Friday, March 20, 2009

The History Of Dalaguete Cebu

HOW DID the towns in the Philippines get their names?
Because the Spaniards are saying one thing and the natives another. The former could never get their nga's and ing's right, and many of the latter keep interchanging their e's and i's. Or local historians and story-tellers have run out of original ideas and are copying each other.

So, when a roving band of Spaniards, came upon a village at the mount of the Obong Spring and they saw a woman washing clothes in the flowing waters, they asked her what the name of the village was. Dalakit, the woman said, referring to the huge balete standing nearby. The tree is known in the locality as dalakit, or dakit. And this was how Dalaguete got its name.

Under the Spaniards, the natives built the baluartes or watchtowers at Obong that protected the town from the marauding Moros. Built in the late 1700s and early 1800s, there were three watchtowers referred to as Bantay Moros that formed part of a series of defensive fortifications erected by Fray Julian Bermejo, the Augustinian priest who was also called "Padre Kapitan". The baluartes were strategically placed along the southern flank of the island, from Carcar to the north Santander to the south.

One baluarte, rehabilitated in the 1970s and given a pavilion-like addition, is now a town landmark, referred to as the kiosko. Another landmark is Dakung Bato in Barangay Coro. This stone promontory served as the entrance to Dalaguete in the old days.

The town's beginnings started as an extension of the Carcar Parish in 1690. It became an independent parish in 1711, but it was not until 1802 that a more permanent building was started. Just like the church in Oslob, the church dedicated to San Guillermo de Aquitania is earthquake-baroque architecture characterize by flying buttresses on both side with a facade divided into three levels by cornice stone moldings. The pediment, adorned with finials, has a central niche and a small circular window that served as a lookout.

These days, visitors go to Dalaguete for 2 things, to bathe in the clear waters of Obong Spring, or to go up the highlands of Mantalongon, a barangay located a few hours drive away. Considered the vegetable basket of Cebu. Mantalongon's fairly cool climate is ideal for growing lettuce, tomatoes, cabbages, carrots as well as herbs and other nursery plants. Mantalongon is also a well-hidden secret as a favorite weekend destination for most city folks nowadays who find the lure of misty mornings and cold weather a refuge from the heat of the city.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dalaguetnon Devotees Of San Guillermo De Aquitania In Metro Manila, Inc

A Brief History
By: Dolores Bajarias-Bilar (+)

Decades ago, several Dalaguetnons immigrated to manila in search of a better life and a bright future,bringing not only their belonging but also their love for the land of their birth and deep devotion to San Guillermo, the Patron Saint of Dalaguete,Cebu.

Hard work and preseverance led to the realization of their cherished dreams of economic and educational endeavors.But their enjoyment of such prosperity did not last long enough because of the entanglement of the Philippines in World War II.On December 10, 1941 ,Japan invaded the Philippines.On January 29, 1942,the invaders entered Manila.The people ran away.Many evacuated to the provinces.Some went home to their places of origin.The rest decided to stay regardless of consequences.

From 1942 to 1945, the Filipinos suffered from the oppressive acts and atrocious abuses.The worst, however, happened in Manila, during the first three weeks of February 1945, when the city was liberated. The Dalaguetnon and foreigners suffered from sickness, hunger, thirst, loneliness and uncertainty of their future.

At the height of their crisis they pleaded to the Almighty for His mercy and to San Guillermo for intercession. Their prayers were heard.

Sometime in August 1945, when they learned that the war finally over,they met, formed the KAPUNUNGANG DALAGUETNON, elected the late Candido Alvarado president or pangulo and planned to hold a fiesta in order to thank God and San Guillermo for their survival.

One day in February 1946, the first fiesta after World War II was celebrated in Pinaglabanan, San Juan, Rizal. This became a tradition. Since then, the truly devoted Dalaguetnons have never failed to honor San Guillermo in a special way, All the fiestas from 1946 up to fiesta on February 26, 1989 were sponsored by the KAPUNUNGANG DALAGUETNON.

During the 1989 fiesta sponsored by the Ambrad clan, an election was held for 1990 president/hermano. it was the birth of San Guillermo DE DALAGUETE, CEBU ASSOCIATION, INC which was organized and registered in November 7, 1989. The first fiesta under it was held on February 25, 1990.It continued to sponsor Fiestas, in spite of the existence of another group devoted to San Guillermo.

The majority wanted to provide the image with a chapel, as an appropriate abode. Fund raising activities were conducted during fiestas to accumulate funds for the purpose.

Just before the 2006 fiesta an alleged chairman of the Board of SAGUIDACEA told her friend , also a member, that she would "lie low, stay frozen," meaning that she would not participate in the annual celebration, so the fiesta was held on February 26, 2006 according to schedule even without her and three others, The affair was well attended, very lively. The Caritan Clan served plenty of food. We did not expect trouble.

A few months after the fiesta, a meeting was called, an election was conducted replacing those who were elected on March 7, 2004, due to their failure to elect a new set of officers on the General Assembly, day of the fiesta. The affected and the members did not complain. They just kept quiet.

I the remembered what the late Placido B. Bilar, a survivor who had participated in celebration of the first fiesta after the war, and one of the founders of SAGUIDACEA. He said, " My religiosity and deep devotion to San Guillermo is my legacy to my family. I want them to keep this legacy sacred. I kept these words ringing in my ears.

When I smelled an odor of break up I recalled my promise I had made on July 09, 2006, that beginning 2007. I would offer a Eucharistic Celebration every fourth Sunday of every year at the gymnasium of the Department of Agrarian Reform If available , but if not, then in any Catholic Church, But no food. I promised to fulfill such promise even if only my family and I would attend.Then a very good opportunity came on January 14,2007 when sex individuals expressed their full support to me. We agreed at once to hold a fiesta on February 25, 2007. More than 600 attended the affair as reflected in the registry book.. Some of them were Col.& Mrs Jose Mier. He told us that Mrs. Dolores Castillo Bejec would sponsor the february 2008 fiesta. Mrs. Castillo is the window of the late Atty. Conseco D. Bejec who sponsored the fiesta on February 18, 1967. She was in the Philippines in 2005 to visit her familly and had the occasion to attend our fiesta. She was happy to observe that the Dalaguetnons are very devoted to San Guillermo.

With the responsibility we are facing and for legality with new personality we made a name to our group: DALAGUETNON DEVOTEES OF SAN GUILLERMO DE AQUITANIA IN METRO MANILA INC.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dalaguete with San Guillermo

The antiquity of Dalaguete can be gleaned from its parish church. Built in 1771, the year (the year the town and parish were founded), it was a masterpiece of Fr. Juan Chacel. J.T. Newman describes the church:

Dalaguete with San Guillermo as its patron is pseudo-baroque. The altar is shaped like a shell and it is one church with false galleries constructed at the upper sites of the altar. It is said that there used to be a small statue of San Guillermo with diamonds for eyes. But this has been stolen or lost

The town of Dalaguete used to be only a barrio of Carcar. But it progressed rapidly. As a 16th century town, it had a large wharf and the strongest fort outside of Manila. There were bastions of stones protecting it. It had good roads that facilitated communications and the town already had possessed a telegraph system.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Balibago,Cardona Rizal

Last January I together with my family my husband and daughter went to Balibago, Cardona Rizal... Here are some Snapshots...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Talim Island Part 1

Talim Island is a typical fishing community, a beautiful place to visit mainly because of its people. They were all very warm and accommodating, the fiberglass boats are the only means of getting to the Island that is in the middle of Laguna de Bay. The highest point of Talim Island is the Mount Tagapo or Susong Dalaga. "Susong Dalaga" because the mountain was shape of a woman's breast. On top of Susong Dalaga viewed the entire Laguna de Bay, Mt.Banahaw, Mt.Maculot, the entire Tagaytay Ridge, the SLEX, the Makati and Ortigas skylines, the Antipolo Mountains, Manila Bay, and all towns and provinces around Laguna area including Metro Manila.

Talim Island is the Largest Island in Laguna Lake consist of 17 barangays and extends 16 kilometers into Laguna de Bay. The barangay are kasile, bongbong, kaypita, kinagatan, kinaboogan, bangad, buhangin, janosa, kaytome, gulod, sapang, malakaban, ginoong sanay, pinagdilawan, mainit na sapa, tabon and habagatan-rayap.

Here are some snapshots of Talim Island:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Port of Binangonan,Rizal

The Port Of Binagonan,Rizal

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Something To Take Time Think About

If you think Beaten,You are; If you think you dare not, you don't if you think you'd like to win but can't It's almost a 'cinch' you won't; If you think you'll lose, you've lost. For out in the world you'll find Sucess begins with a fallows will. It's all in the state of wind.