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The Abella Family

18 October 2010

Pronounced [a-bel’-ya], the family name is derived from a Calatan word, meaning “bee”. Catalan, also referred to as Valencian, is a romance language and is spoken mainly in Spain.

The earliest known members of this Abella Clan were the siblings, Manuel, Leocadio and Lucia, who lived in Catanauan, Tayabas in the early 19th century.  A big branch of the clan migrated to Bicol in the 1850s.

Individuals, kin to the Abella’s, are known to be hardworking, learned and business-savvy.    Their patriarchs have played a big role in the Philippine Revolution at the turn of the century; and their descendants have figured prominently in politics, business, academe and historical conservation.

Aida de Belen Abella-Felipe, matriarch of the Abella-Felipe Clan  |  Concepcion Isaac Abella, the “Queen of Naga”  | Domingo Calleja Abella, a renowned historian  |  Domingo Isaac Abella, a surveyor and martyred patriot  | Emetrio Isaac Abella, a respected land owner|  Leocadio Isaac Abella, a prominent businessman  |  Lucia Pinzon Abella-Abella, the only Abella sibling to stay in Catanauan  |  Manuel Imperial Abella, a Philippine senator  | Manuel Pinzon Abella, a philantrophist and martyred patriot |  Mariano Isaac Abella, a 3-term governor of Ambos Camarines and a signatory of the first Philippine Constitution  |  Manuel Imperial Abella, representative of the first district of Camarines Sur to the 1934 Philippine Constitutional Convention  |  Ramon Abella, a political exile to Fernando Po Island  |  Socorro Imperial Abella-Soriano, a real estate developer  |  Bibiana Abella Diaz-Guysayko, a committed educator and Assumption Convent principal  |  Domingo Diaz, the 2-term Representative of the first District of Albay to the Philippine Congress  |  Domingo Abella Diaz, a municipal board member of Naga City  |  Jesus Abella Diaz, a rector of the Jesuit’s San Jose Major Seminary  |  Jose Abella Diaz, a Bataan Death March casualty  |  Ramon Manuel Abella Diaz, a Chairman of the PCGG and an Ambassador to Canada  |  Ramon B. Felipe, a Governor of Camarines Sur  |  Ramon Hidalgo Felipe,  a Naga City major and COMELEC Commissioner. 

The Abella Family Tree can be found on Geni.com.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Wico Tan permalink
    30 October 2010 00:10

    Hi Mona.

    My wife is from Catanauan, Quezon. Her great grand mother is Florentyna Abella. the only daughter of Lucia Abella-Abella.

    We are a little confused why Florentyna still used Abella as her surname even if she already had a family. Anyway, we’ll just ask her aunts about this.

    Thanks for sharing this article. It was very enlightening.

  2. Wico Tan permalink
    2 November 2010 16:54

    Hi Mona.

    Would you mind if a ask you your email address? I will send you my connection to Florentina Abella.

    Thanks

    • Mona Magno-Veluz permalink
      22 November 2010 23:32

      Sent it to you directly :)

  3. DELFIN J. ABELLA permalink
    11 August 2011 03:50

    MY GRANDFATHER’S NAME WAS FELIPE ABELLA FROM MANDAUE, CEBU. MY FAMILY LIVING HERE IN MUNTINLUPA CITY FOR ALMOST 26YEARS.THANK YOU. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON.

  4. 7 May 2014 11:18

    HI IM ELJHUN ABELLA AND MY FATHERS NAME IS SILVESTRE ABELLA MY FATHER CAME FROM BICOL. THEN SUDDENLY GONE IN GENERAL SANTOS CITY SUPPOSEDLY HE MARRIED MY MOTHER THEN WE LIVE NOW HERE IN GOVERNOR GENEROSO DAVAO ORIENTAL…

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