DENR’s “Heritage Cannon Project” at Dolomite Beach draws flak

World War II history and heritage advocates are up in arms over the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ illegal transfer of two gun barrels from Battery Hearn and Battery Crockett in Corregidor to Dolomite Beach.

DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna said the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach will be reopened to the public on June 12 as part of the  country’s celebration of Independence Day. … Continue reading... “DENR’s “Heritage Cannon Project” at Dolomite Beach draws flak”

Guerrillas who liberated Cagayan during World War II honored

Veterans kin crowd-fund PT-41 scale model for MacArthur Memorial

Filipino guerrillas who liberated Cagayan de Oro from the Japanese Imperial Army were honored in a simple ceremony held on its 77th Anniversary at the Activity Center of Ayala Centrio Mall on May 12, 2020.

The PT-41 scale model during its first public presentation on the occasion of the 77th Anniversary of the Liberation of Cagayan de Oro held May 12, 2022 at the Ayala Centrio Mall Activity Center.
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PT-41 comes home : WWII veterans kin fund PT-41 scale model for MacArthur Memorial in Cagayan de Oro

The commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur’s Breakout from Corregidor on March 13, 2022 was constrained by the latest surge of the coronavirus pandemic, but this did not stop private citizens led by the families of World War II USAFFE and guerrillas from making a token gesture to acknowledge its importance in our local and world histories.… Continue reading... “PT-41 comes home : WWII veterans kin fund PT-41 scale model for MacArthur Memorial in Cagayan de Oro”

In Remembrance for Anzac Day 2022: Australian Guerrillas in Tawi-Tawi & Mindanao, Philippines during World War II

Australia and New Zealand celebrate Anzac Day on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.… Continue reading... “In Remembrance for Anzac Day 2022: Australian Guerrillas in Tawi-Tawi & Mindanao, Philippines during World War II”

Battlefield Angel of Mercy: Major Blas Chaves Velez, MC

“B” Co. Collecting Company, 101st Medical Battalion, 101st Infantry Division, Philippine Army, USAFFE & 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 10th Military District, USFIP

The annals of the Second World War in the Pacific Theatre are full of tales of heroism and sacrifice by patriots and martyrs who put their  lives at risk or paid the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of their fellow men.… Continue reading... “Battlefield Angel of Mercy: Major Blas Chaves Velez, MC”

Cagayan de Oro marks 80th Anniversary of MacArthur’s Breakout from Corregidor

Sunday, March 13, 2022, is the 80th Anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur’s arrival in Macabalan Pier following his successful breakout from Corregidor.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt earlier ordered MacArthur to escape to Australia when the fall of the Philippines became imminent. Instead of taking the usual route by submarine, MacArthur instead chose the PT  Boats of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 to bring his family and staff from Corregidor to Cagayan de Misamis.… Continue reading... “Cagayan de Oro marks 80th Anniversary of MacArthur’s Breakout from Corregidor”

Elegy for a Kagay-anon Uptown Pioneer: Rodolfo Luciano Meñes (23 November 1947-19 February 2022)

One of Cagayan de Oro’s pioneers who built up Uptown Cagayan de Oro has passed on, but his legacy lives on in the township he helped establish which perfectly embodies the city’s trailblazing spirit, and his various engagements in civic society organizations where he was a well-respected voice.

Rodolfo Luciano Meñes (23 November 1947-19 February 2022)

Rodolfo Luciano Meñes was  born in Magalang, Pampanga, but grew up in Sampaloc,.… Continue reading... “Elegy for a Kagay-anon Uptown Pioneer: Rodolfo Luciano Meñes (23 November 1947-19 February 2022)”

Defenders of Mangima Canyon

This coming month of May will be the 80th Anniversary of the Japanese invasion of Northern Mindanao and subsequent surrender on May 10, 1942 of the United States Army Forces Far East Mindanao Force in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

It is sad how eight decades later, little is remembered of the sacrifice of the Filipino and American soldiers who gave the Imperial Japanese Army a good fight despite the enormous odds stacked against them.… Continue reading... “Defenders of Mangima Canyon”

A Kingdom for a Pearl: The Tale of the Lost Nautilus Pearl of Sulu

Natural pearls have been prized for their beauty and rarity for over four millennia.

Oriental Pearls (also called Bahraini or Genuine Pearls), are the world’s most precious gem and continue to break world record prices in both the Middle-east and in the west.

Natural gulf pearls are among the finest in the world and are still found today in the many countries that surround the gulf such as the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. … Continue reading... “A Kingdom for a Pearl: The Tale of the Lost Nautilus Pearl of Sulu”

There and back again: How the Sultan of Sulu saved Borneo’s elephants from extinction

While the Philippines does not have an endemic breed of elephant today, the ones now existing in the Indonesia portion of Borneo apparently owe their survival to some elephants earlier gifted to the Sultan of Sulu but which he later sent to North Borneo (Sabah) which it as still under the dominion of the Sultanate.… Continue reading... “There and back again: How the Sultan of Sulu saved Borneo’s elephants from extinction”