr 16

        Let’s just hope that these ‘historians’ are not part of conjuangco minions. If ever they try to verify these stories. Or worst, cojuanco’s will try to obliterate them to keep their secrets.

        • Mari | 25th Apr 16

          Gone were the days they control the media.

  13. | 23rd Mar 16

    Is there any account from any member of the Cojuangco Clan (or
    Dynasty) either disputing or confirming any of the revelations that so
    far have been unearthed about the humongous Cojuangco fortune?
    Silence in such a case is truly “golden” as a plausible explanation of
    all that wealth…

  14. Knik Madeira | 23rd Mar 16

    When I had my History 1(Philippine History) our professor have told us about this story. 8 years have passed I still share it with my workmates everytime we got the chance to talk about the Philippine government. This article is simply an eye opener for all of us. Thanks for adding up more details. 👍👍👍

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Hi Knik, I heard about this from the historical grapevine too as well as from reading non-mainsteam history books. Thank you too.

  15. | 23rd Mar 16

    oh my..sounds true!!!! traitor ancestors and traitor offsprings???? may God bless Philippines and its people who suffered a lot eversince

  16. shellyespinelli | 23rd Mar 16

    Same story that my grandma used to tell us… they knew coz they were also from Cabanatuan. I’d have to ask her again when i visit her!

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Hi Shelly, tell me more when you see your grandma. Thanks.

  17. Anonymous@anonymous.com | 23rd Mar 16

    PLDT is now owned by Manny V. Pangilinan and his First Pacific company. He bought it from the Cojuangcos.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Yeah I heard he resigned as director in 2007 as director not sure if he still holds some shares.

  18. Penny | 23rd Mar 16

    A very eye opener. Thank you for sharing! I also shared this on my FB wall so my friends and family will know this too.

  19. | 23rd Mar 16

    subjective NOT objective.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      “All history becomes subjective; in other words there is properly no history, only biography.”
      Ralph Waldo Emerson

      • Katy Perez | 25th Mar 16

        Ma’am you reply very well and professionally. More power to you!

    • Josh | 24th Mar 16

      Exactly. Its leading to something. Wrong info about returning back to Lopezes of ABS CBN and Meralco. Marcos took them without any reasons.
      PUNYETA.

      • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

        Read Cecilo Arillo’s Greed and Betrayal

      • Douglas Rosete | 24th Mar 16

        CORRECTION; ABS CBN WAS AT THE VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY AND MARCOS SAVED IT . HE OWES IT TO THE LOPEZES WHO HELPED HIM IN THE ELECTIONS WITH LOPEZ AS HIS VICE PRESIDENT.

  20. Rye | 23rd Mar 16

    I know someone who’s a Cojuangco. I just met him recently and his family owns a farm in Tarlac. I’ll see if I could learn a little more about him. He seems nice enough to share.

  21. iamMIAmia | 23rd Mar 16

    I haven’t really got the chance to study this before (or maybe I wasn’t really paying attention). With a lot that has been happening in the Phil., these kind of infos should be shared all throughout for every one to know. Thank you for taking time to share this with us. Whatever was taken from the people must be given back to the people.

  22. | 23rd Mar 16

    Interesting… I may not know the veracity of your story but truly interesting.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      It is indeed. I have read a lot about this from books and newspapers. I thought it was a common knowledge until I couldn’t sleep thinking about Ysabel in Heneral Luna and the Ysidra I know and read about.

  23. | 23rd Mar 16

    These are political strategies to destroy the Conjuancos’

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      I have read a lot about this from books and newspapers. I thought it was a common knowledge as this has been circulating for as long as I can remember. Then came the movie Heneral Luna which tickled my historical curiosity. If this is a strategy to destroy the Cojuangcos then maybe a lot of history writers and journalists are out to destroy them.

      • mimi | 26th Mar 16

        Maybe those history writers and journalists were paid by the anti-cojuangcos?

    • | 24th Mar 16

      then stay blind and sleep in the bones that you want to believe… maybe it’s better for you that way.

      • | 24th Mar 16

        I smell a butthurt Cojuangco supporter over here haha. Here is the truth already laid out, yet you still choose to accuse this article as a political strategy? These are proven facts. I hope you keep an open mind and be enlightened.

    • | 29th Apr 16

      Just because this can destroy them doesn’t mean it’s not true. Truth, in all forms, can make or break you.

  24. Carl | 23rd Mar 16

    My father used to work with Danding, actually he is my godfather. All I remember is that my godfather is loving and compassionate. He supported our family until my father’s last breath.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      All godfathers are. My father used to work for Danding too at San Miguel Corporation, he was just an engineer.

      • Maria Alicia | 25th Mar 16

        I was working with The Philippine Bank of Commerce and I remember how wonderful and compassionate Danding Cojuangco…Well loved by everyone!
        And you gave me a good insight of your article Pinay Thinks….Heard so much about it because the Cojuangcos and Aquinos were friends of my Ancestors..

  25. DaNY | 23rd Mar 16

    This is interesting. I actually saw a video on YouTube similar to this. It was a few years ago. It would be nice if there’s more info about this.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Hi Dany, I also wish that we can learn more about this. The unwritten history is always interesting.

  26. Ana Maria Felisa Chanchico | 23rd Mar 16

    I heard about this love story from A. Luna’s descendants who were our neighbors in Obrero, Tondo — the Novicio Family. I remember the story goes as: Ysidra is a “babae” of A. Luna and that she was given “bayong-bayong” of treasures before A. Luna died. And this is likely, as speculated by those who heard the story, is the source of the wealth of the Cojuangcos.

    • Pinay Thinks | 23rd Mar 16

      Wow, then it must be true that they are sweethearts. The treasure part is still subject to verification though. Some said Ysidra was a very hardworking woman, the very reason why they accummulated so much wealth.

  27. Digna Malong Cielo | 23rd Mar 16

    Very interesting, & a must read by every Filipino at heart. Am still waiting for a Cojuangco to dispute all or any of these. Redistribution of wealth, please!

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Pede rin i subject sa PCGG tulad ng kay Marcos 😛

    • oscardac | 25th Mar 16

      Marcos was already very rich before he entered into politics, as per post by Mr. Albert Siaotong, in Get Real Phils. com (GRP) site. Marcos’ wealth came from the gold bullions that was given to him by the descendants of the Sultan of Sulu which was represented by Prince Julian Mcleod Tallano, in 1963, in exchange for him to reclaim Sabah as part of the Phil. archipelago. This wealth was augmented by the Yamashita treasures.

      • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

        I have read about the role of Tallano in Marcos’ wealth. As for now, my knowledge is still very little to make a well-informed comment. I need to read more.

  28. | 23rd Mar 16

    wouldn’t it be interesting to hear from Kris Aquino? She claims to be a very curious person, always reading, always asking questions. May be she has also come across this story? What has she got to say?

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Maybe she has time now, I heard she just quit television. I dont watch abs-cbn/tfc though.

      • Josh | 24th Mar 16

        Now, you dont watch abs or tfc? Why?
        I get it. Thats why there is a misleading info you wrote about returning sequestered companies of lopezes. Tsik tsik tsik

        • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

          I choose the channels I watch based on substance. Unfortunately, I don’t see that in ABS-CBN. My information regarding sequestered companies, I read from Cecilio Arillo. I forgot to write the source though.

        • | 24th Mar 16

          You are so naive and your mind is so clouded you give out senseless comments,rather why not just shut up if you cant handle the truth

      • artee | 26th Mar 16

        She quits alright but i heard it years, maybe a year or two ago, that was the plan when Pnoy ends his term, theyll be going away/abroad to escape because they fear their bro will be sent to jail just like gma and erap because of the PDAP issues. well maybe it will become part of the continuing conjuangco drama.

        • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

          Putting their brother in government I think was the worst decision they ever made. People now are really very restless.

  29. | 23rd Mar 16

    “But Antonio Cojuangco shared his tomb with another – the remains of his Chinese amah or yaya. But is it really the yaya or could it be somebody else?”

    Amah in Chinese (fookien) means grandmother (father’s side)

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Thanks for the correction. Ill do the same on the post. It should read, the “amah or the yaya”. Thats what the source must have meant.

      • | 24th Mar 16

        Im not very familiar with the story. But this is interesting. Didnt really want to comment but since i saw the previous comment (not that its impt to the history)… yes ‘ amah in chinese is grandma, and yaya could mean the grandfather, coz in chinese grandpa is called ye-ye. I dont think its the yaya (maid) they were referring to. In chinese culture, it is typical for husband and wife to be burried in the same area, and will be shared with their son and the wife as well and so on. The daughters will join the husband’s side except if they died single. Since way way back, It is common for a whole ancestor to be burried together or near each other.

        • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

          I see. Thank you for your info. I learn more today.

          • myenglishblogger | 26th Mar 16

            It could actually be grandmother because yaya in Spanish is grandmother. It’s the endearing form of abuela.

          • mimi | 26th Mar 16

            Cojuangcos are chinese not spanish.

          • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

            Thank you. I’ll correct it.

  30. Daisy | 23rd Mar 16

    Hi! I’m only 15 years old 🙂 and I remember when my father told me to watched Heneral Luna, at first I’m not interested in the film but I still watched it. It’s a great film and while I’m watching the movie I was intrigued in the character that Mylene Dizon portrayed and while reading this, it opened my eyes to the truth. Thanks for sharing this to us. 🙂

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Thanks as well Daisy. Since you are young you have more opportunities to read and learn more.

  31. ahnhikha | 24th Mar 16

    Very interesting. Can someone translate this into a comic book that can be understood by laypeople?

  32. Jewel Clicks | 24th Mar 16

    OMG! Interesting story to read, thanks for sharing this. I love Philippine history, but I guess I need to read more articles like this one.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Thanks Jewel. The sources/links below gives us more detailed accounts as well.

  33. | 24th Mar 16

    Good read

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Thank you. Have you read the sources as well? They’re more detailed and interesting as well.

  34. michael | 24th Mar 16

    i will build a time machine and go back in time to verify and will get some paper documents to support this story.

  35. | 24th Mar 16

    WOW! What a research! WOW!

  36. | 24th Mar 16

    Indeed, every Filipino should know this. A heritage and a treasure not only of material wealth but more of identity, and appropriation of rights. Should this be true, my heart bleeds for the unpaid soldiers whose respective families may still be suffering until now.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      If these were true then, we filipinos have been robbed and betrayed since day 1.

  37. mybers3 | 24th Mar 16

    This is a good resource blog….and someday your site will get big and more commenters and followers…. How I wish I can sponsor your blog site….

  38. Violeta Gonzales | 24th Mar 16

    amazing historical facts! Very convincing. I wish there should be more….

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Yes. I think historians should write more. I am merely summarizing and interpreting what I’ve read and writing it in the simplest way possible.

  39. | 24th Mar 16

    They are all corrupt..or should I say greedy?..

  40. | 24th Mar 16

    We have not much of a choice. Buhayin si Karl Marx or military junta na lang, joke. Tigilan nyo na pag-aaway nyo sa fb regarding this coming elections. Very interesting! Choosing the lesser evil , whoever wins the Cojuangcos/Aquinos will still be in power. #PilipinasDebates2016

    The Cojuangcos:

    Peping Cojuangco, who owns political party UNA, supporting Binay and Honasan

    Noynoy Aquino, Liberal Party , supporting Mar and Leni.

    Danding Cojuangco, who owns NPC , He now owns Liberty Company that monopolizes the internet frequency of the country of which Grace Poe’s husband is working for. Supporting Grace Poe and Chiz.

    Duterte , running under PDP-Laban party , President of the party is Aquilino Pimentel which is a close ally of the Aquinos.

    Miriam , only one who built her own party. But she lags behind in surveys.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Oo nga no kung totoo man. Parang pinaglalaruan lang tayo?

      • | 25th Mar 16

        looks it’s only Mam Miriam close to reality of Philippine Politics. It is very nice piece of Phils. history to discern. I hope someday we can redefine the definition of Philippine politics for the sake of the next Filipino generations to come. I hope we can have the conclusion during our lifetime. God Bless.

      • dennisehart | 25th Mar 16

        From the looks of it, alam na ang dapat iboto!

      • Grace | 27th Mar 16

        True na parang pinaglalaruan lng tau. “All the world’s a stage”…sabi ng poem nun elem pa ako. We are under a series of conspiracy indeed! Hay naku! But thanks for your post Maam. I took time to read it habang walang pasyente dito sa ICU hehehe

    • | 24th Mar 16

      True. But at least Duterte is not accepting any money from corrupted businessmen and politicians.

    • nesz | 24th Mar 16

      Bullseye mu talaga ang point! And this historical info is valuable. Must read for all. Permission to repost your comment about the election.

  41. Anonymous | 24th Mar 16

    Whoa. WTF. Thank you for this. Would you be able to translate this in tagalog and visayan and even provide a family tree illustration of some sort for all filipinos, intellectual or not, to understand the gravity of this please? I am grateful that i am educated enough to understand english and your wide vocabulary. But the majority may not and the majority needs it the most.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      I will try to have this translated to both Tagalog and Visayan.

  42. | 24th Mar 16

    This really is THE HISTORY. Very interesting. Actually, I have a very little knowledge about Heneral Antonio Luna and Ysidra’s love story, but not as detailed as these. They, from the start have illegal wealth. Maybe these are the reasons why they are trying to compete with the Marcoses who are also powerful and wealthy? (from the myth as well). I keep on doing my own research about the two families, and these really help. Thanks 🙂

    • Aries Series | 24th Mar 16

      Right on spot. Ninoy is a collateral damage as the Cojuangcos are the real traitors. Cory even wanted to divorce Ninoy in the states but he did not sign the papers as he realized that they can still use each other and are excellent evil bedfellows. Peping actually masterminded the assassination of Ninoy so Cory can be installed as President with revolutionary government powers worst than martial law. Ever wonder why they (Cory & P-noy) never cared to re-open the investigation or re-investigation of the so-called murder of the century? It will open the floodgates of more sinister plots that the Cojuangcos did and are planning to do. Beware, their claws and venoms are still deeply imbedded in our systems – politically, economically, religiously and Kamag-anak-aly. Only real revolution can undo all these things…

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Yes, I heard about the Marcos wealth as well. Tell me more when you’ve come up with your research.

  43. glnlyan | 24th Mar 16

    I’ve seen similar story in youtube 4 years back. After reading this, was curious if the vid still available. Here it is http://youtu.be/gevTmyWtHVo

  44. | 24th Mar 16

    Why not do a DNA test with Antonio Luna surviving relatives and Antonio Cojuangco grandson?

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      OO nga naman. Mas maganda para matapos na ang haka haka.

  45. voyager-3 | 24th Mar 16

    Very interesting! Thanks for piecing this together.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Thank you too. And to my overactive mind. 🙂

  46. | 24th Mar 16

    “We dropped by the Archbishop of Tarlac Florentino F. Cinense who requested the Parish Priest of Paniqui Pedro Capitly to open to us old Baptismal Registries that dated back to 1869. Our worst fears were confirmed, the Books No. 13 and 14 covering the period from 1874 to 1902 were missing. We were hoping to find the baptismal record of Ysidra’s natural son allegedly with a Chinese mestizo, or a record of its death and burial; and/or the baptismal record of Antonio Cojuangco, which would at least state the age of the baby (in days) at the time of baptism. Alas, as in the Barasoain Church records, as in the Ateneo Annual of 1918, as on his tombstone in Manila Memorial, as now in the Paniqui church records, evidence of Antonio Cojuangco’s birth is missing. Incredible!”

    from: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=21844.0

    Bishop Cinense is still in Tarlac while I’m not sure if Fr. Capitly is still active, he’s already near retirement the last time I met him. Also, other priests assigned in Paniqui can attest that there are really missing books or pages indeed.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      What could be the reason why the books/pages are missing. Its too much of a coincidence.

  47. Hazel Mae | 24th Mar 16

    Riveting research. Thanks a lot.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Thank you for reading as well. I didn’t know that this innocent rambling of my overactive and inquisitive mind can attract so many readers.

  48. Kenneth Sunday | 24th Mar 16

    Please fix your caption in the image . There is no “BADAC” in Ilocos Norte. It’s Badoc rather.

    Thanks!

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      I did. Thank you. I actually visited that place years ago. That’s why the picture.

  49. Mark Tejada | 24th Mar 16

    thank you for this 🙂

  50. | 24th Mar 16

    So you mean, Ninoy Aquino is a collateral damage to add more cover up blanket and to level up the historical labyrinth of the already corrupted Philippine history? Just my one cent. 😉

    • Aries Series | 24th Mar 16

      Right on spot. Ninoy is a collateral damage as the Cojuangcos are the real traitors. Cory even wanted to divorce Ninoy in the states but he did not sign the papers as he realized that they can still use each other and are excellent evil bedfellows. Peping actually masterminded the assassination of Ninoy so Cory can be installed as President with revolutionary government powers worst than martial law. Ever wonder why they (Cory & P-noy) never cared to re-open the investigation or re-investigation of the so-called murder of the century? It will open the floodgates of more sinister plots that the Cojuangcos did and are planning to do. Beware, their claws and venoms are still deeply imbedded in our systems – politically, economically, religiously and Kamag-anak-aly. Only real revolution can undo all these things…

      • | 24th Mar 16

        I think there is some sense in this observations, but I must tell everyone interested to know the real score–we must look for the player or players that have some knowledge of exactly….why Senator NiNoy decided to go home? Was he not in communication with Dona Aurora, Card. Sin, Sen. Salonga and perhaps some close friends to the Senator….but, I think we must encourage the next Political Leadership to re-open the case of the assassination/murder in order to get the REAL CULPRITS of the “Plot-Operation E.T. (as to Exterminate Totally)” mvnoy@comcast.net

      • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

        Your mere mentioning of Peping Cojuangco flabbergasted me. I never thought about him because Danding was always depicted as the evil one. That is really an interesting twist.

      • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

        “It will open the floodgates of more sinister plots…” – Somebody just said the same thing as you did here. 🙂

  51. Mark Tejada | 24th Mar 16

    naisip ko lang, hindi kaya sa galit ni ysidra sa pag patay kay antonio luna ng kapwa nya pilipino, eh ginawa nya itong revenge para sa ating mga pilipino? grabe kase foundation ng family nila, buong buong yung tatsulok sa kanta ni bamboo, kita mo talaga kung sino nasa tuktok ngayon.

  52. | 24th Mar 16

    Ang tawag diyan ay ‘Money Laundering’… hehehe

  53. bong | 24th Mar 16

    pls watch on youtube “aquino-cojuangco facts they dont want you to know” the story is very similar to this blog

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Yes I did. Then maybe there must be something true about this piece of history.

  54. | 24th Mar 16

    I haven’t seen the movie. I’d be happy to watch it, if anybody could give me link/s to where I might find it online. Thank you for this post. I saw a video similar to this about the Yellow movement, which also showcased the wealth of the Cojuangco’s.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Try rainiertamayo or pinoytopmovies. but if you are in the philippines they must have some videos for rent in the shop.

    • | 26th Mar 16

      I have a copy.

  55. | 24th Mar 16

    ..This is just so good information, something to fill the gaps of what I thought was just a hearsay. I’m always interested at this, now I know. Thanks.

  56. Emil | 24th Mar 16

    God bless you for this info.

  57. Anonymous | 24th Mar 16

    This is true. None of the Cojuanco’s will admit it but it is a known fact among the alta sociedad.

  58. Angel | 24th Mar 16

    Here’s a great video which I’ve watched before that first made me aware of these facts. Watch it everyone! It’s about time we learn of this. http://youtu.be/G2JhAf1WWT8

  59. | 24th Mar 16

    ..I’m not fond of reading but This is just so good information. Something to fill in the gaps of what I thought was just hearsay, I always knew the Conjuanco’s control the government and the influence they have of everything that is happening around the entire archipelago. So this is how it started. Thanks for this.

  60. YURAP☆ (@_yu_r_a) | 24th Mar 16

    I’ve been interested with Philippines history lately(Especially stories involving both Marcoses and Cojuangcos) and reading this brightens my day. I’ve learned something new today. Yay.

    Thank you for this lovely article.

  61. | 24th Mar 16

    i heard few and not sure if it reaL true amd im glad the dots of all sides connected to where we are now.thank you for the story .and help people to know the real story of wealth entrusted gone to thier own pocket now claiming to be theirs ,i wonder how cold they are in all cases filed regarding ninoy death ,is this the reason why they hated the other candidate ?
    God knows and God bless

  62. maria editha luna calero | 24th Mar 16

    My mom Caridad Luna has told us that her father Juanquin Luna a brother of Antonio and Juan and Manuel aka jose was a Governor General of Ilocos. He refused to get the money of Antonio Luna because hw said it was not tonying’s money but the salary of the ilocos soldiers. He is called Tonying by his family.
    They are five in the family. The eldest is Lola Carmen aka Nena the only girl then Manuel the doctot Juaquin Governor General of Ilocos Juan a General Antonio .a Painter.
    I am so happy that i came from a prestigious family.
    I just wish that they also mention my mom’s dad Juaquin Luna in the story.

    • maria editha luna calero | 24th Mar 16

      My mom Caridad Luna has told us that her father Juanquin Luna a brother of Antonio and Juan and Manuel aka jose was a Governor General of Ilocos. He refused to get the money of Antonio Luna because hw said it was not tonying’s money but the salary of the ilocos soldiers. He is called Tonying by his family.
      They are five in the family. The eldest is Lola Carmen aka Nena the only girl then Manuel the doctot Juaquin Governor General of Ilocos Juan a General Antonio .a Painter.
      I am so happy that i came from a prestigious family.
      I just wish that they also mention my mom’s dad Juaquin Luna in the story.
      Btw my mom Caridad Luna submitted documents of the Luna’s to the former president Ferdinand Marcos.
      They have it in their museum. I hope I could get a glimps of it.

      • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

        Yes it is true that there is very little mention about your grandfather Juaquin in history books. We can always rewrite history to include those who have been relegated very little role in history when they should have. I also admire your grandfather Juaquin Luna for his integrity. I am curious about the documents your mother sent to President Marcos.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Dear Maria Editha. I am so honored that a Luna has read and made a comment on my blog. You must be very brilliant and an artist too just like your forefathers. I visited the Juan Luna Museum in Ilocos years ago. I took plenty of pictures there. I’d also seen the real spolarium at the National Musuem as well. I have so much respect for your family, their patriotism and their immense contribution to Philippine history. Godbless you and your family and thank you for reading my blog.

  63. | 24th Mar 16

    Youth nowadays need something like this to tickle their minds and bring back the patriotism in them.
    Thank you. It was a great read and a real eye opener. Piece of the puzzle in Philippine history

  64. shellwings | 24th Mar 16

    Very nice. Well written.

  65. | 24th Mar 16

    just want to clarify the term “amah” is chinese word meaning grandmother not yaya.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Thank you. I just learned now. Already corrected.

  66. Marivir | 24th Mar 16

    Nice read. I came to love micro-history when I’ve read Ambet Ocampo’s Looking Back. Kudos Madame!

  67. JV Macz | 24th Mar 16

    hey i have copied and posted this on facebook as a note. i gave links to your blog and stated that all of this information come from you. no infringement intended.

  68. Edzel Arriola Bentain | 24th Mar 16

    The Ilustrados then who manipulated and evidently controlled the Philippines’ leaderships even before the 1896 Revolution took place. The Cojuancos were one of them.
    The Cojuanco’s “wealth” came from Antonio Luna’s treasure and the “missing” date of birth of Antonio Cojuanco, at yung mag-nanay na Philippine Presidents ‘failure” to pursue Ninoy’s assination are questionable facts historians should thoroughly look into. iPerhaps we should focus our interests more on how to overhaul the entire Philippine history. Starting with Heneral Luna’s murder up to the EDSA People Power.
    Si Joshua may resemblance kay Heneral Luna, don’t you think so?

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Hi Edzel, It is the lineage of Tonyboy Cojuangco and not the Jose (Cory) side that has Luna’s genes. hehehe. But yes the Ninoy assasination remains a mystery still.

      • | 25th Mar 16

        Agree! Moreno sila, even Gretchen Baretto’s daughter is undeniably of Luna’s skin color. And in fairness sa bata, matalino rin.

  69. | 24th Mar 16

    wow this is an interesting story. this will make review my history and draw diagram to explain to my chidren

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      That is really nice of you to teach history to your children. Thats very rare for parents to do that.

  70. Anonymous | 24th Mar 16

    Just for clarification, are you saying that amah or yaya are one and the person? Because amah in chinese is grandmother.

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      It actually means the grandmother or the yaya in tagalog ang lola nya or kaya ang yaya nya. I think I will have to edit it. Thank you.

  71. Bel | 24th Mar 16

    Totoo nga ang kwento nila Inang, that’s why the Cojuangco matriarch had around 12,000 hectares of sugarcane land at Hacienda Luisita is because of her relationship with then Secretary of War, Antonio Luna. The time before he died, he left lumpsum of goldbars and money to Ysidra.. Yaman rin yan ng Pinas. He even ate breakfast in Inang’s hometown (Licab) before he was killed in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. (Trivia!!)

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      Wow Bel! Ang saya siguro makipagkwentuhan sa inang mo.

    • | 24th Mar 16

      Hacienda Luisita is not actually part of the lands amassed by Ysidra. It was originally owned by pure-Spanish related to the Ayala’s who run the so-called “Tabacalera” during those days until the 1950s, annoyed by the presence of the “Huks” in Central Luzon led the owners to sell the property which was offered to Jose Cojuangco thru Ninoy (his son-in-law), a protege of then Pres. Magsaysay. It was actually acquired thru a GSIS-guaranteed loan from a New York bank (the Spanish owners wants to be paid in USD) but the “real deal” is similar to a BOT-scheme – lent only to the Cojuangcos to be returned to the farmers after 10 years or so…

      • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

        I agree Hacienda Luisita is bought by Jose Cojuangco (brother of the alleged son of Heneral Luna, Antonio Cojuangco). This is through the help of President Magsaysay kasi Ninong sya ni Ninoy eh.

  72. totoybibo | 24th Mar 16

    do you think that Ramon Cojuangco knew that his grandfather is Antonio Luna?

    • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

      That I dont know esp that not much is written about him.

      • totoybibo | 24th Mar 16

        because based on lineage your information makes sense. Antonio Luna is the alleged father of Antonio Cojuangco who is the father of Ramon Cojuangco who is the father of Antonio “tonyboy” Cojuangco? 🙂

        • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

          He may have a knowledge since this is a family secret. But honestly i have looked over the role of Ramob because I keep on thinking about how lucky Tonyboy is, and Gretchen, if these stories are true.

  73. Kristian | 24th Mar 16

    It’s my first time to read a blog from you & I must say that this piqued my interest. This may very well be just a figment of imagination of an overthinker, as you claim to be, but, nevertheless, is still intriguing and fascinating. I’d be following your blogs henceforth 🙂

  74. | 24th Mar 16

    An eye opening to everyone including myself who will now continue to read must be curious… Thank you for sharing such good information.

  75. mechanix | 24th Mar 16

    Nice story! This is an eye opener to everyone to know who are controlling our country know a days. These oligarchs still ruling our nation because of our dumb goverment.

  76. Nhessa | 24th Mar 16

    Eye opener. Not everything that is written in our history books are right. I can totally see the connection and how they manipulated our country using the power of wealth that they’ve gained from someone who is also a government official at that time.

  77. Brndy | 24th Mar 16

    Wow impressive! Very interesting! I’ve read all the comments here and learned a lot today.

  78. Tops | 24th Mar 16

    UNA, Liberal and NPC.. Wow!! Just WOW!! I had bits of information regarding Gen. Luna’s love affair with the said Cojuanco but not to this extent. Thanks for the enlightenment.

    • Ivy Bi | 24th Mar 16

      I salute you for blogging about a delicate topic such as this and for carefully piecing bits of the story.

      And reading your article juggled a memory; I have read something about Pnoy before he was elected president. It depicted him as a cruel person. In the story, he ordered his private army to kill the farmers who were demanding a piece of Hacienda Luisita. After all, Cory signed the CARP agreement. Hope you can dig on that, too.

      Btw, I agree with one reader. The “yaya” must have been really “ye-ye”, which is Chinese for paternal grandfather.

      • Pinay Thinks | 24th Mar 16

        Thanks Ivy. I already corrected the yeye/yaya part. As for “writing a delicate topic,” I did not really think about that. I thought all along that this is a common knowledge because I read this even in the daily press. I just realize that this innocent post attracted so many readers and comments more than I can handle. I wonder if I can get into trouble because of this.

  79. sheldonblanc | 24th Mar 16

    Very difficult to believe. Nearing not wanting to believe. And even if the past is already written, the ink is dry; there is no one reality. Our realities are the realities that we want to be in. Or we are programmed to be in. History is a mechanism of programming our reality….

  80. | 24th Mar 16

    That’s investigative journalism. Very interesting.

  81. Jasp | 24th Mar 16

    Haka-haka as they say it in layman’s term

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      If it is not corroborated with evidence and info it is.

  82. | 24th Mar 16

    The truth of such stories are buried very deeply into their graves, including the assassination of Ninoy – his wife and son did not able (or do not want) to know who really ordered the hit.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      Somebody here just just exposed who allegedly done it.

  83. Maria Juana Comedido | 24th Mar 16

    this is such a great read! thank you so much! i shared it on FB. this is going to be my daughter’s bedtime story when she turns 1 🙂

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      Thats going to be a very interesting bedtime story for a one year old. 😊 Thank you Maria.

  84. Curious Pharmacist | 24th Mar 16

    OMG. This really caughty attention. I will try to search more about this.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      Please do and if you come up with something do write and share with us.

  85. | 24th Mar 16

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  86. Joselito Asi | 24th Mar 16

    Wow! I am just beginning to love Philippine history. You just opened a Pandora’s box. Unwritten stories of the past are always worth-reading. Thank you for sharing.

  87. | 24th Mar 16

    This could have been a interesting reference to my Grade 10 students when I gave the critical movie review assignment on the movie- Heneral Luna.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      Your students are so lucky that you let them watch the movie.

  88. The Love Story of Heneral Antonio Luna and Ysidra Cojuangco: Why the Filipinos Should Know | jihaemen | 24th Mar 16

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  89. John cruz | 24th Mar 16

    it is more believable now that the assassination of Ninoy has a solid connection with the Cojuangcos, with the rapid growth of technology, many of the secret information they buried has at least a trail that anybody can bring out and connect in todays time. Please keep the information flowing until we can see the big part of the puzzle connected together.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      The comments coming in are really getting very interesting and I am learning as well.

  90. Keldric | 24th Mar 16

    *Benigno Aquino III now current president of the Republic of the Philippines, owns the Liberal Party supporting the candidacy of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo).

    Danding Cojuangco now owns shares of San Miguel Corporation using the coco levy fund. He also owns the National Peoples Coalition (NPC), who is also supporting the candidacy of Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. Danding supported his nephew, Benigno “Noynoy Aquino in the 2010 presidential election. He now owns Liberty Company that monopolizes the internet frequency of the country of which Grace Poe’s husband is working for.

    Of historical note is Teresita who married Ricardo Lopa (who owns the Pulse Asia Survey*), Jose or Peping (who owns the political party UNA supporting Jejomar Binay and Gregorio Honasan ).

    SO, all three “Presidentiables” are supported, one way or the other, by the Cojuanco clan.

    Cojuancos: Roxas, Poe, o Binay, pili lang kayo. Amin pa rin yan.

  91. John Lloyd | 24th Mar 16

    Sakto ito ahh, kakapanood ko lang ng History with Lourd De Vera sa youtube, may isa silang episode tungkol dito.

  92. | 25th Mar 16

    Duterte will get my vote…thank you Pinay Thinks…

  93. I missed an important piece of history in the Jacuzzi – Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

    […] have been an importance piece of information especially that I am interested in the role of the Cojaungco-Aquinos in Philippine […]

  94. | 25th Mar 16

    very interesting… read all the comments

  95. Raisen E. | 25th Mar 16

    The love story is just a conspiracy but can be connected as real.

    The first national treasures of the Philippines are in the possession of the Cojuangco’s and should be the real ill-gotten wealth, but still questionable if this are factual. They should control the government because if not, there plot will be exposed good or bad. That wealth belong to the Philippines, not Cojuangco’s and that’s what I believe.

  96. Joey Ayroso | 25th Mar 16

    Aside from your story there were another story that Antonio was murdered by the troops of Pres. Aguinaldo. Knowing that Gen. Antonio Luna was the treasurer of the Philippine revolution under Pres. Aguinaldo. It so happened that Gen. Luna having an affair to Ysidra Cojuangco during that time entrusted the revolutionary funds to her from Paniqui, Tarlac for save keeping. During the time there were already on going war with the American troops against Aguinaldo soldiers. In other words when Pres. Aguinaldo needs the funds in order to purchase arms to fight against the Americans. Pres. Aguinaldo urgently would like Gen. Luna to report at once in Manila and produce the money that was entrusted to him for safekeeping. It so happened Gen Luna refuse to report to Pres. Aguinaldo together with the money because the money was already given to Ysidra. Now, Pres. Aguinaldo got mad at him and was fed-up waiting for Gen. Luna to return back to Manila together with money. So Pres. Aguinaldo sent troops with an officer from Nueva Ecija to arrest Gen. Luna who neglect him report from him at all cause. Knowing that Gen. Luna was in Nueva Ecija the troops of Pres. Aguinaldo trying to arrest Gen. Luna to bring back to Manila but Gen., Luna refuse to come and the altercation ensued. The officer of Pres. Aguinaldo and his troops hack with bayonets and bullets from the body of Gen. Luna and Gen. Luna died instantly. The money of the government was used by Ysidra Cojuangco for her business and bought a lot of lands in Tarlac and that was Hacienda Luisita with four hectares of land that would be used for sugar industries. That’s why the decision of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Corona wants the land of almost four hectares suppose to return from the farmers. Because it was a long time they already benefited from the funds of the government and by nature to return back specially from the farmers. That was the truly what really happen about Gen. Luna and Ysidra Cojuangco…Memorable untold story.

    • Joey Ayroso | 25th Mar 16

      Moreover, correction pls. four hectares of land…..

    • Joey Ayroso | 25th Mar 16

      Moreover, correction pls. four thousand hectares of land…..

  97. | 25th Mar 16

    Hi, do you know where I can get a copy of Greed and Betrayal? Thanks. Btw, thank you for this piece.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      I bought it from a friend because its not available in National
      Bookstore. NB is owned daw by the Cojuangcos so no books of those kinds. Try amazon or other bookstores. Mine I bought from a friend who I think knows the author’s daughter.

  98. | 25th Mar 16

    Thank you for this. I hope you don’t mind that I shared this in facebook.
    I’m done reading the comments (every refresh of the page results to new comments, ergo, many people are reading this. Wow.)

    I’m now off to read the links you’ve provided.

  99. Simple | 25th Mar 16

    Very interesting and informative. I read all the comments and I learned a lot. We have the same observation when I watched the movie, Heneral “Artikulo Uno” when it regards to the character portrayed by Mylene Dizon as Ysabel or as (Ysidra C.). Thank you for the relevant information.

  100. Leonor duenos | 25th Mar 16

    Kabit yun great grandma NI kris Doon pala siya mana. Walang KWENTA talaga itong pamilya Aquino. ..Cojuangco

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      They were lovers not necessarily kabit cos Heneral Luna was single.

  101. | 25th Mar 16

    You just confirmed my decision to vote for Duterte and Marcos…no other choice….i hope Filipinos will realize this….thank you and God bless.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      That is an intelligent choice.

    • | 25th Mar 16

      not marcos baka planuhin pang patayin c duterte para sya ang maupo agad… mas maganda ang tandem nlng duterte cayetano kase c cayetano matalino compare kay marcos iba ang anak sa ama

      • dennisehart | 26th Mar 16

        Compare na lang po nyo ang nagawa ni Cayetano during his congressman days sa nagawa ni Sen. BongBong. Ang ganda ng Ilocos, tatak Marcos. Kamusta naman po ang Pateros-Taguig? #Justsaying

  102. Oli | 25th Mar 16

    bro eli was ryt when he said that our country is controled by the few and they all have connections to the beast or the biblical 666…thats why he was amazed that during the when gen fabian ber ask marcos to despierce the ralliest ny guns marcos said no and ny that according to Bro Eli Soriano marcos had a heart…and a victim of wickednes and greed maligned even in mind tru history books written, mediA(abscbn) glorifies d name cory ang demonized marcos, marcos was a a very smart person on fact one d most intelligent in d world and he will not kill ninoy to ruin his government, even chris aquino who serves as an angel ..literally they changed our minds..and they are influenced by faith acting as they are…i hope this blog will have more proof to rewrite jhistory and i will tell my children the truth they shud believe..tanx alot..mayGod bless us..

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      He did not kill Ninoy according to sources.

  103. Cecille | 25th Mar 16

    Ever wonder why we (the Philippines) get hit by major, major disasters during the time of Cory and Pnoy? During Cory’s regime, there was Dona Paz, 1990 earthquake, Pinatubo eruption etc, while during Pnoy we got battered by super typhoons and earthquakes, too. These are just what comes to mind and my point here is that: maybe somebody up there is trying to tell us something? If this story is true then are we not so wrong on who we’ve given our allegiance to?

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      If these are true, we are so very wrong. I noticed the timing of the calamities to Cojuangco-Aquino regimes as well. The ancients believe that if the God does not approve of the leader he sends all those nasty signs.

  104. Yoohoo | 25th Mar 16

    So the blood of Antonio Luna runs in Dominique Cojuangco’s veins then?

  105. | 25th Mar 16

    My mind is also on overdrive! I can’t stop reading your sources and the sources cited by your sources. I only have breadcrumbs and, sadly, may not find out the truth. But this makes me more critical of our history and current events. This is the first time that I’ve read about their love story. I don’t remember this being discussed in our history class in high school or college. Better late than never!!! Thanks so much for sharing this to the entire WWW. I’ve shared this on my Facebook wall too.

    By the way, I have a curious question. Was the movie Heneral Luna made to expose this unwritten fact in our history?

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      No it wasn’t it only focused on issues surrounding his death. Even the treasure trove wasnt mentioned and his lady loves are amalgamated into one.

  106. Eryll | 25th Mar 16

    This is a piece of history that never reaches the youngsters at school.

    Regarding Marco’s wealth: When I was younger, our oldman neighbor used to tell stories that many of Marcos’s gold were unearthed from Abra, Cagayan and some provinces in the north (apparently our oldman neighbor saw with his own eyes) how they unearthed golds and antique items during a construction of a paper factory in the province of Abra. The construction of the factory was just cover up the real intention of the diggings. The factory was actually built and operated for years. Unheard of this factory? People from the province of Abra can attest to this paper factory in the ’70s & ’80s. Marcos and soldier friend of him from Cagayan were able to get the ‘treasure map’ of the Japanese when they were soldiers. And Marcos and his friend unearthed all these treasures. Be the judge whether Marcos wealth qualifies as theft from the government just like the Cojuangco’s. The Cojuangco’s actually wanted to sequester all these wealth from the Marcoses but legal papers show that these wealth actually belongs to the Marcoses and not the government.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      I have heard a similar story about the japanese treasures or yamashita, which is the source of Marcos’ wealth.

  107. | 25th Mar 16

    Wow nice!!!

  108. | 25th Mar 16

    An eye opener indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  109. Pinay | 25th Mar 16

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 It’s awakening!!! but I really wonder why we are stuck with all these blames and bad stories and bad politics. Have we not been victims of curruption since the Spaniards came to our country? Many poor people have suffered enough by this currupt system. But why are we still just blaming one family after another? Are we not all interested in a change, and perhaps eliminate all this curruption done and controlled by a few families? Can we not start from scratch and renew everything and make a new beginning???? Why do not we individuals take the responsibility to create a new history for our homeland? I mean we not they???

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      Yes I agree with you Pinay. Which is exactly why we revisit or rewrite history to understand the present so that as we individuals decide to change the system we make well-informed and intelligent decisions. The Phil elections is nearing and it is time to change our leaders. It is also the very ripe time to change our system. When I say system Im talking about it holistically – individual decisions affect the greater good much as our form of government and our leaders also affect how we live our lives as individuals.

  110. daniel laureta | 25th Mar 16

    So, why should we (filipinos) should know?

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      To understand the present and make a well-informed choice.

  111. JE | 25th Mar 16

    I have to watch again the viral video posted way back 2011 about how the cojuangco’s got their wealth. I remember Antonio Luna was included. When I watched the movie Antonio Luna, I was moved by how nationalistic he is but I have forgotten this side (love story) which eventually led to Cojuangco’s.

    This is a good read for me, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  112. | 25th Mar 16

    I admire your courage writing this…
    Marami kasi sa mga nakakaalam ng ganito pinipili nilang tumahimik, or maging anonymous..
    Nakakalungkot lang isipin na, kung yung bayong bayong na kayamanan ay para sa salary ng mga sundalo noon, ibig sabihin hindi sila napasahod, kasi nga napupunta sa isang tao at naitatago…

    Just saying.. kung napaka-fierce ni Hen. Luna noon, mas fierce pa pala si babae knowing kaya nyang pasunurin si heneral, scary… 🙂

    Para lang yung ginawang mukha ng istorya ni Pres. Marcos, noong elementary ako, laging sinasabi sa libro na tyrant siya at walang ginawa sa Pinas kundi pagpapahirap, but as time goes by at nagkakainteres na ako sa istorya ng Pinas, hindi pala ganun, at nakakalungkot na because of bitterness natabunan yung naging estado ng bansa sa panahon niya..at nakilala siya ng mga kabataang lumaki na hindi na siya nakita bilang masamang lider…

    The story of yellow color is on other side… kinilala silang bayani… until now and I never heard this kind of story of them until lumabas na nga ang mga ganitong article,

    Lalo tuloy akong naiinteres na umalam.. hahahaha… salamat po sa mga katulad niyo!!

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      Salamat din at salamat sa mga historians nga matapang na manaliksik sa kasaysayan natin.

  113. | 25th Mar 16

    Nice read, it all boils down to a sin committed, LUST.
    LUST for the flesh, wealth & power.

    A good thing I do not have an interest in voting the 3 candidates connected to them. Having a hard time though in choosing between Duterte & Miriam.
    I’ll be posting your historical interpretation in my wall, I find it very interesting & should be read by as many as possible.
    Many thanks for this. I’ll be looking into the links you provided.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      Thank you for reading and sharing. You are choosing between the only two legitimate candidates. God Bless.

  114. sharon | 25th Mar 16

    may youtube na to before. Filipino Historians (for one si ambeth ocampo ang notable na matandaan ko) dismissed the story as just another historical rumor mixing gossip & half-truth.

    • Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

      “History warns us… that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.” – Thomas Henry Huxley

  115. | 25th Mar 16

    This means we Filipinos are played like puppets by this family!!!? And we were in the dark all this time …we even make them heroes…. Filipinos are so guillable! What have been taught in school re our history are all lies

  116. Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

    I agree because he who has money controls history.
    “He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.” George Orwell

  117. Manuel Boyet Enicola | 25th Mar 16

    Great story. Now the pieces have fallen together like jigsaw puzzle pieces. It is really strange, nay, weird, when Filipinos can not see through all these stuff. Add to this that Ninoy was used by the Cojuanco’s to acquire Hda. Luisita for a song, and guaranteed by the Philippine government at that! It is not a surprise if one day we wake up to tune of “March of the Volunteers” (PR of China’s national anthem) to realize that we were sold overnight!

  118. Quisa Sabio | 25th Mar 16

    Reblogged this on Dainty Reveries and commented:
    Why Cojuangcos play a big part in the Philippine economy?
    I came across this blog post today while browsing through my social media accounts. I would say it’s trivial and thought it would be nice to share it.

  119. | 25th Mar 16

    Since nagkasubject ako ng Rizal, my teacher recommended us to Ambeth Ocampo’s book. at dahil dun na-realize ko na MALAYONG MALAYO ang nababasa mo sa history books na tinuro nong elem. at hs. Wow. Just wow. Marami pa talagang misteryo sa ating nakaraan . Salamat dahil may natutunan na naman akong bago.

  120. Pinay Thinks | 25th Mar 16

    Maganda nga ang naisulat ni Ambet Ocampo sa buhay ni Jose Rizal. Thank you din sa pagbisita sa blog nato.

  121. Jay Tardo | 25th Mar 16

    I know it’s more than the love story… Bulls-eye! You hit it!

  122. Chris Dulpina | 25th Mar 16

    Very interesting. Yet we’re in very difficult situation. A century old mistake. A lovers pride at Filipinos expenses. Key players kept secrets to their graves. Witnesses are very dead by now. Thats for sure. Pages are gone too. They’re up there. We’re down here. Thats just the way it is. How can we change it? Only time will tell

    • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

      Only time will tell. And I think that we need to be vigilant and make well-informed choices.

  123. jbaltero | 25th Mar 16

    Great piece! This reminds me of what George Carlin has to say about politicians.

    “Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations that’ve long since bought and paid for, the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pocket, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and the information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them.”

    ― George Carlin

    • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

      The very reason why I do not watch and patronise the media that is beholden to the oligarchy.

    • RChavez | 26th Mar 16

      So far, I find your comment among many closer to the “truth” . . .

  124. | 25th Mar 16

    You could also do some research on how a large portion of Hacienda Luisita came from land that was taken from the Solanos… The matriarch then was recently widowed and needed funds to harvest the sugar farms left to her care by her husband’s untimely death. The land was used as collateral. Once the sugar was harvested and traded, the debt was paid. However, when she went back for a receipt of payment, the Cojuangcos claimed they were never paid. This matriarch died of a heart attack on the spot. Her grandchildren live to this day. They live in Alabang and Makati. This is our family’s story. If you speak to the farmers in the sugarfields, they will tell you this is true. Also, fyi, abs cbnwas always the Lopezes before Marcos illegaly took control so they should not have to pay a cent for its return. San Miguel today is no longer owned by Danding.

    • | 25th Mar 16

      “ABS-CBN was salvaged by the Marcos government because they were mired in debt.” Are you sure about this? It was taken by the Marcoses because they WANTED it.

    • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

      If I do that I would have to go home. 🙂 I’m already out of the country.

  125. DJacob | 25th Mar 16

    This is very interesting part of Philippine history,defo will share

  126. | 25th Mar 16

    kaya pla di alam na kng nakanino ang yaman ng mga yamashita ang gintong tinago sa ilalim ng balon kaya pla unng cnasbing ginto na yaman ni aquino hindi totoo na sakanya un dhl sa mga cojuangco un asan na un ngayn db nawala ng parang bula nlamang bkt pa tyo boboto sa mga sanga kng meron nag iisang bago alam nanatin kng cnu un hindi nanatin babangitin pa..

  127. joelsdb | 25th Mar 16

    Thank you, Pinay Thinks. This is a good read!

  128. Rome | 26th Mar 16

    Interesting read! This is the kind of article all Filipinos should be reading. Thanks!

  129. | 26th Mar 16

    Afterall my lolo’s is not just a mere heresay

  130. | 26th Mar 16

    similar topic with pinoy monkey pride via youtube. when i encountered tghe character of mylene dizon in heneral luna ysidra cojuancgo is the first thing that came through my mind.

  131. | 26th Mar 16

    This is really interesting!

    So what was really in our Philippine history books were merely written subliminal messages. We were made to believe what they want us to believe. And that must be stopped! The young minds of these generation should know this.

    Please share!!!

    • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

      Thank you. I am also very intrigued by this story.

  132. | 26th Mar 16

    One the of those that were fallen victim to the cojuangcos is the family of the late Epifanio delos Santos (Edsa). And the living proof is Mrs. Ching Suva, a grand daugther of edsa. They hailed from San Isidro Nueva Ecija. A vast land properrty of Edsa was mortgaged to the mother of Cory by the widow of Edsa, but the land was never returned back even if they are fully paying for the mortgage. I am not sure how true, but Gen. Antonio Luna also has a brother by the name of Pedro Luna, a dentist who then had a clinic in escolta. Pedro acted as the treasurer of the Philippine revolutionary government and he was the one who delivered the philippine revolutionary government treasures to Ysidra, for her to use in raising her son by Antonio Luna, who is known as Antonio Cojuangco.

    • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

      “Pedro acted as the treasurer of the Philippine revolutionary government and he was the one who delivered the philippine revolutionary government treasures to Ysidra, for her to use in raising her son by Antonio Luna, who is known as Antonio Cojuangco. ” – This is thought provoking.

  133. tin | 26th Mar 16

    This is a good read. After watching the movie, I started searching online for info about ysabel though the only name I stumbled upon which is closer to such is Ysidra. I find it unfair to know that the cojuangcos can somehow manipulate the economy of the PH. Ysidra is smart to have even used the ‘trove’ to further their wealth. At least she died knowing her descendants won’t feel hunger and experience poverty.

    Changes, I believe will only start if someone stood up to the tyrants and the corrupts.

  134. Nova | 26th Mar 16

    Hello! I am 18 yrs old, I don’t know much about the history of the Philippines aside from the misleading information written on my textbooks when I was in elementary and highschool. I used to look up to Cory but then, I must say, after reading your article and all of the comments and I also did some research about this bec this is so interesting, I’m kind of hating the Cojuanco and Aquino clan now. I know I still have a young mind but it is very clear na mga ganid talaga silang lahat sa kapangyarihan at kayamanan. Now that I can already exercise my right to vote, I will really choose the one who I think can stand for the truth, and I’ll go for Duterte.

    • Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

      Hi Nove, I admire you because you are young and interested in history. Read more and share to us what you know.

  135. Anonymous | 26th Mar 16

    My lolo worked for Donya Ysidra in the Paniqui Sugar Mills. He was one of Donya Ysidra’s trusted assistants in the azucarera. When we were kids he would tell us stories about the multitudes of gold coins that Donya Ysidra was keeping in large “bangas”. I didn’t understand then, because I was too young that time. He would even tell stories that sometimes iniiwan pa nga under his care si young Cory when they were playing sa azucarera. How I wish I had the chance to record his stories to us.

  136. Pinay Thinks | 26th Mar 16

    You can still write what you can remember about what your lolo told you. It can be an important piece of history. Who knows?

  137. | 26th Mar 16

    Jose Peping Cojuangco owns the political party UNA which endorses Binay and Honasan

    Corazon Cojuangco, now Benigno Cojuangco owns the political party LIBERAL which endorses Roxas and Robredo

    Danding Cojuangco owns political party NATIONALISTS PEOPLE COALITION which endorses Poe and Escudero.

    Political Party PDP-Laban was established and formed by Aquilino Pimentel, et al which endorses Duterte and Cayetano

    • Pinay Thinks | 27th Mar 16

      I agree with this, its just that people cant shake off the association bet Pimentel and the Aquinos. As for me, its PDP as they are pushing for federalism. I believe its what our fragmented nation badly needs asap.

  138. | 28th Mar 16

    Great read! I hope you can make this into an Infographic format so that it would be easy for everyone to follow. Then reference all verifiable resources to that document.

    An Infographics about this, in any image format that would make it easier to share in Social Media, would be of help. This can get it more mileage, making it available for anyone who is in the position to confirm or refute these information, freely do so.

    Get everyone – as in the whole nation, or the world for that matter, involved, so we can either confirm or disprove these stories at the soonest, before more damage can be done to our country.

    I, for one, think that the whole system, or the whole government, should be thought out from the beginning. We were never united to begin with, since we always go back to our tribal affinity, which I think is normal, considering that the country is an archipelago made up of different islands with its residents coming from different races. Maybe our Forefathers forced us to be united, so they can control the entire country, giving them more access to wealth and power, and not just to unify us. Maybe federalism is what we truly need.

    • Pinay Thinks | 28th Mar 16

      An infographic is a really very good suggestion. I am really thinking about interpreting this into a comic strip. But I don’t have the resources yet now. I am just a struggling OFW. Anybody here wants to volunteer?

  139. | 28th Mar 16

    Whatever happened to the Cojuancos during the presidencies of Manuel Quezon to Diosdado Macapagal? Why were they not pursued ,especially by Quezon, over the alleged government money that was given to Ysidra by Antonio Luna just like what Cory did to Marcos over the alleged Marcos’ ill gotten wealth?

  140. Pinay Thinks | 28th Mar 16

    I really have no idea. I have to research on that. This story no matter how believable it can be (read comments up esp from a descendant) remained a folktale as it was not given space in history. It was just lately that historians have given this interest. But this remained in the footnotes of history and may be forgotten depending on who is in power. History is just like that, its an institution controlled by the wealthy and powerful.

  141. Jamie | 29th Mar 16

    Oohhh! What a story! Now i wonder what if Gen Luna didnt fall in love with that Ysidra, ano kaya ang takbo ng vansa natin ngayon? Better i think! Haha! Grabe! Napaka- gahaman naman ng Cojuangcos!

    • Pinay | 30th Mar 16

      Siguro di sila gaanong mayaman ngayon? hmmm

  142. | 30th Mar 16

    Upon reading your blog seems like I’m watching a tv series. It’s just like chess board with the chess pieces being controlled and placed by someone, every move carefully thought of. There are pieces that needs to be sacrificed for the plan to succeed. Knowing that Chinese blood runs in the Cojuangco’s veins, they are very crafty and sly, like what happened in the time of China’s dynasties, in order to live you just follow and obey

    • Pinay | 30th Mar 16

      Are we the pieces (the pawns) that need to be sacrificed?

  143. Albert S.Lamiel | 30th Mar 16

    Hello Pinay,Thank you very much for sharing this.I am sure that only a fraction of the entire Filipino people have knowledge regarding the real story of Antonio Luna And Ysidra Cojuanco,the only thing that puzzled me now is “what kind of an animalistic,shameless face this Aquino-Cojuanco clan have?”They have the guts to promise the Filipino people that they will serve them well without any means of dishonesty.Only if our people have the knowledge of what the real score is,what this clan is really protecting,maybe they would make-up their minds.Anyway,thanks God that there’s always someone like you who is concerned of our nation.God bless you and your family.Respectfully,Albert.

    • Pinay | 30th Mar 16

      Hi Albert, just like you I am confounded with all these. My wish is for Filipinos to choose well this coming election. Godbless you too.

  144. albert lamiel | 30th Mar 16

    Hello Pinay.thanks a lot for sharing this.I will sometimes share stories related to this article.God bless you and your family.Respectfully,Albert.

    • Pinay | 30th Mar 16

      Thank you Albert. Godbless you too.

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  148. Michael Vallenos | 4th Apr 16

    Ako po,y hindi masyadong marunong mag english, sa kadahilanang hindi ako nakapagtapos ng pag aaral mahirap lang kami pero ako,y nakakaintindi ng english salamat at nabasa ko ang isinulat mong ito at marami akong natutunan, ma e share ko ito sa mga anak at aking mga apo..salamat.

    • Mari | 4th Apr 16

      Salamat din po sir. Godbless!

  149. Vicky | 4th Apr 16

    very informative. I have learned a lot. Thanks.

    • Mari | 6th Apr 16

      Thank you Vicky. Have a Nice Day!

  150. Tatz | 7th Apr 16

    Thanks For the blog. I’ve always read/seen different stories as to how our government, mainstream media and all others are being “controled” by certain powerful clans. This blog has given me another light as to how to perceive the picture. Ama go and do my research as well. Thanks! ☺

  151. Antonnete | 7th Apr 16

    After reading this, my first reaction was I got mad at the Cojuangcos. I got mad on them, because paano naatim ni Ysidra Cojuangco na makita na lumalago ang kanilang negosyo habang ang mga magsasaka ay walang magawa kundi ipambayad ang kanilang lupa ng dahil sa tagtuyot at bagsak na ekonomiya.
    Sa isang banda, ako ay napaisip na paano kung hindi nagawang itago ng mga Cojuangco ang mga gold and silver (na sana ay ipambabayad ni Hen. Luna sa mga nakatulong niya sa rebolusyon)? Paano kung napapunta ito sa mga kamay ng mga Amerikano? Mapapabuti kaya ang kalagayan ng Pilipinas kung ibang lahi ang nakinabang sa mga ito? Mayroon kayang posibilidad na manatili sa ating bayan ang mga gold and silver at gawing kapital para sa mga businesses and establishments na hindi naman natin maitantanngi na nakatulong sa pagpapalago ng ating ekonomiya sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng hanapbuhay?
    I just want to clarify, I’m not for the Couangcos. Because, if I am for the Cojuangcos I may not have constructed the first paragraph just the way it is written right now. It is just that those questions in the previous paragraph kept me wondering.

  152. | 8th Apr 16

    Thank you madam for sharing these things.

  153. | 8th Apr 16

    Thank you for sharing these things. People should really investigate the shadow of our history to understand more of the present situation and be able decide what could be the best. So sad ,that many still believe of the other side of the story because of twisted information for the protection of wealth to and power. Thank you that you are so courageous to share this information. God bless.

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  155. Sardious | 10th Apr 16

    We don not know who to trust anymore…we are merely been duped, lied to from the beginning. We are all just pawns in their hands…. I only hope one leader will emerge to change the way of leadership in the Phil. History is always repeating it self …we are gonna just go with the flow …..

    • Mari | 25th Apr 16

      Let us note vote anyone from their kind.

  156. Ed Caneda | 11th Apr 16

    At the end of the day, we are all peasants
    to the Cojuangco’s eyes.

    • Mari | 25th Apr 16

      It won’t be long. It may be the other way around.

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  158. Sherlyn | 12th Apr 16

    So, my father was right.

  159. Rubie | 13th Apr 16

    I was a former tourist guide in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar where an ancestral house of the Lunas was relocated. Whenever I tell the story of the house to my guests, one or two of them (usually the elders) would approach me and ask me if I’m familiar with the “Luna Treasure” tale. There was an old guy who told me some of the things that have been mentioned here. I didn’t believe him at that time, or at least had some doubts. I’m so grateful to come across your blog and be enlightened more about the said tale. Thank you so much. 🙂

    • Mari | 25th Apr 16

      Thanks for reading too Rubie. This is a tale known to many and it never dies.

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  161. Ryan Rey Sajulga | 25th Apr 16

    Thank you so much for this. I am clarified of the real scenario of our country. I’m a secondary teacher of Zamboanga del Sur.

    • Mari | 25th Apr 16

      Thank you Ryan. Share the love.

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  163. Solomon Jr. | 9th May 16

    I remember the name of Ysidra from the stories of my cousin who is older of two years to my father because according to her, most of the pieces of the lands acquired by my grandfather was sold by Ysidra Coquangco. The period was before and after WWII. This is just an affirmation of how vast are the land areas that Ysidra acquired which stretched from Tarlac to nearby Provinces like Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan.

  164. musie | 11th Sep 16

    As per Ambeth Ocampo , there are no records of these rumors. He says if these were even half-true, he would have found traces/ records of them since the Aguinaldo gov’t was careful of money and are very detailed. So I guess, the post above is all rumor.

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