The Roces Family Around the World

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Roces Family Tree

I worked on the Roces Family tree last week. I updated as much as I could find and put together in the free time tha I had. My goal last week was to complete the software, and input as much as I could transferring the original Sassy Mae information along with corrections and as many additions I could find and complete.

I encourage other family members to register with the program and take a look around. If you want to you can edit and make changes, but at this time you will need to request that type of access.

Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge

I spent the past weekend in Chicago. The trip was to a gastronomic festival of Chicago Deep Dish Pizza eating.
On the way to the hotel I noticed the plaque on the bridge in honor of the World War II defenders of Bataan and Corregidor including those in the Bataan Death March.

It was an interesting find.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


I'd like to say thank you to those that I was able to speak to the other day to fill in some of the holes of the current family tree. I have finally gotten the impetus to do this, and so I have a few updates for the blog.

I finally reinstalled them. I had taken them down at the beginning of the project because I was having a hard time figuring out how to make the modifications I wanted to make easily and simply. Over the past 2 years I've learned how to code php, or at least how to modify two different forum softwares, phpbb and vbulletin.

Online Family Tree
The past 2 years has seen the advent of some online collaborative tools from wikis to project systems. One of the most pertinent ones for my use is an online family tree system that allows for members of the family to contribute and correct the family tree, and a system for tracking and approving those changes.

I also completed the request of the TV researcher in Manila. I gave permission to use the Roces Family site for the broadcast. In exchange, they will credit the website and the two contributors, Brian Roces and Sassy Mae C. Sumulong, and provide a copy of the show for the Roces Family Website Archives.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Busy summer, but now it's fall

It has been quite a busy summer. I have gotten a new job, I still work in media but now I am working in the publishing business. It is has been an interesting journey so far, I've learned a lot about publishing books and the legal side of distribution rights and territories.

I have received a few emails that I need to return in regards to the website. Someone from South America contacted me and I do need to respond.

Most notably I received an email from a television company who would like to use parts of the site as research for an interview. I'm happy to accommodate someone as best as I can in chronicling the family.

In the early part of the summer, I interviewed Anding "Ding" Roces when he was in New York City. Most recently I visited Los Angeles to interview Maria Elena Roces - "Mayeni" Peak.

There is a new website to unveil soon. I've been working hard on it in my spare time and I've gotten alot of features packed into something that is simple to use. People will be able to attach and share pictures, scans, movies, and text. I'm not sure when I'll unveil it. I'm hoping to get it done before the end of the month, but no promises.