How Philippine Mahogany helped win the War for the Allies

Actually, we’re paraphrasing US President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s remarks in a 1964 interview with author Stephen E. Ambrose when he said, “Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us.”

But first, to recall the serendipity which brought us to Andrew Higgins. As a group of friends dedicated to putting Cagayan de Oro City on the world map of World War II history for the small but significant role it played in General Douglas MacArthur’s Breakout from Corregidor to Australia on March 11-17, 1942, we were all fascinated by the PT Boats that brought the general, his family and general staff safely through the Imperial Japanese Navy blockade.… Continue reading... “How Philippine Mahogany helped win the War for the Allies”

A young guerrilla’s eyewitness account

Defending Dipolog April 1945

The Battle of Dipolog is an interesting study of World War II in the Pacific Theatre, because not only was it a small scale showcase of the American armed forces joint operation tactics to retake its Philippine territories from the Imperial Japanese Army, featuring close coordination not only between the US Army, Navy and Marines but even more strategic, how the intelligence on the ground and support from local Filipino-American guerrillas contributed to the eventual victory.… Continue reading... “A young guerrilla’s eyewitness account”

The Forgotten Katipunan Revolt in Mindanao

Mutiny at Calaganan

It remains little known to this day, but Misamis  was the  only  region in Mindanao  which actively  joined  the  Katipunan  revolt against  Spain.

On September 29, 1896, 350  revolucionarios,  including 50 Bukidnon lumads, overwhelmed the Spanish garrison  and raided the armory of the Fuerza Real de Nueva Victoria in Calaganan, (present-day Balo-i, Lanao del Norte).… Continue reading... “The Forgotten Katipunan Revolt in Mindanao”

Cagayan de Oro’s Square Garden

70th Adlaw Kagay-an Feature

Did you know our pre-Spanish Kagay-anon ancestors once had their own version of the famous Madison Square Garden?

Gaston Park was known as the Parque before World War II. (Kagay-an Kaniadto)

Present-day Kagay-anons will be proud of the fact that they share a common bond with their 15th century forefathers-they all have, at one time or another, taken a stroll along our local square.… Continue reading... “Cagayan de Oro’s Square Garden”