Descendants of Benito Cabahug and Tomasa Sanchez
The Maximino Branch
Benito Cabahug is the progenitor of an extensive branch of the Cabahug family.  He was
undoubtedly born in Mandaue, probably around 1820, judging from the ages of his children
and grandchildren.  About 1840, Benito married Tomasa.  It should be
noted that Benito and Tomasa did not have surnames at this time, as was typical of Filipinos
prior to 1850.  In that year they adopted a surname;
Benito became Benito Cabajug and Tomasa became Tomasa Sanchez.  We do not know
the names of Benito's parents, but we can be confident that Benito was closely related to the other
individuals who also adopted the Cabajug name and particularly to Jacinto Andres and Josef Silvestre.
Benito was a member of the "principalia", the upper class, who where leaders in the local
society.  And, like many members of the principalia, Benito was a mestizo Sangley, a
Filipino of Chinese ancestry.  Benito was also a business man who apparently traded in
agricultural products.  Dr. Michael Cullinane found an entry in the early Spanish records
that lists Benito Cabahug as a resident of Omopao or Ompao, Mandaue in 1868
and an "inquilino" of the Seminario de San Carlos4.  As an
inquilino, Benito rented land from the Seminario and arranged for tenant farmers to work the
land on shares.  Benito would then trade his share of the produce in the agricultural market
in Cebu City, possibly with the help of a family member.  Felix Cabahug, a resident of the Parian, is a likely candidate
for this family member.
Benito's status and business activity is further illustrated by an 1876 entry in the notary records,
which shows that he had financial transactions with Maria dela Anuciacion Climaco, a member
of the wealthy and powerful Climaco family in Cebu City49, while an 1889
record shows that Benito owned land in Mandaue51.  The
latter record also indicates that Benito was deceased when the record was made.
The children of Benito and Tomasa are:
||Maximino was born in the early to mid 1840's and died before 1900.
He married Fausta Barte.
|| Narciso Cabahug was born October 29,
18542, and died on May 24,
19313.  He married Cirila Barte.
||Cornelio was born about 18553, and died on February 12,
19373.  He married Eugenia
|| Eduardo married Martina Gepiga .
|| Juan married Generosa Cortes.
|| Eustacia married Juan Ouano.
Further information (names, places and dates) on Benito Cabahug's children can be found in the
RootsWeb WorldConnect database.  For a direct link is to his family in that
Judging from the age of his wife and children, Maximino was born in the early to mid 1840's,
which places him among the oldest children of Benito Cabahug and Tomasa Sanchez.
Maximino's descendants were added to Benito's family in 1992, based on two affidavits sworn
by elderly family members.  Unfortunately, these individuals mistakenly identified him as
Filomeno, a name still used for his lineage.  For the details on the affidavits and on the
mixup in name, see this Link.
Maximino probably married Fausta Barte in the early 1860s.  At least in later
life, the couple lived in Maguiky at the intersection of the crossing road and the national highway
(see affidavit of Saturnina Cabahug Dabon).  This land,
which was originally part of the Hacienda de Mandaue, is near the intersection of M.L. Quezon
Street and M.C. Briones Street.  Maximino and Fausta had three children that we know of
born between 1868 and 1881. The absence of additional children, combined with information
from the affidavits cited above, suggest that Maximino died
before 1900, and possibly in the 1880s.  Fausta continued to live in Maguikay where she
had a store at the corner of the crossing road and the national highway.  Fausta died on
July 26, 1920, at the age of 803.  Her death is
recorded under her maiden name, a Spanish tradition, which indicates she had been a widow for
The children of Maximino and Fausta are:
||Maria was born in 18689, and she died in
19309.  She married Simon
|| Ambrosio Cabahug was born on June 5,
18699, and died on June 11,
196013.  He married Cayetana
|| Severino was born about 18813.  He married (1) Julia del
Castillo and (2) Agripina Villamor.
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