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Ceazar Cuenca Javellana, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 1, 1923, Philippines
Death: Jan. 15, 2008
San Joaquin County
California, USA

Father - Teodorico Balagoza Javellana, 1900-1967
Mother - Leonor Builleser Cuenca, 1901-1985

Spouse - Emily Justiniani Granada, m. 25 April 1966 in Leganes, Iloilo, P.I.

Children - Allan Theodore Javellana (Karen); Brenda Mae Burgess; Ceazar C. Javellana, Jr. (deceased); Doreen Jane McCue (Doug); Dina Ordono Carino; Joy Granada Javellana (Stephen); Yen Granada Javellana (Gordon).

Following are notes passed to me by my brother-in-law Stephen.

In his youth, Teodorico was an opium smuggler. He worked for his best friend, who was a Chinese shopkeeper in Silay, and when his friend offered a chance to make a lot of money, he jumped at it. He smuggled opium directly on his body, and wore several layers of clothes and a thick jacket to hide the drugs.

Teodorico was dating an aristocratic girl in Silay; however, when she insulted a gift he had bought her, and he got mad and stopped dating her. His good deed was marrying his 14 year old neighbor, Leonor Cuenca. After the death of her mother, she was living with her older brother, Gregorio Cuenca, who was a councilman in Silay. She was treated like a slave by her cruel sister-in-law, and she was desperate to get out of their house. After their marriage, Teodorico and Leonor moved to Teodorico's home town of Zarraga, Iloilo.

After Adela was born, Teodorico stopped smuggling opium because he was worried about being caught.

After Iloilo City was bombed by the Japanese, Teodorico and Leonor moved to Guimaras, where their children were living while going to school at West Visayan Academy near Buenavista. He built a house near the nipa hut that the children were living in. Teodorico built an underground room beneath the house to be used as a bomb shelter.

Leonor's father Andrés Pérez Cuenca lived with them in Guimaras in the house by the Japanese garrison. Andrés would tell the children stories about the Philippine Revolution and the Spanish-American War of 1898. Andrés became sick, and moved to Molo, Iloilo, to live with his other daughter Maria Cuenca Madriguerra. When her father Andrés died around 1946, Leonor was unable to go to the funeral because she had just given birth to Loida.

In 1945, Teodorico evacuated his family from Guimaras to Dumangas, Iloilo because of the brutality of the Japanese occupation army. He built a house in Dumangas for his family. After a few months, the Visayas were liberated from the Japanese occupation, and Teodorico returned to Guimaras with his family. He disassembled the house in Dumangas, and ferried it across the straits to Guimaras, and he rebuilt it in Buenavista, near the wharf. In 1946, the schools in the Visayas re-opened, and Teodorico moved his family back to Iloilo City so his children could go to school.

Teodorico died on 1 January 1968 in Manila. Reuben's girlfriend Mely arranged the funeral, and he was buried in the government cemetery in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

Leonor lived at 3226 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, California. This house was behind Del's main house at 3224 Walnut Grove Avenue.

The Madriguerras lived near the cemetery in Molo, the Chinese Quarter of the Villa de Arevalo.
One time, Ceazar cut his foot running away from the Japanese.

Ceazar put chicken wire around the house by the Japanese garrison in Buenavista, Guimaras, and they raised chickens for food.

At the end of 1944, the American forces landed at Leyte to begin the liberation of the Philippines. Teodorico decided to evacuate his family to Dumangas in early 1945. Filipino guerrillas led by Colonel Macario Peralta had liberated much of Panay, and had driven the Japanese from Dumangas, so Teodorico thought it would be safer there. They took two boats and rowed from Buenavista to Dumangas. They were only in Dumangas for a few months. On 20 March 1945, Iloilo City was liberated from the Japanese occupation, Ceazar and the family returned to Guimaras. In 1946, the schools were re-opened, and the family returned to Iloilo.

While going to school at West Visayan Academy in Guimaras, Esther was taught to play the piano by a family friend from the Jamandre family. The Jamandres had a bamboo house in Guimaras, and they planted fruits and vegetables, which they would give to the Javellana children.

In 1951, Ceazar petitioned for his sister Esther to come to Guam. She met her classmate from Iloilo, Ebenezar Same, while living in Guam. Ebenezer came to Guam around 1950 to work as a civilian contractor at Camp Roxas.

In September 1961, Super Typhoon Nancy (the strongest typhoon ever recorded) struck Guam, and destroyed half the crops on the island. On 11 November 1962, Super Typhoon Karen hit Guam with Category 5 strength, and winds of over 160 mph. The storm ravaged the island, and destroyed 95% of the houses on Guam. After the two consecutive storms, the Sames decided to leave Guam and took a cruise around the world through the Suez Canal, visiting the Sphinx and Pyramids before continuing on to London, and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to New York. From New York, they came to California, where they had a friend, Dr. Osias Jabola. They first lived in Monterey Park. Later they sold the house and purchased a larger house in Whittier. Eventually, they settled in Glendale.

Reuben's girlfriend Mely arranged the funeral, and Loida and Del paid for it.

When she was living near the Japanese garrison in Buenavista, Guimaras, there was a Japanese Captain who was fond of young Reuben. He told them that he had a boy Reuben's age. He was attracted to Anita, and wanted to marry her. She was afraid of his interest, and never left the house.

She married Benjamin E. Bandiola around 1951 in the Adventist Church in Iloilo City. Del was not allowed to go to the wedding so she could stay home and watch the house. Anita and Ben moved to California around 1967. When her father died in January 1968, she went to Manila for the funeral.

Del was born in her father's house in Iloilo City.

Her father was old fashioned, and very strict with the daughters. Del was not allowed to leave the house on her own as a young girl. Despite this, she was spoiled by other members of the family. She loved junk food. Her maternal grandfather, Andrés Pérez Cuenca, would give her a mix of cocoa powder and brown sugar. Her older brother Ceazar would discipline her for eating junk food, and for not wearing shoes. Her father did take her on a trip by boat to San Enrique, Negros Occidental, to visit his relatives. She also visited her mother's brother Gregorio Cuenca in Silay, Negros Occidental.

From 1937 through 1941, Del attended West Visayan Academy in Buenavista, Guimaras, from kindergarten through 4th Grade. She and her siblings were living in a nipa hut in Banogun, near the campus with a guardian, while her parents lived in Iloilo City. Del was given money by her parents to get a ride for the 3 mile trip to school. She walked to school with her classmates, and instead used the money to buy snacks. With the coming of the war, the schools were closed from the end of 1941 through the beginning of 1945.

After Iloilo City was bombed by the Japanese, Del's parents moved to Guimaras, where she and her siblings were living while going to school at West Visayan Academy.

During the war, the older girls had to stay home for fear of the attentions of Japanese soldiers. So Del, as the youngest girl, ran most of the errands outside of the house. Her duties included gathering the firewood used for cooking. One time when she was gathering wood by the seashore, she saw a dogfight between an American fighter plane and a Japanese Mitsubishi Zero based in Negros, and she saw the American down the Zero.

When Teodorico was building the house in Buenavista, he sent Del to find her brother Ceazar who had the key to the tool chest. She was told by bystanders that her brother had been captured by the Japanese. Del returned home and told her father what had happened. Teodorico was concerned for his son, and he went to the mayor of Buenavista to discover the fate of his son. The mayor did not know what had happened to Ceazar, so Teodorico returned home. In the middle of the night, Ceazar returned home and told his father about his capture and release. He told his father that the Japanese recommended that they move closer to the Japanese garrison in Buenavista, where they would be less suspicious of the family.

Teodorico moved near the Japanese garrison in Buenavista, near the wharf. Del would see the Japanese make men kneel on the ground, and get their heads chopped off, and bodies dumped in the bay. One night, there was a knock at the door. Everyone feared that Teodorico would be taken away by the Japanese. When they answered the door, it was an old Japanese man who gave them meat and supplies. To this day, Del does not know why they, among all the other civilians, were blessed with what they forever viewed as a miracle.

When her family evacuated Guimaras to Dumangas, Del helped row the boat to Panay. Guimaras and Panay were separated by a channel open to the Philippine Sea, and the crossing was rough with the strong current. She was very tired and sore from the rowing. She did not know how to swim. On one boat was Teodorico, Leonor, Anita, Reuben and Del. It was very shaky, without pontoons. Weather was bad, and Ceazar had to switch them to the other boat and take the smaller one. It was a dangerous crossing, and if they were spotted by a Japanese motorboat, they could have been killed. They lived in Dumangas for a few months, until the Visayas were liberated from the Japanese occupation. She then returned to Guimaras with her family for a year. In 1945, the schools were re-opened, and her family returned to Iloilo. The Adventists had sold the Buenavista campus of West Visayan Academy to Baptists, and were building a new campus in Barangay Bongco, on the road from Zarraga to Pototan.

In 1945, Del took a refresher course for 5th grade at the La Paz Adventist school since she had not attended classes for the duration of the war.
In 1946, Del attended public school in Molo for 6th grade. In 1947, Del went to a temporary school for 8th grade in Zarraga, as they were still building the new campus for West Visayan Academy. The Jamandre family, friends of the Javellanas, donated the land for the new campus. Del and her sisters were staying with their second cousin Porfirio Piñuela, the Mayor of Zarraga. On 25 January 1948, there was a violent earthquake in Panay. In nearby Jaro, Iloilo, the cathedral campanile collapsed, and 27 people were killed in the earthquake. The earthquake was so strong that Del thought it was the end of the world.
Around 1948, Del attended Central Philippine College, located on Lopez Jaena Street in Jaro District, Iloilo City, for 9th grade. Around 1949, Del attended Iloilo City College for high school. Del met future husband José Berdigay in school. Del did not finish high school. Instead, she decided to follow her sister Esther to Guam so she could be a US citizen. First she went to Manila and stayed with her older sister Anita while she arranged to get her papers in order for going to Guam. She had her passport, and went to Pan American Airlines, but then found out that she needed a blood test, or they would not allow her on the plane. Anita's husband Ben Bandiola knew a doctor in a clinic, and arranged for the test, even though the clinic was closed. As a result, she was able to get her test completed, and return to the airport in time for her flight to Guam. She met the sponsor of Anita's wedding at the Manila International Airport, and she said not to bother wiring her sister Esther that she was coming to Guam, since the sponsor was being picked up at the airport in Guam. She volunteered to take Del to Esther's house when they arrived in Guam. Once they arrived in Guam, the sponsor had Del driven to the Quonset hut where Esther lived. When they arrived at Esther's house, Esther did not recognize her sister. She was not expecting to see Del since she never received a wire that she was coming.

Del moved to Guam in 1952, and she lived with her older sister Esther and her husband Ebenezer Same. She worked for a veterinarian Dr. Hansen, and she would give shots to pets. She remembers one unhappy pet that reached out and bit her wrist after being jabbed with a needle.

Around 1953, Del ran into José Berdigay, who had come to Guam a few years earlier as a Navy civilian contractor at Camp Roxas. He was working at the Navy hospital as a steward. In 1954, they rented an apartment near the hospital in Agaña Heights. They traveled to the Philippines, where Del married José Barrido Berdigay in Iloilo City.

Around September 1955, Del went to Manila to stay with her sister Anita Bandiola for the remainder of her pregnancy, and José remained in Guam. In December 1955, her daughter Maecel was born in Manila. Del left Maecel with her parents in Iloilo City, and she returned to Guam.

When her niece Doreen Javellana was born prematurely December 1956, Del and her sister Esther would baby sit for her brother's children. She was living with her brother Ceazar in Guam when her second daughter, Elsie, was born in July 1957. Del then took Elsie to Ajuy, Iloilo to live with José's father. José visited Ajuy, and purchased an old, dilapidated house, which he remodeled. Elsie was sent to live with her grandmother Leonor. When she was two years old, Elsie began having convulsions, and became sick from pneumonia. They took her to the hospital, but she passed away. José came from Guam for the funeral.

In 1961, Del returned to Guam and lived with her husband in an apartment in Agaña Heights. In 1965, José went to Iloilo to help his sick father-in-law run the fishpond.

In 1966, José got a job working in South Viet Nam, and Del moved to California, where she lived with Esther and Ebenezer Same in Monterey Park, and later Whittier.

When her father died in January 1968, Del returned to the Philippines with her sister Esther to attend the funeral in Quezon City, Metro Manila. In May 1968, José and Del retrieved their daughter Maecel from Leonor and moved to California. They rented an apartment in Monterey Park for eight years. José was a bartender, and made good money from tips, so Del did not have to work. Del collected all the tips in a can. Around 1976, they purchased a house at 3224 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead. There was another house on the property (3226 Walnut Grove Avenue). When Leonor came to the United States, she lived in the other house.

Owned another house at 2545 Walnut Grove Avenue. Sold it.

Reuben went to West Visayan Academy in Pototan, Iloilo, for high school. He dated a girl whose father was a policeman. They had a shotgun wedding. After having two children, he left his first wife. The Philippines does not permit divorce, so Reuben entered a common law marriage with his second wife Mely. When his father died in January 1968, Mely arranged the funeral. Reuben was a radio announcer in the Philippines. In 1979, his sister Esther petitioned for him to come to the United States. Reuben lived with his mother at 3226 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, California. This house was behind Del's main house at 3224 Walnut Grove Avenue. Reuben was a used car salesman. He took lessons in truck driving, but never completed the course. In 1990, he returned to the Philippines, and shortly thereafter went to Guam.

In the 1950's, Loida attended West Visayan Academy in Pototan, Iloilo. She met her future husband Dominador "Jun" Tamares, Jr. at school. She attended Mountain View College in Malaybalay, Mindanao. Loida's oldest sister Esther petitioned for her to come to the United States, and arranged a job for her at the insurance company where Ebenezer Same worked. After a long processing period, Loida received permission to come to the United States in 1965, and she lived with Esther and Ebenezer Same in California. Jun kept writing to her when she was in California, and she decided to get married. She returned to the Philippines and married Jun Tamares. After the marriage, Jun became a US citizen, and immigrated to California with Loida. Jun worked as a liquor deliveryman, until he graduated from San Antonio College as a respiratory therapist. He works primarily at Loma Linda University.

Andrés Pérez Cuenca:
He had relatives in Mandurriao District, Iloilo City. His sister married Lolo Berrino, who was 6 feet tall, and had plantations. Lolo Berrino was always busy working the plantations. He would give Del and her family rice, beans, mangoes, and mudfish.
Family links: 
  Leonor Builleser Cuenca Javellana (1907 - 1985)
  Mariquita 'Maria' Camacho Javellana Freed (1925 - 2003)
  Ceazar Cuenca Javellana (1954 - 2001)*
  Ceazar Cuenca Javellana (1923 - 2008)
  Esther Javellana Same (1926 - 1996)*
  Loida Javellana Tamares (1946 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Cherokee Memorial Park
San Joaquin County
California, USA
Created by: MSgt Allan Javellana, US...
Record added: Jan 29, 2013
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Ceazar Cuenca Javellana, Sr
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Ceazar Cuenca Javellana, Sr
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- Flo B.
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Remembering and thinking of you today, Dad. We miss you!!!!
- MSgt Allan Javellana, USAF (Retired)
 Added: Jun. 16, 2013

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