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Moreno's Date with History
Antonio J. Montalvan, Ph.D.
Oscar S. Moreno has personally chosen what is the most historically apt venuefor the inaugural of a Cagayan de Oro city mayor.
The kiosko at Divisoria was known in the early days as the Tribuna, a forum for addressing big assemblies of the Cagayan citizenry. Its location at the center of the city is not unintended. As the heart of the 1901 Plaza Divisoria, it is also the city’s soul. Here lies the posterity of momentous events of the past that shaped the history and culture of the Cagayan de Oro people.
Rizal and Cagayan
Antonio J. Montalvan II, Ph.D., June 24, 2011
It is not very common knowledge that at the time of the National Hero’s exile in Dapitan, his very presence there was felt quite palpably here in the town of what was then known as Cagayan de Misamis. From oral lore, we know that at least two residents of this town were brought to Dapitan for eye treatment.
Protection and Preservation of Huluga
Atty. Raquel Limbaco, May 9, 2008
Dear Mayor Jaraula: Our client, the HERITAGE CONSERVATION ADVOCATES (HCA) has availed of all channels of communication to get the attention of the City government regarding the sad state of Huluga. All such efforts, however, has been unheeded. [More]
Disappointed and Angry
Erlinda M. Burton, Ph.D., November 6, 2007
Dear Mayor Jaraula: We are disappointed and angry to learn about the continuous quarrying in Huluga despite your promise to protect it. A week after our meeting in August, several people used spades, trucks and a backhoe to remove earth from Obsidian Hill. The backhoe is owned by NLVDC, a construction firm. [More]
in a name?: CDO or CdeO?
Baños, April 15, 2008
I beg the indulgence of my friends Konsehal
Alden Bacal and Commissioner Nanette Roa of the Historical and Cultural
Commission. I fail to see the necessity, much less urgency, of an ordinance
making "CdeO" the "official
moniker" of Cagayan de Oro City.
Elson T. Elizaga, November 11, 2007
In a news reporting class in Silliman
University, Dr. Crispin Maslog said that if you want to study a man,
you take the contents of his wastebasket. This advice is popular in
other sciences, such as forensics, zoology, and archaeology. Put "trash
important in archaeology" in google.com and you'll find numerous
The Macapagal ancestral house
Antonio J. Montalvan II, December 14, 2005
The National Historical Institute (NHI) is circumventing its own regulations when it declared president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's house in Iligan City as a "national heritage site". First of all, former president Diosdado Macapagal never lived there.
NHI should have done instead for Iligan: The Calaganan Mutiny
Rene Michael Baños, November 14, 2005
Historical Institute recently did Filipinos in general and Iliganons in
particular, a disservice by shamelessly declaring the Macaraeg-Macapagal
House a "heritage site" -- with the sitting president, no less,
presiding over the farce.
Even the wildest stretches of imagination cannot compare
the historicity of that house to a nearby site where the only Katipunan-led
revolt in Mindanao occurred 107 years ago.
vadis, Johnnie?: Selling the historical city hall
Rene Michael Baños,
October 14, 2005
The Ad Hoc Committee that studied
the sale and transfer of city hall chaired by Councilor Juan Sia has
recommended with finality the sale of the present Cagayan de Oro city
hall complex, the city health office at the old cemetery and the city
engineering office compound at Kauswagan.
the Huluga archaeological site
Elson T. Elizaga, February 5, 2004
On Sept. 29, 2003, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
concealed something of importance from UNESCO. She delivered a speech during
the opening ceremony of The 32nd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO
in Paris. She praised UNESCO's efforts in preserving Philippine cultural
heritage. But the next day, her political ally, mayor Vicente Y. Emano,
inaugurated a road-and-bridge project that destroyed a huge portion of
T. Elizaga, November
I'M MAKING A SMALL SURVEY to understand what people think about ethical requirements in scientific work, particularly in archaeological research. Here is the situation: 1) Dr. Erlinda M. Burton, president of the Heritage Conservation Advocates (HCA), is an archaeologist who has done research in the archaeological site called Huluga in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines since 1975.
speech at UNESCO
Elson T. Elizaga, November 2003
Let me start this paragraph with a date: September 29, 2003. This is two months ago. It may look insignificant, but on this day, Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo went to Paris to attend the 32nd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO.
Speech During The Opening Ceremony Of The 32nd Session Of The General Conference Of UNESCO
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, September 29, 2003
Let me begin by thanking UNESCO for four recent gestures to promote my country's cultural heritage:
First, its assistance in preserving our thousands of years old Ifugao Rice Terraces in the Northern Philippines. Aside from their wondrous beauty, these Rice Terraces testify to our ancestors sophistication in the science of upland irrigation.
terrorism in Cagayan de Oro
Antonio J. Montalvan II, July 14, 2003
MADAME President: If this were the
war against Iraq, they would already have merited their terrorist labels
from you. That would have been enough stimulus to get your anti-terrorism
rhetorics and your popularity ratings soaring in the wind again. It might
catch your fancy, Ms President, that there are other forms of terrorism
today. One such is called cultural terrorism.
Emano resignation is in order
KATANGAHAN. Kabobohan. Kabalastugan. Katarantaduhan. What other adjectives can we use to describe what city hall did to the Huluga archaeological site?
I thought the fellas running city hall are bright. On second thought, they are--when it comes to political strategies. They're geniuses on the subject of political mathematics and they know how many votes they can get if they do this or that. When it comes to politics, every move is calculated but when it comes to things like Huluga, they'd get a zero.
Tragedy of Huluga
Antonio J. Montalvan II, July 30, 2001
The Huluga Site is located about 7
kilometers south of the city poblacion of Cagayan de Oro, in the sitio
of Taguanao, barangay Indahag. By the term “Huluga Site” is
meant the composite area comprised of two caves and an open site on the
eastern bank of the Cagayan River just a little off the southern tip
of Puntod Island. However, there are also other component areas comprised
of four other caves and three open sites.
|Published by the Heritage Conservation Advocates,
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on December 11, 2005. Updated
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
. Articles do not necessarily express the views of the HCA.