The name of the town Carcar, Cebu, rings as much for its statuaries and edifices as also for its many sons and daughters who achieved fame or, most importantly, served humanity or their talents well (or notoriously, too, if it came to that). Indeed, those houses and monuments may have also been the products of her own native sons who were the finest artists and artisans. Be that as it may, the men and women in these Pages are household names in the town and it is our obligation to bring them out as undeniable part of Carcarfamilies heritage.
Selection has been limited only to persons known to have been born in Carcar. But while disqualifying the non-natives, we must acknowledge these larger-than-life icons, too, were just as important to the life, status and prestige of Carcar: Eustaquio (Takoy) Abarquez, Gonzalo Abellana, Msgr. Cesar Alcoseba, Padre Manuel Fernández, Brigido “Maestro Bindoy” Lakandazon, Mariano Mercado, Florencio Noel, Roman Sarmiento and in our times, Mother Rebecca Alesna-Baruc, choreographer Val Sandiego and his cousin, heart surgeon Dr. Peter Mancao. Lucio Abala, too, was probably born in Cebu City (Pasil) but for that incident of birth would certainly have made it here, too.
This requirement is decidedly a bit rigid for today, considering that with travel to Cebu City already being so convenient for decades now, many Carcar parents have chosen to have their children delivered in city hospitals and so the latter are Cebu City-born and thus non-eligible. But this is our little limpieza de sangre condition and we stand by it, the absence of which would open the floodgate to persons already several generations out of the town.
There is a sub-page for Carcar mayors, however, and quite many of them have been Cebu City-born. As a matter of fact, since 1867-1896, and then from 1898-1929 Carcar was dominated by the city families–60 years. Anyway, together with an upcoming sub-page in process, that of Carcar foodstuff (its origins), these will be my only concessions.
Please think up no significance to when each Carcaranon is posted, i.e., one ahead of the other–simply, that data for most of them are still being collected, and the pages will come out as data comes in. Anyway they will still appear alphabetically.
I must acknowledge but too many persons to be individually cited for their essential contributions in data-gathering for this page. To you all, you know my gratitude and appreciation will always remain. And while these pages are still under construction, please email me anything you know of the person. And do feel free to even suggest another Carcaranon.