Rodolfo Bauson Escutin was born in Dao, Capiz on July 29, 1927.  The 4th child of Aquilino Edano Escutin and Salvacion Firmalino Bauson, he was nicknamed Doy but he was known to many as Rudy. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and undertook postgraduate residency training in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He served as a physician in Agusan, Cebu, Manila,  Nigeria and finally as a family doctor in his hometown. After retiring, he migrated to the United States in the early 1980s.  He played tennis and enjoyed mahjong but golf was his lifelong passion. He passed away on January 21, 2009 from complications of kidney cancer.

Elena Ocampo Ong was born in Tondo, Manila on December 3, 1925. Ellen to family and friends, she was the eldest child of Ponciano Ong Lacson and Eugenia Calma Ocampo, both from Pampanga. Her paternal ancestors were from Fujian (Fookien) province in China.  She was a medical graduate of UST and did her residency training in the eastern United States.  She met and married her husband in New York. They were blessed with 4 children: Catherine, Peter (nee Mary Sue Ycasiano), Rodolfo Jr. and Evelyn (nee Amado Katigbak). She is a proud grandparent of Eric, Allison, Elizabeth, Angelo and Alexander. Renowed for her culinary skills, her special Christmas holiday cuisine included  lengua estofada, embotido and morcon.