Research in Solano

Finished researching the records at Parish of San Luis, found some interesting information


March 2, 2008

Objective: To find information about the Balunsat families living in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines.

Facts Known: The family of Mauricio Balunsat and Rosa Panganiban was established in Solano in the late 1800’s.

Research Results:

The parish registers of the church of San Luis, in Solano were searched. These registers start in 1875 for the baptism and death registers, but the marriage registers starts in

The registers were search starting with the first page and ending in the mid 1900’s. The first book of baptism available was the Second Register, so it is obvious that the church was active prior to 1875 and the first book is missing.

The following entries were found:

Vicente Balunzat married to Elena Bariuan were the parents of:
Vicente, born February 5, 1879.

These entries did not give the names of the grandparents. It is obvious that Vicente and Elena married before 1877.

In the Death Register the entry for Vicente Balunzat was found dated February 10, 1879g.

Gaspar Balunzat married to Maria Manalu were the parents of:

Margarita, born October 18, 1877~
Luis, born October 10, 1879~
Veronica, born March 21, 1882

In the Death register the entry for Margarita was found dated, July 23, 1878~. Gaspar’s death entry was also found dated June 4, 1883. He was 28 years old.

The entry for Veronima gave the names of the grandparents, so we know that Gaspar was the son of Torcuato Balunzat and Paula Balalat.

Since Vicente named one of his children Torcuato, I believe he was the brother of Gaspar.

Another death entry found that might have been of a sister of Vicente and Gaspar was that of Rosa Balunzat, married to Valentin Dumelo. She was 40 years old and died on November 20, 1883g.

Miguel Balunsat married to Fermina Dangulan were the parents of:

2Par. S. Luis, L2 F148v, Doe # 2

3Par. S. Luis, L2 F62, Doe # 3

4Par. S. Luis, L2 F67v, Doe # 4

5Par. S. Luis, L2 F173v, Doe # 5

6Par. S. Luis, L2 F309v, Doe #6

7Par. S. Luis, L2 F52, Doe # 7

8Par. S. Luis, L2 F219, Doe # 8

9Par. S. Luis, L2 F257, Doe # 9

Rosa Demetria, born June 20, 1891
Angel Geronimo Mauricio, born September 30, 1894

These baptism entries gave the names of the grandparents, so we know that Miguel Balunsat was the son of Mauricio Balunsat and Rosa Panganiban. Fermina was the daughter of Vicente Danguilan and Josefa Logan. The entry for Rosa’s baptism also mentions that they are Indians of the town. The entry for Angel says they are living in Baraguay no. 4 of Don Aniceto Piggangay

There was available a census of the Province of Nueva Viscaya made in 1896 that promised to be informative, so I searched for the surname Balunsat in all the towns mt eh census. The following was found:

In the town of Solano:

Felix Balunsat, native’2

In the town of Bayombong

Alexandrom Balunsat, native’3

In the town of Bagabag

Rosario Balunsat, native’4
Basilio Balunsat marrying Teodora Ballesteros’5

I am not sure way the families established in Solano that we already knew about were not listed in the census it seems strange. I was hoping to find out more about them, like having a list of all the children, etc.

The town of Bayombong has parish registers starting in 1845 but the town of Bagabag

Par. S. Luis, L3 F287, Doc # 10 This register start with page 284 and has a note saying
pages are missing.

11Par. S. Luis, L3 F407v, Doe # 11

12 Census 1896, Solano, Doe ~ Al

13 Census 1896, Solano, Doe # A2

14 Census 1896, Solano, Doe # A3

15 Census 1896, Solano, Doe # A4
has only Civil Registers starting in 1945, with some form 1922 to 1931.

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