AUTAJAY Family of Antique, Philippines. Their close relatives are the Pe, Escaro, Moscoso, Javier, Zabala, and the Fornier. Originally thought to have started as Pe Ta Hai, traced back to "Inkong Ome" from Amoi, Fuokien, China. Migrated to the Philippines and married "Imang" Gonzales of Iba, Zambales, Philippines. The couple settled in Antique, Philippines and had three children namely Ciriaco Pe, Pedro Pe and Maria Pe.
Manuel E. Autajay came from the descendants of Ciriaco Pe now Autajay (from Au Tah Hai, the opposite of Pe Tah Hai). It was believed that Ciriaco Pe was once called Pe Tah Hai, however their neighbors used to call him Ciriaco Pe Tah Hai. His forefathers suffered great misfortunes from the hands of the barbarians, thus Ciriaco swore to change his name from Pe to Au, and it was believed that Pe means "good" while Au means "bad" as in bad experiences. They carried the name Au Tah Hai since then, however up to these present day, there are still Petahai surnames, especially in Antique, and they recognized the Autajay as their relatives or family descendants from China.
Manuel Escaro Autajay is one of the siblings of Salvacion Moscoso Escaro of Bgy. San Pedro, San Jose, Antique and Antonio Javier Autajay of Piape, Hamtic, Antique. Manuel Escaro Autajay married Fe Ramos Mendoza of Bgy Guintas, Hamtic, Antique and blessed with six siblings, all boys.