Bohol celebrates CPG’s greatness

Ang lalawigang Bol-anon

May anak nga bantugan

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Matarung ug maligdong

Sulundon ug buotan.

 

Ang iyang mga mithi

Gugma ug kaangayan

Pag- alagad nga hingpit

Sa yuta tang natawhan.

 

Ug halad ka sa langit

Alang Bol-anon katawhan

Ang mga buhat mong matarung

Kanunay namong gikamingawan

Ang dila mong balaknon

Garbo ning yutang tabunon

Carlos P. Garcia buhi ka sa tanang panahon.

 

Ikaw mao ang kadasig,

Ikaw mao ang kalagsik,

Ikaw mao ang kahayag,

Sa dalan namong mangitngit.

 

Among paninguhaun ang pagsunod sa imong mga lakang

Ug ang imong pagtulun-an

Dili namo hikalimtan.

 

 — Carlos P. Garcia: Bantugang Bol-anon

 

While singing and humming that song (composed and written by Onecimo “Onie” Oclarit from his Ubilandia album), you and I can further reflect on the greatness of the late Carlos P. Garcia as Bohol celebrates his 122nd birth anniversary, Nov. 4.

As we remember CPG, may we be inspired by his example of prioritizing the interests of the Filipino people.

 Born in November 4, 1896, CPG was a teacher, poet, orator, lawyer, public official, political economist and guerilla leader. His administration was anchored on three basic policies: Austerity, Filipino First Policy and Cultural Revival.

 Here are excerpts from the post of Prof. Marianito Jose Luspo on CPG:

Recently, I have been asked why is it that CPG never became popular among our people( no Garcia portrait in Philippine currencies, no major Manila thoroughfare named in his honor, etc.), both before and even now among millennials, especially the Boholano kind. Perhaps one reason is that Nationalism during the time of Garcia had never been popular at that time.

Pres. Carlos P. Garcia’s commemorative postage stamp in 1973.|Contributed

We have to admit that from the 1950’s to well into our time, Filipinos have been notorious for the so -called “Stateside” mentality.

How do you think Garcia’s nationalistic policies be received by the PX generation?

On the other hand, how would our present- day generation living under this prevailing climate called Globalization appreciate the rhetoric of Filipino First? In other words, the CPG legacy is saddled by the misfortune of having occurred at the wrong historical place and time, a beautiful song sung amidst the noise of adverse realities.

Still today, we continue to remember his birthday not just because he happened to be one of ours, but also because this ” one of ours”, the Lone Blue Star in the Bohol flag, once gave our people a dream and a greater vision of ourselves as Boholanos, as Filipinos.

 

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Loved ones should not be forgotten

 

At least 15,000 people visited the Victoria Memorial Park on Thursday night, All Saints’ Day.

Most of them spent the night at the park, according to Aurelio “Ondoy Kalag” Gahit, the park’s caretaker.

After they offered flowers, candles, and flowers, some family members had dinner.

Some teenagers wore Halloween costumes such as “Valac,” a horror character. They roamed around the cemetery for fun.

Instead of being scared, some people came to have pictures taken with the horror character.

But the crowd was not bigger compared to last year.

“Some came early to visit their loved ones,” said Gahit.

The Victoria Memorial Park, which opened in 1975, has around 3,000 graves. Notable interred here include Doña Basing, JJ’s Obdulio Caturza Sr. and his wife Juana, businessman Antonio Ong Guat, Dr. Prisco and Socorro Tallo, Gov.  Erico Aumentado, Peanut Kisses matriarch Carolina Alvarez, Grace Christian Church founder Dr. Nelson Rio Sr., educator- lawyer Victoriano Will Tirol Jr. and his wife Cristeta, et al.
Gahit said police visibility helped deter the occurrence of crimes in the area.

Memories give comfort as people also visited the tombs of their loved ones.   At the Taloto Catholic Cemetery, it houses the remains of Gregorio Penaflor.

The Dampas Catholic Cemetery in Tagbilaran City features the final resting places of many professionals and leaders. Dean of Boholano journalists lawyer Zoilo “Jun” Dejaresco and his wife Rosario, Miguel Parras, Bernardino Inting, UB treasurer Asuncion Mira, composer and soldier Alberto Cainglet, former city councilor Dr. Margarito Lim and Alona’s entertainer Uly Dolojol are among the most recognizable of the interred.
Only a few meters away from Dampas Catholic Cemetery is the resting place for United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) members. Interred here are Dr. James Alexander Graham and his wife Merne. Graham was a native of Scotland, the first medical missionary in Bohol. The Graham Avenue is named after him.
The Masonic Cemetery of the Dagohoy Lodge No. 84 also hosts some of the most prominent deceased. First University of Bohol president Victoriano D. Tirol Sr. and his wife Illuminada, educator Pio Castro, Catalino Castillo and Angelita Tormis are among the diverse famous buried here.

My Visita Cementerio last week brought me to Anda Cemetery and the ancient graveyard in Barangay Basdio, Guindulman.

 Believers of Potenciana Saranza, also known as “Inday Potenciana”, never forget.

Every year, on All Saints’ Day, they gather before the tomb of local saint at her shrine inside the Anda Cemetery.

Cresencia Gultiano, 63, a resident of Anda, never missed a year visiting Inday’s grave. It’s been like a tradition for her, right after offering candles for her dead parents, whose crypts are also at the Anda Cemetery.

But only a few boat coffins are now left inside the caves. Boat coffins can also be found in the towns of  Duero, Candijay, Mabini and Anda.

Prof. Jose Marianito Luspo said that boat coffins were utilized by our ancestors to understand the belief system particularly in relation to beliefs about the soul and the afterlife.  The boats were thought as a vessel for “sailing” to the heavens and the stars.

“The secondary practice here in Bohol stems from the belief that the passage of life to the next life always takes on the passage way of water. This is actually part of universal belief system of the importance of water in transmission of life,” he said.

Luspo said he would ask the National Museum to save the remaining boat coffins.

“We really would like our people to be aware of the importance of secondary burial coffin because this will help understand that our culture is that age old and it has been here for the past thousands of years and this will help chart our course towards the future,” he said.

To all those who’ve gone ahead, our prayers and flowers.

From the press: Dean of Boholano journalists Zoilo Dejaresco, Palanca winner and Bohol Sunday Post columnist Cloviz Nazareno, radio reporter Fil “Hitman” Layao, Bohol Balita Daily News publisher Tony Silagon, Bohol Sunday Post columnist-lawyer Isabelo Sales, dyTR’s Showbiz Chikka anchor Anzing Poquita, radio reporter Ben Pingkian, Bohol Sunday Post publisher Boy Guingguing,  Bohol Standard publisher and Tagbilaran councilor- lawyer Aleckoy Lim, broadcaster Nestor Daarol, Reynaldo Daro, Sr. , Engr./Chairman Maurito Lim, Loy Palapos, Joseph Ligan, and people’s lawyer Tim Cabatos.

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