López family of Iloilo

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The López family of Iloílo are a wealthy and influential dynasty of business owners, politicians, and philanthropists in the Philippines.

The family trace their lineage to Basílio López (c.1800-c.1875), a Chinese mestizo merchant who adopted the López surname and became gobernadorcillo of Jaro, Iloilo City in 1849. López married Sabina Jalandoni and they had sixteen children.[1] Later generations intermarried with other mestizo families (of mixed Spanish, Austronesian and Chinese ancestry).

The most prominent members of the family were the brothers Eugenio López, Sr. (1901-1975) and Fernando López, Sr. (1904-1993), great-grandsons of Basilio López. Eugenio's business interests are now known as the Lopez Group of Companies. It includes the media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation and First Philippine Holdings Corporation.[2] Fernando served as Vice President of the Philippines under Presidents Elpidio Quirino and Ferdinand Marcos.

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  1. ^ McCoy, Alfred (2009). An Anarchy of Families: State and Family in the Philippines (reprint ed.). University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 9780299229849. 
  2. ^ Brazil, Eric (2 July 1999). "Eugenio Lopez, Philippine mogul, powerful patriarch helped end reign of Ferdinand Marcos". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 16 April 2012.