Barakong karismatiko! Mark Leviste shares ABS-CBN CEO’s Batangueño connection
ABS-CBN president and Chief Executive Officer Carlo Katigbak, who impressed the public with his calm but straightforward demeanor at the Senate hearing on the network’s franchise, traces his roots to Batangas.
Katigbak’s Batangueño ancestry was shared by Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste, who posted a photo of himself with the ABS-CBN executive on Instagram a few days after the February 24 Senate hearing.
In the caption, Leviste said Katigbak “hails from a long line of prominent families in Lipa City known for its aristocracy, and was the wealthiest in the 1800s during the heydays of coffee which the Batangueños are known for.”
He said among Katigbak’s ancestors were National Artist Arturo Luz, National Architect Alfredo Luz and former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Alberto Luz Katigbak.
Leviste said Katigbak’s father was a son of the former ambassador while his grandmother, Criselda Solis Olaguivel, was a beauty queen “who also hailed from the old rich of Lipa.”
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Man of the House. Carlo Lopez Katigbak, President of ABS- CBN, is a Batangueño who hails from a long line of prominent families in Lipa City known for its aristocracy, and was the wealthiest in the 1800s during the heydays of coffee which the Batangueños are known for. His grandfather, Alberto Luz Katigbak, was born in Lipa, and was the Ambassador to the Vatican from 1970-1973. Ambassador Katigbak was born to Francisco Katigbak and Conchita Luz, the latter being a half sister of Manuel Luz, who married Segunda Solis Katigbak, rumored to be Jose Rizal’s girlfriend in the 1880s. Manuel Luz and Segunda Katigbak had National Artist Arturo Luz and National Architect Alfredo Luz as their grandsons. Alfredo Luz Katigbak was a lawyer who worked at the law firm of a fellow Batangueño from Lipa, Senator Claro M. Recto, and afterwards, worked with another Batangueño from Tanauan, President Jose P. Laurel. That is why yesterday’s Senate hearing was a reunion of sorts for Sen @ralphrecto and Mr. Katigbak. Ambassador Alberto Luz Katigak married another Batangueña, Criselda Solis Olaguivel, a beauty queen who also hailed from the old rich of Lipa. Their son Nicolas Katigbak married a Lopez named Lourdes Lopez, and they are the parents of ABS CBN President Carlo Lopez Katigbak. 🔴🟢🔵 #Kapamilya References: • The Jewel of Lipa • Derrick Gerardo C. Manas, Batangas Historian • @rachestalilla
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