Petronilo Noble de Vera was grandfather to my mother. She refers to him as Lolo Iloy. She says “Ang apellido ng aking Lolo Iloy ay Noble de Vera. Noong matagal na ay inalis na nang mga kastila ang isa. Kagaya ng Bonus, iyan ay Bonus Santos at inalis ang Santos. “ (The surname of my Grandpa Iloy is Noble de Vera. Eventually the Spaniards removed part of the surname, such as Bonus which was Bonus Santos but the Santos was removed.)
Aside from the confrontation incident with the Spanish artillery, my mother is proud to say that the baptismal records during that period bears his grandfather’s calligraphy. Lolo Iloy was Escribiente of the Catholic Church in Pandacan. As a young lad, he left his hometown, Saluysoy, Meykawayan, Bulacan and tagged along with priests which brought him to several places and eventually in Pandacan, Manila where he spent the rest of his life.
But that was when I was still very young and even then, I was already skeptical. As I grew up, she stopped the anting anting story. I learned to dismiss that part as a tall tale meant to wow children.
But she kept mentioning that her grandfather prayed in latin, something that was not unusual during that era. One latin prayer that she kept mentioning was “Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális, miserére nobis..”
I later discovered this to be from the Angelic Trisagion, a prayer of antiquity was unfamiliar to many Catholics. Lately, it has gained a following as the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.