Sunday, January 6, 2013


There is a branch of the Mendiola family called the familian Gutos.

Gutos means "to snap or break a rope, thread, wire."

Why the family should be called this, I don't know.  I have asked a few members of the family, and they don't know.  There may be an elderly family member I haven't met yet who may know.

The family was well-known because one of the elders, Tan Chong Gutos, was a techa (prayer leader) at the Hagåtña Cathedral before the war and, after the war, in Sinajaña where they settled.

Tan Chong Gutos

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