Kidapawan’s Founding Families

Kidapawan has old families which have seen it grow, from the remote sacred highlands of the Manobo to the capital and only city of North Cotabato. And as a city with a history both as a precolonial lumad realm and as a migrant settlement, these families are ethnically diverse, making Kidapawan a microcosm of multi-ethnic Philippines.

Below is a long list, in no way of exhaustive, of some of Kidapawan’s founding families. The list is largely based on Ferdinand Bergonia’s 2004 book, but I have added some families based on my observations (namely those I personally know have been in Kidapawan for much of its history). I know many other families which may qualify into this list but which I cannot yet verify. This post is developing as I continue to gather more information.

These families are either Manobo families that have been in the area since time immemorial, early settlers form Luzon and Visayas, or Moro families from the nearby Bangsamoro area that have long associated with the city. Many of them, unfortunately, no longer have descendants in Kidapawan.

The details provided are nowhere near comprehensive, and as such any additions are welcome:

  • Achas (early inhabitants of Kalaisan, descendants of Faustino Achas, founder of the baranggay)
  • Adang (early inhabitants in Balabag)
  • Amador (produced several generations of councillors starting from the 1950s)
  • Amas (Manobo natives of Lower Indangan and Amas, descendants of Pandayan Amas, tribal leader of Lower Indangan, and Datu Amas)
  • Ambi (Manobo natives of Lower Indangan, descendants of tribal leader Adas Ambi)
  • Añabeza (founding family of Linangkob)
  • Andico (early Christian settlers in Amas)
  • Angeles (Ilonggos, pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, produced Alfonso Angeles Sr., first elected mayor, and Alfonso Angeles Jr, vice mayor)
  • Anzare (founding family of Linangkob)
  • Arabelo (founding family of Linangkob)
  • Arsam (natives of Ginatilan, descendants of Datu Agad Arsam, first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Asiñero (early inhabitants of Katipunan)
  • Austria (of Maranao stock, descendants of Vicente Austria, Sultan Omar Kiram of Uyaan, concentrated in Baranggay Lanao)
  • Bajet (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Baldove (early Christian settlers in Amas)
  • Balindog (natives of Balindog, descendants of a Datu of the same name)
  • Baltar (early inhabitants in Ilomavis)
  • Bancas (early inhabitants in Balabag)
  • Banga (from Bohol, founding settlers of New Bohol, descendants of Alfredo Banga, first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Barreto (from Bohol, founding settlers of Sumbac)
  • Barruela (early inhabitants of Katipunan, descendants of Pedro Barruela, first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Bartolaba (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Bautista (produced at least two councillors across different generations)
  • Belarmino (pioneer settlers in Baranggay Lanao)
  • Bernabe (early Christian settlers in Amas)
  • Bolasa (founding family of Linangkob and early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Bongcales (early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Borja (early inhabitants of Kalasuyan, descendants of Aproniano Borja, who negotiated the founding of the Baranggay and eventual councillor)
  • Braga (early Christian settlers in Amas)
  • Bulatukan (natives of Ginatilan, descendants of a datu of the same name)
  • Bunayog (early inhabitants of San Roque, descendants of Telesforo Bunayog, first Tenyente del barrio)
  • Buned (Manobo natives of Upper Indangan, descendants of Simbanan Buned, first Tenyente del Barrio), descendants of Simbanan Buned, first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Burcao (from Mountain Province, early inhabitants of Singao, produced Martin Burcao, first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Cabales (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, produced Esteban Cabales, second elected vice mayor)
  • Cagape (founding family of Linangkob)
  • Calayco (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Calmo (early inhabitants of of Meohao, descendants of Sandalio Calmo, first Christian Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Calubiran (early Christian settlers in Amas)
  • Canlas (from Pampangga, founding family of Perez, descendants of Bernardino Canlas, who founded the settlement)
  • Carbonell (early inhabitants of Magsaysay, descendants of Dominador Carbonell, founder of the first elementary school in the area)
  • Castillo (a Romualdo Castillo Sr. served as first Tenyente del Barrio of Balabag)
  • Chavez (early inhabitants of San Isidro, descendants of Patrocenio Chavez, first Tenyente del barrio)
  • Cipriano (early Christian settlers in Amas)
  • Clodin (founding family of Linangkob)
  • Cupot (form Leyte, early inhabitants of San Roque, descendants of Pedro Engog, first elected Tenyente del barrio)
  • Cuyno (from East Visayas, early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Dano (from Bohol, founding settlers of Sumbac)
  • David (Ilocanos, early Christian settlers in Nuangan and Poblacion, descendants of Crisostomo David, first Christian Tenyente del Barrio of Nuangan)
  •  Dayao (Tagalogs, early settler family in Poblacion, descendants of Eliseo Dayao Sr, who owned much of downtown Kidapawan and the most prominent casualty of the War)
  • Dimaano (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Dorado (early inhabitants of Onica, descendants of Restituto Dorado, first Tenyente del barrio)
  • Ebboy (natives of Meohao, descendants of Amado Ebboy, founder of the baranggay)
  • Embac (natives of Baranggay Marbel, descendants of Datu Embac, appointed mayor of Kidapawan during the post-War period)
  • Enghog (early inhabitants of San Roque, descendants of (?) Engog, second elected Tenyente del barrio)
  • Espejo (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, produced Januario Espejo Sr., guerrilla during the War)
  • Espero (from East Visayas, early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Espina (early inhabitants of Sto Niño, descendants of Sinforiano Espina, first Tenyente del barrio)
  • Evangelista (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, note that there seem to be two Evangelista families in town. One, the Ilocanos which settled in the 60’s to 70’s produced Joseph Evangelista, mayor of Kidapawan)
  • Familgan (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Flores (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Gadi (from Luzon, early settlers in Kidapawan, only family to date to have produced two mayors, Gil and Emma Gadi)
  • Galacio (natives of Meohao, descendants of Patricio Galacio, first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Galang (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Galay (from Misamis Oriental and Bulacan, pioneer settlers in Baranggay Lanao)
  • Galonzo (early inhabitants of Ginatilan, descendants of Pedro Alonzo and his wife, first teachers in the area)
  • Gayotin (from West Visayasm early Christian settlers in Amas and Gayola, after whom the ‘Gayo’ in the latter’s name is taken, produced Jesus Gayotin, guerrilla during the War and politician)
  • Guadalupe (early Christian settlers in Amas)
  • Guboc (from East Visayas, early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Guibiernas (descendants of Maximino Guibiernas, founder of Amazion)
  • Guillano (early inhabitants of San Isidro, descendants of Martin Buillano, first elected Tenyente del barrio)
  • Hizon (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Icdang (Manobo natives and tribal leaders in Nuangan, owned much of what is today Poblacion, produced Katigan Icdang, first Tenyente del Barrio of Nuangan)
  • Imbod (Manobo natives, produced Juanita Imbod, who married Augustin Sanga, founder of Perez)
  • Ingkal (Maranao settlers based in Manongol, descendants of Datu Ugos Ingkal, produced Siawan Ingkal, first appointed mayor of Kidapawan)
  • Jalipa (early inhabitants of Kalasuyan, produced Wilfredo Jalipa, who negotiated the founding of the Baranggay and eventual Vice Mayor, and councillor Felix Jalipa)
  • Javier (family name of two families in Kidapawan: a Tagalog family living on the street near the Notre Dame of Kidapawan and after whom the street is named, and an Ilonggo one based in Sudapin, producing a Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Kintanar (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, produced sveral generations of councillors)
  • Labastida (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, produced early councillor Fabian Labastida)
  • Lagutin (from West Visayas, early Christian settlers in Gayola, after whom the ‘La’ in the baranggay’s name is taken)
  • Lamilongan (Manobo natives, produced Macanay Lamilongan, who married Bernardino Canlas, founder of Perez)
  • Landas (Manobo natives of Lower Indangan, descendants of tribal leader Atig Landas)
  • Landichos (pioneer settlers of the Nuangan-Poblacion area)
  • Linog (natives and tribal leaders of Amas, produced councillor Guabong Linog, early Municipal councillor)
  • Lonzaga (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Lucero (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Lumayon (Manobo natives and tribal leaders of Mua-an, descendants of datu of the same name, owner of the baranggay’s namesake dog and first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Luna (founding family of Linangkob)
  • Maangue (natives of Berada, Datu Mamay Maangue served as first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Madayag (early Christian settlers in Amas and Binoligan)
  • Madrid (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, produced Lino Madrid, early municipal councilor)
  • Makalunang (Manobo natives of Upper Indangan, descendants of tribal leader of the same name)
  • Malbas (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Manay (natives and tribal leaders of Sibawan, produced Datu Basiao and Arturo Manay, founding leaders of the baranggay)
  • Masbad (early settlers in Baranggay Lanao)
  • Maway (Manobo natives of Lower Indangan, descendants of tribal leader Sinwan Maway)
  • Melodias (early inhabitants of Manongol, produced Celso Melodias, Tenyente del Barrio and councillor)
  • Obregon (early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Ocampo (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Ogot (Manobo natives of Upper Indangan, descendants of tribal leader of the same name)
  • Onggok (Manobo natives of Upper Indangan, descendants of tribal leader of the same name)
  • Pamerio (early inhabitants of Singao)
  • Panday (natives of Ginatilan, descendants of Datu Lizada Panday)
  • Pandio (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Panes (Zambaleños, early inhabitants of Upper Indangan, descendants of Serafin, second Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Pansacala (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Pantaleon (early inhabitants of Paco, descendants of Toribio Pantaleon, first Tenyente del barrio)
  • Pascua (early inhabitants in Ilomavis, descendants of Priscilo Pascua, first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Pascual (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Patadon (founding Moro family of Patadon, descendants of Patadon Tungao, guerrilla during the War and first Tenyente del Barrio)
  • Pinantao (natives of Manonggol and Sudapin, from which the ‘pin’ is derived, produced Amado Pinantao, guerrilla during the War and first Tenyente del Barrio of Sudapin)
  • Prudente (early inhabitants of Onica, descendants of Sabrino Prudente, second Tenyente del barrio)
  • Quimco (from Carmen, Cebu, moved from Malagos, Davao to Kidapawan during the War. Produced two generations of councilors)
  • Rabago (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Ramos (from East Visayas, early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Rellin (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Remorosa (early inhabitants of Singao)
  • Respicio (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan and Makilala, produced Florante Respicio, acting Mayor during the EDSA uprising)
  • Sabulao (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, founded Central Mindanao Colleges, produced Cesar Sabulao, councillor and acting mayor)
  • Sagusay (from Bohol, founding settlers of Sumbac)
  • Salimorin (from East Visayas, early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Sampayan (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Sanga (from Pampangga, founding family of Perez, descendants of Augustin Sanga, nephew of Bernardino Canlas, who founded the settlement)
  • Saniel (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan, produced Lorenzo Saniel, elected mayor)
  • Sarino (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Sarong (early inhabitants of Kalaisan, descendants of Pedro Sarong, founder of the baranggay)
  • Sayago (early inhabitants of Magsaysay)
  • Segovia (early inhabitants of Paco, descendants of Celestino Segovia, first elected Tenyente del barrio)
  • Semilla (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Serrano (natives of Ilomavis, descendants of Datu Umag Serrano)
  • Sibug (Manobo natives of Manongol, produced two vice mayors of Kidapawan and three Councilors)
  • Sikitan (natives of Sikitan, descendants of Datu of the same name)
  • Sinbok (Manobo natives of Lower Indangan, descendants of tribal leader Layunan Sinbok)
  • Sugala (from Bohol, founding settlers of Sumbac)
  • Sumin (natives of Junction, descendants of datu of the same name)
  • Sungcag (from East Visayas, early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Tacardon (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Tamayo (early Christian settlers in Nuangan and Poblacion, descendants of Andres L. Tamayo, third Tenyente del Barrio of Nuangan and later Municipal councilor)
  • Teposo (from East Visayas, early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Timtim (early inhabitants of Singao)
  • Tolentino (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
  • Tuburan (early inhabitants of Kidapawan, produced Jose Tuburan Jr., guerilla during the War)
  • Valladares (from East Visayas, early Christian settlers in Binoligan)
  • Villanueva (early settlers in Kidapawan, produced Ceferino Villanueva, appointed mayor during the post-War years)
  • Zarza (pioneer settlers of Kidapawan)
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