While researching for some historical snippets of Sorsogon, I encountered Sorsogon Institute. The said name came from Report of the Philippine Commission to the Secretary of War (1900-1916)*.
The report came from Mr. E. E. Fisher, division superintendent of Albay and Sorsogon, on 1902. His report says, “May 25, the vacation normal institutes opened, continuing four weeks and closing Friday, June 19. I attended the Albay Institute in Guinobatan the first week, and Sorsogon Institute the latter two weeks. On June 20, all American teachers of Sorsogon Province met with me in the town of Sorsogon to arrange for the present school year.
There are 2 hints that I see from the said statements:
- Vacation normal institutes – I checked google for the phrase, vacation institute, and it showed up with vocational schools. Is the word, vacation, stood for vocation back then?
- Albay Institute in Guinobatan – I understand that there was a vocational school in Guinobatan and now part of Bicol University.
My suspect is that Sorsogon Institute refers to a small school in Sorsogon, precursor to Sorsogon Trade School established on 1907. Or it can refer to the group of American teachers (Thomasites) based in Sorsogon.
Kun may aram tabi kamo tungkol sa Sorsogon Institute paki bilin na lang tabi sin kumentaryo sa baba. Dios mabalos!
*The said report is accessible only if you are in the states or its territories – apparently, Google would only give access to those with American IP addresses.