The first phase of the process started at the residence of Engr. Rody D. Gocatano, Sr., No.23 Tulip St., Davao Greenhills Subd., Catalunan Pequeno, Davao City, last Sept. 5, 2004. Those present were the descendabts of the Alejandro, Macario, Tula, Donata,Pedro, Anacleto and Pelagio families. Reliable information materials were personally presented by Mr. Cerilo S. Gokotano, by the late Mr. Alfonso Q. Gokotano, Jr.,by the late Mr. Elpidio Gokotano Casing, Sr.,and by Mrs. Pat Gokotano, widow of the late Mr. Francisco Gokotano ,Jr. all representing the 4th generation of the Alejandro family, by the late Mr. Epeginio R.Gocotano, Sr. and Mr.Procomio J. Gocotano, 5th generation of the Tula family, by the late Mr. Fael Gocotano and Mrs. Leona Gocotano Taypin, 5th generation of the Macario family , by Mr. Teodorico Gocotano,Jr. 5th generation of the Anacleto family and by the late Mr. Malicadel Gocotano,4th generation of the Pelagio family.
The second stage was last April 24, 2005 at the residence of the late Mr. Elpidio Gokotano Casing, Sr , Panabo City , on the occasion of the annual reunion of the Alejandro, family . The late Mr. Alfonso Q. Gokotano Jr , the late Mr. Elpidio G. Casing Sr and Mr. Cerilo S. Gokotano , stressed the importance of establishing a more reliable account of the Gokotano/Gocotano clan ,given the fact that the older descendants from the 4thand 5th generation of the clan are slowly van the ishing out making it quite harder for the next generation to trace up their roots.
The third step was to conduct a first hand research in Cebu and Negros Oriental. During the annual town fiesta of Moalboal, last May 16, 2005, Engr., theRody D. Gocotano, Sr., the late Mr. Epeginio R. Gocotano,Sr., and Mr. Luis S. Gokotatheno,Jr. met at the re NNsidence of the late Mr. Glodualdo Alod Gocotano, Moalboal town councilor , 4th generation of the Macario family. He furnished the group a lot of relevant information and even instructed them to talk to Mr.Binoy Bate, husband of Felisa Gocotano of the Tula family and the late Mr. Sisong Nuevo, great grandson of Eustaquio younger brother of Simeon Gocotano, the origin of the Gokotano/Gocotano Clan.In Negros Oriental , the group was able to find some descendants in Mabinay and Vallehermoso towns.