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Welcome and Thank You for visiting!  Herzlichen Wilkommen und vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch!

Welcome to the Internet website of the extended Borromeo Family of Cebu City, the Philippines.  I, Marc Evan Borromeo Nonnenkamp (age 53) am the author of this website, and my nephew, Matthew “Matt” Borromeo Atega Tan (age 32), is the administrator.  I’ve been a professional tax accountant and manager for 26 years – 12 years in State Government & 14 years in public accounting (after having spent one year in commercial banking with the Bank of America at 1500 Newell Avenue in Walnut Creek, California), and my nephew Matt has been an information technology / MIS consultant, senior computer programmer and manager with (2005-2007), Fordham University in New York (2007-2013) and Citibank since graduating from college 10 years ago in 2005.  In early July 2013 we launched a brand new sister site at  The new site has had more than 18,066 visitors from 111 countries and 46 US States speaking 98 different languages – the monthly financial blog has been part of our main website since December 2011 and both financial update sites combined have received more than 24,631 visitors since December 1, 2011.  Our privately held short fund is now closed to new investors.  The subscribers to our monthly financial blog come primarily from 1) Russia = 33%, 2) the USA = 26%, 3) Brazil = 9%, 4) the Philippines = 6%, 5) the UK = 5%, 6) Germany = 2%, 7) Australia = 2%, 8) Italy = 2%, One Percent each from Canada, India, Spain, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Mexico, China, the Ukraine, Belgium, Argentina, Sweden & Colombia, and 2 percent from 91 other countries.

Wilkommen und vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch!

Ich begrüße hiermit herzlichst meine deutschsprachigen Besucher aus aller Welt. Diese Webseite habe ich für die Familie meiner Mutter geschrieben, d.h. die Familie Borromeo aus der Stadt Cebu in den Philippinen. Ich heiße Marc Evan (Borromeo) Nonnenkamp, und bin 53 Jahre alt. Ich bin in Amerika geboren und aufgewachsen, und wohne nun im US-Bundesstaat Neumexiko. Beruflich bin ich Steuerberater für Erdoel und Erdgas Produktionssteuern.  Mein Vater ist in Wilhelmshaven geboren, und in Bremen groß geworden. Er ist 1953 nach Kanada, und dann im Jahre 1956 nach Amerika ausgewandert. Beruflich war er Bankier, und jetzt sind meine Eltern im Ruhestand. Zwischen 1924 bis 1936 diente mein Großvater väterlicherseits, Wilhelm Johannes Nonnenkamp (1903-1972), bei der deutschen Marine, und zwar auf dem “Panzerschiff Deutschland.” Mein Urgroßvater Heinrich Nonnenkamp (1866-1936) arbeitete bei der deutschen Reichsbahn, und mein Ururgroßvater Wilhelm Nonnenkamp (1842-1933) diente als Musiker beim großherzogtümlichen Oldenburgischen Heer. Ich habe Artikel über die Geschichte der deutschen sowie der österreichischen Marine, die Geschichte der Gruppe Volkswagen, sowie über Sammlerautos hier geschrieben. Sie können auch über die Geschichte der Philippinen, sowie über die Geschichte der Familie Borromeo in den Philippinen und Italien lesen. Mein Großvater mütterlicherseits war einer der berühmtesten Richter der Philippinen – Richter Andrés Borromeo y Reynes (1880-1923). Seine Geschichte folgt ebenfalls.  Ich bin nun auch auf

Our World Wide Web Statistics (as of  November 30, 2015)

Our two websites with their numerous articles have received more than 673,731 page hits from 192 countries and territories on all 6 permanently inhabited continents – from people speaking 142 different languages – from November 1, 2006 to the present.  Our primary visitor countries include 1) the Philippines = 35%, 2) the USA = 29%, 3) Germany = 7%, 4) Canada = 3%, the 5) UK = 3%, 6) Italy = 2%, 7) Australia = 2%, One Percent each from France, Austria, Russia, Singapore, the Netherlands, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Poland & Hungary and 2 Percent from the remaining 168 countries.  Our most popular articles include 1) The Borromeo Family Tree (22%), 2) The Borromeo Family of the Philippines (19%), 3) The Borromeo Business Group (9%), 4) The German & the Austrian Navies (8%), 5) Volkswagen (7%), 6) The Borromeo Family Photo Gallery (6%), 7) The Cebuano Prayer Book (5%), 8) Judge Andres Borromeo (3%), 9) Scale Model Collectible Cars (2%), 10) The Origin of the Borromeo Family (2%) and 11) The Monthly Financial Update (1%). Our most popular visitor cities include 1) Manila, 2) Cebu, 3) Makati 4) Mandaluyong, 5) Manhattan (New York City), 6) Quezon City, 7) Los Angeles, 8) Sydney 9) Albuquerque. 10) Santa Fe (New Mexico), 11) London, 12) Davao City, 13) Batangas, 14) Singapore, 15) San Francisco (California), 16) Rosario, 17) Dubayy, 18) Vienna, 19) Hamburg, 20) Milan, 21) Berlin, 22) Munich, 23) Chicago, 24) Houston, 25) Melbourne, 26) the Bronx (New York City), 27) Riyadh, 28) Hong Kong, 29) Bacolod, 30) Moscow, 31) Seattle, 32) Bremen, 33) Toronto, 34) Paris, 35) Cagayan de Oro, 36) Zürich, 37) Hannover, 38) Honolulu, 39) Rome, 40) Cologne, 41) Vancouver, 42) Iloilo, 43) Pasay, 44) Madrid, 45) Pasig, 46) Washington, D.C., 47) Las Vegas, 48) Brisbane and 49) San Jose (California). Here are more interesting statistics regarding our site.  We’ve had visitors from 4,120 cities in all 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia in the United States.  The states where our site has been the most popular include in the following order: California (visits to our site from 388 cities in the Golden State), New York (216 cities in the Empire State), New Mexico (10 cities from the Land of Enchantment), Texas (136 cities in the Lone Star State), New Jersey (210 cities in the Garden State), Florida (146 cities from the Sunshine State), Illinois (160 cities from the Land of Lincoln), Washington (62 cities from the Evergreen State), Virginia (84 cities in the Old Dominion), Pennsylvania (145 cities from the Keystone State), Arizona (54 cities from the Grand Canyon State), Georgia (89 cities in the Peachtree State), Michigan (124 cities from the Wolverine State), Maryland (117 cities from the Old Line State), Ohio (110 cities from the Buckeye State), Hawaii (32 cities from the Aloha State), Nevada (21 cities from the Silver State), Oregon (57 cities from the Beaver State), Massachusetts (120 cities from the Bay State), Colorado (47 cities from the Centennial State), Kentucky (51 cities from the Bluegrass State), North Carolina (79 cities from the Tar Heel State), Connecticut (82 cities from the Constitution State), Missouri (62 cities in the Show Me State), the District of Columbia (3 wards), Minnesota (51 cities from the North Star State), Indiana (61 cities from the Hoosier State), Tennessee (58 cities from the Volunteer State), Wisconsin (55 cities from the Badger State), Alabama (27 cities from the Heart of Dixie), South Carolina (46 cities from the Palmetto State), Kansas (38 cities from the Sunflower State), Utah (24 cities from the Beehive State), Iowa (29 cities from the Hawkeye State), Nebraska (15 cities from the Cornhusker State), Oklahoma (20 cities from the Sooner State), Louisiana (21 cities from the Pelican State), Alaska (11 cities from the Last Frontier), Arkansas (25 cities from the Land of Opportunity), Rhode Island (19 cities from Little Rhody), Mississippi (19 cities from the Magnolia State), Idaho (18 cities from the Gem State), New Hampshire (23 cities from the Granite State), West Virginia (17 cities from the Mountain State), Maine (21 cities from the Pine Tree State), Vermont (14 cities from the Green Mountain State), Montana (7 cities from the Big Sky Country), Delaware (12 cities from the First State), South Dakota (8 cities from the Coyote State), Wyoming (7 cities from the Equality State) and finally North Dakota (3 cities from the Sioux State / the Flickertail State). We have received visitors from more than 4,235 cities and towns in 191 other countries: 92 cities from 26 Provinces in the Philippines, 524 cities from all 16 Länder in Germany, 377 cities from all 12 Provinces and Territories in Canada, 400 cities from all 4 Countries of the United Kingdom, 50 cities from all 9 States and Territories in Australia, 200 cities from 69 Provinces in Italy, 177 cities from 20 Provinces in France, 77 cities from all 9 Länder in Austria, 81 cities from 25 Oblasts, Republics, Krays and Autonomous Okrugs in Russia, 214 cities in the Netherlands, 3 cities in Singapore, 124 cities in Switzerland, 6 cities in the United Arab Emirates, 85 cities in Spain, 13 cities in Saudi Arabia, 55 cities in Romania, 136 cities in Belgium, 118 cities in Japan, 87 cities in Poland, 65 cities in the Czech Republic, 72 cities in Mexico, 64 cities in Sweden, 8 cities within the SAR (Special Administrative Region) of Hong Kong in Mainland China, 34 cities in Hungary, 61 cities in Brazil, 68 cities in Norway, 26 cities in New Zealand, 50 cities in India, 71 cities in South Africa, 59 cities in the Peoples’ Republic of China, 23 cities in Ireland, 34 cities in Turkey, 25 cities in Malaysia, 76 cities in Denmark, 23 cities in Croatia, 23 cities in Greece, 33 cities in South Korea, 13 cities in Thailand, 25 cities in Portugal, 35 cities in Finland, 23 cities in Argentina, 20 cities in Bulgaria, 24 cities in Slovenia, 29 cities in the Ukraine, 20 cities in Indonesia, 14 cities in Egypt, 3 cities in Qatar, 15 cities in Taiwan (the Republic of China), 18 cities in Serbia. 20 cities in Slovakia, 3 cities in Kuwait, 9 cities in Venezuela, 20 cities in Chile, 12 cities in Puerto Rico (a United States Commonwealth in the Caribbean), 10 cities in Colombia, 18 cities in Israel, 10 cities in Lithuania, 7 cities on Guam (a United States Territory in the Pacific Ocean), 7 cities in Morocco, 5 cities in Latvia, 7 cities in Peru, 7 cities in Iran, 3 cities in Guatemala, 3 cities in Bangladesh, 7 cities in Nigeria, 4 cities in Ecuador, 6 cities in Malta, 5 cities in Iceland, 2 cities each in Uruguay and the Bahamas, 3 cities in Bahrain, 4 cities in Luxembourg, 8 cities in Pakistan, 6 cities in Estonia, 9 cities in Vietnam, 4 cities in Syria, 4 cities in Brunei and 3 in Libya, 4 cities in Kenya, from Monaco, from 4 cities in Sri Lanka (formerly “Ceylon”), 4 cities in Montenegro and 2 in Jamaica, 4 cities in the Dutch Antilles, 2 cities in Armenia, 10 cities in Costa Rica, 3 cities in Moldova (formerly “Moldavia”), 4 cities in Lebanon, 4 cities in Macedonia, from 3 cities within the SAR (Special Administrative Region) of Macau in Mainland China, 5 cities in El Salvador, 4 cities in the Dominican Republic and 2 in Mauritius, 6 cities in Belarus (formerly “Byelorussia” or “White Russia”), 2 cities in Oman, 3 cities in Albania, one city in Georgia, 3 cities in Cameroon (former German West Africa), 2 cities in Trinidad & Tobago and 2 in Jordan, 3 cities in Cote d’Ivoire (formerly the “Ivory Coast”), 4 cities in Bolivia, 2 cities in Tunisia, 4 cities in Bermuda (a British Colony off the coast of the USA), 4 cities in Namibia (former German Southwest Africa), 3 cities in Cyprus, 3 cities in Fiji, 3 cities in Uganda, 3 cities in Paraguay, 3 cities in Liechtenstein, 3 cities in Papua New Guinea, 2 cities in Panama, 2 cities in Algeria, 2 cities in Cambodia, 2 cities in Senegal, 2 cities in Ghana, 2 cities in the Sudan, 2 cities in Togo, 2 cities in Laos, 2 cities in Honduras, 2 cities in Azerbaijan, 2 cities in Haiti, 2 cities in Tanzania (former German East Africa), 2 cities in Belize, 2 cities in Zambia (former Northern Rhodesia), 2 cities in Nepal, 2 cities in Zimbabwe (former Rhodesia), 8 cities in Kazakhstan, one city in Burkina Faso (formerly “Upper Volta”), and from 8 cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  We have received a visit from one city each in Iraq, Ethiopia, the Isle of Man, Benin, Yemen, Botswana, Greenland, Guadaloupe, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mali, Suriname, Guernsey (a Channel Island), Barbados, Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly “Zaire”), Tonga, the Northern Marianas (a US Commonwealth in the Pacific), East Timor, Afghanistan, Malawi, the Faeroe Islands (a Danish territory), Lesotho, St. Lucia, Palestine, the Seychelles, Nicaragua, Samoa (former German Samoa), Iraq, Mali, Gambia, the Solomon Islands and Gibraltar. We have seventeen (17) online articles with more than 1,786 pages of text and illustrations – which include an extensive 744-page photo gallery, now divided into six (6) sub-categories complete with “thumbnails” for easier, quicker viewing.  All of our illustrations have descriptive captions.  The 11 book titles I have published since 2010 have a combined total of over 5,671 pages of printed material – text and illustrations, and have received more than 53,478 “likes” and “shares” on all known Internet sites since 2010.

Mein Neffe Matthew Borromeo Atega Tan (1983 geboren) und ich haben diese Webseite im Jahre 2006 gegründet.  Von November 2006 bis heute haben wir mehr als gezählte 673,731 Seitenbesuche (“Hits” auf Englisch) aus 192 Ländern (Besucher aus 8,355 Städte weltweit) auf 6 Kontinenten, davon 23,11 Prozent deutschsprachige sowie deutschstämmige Webseitenbesucher, bekommen.  In unserer Photogallerie haben wir nun 744 Bilder.  Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch!

The Grand Family Reunions and some of our Individual Visitors

The first Grand Reunion of the extended Reynes de Borromeo Family of Cebu City, the Philippines is now complete.  There was a May 24, 2008 public dedication ceremony to unveil the new monument to Judge Andrés Borromeo (1880-1923), the “Fighting Judge” of Surigao and Agusan.  More than 50 invited guests were in attendance, in addition to the public.  On the evening of May 24 there was a gathering at the home of Maxcy and Marivic Borromeo in Banilad, and on May 25 the same group of people reunited at the Borromeo Beach House in Talisay.  More than 120 family members were present at  each function. The May 2008 Grand Reunion was paid for by the Borromeo Bros. Estate, Inc. (“BBEI”).   The management of the company decided that the 2008 and 2011 reunions would only be for the descendants of José Maria Borromeo y Galan (1847-1930) and Margarita Sy Reynes de Borromeo (1853-1931).  I apologize for any confusion.  A second reunion took place from June 10-12, 2011 and the next one is scheduled for 2014.  190 family members (58% more than in 2008) attended the 2011 dinner at the Cebu City Ford dealership on June 10, the golf tournament on June 11 and the picnic at the Talisay Borromeo beach house on June 12.  The third Borromeo family reunion began at the Ford Dealership in Lahug on June 12, 2014 – 100 visitors attended the multi-day function compared to 120 people in 2008 and 190 in 2011.

My Seventh Degree Cousins (estimated 20,000 family members worldwide)

We have heard from many people, including from Juan Carlos Cayosa Borromeo (from Cagayan Province on Northern Luzon), from Joni Loveria (from Bicol in southern Luzon), from the late Jackie Borromeo (the son of José Borromeo and grandson of Ramon Borromeo who was as a professional photographer in Antwerp, Belgium), from Rich Borromeo (in Mindanao) and from Rommel Borromeo Cristobal in Luzon, who may be related to Borromeo family in Cavite, where Carlos “Capitan Aro” Borromeo (born 1720) settled in 1744.  Carlos came to Cavite from Canton, China.  We believe that he or one of his ancestors came to Canton from Northern Italy via Argentina. Some of his descendants migrated to Iloilo on Panay, and then to Bacolod on Negros in the generation thereafter.  We believe that his son Carlos Borromeo II (born in Cavite in 1745) settled in Iloilo on Panay in 1769.

My Sixth Degree Cousins (estimated 10,000 family members worldwide)

We have heard from Dax Ignacio Magahum from Anaheim, California, whose great-grandmother Carmen “Imen” Borromeo was born in Iloilo on the Island of Panay (circa 1890).  We have also heard from Ray Granada Pe, the great grandson of Mariano Borromeo and from Lia Padilla-Mendoza, who now lives in Parañaque (in Metro Manila).  One of his closer degree cousins is Jocelyn Borromeo-Sanchez, whose family also comes from Iloilo.  We believe that Carlos Borromeo II settled on Panay around 1769, and that his son Carlos Borromeo III was born around 1770.  Carlos Borromeo III migrated to Cebu around 1794, and founded the two main lines of the modern Cebuano Borromeo clan.

My Fifth Degree Cousins (estimated 5,000 family members worldwide)

We have also heard from Leonel “Waldo” Borromeo, Marily “Sister Esther” Borromeo Pagdato (a Dominican Sister in northern California), from Royce Casey M. Borromeo, from Christie Borromeo, from Buena Flor Borromeo Gamalong, from Omar Borromeo Sazon and from Michelle Borromeo in Negros, from Nilda Borromeo Servando (now residing in San Francisco, California), from Marijune Borromeo Hidalgo (living in London, England), from Mary Jane Borromeo Gamalong-Manalac in Wichita, Kansas as well as from Maureen Pescaia (of Aiea, Hawaii) who are descended from the line of Carlos Borromeo III (born in Iloilo in 1770), who settled in Bacolod in 1794.  Another visitor is Glenn Anthony Borromeo from Negros Oriental, who helped us to re-establish a direct link between the Borromeo clans of Cebu and Bacolod – much appreciated!  Carlos Borromeo IV (born in Bacolod in 1795) settled in Cebu City no later than 1819.

My Fourth Degree Cousins (estimated 2,500 family members worldwide)

Yet another visitor is Vincent Taylor Borromeo of the “Thin Borromeo” Line of Cebu – our common ancestor is Carlos Borromeo IV (born in 1795), who is my Great-great-great Grandfather. Vincent and I are cousins of the 4th degree. Other members of the “Thin Borromeo” line who have written in with appreciated corrections for their branch of our family or comments include Maricel Borromeo-Amores (a Human Resources Director in a Cebu City call center), Anna Mikaela Borromeo, Corito Escario Yu, Ramon Borromeo Parama (from Saudi Arabia), Constantine Edward Borromeo Dumayas (from Pennsylvania), Gary Taylor Borromeo (from Cebu City), Rovina Veloso Borromeo, Carlota Roxas Borromeo, Ramon Borromeo y Nicolas of Manila, Maria Carmina Borromeo Ramos (a daughter of my cousin Concepcion Borromeo Ramos), my aunt Coring Borromeo Thakuria & her husband Tito Nandi Thakuria, my aunt Lita Borromeo-Kindaca, John Borromeo Marvin-Kite and Lewis & Lucy Trosdal of Georgia. My first degree cousin Andrés “Andy” Borromeo Querouz and my aunt (my mother’s second degree cousin) Cora Quisumbing-King (from the Reynes side of the Borromeo family; Margarita Sy Reynes de Borromeo being my great-grandmother) have started a family tree on  This includes Reynes branch family members, and has thus increased the known size of our extended family.

My Third Degree Cousins (“mga tambok” Borromeo Line)

We have also heard from my 3rd degree cousins José Ozaraga Borromeo (from Texas), Maria Celine Reunilla Akstin (my 3rd degree cousin once removed), Maricar Monique Borromeo Murriel (my 3rd degree cousin once removed), Rory Yul Mendoza Borromeo, Ramon Borromeo Amparo from Northern Ireland, Dr. Napoleon “Nap” Morre Ranario from New Jersey, Emilio Jurado Borromeo III, from Emmanuelle “Remie” Borromeo-Barcelona, Pilar Borromeo-Garmsen (from Mandaluyong in Metro Manila), Rosie Borromeo-Rieth (from Singapore), Carl Ernest Borromeo Santos (from Maryland) and Tomas Clemente Barredo Borromeo (from Mandaluyong in Metro Manila), as well as their nephew Tom Borromeo Berenguer, son of my 3rd cousin Gabriela “Bingo” Borromeo Berenguer. Another 3rd cousin of mine who has written in with additions to our site is Martonette Quijano Borromeo from Texas, whose parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in June 2008 – Congratulations!  We have also heard from members of the Morre family in both California and New Jersey.  Yet another contributor is Dionisio Borromeo Venzon III, a son of my late third degree cousin Norma Morre Borromeo.  Our common ancestors are Señor Don Maximo Borromeo y Feliz (1820-1892) and Señora Doña Hermenegilda Galan de Borromeo (“Nanay Binda,” after whom my late mother was named), who are our Great-great Grandparents.

My Second Degree Cousins (heirs of José Maria Borromeo y Galan)

Second cousins of mine who have written to us include Alexander J. Borromeo (from Louisville, Kentucky), Christina “Ina” Borromeo Gaston (from Bacolod on the Island of Negros), Gerardo “Dito” Vasquez Borromeo (from Metro Manila), Marissa Borromeo Diego, Deborah “Debbie” Suchman Zeolla (from Manhattan in New York City), John Harriett Suchman (my godfather and the father of Debbie from Morristown, New Jersey), Eterio “Terry” Teves Herrera (from Sydney, Australia), Evangeline “Eve” Herrera Borromeo (also from Sydney, Australia), Alfonso “Sitos” Borromeo Morales and our nephew Stephen Borromeo Herrera Cañares (from Cebu City). Our common ancestors are our Great-Grandparents Señor Don José Maria Borromeo y Galan (1847-1930) and Señora Doña Margarita Sy Reynes de Borromeo, affectionately known as “Tatay Pepe” and “Nanay Titay.”

My First Degree Cousins (heirs of Judge Andrés Borromeo y Reynes)

We have heard from my first cousins and their children including the families Evelyn Gonzaga Borromeo-Cruz (widow of my late cousin Edmond Paterno Morrow Borromeo), Joseph Ken Querouz Delano (son of my cousin Marylynn “Mars” Borromeo Querouz), Achilles “Ike” Borromeo Querouz (all of his 3 children), Andrés “Andy” Filomeno Borromeo Querouz (he and 3 of his 4 children), Anunciacion “Anon” Borromeo Atega (from West Orange, New Jersey), Socorro “Baging” Borromeo Atega (Matt’s mother), Christine Atega Tan Ugang (Matt’s sister) and Vicente “Loloi” Borromeo Atega (from Cebu City). Our common ancestor is of course Judge Andrés Borromeo y Reynes (1880-1923).

The Reynes Family

We have heard from my aunts Cora Quisumbing-King (from Wales in the United Kingdom) and Vising Quisumbing (who are sisters) and from Niki Labajos Reynes, who is the daughter of my third cousin Ricard Cortes Reynes and his wife Fineza Labajos Reynes.  The Reynes family is related to the Borromeo family – the mother of my late maternal grandfather Judge Andrés Borromeo y Reynes (1880-1923) was my great-grandmother Margarita Sy Reynes de Borromeo (1853-1931).

The Rallos Family

We have also heard from some members of the extended Rallos family, which is the family of my maternal grandmother Anunciacion Rallos de Borromeo (1885-1938).  These include the families of my mother’s second degree cousins Dr. Jesus “Tuting” Rallos Camara (San José, California), Benjamin “Ben” Rallos Camara (San José, California), Belen Camara Brown (Chicago, Illinois), Carmen Camara Verduzco (México City, México) and Milagros Villamor Young (Pearl City, Hawaii).  We have also heard from Jun Velez, a great-great-great grandson of Florentino Rallos, who was the Mayor of Cebu City from 1899 until 1908.

Unique Contributions (from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Corsica, Italy and the Czech Republic)

One young man named Sebastian Borromeo wrote from Argentina to let us know that there are Borromeos there as well! It makes good sense, because many Italian immigrants settled in Argentina (in fact, Italians are the largest ethnic group in that country, making up 50% of the population). One visitor from Spain interested in Philippine history (Mr. Alfonso Velázquez) kindly sent us more information on my late maternal grandfather, Judge Andrés Borromeo y Reynes, which has been added to our site. We recently posted yet another page to the site (under “contributions”), which is a Roman Catholic prayer book written by my maternal grandmother, Anunciacion “Anon” Bonjoc Rallos de Borromeo (1885-1938), and published in the Cebuano language in 1923. My aunt, Carolina Mendiola Borromeo, was kind enough to translate the Cebuano prayer book and the Spanish article on Judge Andrés Borromeo into English for us.  We have also heard from the French-speaking “Borromei” family on Corsica, and from the Vitaliani-Borromeo of Italy.  “Borromei” is the Latin spelling of the surname “Borromeo.”  Another contact is Gilson Borromeu de Cardoso of Sao Paolo, Brazil.  “Borromeu” is the Portuguese spelling of the surname Borromeo.  We have also heard from Libuse “Liba” Gonsiorovsky, originally of Prague in the Czech Republic (now living in Phoenix, Arizona).  Liba’s father’s great-great uncle was the Roman Catholic Bishop Carolus Borromeo Schwartz.

The Italian Connection (possible Eighth Degree Cousins and  Beyond – an estimated 40,000 family members-plus worldwide)

We have also heard from Osvaldo Vitaliani, (born in the city of Bozen, which is the capital of the German-speaking South Tyrol region of Northern Italy) a professional chef and entrepreneur now living and working in Bucarest, Romania.  The Vitaliani family are actually the origin of the Borromeo family of Milan, Italy – a genealogical link which goes back to the 15th century.  The family tree of the Vitaliani goes back to A.D. 66. Other new friends are the owners of the “Borgovico Como” hotel on Lake Como (one of Italy’s famous sub-Alpine lakes) – not far from the Borromean home of Milan in Northern Italy.

The Vitaliani-Borromeo Line (possible cousins of the 19th Degree and Beyond – an estimated 81,920,000 people worldwide!

The Borromeo family of Italy became “separate” from the Vitaliani family when they adopted this new surname in 1416.  We thank him for the additions to our genealogical history.  Please see our “Origin of the Borromeo Surname” web page to view a list of 578 Vitaliani and Borromeo family members born in between A.D. 66 and 1779.  One family member residing on Corsica (an Italian-speaking island now part of France) wrote to us as well.  He spells his surname “Borromei,” which is the Latin spelling of the name.  I estimate that everyone alive on the earth today has at least one common ancestor born around 1269 in the 13th century, making every human being a cousin of at least the 26th degree.

A Brief Summary of our Articles

1.) The origin of the surname “Borromeo” (originally from Milan in Northern Italy) and the history of the Philippines within the history of the world. The Borromeo family of Italy can trace its ancestral line back to the year 303, when a martyr of the early Christan Church was killed (Saint Justina of the Vitaliani family, which is the origin of the Borromeo family of Milan).  The Borromeo family of Milan, Italy “branched off” from the Vitaliani family of Padua, Italy in 1416.  The Vitaliani family has a genealogy which reaches back to A.D. 66, and this can go back as far as 292 B.C., when their forefathers lived in the town of Nocera, a suburb 8 miles from Pompei (under the surname of “Vitellius.”). 

Included in “The Borromeo Family of Cebu” by Marc E. Nonnenkamp (ISBN 978-1460908082 and now available on through CreateSpace for $17.99).  The Amazon Kindle e-book edition (ASIN B004VMONZG) retails for $9.99.  Press release on News (October 10, 2012):

2.) The history of the Borromeo family within the Philippines since Carlos “Capitan Aro” Borromeo settled there in 1740. Our ancestors first settled in Cavite on Luzon, and eventually spread out to Iloilo on Panay, to Bacolod on Negros and finally to Cebu City. This section contains the genealogy and history of all Philippine Borromeo family members including my second, third, fourth and fifth degree cousins. See the section on Judge Andrés Borromeo to read about my first degree cousins.

Included in “The Borromeo Family of Cebu” by Marc E. Nonnenkamp (ISBN 978-1460908082 and now available on through CreateSpace for $17.99).   The Amazon Kindle e-book edition (ASIN B004VMONZG) retails for $9.99.  Press release on News (October 10, 2012):

3.) The history of my late maternal grandfather, Judge Andrés Borromeo y Reynes (1880-1923), who was one of the most famous and illustrious provincial judges in the history of the Philippines – he won a landmark Supreme Court case defending the very concept of the independence of the Judicial Branch of Government. This section also contains the genealogy and history of his descendants, being the group of my first degree cousins.  The end of the article features the Rallos family tree and history, with 5 generations and 213 family members listed thus far.

This subject matter is included in “The Borromeo Family of Cebu” by Marc E. Nonnenkamp (ISBN 978-1460908082 and is available on through CreateSpace for $17.99).   The Amazon Kindle e-book edition (ASIN B004VMONZG) retails for $9.99.  This was the press release on News (October 10, 2012):  “The Borromeo Family of Cebu” has been read by at least 118,309 people to date.  Here are two related articles dated January 31, 2014 and March 11, 2014, respectively in the “PhilStar-Freeman” Newspaper from Manila about the 91st anniversary of the assassination of Judge Borromeo with 12,841 Twitter, Facebook and Google “Likes” and “Shares” as of November 30, 2015 (13,546 “Likes” and “Shares” on all known sites including Facebook and WordPress):  Here is the second article: you very much for your support and for your interest!

4.) The Family Tree of the Borromeo Family of Cebu City, the Philippines going back to 1720.  11 generations and 1,676 family members listed thus far, preceded by 24 generations of the Vitaliani-Borromeo family of Padua and Milan, Italy – for a grand total of 35 generations from 1084 to the present (1,676 Philippine Borromeos plus 578 Italian Vitaliani-Borromeos).

Included in “The Borromeo Family of Cebu” by Marc E. Nonnenkamp (ISBN 978-1460908082 and now available on through CreateSpace for $17.99).   The Amazon Kindle e-book edition (ASIN B004VMONZG) retails for $9.99.  Press release on News (October 10, 2012):

5.) The history of the Borromeo Business Group of the Philippines, incorporated from the Estate of my great-grandparents José Maria Borromeo y Galan (1847-1930) and Margarita Sy Reynes de Borromeo (1853-1931). The history goes back to 1740, when Carlos “Capitan Aro” Borromeo arrived in the Philippines and continues to this day. Business activities of other relatives in the extended family are discussed as well.

Note: the “official” Internet website of the Borromeo Group of Companies may be accessed at

6.) My own story, which includes my first hand experience of the Terror Attack on New York City on September 11, 2001. I was born in New York City in 1962 (in Elmhurst in Queens) and grew mostly in Danville in Northern California from 1967 until 1987.  I earned an M.B.A. at the Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary in Virginia and lived in Virginia until 1991.  I was in Atlanta, Georgia until 1994 and in Arizona until January 2000.

7.) Published as a two-book volume by CreateSpace of Santa Cruz, California – an Amazon subsidiary Company (Volume Number One: ISBN 978-1456573027 and Volume Number Two: ISBN 978-1-1461013372 ): “The German and the Austrian Navies / Die Deutsche und die Österreichische Marine.”  MSRP = $19.99 paperback for Volume One and $18.99 for Volume Two; both Authorlink-made e-book editions are also available – $9.99 for Volume One and $8.99 for Volume Two as Amazon Kindle books on  Here was the Press Release and Media Distribution to 2,457 media outlets in 12 countries released on January 24, 2012:  “The German and the Austrian Navies” was reviewed by Walter “Winn” Price in Issue Number 19 of “Naval History Book Reviews” – thanks to Dave Winkler of the Naval Historical Foundation (located in the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. – an integral part of the U.S. Navy) – with 18,760 “Likes” and “Shares” on their Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Pininterest, Digg, Reddit, Tumbir, StumbleUpon and Twitter pages as of November 29, 2015 (22,366 “Likes” and “Shares” on all known sites including Facebook and WordPress).  Winn has written a brand new review for the Naval Historical Foundation (for the new color second editions of the books) which was published on October 26, 2015:  “The German and the Austrian Navies” has been read by at least 77,263 people to date.  Thank you very much for your support and for your interest!

The German and the Austrian Navies: Volume One & Volume Two – Second Edition

June 20, 2015
This is the second edition of “The German and the Austrian Navies” – Volume One by self-published author Marc E. Nonnenkamp. A full time royalty accountant and auditor for US federal crude oil, natural gas and coal royalties has written about one of his favorite subjects – this is a unique and comprehensive literary catalog history of named vessels which have served in the German-speaking Navies of the world. The author’s paternal grandfather served in the interwar German “Reichsmarine” from 1924-1936 and his late cousin Gerd Nonnenkamp served in the postwar “Bundesmarine” during the 1960s and 1970s. The first edition of Volume One featured 36 Black & White Illustrations, whereas this second edition of Volume One has 153 mostly color illustrations (where the original illustration was in color) – hence the higher retail price which was set by the publishing company and not by the author. Students of German and Austrian Naval history will appreciate the book’s detail and depth. Battleships, Battlecruisers, Dreadnoughts, Pre-Dreadnoughts, Armored Coastal Ships, Casemate Ships, Heavy Cruisers, Armored Cruisers, Armored Frigates, Sailing Frigates, Light Cruisers, Small Cruisers, Armored Corvettes, Sailing Corvettes, Brigs, Galiots, Batteries, Schooners, Sloops, smaller sailing vessels and Wooden Sailing Ships – they’re all here. This is Marc E. Nonnenkamp’s 4th book on the subject of the German-speaking Navies of Germany, Austria, Austria-Hungary, Venice, the Holy Roman Empire, the Hanseatic League Cities, West Germany and even the former East Germany. These books have been read by more than 71,000 Naval history buffs from 187 countries on 6 continents. The first editions of the author’s 2 Volume work received a good review written by Walter “Winn” Price of the US Naval Historical Foundation in Washington, D.C. and have received over 15,000 “Likes” and “Shares” on their website. In addition to being endorsed by the US Navy, Marc E. Nonnenkamp’s books are also endorsed by the US Army – California National Guard. The author served in the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps at the former Alameda Naval Air Station from 1974-1978 in both the USS Midway and USS Hancock Squadrons. Mr. Nonnenkamp’s first published work on the German-speaking navies of the world became available to the public in November 2006. His four (4) books on the subject have consistently ranked among the most searched books about this subject in the English language in countries such as the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Australia, India, Japan and China. “The German and the Austrian Navies”: Volume One – Second Edition was released on May 1, 2015 (Volume Two was released on June 20, 2015) and has already sold more than 6,263 copies worldwide (2,712 on Amazon Kindle) with an overall ranking of # 86,800 among all published books and magazines (of which more than 210 million have been published since the beginning of time).  My books on the German-speaking Navies rank number 40 in the subject of German history in the entire world (as of July 11, 2015). MSRP = $59.99 Paperback and Soft Cover in Full Color with comprehensive matching subject index, list of illustrations and Chapters (Volume One) and $57.99 (Volume Two). MSRP = $9.99 Amazon Kindle E-Book Edition (Volume One) and $4.49 (Volume Two). Product Details File Size: 22213 KB Volume One Print Length: 574 pages (Amazon Kindle) – 493 pages (Create Space Paperback with matching Index).  Volume Two Print Length: 361 pages (Amazon Kindle) – 480 pages (Create Space Paperback with matching Index). Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English ASIN: B00WYOT89Y Text-to-Speech: Enabled X-Ray: Not Enabled Word Wise: Not Enabled Lending: Enabled.

My German and Austrian Navy books ranked number 8 in German and Austrian history books in Germany and Austria as of April 9, 2015.  At least 210 million unique ISBN numbers have been issued for all books and editions of books written since the beginning of recorded human history.

8.) Volkswagen: ein Wagen für das Volk – eine Geschichte des Erfolgs                            Authored by               Mr. Marc E. Nonnenkamp                            Edition: 2 This is the second edition of “Volkswagen: a Car for the People – a Success Story.”  The first edition was published in 2011 and has been read by more than 39,000 people from 185 countries.  It has been most popular among air-cooled Volkswagen enthusiasts.  The book tells the fascinating story of the history behind Volkswagen, especially behind the original air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle Sedan and its many derivatives.  The history began with Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, Sr., his contemporary Dr. Hans Ledwinka and with their unique engineering ideas including horizontally-opposed cylinders (the “boxer motor” still manufactured by Porsche and by Fuji-Subaru), air-cooling (still manufactured by Tatra of the Czech Republic), swing-axle suspension and the central tube chassis.  Tatra (Hans Ledwinka) is one of the oldest vehicle manufacturers in the world whereas Volkswagen (Ferdinand Porsche) is one of the most prolific.  This book tells the story behind the Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle, Karmann-Ghia, Thing, Kübelwagen, Schwimmwagen, Kommandeurwagen and many more), the Volkswagen Type 2 (Samba Microbus, Bay Window Bus, Wedge or “Vanagon” Bus, Eurovan and Multivan), the Volkswagen Type 3 (Notchback, Squareback, Fastback and Razor Edge Karmann-Ghia) and Type 4 (411, 412, Porsche 912 and Porsche 914).  It also tells the story of their successors which saved Volkswagen from what would have been an early demise – water-cooled cars inspired by Volkswagen’s Audi subsidiary which they purchased from Daimler-Benz of Germany in 1964-1965.  The A-Class succeeded the venerable Type 1 – these included the Volkswagen Rabbit, Scirocco, Golf, Jetta and Corrado.  The C-Class succeeded the mid-sized Type 3 range – cars such as the Volkswagen Dasher, Quantum and Passat.  The range of luxury cars succeeded the Type 4 – cars bearing the Audi brand name and others such as the Volkswagen Phaeton (other VW Group luxury brand names include Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti).  The premium SUV is the Volkswagen Touareg / Porsche Cayenne.  The second edition of “Volkswagen: a Car for the People – a Success Story” is published in full color with 96 illustrations compared to the first edition which was published in Black & White with just 21 illustrations.  This book was ranked number 6,453 among all books and number 2 among automotive history in books in Australia as of February 16, 2015.  It was ranked number 2 among all automotive books in Japan as of February 28, 2015 and number 2 among automotive history books in the USA as of April 17, 2015.  The brand new second edition of this book has sold more than 8,339 copies to date, 4,951 of which have been through Amazon Kindle. 210 million book and magazine titles have been published throughout recorded history.

Publication Date:
Feb 14 2015
1507728751 / 9781507728758
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Related Categories:
Transportation / Automotive / History

Two-page article published on July 22, 2011 in of the UK (a one-million subscriber automotive industry trade magazine).  Thanks to Martin Kahl!  Here is the link to the latest book review for “Volkswagen: the Peoples Car – a Success Story” written by Glen Smale for “Vehicle Engineer” and “Virtual Motorpix” of the United Kingdom:  South African-born editor Glen Smale has published bestselling books on brands such as Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar.  Glen will be releasing a review for the brand new second edition of “Volkswagen: a Car for the People – a Success Story.”

The illustrations for my book have the official endorsement of (the largest VW enthusiast website, with more than 75 million vistors, 279 million visits and 4.9 BILLION page views since they were established in 1996).  VW is the largest automaker in Europe and one of the largest corporations in the world.

My VW book & Toy book store on has received 8,215 customers as of November 29, 2015.  “Volkswagen: a Car for the People – a Success Story” has been read by at least 47,339 people to date.  Thank you very much for your support and for your interest!  My VW book has 11,122 “Likes” and “Shares” on all known sites.

9.) Published as a book by CreateSpace of Santa Cruz, California – an Amazon subsidiary company: “Scale Model Collectible Cars – with Official Corgi Toys Catalogue Illustrations.” (ISBN 978-1460915028).  MSRP = $19.99 paperback and the CreateSpace-made Amazon Kindle edition (ISBN 978-1-61397-281-6 and ASIN B004WSXFLM) retails for just $9.99.  The Kindle version features working links to and from both illustrations & chapters, working Internet links and detailed dictionary descriptions – and is now enrolled in the Amazon Kindle Select lending library as well.  Major international press release to 28,908 media contacts in 41 countries around the world on July 16, 2012:  This press release has received 147 responses as of April 5, 2013 – a phenomenal performance where 15 replies is considered to be very good.  Thanks so much for your support and for your interest!

Information on the collection of diecast miniature cars, one of my own hobbies. Brands mentioned (the most common in my own collection) include “Matchbox-Dinky,” “Corgi,” “Minichamps,” “Wiking,” “Schuco-Schabak-Gama,” “Brekina,” “Welly,” “Ixo,” “Vitesse,” “Rio,” “Solido,” “Igra,” “Ertl,” “New Ray,” “Jouef,” “Franklin Mint,” “Tonka-Polistil,” “Budgie,” “BUB,” “Cursor” and “Tomica.”  The illustrations for my book have been endorsed by Hornby Hobbies of the United Kingdom, who own the Corgi, Lledo, Jouef, Airfix, Humbrol, Scalextric, Rivarossi, Slot-it and Tomy Tomica brands.  Hornby is the largest toy company in the UK.  Hornby is the largest toymaker in the United Kingdom.  My toy car book is featured on 7 Internet sites in 4 countries (the USA, the UK, France and the Philippines).  This book ranked number 24 among all toy books in the UK as of April 13, 2015 and number 7 among antique & collectible toy books in the USA as of April 14, 2015.  “Scale Model Collectible Cars” ranked number one among all foreign-language toy books in Germany and Austria as of August 19, 2015. At least 210 million unique ISBN book titles have been published since the beginning of time.

“Scale Model Collectibles” was featured in a review by Editor Susan Pownall in the “Corgi Collector, Issue 220 – March / April 2011.”  This Corgi club includes “The Aviation Archive” as well – a branch of the club for die-cast airplane collectors.  “Scale Model Collectible Cars” is featured in a brand new review by Editor Jennifer Shaw in “The Collector, Issue 67 – November 2011″ (The International Club for the Vanguards Connoisseur) as well as in the “Corgi Collector, Issue 224 – November / December 2011″ in a new review by Editor Susan Pownall.  “Scale Model Collectible Cars” is reviewed in the November 2012 issue of “Jaguar World Monthly” magazine from England – thanks to Editor Jim Patten.  It is featured in the February 2013 issue of  ”Hemmings Sports & Exotics” Magazine as well – thanks to Editor Jeff D. Koch from Phoenix, Arizona:  “Scale Model Collectible Cars” was also used as a reference in a article about Franklin Mint Precision Models: “Toy and Hobby Retailer” of Australia is the leading toy industry magazine and website from the land “down under.”  Their latest monthly issue and website feature my article on “Scale Model Collectible Cars” as their lead article in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of their magazine.  Thanks very much to Editor Fiona Cameron:  My toy book store on com has received 2,291 customers and my toy book store on has served 447 customers as of November 29, 2015.  “Scale Model Collectible Cars” has been read by at least 14,924 people to date (2,889 through Amazon Kindle) and has received 6,157 “Likes” and “Shares” on all known Internet websites.  Thank you very much for your support and for your interest!

10.)  An article on the Nonnenkamp family tree and genealogical history, with 16 generations and 550 family members listed (“Stammbaum der Familie Nonnenkamp” in German).  A number of family members have written into our site, including Ann-Kathrin Nonnenkamp, Michael Nonnenkamp, Gerrit Nonnenkamp, Manfred Nonnenkamp, Betty Nonnenkamp, Ingrid Nonnenkamp, Don Nonnenkamp, Birgit Nonnenkamp-Colditz, J.P. Nonnenkamp, Moritz Nonnenkamp, Sandra Nonnenkamp, Thomas Nonnenkamp, Susanne Nonnenkamp, Wilfried Erwin Nonnenkamp, Stefan Nonnenkamp, Harald Nonnenkamp Büntjen, Ralf Büntjen, Gaby Büntjen Eden, Bill Hinkle, Ina Nonnenkamp, Ronja Nonnenkamp, Karen Nonnenkamp-Smyth, Jörg Nonnenkamp, Jannik Nonnenkamp, Jennifer Nonnenkamp, Gerd Nonnenkamp, Monika Nonnenkamp, Nicole Nonnenkamp, Bernd Nonnenkamp and Martin Nonnenkamp.

11.) “Das Deutschtum” – information on the German population of the world.

Now published through CreateSpace of Santa Cruz, California (an Amazon subsidiary company) and available on for the MSRP of $17.99 paperback and $9.99 as an Amazon Kindle e-book:  “The Borromeo Family of Cebu” by Marc E. Nonnenkamp (released on March 11, 2011). 

My Borromeo Book has ranked as high as # 1 in relevance to the name “Borromeo” (as of June 29, 2011), # 11 rated in books on Italy (as of July 10, 2011), # 23 rated in books on Italian history (as of April 21, 2011), # 34 in sales on Italian history (as of April 13, 2011), # 38 in Philippine history (as of April 8, 2011), # 73 in Southeast Asian history (as of June 11, 2011), # 61,967 as an e-book (as of April 8, 2011) and # 66,311 among paperback and hard-cover books (as of February 16, 2013).  Featured by the Borromeo Country Hotel in Milan, Italy (just 5 minutes from the Linate International Airport).  My book on the Borromeo Family of Cebu is on the Amazon “Bestseller” list in the USA (the top one percent of retail products).  Many thanks for the personal compliments to Mayor Mike Rama of Cebu City, Tita Meluz Borromeo Solan, Tita Carol Mercado Ocampo, Tito “Nene” Federico & Tita Nena Noel Borromeo, Pilar Barredo Borromeo Garmsen, Tom Barredo Borromeo, Lito Barredo Borromeo, Kevin & Evelyn Borromeo Cruz, Marjoe Borromeo, Anon Borromeo Atega, Baging Borromeo Atega, Paolo Tan Ugang, Bob & Pauly Skiba, Steve Roth, Bob & Maria Roth, Rusty & Susie Leopoldshagen, B. & Barbara Barskamp Tigerfeld, L. & B. Barskamp, S. Katzenberg, P. Barskamp, William Frederick Benecke, A. Armsen, Tony R. & M. Cruz, S. Eichhorn, Balder & P. von Solar, Heather Ashley Dickinson, Paul & Marilyn Dickinson, Nikki Dickinson, N. Nesselsdorfer, Sherry Hummel, Steve & Martha Hummel Seagram, Kaye Sorensen, O. & Samantha Mercier, Marsha Zyma, Hildegard Doorman, Sheri Myslowietz, George Afferden, Jack & Deloris Barrett, Sonny Hasenmoor, Frederick Perry, Ron Britton, James Reyes, Chris Alaire, Don Vandervoort, Karen Elizabeth Sowell, Michael Woitala, Terry Herrera, Gilson Cardozo, Keith White, Steve Vigil, Nilda Borromeo, Doris Braun, Kathy Dunne and Francisco M. from Portugal.

Press release on News (October 10, 2012):

This press release was sent to 6,539 media outlets including Yahoo News, NBC News, Bloomberg News, Reuters News Service, CBS News Los Angeles, CBS News Chicago, CBS News Philadelphia, CBS News San Francisco, CBS News Dallas, ABC News Raleigh, ABC News Houston, ABC News Philadelphia, ABC News New York, the Anchorage Daily News, the Contra Costa Times, the El Paso Times, the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Las Cruces Sun News, Minnesota Public Radio, the Oakland Tribune, the Buffalo News, the Sacramento Bee, the Wichita Eagle and many more.  This press release has generated 72 responses to date – wonderful considering that 15 replies is very high for any press release at all!  Thank you so very much for your interest and your support!

Recipes contributed to the Family Reunion Cookbook

My second cousins Susanna “Susie” Borromeo Milne and her sister Christina “Ina” Borromeo Gaston are collecting recipes from family members and compiling them into a new book which will be shared with family members (along with a photo album of past and present family members) after the grand reunion in Cebu City. Below are two recipes contributed by my late mother Hermenegilda “Gilda” Amor Victoria Borromeo Nonnenkamp (May 31, 1922-August 26, 2015):

Apple Cake

Peel three large apples, then cut them into small chunks. Pour two cups of sugar over the apple chunks, then let them stand. Now pour two cups of flour into a bowl. Add one teaspoon of cinnamon and one teaspoon of baking soda into the bowl as well. Then add the previously cut apples into the growing mixture in your bowl. Now add the following ingredients into your bowl: two unbeaten eggs, two teaspoons of vanilla, 3/4 cup of vegetable oil, one-half cup of nuts and finally one-half cup of raisins. Mix all of the ingredients in your bowl and then place into a container such as a glass pyrex to bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in your oven.

Chicken with Cream of Mushroom

Use eight various pieces of fried chicken, with the skin removed if you so desire. Slice a large onion into many thin pieces, then chop it up into even smaller pieces and place both the chicken and the onion aside for the moment. Pour one can of “cream of mushroom” soup, plus a little corn starch and one cup of milk into a bowl to mix these ingredients. Then set aside one to two teaspoons of basil flakes, soy sauce and a bottle of white wine. Directions: Saute the chopped onion with two to three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Now add the chicken pieces and allow them to cook with the chopped onion and olive oil for a few minutes. Take the bowl with the mix (from above) and make sure it is mixed until it is smooth – then add it to your cooking chicken, allowing it to cook for a few more minutes. Now sprinkle the two teaspoons of basil flakes and some soy sauce to the cooking chicken and allow it to simmer until it becomes tender. Add a touch of white wine, mix and serve.


121 Responses to “Welcome to”

  1. on 09 May 2008 at 04:24pm pradotonivi

We are very excited of the forthcoming family reunion. We are interested and we want to attend.What is the address in Talisay?  I’m sure we are going to find it because we are just residing in Mambaling.  My grandfather, Juan Veloso Borromeo belongs to the biggest family in Cebu, being the youngest sibling of 18 children.  I want to send you their family picture, it is a very old one as soon as I have my scanner connected.  Kc or karla christina borromeo detoya is my first degree cousin.  At the moment she is in Los Angeles visiting her parents but she is a medical student at the university of the Philippines.  We love you and your website!

  1. on 24 Jul 2009 at 07:28pm tey12tey

hi im michelle borromeo, and i’m just wondring if you happen to came across the name of my grandfather Carlos Borromeo he was from hinigaran negros occidental and was married to maura batalla. I just want to know more about my lineage because all i know are my first cousins, and when i see this site.. i was trilled.. reading about the history of borromeo’s… thank you so much for doing this for our family!

  1. on 05 Sep 2009 at 21:36pm ry_troy24

Hi I’m Rey Payan Borromeo, I’m working here in UAE as a Nurse. I am happy to have visited and logg in my account to this great website. I just want to know if you happen to came across with my grand father Eusebio Aguilor Borromeo, Sr. and his father Clemente Borromeo my great grand father. They were settlers of Camiguin Island way back spanish times. My grand father told our father that he has a cousin in Cebu. But my grand father has no chance to meet them because he felt lonely that time when his both parents died at Camiguin Island when he was a child. My grand father was the “only son”. In his mature age he then migrated to Cagayan de Oro City and he owned a living and properties there. Also in Butuan and Agusan Bayugan dos, and In-fact becasue of his generousity he donated 2 hectars of the land for the building of Elementary school in Bayugan Dos Agusan, to where the principal of the school asked my grand father to named the school after Him. But my grand father refused the offer becasue my grand father was so low-profile in nature. Untill he migrated to Compostella Valley province, North Davao where he owned properties also and lives there a couple of years to where my father was born. He then wanting a new advanture and that time he leave the place and gave the property to the teenance because of his generosity. He then migrated to Davao City to where he lives and work at Sarmento company as an accountant. My grand father was an adventurous man, and because of it he resigned to his permanent job and migrated to General Santos City and also owned properties there to where he sold it because of conflict and misunderstanding between my grand mother. Years by years they migrated to Sultan Kudarat (Kalamansig) Cotabato my grand mother’s place (Ilocano) to where she owned a rice field there, then they settled there until his death. Until such time my father Alberto Balmonte Borromeo, Sr. came to Digos City Davao del Sur and met my mother and got married and lived there and there I was born. Well thank you, for the time and oppurtunity to try to trace my lineage here. Hope sooner or later I get a significant reply from one of your staff.  Thank you so much for all your hard work on this wonderful website! Sincerely, Rey Payan Borromeo mission as a military man. and came across to meet my mom and they got married.

  1. on 21 Aug 2010 at 20:46 pm webbor

Um. Excuse me. So am I related to all of you guys? I really have no idea. My father was born in Cebu and my grandfather named Vicente Borromeo just passed away and my great grandfather was Leon Borromeo. I’m sure that’s barely enough information though.  You guys have the most awesome website!

5. on 02 July 2015 at 20:19 pm

I am not related to your Familia, but I appreciate this site very much.  My name is Francisco and I write to you from Portugal.  I love your page on the Cebuano Catholic Prayer Book, and I’ve bought many of your books on Amazon Spain – Volkswagen, the Navy of Germania and Austria, the Scale Model Collectible Cars and the Familia Borromeo.

6. on 03 July 2015 at 18:44 pm

My name is Barbara Ahlers and I write from northern Germany – thanks for the Nonnenkamp family Stammbaum (tree).  I have also patronized your books on Amazon Germany about Volkswagen and the Deutsche Marine.  Vielen Dank fuer Deine fleissige Arbeit!

7. on 05 July 2015 at 23:26 pm

This is Fred Perry writing to you from Fremont, California.  I really enjoyed your books on the German speaking navies – both volumes and both editions…………………….I have read all 4 books.  These must be the definitive literary works on this subject matter.  Many other books on the market cover bits and pieces of what you cover, but none of them bring the information together as you have.  Congratulations on a job very well done from a fellow US Navy veteran who also served at the former Alameda NAS aboard a US Carrier battle group.

8. on 08 July 2015 at 22:26 pm

Armadillo Armsen writes: have bought and read all five of your books on the German, Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Navies.  Job very well done and congratulations for the good reviews on Amazon, Naval Historical Foundation and Book Renter websites.  The color photos in the second editions are fantastic – thanks!

9. on 09 July 2015 at 20:50 pm

Sonny Hasenmoor writes: I enjoyed the books about the company Volkswagen, and the German and the Austrian Navies.  Impressive that all these books had significant translation into the German language.  Interesting to learn about the many brands that make up Volkswagen, and to see how substantial Germany’s maritime history really is.  Fascinating to learn about the maritime history of Austria, which so few people know.  Thank you for your hard work.

10. on 11 July 2015 at 1:57 pm

From Norfolk, Virginia – Ted 42 writes: I really like your book on Volkswagen and have recommended it to my clients – I’m a very successful stock broker located in Hampton Roads, Virginia (grossing over $700K per annum).  VW is definitely one of the top-performing automotive groups in the world in terms of monetary sales volume and cash on hand.

11. on 12 July 2015 at 4:25 pm

Little 1967 writes: I also like your VW books plus the ones on the German Navy and the Scale Model Cars.  Congrats on the endorsement from Hornby Hobbies.  The toy car book has lots of useful information for us collectors.

12. on 14 July 2015 at 8:49 pm

From Fremont, California – Tony C. writes: I left a very good review for your books about the German Navy – very educational and informative and one of the best sources of literature on the subject available in the English language today.  An incredible breadth of information that goes back centuries!

13. on 16 July 2015 at 10:18 pm

From Quebec, Canada – William Frederick Benecke writes: I read the second edition of your VW book through the Amazon Kindle Lending Library and really enjoyed both the historical background on Volkswagen and the many nice color illustrations and charts at the end of the book.  Well done!

14. on 24 July 2015 at 10:40 pm

From Las Campanas in Santa Fe, New Mexico – George Afferden writes: Thanks so much for your books on Volkswagen and the German-speaking navies of the world.  They are both highly informative and enjoyable for enthusiasts to read.  They are very well-written.  Thanks also for your monthly financial blog and update – the social and economic information contained therein is of absolute premium quality and so much better than one can find on most other sites.

15. on 25 July 2015 at 10:54 am

From Danville, California: Leo Steimer writing to you from the Bay Area – I really like your books on Volkswagen – all 3 editions especially the brand new one in color.  Interesting to see that VW owns MAN and Scania trucks.

16. on 27 July 2015 at 9:32 pm

Rusty Leopoldshagen writes from Oracle, Arizona: Marc, you’re a lifelong best friend, a great author and a tremendous asset to the Dow Jones 30 Industrials Index Futures Short Fund.  Susie and I love you and your family and we send your our best wishes and our prayers.  We’re big fans of all of your books on Volkswagen, the German & the Austrian Navies, Scale Model Collectible Cars and the Borromeo Family of Cebu City and glad to be connected to you and your relatives on Facebook.

17. on 29 July 2015 at 8:41pm

Susie Tigerfeld Leopoldshagen writes from Oracle, Arizona: Marc, I second what Rusty says.  We love you, your work and your family.  We’re especially praying for your mom.

18. on 30 July 2015 at 9:19pm

Hey Marc, this is Susie’s younger brother and my wife Barbara sending you our prayers as well.  I second that we’ve enjoyed your books too – VW, German & Austrian Navies, toy cars and your mom’s family.  Amazing that you published so many of the books in both English and German!  I really enjoyed seeing the color photos of all the cars so instrumental in the history of the VW bug.

19. on 26 August 2015 at 9:00am

Marc, I’m so sorry for your loss, but thankful that your mother is out of pain after her long illness.  Suki Griswold Schavoir from Connecticut.

20. on 26 August 2015 at 9:18am

Marc, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, she had a long suffering.  May our Dear Lord have her resting in peace & give you all the strength and healing to continue on the journey he has set for us until we reunite with all our loved ones once again.  I will continue to keep you in my prayers, let me know if there is anything you need during this trying time.  God be with you my friend, Yolanda Martinez from Chimayo, New Mexico.

21. on 26 August 2015 at 9:37am

I am so sorry, Marc.  I hope you can take comfort in the fact that your mother was so well-loved and that you and your father were there for her in every possible way.  We will share the news with our mom.  Even if she cannot fully comprehend it due to the Alzheimer’s, I know she will be deeply saddened, as we all are.  With love, Debbie, George, Paolo and Luca Zeolla from New York, New York.

22. on 26 August 2015 at 12:58pm

Dear Marc: It is with deep sorrow and regret that we receive the news of your mother’s passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your father.  As we have discussed, her suffering is over.  May God bless her and keep her.  With deepest sympathy, Bob and Judie Moon from Naples, Idaho.

23. on 26 August 2015 at 1:22pm

We are really sorry to hear your Mum died today.  We wish you and your father all the best and a lot of strength.  Please send us the address of your Dad’s home in Arizona.  From Nicole Nonnenkamp, Marc Nonnenkamp and Monica Kaszmarek Nonnenkamp and family in Barsinghausen, Germany.

24. on 26 August 2015 at 1:23pm

I am so sorry for your loss.  I will be praying for your mother’s soul, and for you and your family.  Thank you for letting me know.  I will make sure that my Mom gets the message.  May the God of comfort hold you close.  From Dorothy Pesch Banzon and family in Centreville, Virginia.

25. on 26 August 2015 at 1:47pm

Herzliches Beleid.  Ich kenne das ist nicht leicht.  Von Thomas Hans Nonnenkamp, Susanne Zurkuhle Nonnenkamp, Ina Nonnenkamp, Ronja Nonnenkamp, Joerg Klaus Nonnenkamp und Familie in Bremen, Deutschland.

26. on 26 August 2015 at 1:49pm

Marc, Mom and I are saddened to hear this news.  We are thankful that your mother passed away peacefully in her sleep.  She is no longer in pain and is free to be with the Lord.  Condolences to you, your father and the rest of your family.  We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.  Many blessings, Sharon, Christopher and Maria Hetty Petiet from Virginia Beach.

27. on 26 August 2015 at 2:06pm

My commiserations to you and your family.  From Keith A.C. White in Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, England, the UK.

28. on 26 August 2015 at 4:41pm

So sorry, Marc.  My condolences to you and your family, heartfelt sorrow we are all so sorry.  From James Mezzapeso, wife, son and family in Chesapeake, Virginia.

29. on 26 August 2015 at 5:10pm

Hi Tito Marc, We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lola Gilda.  She will be missed and we will include her in our daily prayers.  Love, Dionah & Steve Killgore and children from Los Angeles, California.

30. on 26 August 2015 at 5:21pm

Marc, I am so sorry to hear this news.  I am glad that you were there with your mother.  From Mark Tank, wife, daughters and family in Great Falls, Montana.

31. on 26 August 2015 at 5:44pm

We are very sorry to hear this news.  Our sincere condolences to you and Wilfried.  May eternal light shine upon Gilda’s soul.  She will surely be missed.  May you have the strength and comfort during this difficult time.  From Imelda Manalo Pesch, Hans Pesch, son Tony Pesch and family in Dumont, New Jersey.

32. on 26 August 2015 at 7:03pm

I am so sorry to hear this news, Marc.  From Josephine Humphreys Tavares, husband, children and family in Hamilton, Bermuda.

33. on 26 August 2015 at 7:16pm

Hi, Tito Marc.  We send our condolences.  I will tell my Mom and Tita Fé.  From Ken Querouz Delano, Marylynn Borromeo Querouz, Fé Angelique Borromeo Querouz, Macky Querouz, wife and family in San Pedro, Laguna, the Philippines.

34. on 26 August 2015 at 7:23pm

Sorry to hear about your mother, condolences to your family, dear cousin Marc.  From William Nonnenkamp Hinkle and family of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

35. on 26 August 2015 at 7:24pm

My condolences to you and your Dad, Marc.  From Joey Sanchez in Auckland, New Zealand.

36. on 26 August 2015 at 7:33pm

Our deepest sympathies for your loss.  From Elsa Maye Borromeo-Taleon of Los Angeles, California.

37. on 26 August 2015 at 7:36pm

Our deepest condolences, Rest in Peace.  From Linda Borromeo Sypher of Bais City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

38. on 26 August 2015 at 7:37pm

Dear Marc and Uncle Wil, Our prayers and sympathy are with you on the demise of Tita Gilda.  May she find peace and happiness with our Lord.  Marivic and Maxcy La’O Borromeo from Australia.

39. on 26 August 2015 at 7:38pm

My sympathies for your loss.  From Claire Borromeo Herrera Navarro of Chicago, Illinois.

40. on 26 August 2015 at 7:39pm

Our most sincere condolences, Marc.  From Christina Borromeo Gaston and Family of Bacolod, Negros, the Philippines.

41. on 26 August 2015 at 7:42pm

Be strong, Marc, your Mom is in a better place.  Your Mom was like an elder sister to us.  She is truly missed.  See you and your Dad soon.  From Tomas Clemente Barredo Borromeo and Family, sisters Rosie Borromeo Reith, Julie Borromeo, Toy-Toy Borromeo & children in Mandaluyong, the Philippines.

42. on 26 August 2015 at 7:43pm

Dear Marc: On behalf of my father, Mia, Ines and our children, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother.  Please know that we have her in our thoughts and prayers, as we do you and your family during this difficult period.  Mothers are truly special people………..”there is no greater influence on our lives than that from a mother………”……..apologies, but I forgot the name of the lady who put this thought together……but it is so true……….Take care and keep well.  Best regards, Dito Borromeo from Manila, the Philippines.

43. on 26 August 2015 at 7:45pm

Dear Marc, please accept our sincerest condolences upon the sad news of the passing of your mother – she was a wonderful person and may the Lord keep her in His Kingdom for all eternity.  Much love from Barbara Barskamp Tigerfeld, husband Bo and our children in Oracle, Arizona.

44. on 26 August 2015 at 7:50pm

Our love and sympathy to you, Marc Nonnenkamp and to your Dad Wilfried Nonnenkamp.  Take Care.  From Rosalinda B. Saniel and Family in West Orange, New Jersey.

45. on 26 August 2015 at 7:53pm

Dear Marc, may the love of family and friends comfort you these days.  Your mother may no longer be on earth as she sings in Heaven together with the choirs of saints, watching over you, united with our Lord Jesus in eternal Joy and Bliss.  Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed loved ones.  Your Mom Hermenegilda will be remembered in our prayers.  Our deepest condolences to you and your family.  If there is anything I can help you with from here, please do not hesitate to let me know.  From Katrina Bantug and family in Makati, the Philippines.

46. on 26 August 2015 at 8:06pm

Please accept my sincere condolences, Marc.  From Myrna Montera Lopez, husband Mitch and family in Washington, D.C.

47. on 26 August 2015 at 8:14pm

Our condolences to you and to your Dad.  From Susie Borromeo Milne and family in Cebu City, the Philippines.

48. on 26 August 2015 at 8:15pm

Prayers for you, your Dad, and other family members and close friends.  So very sorry for your loss, Sheri Cochrane Sanseverino from Skiatook, Oklahoma.

49. on 26 August 2015 at 8:20pm

We share in your sorrow at this time of grief – our love and prayers go out to you and your father.  May the company of the Angels and Saints serenade your mother to her Heavenly home.  From your cousin Rachel Suchman Csak, Tita Caring, Veronica and Gregory in Manhattan, New York City.

50. on 26 August 2015 at 8:22pm

My condolences to you and your family.  Take care, from Susan Villar Phillips in Hercules, California.

51. on 26 August 2015 at 8:33pm

My heartfelt and sincere condolences to you and your family.  May your mother’s soul rest in peace.  From Susan Quiroga Gagarin in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

52. on 26 August 2015 at 8:48pm

Very sorry to hear about your mother, Marc.  My condolences, from Ben Burress and family in San Leandro, California.

53. on 26 August 2015 at 8:51pm

Our deepest sympathies and condolences in hearing about the passing of your Mom, Marc Nonnenkamp.  My family prays for her eternal repose.  From Maria A. Morales in Manhattan, New York City.

54. on 26 August 2015 at 8:52pm

My deepest condolences, cousin Marc.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  May your mother’s soul rest in peace, from Gary Borromeo and father Ed Taylor Borromeo in Cebu City, the Philippines.

55. on 26 August 2015 at 9:10pm

My deepest condolences to you Marc and to your Dad.  It was just this morning when I heard from Gemma the sad news.  So sorry to hear of Tita Gilda’s passing.  Prayerful hugs to you and to Uncle Wilfried.  From Norma Abad Borromeo, Daphne Borromeo, Lance Borromeo and family in Pittsburg, California.

56. on 26 August 2015 at 9:19pm

My deepest condolences.  From Pinky S. Gaston in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, the Philippines.

57. on 26 August 2015 at 9:23pm

My condolences to you and your family, Marc.  From Marjoe Quijano Borromeo and family in Houston, Texas.

58. on 26 August 2015 at 9:25pm

Our deepest condolences to you and your family.  From Ed Delos Santos in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.

59. on 26 August 2015 at 9:26pm

Prayers and condolences to you and the family.  May your mother’s soul rest in peace.  From Zen-Aida Borromeo in Napa, California.

60. on 26 August 2015 at 9:36pm

I am sorry for your loss.  Please extend our condolences to your family.  From Benjie Borromeo and family in Hong Kong.

61. on 26 August 2015 at 9:43pm

My deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother.  There is no greater loss than this.  From Jennifer & Dave Flores Nonnenkamp and sons in St. Louis, Missouri.

62. on 26 August 2015 at 9:45pm

Our condolences and prayers are with you, Uncle Marc.  From Gerry Paras Borromeo and family in Valencia, California.

63. on 26 August 2015 at 9:48pm

Condolences from Efanil O. Oicnoma in San Ricardo, Southern Leyte, the Philippines.

64. on 26 August 2015 at 10:00pm

My deepest condolences to you and the rest of your family.  From Sonie Kabigting Duarte in Denver, Colorado.

65. on 26 August 2015 at 10:06pm

With my deepest sympathy, I wish to share yours and Uncle Wilfried’s sorrow in the loss of Tita Gilda.  With fond memories, Betty Aspillera from California.

66. on 26 August 2015 at 10:15pm

Sorry to hear about your mother, Marc.  From David Beebe in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

67. on 26 August 2015 at 10:16pm

Sorry to hear about your Momma, Marc.  She was a really nice lady.  I’m just glad that her long time of suffering is over.  From Gary and Penny Vroegh in Marana, Arizona.

68. on 26 August 2015 at 10:17pm

So sorry to hear about your Mom, Marc.  We really enjoyed knowing your parents and the time we spent with them.  From Lala Self and family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

69. on 26 August 2015 at 10:18pm

Our deepest sympathies, Tito Marc.  May God be with you in these trying times.  From Faye Pauleen Bonghanoy Querouz in Perth, Australia.

70. on 26 August 2015 at 10:19pm

We’re so sorry to hear about your Mother, Marc.  She and your Dad have been such good and loving neighbors to us.  From Art and Carole Priestley in Tucson, Arizona.

71. on 26 August 2015 at 10:21pm

Condolences, from Rhoda Fischer and family in in Zürich, Switzerland.

72. on 26 August 2015 at 10:22pm

We’re so sorry to hear about your mother, Marc.  She was such a sweet lady and a remarkable person.  Your parents have been such good neighbors.  From Barbara and Richard Hynes in Tucson, Arizona.

73. on 26 August 2015 at 10:29pm

Marc, I am so sorry for your loss.  You have been a wonderful son, giving your mother care and love.  Our condolences to you and all who loved your mother.  From Chet Borromeo Sharp and family in Lincoln, California.

74. on 26 August 2015 at 10:30 pm

We are so sorry to hear about your mother, Marc.  She was a very nice person and we will be praying for you and your Dad.  From Jim and Jody Obear in Tucson, Arizona.

75. on 26 August 2015 at 10:46pm

Prayers for your mother’s soul as well as for you and the rest of your family, that you may find strength and consolation in these trying times.  From Lotta Borromeo in Henderson, Nevada.

76. on 26 August 2015 at 10:50pm

Mein Beleid, von Osvaldo Borromeo Vitaliani und Ana Maria Comsa aus Bozen, Südtirol.

77. on 26 August 2015 at 11:13pm

Sorry, our deepest condolences and may God welcome your mother into the gates of Heaven.  From Rick Borromeo in Harbor City, California.

78. on 26 August 2015 at 11:27pm

Condolences from Hilda Limos Galanote in Candon, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines.

79. on 26 August 2015 at 11:28pm

Our condolences to you, Marc.  You’ve honored your mom well, God Bless you.  From your cousin Cristina Sevilla in Manila, the Philippines.

80. on 26 August 2015 at 11:32pm

Condolences from Beth-Lyn Limos Galanote in Candon, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines.

81. on 26 August 2015 at 11:58pm

Marc, our deep condolences to you and your father, may your Mom rest in the Lord’s Peace.  Love, Cibbie and Servais Lutz from Mandaluyong, the Philippines.

82. on 27 August 2015 at 12:43am

Hi Marc Nonnenkamp, condolences and may your mother’s soul rest in peace.  From Niel V. Coronel in San Antonio, Texas.

83. on 27 August 2015 at 12:46am

My condolences to you and your family, from Beatrix Burger in Meran, the South Tyrol.

84. on 27 August 2015 at 1:10am

My sincere condolences to you, from Al Borromeo in Molalla, Oregon.

85. on 27 August 2015 at 1:14am

Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family, from Carlo Borromeo in Cebu City, the Philippines.

86. on 27 August 2015 at 1:40am

Our condolences, from Lyn Borromeo in Doha, Qatar.

87. on 27 August 2015 at 2:22am

Condolences on the loss of your mother.  I’m glad that she passed away in her sleep.  I don’t believe that there is a more peaceful way to pass from this world in to the next.  Also, I pray that your father is doing okay.  Being a caregiver for nine years is a tremendous challenge.  God Bless you all, from Maureen Borromeo Pescaia in Aiea, Hawaii.

88. on 27 August 2015 at 2:47am

My condolences to your family and prayers for your mother, Marc.  From Charlie Borromeo in San Francisco, California.

89. on 27 August 2015 at 3:56am

Condolences, po from Joy Borromeo Cunanan in Doha, Qatar.

90. on 27 August 2015 at 4:08am

Our hearts feel the pain of losing Tita Gilda.  But we are comforted by the thought that she is now with her Creator and family in Heaven.  Hoping that Tito Wil is coping with this loss.  Loloi and Alice Atega from Cebu City, the Philippines.

91. on 27 August 2015 at 4:19am

Condolences from Armando Carbonel Borromeo in Rome, Italy.

92. on 27 August 2015 at 5:07am

Condolences to you and your family.  We are saddened by your loss.  Our kindest regards during this difficult time.  From J.C. Guerra and family in Sydney, Australia.

93. on 27 August 2015 at 5:28am

Marc, my family and I grieve with you and Uncle Wil.  From your cousin Andy Borromeo Querouz, wife Susan, daughter Mayet and son Francis in Sharjah, the UAE and Laguna, the Philippines.

94. on 27 August 2015 at 5:47am

Deepest condolences to you and your family.  God Bless, from Liezel Molo-Borromeo and husband Alvin Borromeo in Brisbane, Australia.

95. on 27 August 2015 at 5:53pm

Sorry to hear this news, Marc.  If there is anything I can do, please let me know.  From Richard Galewaler and family in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

96. on 27 August 2015 at 6:51am

Praying for you and your family.  I am sorry for your loss.  God be with you, from K.J. T. Young in Jackson, New Jersey.

97. on 27 August 2015 at 7:38am

Our family’s condolences, Sir.  From Boysie Delos Santos in Baguio City, the Philippines.

98. on 27 August 2015 at 8:23am

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and Uncle Wilfried.  Tita Gilda will always be in my prayers.  From Gabriela Borromeo Berenguer in Makati, the Philippines.

99. on 27 August 2015 at 4:26pm

I am so sorry for your loss, Uncle Marc.  Love and prayers to you and the family, Roxy Baldoza Querouz from Vancouver, British Columbia.

100. on 27 August 2015 at 10:30pm

Dearest Anon, Praying for the repose of the soul of your Aunt Gilda.  Praying for your Uncle Wilfried and Marc too.  Love, Marilou Abad, Marissa and Tony from West Orange, New Jersey.

101. on 28 August 2015 at 2:00pm

From St. George, Utah: Marc, Jack and I have such fond memories of your mother and of your dad.  Loved visiting, traveling and playing Mah-jong with them.  I will especially miss getting a telephone call from your mother and hearing her voice saying “Hi Deloris, this is Gilda.”  You were her life and I pray you will find a partner as good as she was.  She is in a better place now, but it’s sad for those of us who know her.  Love and God Bless you, Jack and Deloris Barrett.

102. on 29 August 2015 at 10:56am

Dear Marc – sincerest condolences upon learning of the recent passing of your dear mother Gilda.  From Barbara’s younger brother “Lüttchen” Barskamp and my entire family Down Under.  Your mother was a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her personally.  May her eternal soul rest in God’s Peace in His Kingdom of Heaven.

103. on 30 August 2015 at 9:58am

Lieber Wilfried und Familie, mit Traurigkeit habe ich die Nachrichten vernommen, daß Du Gilda verloren hast.  Es tut mir aufrichtig leid, daß das Altersschicksal auch Euch erreicht hat.  Ich denke oft an Dich und wie schön unsere Zusammentreffen beim Deutschklub oder auch beim Lesezirkel waren.  Gewiss wirst Du Gilda sehr vermissen, aber Du hast auch eine Unmenge Erinnerungen, die Dir die Trauer erleichten sollen.  Wenn ich Dir irgendwie behilflich sein kann, melde Dich bitte.  Manuel und ich senden Dir unsere Sympathy, may you remain strong.  Helga und Manuel De Leon aus Tucson, Arizona.

104. on 30 August 2015 at 12:16pm

B. Hasenmoor writes from Santa Fe, New Mexico: We heard the sad news that your dear mother has passed away and send our sincerest condolences to you and your father.  She was a sweet lady and we pray for the repose of her eternal soul – we had a Mass Intention said on her behalf in our Our Parish.  Father Tri Nguyen and Lala Self send their condolences as well.

105. on 31 August 2015 at 8:28pm

S.C. Katzenberg writes from New Jersey: just got the sad news that your mother Gilda has passed away.  This is a big blow and a huge loss – she was a wonderful person, a good friend and she will be greatly missed.  We will always cherish our friendship with her and consider her as a best friend.  We’ve known your parents for more than 55 years.

106. on 31 August 2015 at 11:00pm

From New Hampshire: Marc – our deepest sympathies to you and your Dad on the passing of your Mom.  She rests in peace.  Let your memories of her be strong.  From the Reynes-Quisumbing family, Cora, Walter and Katrina.

107. on 1 September 2015 at 7:35pm

P.B. Barskamp writes from the far north: I just learned from my elder brother and his wife the sad news that your mother recently passed away.  She was such a kind person and we’re all praying for the repose of her eternal soul.

108. on 1 September 2015 at 11:59pm

Charmaine Espiritu Querouz writes from Cebu City, the Philippines: Uncle Marc, Our deepest condolences to you and the family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Charmaine, Aichel and Sydney Isabella Querouz.

109. on 2 September 2015 at 6:47pm

Mr. P. Fisher writes from Atlanta, Georgia: my wife and I and our 2 children were very saddened to learn of the recent passing away of your mother Gilda.  She was such a wonderful person and we knew her for almost 40 years – she will be sorely missed by all of us.  We pray that she may rest in peace in a better world and we pray for you and your dad as well.

110. on 3 September 2015 at 6:49am

Herr F. Bauer writes: we learned from the Fisher family of your dear mother’s recent death.  Please accept sincerest condolences from both my wife and I and from our children.  All of us knew your mom for the better part of 40 years and we are so saddened by this news.  May her beautiful soul rest in the good Lord’s eternal peace in His Kingdom of Heaven.  Eure Mutter war eine wunderschöne Dame.  Mit besten Grüßen, die vier Mitglieder der Familie Bauer aus Tucson, Arizona.

111. on 8 September 2015 at 3:39 pm 

Dear Marc, …..words cannot soothe the memories or mend a broken heart…but suffice it to say that I am really sorry that you are having to go through this.  Time is a healer, but it takes a long time, as I lost my father when I was just 15 years old and my mother when I was in my 30s.  Now at 58 years, I still often look back on those days, it is just a sad fact of life and I pray that the Lord can give you the strength.  Regards, Glen and Elke Smale from Wales in the United Kingdom.

112. on 15 September 2015 at 8:00pm

From Danville, California: Hi Marc – So sorry about your Mom – she was always nice to me and kind to put up with your weird friends (me, DiPaolo,……………..).  In the past she would have been called “well bred” and showed a lot of class (that’s what my Dad would say).  Hope you and your Dad are doing okay – time doesn’t completely heal but it makes the pain less.  Your friend, Bob Olsen, wife Donna and son Kyle.

113. on 16 September 2015 at 8:30pm

From Maryland: My heartfelt condolences cousin Marc.  In the light of our loss I feel that Tita Hermenegilda Amor Victoria is with our Creator and that she is happy.  She has lived a full and happy life.  We will all meet her again in the Afterlife in Heaven once it’s our time.  Just like the song says we are all “dust in the wind” and Ecclesiastes 3:20 states that “All go to the same place, all come from dust, and to dust all return.”  To me family roots are very important.  I empathize with you and keep your spirit up cousin Marc.  I will include you and Tita Hermenegilda Amor Victoria in my prayers.  Your cousin Carl Ernest Borromeo Santos.

114. on 27 September 2015 at 5:58am

Thanks for sharing some of your mother’s beautiful earth journey and our prayers are with you and for your mother.  Many Blessings from Alexander Charles Then of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

115. on 3 October 2015 at 10:38am

Lieber Wilfried und lieber Marc!  Im Gedanken sind wir bei Euch Gilda auf dem letzten Weg in Ihre Heimat zu begleiten.  Die letzten Jahre hat sie tapfer ertragen, dank der Liebe und Fuersorge von Dir Wilfried und auch Marc.  Ich bin sehr Froh, Euch alle drei damals 1965 kennengelernt zu haben, das Familientreffen 1990 und dann unsere Urlaubswoche 1998 in Tucson.  Wir werden Gilda, so froehlich wie sie war in Erinnerung zu behalten.  Alles Gute fuer Euch und seid lieb gegruesst von Annegret, Guenter, Kolja, Katrin und Familie Rudolph-Behrens aus Bad Nenndorf, Niedersachsen, Deutschland.

116. on 8 October 2015 at 10:56pm

Our condolences, cousin Marc.  My your mother’s soul rest in peace.  From Glenn Anthony Borromeo and family in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, the Philippines.

117. on 10 October 2015 at 7:36pm

My deepest sympathies, Marc.  From Joan Ishimoto in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

118. on 11 October 2015 at 12:59 pm

Marc, the color photos in the second editions of your books “The German and the Austrian Navies” make a big difference, though I must admit that I am partial to Gunther Todt’s paintings.  He had a remarkable talent.  As with my review for the first editions of the books, I emphasized the comprehensive coverage of the German-speaking navies.  I am not sure that I have seen any other navies given such a breadth of literary treatment.  Thank you for the opportunity to review the second editions of your German and Austrian navy books.  From Walter “Winn” Price in Maine.

119. on 22 October 2015 at 7:11pm

We miss your Mom very much too, Marc.  We’re praying for you and your Dad.  From Maida, Mike, Mikey, Jose and Lily Lopez in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

120. on 22 November 2015 at 12:47pm

Hi Marc, thanks for the updated telephone call and so sorry you have lost your mom.  But she had been ill for many years and it is good to think that she is out of pain.  Please give our sympathy to your father as well, he is such an outstanding man and it is wonderful that he took such good care of your mother.  Pauly and Bob Skiba from Oracle, Arizona.

121. on 25 November 2015 at 10:05am

Hi Marc, sorry to hear about your mother.  Our deepest sympathy to you and your father.  From Liba and Zdenek Gonsiorovsky in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

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