We may not have met, and perhaps we may never meet, but you have my sincerest thanks for your reply. My family is fine and in good health. It is with regret however that I inform you of my grandparents' death - Don Arsenio 18 years ago, and my grandmother Dona Rosario, but two years ago.
My family still lives in our hacienda in Tiaong, Quezon province, Philippines, which we turned into a tourist resort 9 years ago, as the rice and coconut business has failed for us (coconut and rice prices are rock bottom). Our resort is doing very well and we are expecting large numbers of guests this summer.
I am still trying to find out where my family came from in Spain. My family's ancestral home is said to be in Segovia...we have strong roots there...but my ancestors could have come from elsewhere, within the region. My great-grandfather was not from a rich family, and he had joined the Guardia Civil in his youth. He became a majistrate in later years. My great-grandmother was a local lady of means. Though my great-grandfather was a common man my great-grandmother married him (she had the land and the money). They had two sons, but only my grandfather survived into adulthood.
I do not know what drove many of our kinsfolk to the Americas and the Philippines. I do remember my grandfather saying that maybe it was due to much poverty and hardship, and not so much a need for fame and wealth. Going abroad was probably the best choice for a better life.
Our coat of arms is blue and gold...it has an armored arm holding a sword, on top of a castle or tower. I'm looking for clues to its origin...do the Escuderos of Peru have a similar coat of arms?
I will tell my aunts and uncles about you. They will be glad for you.