In the church record of his 1837 marriage to Estefa Silvestra (later Barcenas), third generation Gregorio Silva de Espinosa was described as criollo. That term (creole in English) was used for a pure-blood Spaniard but born to parents one or both of whom were already born outside of Spain. Use of criollo predated the term insular. Anyway, criollo would have meant that Gregorio’s parents were both pure-blooded Spaniards. However, I cannot say for certain that Manuela Espinosa was indeed a pure Spaniard.

But in his second marriage in 1866 to the widow Juana Nuñez, widower Gregorio was “downgraded” to mestizo Español, which racial classification meant his mother was either an india or a mestiza Sangley, or that it was the grandmother who was.  The latter’s name, Maria de la Concepcion, does appear she had no surname yet and, if true, points to her being india or mestiza Sangley, or at least to her not being Spanish, or even a mestiza Española. Since I only have records for Gregorio and his father Mariano, I was hoping to see records of their siblings, especially that the father, Mariano, was married in Carcar. Or, in the absence of such records, of traces of other mestizo Español Silvas in other towns in Cebu or in Cebu City.

There are 44 voters surnamed Silva in the 2009 December Comelec list of voters for Carcar, the 282 most numerous surname therein.

Five Generations

Pedro Silva (       ) Español

=Maria de la Concepcion

Mariano Silva

–=(1812) Manuela Espinosa (     ) Ma. Pancita (marr.)

—- Gregorio Silva (      ) born Carcar

—-=1(1837) Estefa Alcorisa Barcenas (       ) pDn: Estefa Silvestra

—— Vicenta Silva (1838-1872) Juaquina Visenta (bapt.)

—— Apolonio Silva

——=(1860) Celedonia Alfafaras Alcudia

——– Lorenza Silva (1860-

——– Francisca Silva (1861-1862)

——– Ysabel Silva (calc. 1864-

=(1884) Ambrosio del Corro Ybañez

——– Julian Silva (   -1868)

——– Juan Silva

= Bonifacia Baquinos Alcover

——– Gregorio Silva

= Susana Alesna Ybañez

——– Maria Silva (1872-

= (pnc)

——– Pedro Silva (1876-

=(1904) Florencia Alcos Satorre (calc. 1885-

——– Vicente Silva (calc. 1882-

=(1904) Francisca Alega Campanilla (calc. 1885-

—— Ygnacio Silva

——=(1863) Donata Bardi (Barde?) Navarro

—— Benito Silva (1845-1927) AKA Benito Enriquez (bapt.)

——=1(1867) Clara Sasuman Satinitigan

——– Juana Silva

= Juan Acuña

——– Silvestra Silva (calc. 1868-1902)

=(1892) Cirilo Cacafranca (calc. 1873-

——– Filomena Silva (1871-1874)

——– Ygnacia Silva (1873-

——– Servando Silva (1876-

=(1901) Valentina Florido Cuico (calc. 1881-1902)

——– Francisca Silva

——– Melquiades Silva (1887-

——=2) Severa Solon Limbaga

——– Eulalia Silva (1896-

= Pedro Flores Lofranco

——– Casiano Silva (1898-1900)

——– Bonifacio Silva (1900-

=(1923) Anselma Embrado Cui (1899-

——– Benita Silva (1903-

= Mauricio Alcoseba Enanoria

——– Porfiria Silva (1904-

= Santiago Villordon

——– Trinidad Silva (1907-1985)

=(1934) Catalina Garces (1915-2000)

——– Nemesio Silva (1910-   ) MD, MC (PC )

=(1936) Lucia Dominguez

—— Ramona Silva (1847-1868) single

—— Agustina Silva (1850

——=(1880) Antonio Abayabay (calc. 1855-

—-=2(1866) Juanita Nuñez (       ) mestiza Sangley; widow of Juan-Climaco del Corro

—— Filomena Silva (   -1867) child

—— Filomeno Silva (1872-   ) priest

—— Susana Silva (   -1957) single

[Acknowledgment: Reconstruction of the next generations is being undertaken by Galo Q. Silva, grandson of the 5th generation Vicente Silva-Francisca Campanilla above. Hopefully, members of the family will volunteer what they know to Galo.]


  1. Good Day! This is the son of Atty. Edilburgo G. Silva and grandson of Trinidad Silva. By chance, we were able to see this website. We will be more than happy to collaborate and provide the family tree of Trinidad and Catalina Silva. Thanks.

    • If you give me your email address I could send you a copy of the whole family tree and you could fill up the information for the Trinidad Silva-Catalina Garces family. You could also go to and join our group


  2. This somebody must need to confirm….Padre Tatyong del Corro and Benito Silva were half brothers, and co-owned the house that has been declared one of four heritage houses in Carcar, what is now know as the Silva-House. Padre Tatyong built St. Catherine’s School, and was key in putting up the Carcar church.

    • padre tatyong (1860-1948) was a step-brother of benito silva (1845-1927). the former’s widowed mother, juana nuñez, married benito’s widower father, gregorio in 1866. the family would know the ownership of the house better, but the townspeople call it padre tatyong’s house although he never seemed to have ever lived in it, even dying at the carcar convento as the parish priest. after he died, though, his spinster half-sister nyora sanang silva transferred from the convento and occupied the house.

      • regarding the present carcar church, padre tatyong must still have been a child, or a very young man, when the church was finished to have been key in the church’s construction.

        • It’s been very interesting revisiting this website again. It is wonderful. In any case, In checking out the Silva house in Carcar, we noticed that the tromp l’oile on the ceiling and the walls mimic that of the church. But again perhaps this is because the artisans who worked on the church also worked on the house when Padre Tatyong did some improvements of the church. I should visit Carcar again and check out how that heritage town is.

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