That Leaves One Shell Tennis Court?

The truth is I haven’t played tennis since 15 years ago. But what struck me with these pictures is the historical significance of tennis court inside the kwartel, now known as Camp Salvador Escudero Sr. From my previous article, I grew up with 3 clay courts – Gobyerno, GSIS and the said camp. And I could only assume that all of these courts were built by the Americans during the occupation because they were located inside historical premises.

PNP’s provincial office is under construction which includes removing the old tennis court. Circa Mar’18.

It also brings back old memories – I played there a few times when I was in high school, including with my future wife. A close friend who represented Sorsogon National High School in tennis on several sports fests played with me (I always lost each game). You don’t need to pay to play, just bring your own tennis balls (that I would normally lose when it would go over the fence), your own racquet and provided nobody plays. The camp sentries would simply let you in. And I remember playing in the afternoon sun because that was the best time to play – you have the court for yourself. And of course, who could forget the tennis balls flying outside the fence and have to run after it lest somebody picks it up.

I am not sure if the couple of courts in Seminaryo are of the same type (shell).

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Camp Salvador Escudero Sr.

The camp is one of the oldest establishment in the city, and is located along Magsaysay Street. It’s named after the late Gurang, Salvador Escudero Sr. – one of the Sorsogon Governor and local guerilla leader. It was a former Spanish fort, thus, was once called kuartel (I am still looking for the article where I read this). It was a former Japanese camp, and according to my paternal grandmother, Sorsogonanons would bow down to the Japanese sentries back in the war. And I grew up knowing it was the PC-INP camp, until it became PNP camp on 1991 when the former was dissolved and replaced by the latter.

I could still remember in the early 80s when the NPA was its strongest. Encounters were common in the southern part of the province (Brgy. Payawin of Gubat always comes to my mind, but you also have encounters in Magallanes, Irosin and Bulusan). The PC put up a machine gun nest on the left side of the camp’s gate, covered with netting; I could still remember vividly, the machine gun was a 0.30 cal type with perforated barrel. It stayed there for several years, and in some cases, it seemed unguarded with the gun waiting for its target. And when there’s an encounter, it would always be busy; in some cases, V-150 would be exiting the camp towards the rebel infested area. And in a few instances, UH-1H of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) would be landing at the middle of the camp.

The fence of Camp Escudero or Kwartel to the oldies is a mural for students. Circa Mar’18.

I also played tennis inside the camp, just behind the fence on the left side of the camp, near Magsaysay Street. Sadly, it’s all gone.

The PNP provincial building is completed, while the tennis court is also gone. Circa Dec’18.

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Bagong Taon Sadto

Habang nasa City Mall, nahalata namun san asawa ko na gin pipilahan an Red Ribbon. This is a strange site for us. We don’t remember having cakes during New Year’s eve; at most we will have chiffon cake, but even this was most common during Christmas Eve than New Year’s.

Back then, most could prepare food at home, or they had time to prepare or simply such choices were not readily available sa banwa. O basi man nag iba naman an diet san mga tawo.

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De Vera Street circa Dec’18

De Vera Street, East bound (Brgy. Polvorista). The building under construction on the left is the former Velasco and Jane’s Restaurant.

De Vera Street, West bound (Brgy. Talisay). The Jollibee on the right is the second branch in the city, which is also the former Robertson’s Department Store. While the Savemore on the left is a former Gas Station, Caltex or Person.

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Mauranun sa Sorsogon City – Bagyong Usman

Signal no. 1 kahapon didi sa atun. Niyan dili na, pero mauranun na bagan Signal No. 2. Pero kadamo man tawo sa banwa, bagan dili mauranun! Kun sadto ini, wara na tawo sa banwa.

An McDonald’s punuonon masi may bagyo, baga man lang Manila.

Amo ini an pakadto sa Brgy. Sirangan, along Magsaysay Street. Halapad na an dalan kay wara na an nagtitinda sa gilid.

An Graceland sa Brgy. Sirangan, puno man sin tawo. Mahinlason an salog kay basa pirmi.

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Ongoing Construction Before Calauag, Quezon as of 12/26/2018

We are on our way to Sorsogon today and so far, the major construction that we encountered was bridge widening along AH26. The traffic wasn’t so bad at almost 8am. But not sure during midday.

Location of the construction. Image via Google Map

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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.



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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