Since the author started writing about the old days of Sorsogon, Camp Pabilani is one of his interests. This is not surprising since the author consider himself a military hobbyist.
Camp Pabilani is the small Philippine Army camp in Brgy. Balogo, in the corner of Barangay Road and Maharlika Highway. It sits beside the old Ministry of Human Settlement building (now DSWD). For me who grew up going to my cousins’ house in Balogo, it’s a common site. But I never realized that there’s a family history behind the said camp.
While discussing the old days of the author’s grandmother, the latter mentioned about the land that her parents (she’s a Jamila from Abuyog) owned back in the Commonwealth days. Apparently, part of the land that they owned in Balogo area is now Camp Pabilani. It’s more than that, the Commonwealth government purchased it to turn it into an army reservation. It was the place where the first members of the Philippine Army were trained. She said these soldiers were part of Mac Arthur’s readiness program.
If the author remembers his history correctly, this must be in the mid-30s. This readiness program must be related to War Plan Orange of Gen. Mac Arthur, when he advised Pres. Quezon in military matters.
Presently, Camp Pabilani is a Philippine Army camp for the Army Reserve Command. Unfortunately, the author’s grandmother never mentioned who Pabilani is. And this one goes to the author’s bucket list for further research.
Author’s note: If you have stories to share about the old days, feel free to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.