[Don Santíago de los Santos, commonlyknown as Capitán Tiago, is the only son of awealthy trader in Malabon. Due to hismothers cruelty, Capitán Tiago did notattain any formal education. He became aservant of a Dominican priest. When thepriest and his father died, Capitán Tiagodecided to assist in the family business oftrading before he met his wife Doña PíaAlba, who came from another wealthyfamily. Because of their consistent devotionto Santa Clara in Obando, they were givena daughter who shared same features asPadre Damaso, who is Maria Clara
Crisóstomo Ibarra, or commonly calledas Ibarra, is a half-Filipino half-Spaniardwho is the only descendant of the wealthySpanish Don Rafael Ibarra. He was bornand grew up in the Philippines, but duringhis adolescence, he spent seven years inEurope for education. Those yearsprevented him from knowing what washappening in his country.
Padre DámasoDámaso Verdolagas (commonly known as PadreDámaso/Padre Damaso or Father Damaso), ofFranciscan order, was the former curate of theparish church of San Diego. He was the curate foralmost twenty years before he replaced by muchyounger Padre Salvi. Padre Damaso was known tobe friendly with the Ibarra family, so much thatCrisóstomo was surprised by what the formercurate had done to Don Rafaél.