Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Legend of the Uichanco Twins

Filed under: Familiar & Familial — jungzx @ 11:46 am
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One side of my family has the type of last name that you know only your relatives can have. Meaning if someone has it, you’re related to that someone for sure.

And no, it’s not Zobel De Ayala, dang it. But Uichanco’s good enough for me. :)

Uichanco heads

1980s Uichanco heads

Lately, my Tita stumbled upon an Unfamiliar Uichanco online. I was unofficially assigned (i.e. Mom made me kulit) to get in touch with her, to ask her who her parents are, because we were all going “WTF? I’ve never heard of her!” And not having heard of a Uichanco is, in itself, unheard of. We’re currently still waiting for a response, hoping we didn’t scare her off.

You might think this is incredibly self-centered of us to assume we “own” the name, so to speak, but really we do! I’m aware it is possible we’ve just lost track of all the members of our huge “clan.” But there is one reason this is kind of more intriguing than it should be:

There is a Legend that’s been thrown around the family dinner table more than once before. And so the lookout for unknown Uichancos has always been quietly going on.

Why don’t you lean back, sit comfortably around the campfire in front of the monitor and let me tell you the story.

Submitted to the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story:
The Tale Legend of the Uichanco Twins

Legend has it that generations ago there were male Uichanco twins. For some reason, they just could NOT get along. Whether it was a feud between the twins, or between one twin and the rest of the family, I’m not sure. Either way, it got so bad that that the one twin left the house and never looked back, never talked to the family again. [cue collective *gasp* from audience]

Now according to Legend, we are the descendants of the left-behind twin. And the Unfamiliar Uichancos are descendants of the other.

This means that there is a whole ‘nother side of our clan that we have never met before! A whole lot of family members we don’t actually know!

[cue: X-Files theme song]

Like UFOs, there have even been rumored sightings! Not of the people themselves but, you know, of some kind of document that said something related to an Unfamiliar Uichanco. Some have said they’ve seen it in UP Diliman, a province in the Visayas… Some have even mentioned Australia.

Will the Unfamiliars and us ever meet again? Will there be a reunion between the separated twins’ families, several generations later?

That’s a secret I’ll never tell.


Gossip Gi–WAIT. Wrong show.

Forget it.

The truth to the Legend, we’ll never know for certain now. But, one must say as a member of this family, it is a pretty cool story.

So while we’re waiting for a message back from the recently stumbled-upon Unfamiliar Uichanco, I wonder — What’s your favorite Family Legend? :)



  1. Dang, we’ve never had family legends as cool as that. The closest thing I can think of is my great grandfather’s life. Apparently he was a fisherman, and he also has a harem, and he was mayor of Bay, Laguna. And he also wrote “The Legend of Laguna de Bay”, which has a character named “Adrianna”. And he wrote it decades before I was born. Creepy- no, wait, I’m just reading too much into it. Bleh.

    Comment by Ade — Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  2. Hmmm, I have my own version of the legend. My surname, as you might have noticed is also quite rare. Well, it is a well-known fact that my dad has a brother who left the family due to, they say, irreconcilable differences. He had many women, and therefore, many children, only few of which we have met.

    Just today, someone at work asked me to write in a sign-off sheet… then she saw my surname and was shocked, saying she knows someone in the same office with my surname! Wtf, same office?! I told my mom a while ago and she immediatele speculated that the person could actually be one of my forsaken uncle’s descendants.

    Nahihiya lang ako hanapin yung person na yun sa work. Hehe.

    Comment by anna o — Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  3. Yo, you know there was a wedding lang at my aunt’s resort in bohol recently… most of them were uichanco’s and stuff.:) not sure who though, just heard it through dinner one time..

    hmmm.. with my family, apparently, we were so wealthy and were related to these sisters that ended up being really old and never got married.. they were the sisters of my lolo. so anyway, there was a fire, and apparently the house burned down to ashes.. so all of the supposedly yaman which was stored in the old bauls you use for rice was gone because people started hoarding them and whatever.. hahaha weird noh.

    Comment by margaux — Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  4. @Ade: Sabi na nga ba you’re “Adrianna” when the sun goes down. (woot)

    @Anna O: Hwat?! The Uichanco Legend isn’t unique. :(
    Pero go! Ask! Aaaaask your lastnamesake officemate! I dare you! :D

    @Margaux: I’ll make chika to my mom about the wedding. :)
    So your family helped your neighbors… However involuntarily. And the lesson of the story is: deposit your riches at the bank and not bauls. Haha. Sucks.

    Comment by jungzx — Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  5. lemme guess.. ikaw ung nasa right side. haha! soo little! haha! =]

    cutie! =]

    Comment by aera — Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  6. Same here. Cervales and Oville are rare so whenever I read the names of people with those surnames, they are probably my relatives.

    And now, I still have to make up some lame surname legend as an excuse for not having one. Baduy. Hehe.

    Comment by KC — Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  7. uh, i have the same family thing too, though not as interesting as yours or ade’s. it was said that my dad’s (and therefore mine as well) surname came from camiguin, where they lived in familial tranquility until some decided to migrate to cagayan de oro. i don’t know how my branch got to negros, though. the reverse happened to me though. let’s just say one of the cagayan de oro cousins got in touch with me, and we met up once. we still ym from time to time.

    Comment by undercrisis — Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  8. olats. wala namang family legend ang mga SANTOS.

    i better make one fast!

    nice entry, jewel! :)

    Comment by alphasensei — Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  9. @aera: How do you guys know?! @_@

    @KC: I’m sure you guys have a legend! Ask the older generation; I’m sure they’ll come up with something. Oooold families always do. :)

    @undercrisis: But finding long lost relatives is the point of my whole story! :D

    @alphasensei: Hahahahaha! Well. I can say the same for Angeleses. Pero malay mo chismis from there’s still major stories from your extended family? Chismis sa’min related daw kami kay Hero Angeles! “So what?!” ang dating pero hahaha I’ll take what chismis I can get from that side of the family.

    Comment by jungzx — Saturday, September 27, 2008 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  10. Re: long lost relative?
    The girl in my office is gone. :( I don’t know, different shift maybe? I just can’t find her na! Anyway, if we’re really related, we’re meant to cross paths siguro ulit. Haha. I’m leaving it to the forces of nature.

    Comment by anna o — Sunday, September 28, 2008 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  11. @Anna O: OH NO! :(
    Your long lost relative reunion is (temporarily) ruined.
    Kaya ayan. The next time you find another lastnamesake, go right up to him/her na without hesitation. You never know what you’ll uncover. ;)

    Comment by jungzx — Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  12. i guess you are talking bout me.

    Comment by another uichanco — Saturday, October 18, 2008 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  13. Intriguing legend. I’m from UP Diliman and I’ve lived in Australia for some time before.

    Oh, and did I mention I’m an unfamiliar Uichanco. Hehe.

    Anyways, as far as surnames go, you could say that the Uichanco surname is indeed quite rare; I am an only son of an only son. I descend from Dean Leopoldo B. Uichanco (+). His son, Arturo Uichanco (+), is my grandfather. My father is Angelo (aka Jojo) Uichanco.

    I am curious to know how we are related. I am not really close to the Uichanco side of my family so you could say that lots of Uichancos are unfamiliar Uichancos to me.

    Wouldn’t it be cool to find out that I’m descendant from the twin who left?


    Comment by Joseph — Saturday, October 25, 2008 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  14. @Joseph: I may not know you personally, but I’m sorry (or not? Hm.) to say you’re not exactly an “unfamiliar”.. At least not in the way I meant it. Haha. We’re both from the same “twin,” if there was a twin talaga. :)

    My Lolo was Dr. Leopoldo A. Uichanco II, and was Lolo Arthur’s brother. So we’re actually second cousins. :D

    My mom was half asleep when I asked her but she knows of you, your family, I think.

    Soooo many Uichancos. Us kids in our generation should all get together and get to know each other! ;P

    Comment by jungzx — Sunday, October 26, 2008 @ 2:34 am | Reply

  15. Hey, this is an old entry, but I saw it on my Google Reader. I had a grade school classmate named Joline Uichanco. Any chance youre related? :)

    Comment by Helga — Monday, November 3, 2008 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  16. Oh ya ya, I remember that Joline’s dad was in Australia. A doctor of Philosophy, lol, mebbe she meant PhD, cos the kids used to tease her, saying her dad was a pilosopo. Based on her Facebook profile, she’s based in SG now.

    Comment by Helga — Monday, November 3, 2008 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  17. @Helga: We probably are! Grade school in… Los Baños, was it? My Lolo(s) went to grade school-high school in LB kasi eh. Some family there still. :)
    I have a hunch that your friend Joline is related to the dude who left a comment above.

    If it’s in LB, then she’s part of our extended family for sure. Not from the Legendary Other Twin, though I haven’t met them yet. Mom might know them (or her parents) though… :)


    I think I should start a Facebook group for Uichancos around the world. LOL.

    Comment by jungzx — Monday, November 3, 2008 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  18. Yeah, we were classmates in MSI :)

    Comment by Helga — Tuesday, November 4, 2008 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  19. @Helga: Ayun nga. She’s probably a second cousin. :)
    Well, maybe you could give her this link. I don’t know what I’m going to do about it but then just, I guess, let her know she has relatives that want to say hi? Hahaha.

    Comment by jungzx — Tuesday, November 4, 2008 @ 10:57 pm | Reply

  20. hi! we also belong to the Uichanco clan. :) my grandfather is Jose Bancain Uichanco, from UP Diliman. we never thought we’d be able to find anything on the net regarding the Uichanco clan since we have a very rare last name. regards and hope to see you someday..Ü

    Comment by kristine joy uichanco — Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  21. hi jewel. :)
    insomnia made me search uichanco in pipl.com. haha. and here i am.
    sister ako ni laya, naging classmates yata kayo sa lb dati.
    anyway, joseph and joline are children of tito jojo (eldest and only son of arturo). first cousin ko sila.
    tito jojo lives in dubai now and has a wife and kids (triplets: evelyn,laura and amber) in australia.

    kitakits sa next uichanco reunion.

    Comment by Lee Ann — Wednesday, January 7, 2009 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  22. Could Wijangco and Uichanco be related? Kasi I just stumbled upon a friend whose surname was Wijangco and the similarity is intriguing. You could probably google them to see for yourself.

    Comment by Joseph — Tuesday, October 6, 2009 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  23. Wijangco and Uichanco are Chinese surnames. I bear the former. :P

    Comment by Cris — Sunday, August 1, 2010 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

  24. Hi! mind I ask what chinese surname is equivalent or related to the Uichancos?

    Comment by Naj — Saturday, July 23, 2011 @ 12:49 am | Reply

    • I’m not quite sure what you mean exactly. Uichanco is a Chinese surname.

      But from what I hear, it’s a combination of Uy, Chan and Co. Although that’s not 100% credible and could be dismissed as an old wives’ tale. Haha

      Comment by jungzx — Saturday, July 23, 2011 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

  25. whoops sorry. i guess my question wasn’t clear enough. :P What I meant by chinese surname was the one character the Uichanco would use as a surname in Chinese. Like say, the Ongs are ‘wang’ and the Tans, are ‘chen’, Chuas are ‘chai’.

    Comment by Naj — Monday, July 25, 2011 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

    • Oh. We may have Chinese blood running through us but we were never raised Chinese. So I honestly have no idea. :P

      Comment by jungzx — Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

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