Bicolano people

Bicolano people

Infobox Ethnic group
group = Bicolanos

caption = Joker Arroyo
population = 5.9 million (6.9% of the Philippine population)
regions =flagcountry|Philippines smaller|(Bicolandia, Metro Manila)

languages = Bikol languages, Masbateño, Waray, Filipino, English
religions = Predominantly Roman Catholic with some animism
related = Bisaya, Tagalog, other Filipino peoples, other Austronesian peoples

The Bicolanos are the the fifth-largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group.Fact|date=February 2007


Bicolanos live in the southeastern peninsula of Luzon, now containing the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. Many Bicolanos also live in the province of Quezon.


The Bicolanos number about 5,907,000.Fact|date=February 2007 They are descended from the Austronesian-speaking immigrants who came from South China during the Iron Age. Some Bicolanos also have Chinese, Arab, and Spanish admixtures. Their language is referred to as Bikol or Bicolano. The Bicolano language is very fragmented, and its dialects are mutually incomprehensible to speakers of other Bicolano dialects. The majority of the Bicolano people are devout Roman Catholics. Catholic Mass is celebrated daily in many churches in the Bicol Region.


The Bicolano culture is primarily noted for the prominent use of chili peppers and "gata" (coconut milk) in its food. A classic example is the gulay na lada, known outside the region as Bicol Express, a well-loved dish using "siling labuyo" (native small chillies) and the aforementioned "gata".

Prominent Bicolanos

For a list of prominent or noteworthy Bicolanos.
*Tecla San Andres Ziga - First woman bar topnotcher in the Philippine History,a Philippine Senator (Albay)
*Venancio Ziga - Governor (Albay)
*Victor San Andres Ziga - second generation politician. He was an Assemblyman, a Governor (Albay) and a Philippine Senator.
*Raul S. Roco - was a Philippine Senator from Bombon, Camarines Sur/former DepEd Secretary
*Jorge Barlin - was the first Filipino bishop from Baao, Camarines Sur
*Francisco Tatad - was a Philippine Senator from Catanduanes
*Gregorio Honasan - is Philippine Senator
*Joker Arroyo - is Philippine Senator from Baao, Camarines Sur
*Francisco "Chiz" Escudero - is a Philippine Senator from Sorsogon
*Nora Aunor - a celebrity from Iriga City
*Eddie Garcia - director and celebrity from buhi camarines sur
*Conrado de Quiros - columnist
*Jesse Robredo - 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and a Philippine Mayor
*Ely Buendía - a filipino music icon, songwriter and musician who gained fame as the lead vocalist in the popular 1990's Pinoy rock band, The Eraserheads. (Naga City)
*Beatriz Saw - Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 Big Winner from baao
*Dina Bonnevie - Actress from magarao camarines sur
*Rodolfo Noel Lozada - star witness involved in the Philippine National Broadband Network controversy from Ligao, Albay
*Sandra Cam - from Masbate
*Almar Rivera-from sampaguita st. ERV camarines sur
*Jayson Fernandez - vocalist for Rivermaya from Camarines Norte
*Ricky Lee - prominent script writer from Camarines Norte
*Cong.Pio Duran-Albay,close friend of Felix Maronilla Jr.of Libon ,Albay
*Don Mariano Sasis Maronilla-(1840-1908)The great ancestor of the Maronilla clan of Libon, Albay.One of the most prominent clans in the region.
*Don Felix Maronilla Sr.-father of Felix Maronilla Jr.,Landlord,Philantrophist.
*Sor Cecilia Calleja Maronilla-(1900-1991)-the daughter of Mariano Sasis Maronilla and Rafaela Calleja was born on February 1, 1900 in Libon, Albay. At 18, she joined the Daughters of Charity and was the first nun who enrolled at the Conservatory of Music in U.P. under Prof. Dr. Antonio Molina. On February 1932, she rendered her senior recital.

Sor Cecilia was assigned head of the Department of Music at Sta. Isabel College, Intramuros, Manila and then Sta. Isabel, Naga City. Hailing from one of the prominent families of the region, she financed the construction of the Music Building of Sta. Isabel, Naga City. She was a full-time department head and professor of Music where she graduated many students in piano.

Sor Cecilia died at the age of 91 on November 1991 at the Daughters of Charity Provincial House in Parañaque City.
*Atanacio "Tanny" Vasquez Maronilla- from the prominent political clan of Maronilla of Libon, Albay.Former OWWA Administrator.Best Debater 1969.A part of Libon's Academic elite.(Bedan)
*Adrian Jr."Adi" Maronilla- great-great-grand son of the Maronilla clan.The Philippines wonder boy for his intellectual supremacy.His philosophical mind can make him talk about different perspectives like society,politics and life.The quotations he made will tell his deep personality.(Headway School for Giftedness)
*Atty.Ramon M. Maronilla-former president of the historic Club Filipino.A prominent lawyer,Upsilonian.Officer of the Nacionalista Party ,UP Alumni Association,board member.(Maronilla Law office)
*Atty.Jose"Buddy" Matias Maronilla- prominet lawyer and businessman
*Don Manuel Maronilla Calleja-former Albay Governor,judge,fiscal,a Mason(Thomasian)
* Maj. Nicanor Maronilla Sr.-founder of the Far Eastern College,forrunner of Far Eastern University.Ateneo de Manila hero and patriot during the second world war.
*Wilfredo "Das" Maronilla-vice-mayor of Libon, Albay
*Don Felix Maronilla Jr.-significant political figure in Albay.King maker of Albay.Liberal Party.Father of the late Atanacio Maronilla.Great grandfather of Adi Maronilla jr.
*Atty.Jose Segui Maronilla-Prominent lawyer
*Atty. Wiljohn Maronilla-Law Professor,MLQU. Maronilla,Recina Law office
*Atty. Vincent Phillip Cuan Maronilla-prominent lawyer,The law Firm of Valdez,Mendoza,Anigan and Associates.,son of the late Atanacio Maronilla (Alphan)
*Atty. Fernando Maronilla-Atenean
*Roberto"Totong"Maronilla- banker(former vice-president,Equitable PCI Bank)
*Ramon Calleja Fernandez was valedictorian of Sorsogon High School. He was cum laude of UP College of Law and was a Second Placer of the 1939 Bar Exam, which was topped by ex-President Ferdinand E. Marcos. He was admitted to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on 16 February 1940.

Ramon married Lydia Seva.

He founded the Libon Private High School. He was the first President (1948 - 1956) of the Legaspi Colleges — the forerunner of the Aquinas University in Legaspi, Albay. He was a professorial law lecturer at the Manuel L Quezon University and the UP Law Center. He was awarded the Professor of the Year at the UP Law Center in 1978.From Libon,Albay
*Dominador Aytona-former Senator,bar topnotcher,Libon,Albay
*Justice Irene Rian Cortez-former associate justice of the supreme court.From Libon, Albay
*Atty. Nicanor Maronilla Jr.-Former Albay Governor,Libon,Albay
*Fr.Jesus Vasquez Fernandez,SJ-from Libon,Albay,Loyola House of Studies,Ateneo De Manila University.Founder and Head of Santiago de Libon Association.
*Manuel Calleja Fernandez was born on 16 February 1916 in Libon, Albay.

He was a medical practitioner, specializing in dermatology — having worked at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital (1947-1949), UCLA Medical Center (1948) and several other hospitals across Canada and the United States. He served as the President of the University of the Philippines Manila Medical Alumni Association in 1966; and served as a dermatologic surgery consultant at UP PGH’s Dermatology Section.

In addition to being affiliated with many associations and foundations, he was a member of Makati Medical Center’s Founders Circle. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Dermatology of MMC.

He is the father of Dr. Manuel Ocampo Fernandez (a pioneering cosmetic surgeon who first brought liposuction to the Philippines), Maria Victoria “Vicki” Ocampo Fernandez-Zubiri (the socialite-mother of Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri) and Malu Ocampo Fernandez (the infamous lifestyle writer who enraged millions of OFWs with her 2007 People Asia travel article).
*Bartolome Seda Fernandez (1892 - 1981) was the son of Manuel Praxedes Fernandez and Mamerta Seda.

A government auditor, Bartolome was assigned to several provinces — Zamboanga, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Capiz, Leyte, Cebu and Iloilo. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, he fled with his family from Iloilo to Leon, where he continued his function as Provincial Auditor to the Civil Resistance Movement, together with the then Governor Tomas Confesor. He was a member of the Emergency Currency Committee — a team tasked to oversee the printing and circulation of emergency notes to be used by the guerilla forces. After the fall of Bataan in 1942, President Manuel Quezon wired the appointment of Bartolome as the Auditor General of Western Visayas, while he was on his way to Australia. In years after the war, President Carlos P. Garcia appointed him to Deputy Auditor General of the Philippines — a position he held until 1961.Libon,Albay

He married Pilar Maronilla Calleja in 1917. After Pilar’s death in 1946, he remarried — taking Mercedez Guerrero as his bride in 1958.

He is the great grandfather of Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.
*Maria Victoria “Vicky” Ocampo Fernandez is the daughter of Makati Medical Center pioneer Dr. Manuel Calleja Fernandez.

A graduate of Assumption College, she is a designer and is a partner in Victoria II (a boutique patronized by Manila’s social elite). She was included in the Survivors Issue of People Asia Magazine in 2007, after having triumphed over a brain tumor which necessitated two surgeries and radiation therapy.

She is the sister of of Dr. Manuel Ocampo Fernandez (a pioneering cosmetic surgeon who first brought liposuction to the Philippines in 1983) and of Malu Ocampo Fernandez (the infamous lifestyle writer who enraged millions of OFWs with her 2007 People Asia travel article). She is the wife of Bukidnon Governor Joe Zubiri, with whom she has 5 children (the third being Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri). From Libon, Albay
*Bartolome Calleja Fernandez graduated from the University of the Philippines and was a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi.

Bartolome was Audit Commissioner from 1969 to 1986. He penned several materials relevant to his profession, among them, “Statutory Construction for State Auditors” (published 1978) and “A Treatise on Government Contracts Under Philippine Law” (published 2003).

From 1953 to 1986, he was also a law professor for various universities — Legaspi College, Francisco College, Lyceum of the Philippines, University of the East and University of the Philippines. In 1994, he was also a Bar Reviewer for political law.From, Libon,Albay

He is the grand uncle of Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.
*Jay "Bugoy" Bogayan - Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 2nd Star Dreamer from Camarines Sur


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