Executive Order No. 11, March 3, 1906

Is Bernardino Monreal in the picture? The author suspects that one of the persons in the picture is the late Governor Monreal. The picture is from Felipinas Heritage Library.

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS,

EXECUTIVE BUREAU

Manila, March 3, 1906

Executive Order No. 11.

The following-named persons having received a majority of the votes cast in the elections for provincial governor, held in the provinces designated
on February fifth, nineteen hundred and six, called under the provisions of section four, Act Number Eighty-three, Philippine Commission, as amended, and sufficient reason not having been shown accordance with Act Numbered Three hundred and thirty-six why their elections should not be confirmed, the said elections are hereby confirmed.

The persons concerned will qualify and assume their respective offices in accordance with the provisions of the above-mentioned act of the Philippine Commission:

Name.                                           Province.

Mariano Abella ……………………… Ambos Camarines

Pablo Guzman ………………………. Cagayan

Felix Angco …………………………… Ilocos Sur

Bernardino Monreal ……………… Sorsogon

Henry C. Ide, Philippine Commissioner, 1900-1906. Picture is taken from Wikipedia.

 

Henry C. Ide,

Acting Governor-General.

 

Note: The information is taken from p. 19, Executive Orders and Proclamations Issued by the Civil Governor 1906

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Tiya Tinay – circa Dec’2014

Tiya Tinay is very busy during this holiday season especially in the morning. Their kape-gatas is well sought by the locals.

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Sorsogon Province Capital – Casiguran or Sorsogon

On April 30, 1901, representatives from different towns of the province of Sorsogon showed up for a meeting with the Americans, including Commissioners Worcester, Ide and Moses. The meeting was called to order at 1035 with documented representatives from Bulan (Esteban Nicolas, president), Donsol (Rodrigo Abitra), Santa Magdalena (Isidro Gallanosa, president), Barcelona (Domingo Espigol, president) and Sorsogon (Leon Paras, acting president); other town representatives attended but didn’t submit their roster.

Dring this meeting, Senor Leon Paras of Sorsogon asked for the same salaries as Albay. However, the Americans told him that Sorsogon has only 100,000 population compared to 200,000 of Albay. A list of salaries paid by the Commission in other provinces was given to him; in turn, he saked that same salaries be paid in Sorsogon as were pain in Tayabaz, e.g. Governor, US$1,600; Secretary, US$1,100; Treasurer, US$2,200; Supervisor, US$1,800; Fiscal, US$1,350.

Commissioner Worcester in Kalinga, with 4 rebel chiefs. The picture comes from the collection of University of Michigan.

Senor Juan Maron of Bulan wanted the capital transferred from Sorsogon to Casiguran. Apparently, no provincial buildings on both towns. Maron claimed that Casiguran was more healthy and had a better port; population was about 9,000; that of Sorsogon was 12,000. After some discussion, the question of the location of the capital was submitted to a vote of the presidentes. The ballot resulted to a tie in favor of Sorsogon and Casiguran. The commission decided that it would consult Colonel Howe. Eventually, in the afternoon session, the said colonel decided in favor of Sorsogon. This is because the province has it as the current capital and it seems has also a better harbor than Casiguran. Furthermore, the commission felt that it should not interfere with the status quo, where the people seemed evenly decided. If the people desired a change after the government was established, it could be submitted to a popular vote.

*Taken from the report of the Philippine Commission, p185, Annual Reports of the War Department, Volume 1, Part 9

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Bits of History – Thomasites in Sorsogon (Part 2)

On April 2011, I composed a short article about Thomasites in Sorsogon. It was my first engagement with these historical folks. I tried getting more information about them, but due to my location, I couldn’t access to free ebooks from Google – I have to be located on any American territory. So now, I am travelling both for business and pleasure, I decided to try it again. This time, I got access to the Philippine Commission Report to Secretary of War 1902. One section covered by this report is the education in Albay and Sorsogon, in which the report was provided by the then division superintendent, E. E. Fisher. On the same period, he reported the following Thomasites based in Sorsogon province:

  •  Bancroft, C. R. – Sorsogon, Sorsogon
  • Caulkins, G. W. – Gubat, Sorsogon
  • Farnum, Ernest S. – Irocin, Sorsogon
  • Ford, Stephen W. – Sorsogon, Sorsogon
  • Mason, John W. – Magallanes, Sorsogon
  • Randall, Thomas C. – Bulan, Sorsogon
  • Reed, Harry E. – Juban, Sorsogon
  • Sanford, Eugene B. – Bacon, Sorsogon

I also found this site that has the list of Thomasites, and a few discussion about them.

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Anyone Knows What is Sorsogon Institute?

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. 

School children under Thomasites in Sorsogon. Picture is taken from pinterest.

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.

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NHCP unveils Kapitolyo ng Sorsogon Historical Marker

MANILA ─ The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) led by its Chairman rene R. Escalante, will unveil the historical marker Kapitolyo ng Sorsogon on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 8:00 a.m. in Sorsogon City. The marker states:

KAPITOLYO NG SORSOGON

ANG TAHANAN NG ANGKANG DE VERA AY NAGING UNANG TANGGAPAN NI GOBERNADOR BERNARDINO MONREAL SIMULA 1902. PANSAMANTALANG NAGING OPISINA ANG KANLURANG BAHAGI NG GUSALI NG MATAAS NA PAARALANG PANLALAWIGAN HABANG GINAGAWA ANG GUSALING KAPITOLYO. ITINAYO YARI SA KONGKRETO ANG KAPITOLYO NG SORSOGON SA ISTILONG NEO-CLASSICAL KASABAY ANG GUSALING HUKUMAN AT PANLALAWIGANG PIITAN SA PANGANGASIWA NINA ARKITEKTO GEORGE FENHAGEN AT RALPH H. DOANE SA PANUNUNGKULAN NI GOBERNADOR VICTOR ECO, 1915-1017. ITINAYO ANG MONUMENTO NI JOSE RIZAL SA HARAPAN NG KAPITOLYO SA PANGANGASIWA NI ARKITEKTO JUAN ARELLANO SA ILALIM NG ADMINISTRASYON NI GOBERNADOR BERNABE FLORES PALMA, 1923.

According to one of the readers, the late Gov. Monreal is the one standing, 4th from the left.. The picture is from filipinas library

Chairman Escalante will officially turn over the marker to the provincial Government of Sorsogon through Governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza. Atty. Renato Obles will stand as witness during the signing of the certificate of transfer.

This is the left corner of the old house. SPES is just on the other side, so, pupils find this place as an alternative playground for the Patio. Circa 2011.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine history through its museums, research and publications, and to preserve historical heritage through conservation and the marking of historic sites and structures.

For more information, contact the Historic Sites and Education Division at NHCP tel. nos. 3351217 and 5231019.

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SM City Sorsogon

I know that the construction of SM City Sorsogon (Brgy. Balogo or Brgy. Mahingan?, beside the central terminal) is now in full swing, but I didn’t get wind of the opening year until now when I encountered this article.

Once this opens up, the traffic in Brgy. Balogo/Mahingan will surely shoot up – you will have customers coming as far as Bulan (those from the north will go to SM City Legazpi) just like when SM Savemore opened up. Thus, the diversion road will surely come handy during this time. Even then, I am sure that the narrow roads of Sts. Peter and Paul Ville subdivision will be full of passing vehicles to enter the city proper – not today, but in a few years. And normally, when SM mall pops out on a place, small vendors suffer. I am not being a hypocrite (my family purchases most of our stuff from SM), but I am just saying.

Is this progress?  Can’t the old be successful with the new?

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