Ejercito Santos/ Ejercito Estrada Relationship:
Ancestors of both Ejercito Santos & Ejercito Estrada are Chinese. To attain their citizenship (Pilipino) during the Spanish Regime, one should adopt one naturalized Pilipino citizen. The late Rosendo Ejercito Santos, Sr. (father of RES Jr.) and the late Dr. Emilio Ejercito Estrada (father of the 13th President, Joseph Ejercito Estrada) were first cousins. During the American regime both the father of RES Jr. and the father of the President were asked to teach. The American educators could not pronounce their family name so they added “Santos” and “Estrada” to their surnames.
Father: Rosendo Ejercito Santos, Sr., Cavite City, Sept. 6
Paternal Grandmother: Guillerma (?) Santos
Mother: Castora Salazar Santos, Cavite City, March 28
Maternal Grandmother: Margarita Torres Salazar
Maternal Grandfather: Mariano Salazar
Dr. Ester E. Santos (D.D.S.)-deceased 1946
Mrs. Luz E. de Guzman-Feb. 9, 1912–Cavite City
Mrs. Natividad E. Carlos
Lourdes E. Santos-deceased at 12 yrs.
Teresita E. St. Thomas (adopted) child of the late Dr. Ester E. Cabrera
In the Fall of 1961, Rosendo moved permanently to the United States to begin Master’s Degree studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., for Music Composition. Rosendo three years later transferred to West Virginia University to continue Doctoral Studies. It was here that he met Harriet Clendenin whom he was to marry in 1966. Over the following 6 years, Rosendo and Harriet would be blessed with a family of three sons: Erik, Nathan, and Jason, who have continued to develop the musical tradition in their own careers.
As a family, there was music around constantly. As the boys became skilled enough in their musical studies, the entire family would then perform as a group. All three have continued to compose, perform, and educate in the music field.
For extended biographies on Rosendo’s family:
Although he would not live to experience his grandchildren, he currently has four: Ross, Ariana, Mattea, and Christian.
Performance of the Santos Family: Christmas Eve, 2017: