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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Culinary Treasure/s from Sorsogon

While checking for any related articles on Sorsogon and I found this from Yummy.

What’s ironic is that it mentioned that Pili is found generally in Bicol – perhaps, but the bulk really came from Sorsogon. And of all products to mention Sorsogon, it’s lobster. I know that lobster is availabe from our coast, and consider to be great-tasting. But I also know that most if it can be found on protected marine sanctuary. And what about the baluko?

Kinilaw na Baluko

 
But I guess this article is about context.

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Dr. Fernando Duran Sr. Hospital

The building on the left is the old building, while the right one is the newest wing of Sorsogon Provinicial Hospital.

This is the old building of Sorsogon Provincial Hospital. The closed door is the former emergency room.

This is the old building of Sorsogon Provincial Hospital. The closed door is the former emergency room.

The old building of SPH at night. In contrast to the new wing, it’s dimly lighted. The windows with light is the former pharmacy of the SPH.

The old wing of Sorsogon Provincial Hospital hasn’t change a lot since in the 90s.

The side of the new SPH wing – this is the ER section.

A well lighted SPH at night.

The facade of the new wing of Dr. Fernando Duran Sr. Hospital, previously known as Sorsogon Provincial Hospital.

The SPH driveway that can accommodate two lanes going into opposite directions.

This is the pharmacy counter of the new building in Sorsogon Provincial Hospital, now known as Dr. Fernando Duran Sr.

The clean hallway of Dr. Fernando Duran Sr. Hospital is just impressive. The window in the right has the nurse station.

The private rooms has its own TV and integrated oxygen supply valve. A far cry from the old wing back in the days in which the O2 tanks are rolled in if the patient will need O2 supply.

One of the entry points of SPH and the diversion roads are under rehabilitation.

The foreground is a former basketball court come concrete tennis court. The author remembers playing with his cousin-doctor once or twice back in the early 90s.

Free ambulance service for the Sorsoganon – courtesy of the office of the governor.

SPH ambulance with the usual credit of the incumbent official.

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Sorsogon National High School at Night, early 90s vs 2018

During our time in the nineties, wara sin mga kotse sa sulod san campus. Kun igwa man, basi bisita pero bihirahunon. Nan an mag estudyante naguuruli sin mga alas singko emedya o alas sais. Diyut na lang sana an tawo pag abut sin mag alas siyete (kaupod ako didto). Pero an mag estudyante sa Main Building mas damu pa kay mga graduating an mga yadto, lalo na an opisina sin Luzon Tip.

Students on their way out of the oval area (we call it back in the days) around 630pm. The building on the right is the former canteen maintained by the late Mrs. Samar.

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Widening of the Cawayan Bridge c2’2018

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