Aniceto Lacson

Aniceto Lacson y Ledesma (17 April 1857 in Molo
Molo, Iloilo City
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, Iloilo
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, Philippines
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 – 3 February 1931 in Talisay
Talisay City, Negros Occidental
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, Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
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, Philippines) was a sugar farmer, revolutionary general and businessman in the Philippines. He was the fifth son of seven children of Lucio Lacson y Petronila and Clara Ledesma of Iloilo, Philippines who migrated to Negros when Aniceto was still young. Aniceto’s early education began under private tutelage in Molo, Iloilo. He later studied commerce at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila
Ateneo de Manila University
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, where his classmates included future general and comrade Juan Araneta
Juan Araneta
Juan Anacleto Araneta , was a pioneer sugar farmer and revolutionary leader during the Negros Revolution.-Early life:Juan was born to Romualdo Araneta and Agüeda Torres in Molo, Iloilo, Philippines...

, Dr. José Rizal
José Rizal
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, and other Filipinos
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 who later figured in the Philippine Revolution
Philippine Revolution
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. While a student in Manila
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, he had the opportunity to meet the Supremo of the Katipunan
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, Andrés Bonifacio
Andres Bonifacio
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, with whom he had a secret blood compact
Blood compact
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. He was the only Negrense who had this honor and consequently became a member of the Katipunan.


Aniceto first married Rosario Araneta, a direct descendant of the Kabungsuan royal family of Mindanao
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, daughter of Patricio Cabunsol Araneta and Leoncia Araneta, with whom he sired eleven children. They were:
  1. Jesusa, the eldest, married Jose Maria Arroyo y Pidal, her second cousin. Jesusa and Jose are the grandparents of Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo
    Jose Miguel Arroyo
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    ,husband of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
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  2. Emilio and
  3. Clotilde, both died at an early age;
  4. Carmen, married Ricardo Claparols, a Spaniard
  5. Enriqueta, married Domingo Lacson III, a first cousin;
  6. Isaac, who became governor of Negros, then congressman and senator of the Republic married Carmen Paterno;
  7. Mariano, married Lilia Montilla;
  8. Perfecta, married Santiago Franco;
  9. Jose, died young;
  10. Aniceto, Jr., married Aurora Lacson, a cousin; and
  11. Dominador, married Visitacion Lacson, another cousin.

With his second wife, Magdalena Torres, he had 10 children. They were:
  1. Resureccion, married Carlos Sackermann;
  2. Margarita, a former Miss Negros Occidental, married William Gemperle;
  3. Leonila, married Angel Gamboa;
  4. Leoncia, single born December 6, 1903 died June 29, 1981;
  5. Nicolas, married Amparo Lacson, sister of Arsenio Lacson
    Arsenio Lacson
    Arsenio H. Lacson was a Filipino journalist and politician who gained widespread attention as Mayor of Manila from 1952 to 1962. An active executive likened by Time and The New York Times to New York's Fiorello La Guardia, he was the first Manila mayor to be reelected to three terms...

    , Mayor of Manila, parents of the famous and controversial Rose Porteous
    Rose Porteous
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     of Perth, Australia;
  6. Juan, married Reymunda Villareal;
  7. Jose, married Estelita Adrias;
  8. Lucio, a marine engineer married to Consuelo Flores; had 6 daughters. He died in 1989.
  9. Luis, married Lily Distajo;
  10. Consuelo, married Sebastian Corro.


When his father became bedridden, he took charge of all the work in the haciendas
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 and did much to improve the properties. As a result, through his efforts his father became one of the richest men in Negros and the Philippines. When the time came to divide his father’s properties his other brothers chose the best haciendas. Aniceto, for his part, chose the uncultivated ones. Thus, he received more land from his father than his brothers. Through hard work, he improved all the land and turned it into one of the best producing haciendas in Negros.

In the later 19th century, a Swiss
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 businessman by the name of Luchinger decided to sell his vast properties in Matabang, Talisay, which he earlier purchased from Nicholas Loney, the biggest sugar cane producer in Negros at that time. It was offered to Aniceto Lacson, but he did not have enough ready cash. Luchinger was willing to sell it on installment provided Aniceto’s father Lucio refused as the venture appeared risky. Aniceto negotiated with Luchinger to agree to sell it to him without guarantor. Knowing that Aniceto was hardworking, honest and followed through with his business commitments, Luchinger agreed.

His home in Talisay City, Negros Occidental is owned by his descendants the Claparols family.

The Republic of Negros

The Cantonal Republic of Negros was established with Aniceto Lacson as its president. This republic lasted only from November 27, 1898 until March 4, 1899 when the negrenses and revolutionaries surrendered to the American General, James Francis Smith
James Francis Smith
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. This government lasted only for three months and four days.


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