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Latest Update - 03 Dec 2008

I was finally able to trace the names of my great grandparents through the help of Dr. Josefina Nadela-Batayola. Dr. Finny & I are second cousins which means that we have the same great grandparents. According to her records, the names of our great grandparents are Potenciano Nadela of San Nicolas, Cebu City and Hilaria Bascon of Talisay, Cebu.

I am now on the hunt for the names of the siblings of Potenciano so that i can link our branch to the other Nadela families.




Andres Nadela is the oldest Nadela I was able to trace. According to he was born in 1824 and in 1849, at the age of 25, he married Bernarda Paralisan. They are both from Carcar, Cebu, Philippines.

The only recorded sibling of the marriage was Don Dionisio (Francisco) Nadela who became the cabeza actual in Carcar. Don Dionisio married at the age of 17 to Dona Potenciana Satot.  Their marriage was blessed with three sons and one daughter - Vicente, Cradio(aka Troadio/Trandio), Esperidion and Pomposa. (Most of the information here is provided by VIP Aleonar who has been researching his ancestors who also come from Carcar).

Esperidion died at the age of 20 and there was no record of any marriage or any children outside of marriage. Vicente got married at the age of 18 to Basilisa  dela Cerna in Aug 18 1885.

Vicente was born in 1867 while Cradio was born in 1873. My father, Felipe, was born in 1908. Assuming that he was born when my grandfather, Paterio,  was about 20, then Paterio was born sometime in 1888. If Vicente was  Paterio's father, Vicente would be 21 years old at Paterio's birth. If Cradio was Paterio's father, Cradio would be 15 years old at Paterio's birth.

Since it is unlikely that Cradio would be married at an age earlier than 15 years old, Vicente is the most likely candidate of being my great grandfather and Dionisio would be my great, great grandfather and Andres my great, great, great grandfather.

This is quite neat really. The only problem is the age gap between Dionisio and Potenciana. Potenciana is 9 years older than Dionisio. Is this at all possible during their time?  Perhaps something is wrong with their recorded date of births.

It is interesting to note that one of the 1st degree cousins of my father was named Vicente. I also have a cousin named Dionisio and an uncle whose name is very close to Esperidion (Ceridion).

If you have additional information about the individuals mentioned in this article, please email me .

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Flor Marie Nadela Bagayas (IP: 2007-11-03 07:13:40


I am one of Vilma Nadela Bagayas' daughters. My mom is married to Rodolfo Hernando Bagayas.

I told my mom about your website and she has shared that her grandfather's name was Paterio Nadela. My mom is the eldest of three girls (Vilma, Belinda, Renee). Their parents (my grandparents) are Ceredion Nadela and Melchora Tanudra.
They all lived in San Fernando, Cebu.

I hope there will be more info about my grandparents too.

Anonymous (IP: 2007-11-03 07:20:57

correction: Their parents (my grandparents) are Ceredion Nadela and Filomena Gacrama.
looking for felipe diaz
marissa malajacan (IP: 2011-05-03 09:05:25

diaz po ba name nitong felipe im looking for elucadio diaz of talisay cebu felipe diaz is his brother
To Flor Marie
Fred Nadela (IP: 2007-12-21 06:48:31

Your mom Vilma is a first degree cousin of mine. She probably wont remember me much but she is quite close to my sister Linda Nadela (a Carmelite nun) and to our eldest brother Ernesto.

Ceredion is the youngest brother of my father, Felipe.

You are the sister of Luis Maria the artist.

Please tell him that I want to feature him in the website. I am just gathering materials such as his paintings, etc.
We are proud that there is an artist like him among the Nadelas.
Fred Nadela
Lito (IP: 2008-01-11 16:30:51

Are you Fred Nadela who used to work at Byteshoppe?

It's Lito email me at rreyes at
argie (IP: 2008-06-14 01:25:54

im argie
add nyo po ako sa nadelaclan
dan lawrence nadela (IP: 2008-08-17 05:17:24

im dan lawrence s nadela
my fathers name is danilo son of dionisio nadela unfortunately my grandfather passed away last june 6 2007 by the way im 11 yrs. old we used to live in marikina city but were now staying in montalban rizal
Gerrico B. Nadela
Gerrico B. Nadela (IP: 2009-03-04 05:07:17

add ko inyo clan am from Cebu City...
Gerrico Nadela (IP: 2009-03-04 20:04:27

My Father name Francisco Nadela and my grandfather Federico Nadela. as of now am staying in Cebu City.
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