Recent reports in both print and broadcast media have been stating that
an Ibaloi because his mother, Eva Cariño, is an Ibaloi. Some reports, like the Inquirer
story by Vincent Cabreza, “Padilla, Rodriguez wed in Ibaloi rites” published September
18, 2010, state that Padilla’s mother, Eva, “is a member of the Ibaloi Cariño clan of
Other reports, particularly those aired over ABS-CBN, state that Padilla is a relative of
the Cariño clan of Baguio and that the supposed Ibaloi wedding took place in the “family
compound of his relatives in Camp 7, Baguio City.”
We would just like to clear the air of such erroneous data lest their constant repetition over the major media outlets would cloth them with the cloak of truth.
The truth of the matter is that Eva Cariño is not an Ibaloi, is not related to the Cariños of Baguio, and it therefore follows that Robin Padilla is not an Ibaloi and is not related to the Cariños of Baguio.
The family tree of the Ibaloi Cariño Clan is well documented. In particular, the family tree of the Mateo Cariño branch of the wider Cariño clan can be traced all the way back to the 15th century and has been published in the classic “On Baguio’s Past,” by Otto Scheerer which came out in 1931.
The family tree of the wider Pablo “Mawmaw” Cariño – Kalmin Chaxadi clan is likewise available and so with the Kapangan branch of the Cariños.
Nowhere in the Cariño family tree will you find an Eva Cariño who bore forth a son with the name of Robin.
In fact, Robin together with his brother Rommel, an uncle, other hangers-on and his personal assistant Carol Tibayan, came up to Baguio last July 4, 2010, purposely to look for links between his ancestors and the Cariños of Baguio. Several representatives of the heirs of Mateo Cariño including some representatives of the wider Pablo Cariño clan met with Robin Padilla and his companions.
No link between Eva Cariño and the Ibaloi Cariños was established during this meeting.
It was also made clear during the meeting that the Ibaloi Cariños are not closing their door to the possibility that Robin Padilla is indeed one of them. However, the burden of proof rests with Robin Padilla to prove that he is indeed a relative.
As a sign of goodwill and hospitality, the Ibaloi Cariños present told Robin that we actually consider him now as an “honorary cousin” and we started calling each other with the term of endearment “’Insan.”
So, just to clear the air of erroneous data, we hope that the media outlets, particularly Inquirer and ABS-CBN, correct the wrong data that they have been spreading and refrain from stating that Robin Padilla or his mother Eva Cariño is an Ibaloi or related to the Ibaloi Cariños in the future.
JACK CARIÑO, great grandson of Mateo Cariño