Ang Republika Federal sg Kabisay-an (The Federal Republic of the Visayas)

Historical Facts obviously omitted or deliberately hidden in our School History Books
(Source: History Reborn"The Federal Republic of the Visayas" -by: dinggol a.divinagracia*June 12, 2007)

*That Spain had already formally surrendered to the Federal Republic of the Visayas even before Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was proclaimed Philippine President in Malolos, Bulacan on January 23, 1899. That our Independent Visayan Republic, had never been under the authority and jurisdiction of Aguinaldo's "Katagalogan" Republic in Luzon.

excerpted: "...A paper written by Jose Manuel Velmonte, a research associate at the UP Third World Studies Center, found that the Visayan revolutionary elites not only had sophisticated political ideas but also resented attempts by Malolos to assert its authority. A Tagalog military expedition sent by Malolos to Panay to assert its presence was met with hostility. The Luzon force led by Generals Ananias Diocno and Leandro Fullon was regarded by the Visayan revolutionaries, led by the Visayan supremo, Gen. Martin Delgado, as an ''invasion'' force ..." (Source: Inquirer-1999- 06-13 "View of revolt in provinces spurs revision" By: Amando Doronila)

According to Dr. Luis C.Dery, an eminent Filipino Scholar: "Expounding the extent of Aguinaldo's Philippine Army; the Bangsamoro nation's Mindanao, Sulu, and the rest of its islands never fell under Aguinaldo's politico-military control and sovereignty. In fact as late as August 1898 much of northern Luzon, southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao remained outside of the control of Aguinaldo's Republic. Thus, several military expeditions were sent to these places to bring' them to recognize the First Philippine Republic."

*That the 1898 Treaty of Paris preliminaries, should not have included territories of the sovereign "Visayan Nation"; the confederation of both the Central and Western Visayas Cantonal Governments by virtue of Spain's formal surrender prior to this U.S. and Spain treaty of peace (Paris) and the $20-million buy-out. Spain had no more legal rights to sell. In legal parlance "nemodat quod non habet” -meaning “you cannot give what is not yours”.

This diplomatic "Faux pas" that was supposed to be officially consummated and became legal and internationally binding only on APRIL 11, 1899 should, or rather must be rectified.
*June 12, 1898 -Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence from Spain in Kawit, Cavite --but never won the war against Spain, as explained in the infamous betrayal --the "Mock Battle of Manila of August 13, 1898".

*Nov. 6 & Dec. 23, 1898 -Spain formally surrendered to both; the Negros Republic that merged (Dec. 2, 1898) with the Federal Republic of the Visayas based in Iloilo (respectively)

excerpted: "...These two nations, from a purely legal point of view, are COMPLETELY LEGITIMATE UNTIL TODAY. This could imply that the Manila-based Tagalista-oriented Unitarian central government of the Philippines in the Visayas and Mindanao is an Occupational Government, that ultimately originated from an invalid Treaty of Paris...."

Dr. Jose P. Dacudao; National President -Save Our Languages thru Federalism Foundation (SOLFED), Inc.

*July 4, 1946 -The United States of America granted Philippine Independence on a silver platter with strings attached.

"True Independence could never be just self-proclaimed nor bestowed upon, it has to be won and duly achieved with dignity" -- dinggol araneta divinagracia (Founder: Ilonggo Nation Movement (INM) Global Network ..Dec. 25, 2005)

*A lover of nature and reform activities by profession; a genealogist and environmentalist by avocation. A Cooperative Movement advocate, history buff and an amateur "newbie" writer)

"It is rather speculative as it is without basis of history if we mean of "history" is that which had been written for us by the "tutas" or lackeys of our colonial and imperial masters.." -- Benjie Evicner Estuche (INM Co-Founder)

The Cooperative Movement-"It is not the best way, it is the onlyway"..
Join the Last Laugh with us!

*When Christopher Columbus said that the world is round, people asked -What? and then they laughed.

*When the Wright brothers said they'll fly and soar the skies, people asked -How? and then they laughed.

*When Jules Verne wrote someday man could travel below the seven seas and shall walk on the moon, people asked - When? and then they laughed.

*When John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the Messiah, people asked -Who? and then they laughed.

*When the Ilonggo Nation Movement (INM) Global Network announced its mission and vision, people did not even bother to ask, What? How? When? or Who? --They just laughed and laughed. *People are still laughing, ...but the laughter is fading!

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"ACTA DE CAPITULACION~1898" (The Formal Surrender Document)

"ACTA DE CAPITULACION~1898" (The Formal Surrender Document)
*Nov. 6 & Dec. 23, 1898 -Spain formally surrendered to both; the Negros Republic that merged (Dec. 2, 1898) with the Federal Republic of the Visayas based in Iloilo (respectively)
Ergo! we won our battle-scarred freedom and legitimate independence and became a sovereign nation. The "First" Republic in the whole of Asia, but was nipped-in-the bud by the ugly Americans. A diplomatic faux pas, a political blunder and a travesty of history! --dinggol.d~~~


Claim Your Birth Right!

*Estado Federal de Bisayas*

*Ilonggo Nation Movement (INM) Global Network, precursor of the Ilonggo Nation Global Federation*

“To appreciate where you are now, you should know where you came from.”

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

(The Ilonggo “Nation” Movement Newsletter)

"To appreciate where you are now, you should know where you came from"
* Volume No. I * Issue No. 003 * Date: August 16, 2007*

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News item:

"On August 5, 2007, GABRIELA Network USA National Chairperson Dr. Annalisa Enrile was barred from leaving the Philippines. She was not allowed to board her return flight home to the US. She was told that she is on a "watchlist." Two other GABNet women--Judith Mirkinson and Ninotchka Rosca--are reportedly on the same "watchlist."

Dr. Enrile, Ms. Mirkinson and Ms. Rosca were in the Philippines, along with other GABNet members and officers, for the 10th bi-annual Women's Solidarity Affair in the Philippines..."
(Dr. Enrile & Ms.Mirkinson are US citizens; Ms. Rosca a perm-US resident)

Tourism Promotion & Mindset
(By: Nathanael"Nat"Duenas -INM Banwa_Mo: BurlingameCA-USA)
People's money is spent for tourism promotion and some 'mistakes' are made by the same government employees zealous of their desire to impress their vigilance to implement the Anti-terrorist Law and their preconceived law enforcement without realy knowing their job description - and throw away all that money to create an ideal tourism destination.
Gabriela and other national advocacy groups & NGO's are private sector initiatives to awaken our people's mindset to the democratic principles that makes our country worthy of a way of life that we can be proud to our foreign friends and OF/OFWs who are 'ambassadors abroad.
Incidents like this are not rare, they are a lingering sickness that reflects on the kind of mindset some of our; government officials and employees; think they are above and over the 'will of the people' that created government. This kind of treatment to OF/OFWs runs counter to the idea of the 'modern heroes', the government had been inculcating in the minds of OF/OFWs. We can see the 'opportunist' mindset of our present 'government administrators' and 'government employees' as if they are beholden to their duties of public service.
How much sufferings and intimidation our OF/OFWs go through from the hands of 'government people' from the OWWA to the Immigration and the daily harazments at our airports and points of debarkations. How do you think the US government feels about their citizens and other foreign tourist in their coming to the islands to visit or do business?
The US and other foreign countries can only issue a 'Travel Advisory' warning those who wants to visit the islands to be aware and be very careful of being 'exploited being at the airports and points of entries' but also while trying to enjoy the 'local hospitality' , which comes with a kidnapping, molestation, swindling, mugging, and other heinous crimes. When tourists gets murdered in our 'famous Boracay', it does not reflect on our law enforcements alone - it shows the kind of local hospitality we have.
Freedom loving peoples all over the world will be intimidated to visit the islands knowing that summary killings and the possibility of getting held up in the airports by 'government officials and employees' who are supposedly the first line of our tourism promotional campaign' are out to get them in some ways or the other.
How much tourism revenue will be lost? Government does not care as long as they have expended their annual tourism budget which come from the peoples money. It is not 'government' money.
How much of the local business people and private enterprise is affected? What does the Chamber of Commerce and Industry have to say? What is the purpose of the Anti-Terrorism Law? To appease the US for more 'military aid'? What does government do to the US military aid? Modernize our military and pay higher salaries to our soldiers?
If you feel that some sense is needed for action to reform this prevailing system, what do you want to do to convince the 'government' to manage the peoples money properly and re-educate the mindset of all public servant to begin serving the people instead of fattening their pockets.
Editors Note:
INM Banwa_Mo Member Nathanael"Nat"John Gerochi Duenas has a
short stint in the AFP as Special Task Force Supervisor in middle 1980's
assigned to combat global fraud and international money laundering.
He was a former Technical Consultant to the late Sultan Muhammad
Mahakuttah Kiram - Sultanate of Sulu.

Architect "Nat" helped organized Katilingban sa Kaayuhan sang Komonidad

(KKK) in Pavia, Iloilo that greatly influenced the final decision making --this
area the site of the Regional Industrial Center in Western Visayas. Presently,
he also
acts as Moderator in several Fil-Am eFora.

(By: Benjamin "Benjie" Estuche -INM Banwa_Mo: PhillyPA-USA)

History, as handed to us from the past, is merely an INTERPRETATION made by whoever is telling it, written or oral. There could never be INACCURATE or ACCURATE FACTS but only inaccurate or accurate INTERPRETATIONS.
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A written history by an American author of Phil-American Relationship would be accurate only within the American point-of-view based on the facts that they possessed within their hands. No Filipino history writer would dispute these facts at the time when the Americans were lording over us. But there were Filipino hirelings who were told to write a history of the events that had transpired to suit the purpose of the Americans.
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In the civilized and liberal society such as we have nowadays that had started with the French Revolution and the American Spirit of ''76, imperialism is no longer justified by the search for "spice and gold" but mostly for the latter, black or glittering yellow. Any other reason other than this is pure baloney. Any occupied territory will never run short of lap dogs willing to write history according to the slant of the occupiers. A wise student of history will always read between the lines and use a magnifying glass to verify the footnotes at the bottom of the books.
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In the case of Philippine History and the country's relationship with her former colonial rulers, a situation is presented wherein being a "showcase of democracy" for the world, Spain was portrayed as a lesser evil by the US. In fact, the purchase of the country through the Treaty of Paris is an arrogant display of diplomatic faux pas and contempt for the "brown monkey" who were considered "brothers" only when some of them were recruited to the Philippine Scout in order to protect their asses from the jungle bolos of the insurrectos.
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To be called an "insurrecto" is to be considered a rebel against the ruling established authority construed to be indigenous to the territory but not necessarily limited to it. Any belligerency contested between two or more armies of nations are called "conflicts of war." And what is war but the "highest form of economic activity" if we have to believe the writer of the Red Book?
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The situation in Iraq today is similar to ours in the turn of the 20th century. Cable TV tells us of "Iraqi insurgents" who were fighting the duly elected government of the Iraqi people established after the US occupied the country. While CNN defines the dramatis personae of the belligerency, the bullets used by the belligerent forces make a definition of their own by their trajectories with the intent to kill.
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After the US had gained foothold of the Philippines at the aftermath of the Treaty of Paris, local leaders arising from the insulares and the peninsulares of the Iberian Class constituted the government bureaucracies. The leaders of the "insurgency" continued to fight until they got tired doing it for luck of arms and ammunitions. Of course, they were out of the the government as they surrendered late. The early surrenderees were already sitting on their armchairs while the US Forces (teenagers from the Midwest) were already engaged in "pacification" campaigns after a great many Samarenos (including civilian boys and men) were slaughtered in this Visayan Island according to the account of British traveler Richard Burton. Records in the Library of Congress tell of letters written by these US teenagers to their "paws and maws" of how they easily picked off the heads of these monkies which they had mistaken as rabbits.
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As to the "nationality" of the belligerencies it was like discussing the Iraq War without the CNN reporting and some highranking State Department official telling us that the Sunnis, the Shiites and the Kurds should better stop fighting each other or we will continue to stay in the country (Iraq) without telling us that these guys were fighting, precisely, because of the presence of the US there!
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The definition of terms make up up also for the rules of engagement for no other reason but economic and political gains and the truth about history will always be hidden in the handshakes and the embraces of the signatories of the "peace pact" signed by the victors of war. The detente manuscripts do not say it all but the fineries of the "heroes" of the struggle, again, depending who killed most rabbits or brown monkies. The middle-level bureaucrat who negotiated the peace agreement before the signing will go ahead and back to his land and rule it over his countrymen as a politician or industrialist.
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Does it matter whether Iloilo was subjected to US bombardments or not? My mother was almost killed while giving birth to me in a Maternity Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila, because the US were raining bombs like cats and dogs in Manila and they were supposed to liberate us from the Japanese. Manila suffered devastations similar to Poland and they had the Marshall Plan in Europe while backpay schemes and scams in the Philippines which created another insurgency.
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Now, of course, Spain had to surrender to the Ilonggos, whether Negros and/or Panay was a nation or not, because the alternative would have been "pugot-ulo" somewhere else because Iloilo was "muy noble y leal" - noble and loyal - to Spain. (It is still there written in the seal of Iloilo City, for God's sake somebody in Iloilo City Hall should start changing that!) Spain was safe in Iloilo and "La Villa de Arevalo" was, in fact, the last capital of Spanish Philippines.
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There are several websites we can browse into for a non-biased and unjaundiced peer into Philippine-American US relations. A great many of the American people were against American occupation of the Philippine Islands as there are, today 67% of the americans who are against the War in Iraq. Look into "" or "" and the "american anti-imperialist league" websites and you will get it straight from the horse's mouth in terms of historical letters, speeches and debates on the same issues.
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But we cannot change history, we can only repeat it, FYI, Senorita Zelda Lopez-INM Ontario Canada. And more and more people are discussing these issues not only in the INM Banwa_ Mo eGroup but also in other efora and brought to a higher plain of consciousness.
To other "posters" the time will come when many more of the like of Senorita Lopez will come forward and be counted and then ---we can go to the Hagues.
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Editors Note:
INM Banwa_Mo Member Benjamin "Benjie" Estuche y Evicner -a Political

Commentator and Biblical Analyst was the former Editor/Publisher of the
Iloilo's Truth Forum and fearless Radio Broadcaster of DYRI Radio Agong
in Iloilo. He was also a member of the Panay Peace Monitoring Council right
after EDSA-I to oversee the truce between GRP and NDF armed components;
the AFP and the NPA respectively.

Presently, he is the popular columnist of OFF-TANGENT at My Pinoy World.

His first venture in Book publication titled "Angel with one Wing" a novel

about Pinoy Expats shall be ready for launching very soon.

Energy Efficiency, Not Dirty Coal Power Plant
(By Melvin B. Purzuelo -INM Banwa_Mo: CityProperILOILO-Phil)

PANAY Island is encountering problems on the electricity sector that can be resolved only through the efficient use of energy resources.

The total installed and dependable capacities of Panay Island for 2006 are 418.9MW and 284.8MW, respectively, while peak demand is only 197MW.

Today there is an excess of 87.8MW of dependable capacity or about 45% of demand. There are problems in delivering these capacities to the consumers but obviously it is not with the supply side.

Looking forward in year 2008, considering the additional 100MW capacity submarine cable from Negros and the retirement of the old Panay Diesel Plant in Dingle, Iloilo, the dependable capacity of the island will be 299MW for a forecasted peak demand of 228MW. This will have a reasonable buffer of 31 percent reserve capacity.

Why build additional power plants when we cannot even properly deliver to the consumers the current available capacities?

Coal will aggravate the energy problems.

Constructing coal-fired power plants will not solve the problem, rather the coal plants will add-up to our problems.

If we allowed then the rejected Kepco Banate coal power plant in 2003, our capacity now will be 384.8MW giving us an excess of 187.8MW that is almost 95% more than the actual demand.

Who will pay for the excess capacities - if not the consumers? We are grateful to the Sanguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo for rejecting the Kepco-Banate coal plant and sparing us now the higher stranded cost of excess energy.

Ultimately, the cost of excess capacities will be passed on to consumers. The situation in Luzon is a glaring example where excess capacities from coal-fired power plants there jack up the price of electricity.

It is beyond our comprehension why our local officials, particularly Governor Niel Tupas and Mayor Jerry Trenas, cannot realize that the problems lie somewhere else and not with the supply side.

Corporate greed, technical inefficiencies and corruption are some reasons why we cannot properly use our energy resources.

Governor Tupas and Mayor Trenas have critical roles in the process of providing the people Panay with reliable and affordable electricity. They should stop acting like agents or merchants of dirty coal-fired power plants.
Editors Note:
INM Banwa_Mo Member Melvin Baylon Purzuelo, a graduate of Don

Bosco Technical School in Victorias, Negros Occidental studied
Metallurgical Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT).

He heads the environment watch group GREEN FORUM Western Visayas

as Principal Coordinator. Melvin is the Convenor of Responsible Ilonggos
for Sustainable Energy (RISE).

During the Guimaras Oil Spill crises, his group the SAVE OUR SEAS

MOVEMENT's active and sincere recovery participation, earned them the
title "Guimaras Nature's Warrior" from a grateful populace.


Molo: Athens of the Philippines
By Atty. Rex S. Salvilla (President, West Visayas Historical Research Foundation, Inc.)

Can any place in the Philippines, aside from Molo, claim to have produced a chief justice, three justices, nine senators, seven governors, several generals, congressmen and cabinet members?
Molo has Chief Justice Ramon Avanceña, Justices Gregorio Araneta (also secretary of the Malolos Congress and first secretary of justice), Raymundo Melliza and Felicisimo Feria.

Its senators are: Francisco Villanueva, Esteban de la Rama, Esperidion Guanco, Jose Ma. Arroyo, Francisco Zulueta, Jose C. Zulueta, Potenciano Treñas, Rodolfo Ganzon and Franklin Drilon.

The governors are: Raymundo Melliza, Amado Avanceña, Gregorio Yulo, Mariano Yulo, Jose Yulo-Regalado, Timoteo Consing, Sr. and Jose C. Zulueta.

The generals of the Philippine Revolution are: Esteban de la Rama (first commandant of the Philippine Marines), Raymundo Melliza, Pablo Araneta, Angel Corteza and Aniceto Lacson.

The congressmen are: Jose Locsin Sian, Amado Avanceña, Rodolfo Ganzon and Fernando Salas together with Constitutional Convention delegates Manuel Locsin and Efrain Treñas.

Molo had also a father and son mayors -- Leopoldo and Rodolfo Ganzon with Mayor Mansueto Malabor and Jerry Treñas, first lady Iloilo City Councilor Simplicia Magahum-Offemaria, famous vernacular writers Angel Magahum, Sr., Rosendo Mejica and Jimeno Damaso; first Miss Philippines and national suffragette Pura Villanueva Kalaw and first Ilonggo nun Rosario Arroyo.
No wonder why Molo deserves to be called Athens of the Philippines. This was so because during the Spanish time it was an educational center of the Philippines. Perhaps, it was the only pueblo (town) in the country which had four colleges -- Colegio de Santa Ana of the Avanceña sisters (Jovita and Ramona), Centro Escolar de Molo of Salas brothers (Perfecto and Fernando), Instituto Ensenanza Libre de Molo of Manuel Locsin and Escuela Publica.

During the American regime, Rosendo Mejica founded in 1903 Baluarte Elementary School (the first in the country) outside of Manila. In 1941, the Iloilo City High School was opened in Molo which became the first free public high school in the Philippines during the time of Mayor Rodolfo Ganzon.

In the sixties, the first college of medicine in Panay was opened in Molo by the Iloilo Doctor's College. Molo is also the present site of the pioneer private maritime school in the Philippines -- John B. Lacson Maritime University Foundation, Inc. (originally Iloilo Maritime Academy) which was declared few years back as one of the best maritime schools in the whole world.

Molo was already a thriving ancient Malay port when the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines in the late 1500's. When nearby Arevalo became the capital of the alcaldia de Ylong-ylong (Province of Iloilo) Molo was its mere suburb until 1818 when it became a pueblo. Its casa real (municipal hall) is still standing beside the Molo church. During the American regime, it became a mere part of the town of Iloilo in 1903 and in 1973 became a district of the City of Iloilo.

For fear of a Chinese uprising similar to that in Manila, the Spanish authorities implementing the royal decree of Gov. Gen. Juan de Vargas dated July 17, 1679, rounded up the Chinese in Iloilo and hamletted them in the parian (now Avanceña Street).

Incidentally, there were only three parians in the Philippines -- Intramuros, Cebu and Iloilo.

This explains the prevalence of Chinese surnames in Molo like Lacson, Locsin, Layson, Yusay, Consing, Sanson, Ganzon, Quimsing, Tinsay and Ditching.

When the Spaniards gave surnames to the Ilonggos in 1849 thru the orders of Gov. Gen. Narciso Claveria y Zaldua, they assigned surnames whose first letters corresponded to the first letters of the names of the pueblos.

Thus, Molo was assigned surnames beginning with letter M. The fiercely nationalistic natives did not take Spanish surnames but instead, adopted native surnames like Magahum, Mabilog, Mahinay, Malabanjot, Mabunay, Maprangala, Macatiag, Malabor, Magbanua and Macatual.

During one of the Moro raids, it was said that the Chinese in the parian, who found difficulty in pronouncing the letter "r", shouted Molo, Molo, Molo... hence, the place came to be called Molo.

The original port of Iloilo was actually near the present Molo-Mandurriao Bridge (Gov. Smith Bridge) at the back of the plaza. It was called Tabucan (river crossing). To reach this port from Iloilo Strait, the Chinese junks and Spanish small boats entered the mouth of Batiano River at the small Spanish fort (Baluarte) which before the war was called Treasure Island land.

The junks followed the circuitous river route westward up to Oton where it turned back eastward to Molo. This was so because the Iloilo River was not navigable at that time.
Incidentally, the other side of the river crossing at Mandurriao still retains the name Tabucan.

Molo is also a religious center in Iloilo. Every July 26 thousands of pilgrims from all over the country troop to the imposing Gothic Church to honor its patron saint Santa Ana -- the patroness of childless couples, family harmony, the sick and the afflicted and other of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Molo is also the site of the only orphanage in West Visayas -- Asilo de Molo founded in 1934 by Vincentian Fr. German Villazan together with Doña Pilar Advincula de Javellana and Doña Adela Liza vda. de Mapa and which was placed under the management of the Daughters of Charity. It is located on the lot donated by Don Ignacio Arroyo.

It is the site of mother houses of religious congregations in the Philippines -- Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary founded in 1925 by the first Ilonggo nun Mother Rosario Arroyo and of the Mill Hill Missionaries since 1906. Molo also housed the Carmelite Sisters in the Philippines before it transferred to Sambag, Jaro.

The district has now four colleges -- Iloilo Doctors College, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, Inc., St. Therese-MTC Colleges, Inc. and St. Anne College of Iloilo.

It has also two hotels -- Hotel del Rio and La Fiesta Hotel.

The Mejica Historical Landmark is also found in Molo. It houses items like the first printing press of Makinaugalingon -- the first vernacular daily in West Visayas edited by Rosendo Mejica which hit the streets in 1913 folding up only in 1942 when the Japanese landed in Panay.

Molo is the home of the nationally-known delicacy pansit molo -- a favorite in restaurants in Manila and cookies of Panaderia de Molo and of the Molo County Bake Shop.

Molo is also the site of the nationally famous tourist event -- the annual Paraw Regatta -- race of sailboats in Guimaras Strait.

During the Spanish time, the main defense fort in West Visayas was the La Fuerza del Santisimo Rosario (later Fort San Pedro). Its right flanking fort was Baluarte in Molo where recently two Spanish cannons were discovered in the mud. They are now at the Museo Iloilo.

Molo is proud of its very imposing church -- the only Gothic-Renaissance Church in the Philippines outside of Manila. It was called by Jose Rizal as "bonita iglesia" during his visit at Molo in 1896 on his way back to Manila from his exile at Dapitan.

At present, there are three parishes in Molo -- St. Anne's parish (the original), Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Calumpang and San Jose Obrero in Fundidor.

The barangay of Fundidor (foundry) was the seat of many foundry shops during the Spanish time which built most of the bells in Panay. One of them is Regina.

Lastly, Molo claims to be the hometown of Blessed Pedro Calungsod -- beatified recently by Pope John Paul. This beato was a catechist who died a martyr at Guam on April, 1672.

(Source: The News Today-July 26, 2007)

"Las Familias Insurrectos del Pueblo de Molo"

When the Philippine Revolution against Spain broke out in 1896 and continued during the American regime, the "Familia Araneta" of Molo in Iloilo (based in the Philippine Insurgents Record sub-titled "Las Familias Insurrectos del Pueblo de Molo" of the National Library) actively participated in the revolutionary movement.

The family of Don Felix Locsin-Militante Araneta and Paz Ditching Soriano together with their children; his sister Ceferina Araneta-Esteban son's Eduardo and Emilio; and brother Agaton Locsin-Militante Araneta with his wife Josefa Locsin-Araneta were all listed in the "Insurrectos de Molo" records.

While some of Don Felix Araneta's children were involved in the covert operations of the revolutionary movement, others distinguished themselves in the fields of battle;

*Gen. Pablo Soriano Araneta, a doctor of medicine by profession, as the Commanding General of the Panay Revolutionary Forces under Gen. Martin Delgado (Gral. en Gefe) of the Federal Republic of the Visayas, encountered several fierced battles in Pavia, San Miguel and in the outskirts of Jaro. More notably, the battle of Oton to Arevalo together with Gen. Angel Corteza and Gen. Leandro Locsin Fullon of Antique who fired the first shot.
(National Historical Institute marker in honor of Pablo Soriano Araneta - was installed at the facade of Molo Convent facing Molo Plaza in Iloilo City).

*Gen. Marciano Soriano Araneta, administrator of the family's Hacienda Paz (named after their mother "Paz") in La Carlota, Negros Occidental, led the Filipino revolutionary forces who valiantly fought and captured the General Headquarters of the Spanish Forces in "Mangkas", now La Carlota City and became one of the founders of the cantonal government of Negros in 1899.
(National Historical Institute marker in honor of Marciano Soriano Araneta - was installed by the entrance of the Municipal Building facing La Carlota City Plaza).

*Anastacio Soriano Araneta, who served under his elder brother Marciano was killed by remnants of the "guardia civil" who became roving bandits in the hinterlands of Negros.

*Jose Soriano Araneta, was appointed "Capitan" assigned at the office of the Panay Revolutionary Forces "Cuartel General" in Pavia, Iloilo together with Capitan Ramon Lopez. He fought in the battle of Tacas, Catmon and Balantang in Jaro in 1899.(National Historical marker in honor of Jose Soriano Araneta - was installed by the entrance of the Municipal Building facing the Pavia Plaza in Iloilo).

*Gregorio Soriano Araneta, a lawyer by profession, advocated reforms for the welfare of the Filipino people and served as Secretary General of the Malolos Republic under the revolutionary government of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.
(National Historical Institute marker in honor of Gregorio Soriano Araneta - was installed at the facade of No. 1030 R. Hidalgo Street, Quiapo, Manila --- their ancestral home donated as Museum to the government).

"It is worthy to note, that in the annals of history --only the "Familia Araneta" of Molo in Iloilo have three (3) brothers who had served in the upper echelons of three (3) Revolutionary Governments at the same time."

(Source: The Araneta Family & The Philippine Revolution at:
Announcements & Messages:

1) From: Association of Ilonggos-Metropolitan Washington D.C. (AIM) Inc.
(tax exempt: Section 501-c(3) US Internal Revenue Code IRS No.52-1818814)

Ready! AIM! File!

Invitation to Join AIM, Inc.

Ilonggos from all parts of the Philippines now residing in Washington DC, Maryland and
Virginia whose roots came from the Provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras
and Negros Occidental, all in Western Visayas are invited to join us.

One-time Membership Fee: $10.00 (Single & 18-yrs. old up) : $15.00 (For couples)

If interested to be a Registered AIM, Inc. Member, send email to:
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2) From: Iririmawtatun eGroup of Antique

Subject: Assumption Day!

Dear Sisters/Friends/Assumption Together,
Greetings of love and joy on this feast of our Lady's Assumption.
As we continue sharing and basking in the holiness of St. Marie Eugenie,
our Mother, we continue to hope and work for better world (in our little sphere).
May our Mother Mary guide us as we make our YES alive wherever we are.
Sr. Maria Rosa Medina, r.a.
Assumption Sisters - St. John's University
Viphavadi-Rangsit Road, Bangkok 10900
Tel. 662-938
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 11:28:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Assumption Day!
Sa mga Old Girls/Old Boys kag tanan nga nakaambit kang Assumption education,
malipayun nga pagsaulog kag paghanduraw kang atun mga natun-an/naagyan!
Salamat kay St. Marie Eugenie, sa mga madres, mga manunudlo, mga pari, parents
kag mga kaabyanan. nenen/mlagfirst batch, SRA sibalom
Reaction to: History Reborn - The Federal Republic of the Visayas
From: Ramiro F. Esteban
Subject: An eyewitness to our folk heroes
I am an eyewitness to the long forgotten heroes of the Filipino-Spanish war.
I am proud of my forefathers -- Cols. Emilio and Eduardo Esteban who were sent on a
mission by the chief of staff of the Visayan Revolutionary Army, Gen Pablo S. Araneta
who was the elder brother of Chief Justice Gregorio Araneta, the drafter of the Malolos
Gen. Pablo S. Araneta ( whom I affectionately called Lolo Bo ) was a daily visitor of my
grandmothers, Consuelo, Pilar and Josefa Locsin Araneta, from the 20s until December
1941. A glass of beer is set ready for him as he comes in at 9 after coming from the bank.
He would scan the Spanish dailies, El Sol, El Tiempo and El Debate. After a sumptuos
lunch he would take a nap and stay for the evening radio newscast in Spanish at 5. At his
late age he was quick with his hands and an expert in "arnis".
Ironically we lived at 161 Gen. Hughes St., the street that extends from the southwest
corner of Plaza Libertad to Fort San Pedro.
Pilar Araneta our paternal grandmother was the widow of Col Emilio Esteban.
Welcome! New Members -INM Banwa_Mo eGroup:

*Aldrich "Al" Magalona Libo-on of Bacolod City & Troy, Michigan
Acting President: Ilonggo Association of Michigan (ILAM-USA) USA, Inc.

*Mauro Somodio of Iloilo & Brisbane, Australia
-Founding President: Kahirup Society of Queensland, Inc.
-First elected President: The Filipino-Australian Foundation of Queensland (FAFQ), Inc.

*Eduardo L. Antonio - a retired Chemist, now residing in Toronto, Canada
*SMarcellana * Rodel Espinosa *
*CameronKG -an American born Pinay, whose Dad is from Aklan & Mom is from Capiz.
Here's a comparative analysis of the Economics of the World
(by Freddy Panes (INM-Banwa_Mo: PennsylvaniaUSA)

You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies and the economy grows. You retire on the income.

You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them.
You claim full employment, high bovine productivity and arrest anyone
reporting the actual numbers.

You have two cows. You worship them.

You don't have any cows. You claim that the Indian cows belong to you.
You ask the US for financial aid, China for military aid, Britain forwarplanes,
Italy for machines, Germany for technology, France for submarines, Switzerland
for loans, Russia for drugs and Japan forequipment.You buy the cows with all this
and claim exploitation by the world.

You have two cows. You sell one and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
You profess surprise when the cow drops dead. You put the blame on some nation
with cows & naturally that nation will be a danger to mankind. You wage war to save
the world and grab the cows.

You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

You have two cows. You reengineer them so that they live for 100 years,
eat once a month and milk themselves.

You have two cows. They are both mad.

You have two cows. You don't know where they are. You break for lunch.

You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for
storing them.

You have two cows. You redesign them so that they are one-tenth the size
of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create cute
cartoon cow images called COWKIMON and market them worldwide.

You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again
and learn you have 17 cows. You give up counting and open another bottle
of vodka.

You have two cows. You slaughter one for Hari Raya Puasa and the other
for Hari Raya Haji. Just before that, both the cows were wandering along
the PLUS Highways.

You have only one cow. So the government claims there is a shortage of cows.
The government ask grants from other countries so the country can produce
more cows. The other countries oblige.

The government divides the grants among themselves, and blames the
opposition of corruption.

The people stage People Power 42. The government is overthrown. Then its
back to the single cow.

1 comment:

Bernadette Provido Schumann said...


Please visit our website regarding our film documentary on Camp Roxas in Agat, Guam:

Under the American Sun: Camp Roxas Film Project (Agat, Guam, 1946- 1972) will recount a little-known chapter of American history - the story of skilled and unskilled laborers and professionals recruited from the Philippines' Iloilo Province by the United States military to rebuild Guam, devastated by years of Japanese occupation and war.

Thank you.

Bernadette Provido Schumann

"Under the American Sun" - Camp Roxas Film Project
(Agat, Guam: 1946 -1972)
Bert Sardoma Jr, director
Bernie Provido Schumann, producer
Alex Munoz, producer
Josephine Mallo-Garrido, associate producer
Norman Analista, special projects