(The following text are excerpts from the webpage of the "UNSON FAMILY WEBSITE")

We are all direct descendants of Gervasio and Maria Cabreza Unson who married in Pagsanjan, Laguna on February 20, 1879.

Because a lot of information was lost during World War II and a fire that razed the Unson ancestral home many decades ago, a special team has been formed to recover the vital information linking us to our historic past.

The exploratory team composed of Alex Unson, Virginia U. Merino, Edward and Marge Unson and Imelda Unson set forth to Pagsanjan last July to meet with Unson relatives still living in Pagsanjan.

They met with Celvi Unson, a descendant of Lolo Gervasio's brother. A family tree linking the brothers and sisters of Lolo Gervasio is being compiled but keeping in touch with this branch of the family is another challenge.

Tito Celvi's sisters and their families have been invited to our Millennium Family Reunion. They are Myrna Palileo, Elma Dizon, and Nayda Unson.

Also uncovered were the following interesting facts:

- There is an Unson College, Unson Hospital, Unson Street and Unson Pharmacy in Pagsanjan, Laguna.
- There are Unson's in Santa Cruz, Laguna and branches of Unson's spread out in Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and Davao.

The task of finding our common roots has only begun!

We are hoping to have answered before our Millenium Family Reunion an age-old mystery: Were there really three Unson brothers who sailed to the Philippines from China? If this is so, will that explain why the Unson's all over the Philippines have similar eyes, jawline, and build?

As of 1979, there were 433 living members of the Gervasio and Maria Cabreza Unson clan. How many do you think there are today? Abangan!

CIPRIANO EUGENIO UNSON y CABREZA
contributed by Fran and Tina Jose (message from Tito Hector Unson)

Cipriano (Pianing) was born in Pagsanjan on March 4, 1881. He died on December 24, 1962 as recalled by his son Hector Juan who will be 81 years old on June 24, 2000.

As a young man, Papa and his oldest brother (Tio Pepe) were given the responsibility of accompanying produce from Pagsanjan to Divisoria where they rode "casco" which were flat-bottomed barges that traveled along the shallow banks of the waterways in Manila.

He was educated at both San Juan de Letran and Ateneo de Manila.

Papa’s career began in 1898 as an interpreter for the military government established by the U.S. in the Philippines. Eventually, a civilian government replaced the military government. In the new setup, Papa was part of the Executive Bureau. This group of civil servants became the nucleus of the civil government. Papa enjoyed being in this much sought-after position, especially when they would move the office every summer to Baguio where the weather was much cooler than in Manila. He would bring our whole family to Baguio where we would spend our "bakasyon grande." We would play with the children of the other people from the upper levels of government. That was really fun!

By then, Papa’s position enabled him to qualify for the civil service second-grade level. By 1919, (age 38) he was already a Purchasing Agent in the Bureau of Supply.

By the time I was a third grader in school, Papa became the Under-Secretary of Public Works and Communication. This position was in the first grade level of civil service (highest position in civil service).

In 1934, Papa retired from his government service career and took advantage of the Osmena Retirement Act. He moved to Pagsanjan to retire where he and Mama were born.

In 1935, President Quezon became the first President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. President Quezon offered Papa the position of Director of the Bureau of Supply and he readily accepted. He came back from retirement.

Papa served in the Philippine Government ending a distinguished career that spanned about fifty years. His retirement years were spent enjoying the fruits of his labor and even seeing his youngest child ordained in 1962 (the year of his death).

Papa was a very good father. I also recall that he was a champion billiard player. This billiard game was considered a game played by the elite. His reputation as a highly skilled billiard player made him popular among his friends in the higher levels of government.

Aside from billiard, Papa’s other sports included golf and card games such as auction bridge, poker and monte. He enjoyed playing these with friends. These also sharpened his "people skills."

My Lolo Gervasio (Basiong) was called Maestro Gervasio in Pagsanjan because he tutored most of the influential Pagsanjanos. At that time, Lolo Basiong was fluent in Spanish. He learned English because he had the foresight to see the role the U.S. would play in the Philippines in the coming 20th century. In fact, he was a delegate in the Philippine Islands Delegation that was sent to the St. Louis Exposition (St. Louis, Missouri) which was the 1st Exposition in the 20th century.

Lolo Basiong prepared his children by teaching them the English language. That gave Papa and Tio Pepe (the two oldest boys) an edge over other Filipinos. This advantage benefited them in their government careers.

Lolo Basiong was also a businessman. He moved from Pagsanjan to Lucena (capital of Tayabas which is presently Quezon Province) due to the greater business opportunities in Lucena. He acquired a vast amount of coconut land. The profits from business were invested in buying more land. Lucena eventually became his home base.