My husband and I created The Fernan-Pedroza Family Tree in 1999, and uploaded the site to My GeoCities website, 5 years after My GeoCities was founded. The focal information as at February 1999 was taken from the 1994 Family Fernan reunion organised by then Supreme Court Justice, Marcelo Briones Fernan in Lahug, Cebu City. Special thanks to Bayani Fernan Abelardo whose research on the Fernan family history provided a comprehensive overview of the clan. Bayani is a relative of Nicanor Abelardo who is considered the Father of Filipino Kundiman and composed the melody of University of the Philippines’s official anthem, U.P. Naming Mahal in 1917.
The Family tree starts with Maximo Fernan and Trinidad Pedroza and their 16 children; Severino, Tomasa, Arcadia, Juana, Antonia, Pedro, Bernabela, Gerthrudes, Teofilo, Simon, Nicolasa, Roman, Justino, Demetrio, Toribio, and Francisco.
When the site went live, it started the ball rolling, so to speak. We received positive feedbacks from the Fernan community all over the place accompanied by emotions; excitement and gladness knowing that they are able to connect with their roots; ‘where we come from and where our past became our future’.
Family history is essential as it helps keep memories alive and it allows and provides old and new generations an idea of who we are and where we come from.
When My GeoCities closed in 2009, we moved the Fernan website to another server. Then, there was a hiatus in the activities, on our part; family and work commitments stopped us from updating and maintaining the site. Fortunately, Bayani Fernan Abelardo continued his research and continuously updated his list on the family tree.
This webpage is publicly accessible. A number of family members may want their personal information private or may not want their full names on social media, due to privacy reasons. To those who don’t want their personal details open to general view, kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org for the details. I will email you the full list or just your branch of the family tree, if required.