The Forgotten Fruit Trees of Cagayan de Misamis

Himugso Heritage Feature

Along with the old houses, street names and landmarks which have become a part of the heritage of Cagayan de Oro, are some trees and their fruits which seem to have inexplicably disappeared over time.

Two trees which have figured prominently in the culture and heritage of Cagayan de Oro are the Lambago and Kayam.Continue reading... “The Forgotten Fruit Trees of Cagayan de Misamis”

PayMaya disburses over P1.4-billion in financial aid from gov’t agencies, LGUs

Digital financial services leader PayMaya has helped disburse more than P1.4 billion in financial aid to at least 120,000 citizen beneficiaries nationwide under the social amelioration programs of various national government agencies and local government units since the start of COVID-19 community quarantines last March. 

Realizing the need for a quick and efficient system to hand out financial aid that also does away with the physical handling of cash  which could spread the virus, the national and localgovernmentsturned to PayMaya’s e-Wallet and its other digital financial services to provide the fastest way to deliver much-needed assistance to their respective constituents. … Continue reading... “PayMaya disburses over P1.4-billion in financial aid from gov’t agencies, LGUs”

Building inclusive ‘cashless’ ecosystems critical as gov’t accelerates digital push – PayMaya

Providing a complete and inclusive way for Filipinos to transact with government online through ‘cashless’ ecosystems is critical as the government accelerates its digital push in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, an executive from digital financial services PayMaya said recently. 

“Everything is going online, including government services, but we have to ensure that every Filipino is able to continue transacting with government and receive much-needed aid through cashless ecosystems that are pervasive and at the same time inclusive,” said Orlando B.Continue reading... “Building inclusive ‘cashless’ ecosystems critical as gov’t accelerates digital push – PayMaya”

The story of that B-17 that crash landed at Patag in 1941

Come Hell or High Water

Cagayan, Misamis (as Cagayan de Oro in the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, was then known) got its first whiff of World War II when a B-17D bomber crash landed at the Cagayan Airfield (site of the present Patag Golf Course) on 14 December 1941.

Raul Ilogon, whose father Jesus ran away from their home to join the guerrillas at the tender age of 17, tells how the latter used to tell them how he saw the wounded airmen from that B-17 near their house.… Continue reading... “The story of that B-17 that crash landed at Patag in 1941”

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 Division, 110th Division 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”

Honoring Kagay-anon Patriots of World War II

Memorial Day in the Philippines

On May 25, 2020, the United States celebrates Memorial Daya federal holiday dedicated to honoring and mourning military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Previously observed on May 30, it has been officially moved to the last Monday of May since 1971, purportedly to allow people to enjoy a long weekend (sounds familiar?).… Continue reading... “Honoring Kagay-anon Patriots of World War II”

Life During Wartime

75th Cagayan Liberation Feature

When Cagayan de Oro had to mark the 75th Anniversary of its Liberation from Imperial Japan on May 12, 2020 behind closed doors, it recalled a similar situation when everyone’s freedom of movement was drastically curtailed by the Japanese Occupation from 1942 to 1945.

The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) imposed tight restrictions on travel between towns and travelers had to provide “passes” similar to the Barangay Exit Pass permits only one person to step outside a residence for essential errands like medicines, foods and the like.… Continue reading... “Life During Wartime”

The Tagoloan-Bugo Operations 27 April -09 May 1945

Prelude to Cagayan’s Liberation

(We are presenting the following story of the prelude to the Liberation of Cagayan, Misamis on 12 May 1945, in commemoration of its 75th Anniversary so we can remember those who sacrificed and paid the ultimate sacrifice that we may enjoy freedom as a democratic republic. Mabuhay!)  … Continue reading... “The Tagoloan-Bugo Operations 27 April -09 May 1945”

Antonio Julian Montalvan: The Forgotten World War II Martyr of Cagayan

75th Cagayan Liberation Anniversary Feature Story

One of the perpendicular streets which links Burgos to Don Apolinar Velez streets in Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines is named  Montalvan  but few of those traversing it or even living along it have any idea whom it is named after. [5]

The young Antonio Julian Montalvan with his father.
Continue reading... “Antonio Julian Montalvan: The Forgotten World War II Martyr of Cagayan”

75th Cagayan Liberation Anniversary Feature – Maj. Jose Manuel Corrales Montalvan, 1st Camp Commander of the‘Kampo’

 Few Kagay-anons today are aware that the first camp commander of the Philippine Army’s biggest military camp in Mindanao was a Lumad (native Kagay-anon).

1st Lt. Jose Manuel Corrales Montalvan as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve in 1928 (Montalvan Family Archives)

Major Jose Manuel Corrales Montalvan was initially assigned as Cadre Commander of the 2nd Misamis Oriental (Machine Gun) Cadre at Camp Bulua (present day Camp Edilberto Evangelista) in Cagayan, a post he served in from January 1-Dec.… Continue reading... “75th Cagayan Liberation Anniversary Feature – Maj. Jose Manuel Corrales Montalvan, 1st Camp Commander of the‘Kampo’”