The Untold Stories of Camiguin Island

New Book aims to address missing chapters in Camiguin’s History

Social and Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Andrés Narros Lluch has just published a book “The Untold Stories of Camiguin Island” by the Xavier University Press, which seeks to fill in gaps in the island’s history.

This is the first research on Camiguin based on the archives of Augustinian Recollects and its Cosas Notables that seeks to correlate the manuscripts with archival findings and the island’s oral histories.… Continue reading... “The Untold Stories of Camiguin Island”

Finding first Christian church in Camiguin could change island’s history

The history of the Catholic church in this island province may have to be rewritten once the ruins of its first Christian church and fortress is found.

In a soon to be published book, The Untold Stories of Camiguin Island, Social and Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Andrés Narros Lluch, contends that the existing chronology of the Catholic Church’s history as currently exhibited in the old church ruins in Catarman is misleading, since it does not match with the Cosas Notables of the Augustinian Recollects manuscripts. … Continue reading... “Finding first Christian church in Camiguin could change island’s history”

Guerrilla Raid on Talisayan

22 March 1945

One of the most unusual guerrilla operations in the Philippines during World War II was the guerrilla raid on Talisayan, Misamis Oriental, which was conducted with the assistance of the US Navy to eliminate and wipe out the Japanese garrisoned at this key objective.

Amphibious in nature, the operation involved guerrilla units of the 110th Infantry Regiment, 110th Division, 10th Military District (Mindanao), United States Forces in the Philippines (USFIP) with an original strength of 200 men but which rose to 350 when a call for volunteers was issued.… Continue reading... “Guerrilla Raid on Talisayan”

Guerrilla Submarines in Northern Mindanao during World War II

During World War II, US Navy submarines helped supply Filipino and American guerrillas with arms, ammunition and supplies, also ferrying personnel in and out of the islands.

Known as the SPYRON (for Spy Squadron) Operation, it supported the Filipino and American Guerrillas resistance to the Japanese occupation after the Philippines fell to the Japanese Imperial Forces in early 1942.… Continue reading... “Guerrilla Submarines in Northern Mindanao during World War II”

Quinine from Bukidnon a key to Allied Victory in the Pacific during World War II

The Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Bukidnon is an ASEAN Heritage Park that holds a special place in the history and heritage of World War II.

With a total land area of 47,270 hectares, it is located in northern Mindanao in the province of Bukidnon in Region 10. Mount Kitanglad is one of five peaks in the Kitanglad Mountain Range with an elevation of 2,899 meters above sea level.… Continue reading... “Quinine from Bukidnon a key to Allied Victory in the Pacific during World War II”

President Manuel L. Quezon’s Escape to Australia

Secrets and Stories of the War

The Philippine government had moved from Manila on General Douglas MacArthur’s recommendation, with President Manuel L. Quezon himself continuing to lead the government from Corregidor in cooperation with the U.S. commander of the Far East.

Quezon had originally declined MacArthur’s request to withdraw from the capital, claiming that his first duty was to take care of the civilian population and maintain public order while MacArthur was fighting the enemy.… Continue reading... “President Manuel L. Quezon’s Escape to Australia”

President Manuel L. Quezon’s Escape to Australia

The Philippine government had moved from Manila on MacArthur’s recommendation, with Quezon himself continuing to lead the government from Corregidor in cooperation with the U.S. commander of the Far East.

Quezon had originally declined MacArthur’s request to withdraw from the capital, claiming that his first duty was to take care of the civilian population and maintain public order while MacArthur was fighting the enemy.… Continue reading... “President Manuel L. Quezon’s Escape to Australia”

US fliers bomb Cagayan 16 times in six months during World War II

From September 9, 1944 to March 10, 1945, US Army Air Force, Navy and Marine aircraft bombed Cagayan, Misamis and its immediate areas no less than sixteen times in a span of six months.

Why the apparent rural backwater that Cagayan was during the Second World War would merit such dedication from the rampaging US armed forces prior to the imminent liberation of the Philippines is not immediately clear.… Continue reading... “US fliers bomb Cagayan 16 times in six months during World War II”

Guerrillas Liberate Cagayan de Misamis, Oriental Misamis during World War II

May 12, 1945 is cited in history as the liberation from the Japanese Empire during World War II of what was then known as Cagayan de Misamis.

Unfortunately, for all the 70-odd years that Cagayan de Oro City (as Cagayan was henceforth known after it became a chartered city on June 15, 1950) has enjoyed its freedom from oppression, this occasion has never been recognized nor celebrated by the local government.… Continue reading... “Guerrillas Liberate Cagayan de Misamis, Oriental Misamis during World War II”

The Last Days of Lt. John P. Burns

21st Pursuit Squadron, Dalirig Airstrip, Bukidnon

Lt. Burns was a fighter pilot with the 21st pursuit squadron based in Del Monte, Bukidnon.  The events of his life in Mindanao were recorded by Lt. Burns in a leather bound diary.  How the diary ended up in the hands of the Burns family turned out to be a story in itself.
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